reply to post by okiecowboy
Keep in mind, radioactive particles decay, the danger comes in the form of fallout (dust particulate that is itself irradiated)
Even if those rods become fully exposed and melt down, the radiation is mostly a concern for Japan. If we get fires (which could easily happen with
all those spent fuel rod pools losing water), or a badly timed explosion during a meltdown, then we're talking a Chernobyl style disaster.
People bandie around Chernobyl without understanding the differences. With Chernobyl, there was an explosion while the reactor was on, sending a
plume of radioactive dust something like 30,000 feet into the air.
These reactors were powered down during the quake so it's not the same scenario but boy are we darn close to it.
The spent fuel pools are freaking me out, on top of the reactors, the limited containment around them is potentially breached and they are having
trouble cooling them.
Well formatted thread and posts, lotsa information in this one.