What happens in a nuclear meltdown

Find out what’s happening at the Fukishima Daiichi nuclear plant


The New York Times has produced an interactive feature that demonstrates how a nuclear reactor works and what happens when it shuts down. In addition, the 3D-animated feature explains how Fukishima’s Daiichi plant’s reactors have been malfunctioning since the earthquake and tsunami damaged them.

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What happens in a nuclear meltdown

  1. Could someone tell me what the contingency plan is in the event of a tornado reaching the nuclear facilities in Canada? (We are hearing all of this talk about reaction plans in the event of a earthquake/tsunami hitting these facilities; however, the likelihood of a tornado in our country – especially with storm season coming up – is definitly more probable than an earthquake/tsunami)….. so anyone, contingency plans? where can we access them?

    • Read Gwyneth Cravens The Power to Save the World.

  2. I sincerely hope that this tragedy will not delay the construction of new nuclear plants in Ontario. The safety and environmental records of the existing Canadian plants are far better than fossil-fuel fired plants

  3. Millions more people have died from industrial pollution, then ever did or will from nuclear radiation.

  4. If you really want to educate yourself, read books by those who were anti-nuclear and went to truly understand the supposed evils of nuclear power. Try Gwyneth Cravens The Power To Save The World, or perhaps Stewart Brand and his Whole Earth Discipline. Tornado's are pretty far down on the list of things that are going to do any kind of damage to a nuclear power plant.

    Please do this. It's important in the face of all the hysterical over reaction to have a balanced and knowledgeable understanding. There are problems we have to solve in regards to nuclear power, but in the face of what we are doing to the world using fossil fuels (and especially coal) to provide the baseload electricity the world needs, the problems are trivial. 4 years ago I wouldn't have had much of an opinion on this matter. Now it is quite apparent that we desperately need this carbon free source of power.


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