So I did this to see how far reaching an explosion at this site would be since they are thinking repair will be decades away. Everytime I see an
earthquake pop up there I think of this place, and the possibility of another in 2-3 decades if pretty good. There is also this chance while they are
removing rods in this time of a mistake.
I wanted to find out the equivalent of megatons for a Fukushima event. They say an explosion would equate to 14,000 Hiroshima type events. That bomb
had, from what I can gather was either .01 or .02 megatons. Most of what I'm finding is saying .02 so the larger number below would be the most
accurate. I am putting them both simply because I found the other equivalent.
1 megaton equivalent to 50-77 of the atomic weapons dropped on Hiroshima.
Depending on which of the above is correct I did the math.
14,000/50 = 280 megaton equivalent if Fukushima blew up.
14,000/77 = 182 megatons (rounded) if Fukushima blew up.
2.3 - 5.6 times more powerful than the tsar bomb, which was 50 megatons. This bomb evidently rocked the world for hundreds of miles.
I know the link below is Wikipedia and I really don't like using them as a reference but for this purpose I thought it ok.
50 megatons = The tsar nuclear test blew roofs off of homes if not destroying them altogether - even those hundreds of miles away. People reported
feeling a thermal pulse. It knocked out radio as well (in 1961 there were no cell phones or technology like today).
I am not at all sure if an explosion of Fukushima would equate to a nuclear detonation but since no one else is exploring what this would look like I
thought I would give it a go.
I imagine we would feel it in the US but we are pretty far. I don't know if it could knock out technology for the US but it seems certain it would
for sure get North and South Korea. It could trigger a volcano or earthquake. It might even create a nuclear winter. Its my understanding that Rand
corp did a study a few decades ago and stated 14,000 nuclear weapons would put us into 3 years of nuclear winter. I cannot find this study however so
I don't know how many megatons they were talking about.
I feel the worst at this time for those in Japan. I have to wonder what their media is saying to them about it.
And while they are doing all of this - not only the risk of an explosion but also leaking and further contamination. I liked the clay idea. Just throw
blobs of it on there. They better think of something better than this. Something to reverse the process to calm it down. Must be a way.