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[NYTimes] In Setback, Radioactive Water Is Leaking Directly Into Sea, Japan Says

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Highly radioactive water is leaking directly into the sea from a damaged pit near a crippled reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Japanese safety officials said Saturday, the latest setback in the increasingly difficult bid to regain control of the reactors.

Although higher than normal levels of radiation have been detected in the ocean water near the plant in recent days, the breach discovered Saturday is the first identified direct leak of such high levels of radiation into the sea.

The leak, found at a maintenance pit near the plant’s No. 2 reactor, is a fresh reminder of the dangerous side effects of the strategy to cool the reactors and spent fuel storage pools by pumping hundreds of tons of water a day into them...
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/03/wo...a/03japan.html
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that sucks
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what? doesnt the radioctivity get diluted/diffuse instantly?
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There is the idea that you could dump nuclear waste directly into the ocean and it wouldn't be enough to affect the marine life because of that. It will be diluted enough, then will sink to the bottom where apparently it won't do much at all to anything. Mainly because it's at the bottom but there is also mud that will help absorb the radioactive materials (density, they sink and get consumed by the mud). At least that's in theory, everything sounds good in theory. I'm not worried though, I'm sure the entire nuclear waste of all the plans could go into the ocean and our world wouldn't get too disturbed.
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There is the idea that you could dump nuclear waste directly into the ocean and it wouldn't be enough to affect the marine life because of that. It will be diluted enough, then will sink to the bottom where apparently it won't do much at all to anything. Mainly because it's at the bottom but there is also mud that will help absorb the radioactive materials (density, they sink and get consumed by the mud). At least that's in theory, everything sounds good in theory. I'm not worried though, I'm sure the entire nuclear waste of all the plans could go into the ocean and our world wouldn't get too disturbed.
until sharks grow legs and come ashore, but in all seriousness it will properly just affect the direct area of the leak but spread wise it shoulden't make it all that far.
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Until sharks grow legs and come ashore, but in all seriousness it will properly just affect the direct area of the leak but spread wise it shoulden't make it all that far.
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That was good, man eating sharks with legs!!!
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It is nowhere near the scale of Chernobyl, and that kind of sensationalist bull**** spreading has to stop.
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Hopefully if it goes down all that way, it'll poison Cthulhu so we don't have to deal with that in the future.
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