posted on Apr, 23 2012 @ 11:57 PM
Originally posted by Erectus
I don't want to minimize the seriousness of the situation, but I think that in some ways atleast the radiation danger is being overblown. To say that
a single fuel rod can kill billions may be theoretically correct, but that's like saying that a black mamba can kill 17 people with a single bite.
The radioactive discharge of a nuclear detonation (and the destructive range of a nuke) is generally overblown. Now I know that Fukushima has more
material that any one nuke, but it is not enriched nearly to the extent of that found in a nuke. So the question arises how many weapon detonations (
of whatever size) does Fukushima replicate if it goes completely bust? The US and others have detonated thousands of nuclear weapons and we are still
fine. I'm not saying there won't be serious repercussions. But a northern hemisphere killer?
The problem is on multiple fronts. The proximity to the ocean, where millions of tons of water, highly, uncontrolled radioactive water is being dumped
daily. This will go one for beyond the foreseeable future. The burning of highly radioactive waste pouring untold amounts of hot ash into the
atmosphere. The potential of reactor 4, which, unlike nuclear bombs, has a varied core of elements. These elements, should the explode, will spread
all over the northern hemisphere via water, food and animals and cannot be seen, felt or tasted until it is way too late.
All of these issues, based on current technology, and the fact that TEPCO is bankrupt and the only organization working on the problem, means this
will go on for the next 50 years. Oh, and btw, if we don't keep water flowing, corrosive salt water, over the whole of the still unclear mess, things
get way way worse: that water needs to flow continuously from now until something solves a problem we can't solve and TEPCO can't afford to solve.
I'll say nothing of the waste that has wound up in the food supply via hot particles already in fish, rice, cows milk in CA, as this topic isn't
really even been explored as it is just impossible to comprehend, let alone deal with.
This is all very, very bad. The coming 7.6+ will show us how bad, then, maybe then, someone more then TEPCO might step up to help the planet. Though I
doubt it, we'll just get shoved off via some manufactured crises like Iran or some sex scandal.