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Sat Nov 16, 2013, 10:10 PM

38. Problems in the fuel pool

When building number 4 blew up, it did so because the rods in the pool overheated. The fuel pool was known to have lost water. After the explosion we saw pictures of an outside-the-walls water pump putting water into the pool. So, we know the rods overheated due to lack of water.

What scientists are saying is that absent the cooling waters the rods can generate tremendous heat, still.

And there is evidence that some of the rods melted and fused with the metal in the tank. Becoming one with the tank, it could be said.

One of the problems #4 pool faces, is that while there are some old rods which have greatly decreased in their possible heat generating properties, there is a whole reactor full of rods that had just been removed from the reactor. Those rods are quite capable of still boiling water, and that is why the pool is said to have overheated like it did. Those rods are still quite hot. It takes 10 years for rods to cool enough to be dry-casked, iirc.

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