“We’ve opened a door to hell” at Fukushima plant, and may never be able to close it
We’ve got 3 reactors, the cores have left the vessel. They’ve burned through the bottom of the vessel. We don’t really know where they are, because the radioactive environment even fries robots that Tepco’s been trying to send in there.
They have been sending very innovative robotic machinery and sensors in there to get a picture, to get a reading, and these things don’t return. We have opened a door to hell that cannot be easily closed — if ever. We’ve got those 3 cores that are melting, they could be somewhere in the concrete base mat burning their way through, they could have already burned through and entered into the ground. They hopefully have formed a huge solid ‘elephant’s foot’ of highly radioactive material.
Art Bell, host: You mean that even with robotic help, they don’t know where the cores are?[Full broadcast on you tube below]
Gunter: Correct. We’ve got 3 molten cores that we don’t have a status report on.