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TOKYO (MarketWatch) -- The No. 3 reactor at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s /quotes/comstock/64e!9501 (JP:9501 2,121, 0.00, 0.00%) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant damaged by the recent massive earthquake exploded Monday due to a buildup of hydrogen, Japanese media reported. Smoke could be seen coming from the No. 3 unit on Japanese TV. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Sunday that such a reaction was possible and would be unlikely to affect the reactor's vital core container. A similar explosion Saturday blew the roof off the building housing the No. 1 reactor at the same plant.
Originally posted by stormy01399
so dose this increase the risk of nuclear fall out in the U.S. should i start looking for Potassium Iodide to be on the safe side or not?
The initial color of some radioactive clouds can be colored red or reddish brown, due to presence of nitrogen dioxide and nitric acid, formed from nitrogen, oxygen, and atmospheric humidity in the high-temperature high-radiation environment of the blast; ozone is also formed. It is estimated that each megaton of yield produces about 5000 tons of nitrogen oxides.[
Originally posted by SPACEYstranger
reply to post by JibbyJedi
Easy to say in hindsight. Not so easy when considering that nuclear power has been development since before you were born, and the Japanese have a massive and growing population with serious energy concerns to satisfy.