Originally Posted by damric
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.