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Originally posted by switching yard
reply to post by windwaker
According to physicist Michio Kaku, the last ditch effort would be to bury the plant in sand, boron (or boric acid?) and concrete.
Coincidentally, South Korea announced today that they're sending quite a lot of tonnage of boron to the scene.
Sorry, this was meant to be a reply to Ceekay, not Windwaker.edit on 16-3-2011 by switching yard because: to clarify
The cold water striking that molten metal will be flashing to steam, so that might actually increase the likelihood of the explosion that you speak of.
In other words, the cladding is not flammable, unless exposed to steam over time, after which it can become explosive. These rods were exposed to a great deal of steam, and the cladding may now be flammable/explosive.
Originally posted by RUDDD
I'd imagine pouring sand over the facility would only end up glassing it over as Tektite, and in any eventuality having this spill-out as a liquid source if you put too much of the stuff over it anyway. The core itself will be burning at 3000'c, it'd be like chocolate over a fire.
The announcement by the chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Gregory Jaczko, came as the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi plant said it had almost completed a new power line that could restore electricity to the facility and avoid a meltdown.
Originally posted by switching yard
This is what we might be seeing in the next couple of days... this is Michio Kaku, renowned physicist on his website...
"If I had the ear of the Prime Minister, I would recommend the "Chernobyl Option."
Put the Japanese Air Force on alert
Assemble a huge fleet of helicopters. Put shielding underneath them.
Accumulate enough sand, boric acid, and concrete to smother these reactors, to entomb them forever.
This is what the Soviets did in 1986, calling out the Red Air Force and sandbagging the reactor with over 5,000 tons of concrete and sand.
We have not yet hit the point of no return. But when we do, I think the only option left is this one."
False! Any amount of radiation is harmful. Moreover, it's cumulative, causing cancer if one human gene is affected. Depending on the type and amount, it damages chromosomes and DNA. In her landmark book, "Nuclear Madness," Helen Caldicott said:
Reaction of Titanium and Zirconium Particles in Cylindrical Explosive Charges
Frost, David; Cairns, Malcolm; Goroshin, Samuel; Zhang, Fan
American Physical Society, 15th APS Topical Conference on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, June 24-29,2007, abstract #P6.008
The critical conditions for the reaction of high melting-point metallic particles (Ti, Zr) dispersed during the detonation of long cylindrical explosive charges have been investigated experimentally. The charges consisted of packed beds of either spherical titanium particles (with diameters of 35, 90, or 215 μm; AP&C, Inc.) or nonspherical zirconium particles (250 -- 500 μm or 500 -- 600 μm, Atlantic Equipment Eng., NJ) saturated with sensitized liquid nitromethane. For the titanium particles, a threshold particle diameter exists, above which self-sustained particle reaction is not observed, although some particle reaction occurs immediately behind the detonation front then rapidly quenches. For the smallest particles, the proportion of the conical particle cloud that reacts increases with charge diameter, suggesting that the reaction initiation is a competition between particle heating and expansion cooling of the products. For zirconium particles, no critical conditions exist; particle ignition was observed for all particle and charge diameters tested. In this case, interaction of the high pressure detonation wave with the particles is sufficient to initiate reaction at the particle surface after a delay time (˜ 10's μs), which is much less than the time required for thermal equilibration of the particles.
Originally posted by blackcat99
reply to post by Wookiep
The foreign office have always pandered to the resident country and would never go against what the Japanese are saying - so I wouldn't trust them at all to tell us what the situation is in Japan