First of a three post series on the Three Mile Island meltdown
I remember being astonished when I first learned that the operators did not know that the core had been uncovered. I joked that I would have installed three sensors, independent of all the control room complexity that had them so confused - temperature, pressure, and total mass. The response: kid, you just don't understand.
Apparently the folks at Fukushima learned nothing from this incident. Why couldn't they just capture the hydrogen in a balloon, and send it to the stratosphere?