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... It is 11 times more likely for the largest asteroid near the earth to impact the earth over the next 100 years than for an ESBWR operational event to result in the release of fission products to the environment
GE Hitachi designed and built the nuclear reactors at the Japanese sites in crisis
The used fuel pools are designed so that the water in the pool cannot drain down as a result of damage to the piping or cooling systems. The pools do not have drains in the sides or the floor of the pool structure. The only way to rapidly drain down the pool is to have structural damage of the walls or the floor. As of mid-day March 15, there is no evidence to date that this has occurred.
NHK World is reporting that the water dump has not changed the radiation level. In other words: it didn't work.
I have some questions about the fallout issues. During Chernobyl the bulk of the fallout hit Belarus, I found stated amounts of that fallout to be in the range of 50 to 70%, and to this day some areas of Belarus are not inhabitable. I found some sources to say that some of the radiation went into the food chain and in green leafy vegetables and cow's milk. Does anyone know if there are any other foods to avoid? And, are these the top foods to avoid?
As for the reactors I've been trying to find out if these reactors being affected in Japan were more powerful ones than the reactors in Chernobyl. I haven't been able to find the numbers on the quantity of fuel rods, although I'm thinking that the situation with the reactors in Japan seems more serious an event
"The core of an LWR contains 35,000-70,000 long, thin fuel rods