Gallery: Japan Announces Official “Cold Shutdown” of Damaged Reactors a...


As we predicted yesterday, government officials in Japan voted today on whether to declare a “cold shutdown” of the damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant – and they’ve announced that they officially have the reactor under control, much to the dismay of nuclear specialists around the world who say that the reactor is still in a precarious position. The term “cold shutdown” is generally used for healthy reactors that were purposefully shut down and dismantled, not those damaged irreparably like those at Fukushima, however the Japanese government has gone ahead with the announcement and stated today that they’ll now start to dismantle the reactor.

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  1. Hyncharas December 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I’m sure to many in the Japanese government the crisis is not being understated, even though it’s still the nuclear equivalent of a Dead Man’s Switch. It’s a shame there isn’t a compound similar to freon that couldn’t handle the extreme temperatures created by the fuel rods, but I suppose chemical engineers never considered the technology would be more than they could manage.

    Regardless the reactor must be dismantled at some point. There’s no reason that parts of the facility could be decommisioned in phases whilst they continue to stabilise the core.

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