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Originally posted by shadowkhas
How would it get directly down into the ground/water? I don't ever recall seeing anything in the Chernobyl incident where anything did "melt into the earth." If you have a link to any info out there to the contrary, I'd like to see it. (No sarcasm or bitterness intended, I genuinely would.)
Originally posted by Sippy Cup
I am doubtful that the western united states would get fallout (I am no expert), look up jet streams. Does seem like a scary scenario .
Tokyo to San Francisco is 5,133 miles.
Originally posted by snoopyuk
Hi there Zorgon,
yes the effects were bad. We had to sell our family farm in SW Scotland due to the sheep being contaminated for several years.
Originally posted by Amaterasu
I knew that nuclear power was bad news. Very, very bad news. I think we should shut down EVERY nuclear power plant left - NOW! What's doing without the power produced compared to these risks???
Originally posted by zorgon
We could save all those land fill sites by just burning the trash and recover the metal from the ashes
Originally posted by Evergreen
I admit this is a silly and alarmist question, but . . . can that core keep melting and sinking until it hits, say, magma?
In an accident that has gone out of control, there is without any doubt enough heat generated to melt the steel bottom of the reactor vessel, causing an approximate 200 tons of molten uranium and radioactive fission products (above the melting temperature of uranium oxide, 2500o, or at least that of uranium, 1130o) to pour out onto the concrete floor of the containment building in a puddle with an average depth of about ¼ inch.