Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano is being quoted as saying a partial meltdown is “highly possible,” and that the Japanese government is taking measures based upon their “assumption of the possible partial meltdown.”
“A partial meltdown was likely under way at a second nuclear reactor, a top Japanese official said Sunday, as authorities frantically tried to prevent a similar threat from nearby unit following a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.”-AP
This would seem to indicate two partial meltdowns are underway, although the way these things are being worded it’s difficult to say. However, it would appear the situation remains in a state of flux and may be getting worse. If that’s the case, officials may be putting a spin on the story. It’s possible they can’t say how bad things really are because they can’t get a clear view of what’s happening within the reactors. It’s also possible they’ve decided to spin the story to try and prevent panic.
Earlier, an expert on one of the cable shows said the problem is that reactors simply are not built to withstand a “worst case scenario,” and that a “worst case” situation, he said, is exactly what happened. I expect we’ll be hearing a lot more on this in the days and weeks to come. Californians have been holding their breath for years, waiting for a fault line to break loose beneath or near one of the state’s reactors.
“Diablo Canyon is designed to withstand a 7.5 magnitude earthquake from four faults, including the nearby San AndreasHosgri faults. Equipped with advanced seismic monitoring and safety systems, the plant is designed to shut down safely in the event of significant ground motion.”-Wikipedia
A 7.5, huh? And the Fukushima quake was an 8.9?