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A Quick Guide to Japanese “Meltdown” Coverage: 4 Lessons
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We here at Bellum are certainly not trying to downplay the seriousness of the situation at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Our goal is merely to help our readers separate fact from hysteria and identify logical leaps and conclusion-jumping in today’s media coverage. Take, for instance, the latest CNN headline: “Official: Meltdown may be under way.” Technically true, but what did the official actually say?
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OP Updated: Yaroslav Shtrombakh, a Russian nuclear expert, has told the Associated Press that it is unlikely that the Japanese plant will suffer a meltdown like the one in 1986 at Chernobyl, when a reactor exploded and sent a cloud of radiation over much of Europe. That reactor, unlike the reactors at Fukushima, was not housed in a sealed container
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OP Updated: Yaroslav Shtrombakh, a Russian nuclear expert, has told the Associated Press that it is unlikely that the Japanese plant will suffer a meltdown like the one in 1986 at Chernobyl, when a reactor exploded and sent a cloud of radiation over much of Europe. That reactor, unlike the reactors at Fukushima, was not housed in a sealed container
I think the Chernobyl scare has been stressed enough.

Moving on...
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A Quick Guide to Japanese “Meltdown†Coverage: 4 Lessons


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Ha feels nice to be right without realizing it
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post #485 of 2836
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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)
Exactly. Chernobyl was designed bad from the start. It used fast fission, positive reactivity coefficient (as temperature of moderator increased, so did fission rate), tiny control rods (which melted before they could be inserted to shut down the reactor), and very minimal containment. It had a bad hydrogen explosion and literally burned through the basement and into the ground, and is still hot to this day.

The two other plants that are having cooling problems probably won't even have a partial meltdown, as they didn't lose flow until hours later after shutdown.

But the one that is having a partial meltdown, I wouldn't want to be within a few miles of the area until they get the mess cleaned up. You really don't want to be within a half-mile of the plant when they need to vent pressure to atmosphere.

Edited by damric - 3/12/11 at 6:30pm
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I think the Chernobyl scare has been stressed enough.

Moving on...
Just letting the people who are further into the thread know that the OP has been updated. I've been doing it all day since this all started and figured it's easiest to continue what I've been doing up until now.
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Exactly. Chernobyl was designed bad from the start. It used fast fission, positive reactivity coefficient (as temperature of moderator increased, so did fission rate), tiny control rods (which melted before they could be inserted to shut down the reactor), and very minimal containment. It had a bad hydrogen explosion and literally burned through the basement and into the ground, and is still hot to this day.

The two other plants that are having cooling problems probably won't even have a partial meltdown, as they didn't lose flow until hours later after shutdown.

But the one that is having a partial meltdown, I wouldn't want to be within a few miles of the area until they get the mess cleaned up. You really don't want to be within a half-mile of the plant when they need to vent pressure to atmosphere.
Well yes im not suggesting that people go and watch it , still a nuclear meltdown not the kinda stuff you want to mess with .

But yes Chernobyl was a mess, trust the Soviets to cut corners.

This real issue if that the media are blowing this so out of proportion that it might set back nuclear power buy a good few years, which looking at the state of the planet we cant afford. I wish they would concentrate on the fact that there will be "minimal" damage and how safe nuclear powerplants are these days. But no scaremongering sells.

However my thoughts do go out to the Japanese, who else is going to make 500 episodes of a kid pirate with a straw hat and bendy arms.
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(as temperature of moderator increased, so did fission rate)
They shoudn't of overclocked it

But on a serious note, lets just hope that they can keep the core cool. feel sorry for japan :/
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bill nye the science guy on cnn next! lol, surely he knows how to fix this
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Since the Dawn of media, it's been over-exaggerated. Purely because, that's what sells.

Put the words "Total", "Nuclear", and "Meltdown" in the same article, and people will read, and probably believe it.
    
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