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Nuclear Power Plant Disaster Extremely Serious - Two Reactors in Grave Danger

Saturday, March 12, 2011

It appears that a nuclear disaster may be playing out in Japan, as the country is struggling with 2 of its nuclear reactors. A possible meltdown of at least one of the reactors affected from the earthquake, and now a possibility of a second according to Yukio Edano, who is the country's chief cabinet secretary. Still, Mr. Edano cannot confirm that any meltdown has occurred, as he spoke of the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility. Another reactor known as #3, it is safe to assume that the possibility of a meltdown exists. So why is a meltdown considered bad? The answer is very simple, as it would be a catastrophic failure of the reactor core, that undoubtedly would be a high potential of radiation release. So how can they really know since they are unable to get close to the core to know what is actually happening? Another way to know is to measure radioactive isotopes in the air. Various reports claim that plant officials have injected sea water and boron in an effort to cool its nuclear fuel to stop any reactions, but the Country's chief cabinet secretary now claims that all they have used is clean water, not salt water. Three reactors at the same site have shutdown safely and are safe, but 2 still have some colling system issues, as they still do not have enough cooling capacity to shutdown the reactors safely.

Japan Nuclear Reactor Locations
A physicist named Ken Bergeron, who was also a former scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, claims that there has been a detection on a cesium isotope that indicates that a nuclear fuel cladding has failed.  Cesium 137 if truly discovered can remain dangerous for 600 years and is associated with a number of cancers.  If this is truly the case, the only thing left holding the radiation is the containment building, and if cesium is discovered, most likely the building will be permanently sealed.  If it fails, there would then be a good chance of deadly radiation escaping into the atmosphere. Nobody seems certain what may happen in the next few days, but one thing is certain. The core temperature must drop down considerably before they could even think it may be under control. The news about the nuclear reactor most likely will be up front and center for reporters for at least the next couple of weeks, considering that no amounts of radiation escape from the facility.
In the past, there were only two other nuclear disasters that were worse. The 1979 partial meltdown of a reactor core at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania and the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the Soviet Union were worse.


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