Japan’s nuclear crisis worsens

Workers struggle with frantic repairs at Fukushima Daiichi plant


The nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station continues as problems multiply for the workers tasked with controlling the crisis. Japan’s nuclear safety agency raised the severity of the crisis from 4 to 5 on a 7-level international scale (Three Mile Island was also rated 5, and Chernobyl was rated 7). Radioactive steam has been exiting the plant’s second reactor, which was hit by an explosion on Tuesday. Additionally, a crack in the stainless steel lining of the fourth reactor’s storage pool, making it very difficult to refill the pool with cooling seawater. Meanwhile, workers have been focusing their efforts on containing the situation in the plant’s third reactor, where spent fuel rods threaten to melt, thereby accelerating nuclear fission. A U.S. drone has collected visual data from the site that showed that contamination had not spread beyond the 30-km exclusion zone established around the plant.

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Japan’s nuclear crisis worsens

  1. Great question by Koon.

  2. It's simply evaporating into radioactive steam…..joy of joys.

  3. It's time to play the Chernobyl option. Reactors 3 and 4 are too badly damaged with or without power. You must mobilize the military and begin flying sand, concrete and boric acid in to these two reactors and entomb them. There is no other way and at some time in the future, you will still require a concrete and steel structure like Chernobyl to permenently encase these two reactors. A dead zone around this facility depends on the amount of contamination. It could be huge.

  4. Fukushima was probably worse than Chernobyl, and certainly worse than Three Mile island. The plant was built to withstand earthquakes of 7.0 or 7.5 on the Richter scale, and the earthquake measured about 8.9 or 9.0. All six reactors have been affected. But let's not fault the Japanese too much: you can't say that they haven't given it their all. There have been reports of Yakuza going in there without space suits to help out in the area around Fukushima, and they have played a huge role in directing aid in affected regions. However, it might not be enough.

    In the future, more countries will rely on nuclear power. We should probably expect more disasters like the one in Fukushima.

  5. More people die from industrial pollution in one year, then ever died from Nuclear. In fact, more people die from quebec asbestos, then dies from uranium and its extracts. More people develop cancers from Radon, in one year , then ever died from nuclear. And millions more die from malaria, which has worn out its appeal to the charity scammers, who do nothing about it.

  6. They're not workers, they're MEN!

  7. A week ago, this crisis was an impending apocalypse. I almost exclusively see stories about how the situation has "worsened"… and yet the number of deaths are tiny (there are 2 missing nuclear plant workers), particularly in relation to the massive tragedy that just befell Japan. But I suppose exploiting the irrational fears of radiation* possessed by an uninformed public is a better way to up readership.

    *Radiation can be dangerous, but it is a matter of levels. Unfortunately, newspapers tend to portray radiation as a binary matter, conveniently leaving out the radiation exposure we experience every day. I just took a plane, for instance, and in doing so, was exposed to a significantly above average dose of radiation (the average airline industry worker takes in more radiation than the average nuclear plant worker).

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