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Corium

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A lava-like material created during meltdown of a nuclear reactor.

Contained primarily of Uranium, Zirconium oxide phases, but if silica is introduced from structural materials such as sand and concrete silicates of Zr and U can form.

As of 2019 three incidents worldwide are known to have generated corium:

Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania, USA - Marck 1979

Chernobyl, Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine) - April 1986

Fukushima, Japan - March 2011




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