I’ll tell you what’s pissing me off about the Fukushima situation: not knowing what to believe. As Mr. Bowie once whined, “i don’t want knowledge, i want certainty!”, and i’m starting to come around to that way of thinking… amusingly <cough>, this was in a track titled, ‘Law (Earthling on Fire)’.
Trying to make sense of a bunch of heat maps that show that Reactor 4 is 42ºC, and a report that suggests that the stored fuel pool in the same reactor has boiled dry.
“There is no water in the spent fuel pool and we believe that radiation levels are extremely high, which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures,” NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko said Wednesday at a U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing.
Such a situation would produce a fair amount of heat. Things like the Zirconium alloy housing of the fuel rods burn at something like 1200ºC, which would presumably show up on a heat map… rather brightly.
What we really need is for Tepco to restore electricity to these reactors and to start releasing a steady stream of sensor data. Despite being completely unqualified to analyse such a data feed, i’d still feel better knowing that someone could look at the data and tell the likes of Mr. Jaczko to STFU.
Edit: and while were at it, the piece on Zerohedge (from which i culled the above image) breathlessly reports that there is a “blistering 128 degrees celsius zone”. It’s a good job they don’t realise that they were running at hundreds of degrees early last week…