Originally posted by Sandalphon
They should prepare for an incident that is 10 times as bad as Chernobyl. It's the only way to be confident about things. Expect a big fire, and poisoned water.
There is no other way, unless DARPA builds hoverdrones with claws to take the rods out in the next month or so. We can get to Mars with a rover but we can't get to Fukushima on our own planet. Some radioactive absorption palettes put in the way would be useful somewhere, convert that disaster into something energetic.
Some UFOs would come in handy right now, go in there and steal the radioactive rods. Someone should put an ad on Earth Craigslist: free nuclear rods, you pick up.
If only they built a dark matter converter we might be able to suck all that black radiation out of the way. It's not enough that they throw water on it. They need super ionated water, designed to pick up stray radiation.
Hoverdones with claws won't work - you need to keep these rods in water permanently to keep them cool. Otherwise the metal starts going soft, starts to buckle, crack and then start leaking hot particles.
Brilliant design to keep hundreds of nuclear fuel rods right above a high-pressure boiler.