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Still...

If those things aren't cool = kaboom

right?
It won't ever explode.(at least these types of reactors) If they don't cool it the fuel will continue to release radioactive material that will have to be vented out over time but as damric has said earlier almost all the radioactive material will dissipate in a matter of hours. They have the situation pretty much under control, the reactors are off, they just need to cool them now and every hour that passes the chances of a major issue occurring get slimmer and slimmer.
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Was it the containment building of reactor #3 that exploded. and is this the one that has the MOX reactor!?
As far as we know yes, that is the MOX reactor. The vessel is intact however.
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post #883 of 2836
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Was it the containment building of reactor #3 that exploded. and is this the one that has the MOX reactor!?
Yes, it was the building over it that exploded, the containment vessel itself and the reactor are still completely intact. As was said earlier they are designed to blow out like that for cases exactly like this. And yes it is a MOX reactor, so the danger is greater with it but as already said they are off and cooling and venting is the last step.(A very long step though)
Edited by scyy - 3/13/11 at 8:38pm
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Ok, that's not making sense! Design a building to explode instead of having an emergency release valve?

That just sounds moronically crazy.
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Ok, that's not making sense! Design a building to explode instead of having an emergency release valve?

That just sounds moronically crazy.
They do have release valves, but if it gets to a point that an explosion is going to happen no matter what they have it designed so the explosion goes completely outwards so there isn't massive pieces of concrete crashing onto the reactor and containment vessel. That is all I meant, it is designed so if worse comes to worse the reactor is still intact. I'm not saying it's a good thing by any stretch.
Edited by scyy - 3/13/11 at 8:42pm
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that contradicts what I've heard earlier. that the building it designed to collapse in on itself so as to not kill anyone near it. Apparently they have some sort of explosion fetish in Japan.
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that contradicts what I've heard earlier. that the building it designed to collapse in on itself so as to not kill anyone near it. Apparently they have some sort of explosion fetish in Japan.
I dunno, I'm just saying what I had heard earlier regarding this. I could be wrong about the exact way it reacts to the explosion but I am almost positive about the fact that it is designed so if an explosion were to happen it is contained in such a way that it wouldn't damage the reactor.
Edited by scyy - 3/13/11 at 8:45pm
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Ok, that's not making sense! Design a building to explode instead of having an emergency release valve?

That just sounds moronically crazy.
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that contradicts what I've heard earlier. that the building it designed to collapse in on itself so as to not kill anyone near it. Apparently they have some sort of explosion fetish in Japan.
The buildings were largely designed for aesthetics. They are designed to hide the reactors from view but still allow for normal and emergency functions.
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that contradicts what I've heard earlier. that the building it designed to collapse in on itself so as to not kill anyone near it. Apparently they have some sort of explosion fetish in Japan.
It would make more sense to have it explode out anyways, as anyone around it would have been evacuated by the time it got to that point.
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So they are designed to break-away in an emergency. That sort of makes sense but you'd think there would be a huge valve to release the pressure without resorting to an explosion which freaks people out.
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