“Drops of water fall like rain” in first video inside damaged Fukushima reactor

The Daily Yomiuri reported today:

Tokyo Electric power Co. on Friday released 30 minutes of video footage taken Thursday inside the containment vessel of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant’s No. 2 reactor, the first such images to be released by the utility.

Drops of water fall like rain in the video, which was shot using an industrial endoscope. The drops were apparently the result of vapor–created by the heat from melted nuclear fuel–that cooled inside the upper part of the reactor containment vessel.

Strong radiation caused scattered white static in the footage, which displayed the severe environment inside the containment vessel, observers said.

The vessel’s pipes did not appear to be significantly damaged, but paint had fallen off the inner wall, due possibly to high temperatures following the outbreak of the nuclear crisis.

The endoscope was inserted about two meters into the containment vessel through a hole about seven meters above the bottom of the containment vessel. Visibility was about two meters to three meters.

Here’s a link: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120120006919.htm



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