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What will happen if the nuclear reactors in Japan meltdown?

What will it do globally? Environmentally? And to the population of the earth?

I know it is a dumb question, but I really don't know what effects it ill cause.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:08 PM on Mar. 14, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • It isn't a dumb question at all. This may help: http://www.npr.org/2011/03/14/134516475/primer-japans-nuclear-crisis

    We've had nuclear meltdowns before: Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. You can also look them up to see the lasting impacts.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:11 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • This is not a dumb question at all. I want to know the same thing. I have been trying to search if since last night. I will be checking back to your question for answers as well :)
    amber1330

    Answer by amber1330 at 2:12 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • Its a great question. Many of us are probably wondering the same thing.
    meooma

    Answer by meooma at 2:23 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/12/us-japan-quake-nuclear-us-fb-idUSTRE72B36C20110312


    Here is another one that explains International nuclear event scale Chernobyl was a 7 as bad as it can get, Three mile Island was a 5. The last number for Japan was a 4.


    Charis76

    Answer by Charis76 at 2:45 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704838804576196760647909824.html


    The specter of huge environmental fallout on the scale of Chernobyl is unlikely, though.


    The Chernobyl reactor used carbon to slow down neutrons, a key part of the fission reaction. In that disaster, a fire ignited the carbon and created radioactive soot that was carried afar by winds.


    The nuclear core in many modern reactors, including the ones in Japan, is enclosed by a steel containment vessel. Today's reactors also use water instead of carbon to slow down neutrons, so there is no big danger of the emanation of radioactive soot from the Fukushima plant.

    Charis76

    Answer by Charis76 at 2:47 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • It will melt through the floor into the ground hit water and explode.

    Natesmom507

    Answer by Natesmom507 at 2:51 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

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    If it meltsdown.... the wind currents will carry the radiation to the West Coast of the USA and it can have affects worse than Cherynobl... this one reactor they are trying to cool down is not doing it... and the safety measures broke down and the thing in there is now exposed... that is bad bad news. They NEED to cool it down.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F70jpw_LT-Q&feature=player_embedded


    http://modernsurvivalblog.com/nuclear/west-coast-usa-danger-if-japan-nuclear-reactor-meltdown/


     

    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 5:05 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • I have been trying to keep track only because my 22 r old dd keeps calling me saying people keep posting at the other mom site were all gonna die. If anyone has seen the map from ARS just know its completely false.
    http://www.snopes.com/photos/technology/fallout.asp
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 12:54 PM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • Thanks for asking .... I wanted to know too!
    cecyh9

    Answer by cecyh9 at 12:57 PM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • It could effect us here, like acid rain or something like that, but I am not sure if it will at all even effect us, just have to keep watching, I would hope it doesn't effect us
    Jssg1986

    Answer by Jssg1986 at 3:42 PM on Mar. 15, 2011

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