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TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese utility says fuel rods at a troubled nuclear reactor have been fully exposed.
The exposure happened at Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant — the latest reactor to lose its ability to cool down. The other two reactors at the plant are facing a meltdown and authorities are racing to cool them with sea water.
Tokyo Electric Power said Monday sea water is being channeled into Unit 2. It did not know if the rods were covered yet.
Their exposure raises the risk of the reactor overheating, which can lead to meltdown.
One of the most abundant substances in the cloud of radioactive steam released by a failing nuclear power plant is iodine-131—a radioactive form of the element, iodine, that is found throughout nature. Iodine-131 poses a special health risk because of its cancer-causing effect on the thyroid gland.
Originally posted by DaddyBare
so it seems the smiling talking heads were lying when they claimed everything was under control
Originally posted by Fractured.Facade
These Japanese officials are Japanese, they have family, friends and history, it is their home. They are doing what they feel is necessary to protect the greatest number of lives.
Emergency Cooling Effort Failing at Japanese Reactor, Deepening Crisis
By HIROKO TABUCHI, KEITH BRADSHER and MATT WALD
Published: March 14, TOKYO — Japan’s struggle to contain the crisis at a stricken nuclear power plant worsened sharply early Tuesday morning, as emergency operations to pump seawater into one crippled reactor failed at least temporarily, increasing the risk of an uncontrolled release of radioactive material, officials said.
Originally posted by NISMOALTI
so with all this said in this post, what are the chances of the radiation reaching the us?
is it a big chance or small, and what should the people do if it does make its way over here?
Originally posted by loagun
So what do they do with all this sea water they are 'rushing in' to cover the rods? because wouldn't that make the sea water they are using radio active now?
and once the sea water touches the rods, i imagine it heats up to boiling point point eventually, meaning they have to keep changing the water, and rushing in more sea water, correct....?
where is all this radio active water going?
i mean they have been doing this for like 3 days now, so i am sure 3 days of this 'rushed in' sea water would probably be over the capacity of any type of storage tanks they may have...edit on 14-3-2011 by loagun because: (no reason given)