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Fledermaus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-16-11 09:57 PM
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What will happen if the China Syndrome comes true.
The molten core burning its way down to the water table.

I hope there is enough sand under there. It has to mix with the corium to thicken and solidify it. Thats what happened at Chernobyl.
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ChicagoRonin Donating Member (250 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-16-11 10:17 PM
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1. Worst case scenario . . .
- 800 square mile area of Japan rendered lethally radioactive for decades
- Inability to make repairs or rebuild in radioactive area creating a vast wasteland of dilapidated buildings
- Severely reduced food production
- Severely impaired distribution of goods and services
- Economic chaos in Japan
- Severe humanitarian crisis involving displaced persons; possible refugee crisis if many leave to other countries
- Social instability (anger at central government, fighting over resources, etc.)
- Multiple radioactive plumes floating across the Pacific
- Japan rendered an international pariah for its inability to deal effectively with the crisis

(I should really sign off now; my imagination is depressing me)
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NoTimeToulouse Donating Member (204 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-16-11 10:19 PM
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3. Not decades. Much longer.
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Fledermaus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-16-11 10:26 PM
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4. Is that from the movie or for real?
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NoTimeToulouse Donating Member (204 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-16-11 10:18 PM
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2. Since the reactor is close to the ocean the water table probably is pretty high.
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LastLiberal in PalmSprings Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 03:23 AM
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5. It wouldn't be the China Syndrome
The China Syndrome refers to a U.S. reactor melting down and going all the way through the earth to China. In this case, a melt down in Japan would end up just off the coast of Brazil, ergo it should be called (...wait for it...) the Rio Syndrome!
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 06:58 AM
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6. Read this from a super pro-nuke guy (it's really bad):
http://blogs.knoxnews.com/munger/2011/03/ex-sandia-engi...

Let's all hope that it doesn't happen. It's bad. Very bad. Best wishes to the plant workers as the only thing between full on disaster and a bad clean up job with no significant loss of life is them.
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kristopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 07:51 AM
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7. +1
Thank you. He is the most authoritative voice I've encountered yet.
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