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FourScore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:46 PM
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Core of Stricken Reactor Probably Leaked, U.S. Says
Core of Stricken Reactor Probably Leaked, U.S. Says
By MATTHEW L. WALDand ANDREW POLLACK
Published: April 6, 2011

WASHINGTON The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that some of the core of a stricken Japanese reactor had probably leaked from its steel pressure vessel into the bottom of the containment structure, implying that the damage was even worse than previously thought.

The statement came as the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, started to inject nitrogen into the reactor containment vessel of unit No. 1 to prevent a possible explosion.

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...It did not say whether the fuel was molten or solid. If molten fuel has left the reactors pressure vessel and reached the drywell in substantial quantities, it raises the possibility that the fuel could escape the larger containment structure, leading to a large-scale radioactive release...

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...Some engineers have theorized that if a core melted down and concentrated at the bottom of the vessel, it could melt through the vessel and then burn through the concrete of the foundation. One element of such an event would probably be a resumption of the nuclear chain reaction, in a molten mass in which no control would be possible because there would be no control rods to slide smoothly between neatly arrayed bundles of fuel...

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/07/world/asia/07japan.ht...
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:48 PM
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1. You would get more radiactivity by microwaving a bag of popcorn.
Everything is fine, everything is safe. Please continue shopping and eating the Gulf seafood. Thank you.
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:15 PM
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2. Thank you. Can't get enough of the truth around here.
I'm going to buy and cook a mess of pre-oiled seafood in your honor... or is that "to your horror"?

Please, someone, tell me what to think about this. I'm confuded.
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Kablooie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:31 AM
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3. Your just being silly. Microwaves don't have radiation.
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:37 AM
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4. Leaked! Well hell get his ass in a jail cell STAT!
We HATE leakers!!! Oh...I see the word 'probably' now, nevermind back to the doldrums of life. Stay as you are.
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