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Two things could happen, it could be like three mile island and the reactor vessel remains intact, holding most of the radiation in (best case scenario), Or it will be like Chernobyl and the lid will blow off, leaking the contents of the pressure vessel everywhere.
     
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Latest from from my TV in Nagoya, A person related to the attempts to cool the reactor has stated that according to the radiation levels right after the explosion the reactor is still fine.

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They are being very skeptical about the statement
    
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post #114 of 2836
Once the pressure is released from the containment dome explosion, there is radiation leakage, but less chance of actual core explosion resulting in mass release.
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Commentators, local and central government officials say that the nuclear fuel is still within the reactor vessel and it is unlikely that a breach will occur given the earlier release of pressure.
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post #116 of 2836
I really thought that nuclear power plants explode like the ones in Red Alert. Good thing its just like that. I pray that there will be no widespread radiation leak. I don't want Chernobyl to happen again.
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post #117 of 2836
but remember there are 5 reactors that have coolant failures, this is just ONE.
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Our local news media just posted that the authorities have confirmed radioactive leak from the nuclear plant.
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Neil McKeown in Nakameguro, Tokyo writes: "The evacuation zone has been extended to 20km by the government. However TepCo [the Tokyo Electric Power Company] appeared in a news conference and promised to release new radioactivity readings after 6pm. It is now 7.30pm and they have not done so. People are getting extremely frustrated at the lack of news coming from TepCo and the government - they have yet to confirm if the building that suffered an explosion housed a reactor, and we have no indication how much radiation has been released or in what direction winds are blowing."
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Serious damage unlikely however..
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In boiling water reactors (such as the one at Fukushima), explosions are caused by an uncontrolled build up of heat in the reactor which can result in hydrogen being produced, which is of course is explosive.
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