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Originally posted by Zeptepi
NHK WORLD TV is now 0156UTC is showing that two helos are dumping sea water at several hundred feet AGL. The helos can not hover due to the high radiation.
Looks like they are largely missing the target.
They mentioned that these helos have lead plates bolted to the bottoms to try to protect the crew.
7.5 tons of water is dropped on each drop.
They are still trying to get fire water cannons in position.
Hope there is not a leak in the pool, or they could be fighting a loosing battle.
Isn't sodium bad for machinery? I realise its better than nothing but why can't they pump fresh water there somehow?
Yeah lead does offer quite a bit of protection from gamma ray radiation but when your flying directly over a radiation source even that may not suffice. Alpha and Beta radiaton can be washed off later and eventually sinks due to gravity so its not much of a concern.
Maybe they should DIG BENEATH the pools and concrete that area if the containment has been breached that way water can remain in the pools and not need to be replenished constantly. Tunnel boring machines can start about a kilometer or less away and work there way towards the site. Of course as they approach near the site they will need all the protection they can get as the ground will most likely be highely contaminated.
I don't think my idea is crazy at all...and just look at the length the russians went to to concrete the entire site with tons and tons of concrete. If they don't think smart hard work alone will not get the job done and the devastion area will be huge...not just for japan but asia, the pacific ocean...and maybe even the world!