Breaking News: The pipes are full of hydrogen

I strongly recommend you to stay away from Japan as far as you can.

Following up the previous post Breaking News: Possibility of hydrogen detonation/

Tepco has finally admitted all the gas in the pipes is hydrogen at Reactor 1.

9/23/2011,Tepco announced they detected 1% of hydrogen in the pipes of Reactor 1.

9/24/2011,Tepco announced the detection limit was only 1% in the last test.

By the additional measurement conducted in the afternoon of 9/23 ,they detected nearly 100% of the gas in the pipe is hydrogen and other varieties of the flammable gas.

In the announcement of yesterday,they stated:

If there was 4% of hydrogen and 5% of oxygen,it would have been dangerous,but 1% of hydrogen is not a problem.

100% is way more than 4%.

Tepco still declares it’s safe because there is no fire.

However,they detected hydrogen in the process of cutting the pipes for the first place.

It is highly likely that that make spark in the process of cutting a pipe.

Hydrogen can be produced from oxidative reactions between Zirconium alloy (Zr) and water (H2O).

If the detected hydrogen is from Zr,it is difficult to explain why there is still so much left even after the March hydrogen explosions.

There is a possibility that the water in the reactor still keeps producing hydrogen because of strong radiation.

If so, oxygen must be somewhere as well,and reactor can be nearly full of hydrogen like a massive bomb.

The clock is ticking.

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This website updates the latest news about the Fukushima nuclear plant and also archives the past news from 2011. Because it's always updated and added live, articles, categories and the tags are not necessarily fitted in the latest format.
I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


September 2011