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Originally posted by xxcatcatcatxx
Nagoya, about 500km south of tokyo, is that enough to be safe, my friends are only 100miles south of fukushima, Im so worried
Originally posted by Erasurehead
I heard this from contacts in Japan. The fuel rods in the #2 reactor are almost fully exposed to air. They are expecting another hydrogen explosion in reactor #2. This should happen today. Partial meltdown is already occurring.
The radiation being released is higher than being reported so not to panic the public. This will increase if/when the #2 bulding explodes.
The situation is dire. They will be expanding the evacuation zone again to get people away from the radiation.
They are running out of options.
Inside the plant, according to industry executives and American experts who received briefings over the weekend, there was deep concern that spent nuclear fuel that was kept in a “cooling pond” inside one of the plants had been exposed and begun letting off potentially deadly gamma radiation. Then water levels inside the reactor cores began to fall. While estimates vary, several officials and industry experts said Sunday that the top four to nine feet of the nuclear fuel in the core and control rods appear to have been exposed to the air — a condition that that can quickly lead to melting, and ultimately to full meltdown.
Originally posted by JohnySeagull
reply to post by ethancoop
i understood that once the rods start melting there is no such thing as containment anymore. Nothing can contain them.
the latest news is that the rods in all three reactors appear to be melting.
i understood this to be the worst case scenario.
the only positive left that i am aware of is that they were not in production. they had been shut down when earthquake happened. so damage wont be as bad as could have been. however, locally i would imagine damage will be very serious?
Later, a top Japanese official said the fuel rods in all three of the most troubled nuclear reactors appeared to be melting.