More photos about Japan earthquake 11 March 2011 - part II
Dr. Robert Jacobs, Professor of nuclear history at Hiroshima Peace Institute, explains what risks the current situation at Fukushima-1 plant poses.
“TEPCO and the government of Japan have known from the first few days of this incident that there were three full meltdowns that had occurred. This information was kept from the public,” he told RT. “The situation currently is, as you say, that there’s been a melt-through of the initial containment into the secondary containment. And at this point what we hope is that the melted core will not melt through that second containment.”
If the radioactive fuel melts through the second containment, exits the plant and enters into the ground, Dr. Jacobs continued, this would be an unprecedented situation which has never happened before.
“Nobody knows exactly what that would lead to,” he added.
“In Chernobyl, there was a lot of anxiety about whether there would be radiation entering into the groundwater. Well, there’s been massive entry of radiation into the groundwater in Fukushima, and that will simply spread throughout the water table in the area of northern Japan. And so, the extent to which that contamination will affect people could be quite wide and large,” Dr. Robert Jacobs explained.
And as we mentioned here about Chernobyl… In our next posts later on we will post quite unique photos taken by Soviet workers who worked in Chernobyl 25 years ago.