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  •  50 People Fight 3 Explosions and 2 Fires (6+ / 0-)
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    metiche, grrr, miriam, bibble, Gemina13, greengemini
    As long as engineers can keep the spent fuel cool until power and normal cooling can be restored, this accident is unlikely to produce any substantial release of dangerous radioactivity into the environment.
    But even with these design flaws, the reactor material is remaining contained,

    You are so out of touch you would not even make a good lobbyist for the industry.

    Have you followed the developments at all? You might have fooled people a few days ago but now?.  After a new explosion or fire occurs every 12-24 hours? They now say the second Unit 4 fire was started because the first Unit 4 fire was never exstinguished.

    From what I have heard and read from the experts is the situation is out of control.  You really insult the 50 fighters risking their lives. According to you they just have to keep water on the rods --what's the deal? No problem with fighting fires or explosion.

    They can't get on the roof of Unit 4 and can only think of dropping water through a hole in the roof or shooting water from a cannon onto the roof.  Is this is the manual?

    They probably don't even know the conditions in the three active units. They have reached last ditch efforts to keep those units from melting down (is pouring in seawater in the manual?). I sincerely hope they succeed, but most every expert describe these as "Hail Mary" efforts.

    They pools are heating in 3 units and they cannot reach them. The pools are fully exposed meaning immediate release of radiation.  The container vessels are not even designed to contain a full melt down.

    Nothing for you to worry about, but apparently the government is worried enought to evacuate people with 12 miles, telll peoplel withing 20 miles to stay indoors and remove 750 much needed rescue workers from the site. Your diary insults the 50 left behind to perfomr Herculean efforts.

    Chernobyl had one unit destroyed. Fukishima is working on six - three without containment vessels.  Chernobyl radiation releases are estimated to have killed as many as one million.  But who knows --it's not like the Soviets or the countries of Eastern Europe had the greatest courts to sue the Soviet Government.

    An area with a radius for 60 miles is uninhabitable for the decades at least. And that in a lightly populated area -- not the densely populated east coast of Japan.
    France, which knows as much as any country about nuclear energy has told its citizens to leave Japan. Finland has moved it embassy to a city 250 miles away from Tokyo.

    I have not heard one expert that is not lobbying for the nuclear energy business that takes the casual attitude your diary professes.  But then they are not assuming that its a simple matter to keep the rods in water or within the walls of the containment vessels.

    It's obvious knowledgeable nuclear experts not on the industry payroll disagree with you.

    You are not worried --- and neither is my dog. Ignorance is bliss.

    •  CNN is reporting that the 50 workers have (2+ / 0-)
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      been pulled. The situation is left to play itself out.

      Can any of the smart people here tell me what happens when the 6 reactors and the spent fuel pools are left to melt down?

      •  there will be (0+ / 0-)

        a puddle of very hot melted fuel on the bottom of the containment building. And when it's solidified and the radioactivity has died down, in ten or so years, they can go in and clean it up.

        Incidentally, they've discovered recently that mice from the Chernobyl area don't have as bad reactions to chemotherapy as 'normal' (not from Chernobyl) mice do. This is leading them to consider slight doses of radiation for making chemo less of an ordeal.

        (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

        by PJEvans on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 08:08:21 PM PDT

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