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The deposit must be in the form of a money order made out to the inmate's full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. Details. When the Fukushima Meltdown Hits Groundwater March 27, 2011 By Dr. Tom Burnett

Fukushima is going to dwarf Chenobyl. The Japanese government has had a level 7 nuclear disaster going for almost a week but won't admit it.

The disaster is occurring the opposite way than Chernobyl, which exploded and stopped the reaction. At Fukushima, the reactions are getting worse. I suspect three nuclear piles are in meltdown and we will probably get some of it.

If reactor 3 is in meltdown,  the concrete under the containment looks like lava. But Fukushima is not far off the water table. When that molten mass of self-sustaining nuclear material gets to the water table it won't simply cool down. It will explode - not a nuclear explosion, but probably enough to involve the rest of the reactors and fuel rods at the facility.

Pouring concrete on a critical reactor makes no sense - it will simply explode and release more radioactive particulate matter. The concrete will melt and the problem will get worse. Chernobyl was different - a critical reactor exploded and stopped the reaction. At Fukushima, the reactor cores are still melting down. The ONLY way to stop that is to detonate a ~10 kiloton fission device inside each reactor containment vessel and hope to vaporize the cores. That's probably a bad solution.

A nuclear meltdown is a self-sustaining reaction. Nothing can stop it except stopping the reaction. And that would require a nuclear weapon. In fact, it would require one in each containment vessel to merely stop what is going on now. But it will be messy.

please let there be a better way...

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 at 08:24:39 PM EST
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Blowing a damaged reactor up with a 10 kT device is an absolutely absurd idea. Not only will it vaporize the core and the spent fuel and spread it over the neighbourhood Chernobyl-style, this kind of groundburst will contaminate vast amount of dust which will turn into fallout. Oh, not to mention the vast physical destruction created by nuclear weapons.

Basically, what is this guy smoking, and can I please have some?

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 09:06:30 AM EST
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