posted on Jul, 5 2012 @ 06:02 PM
I find it interesting how quiet a lot are on this ongoing disaster. The disturbing facts are:
In reactors 1, 2 and 3, complete core meltdowns have occurred. Japanese authorities have admitted the possibility that the fuel may have melted
through the bottom of the reactor core vessels. It is speculated that this might lead to unintended criticality (resumption of the chain reaction) or
a powerful steam explosion – either event could lead to major new releases of radioactivity into the environment. Reactors 1 and 3 are sites of
particularly intense penetrating radiation, making those areas unapproachable. As a result, reinforcement repairs have not yet been done since the
Fukushima accident. The ability of these structures to withstand a strong aftershock earthquake is uncertain. The temporary cooling pipes
installed in each of the crippled reactors pass through rubble and debris. They are unprotected and highly vulnerable to damage. This could lead to a
failure of some cooling systems, causing overheating of the fuel, further fuel damage with radioactive releases, additional hydrogen gas explosions,
possibly even a zirconium fire and fuel melting within the spent fuel pools. Reactor No. 4 building and its frame are serious damaged. The spent
fuel pool in Unit 4, with a total weight of 1,670 tons, is suspended 100 feet (30 meters) above ground, beside a wall which is bulging outward. If
this pool collapses or drains, the resulting blast of penetrating radiation will shut down the entire area. At the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power
station, the spent fuel pools alone contain an amount of cesium-137 that is 85 times greater than at Chernobyl.
If you combine this with the Japanese cultural propensity to place "saving face" above all else, one has to question their ability to address all this
in a timely manner, or at all.
Thier plan for reinforcing and securing the highly toxic spent fuel in the #4 fuel pool envisions doing the work over the course of a decade (!).
If there is a strong aftershock or even moderate quake along the same fault before that work is done there is a real chance that building will come
down, exposing that fuel and releasing enough radiation to seriously poison much of the Northern Hemisphere, particularly North America.
This is the doomsday scenario, yet there is no plan. Those of you who like activist government might explain to me where the UN is? the US? the EU?
We have a very real and direct nuclear security threat from Japan not only now, but for all future generations. It has the potential to end life as we
know it if there is another explosion, quake or simple accident at that site.
And the US government is distracted and consumed with phantom nuclear threats to a third country in the Middle East.
I'm going to forget about this now, because there is nothing I can do about it but hope there are no further mishaps while the Japanese fiddle
At least I lived to see a Saints Super Bowl victory. The interesting question would be how I choose to go out if this thing ever collapses and
terminal irradiation is imminent.
edit on 5-7-2012 by Vrill because: (no reason given)