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Okay, I gave up reading after page #20.

Honestly, do those of us on the West Coast have to worry? I mean it sounds quite far fetched that we'd all instantly die within a week's time if it explodes all the way over there in Japan.

But it does make me worry .
You don't have anything to worry about.
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The Main Coolant Pumps on USS Nimitz (512MW reactors) were as big as an apartment. I could only imagine how big they are in that huge commercial reactor. These huge centrifugal pumps take a ton of power to operate, so you could image the electrical explosion of you crossed the 3-phase lines under load.

ooo. See im picturing something very different in my mind.
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This is what most people on this site think of when they hear the word "pump".
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This is what most people on this site think of when they hear the word "pump".


^^
yes, lmao, thats pretty much exactly what I think of. pretty bad even tho im a air cooling guy.
Edited by Lazloisdavrock - 3/12/11 at 5:22pm
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Same concept, just on a grand scale

The next question you might ask is..."what about after everything is shutdown and cooled down. That's a lot of contaminated water!"

It gets filtered by a resin ION exchanger until it is at safe levels. They are going to need a TON of resin to clean this up, and the used resin stays radioactive, pretty much forever. They will bury it at some remote nuclear waste facility.

Almost all of the fission fragments are very short lived isotopes. Like I said, the only long lived one is cobalt-60. It can be filtered out with said ion exchanger.

Edited by damric - 3/12/11 at 5:14pm
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I thought the F word was in the title at first .
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A meltdown is going to be pretty catastrophic. Radioactive debris along with a tsunami is pretty bad.
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every country should give a bit of a support ... japan is a country worth supporting as they are worth something to the world.

I think france could help A LOT with the reactor as they are the best in the world on this kind of energy production .

I wish them the best as a complete meltdown would be hugely more catastrophic then what already happened with the earthquake
    
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everyone thinks of Chernobyl but back then nuclear fission was a more primitive beast.

Not to play down how bad this is but they got this under control (ish)
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