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Officials admit they may have to bury reactors under concrete - as happened at Chernobyl
Government says it was overwhelmed by the scale of twin disasters
Japanese upgrade accident from level four to five - the same as Three Mile Island
We will rebuild from scratch says Japanese prime minister
Particles spewed from wrecked Fukushima power station arrive in California
Military trucks tackle reactors with tons of water for second day
Originally posted by Gorman91
reply to post by Bicent76
However, It is not going to affect life like Chernobyl. There, the wind patterns brought it westward towards more populated areas, and affected life everywhere, all the way to Scotland, where sheep today are still affected. Meanwhile, in japan, the situation is not nearly as bad, and yes it is not that bad because people can still come there and take pictures. There is no meltdown yet. And wind patterns bring it into an atmospheric whirlpool into the pacific, not Alaska nor the west coat. In fact, if one wanted to have a disaster be least damaging, this is the situation most ideal. The radiation in the immediate area IS BAD. But, it's only in that location, and without a full blown meltdown, the radiation will not stay that high. Radiation requires huge deposits to affectively cause problems. This is called fallout. Because it remains there in huge quantities. This is not the situation.
But it is true that plants die first. Animals get cancer, then die.
After Tokyo Electric Power Company Managing Director Akio Komiri cried as he left a conference to brief journalists on the situation at Fukushima, a senior Japanese minister also admitted that the country was overwhelmed by the scale of the tsunami and nuclear crisis.
He said officials should have admitted earlier how serious the radiation leaks were.
Originally posted by TheRedneck
reply to post by cosmicpixie
This is one of the contentions between myself and Erasurehead,,, I'm thinking they have to cool the core off to below the melting point of the concrete to keep the cap from simply melting off in the future, but he seems to think enough concrete will prevent that at present temperatures.
To be perfectly honest, I'm not gonna say he's wrong.
The last reported temperature level in the spent fuel pond at Unit 4 was 84 degrees Celsius, although increases in temperature up to 1,000 degrees Celsius could cause the fuel rods' zirconium cladding to catch fire, leading to large, unchecked releases of radioactive isotopes