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# 1011: More from Walt Patterson of Chatham House. He says the presence of the radioactive caesium in the surrounding area does not pose a huge threat to public health in the immediate aftermath of the explosion. "What would be serious is if there was an explosion or fire that lifted this stuff high in the air, meaning it could get carried over a wide area."
Originally posted by Kryties
Originally posted by thomas_
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano has confirmed the explosion at Fukushima-Daiichi. "We are looking into the cause and the situation and we'll make that public when we have further information," he is quoted as saying by Reuters.
It's now official
I guess the person who claimed it was all CGI was wrong. Not that a quick check of all the news sites on the Internet wouldn't have confirmed that.
Originally posted by defenestrator
reply to post by randyvs
I think you mistook my point, but, yeah I know containment is breached on one reactor. We shall see. If you live in the Western USA go buy your potassium iodide before it is sold out. No joke, do it now. We have perhaps days until we know, and before fallout arrives, better to be prepared than to go without the protection you need. If you don't have any, go get it now!
Originally posted by Teknikal
I wonder is it possible they created the explosion on purpose my thinking is a small dirty bomb is a lot better and more desirable than a meltdown. It's also possible it was just steam although I'm not really buying that I can see a shockwave.
If it's neither of those it's another terrible day for Japan.
# 1016: The BBC's environment correspondent Roger Harrabin says he understands the blast at the nuclear plant may have been caused by a hydrogen explosion - also one of the possibilities laid out by Walt Patterson of Chatham House. "If nuclear fuel rods overheat and then come into contact with water, this produces a large amount of highly-flammable hydrogen gas which can then ignite," our correspondent says.
Originally posted by darkest4
Please stop the fear mongering, the notion that even the worst case a meltdown of a plant or two occurs would kill off people all the way on the west coast of the usa from fallout and you all need to evacuate is ludicrous and all started from a stupid 4chan troll map. Theres 5000+ miles of open space bewteen the west coast and japan. Chernobyl would have wiped out all of europe and asia if deadly amounts of radiation could spread that far from a nuclear plant melt down.
Originally posted by Jakes51
This situation is a disaster of epic proportion and in my years on this earth, I can't recall an event this devastating. It just continues to spiral out of control. From the massive earthquake, periodic aftershocks, water logged towns and cities, probably untold thousands dead, and this ever changing nuclear emergency. As bad as the other affects from this disaster are, this Fukishima nuclear emergency gives me the creeps.
From increasingly high temperatures in the core, inoperable emergency generators, and now reports of an explosion. This is shaping up to be a re-run of Chernobyl, but this time they have an environmental disaster to trudge through to respond to the emergency at the plant, and it will no doubtingly hamper any evacuation efforts. It seems very difficult to compartmentalize the response to this disaster, because to many serious scenarios are all happening at once and in real time. This is a disaster for the ages. I am attentively watching this scenario very closely.
Originally posted by Brainiac
reply to post by balon0
It's the real deal. Wonder why Youtube removed it? Are they part of the Governments policy of keeping the public numb to danger...
Move along people there's nothing to see here...
edit on 3/12/2011 by Brainiac because: Explosion was real. Japan in more trouble.
Originally posted by bluestones
reply to post by thomas_
That same person claims to be a CGI artist too At least we know who not to rely on for any future analyzation of videos. The shockwave looked pretty intense... BBC World is showing a few videos on a loop so if anyone hasn't seen the explosion you can check there.
The BBC's environment correspondent Roger Harrabin says he understands the blast at the nuclear plant may have been caused by a hydrogen explosion - also one of the possibilities laid out by Walt Patterson of Chatham House. "If nuclear fuel rods overheat and then come into contact with water, this produces a large amount of highly-flammable hydrogen gas which can then ignite," our correspondent says.