Three nuclear reactors melted down right after quake

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    Tokyo (CNN) -- Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant experienced full meltdowns at three reactors in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami in March, the country's Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters said Monday.

    The nuclear group's new evaluation, released Monday, goes further than previous statements in describing the extent of the damage caused by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

    The announcement will not change plans for how to stabilize the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the agency said.

    Reactors 1, 2 and 3 experienced a full meltdown, it said.

    3 nuclear reactors melted down after quake, Japan confirms - CNN.com
     
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    I recall most everyone was very worried about it. I even started this thread:

    http://www.usmessageboard.com/envir...erfectly-safe-for-ya-nothing-to-see-here.html
     
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    Yes, you and many others expressed justified fears that it was much worse than they were stating. And you were correct. The people here that demonstrated their ignorance were Kooky, Walleyes, and BiPolar.
     
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    I would just never build a fucking plant near a subduction fault that is for damn sure. Otherwise I'd rather use the vast deserts for nuclear plants instead of solar. Far, Far, Far more power generated. :razz:
     
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    Until we solve the problem of nuclear waste, I would not recomend building another nuke. If what they state concerning the thorium cyle nukes is correct, then we need to build a prototype to make sure it works as stated. As of now, we saw the nuke industry state that Three Mile Island was impossible, and that what happened in Japan was impossible. And both happened. And both were downplayed until they finally had to tell the truth.

    The nuclear industry has earned the distrust that is now expressed.
     
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    It does not matter how you try to spin green energy, there are limits. You can't get power on demand from Wind or Solar. You can only replace 25% with Wind & 15% with solar. Adding them together Factoring in overlap & off peak production the best you can achieve is 30%.

    30% can & likely will happen. Anything beyond that is an absolute lie. There is no way any country is going all wind & solar. Nuclear in deserts is the best option to make up the gap.
     
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    There were concerns, but the fact that still most of the radioactive base material is still contained in the reactors shows the design, while not completely effective, stopped this from being a much much worse accident.

    At chernobyl large chunks of the reactor's graphite and rods were blown out of the structure (remember they didnt have containment). That combined with the graphite fire in what was left of the core is what caused large areas to be irradiated.

    Here it looks like most of the fissile material remained in the reactor. the current water leaking issues are serious, but nowhere near the soil and air contamination levels seen in Chernobyl.
     

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