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Esteban_Villa 03-13-2011 11:02

what do the japanese care? let the **** melt down, we'll have to deal with the fallout, well us and the canadians.

LogRoller 03-13-2011 11:05


Originally Posted by JoMo (Post 16270688)

yes, once again, this clearly demonstrates that this was no big deal at all and we're obviously overreacting to a minor event

Gow 03-13-2011 11:06


Originally Posted by Gow (Post 16270909)
No this won't happen at all, dude.

If there is a loss of containment there won't be a huge ejection of radiation into the atmosphere like there was in Chernobyl. That plant exploded when the core melted through the RCV down to a cooling tank underneath the reactor. The Fukushima plant doesn't have anything like that, it's several feet of concrete and steel designed to contain the slagged core.

What caused the massive fallout was not the explosion at Chernobyl anyways. When the core was exposed to air the graphite moderator caught fire and started spreading radioactive debris into the surrounding area and the atmosphere. Fukushima doesn't use have graphite. It's a light water reactors which means water serves as both a coolant and as a neutron moderator; if the water goes away, the nuclear reaction stops. An runaway reaction like Chernobyl is not possible with a light water reactors; thanks to their negative void coefficient. There will not be any sort of self-sustaining feedback loop like what happened at Chernobyl.

They have shut down the reactor cores and they have the control rods in place. what this means is the temperature levels are nowhere near those the ones found in normal operation. Right now it's generating decay heat and this is causing the pressure problems. Decay heat has to be managed by cooling systems, and since those systems were messed up in the Earthquake/Tsunami it's not being managed properly.

So when this began they were looking at the posibility that the water would boil off completely, stopping the reaction but allowing the decay heat to cause the fuel core to melt. This could have meant the slagged core would melt through the bottom of the RCV into the concrete below. The end result would have been a huge cleanup inside the outer contanment building but little to no release of radiation anywhere else.

Right now they have decided to focus on scrapping the entire reactor and filling the whole thing with sea water. This will destroy the reactor permanently yes but it will also keep the cores from melting further and shut down the reaction. The financial toll is gonna be huge ($500M-$1B) but this is one of the worst case scenarios and it's resulted in no major loss of life or danger to the country.

**** you bottom of the page! Not this time!

Got Haggis? 03-13-2011 11:19

CNN just sent me an alert saying excessive radiation leeks now detected

oDDable 03-13-2011 11:36

Is Sarah Palin in Alaska right now?

*crosses fingers*

JoMo 03-13-2011 12:13

what in the world?

BREAKING NEWS: Cooling system pump stops at Tokai nuclear power plant: fire dep't

aScotiA 03-13-2011 12:20


Originally Posted by LogRoller (Post 16270923)

yes, once again, this clearly demonstrates that this was no big deal at all and we're obviously overreacting to a minor event

Holy **** at 'Kashima in Minamisoma'

Sunken valley is now a reservoir.

Special---K 03-13-2011 13:34

Video - Breaking News Videos from

CNN had an interview with Bill ****ing Nye


Togowack 03-13-2011 13:42

yeah bill nye

what a wonderful liberal news station. Lets consult the science experts.

so did their station melt down?

GreyHound 03-13-2011 13:45

"The Science Guy"

Rampancy 03-13-2011 14:36

Bill Nye the Science Guy dummy he had a show vge

samUwell 03-13-2011 14:48

as if it couldnt get any worse for the Jap's, a volcano is erupting.


Zombie 03-13-2011 15:00

holy ****...

Japan tsunami survivor Hiromitsu Shinkawa found 10 miles out at sea | World news | The Guardian


A 60-year-old man has been found on the roof of his floating house nearly 10 miles out at sea, two days after the tsunami that devastated the north-east coast of Japan.

Special---K 03-13-2011 15:05


samUwell 03-13-2011 15:05


Originally Posted by Zombie (Post 16271222)


CogitoČ 03-13-2011 15:15


Originally Posted by Zombie (Post 16271222)

Wow, world's luckiest man right there.

edit: I mean sort of, with his house being at the bottom of the ocean now and whatnot.

Special---K 03-13-2011 15:15

so lucky his ****ing house got washed out to sea with him on it

buize 03-13-2011 15:20


Togowack 03-13-2011 15:36

i hope you guys are praying for the japanese

Fool 03-13-2011 15:37


Originally Posted by Zombie (Post 16271222)

Yup the Sea Shepard tried to block him from whaling.

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