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BREAKING NEWS: Hydrogen explosion occurs at Fukushima No. 4 reactor (11:53)
BREAKING NEWS: Fire at No.4 reactor apparently put out: Tokyo Electric (12:04)
FLASH - French embassy in Tokyo says weak radioactive contamination could reach Tokyo in 10 hrs from stricken nuclear plant
Originally posted by RickyD
WOW NHK live feed broke away from live feed of press conference coverage cause the TEPCO rep couldn't answer a difficult question!!!
Japanese Government formally asks for assistance WITH REACTOR EVENTS
U.S. GOVERNMENT AND NRC PREPARING RESPONSE
The Japanese government has formally asked for assistance from the United States as it continues to respond to nuclear power plant cooling issues triggered by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11. As part of a larger U.S. government response, the NRC is considering possible replies to the request, which includes providing technical advice.
Included in a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) team dispatched earlier to Japan to assist with the disaster are two boiling-water reactor (BWR) experts from the NRC. They are currently in Tokyo offering technical assistance. USAID is the federal government agency primarily responsible for providing help to countries recovering from a disaster.
The NRC has been monitoring the Japanese reactor events via its Headquarters Operations Center in Rockville, Md., on a 24-hour-a-day basis.
The NRC will not comment on hour-to-hour developments at the Japanese reactors this is an ongoing crisis for the Japansese who have primary responsibility.
TOKYO, March 15, Kyodo Radiation is feared to have leaked after part of a container vessel was apparently damaged by an explosion at the troubled No. 2 reactor of the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant Tuesday morning, its operator said, triggering fears that the problem could develop into a critical ''meltdown'' situation.
Originally posted by Highground
reply to post by westcoast
If there's a meltdown (which it's pretty much presumed there is one underway, or will be shortly), then radioactive Cesium and Iodine isotopes will be released in the vapor, uncontrollably. This is a product of the uranium fission (correct me if I'm wrong please, RedNeck), and when the reactor goes critical because of the meltdown, there's gonna be a large quantity of these materials being produced. They will escape in the vapor being released through the cracks.
The uranium itself will probably not disperse, unless there is some sort of explosion propelling it outwards.