posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 07:34 AM
Originally posted by Soulsofwe
According to the BBC, reactors 4, 5 and 6 were offline at the time of the earthquake, and non-operational. They wouldn't have turned them on, so how
can number 4 suddenly be able to be on fire and explode?
They say it's reactor 2.
a reactor does not have to be ON to be dangerous.
Even after a reactor is turned off, cooling of the reactor
continues until the rods burn their fuel out. If the cooling
process fails, then the rods can forge together in a clump
or ball and start the reaction again as the meltdown allows
the rods to now touch each other. This is how you can
have an explosion in a non-operational reactor or one
that is shutdown. It has to remain cool afterward or it
There are 3 more reactors that do not have sufficient
cooling. 5, 6 & 7. So it may eventually be all 7 reactors
that explode radiation into the atmosphere. Reactor
#3 was the worst as the MOX fuel for it is far more
dangerous than the uranium/plutonium of the other
reactors. And #3 has already exploded and breached
containment. So we may have 3 more in the near
future. from the info I have seen thus far.