(Updated) Expert: Threat of Nuclear Catastrophe in Japan -- "Could Be Worse Than Chernobyl"
The Associated Press reports: "Japan ordered thousands of residents near a northeastern nuclear power plant to evacuate today following a massive earthquake that caused a problem in the plant's cooling system."
The Institute for Public Accuracy issued the following release:
Kamps is a specialist in nuclear waste at Beyond Nuclear. Last year he was in Japan assessing the state of nuclear facilities there. He said today: "The electrical grid is down. The emergency diesel generators have been damaged. The multi-reactor Fukushima atomic power plant is now relying on battery power, which will only last around eight hours. The danger is, the very thermally hot reactor cores at the plant must be continuously cooled for 24 to 48 hours. Without any electricity, the pumps won't be able to pump water through the hot reactor cores to cool them. Once electricity is lost, the irradiated nuclear fuel could begin to melt down. If the containment systems fail, a catastrophic radioactivity release to the environment could occur.
"In addition to the reactor cores, the storage pool for highly radioactive irradiated nuclear fuel is also at risk. The pool cooling water must be continuously circulated. Without circulation, the still thermally hot irradiated nuclear fuel in the storage pools will begin to boil off the cooling water. Within a day or two, the pool's water could completely boil away. Without cooling water, the irradiated nuclear fuel could spontaneously combust in an exothermic reaction. Since the storage pools are not located within containment, a catastrophic radioactivity release to the environment could occur. Up to 100 percent of the volatile radioactive Cesium-137 content of the pools could go up in flames and smoke, to blow downwind over large distances. Given the large quantity of irradiated nuclear fuel in the pool, the radioactivity release could be worse than the Chernobyl nuclear reactor catastrophe of 25 years ago."
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:45 PM on Mar. 11, 2011
I hope they are able to get the electricity back up soon or at least get more batteries there ASAP.
Answer by Charis76 at 2:47 PM on Mar. 11, 2011
Answer by jewjewbee at 2:49 PM on Mar. 11, 2011
The Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA) increases the reach and capacity of progressive and grassroots organizations.... They have an agenda.... Jumping to Conclusions, Fear Mongering??? If the shoe fits...
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:51 PM on Mar. 11, 2011
Now... For the Rest of the Story...Now, for the REALITY
The 40-year-old plant, located in Onahama city, about 170 miles northeast of Tokyo, is not leaking radiation.
''We have a situation where one of the reactors (of the plant) cannot be cooled down,'' top government spokesman Yukio Edano tells reporters, the Kyodo news agency report.
The U.S. government has sent over coolant for the nuclear plant aboard U.S. Air Force planes, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today, CNN reports.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:52 PM on Mar. 11, 2011
Answer by fiatpax at 2:53 PM on Mar. 11, 2011
I didnt write the article.....but keep up your personal insults. It reflects on you
If you take MY OPINION of you( based on your trend of answers/question on CM) with such hyper sensitivity, who cares?... THE FACTS of what is going on in Japan outweigh your progressive and biased Institute for Public Accuracy's press release.... You chose to post this biased IPA crap OVER all of the FACTUAL news links..... So, the fear mongering and biased agenda reflects you... :o)
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:56 PM on Mar. 11, 2011