Originally Posted by jjsoviet
So fire in spent fuel rods = big problem? :O
Huge problem actually. Its estimated that the Fukushima Daiichi plant may contain over 600,000 spent fuel rods.
The fuel rods must be kept submerged in water. Why? Outside of the water bath, the radioactivity in the used rods can cause them to become so hot they begin to catch fire. These fires can burn so hot the radioactive rod contents are carried into the atmosphere as vaporized material or as very small particles.
There saying it would be like Chernobyl on steroids. Chernobyl contamination settled upon people and nations thousands of miles from that reactor’s location. How far would “Chernobyl on steroids” travel?
No need to worry tho, I am sure they will get the fire put out.... grabs lead suit and runs...Edited by Krymore - 3/15/11 at 3:56pm