We hope for the best as what is being called 'once in a decade" monster typhoon Wipha heads toward Fukushima.
Nuclear waste water is being drained ahead of time in an effort to prevent more problems with radiation leadage into the Pacific.
Worries about the fuel pools collapsing due to typhoons is very real according to nuclear expert Andrew Karam, PhD
|Dr. Andrew Karam|
" No, that’s a very real concern. I do not know what it is that they’re doing about that. But the way that something like that could happen would be if it were to collapse, lose its cooling water and before they could start to cool it again, if the temperature increased to the point where the spent fuel were to melt, you could start releasing some of the more volatile radionuclides […] That’s a plausible scenario."
Karam has worked with the US Navy's nuclear program for years. He is an expert on radiological and nuclear emergencies.
Tepco is bracing for Typhoon Wipha as is the city of Tokyo.
The Kitsap Sun is reporting this as a hybrid storm similar to Hurricane Sandy which hit the US eastern shores last October and did some heavy damage from which New Jersey and New York are still not able to recover.
"Even in the absence of landfalling typhoons, cleanup work at Fukushima has hit numerous serious roadblocks, with recent discoveries that the plant has been leaking radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. A team of 16 experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency is currently in Japan to visit the plant and advise the Japanese government on how to deal with the challenge of storing large amounts of radioactive material on site."