Cores May Be Melting Into Earth – Top Japan Scientist
Hiroaki Koide of Kyoto University: “No One Knows How Fukushima Could Be Wound Down” As the Corium May Be Melting Through the Foundation
Friday, May 20, 2011
So says Hiroaki Koide of Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute, in a telephone interview on May 19 with independent video-journalist Tetsuo Jinbo of Videonews.com (who did the video report of the 20-kilometer radius evacuation zone back in April, showing cows and dogs prowling the deserted towns).
Koide is practically agreeing with Christopher Busby that there’s not much anyone can do to stop the release of radioactive materials and further contamination of air, soil and water, other than somehow “entomb” the reactors (a.k.a. Chernobyl solution).
Koide reiterates his view that the corium (he says “melted fuel” and “melted core” in the interview for lay people, but it is melted fuel, and anything else that melted with the fuel inside the RPV) may have already escaped the Containment Vessel in the Reactor 1.
Following is my notes as I jotted down the salient points Koide made in the interview:
(Assuming that TEPCO is telling the truth) the worst-case scenario of a hydrogen explosion inside the reactor caused by the melted fuel seems to have been avoided.
I believe the Reactor Pressure Vessel has a large hole, not the small holes that TEPCO says.
TEPCO cites the pressure and the temperature data as the reasons to believe the melted fuel still stays inside the RPV. However, I wonder if the pressure and the temperature data of the Reactor 1 is accurate. After all, the data on the water level was completely wrong.