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FishoutofWater Breaking: Spent fuel fire at reactor 4, hydrogen explosion & radiation release

The number 4 reactor was not operating at the time of the earthquake according to NHK. However, the loss of power that occurred when the tsunami wiped out the diesel generators caused the spent fuel pools to lose water circulation. Heat from the spent fuel would have eventually boiled off the water once circulation was lost. When spent fuel is uncovered it can heat up to such high temperatures that its zirconium alloy cladding catches fire. That appears to have taken place. Moreover these conditions apparently led to hydrogen generation which caused an explosion that destroyed the roof of the reactor 4 building.
Radiation levels of 400 milliseverts (reporting was previously in microseverts, one thousand times less) have been reported between reactors 3 and 4. The live NHK report stated that the hydrogen explosion and fire at reactor 4 may have been caused by burning of the zircalloy cladding of spent fuel rods in the damaged pool. Neutrons have been measured outside of the reactor indicating that water levels are low or the spent fuel has become uncovered. Neutrons are stopped rapidly by hydrogen in water, but will pass through heavier nuclei. Neutrons have a long path length in air.

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Russian nuclear accident specialist, Iouli Andreev, who directed the Chernobyl disaster clean-up, has published a scathing critique of Japan's nuclear power plant set-up, against the Japanese handcling of the disaster, and against the corporations that build nuclear power plants, and against the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
In a recent Reuters interview Andreev insists that the IAEA and all regulatory parties have wilfully ignored the lessons from the world's worst nuclear accident 25 years ago in order to protect the industry's expansion and massive profitibility.
"Greed in the nuclear industry and corporate influence over the U.N. watchdog for atomic energy may doom Japan to a spreading nuclear disaster," says Andreev -- one of the men brought in to clean up Chernobyl .

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   Updated by boatsie at Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 11:25 PM PDT

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