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Originally posted by Hitoshura
Originally posted by 1FutureMarine1
But will a melt down explode like a nuclear explosion? Or will it just leak an butt load of radiation?
It won't explode like a nuclear bomb if that's what you mean. But yeah, the amount of radiation it might send out, I just can't think about it. I just hope the winds stay away from Japan so that any fallout goes largely into the sea. If the wind turns in a different direction the Japanese/Chinese people are screwed.
Do any other facilities in Japan have so many reactors next to eachother like this one has? Really sorry if it offends anyone, but something is just starting to feel seriously off about this whole thing.
Originally posted by westcoast
PLEASE expand upon this. I have been trying to find info on this and what the possible ramifications are. I have absolutely NO IDEA how big this. If ONE does melt down, what does that mean? How far would the fallout be?
Are you saying the West Coast as in Washington State....how much of an impact....any linked info?
Originally posted by raistlinmajere8
reply to post by 1FutureMarine1
How do you know the west coast would be screwed. Do you have any source for that? Any evidence?
From what I've read on different local news sites from the west coast, officials are saying that they danger there is VERY LOW.
Please don't just say things without any substantiated proof or evidence.
The balance between control rods (which are often made of cadmium because it can catch and capture neutrons without fissioning) is a carefully planned thing. If the fuel rods melt and fall to the floor of the vessel they will no longer be inter-spaced correctly to prevent a run away nuclear reaction
Originally posted by mirageofdeceit
Originally posted by lpowell0627
reply to post by LadySkadi
I am not one to fear-monger or jump to conclusions....but I believe "may" will be removed from the headline as soon as the evacuation of people in Japan is complete....
My personal thought is that this thing is already worse than they're reporting, and they seem to not hide the fact they are "downplaying the risks" - something you just can not do with a nuclear accident of any kind!!!
Unfortunately Japan already has a history of cover-up when it comes to serious problems, so the information coming out at the moment is not reliable.
Earlier they said things "might" be bad, e.g. the presence of radioactive material in the gas they were releasing, but now they say "the core might have partially melted". This is very bad news indeed.
The fact they are stopping people 60 km from the site speaks volumes, even though they only officially have an exclusion zone of 20 km.
I hope the winds don't shift and blow this thing at Tokyo.edit on 12-3-2011 by mirageofdeceit because: (no reason given)