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Originally posted by AceWombat04
reply to post by Aircooled
So is that then the answer to my question in the other thread "how bad would an uncontrolled criticality actually be?" Because if that's all true... that's absolutely horrific. (This is in reference to the quote you posted that you said others would call "alarmist.") Is that actually the reality?
Forgive my ignorance if I'm asking an uninformed question. As a layperson it's so hard to separate hyperbole from disinformation from truth from official denial. I lack the scientific knowledge necessary to know if this is really what would happen, so that's why I ask. If that's really what would happen... then may whatever flying spaghetti monster people choose to believe in help us all. Because we certainly won't help ourselves, evidently.
Unfortunately there is no one better qualified to deal with this than the Russians, despite their own shortcomings'
I think the best chance of success is…that experts around the world drop everything they are doing to work on this problem, and have Russia either lead the containment effort or consult with them closely. They have the most experience, they have decades of data. They took their accident seriously and made a Herculean effort to contain it.
Mathematically, it is almost impossible to quantify in terms of resulting contamination, and a separate math problem would need to be performed for every nuclear element contained within the fuel, and whether or not that fuel exploded, burned, fissioned, melted, or was doused with water to try to cool it off and poured into the ocean afterward.
Some researchers have even ventured to say that other nuke plants on the east coast of Honshu may need to be evacuated if levels get too high, which will lead to subsequent failures/fires and explosions at these plants as well. Just how profound the effect will be on down-winders in North America, or the entire northern hemisphere for that matter, will literally depend on where the wind blows and where the rain falls, the duration and extent of a nuclear fire or chain-reaction event, and whether or not that reaction becomes self-sustaining. At least the northern half of Japan would be uninhabitable, and some researchers have argued that it already is.
Unfortunately, the facts dont bear out the sentiment of his first sentence.
But in all nuclear energy is safe if managed properly. Where I work, saftey is priority and I'm proud to work in the nuclear industry.
over 60 reactors under construction in 13 countries
Originally posted by amurphy245
The RT article was very interesting however they seem to talk about just the worst case scenario I'm interested in what the most likely outcome will be,at least RT is reporting on this ,if you check out bbc news all you get Is propaganda about the royal baby and cnn keeps peddling the Middle East propaganda