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an official explained that low levels of radiation were detected in the air and on aircraft flying near the plant, a discovery that prompted the ships to move to a position away from the plume’s downwind path. The Reagan was at sea, around 100 miles northeast of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear power plant, when the hazardous material was discovered......
....Ships in the carrier’s strike group, including the cruiser Chancellorsville, the destroyer Preble, the combat support ship Bridge and destroyers Fitzgerald, John S. McCain, McCampbell and Curtis Wilbur, are all expected to operate off the east coast of Honshu, the largest Japanese island. The destroyer Mustin is south of the power plant.
“We will watch the winds closely in the coming days and move our ships and aircraft as necessary to avoid the windline in Fukushima,” Burke wrote.
Originally posted by ceekay
Can I ask if anyone knows...
Once a partial meltdown is happening, if water (coolant) is pumped back into the reactor, will those melted rods start to cool and turn back into solid matter? or will a total meltdown have to occur.
Its just that I'm sure I read somewhere that the rods, once liquefied can actually return to solid material?
Forgive me if I'm wrong, this is my first real look into the world of nuclear power sources.
Originally posted by GullibleUnderlord
radiation levels have doubled at the front gate of the plant source cnn
Originally posted by monica86
I don't know if you are aware, there was a news conference
At one of the reactors, a safety valve shut and it now prevents pressure from being released and water from being poured into the reactor. They are trying to find a way to open the valveedit on 14-3-2011 by monica86 because: (no reason given)
One of the most abundant substances in the cloud of radioactive steam released by a failing nuclear power plant is iodine-131—a radioactive form of the element, iodine, that is found throughout nature. Iodine-131 poses a special health risk because of its cancer-causing effect on the thyroid gland.
The fuel rods (uranium anyway) melt at 1132 degrees C.Source The zirconium cladding over the fuel melts at 1852 degrees C.Source