Title should have read: If the world has a super-major SHTF where no-one can maintain nuclear reactors/entombment, is survival preparation
I was watching a Chernobyl video and how they have to encase it, and thinking about Japan at the same time. These are a few of hundreds, if not
thousands (?) of nuclear plants exist on this planet. What would happen to them if society breaks down to the point where its dog-eat-dog and
fruitless warring for basic resources? I assume no one is going to maintain the nuclear reactors since food would be cut off [unless they have some
huge backup which I don't know about], which means they'd have to loot or leave.
I was talking to someone who used to run a nuclear power plant, and what I gathered is that they have rods that drop in and stop the nuclear process.
This means it's near impossible for a meltdown of active rods to happen, but what I gathered is that the stored fuel rods have issues... and that is
what I heard happen in Japan. Please note I'm not an expert so this could be wrong or maybe I heard it wrong.
Anyways lets pretend that tomorrow, TSHTF. BOOM! The world is sent backwards into the dark ages for whatever reason, crops fail, oil dries out
completely; who knows. The main thing is there'd be some huge die-offs and all, though lets assume most of our 'bug out core preparers' get through,
made it to their own farm and lived happily ever after with little adversity to the land in a best case scenario.
So what happens when the sarcophagus of Chernobyl starts to deteriorate to the point where nuclear radiation starts leaking out? What about other
power plants like Japan? What about the fuel rods that are spent in all these other plants, or even nuclear material (I have no idea on what
containment measures are for active nuclear warheads and stuff like this). It almost seems like society needs to survive if we want to stand a chance
Now the good news of course is that unless they all have some meltdown... Japan + Chernobyl will not end the world. It's a pretty big place, and I'm
sure many places like the southern most point of Chile won't even see much radiation. Hey-- once again I could be wrong, but the odds look pretty in
favor for that place. Other good news would be that we'd have no crap food flowing through our veins. Our immune system would be in the shape
hopefully that we'd want it to be [hopefully, I'm not saying the wild would not test it in its own ways...], which can help stop cancer if global
radiation level rises. Another bonus is that were adaptive and I think even if it did build up over time, our bodies would adapt... much like it
adapted to radiation from the sun and all. We have pretty sophisticated bodies from what I've learned
But... in the end, could all those nuclear plants be our undoing if society 'undoes' itself? Could preparation just be for short to medium
Am I advocating no survival preparation? Of course not
, in fact-- even in light of this thought/thread I'd still be preparing either way
because life is a fun game
, though please note I use 'fun' loosely.
edit on 4/14/11 by NuclearMitochondria because: (no reason