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What we should be scared of is "other than nuclear" explosions spreading the radioactive materials, dirty water pouring into the ocean and an uncontrollable melt down radiating the surrounding areas for decades to come.
Originally posted by Fractured.Facade
There is absolutely zero possibility of an "atomic explosion" here, such a detonation would require uranium, or plutonium cores that are thousands of times more pure than the fuel in these reactors, and then a specially designed highly explosive (implosion) of the fuels to achieve critical mass and thus an "atomic explosion"
The worst that can happen is a complete meltdown, and possible steam ejections that would eject massive amounts of extremely radioactive elements in the form of particulates that could be spread out by winds in lethal concentrations.
A worse threat for now is not from this meltdown scenario, they have that fairly under control with cooling efforts... The severely damaged and leaking spent fuel pools in the tops of the damaged reactor structures are a serious looming threat, if the spent fuel rods are exposed to the air, and heat up and catch fire that could be as bad, or worse than a meltdown in the reactor cores.
Blowing these reactors up with nukes or any explosives is just plain stupid.
Also i'd say that I have never heard a claim of 500,000 workers being exposed at Chernobyl. Maybe 500?
The battle to contain the contamination and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion rubles, crippling the Soviet economy
Originally posted by Wookiep
reply to post by anumohi
Just yesterday Japan raised the level to 7.
That now puts it on the the scale of Chernobyl (the highest level). Yet today TEPCO says the crisis is "stabalizing"
Well, which is it?edit on 12-4-2011 by Wookiep because: (no reason given)
its not a chernobyl by any measure
If you were wishing for the worst to happen, you will likely be very disappointed now... In this case the worst already happened nearly a month ago.