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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.
Originally posted by TheRedneck
Boron is a neutron absorber; it is added to the reactor vessel water before it is injected to help control the reaction... sort of like a liquid control rod, if you will.
# 2333: More details on the reported blast at Fukushima's reactor 2. The explosion is feared to have damaged the reactor's pressure-suppression system, Kyodo says. It adds that "radiation tops legal limit" after the explosion. # 2320: A spokesperson from Tokyo Electric says said some staff have been evacuated from the site
# 2340: Tokyo Electric officials are now holding a news briefing. They say the blast at reactor 2 happened "near the pressure vessel". They also confirm that some staff at the nuclear power plant are being evacuated.
# 2344: Tokyo Electric says that 50 employees are still staying at the Fukushima plant