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Originally posted by EnhancedInterrogator
reply to post by monica86
Here's another quote from that story ...
"Japanese people are not the type of people who rise up and stage a coup d'etat," he says. "They just keep quiet and die. People in my town just outside the exclusion zone are being told to stay inside. That doesn't make sense. How many people do they want to kill?"
Originally posted by chr0naut
reply to post by Wertwog
If we had a squib explosion then it would be equivalent to the fallout from a small yeild A-bomb.
The Plutonium component would be very deadly as a condensed vapour.
Most fallout components are, fortunately, heavy and so don't remain in the atmosphere for long. It is unlikely that a radioactive plume would reach the United States due to the nature of fallout.
Where the fallout does fall, however, will be poisoned for a long time (nearly a century based on bomb tests & other accident data).
Originally posted by butcherguy
reply to post by Hugues de Payens
I tried to touch on the primary/secondary loop concept much earlier in the thread when TEPCO started spraying the outside of the reactors in the idea of cooling the core. Not a very effective way to do it.
Nuclear IndustryHigh purity electrographite is used in large amounts for the production of moderator rods and reflector components in nuclear reactors. Their suitability arises from their low absorption of neutrons, high thermal conductivity and their high strength at temperature.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
It appears Graphite melts at about 4705K, and it is combustible.
The mineral graphite (pronounced /ˈgræfaɪt/) is one of the allotropes of carbon. It was named by Abraham Gottlob Werner in 1789 from the Ancient Greek γράφω (graphō), "to draw/write", for its use in pencils, where it is commonly called lead (not to be confused with the metallic element lead). Unlike diamond (another carbon allotrope), graphite is an electrical conductor, a semimetal. It is, consequently, useful in such applications as arc lamp electrodes. Graphite is the most stable form of carbon under standard conditions.
Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," James Acton of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said: "They started pumping sea water into the core of the first of the reactors. Now you only do that if you basically decided to write off the reactor anyway … "You're only going to do that if you're seriously worried about the possibility of significant core melting.
"There's both significant uncertainty about what's going on at the moment and significant uncertainty about the possible outcomes," he added.
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