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Interesting read if you are into the science. If he's right, then nuke energy is getting a big undeserved black eye from the coverage of Japan. Three Mile Island had a meltdown (partial) and it was contained. The key is whether it is contained. I hear meltdown and assume the only outcome of a meltdown is Chernobyl, and that's wrong. Meltdowns are planned for and containable. (All assuming this guy is right--yeah, never assume anything.) :glare:

Why I am not worried about Japan’s nuclear reactors – From MIT’s Dr. Josef Oehmen « Climate Sanity

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The containment structures around two of the reactors have been breeched. The earlier explosions caused cracks to form and they've split apart. The IAEA has upgraded the danger rating from 4 yesterday to 6 today. Chernobyl had the the highest rating at 7. These facilities are currently in meltdown mode. Check the Japanese media websites for more up to date information. Every major foreign financial corporation with offices in Tokyo are now evacuating. It's not getting better soon.

 

From the Kyodo New Agency:

 

The situation at the quake-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in northeastern Japan ''has worsened considerably,'' the Institute for Science and International Security said in a statement released Tuesday.

 

Referring to fresh explosions that occurred earlier in the day at the site and problems in a pool storing spent nuclear fuel rods, the Washington-based think tank said, ''This accident can no longer be viewed as a level 4 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Events scale that ranks events from 1 to 7.''

 

Noting that a level 4 incident involves ''only local radiological consequences,'' it said the ongoing crisis is ''now closer to a level 6, and it may unfortunately reach a level 7'' -- a worst case scenario with extensive health and environmental consequences.

 

''The international community should increase assistance to Japan to both contain the emergency at the reactors and to address the wider contamination. We need to find a solution together,'' it said

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To be fair, Stacy, Dr Egghead does an excellent job addressing the issues regarding these various levels. It's a good read.

 

Leave it to some egghead from MIT

 

 

From the Kyodo New Agency:

 

The situation at the quake-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in northeastern Japan ''has worsened considerably,'' the Institute for Science and International Security said in a statement released Tuesday.

 

Referring to fresh explosions that occurred earlier in the day at the site and problems in a pool storing spent nuclear fuel rods, the Washington-based think tank said, ''This accident can no longer be viewed as a level 4 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Events scale that ranks events from 1 to 7.''

 

Noting that a level 4 incident involves ''only local radiological consequences,'' it said the ongoing crisis is ''now closer to a level 6, and it may unfortunately reach a level 7'' -- a worst case scenario with extensive health and environmental consequences.

 

''The international community should increase assistance to Japan to both contain the emergency at the reactors and to address the wider contamination. We need to find a solution together,'' it said

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