[Guardian] Fukushima suffers setback as officials detect signs of nuclear fission

By Justin McCurry
November 2nd, 2011

Traces of radioactive gas are detected at Fukushima’s No 2 reactor – one of three that suffered core meltdown

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In regards to this issue, Hiroaki Koide, assistant professor of the Research Reactor Institute at Kyoto University, commented on the radio program called TAMANEGI JOURNAL that he had thought nuclear fission at this stage was very unlikely, and it could be another TEPCO’s mistake. Nevertheless, he could not say for sure because he didn’t have an access to the data of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In rare cases, nuclear fission could happen at the damaged reactors today, but it would not last very long, he said.

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