The advertiser supported media cannot bring itself to admit that the hype and fear mongering that they indulged in for weeks after the Great North East Japan earthquake and tsunami were based on wild “worst case scenario” fantasies. Here is a recent report that carried the following attention grabbing headline:
In meltdown, Japan dodged even bigger disaster
A more accurate, but perhaps less attention grabbing headline would have been “Fukushima Containment Worked as Designed.”
Based on the interpretations published by people I trust to understand nuclear energy and technology terms better than the commercial news media, it seems to me that CBS reporters have misinterpreted the information that Tepco released. Here is a quote from Will Davis’s excellent
The melted core material did not even get close to exiting the container that was designed to retain it. And this was a case where the reactor was operating at full power and then lost all cooling within a few minutes. It is hard to get much worse than that.