Fukushima Reactor 2 Core Has Melted Through Reactor
by Tyler Durden
This will not be news for most objective Zero Hedge readers as we indicated this is a distinct possibility on several occasions, but some of those more “skeptical” about reality would be interested to know that according to Reuters “the core at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactor has melted through the reactor pressure vessel”, Democratic Congressman Edward Markey told a hearing on the nuclear disaster on Wednesday. “I have been informed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the core of Unit Two has gotten so hot that part of it has probably melted through the reactor pressure vessel,” said Markey, a prominent nuclear critic in the House of Representatives. Surely there is some bullish spin to this. We are too tired to look for it though.
And never one to not find the silver lining in the mushroom cloud, US nuclear regulator NRC promptly had to add its 2 cents:
A top official from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Wednesday it was not clear that Japan’s Fukushima No. 2 nuclear reactor has melted through the reactor pressure vessel.
Earlier, Democratic lawmaker Edward Markey told a House of Representatives hearing on the nuclear disaster that the NRC had told him the core had melted through the vessel.
“That’s not clear to us, nor is it clear to us that the reactor has penetrated the vessel,” said Martin Virgilio, deputy executive director for reactor and preparedness programs at the NRC.
Perhaps in order to make it clear, Mr. Virgilio can go to Fukushima and find out first hand.