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Originally posted by RSF77
So when are people going to start getting ill and dying from this stuff?
Of all the terrible news from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, reports about the spent fuel storage pool for reactor #4 may be among the most disconcerting for scientists. The pool held the entire complement of fuel rods from the reactor's core, which had been emptied 3 months before the 11 March earthquake and tsunami struck. And yet on 15 March the building exploded, apparently fueled by hydrogen, leaving nuclear engineers to speculate about the source. Adding to the confusion are reports of fires in the pool, a worst-case scenario that had never before occurred in a working nuclear plant. Unraveling the mysteries surrounding the #4 pool will require discovering why water levels there fell so quickly and whether the 230 tons of spent nuclear fuel melted in addition to catching on fire.
Before the Committee, Ambassador Murata strongly stated that if the crippled building of reactor unit 4—with 1,535 fuel rods in the spent fuel pool 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground—collapses, not only will it cause a shutdown of all six reactors but will also affect the common spent fuel pool containing 6,375 fuel rods, located some 50 meters from reactor 4. In both cases the radioactive rods are not protected by a containment vessel; dangerously, they are open to the air. This would certainly cause a global catastrophe like we have never before experienced.
If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident. The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors. Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo. In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks.. As this has never been done before, the removal of the spent fuel from the pools at the damaged Fukushima-Dai-Ichi reactors will require a major and time-consuming re-construction effort and will be charting in unknown waters.
sorry, to be clear: reactors 1-3 (built just as 4) did have spent fuel pools similar to 4. 4 was shut down for maintenance and did not get a meltdown but did expose the pool to catastrophe.
1-3 had some form of meltdown. The Rods contained in 1-3 are? How many were there - are there?
A modern BWR fuel assembly comprises 74 to 100 fuel rods, and there are up to approximately 800 assemblies in a reactor core, holding up to approximately 140 tons[vague] of uranium. The number of fuel assemblies in a specific reactor is based on considerations of desired reactor power output, reactor core size and reactor power density.
Description of video: Fukushima Up Close and Personal
An Interview with Yumi Kikuchi
Former successful bond trader-tuned-anti-nuclear-activist - and now Fukushima refugee - Yumi Kikuchi talks about her experience of the earthquake in Japan, her analysis of the industry/government cover-up of the true impacts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, her organizing of evacuation efforts from the contaminated zones, and her family's relocation from rural farming in Japan to a new life urban farming in Hawaii.
For more info: yumikikuchi.blogspot.com...
Few people know that the Pacific Northwest got whacked hard by fallout from the Fukushima disaster with radiation rates hundreds of thousands of times higher than normal background radiation. The damage from this is not something that the corporate media or the government is talking about. It mysteriously disappeared from the radar almost immediately. Dr. Caldicott referred to this as a process of "cover-up and psychic numbing." Looks like it may be working. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission just approved two new nuclear power plants this week (4/2/12) in South Carolina in addition to the two approved earlier this year in Georgia. Dr. Caldicott talks about the dangers and hidden costs of nuclear power then tells the awful truth in minute detail about the actual scale of the Fukushima disaster and compares it to the nuclear disasters of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. Recent studies estimated that a million people have died so far from Chernobyl. Dr. Helen Caldicott is a physician, Nobel Peace Prize winner, noted author, anti-nuclear power advocate and has founded numerous national and international groups which oppose nuclear power & weapons, including Physicians for Social Responsibility.
See also: www.helencaldicott.com
Originally posted by ofhumandescent
reply to post by crankyoldman
My mother got two zaps in 1918 by a new X-ray machine that didn't have the low rems they have now for tonsillitis treatment.
Mother died at age 52 in 1963 of Thyroid/Lung Cancer...........found tumors the size of footballs (3) down to a million on the head of a needle. Working 9-5 one day, went in for exploratory surgery the next day and in the ground two days later. Took 44 years and affected her eggs inside of her. All girls have eggs in their ovaries when they are fetuses.
Brother born 3 cans short of a 6 pack, died at age 40 in prison for armed robbery. Never right in the head. Love him but his brain clearly did not function normally.
Sister dead at age 61 of colon cancer
Me, Congenital cataracts, cleft palate, all nerve ending in my ears that pick up consonants scarred and dead........I have since birth a high frequency hearing loss. Possible highly functioning Autistic. My doctor says I'm "normal" but I still wonder as I don't fit in with normal.
Son 1 (Grandson of mother zapped) ADHD
Son 2 (ditto) Autistic - high functioning above normal, almost genius.
Son 3 (ditto) Autistic - high functioning above normal, very level headed but cannot take any pressure.
Grand daughter, daughter of son 1 - ADHD
Radiation not only kills, it alters your DNA on a chromosome level for the rest of your blood line until scientists can figure out how to repair it.
When I was in nursing I was in a cancer ward and watched patients undergo radiation and chemo therapy, granted this was 30 years ago..............but some died from the radiation and it was not a fun way to die.
Average if you are in a nuclear war is a few days to a week maybe two if you are young and strong.
For those of us not at ground zero, maybe years................some at Fukushima have already died.
The unsung clean up crew.
Radiation poisoning is not a fun way to go, it's painful.edit on 16-5-2012 by ofhumandescent because: (no reason given)
your families experience will be the norm when that tipping point happens. Shockingly, folks will still be baffled by what happened. The real tragedy is the medical world has managed, inexplicably so, to reduce the entire human health experience to: does it cause cancer? If it does not, then there is no problem and people just need to shut up about "feeling bad" or "hair loss" or the list of ills listed in this post.
The Nuclear Industry is covering up it's own sins, at everyone's risk.
Originally posted by Sailor Sam
Hey Yankees - Fukushima is bad karma?
Looks like you might be getting some of your own back, retribution from Hiroshima and Ngagasaki in 1945.
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