Originally posted by captaintyinknots
The water that is pumped in there is essentially flash boiled. Id guess 95% of it becomes steam.
We can only hope your right, that the water is drenching the core, however... Though the core (or storage pool/s which MAY be a bigger concern, less
shielding and the pool structure having seen better days look trashed, is being cooled by the water hoses and we really hope the cooling pumps
themselves are working, yet, any evaporative cooling creates radioactive mist, and considerable run-off. I do NOT believe most of it [water+hitting
full bore the reactor boiling off/cooling] for among other reasons direct easy access to engulf (line of sight) the core would seem (and the wreckage
would seem to indicate) THATS problematic at best. But hey people I'm just going on what I see on TV, hardly adequate to do a reasonable
engineering-threat assessment. ANY water or in time "entombment material" like sand, concrete, etc; as they used in Chernobyl that comes in concoct
with the nuclear fuel, or any contaminated super structure/walls, machines, everything; will obviously also become radioactive. Lets start getting the
details at to calm people down, which now is badly needed.
It's important to get a picture as real time ASAP on things/events/options, and US PEOPLE, all providing feedback world wide. I'll try to post a
"roadmap" as to reactor types, plus/minus, location etc later. Japan has the problem of multiple reactors, some are still generating power but like
everyone honestly don't have a fricken clue here. So lets all work on this. Way beyond just this disaster. But for the problem at hand: I heard late
last night they are trying to execute a "cold shutdown," or total power off, core cool-down, and allow the reactor/s to become an obscene paper
weight. This can take weeks, perhaps more. I just don't bloody know, NO ONE seems to. VAST data, maximum,redundant which by it's nature is to name a
Item One >>contingent on the reactor type/size/expertise/resources AND continuity&robustness of the logistics chain. Wait. At 11:45:32hrs, US/CDST>
Just heard they have power cables strung to the crippled plants, but STILL NO power, yet. (???) I don't want to be too cynical, given what they have
been through I'm not entitled. But this lack of the appearance of control (No CONSISTENT Information), very, seriously bad news, in fact it's any
governments historical worse fear. The kind of problem that scares the hell out of contingency planners. People won't believe an official statement
if they think, with so many unknowns, double talk and "hearing people sweat," "they don't know what they're talking about" A nations government
that looses credibility, is as bad as it gets. First rule of not failing about as a person, nation, any entity: "Always provide CLEAR, and very
critical continuity in any official or 'associated" information to the public. The whole thing could be better in effect then anyone will now EVER
believe! See the major problem?
Nothing is more effective in solving major problems then convincing the general population WHO EVER speaks on an issue like the Japan Nuclear
disaster, people feel that "OK, no ones Karnak, give people the belief and tools to along w/listening to "officials", ( in radiation, etc; The
Government has not only the best technology but we hope accurate data to any emergency we also are confident we are doing something to HELP OUR
SELVES! "we know if not what to do under this or that event, we can pool and make available very important maybe life saving "better living through
accurate data". I'm not saying that makes great sense alone, or saves the world, but it is the Apex Issue is, FEELING IN CONTROL of YOUR LIFE.
Due to high radiation the Japanese can't get a physical look at the core?... OK. Just because thats not ITSELF anyones fault, is not as important.
Much CAN BE DONE to get a sense of CONTROL over OUR OWN lives. I will start a new post that looks at what we all can do to get as much data on
critical, world wide event's. And then do what is at least logical to help you me and us, in a calm, rational way. Last point multiple source
(avoid Toxic Ideology Overdose".) We can and do so much together.