Threat of nuclear meltdown looms over Japan

Officials confirm three reactors are at risk of overheating


Post-earthquake relief efforts in Japan are focused on averting a nuclear meltdown and caring for the millions that are still without power or water. Friday’s earthquake and tsunami are now estimated to have killed 10,000. Officials have confirmed three of country’s nuclear reactors remain at risk of overheating, which could lead o to a devastating radiation leak. At the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, authorities say they had to release radioactive steam into the atmosphere to avert a meltdown. Japanese PM Naoto Kan says the current crisis is the country’s biggest challenge “in the 65 years since the end of World War II.”


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Threat of nuclear meltdown looms over Japan

  1. Unfortunate for the future of nuclear power generation. There will be even more paranoia now preventing further efforts to build otherwise ecologically beneficial power plants

    • No, because its obvious that nuclear is not near as dangerous as previously threatened. We now realize a few nuclear bombs would not destroy the World. Some the United States has known for years. I imagine, deployment from space, is their ace! Probably Bin Ladin knows it too.

    • Is paranoia unjustified?

      If there is (God forbid) a full meltdown at one of these reactors the fallout could reach western North America.

      And lets not forget the long history of leakages in Ontario.

      • Being as the Fukushima reactors were set up with exactly this doomsday scenario in mind, chances are extremely low to nil that would happen. This link is pretty concise and has the advantage of being written for the laity (ie: thee and me). http://bravenewclimate.com/2011/03/13/fukushima-s

  2. Hey guys, don't you think that the Japanese people have been living and witnessing much more than their share of harrowing experiences? No matter how prepared they are, fear mongering will surely amp their anxieties to the nth degree. Enough already, let them handle things as they come. No need to kill some of them with heart failure before things even ever happen.

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  3. The #3 reactor is fueled with MOX. Plutonium oxide and a blend of other useful oxides. Spent warheads actually.

    That explosion was very different from the first one.

    The US navy has moved it's ships offshore since the Ronald Regan went through a radioactive cloud.

    I'm sure nothing can go wrong. The guys here know so much.

    • and just what would US navy be ships be doing onshore? glad they were able to move them offshore.
      the world is ruined.

  4. So if there is a meltdown, with the prevailing winds what will Canada get? Please don't quote that panic mongering YOUTube drivel that was poopood by the Australians

    • Chernobyl – a far worse disaster (the Chernobyl plant was still running when it melted down, and had a lousy containment system) – had no perceptible impact on Canada. If Japan faces a meltdown, the only measurable impact on Canada will be economic.

      • Just wondering about the wind currents

  5. This is just a confirmation of how dangerous nuclear energy is and will be for the half life of uranium. Other than the catastrophes that will continue just the cost of storing the spent waste will be astronomic and also subject to inevitable catastrophes. Nuclear energy is a short term fix with quick profits . Only problem is the descendants of those who made the quick profits and spun the propaganda that nuclear was safe will pay dearly for the lack of foresight, vision and greed of their ancestors. There will be a Darwin award given posthumously.

  6. Accidents cause a lot of deaths, in fact the most in Canada in a year. Next is deaths from RADON! More people die from Radon each year, in Canada, then has ever been caused by Nuclear problems. What are you going to do about that? Nothing? lol In fact, the town of Harvey nb, has had its water banned, affecting house sales that cannot get clearance. In region central west more then 30% of homes have radon leakage. Causing a steady stream of problems, STILL not studied! So, the more we drill, the more KABANG!

  7. How about a little perspective here. This is not a Chernobyl in the making. At Chernobyl, the power plant was still running through the meltdown, whereas these plants shut down just after the earthquake. Moreover, these Japanese plants have far better containment systems than their Russian counterpart. The absolute worst case scenario here (and the probability of it occurring is low) is the irradiation of a somewhat large area (it was not clear how large), and about 24 deaths (from the same source as tomtheterrible).

    But the real issue is that the alternatives to nuclear – coal and oil – are less safe. How many coal miners have died from black lung? How many oil workers have died over the past 40 or so years (between 2002 and 2007 alone, 598 workers died in US oil-fields)? How much have lifespans been shortened from breathing in air polluted by coal? What of the risks of oil spills, or the environmental damage from coal tailings? Or the geopolitical price of relying on the middle east for fuel? Not to mention the impact of global warming…

    Alternative energy will eventually be a viable source of power, but not yet. Until that time, well-designed nuclear power plants continue to provide the best option – though I suspect the backlash against nuclear power will be large. Like a frog in a slowly heating pot, we tend not to react to the slow, gradual forces that are destroying us (while modest damage from what may be the biggest earthquake in history brings the scaremongers out in force).

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