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Since the crisis began in Fukushima prefecture, the operation to contain it has been hampered, reports the BBC's Roland Buerk in Tokyo. Tsunami damage to instruments has made it impossible to know what is happening inside the reactors.

On Tuesday workers managed to insert a probe into reactor number two for only the second time and found damage worse than expected.

Radiation was up to 10 times the fatal dose, the highest yet recorded at the plant. The level of water cooling the melted-down nuclear fuel was also far lower than expected.

The other two melted-down reactors, which are yet to be examined closely, could be in an even worse state, our correspondent adds.

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I believe nuclear power was a mistake, but that's just me, and this is only ONE case that proves the real dangers in this technology, but don't color me skeptical or cynical, I'm just being realistic here...
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Japan's lack of a contingency plan in case of emergency in a Tsunami zone is the only problem I see with Fukushima's disaster as a whole. Their inability to get the water pumps going again is staggering.

Modern reactors are so safe it's silly. So, so many more people die mining coal and refining oil.

In fact, my father worked at ARCO after he graduated. He has stories that are so grotesque and beyond imagination I can't believe he can sleep at night.

He understandably thinks that right now, nuclear power is the only sustainable, reasonable, and clean option available. I can't help but agree.
Edited by SectorNine50 - 3/28/12 at 9:24am
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in b4 omg omg omg, nuclear power= worship

you shall not say bad things about it rolleyes.gif
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Japan's lack of a contingency plan in case of emergency in a Tsunami zone is the only problem I see with Fukushima's disaster as a whole. Their inability to get the water pumps going again is staggering.
Modern reactors are so safe it's silly. So, so many more people die mining coal and refining oil.
In fact, my father worked at ARCO after he graduated. He has stories that are so grotesque and beyond imagination I can't believe he can sleep at night.
He understandably thinks that right now, nuclear power is the only sustainable, reasonable, and clean option available. I can't help but agree.

There was an earthquake and immediately after, a tsunami hit. they had contingency plans for both, but not both at the same time.
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I have another shocker article title, "Probe finds chocolate in Hershey's factory!" rolleyes.gif
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There was an earthquake and immediately after, a tsunami hit. they had contingency plans for both, but not both at the same time.

That's how tsunami's work. You get an earthquake, and then a giant wave.

If they had a proper contingency plan for a tsunami, it probably should have incorporated an earthquake. Plus, the plant survived the earthquake quite well, the wave was what caused the issues.
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There was an earthquake and immediately after, a tsunami hit. they had contingency plans for both, but not both at the same time.

This.
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This.

Read above. That is a completely bunk argument.

Tsunamis occur as a result of an earthquake.
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Read above.

Yes they normally come paired together, but not as massive as they were. And the contingency wasn't enough for both at that magnitude.
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Well that was a surprise that there be radiation issues of this magnitude considering it melted down.
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