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Work resumes to pump seawater into troubled reactor unit: TEPCO - Kyodo News
     
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Originally Posted by Aparition View Post
Easy guys there will not be a cloud. Like the link above stated a full meltdown means the rods become liquid and pool into the collector below the reactor.

The plutonium / uranium used is far far below weapons grade. It will not ever explode. The reactors are well shielded.
No one is talking about an atomic explosion/mushroom cloud.

In the case of a full scale meltdown, the fuel will likely vaporise itself and pressure will burst containment. Much of that vaporised fuel and waste will then be in the air, and could travel quite a distance.

Still, even if this turns into a Chernobyl scale disaster (and that is still extremely unlikely, at this point), there would be little cause to evacuate communities 9,000km away.

Even if small amounts of material does make it across the pacific, the recommendation won't consist of more than staying inside for a few day, wiping your feet, taking showers, and not eating dirt.
Edited by Blameless - 3/14/11 at 12:43pm
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OP get's a rep. Full of important information with detailed explanations.
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I probably just stay inside my house if anything happens, but anyway i just had my bro in boston (he's a pharmacist and owns a pharmacy store) to ship me some potassium iodine tablets and some other things that he said might be useful. Well personally i'd love to have them in hands just in case i need to take one. I know there are few different particles and this tablet is only for the iodine which might cause thyroid cancer but something is still better than nothing. I'm not a paranoid here, but who knows what might happen next.....
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I'm so sick of these retarded news people who use the wrong terminology all the time and pretend like they actually know what they are talking about. Uggghh. They keep saying that if you ran your car with no coolant your engine would meltdown. lol. NO IT WOULD SEIZE.
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Im sorry if i may be wrong, but i have read that they may need to pump seawater for weeks if they cannot get normal cooling systems working again, wont there be a big build up of salt and other materials in the reactor from the evaporation? if so won't this slow down the cooling process?
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After watching the video on how the safety mechanism's work. Did he really just say he thinks the coolant leaked out?...if it think straight(i could be wrong)..it should be solid steel and shouldn't be cracked by a earthquake. I smell a world wide investigation into nuclear plant design after this...and who would build a power plant on the beach of an ocean where one of the biggest subduction zones were?(meaning biggest chance to have a earthquake/tsunami)
Edited by neonlazer - 3/14/11 at 1:06pm
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It should be solid steel.
    
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Talking about ironic and fitting avatars (Lampen and Buzzin92), doesn't xd_1771's user title (Disaster Prevention Guru) strike you as a bit ironic?
Edited by Floy - 3/14/11 at 1:11pm
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I have a question for any experts in this thread. It was my understanding that the fuel used in reactors not nearly enriched enough to react uncontrollably, ie any kind of 'nuclear weapon' explosion is impossible. But I was listening to the news today and a guest (who seemed to have some credentials on the subject) said a nuclear explosion (as with a nuclear weapon) is extremely unlikely at this point. I'm I wrong or did the guest not know what he was talking about?
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