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Re: Radiation.

Babylon01 wrote:

Once the fuel has been cooled, which happens fairly rapidly, it poses very little threat under current storage protocol, but poses a lot of political inconvenience.

I have it on good authority that Fukushima was never close to Chernobyl in terms of the scale of danger it represented -Chernobyl exploded; Fukushima's cooling systems and backup merely failed -no comparison, basically.

From what I understand, this is what is happening. (Feel free to correct any errors in this explanation.) There have been at least three hydrogen explosions at the plant. Destroying the roof but supposedly not the inner containment, unlike Chernobyl which completely breached it's containment for it's hydrogen explosion. Radiation has been released into the air from inside the plant from steam and possibly from partial meltdowns of the fuel.

Also, once the cooling pool for the spent fuel rods dried out, they started burning in at least one pool, which is producing smoke with radiation in it. This is why storing waste above ground, in populated areas on site is a bad bad thing. But that is what just about all nuclear power plants do with their high level waste.

They had to evacuate the area around the plant, people have gotten lethal doses of radiation, people have gotten lesser doses, smaller exposure is ongoing. Tokyo's drinking water has been affected. They're also dumping thousands of gallons of contaminated water into the ocean. The cooling for the fuel rods has not been resolved yet, so there is still a risk of a meltdown which could breach the inner containment and create a horrific catastrophe in the enviroment.

But no worries, no prob, it's all under control.

Apr 26, 2011, 03:47


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