posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 05:24 AM
My first post as an ATS member. I would first like to say my heart goes out to all of those in Japan. I just joined the site to try and give my two
cents. I am currently studying to be an operator at a boiling water reactor, much the same as the Fukushima plant. To work at a nuclear power plant
you much know the function of every major and sometimes minor component. If I have any typo's my bad I am up way too late and making preparations in
leaving the area (only because I have a newborn). I do not believe the level will be high enough for grown adults who have already procreated.
A.) I saw a few posts as to the comparison to a nuclear reactor to an atomic bomb. Well a single nuclear reactor has ~1000 times the power of an
atomic bomb. There are 3 reactors so that is roughly 3k atomic bombs.
B.) Is the outer containment building being blown off a big deal and being understated? HELL YES IT is. In case of a vessel breech, the outer
containment building's (you know where the top blew off) function is to house the contaminated radon gas and keep it from entering the environment.
(It is supposed to hold up in full meltdown) I cannot wait to read the report if anyone working at the plant will be alive to write it.
C.) Is the amount of radiation being released an understatement? All signs point to YES. In order to prevent mass panic and a total proliferation
of Nuclear Power plants we have to convince the general public that it is not as big of an issue as it is. The general rule of business is to
multiply by 4.
BP = Understatement, Three Mile = understated (yes lots of gasses were released), chernobyl the containment are was half what it should have been,
IRAQ has WMD? I swear they were there when I saw them, Anyways I'm getitng off topic here!
D.) Nuclear experts. Just like the oil companies, they are "IN IT TOGETHER". They have to downplay the incident because of anti-nuclear support.
No doubt every power plant will need inspection after this costing us consumers millions.
E.) WE NEED NUCLEAR POWER. It nasty stuff but we need it. New high tech laser weaponry and all time high energy prices, nothing can compete with
nuclear power. We need it to stay on top of the technology ladder.
F.) Alpha particles are the ones we will be worried about here. Not sure of how many will be released in a reaction of this magnitude and what the
rate of dissolve will be. The particles will be "forever radioactive" but the rate as which they lose radioactivity is 1/2 each hour "Half
Lives". So the Worst will not hit us, but I am unsure as to the effects of 1-2 months of "higher" radiation we will receive at the west coast.
G.) OK! Heres where it gets serious. They keep talking about "harmful" levels of radiation where one might show "signs" of "symptoms" of
poisoning. And yes they are also talking about Thyroid cancer and yes that is majorly preventable by the potassium iodide. What they have not been
talking about are the long-term effect most notibly to unborn children and the copying of your x and y chromosomes. Birth defects not just now, but 1
and 2 and 3 generations down.
Let me know if I did decent of my first post! I might do some calculations later. Might not. I might try to sleep now.