Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Satellite Photo of Damage to Fukushima Daiichi Reactor on Wednesday March 16th

This satellite image is from the DigitalGlobe Flickr Photostream, and was collected mid-morning on March 16th local time.  Four reactors are shown with #1 on the right.  #1 had a hydrogen explosion early in the disaster, which removed the upper-floor walls and roof.  #3 had a very large hydrogen explosion, and is emitting the most steam.  It is the only reactor that contains a special plutonium mixture called MOX.  #4 on the left had been shut down before the earthquake occurred, and had no fuel in the reactor, but contained a spent fuel pool on one of the upper floors, which had a hydrogen explosion and caught fire.  #2 had a hydrogen explosion in the pressure suppression toroid beneath the reactor, which is releasing a large amount of radiation.

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