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With attention focused on tons of radioactive spent fuel that may have ignited, some experts say the Japanese will be lucky if the stricken Fukushima plant creates a disaster only the size of Chernobyl in 1986.
These spent fuel rods are now being blamed for the radioactive releases over Japan. While the reactor cores are encased in bulky containment vessels, spent fuel is separated from the environment only by the water in the pools, said former nuclear engineer David Lochbaum of the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge, Mass.
That those spent fuel rods were even kept at the Japanese plant is controversial. Some used rods remain hot enough to ignite their metal coatings and release dangerous plumes of radioactive gases and dust.
Originally posted by muzzleflash
Chernobyl was 1 reactor with less potential fuel.
We are talking multiple reactors here with far more fuel.
Therefore if this cannot be contained and solved, than yes it will be like multiple Chernobyls combined.
Sorry but that's just the reality we have to deal with here.
If the pellets stay standing up, then even with the water and zirconium gone, nuclear fission will not take place, Mr. Albrecht said. Tokyo Electric said this week that there was a chance of “recriticality” in the storage pools — that is, the uranium in the fuel rods could resume the fission that previously took place inside the reactor, spewing out radioactive byproducts. Mr. Albrecht said this was very unlikely, but could happen if the stacks of pellets slumped over and became jumbled together on the floor of the storage pool.
The zirconium cladding on the fuel rods could burst into flames if exposed to air for hours when a storage pool lost its water. Zirconium, once ignited, burns extremely hot and is difficult to extinguish.
Originally posted by Screwed
At the very least, do your own research.
Get a geiger counter. HOLD IT IN YOUR HAND!
Do not rely on some internet site that monitors radiation.
Do it yourself!!
Hold it, feel it, touch it, smell it.
Read that geiger counter yourself.
Then YOU can make the best choice for you and your family based on YOUR observations.
The truth is here, NOW!
these people owe you nothing and couldn't give two squirts of P!$$ for you and your family.
Originally posted by loveguy
OK. I'm on the southern coast of oregon.
I have a bird feeder outside my bedroom window. Today is the first day that I don't have to refill it upon rising from my bed. There is still alot of activity around it, even Chip the monk came for some grub.
Look at me in the eye and tell me that my birds found better food elsewhere...
How terribly morbid for me to use a living thing as my own personal geiger counter...