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Meltdown threatens Fukushima plant

Exposed fuel rods could result in more hydrogen blasts


 

Technicians are struggling to stabilize a third reactor at Japan’s Daiichi plant in Fukushima prefecture, which has been rocked by blasts for three days following the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake that has crippled the country. Radioactive fuel rods became exposed after the reactor’s cooling system broke down, resulting in a hydrogen blast that has injured 11 people. Plant operators have resumed pumping seawater into a second reactor after its coolant system broke, resulting in declining temperatures. Both nuclear experts and the Tokyo Electric Power Co. maintain that a Chernobyl-scale disaster is unlikely due to thick containment walls remaining intact, and the more rigorous safety measures in place. But, a U.S. aircraft carrier has been moved from the area after detecting low-level radiation 160 km offshore. A 30-km exclusion zone has been enforced around the plant, and tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from the area in the event of a nuclear meltdown.

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Meltdown threatens Fukushima plant

  1. Today 'we Canadians', yesterday and again tomorrow 'we Amerikans'.

    Gotta be driving the red rags writers nuts trying to turn this sows ear into a silk purse.

  2. Hydrogen blasts, produce water. lol Are we ever learning a lot about the way we been B/S'd over the years.

  3. Nuclear energy is an accident waiting to happen. Its a quick fix with big profits in the short term. However it will cost us exponentially in the future. The half life of uranium, the astronomical cost of storage , and the probable catastrophes should outweigh any short term considerations. Unfortunately mankind will only take heed when it will be too late. Once the plants melt down, the storage facilities leak , radiation poisoning becomes rampant, and our quality of life seriously compromised we will be long gone but our descendants will have little respect for their ancestors who created this nightmare to save a dollar. The nuclear energy lobby are as effective at lobbying as the tobacco industry, To tell our descendants , " it seemed like a good idea at the time", is unacceptable.

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