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AUTHORITIES say the pressure is rising at a nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan after its cooling system failed. Japan's nuclear safety agency says pressure inside the reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant has risen to 1.5 times the level considered normal. To reduce the pressure, slightly radioactive vapor may be released. The agency said the radioactive element in the vapor would not affect the environment or human health. Japan has issued an evacuation order to about 3,000 residents living near the plant. The government also issued a state of emergency at the power plant. The agency says plant workers are scrambling to restore cooling water supply at the plant but there is no prospect for an immediate success.
TSUNAMI waves triggered by Japan's devastating earthquake began arriving on the US West Coast today, about 12 hours after the quake, officials and witnesses said. "The tsunami has arrived now and the ocean is surging as though it were between high tide and low tide every 30 minutes instead of the usual six hours," said Mike Murphy, emergencies chief in Port Orford, Oregon. "It's definitely the tsunami waves doing it," he told AFP, adding bigger waves were expected in the coming hours. In the small town of Coos, about 80km to the north, municipal spokeswoman Helen Thompson said the waves were not big.
Originally posted by infinite
reply to post by AmatuerSkyWatcher
I think it is because Chernobyl was in the process of nuclear fusion, thus creating a far greater intense pressure. From their (the IAEA) rough idea a potential meltdown would literally just melt away - not create the intense burning fire and huge explosion that ripped about Chernobly.
A potential comparison was made to nuclear disaster in America (cannot remember the place, forgive me)
Originally posted by shikori
reply to post by StealthKix
I made this point earlier but one guy didn't beleive me for he couldn't access the site, either. I made the post around page 64-66