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All the nuclear reactors at the earthquake stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are under threat of melting down and exploding in a chain reaction that will signify the world’s worst ever nuclear disaster and send clouds of radioactive particles hurtling towards the United States – that’s the scale of the crisis facing Japan as officials admit for the first time that three nuclear reactors are already in a meltdown.
Japanese authorities, presumably in an effort to prevent hysteria, have engaged in a cover-up of the true scale of the Fukushima crisis from start to finish, and they have been
Originally posted by OptimisticPessimist
It's all over the UK news channels that all three reactors are pretty much goners
TOKYO: A Japanese government official says the level of radiation at a troubled nuclear plant has exceeded the legal limit, underscoring the continuing problems with reactors rattled by Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.
Naoki Kumagai, an official at Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, insists there's no need to be overly alarmed by the radiation rise at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, although he says the level is higher than the legal limit.
Originally posted by Gab1159
This may not be the bottom of the barrel yet. I've read on a thread earlier today that another monster quake was about to occur in South Japan, one which could wipe Tokyo! I'm really fearful that this may just be the beginning, I suggest the United States close all nuclear reactors close to the New Madrid and the San Andreas fault lines. We don't want this same tragedy happen over here in US soils.
I wish we would be a united planet, no countries. The foreign help wouldn't be so complicated, as foreign wouldn't be of circumstances. Well...I'm talking about a peaceful united planet, not some NWO bullcrap.
S&F, as I wouldn't be surprised a cover-up is being played out.
Radioactive particles from the failing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station pose little immediate risk to North America, and should fall into the Pacific before reaching western shores. Using a publicly available modeling system for airborne pollutants developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Weather Underground’s Jeff Masters has modeled the spread of radioactive plumes. So far, the “great majority of these runs” have seen the plumes float over the Pacific, reaching eastern Siberia and the western coast of North America in about a week. “Such a long time spent over water will mean that the vast majority of the radioactive particles will settle out of the atmosphere or get caught up in precipitation and rained out,” wrote Masters. “It is highly unlikely that any radiation capable of causing harm to people will be left in the atmosphere after seven days and 2000-plus miles of travel distance.” A press release issued March 13 by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission echoed Masters’ speculation. “Given the thousands of miles between the two countries, Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S. Territories and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity,” (pdf) they announced.
Originally posted by Kram09
That article reeks of fear mongering to me.
Hurtling towards America (it's always about America isn't it?)
But not hurtling towards China?
A special feature of the Mark 1 design is that the used fuel, also called spent fuel, is stored within the reactor building in a swimming pool-like concrete structure near the top of the reactor vessel. When the reactor is refueled, the spent fuel is taken from the reactor by a large crane, transferred to the pool, and kept underwater for a few years. This spent fuel must be kept underwater to prevent severe releases of radioactivity, among other reasons. A meltdown or even a fire could occur if there is a loss of coolant from the spent fuel pool. The water in the spent fuel pool and the roof of the reactor building are the main barriers to release of radioactivity from the spent fuel pool.