Fukushima plant “seems to be going through a limited version of the China syndrome”

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    China Syndrome “might just have happened at Fukushima” — Molten fuel may have “melted through everything into the earth.
    China Syndrome refers to a scenario in which a molten nuclear reactor core could could fission its way through its containment vessel, melt through the basement of the power plant and down into the earth. [...] It’s a nightmare scenario,the stuff of movies. And it might just have happened at Fukushima. [...]

    [T]he fuel itself lies in a clump—either at the bottom of the pressure vessel, or in the basement below or possibly even outside the containment building. [...]

    [T]he water is escaping somewhere on a course cut by molten fuel–probably into the basement of the reactor building, though it’s also possible it melted through everything into the earth. [...]
    Time.com: China Syndrome “might just have happened at Fukushima” — Molten fuel may have “melted through everything into the earth” « Energy News
     

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