Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Nuclear Armageddon as Emergency Reaches Chernobyl Level

US Officials, having recently visited the site in Japan, have stated this is a dire emergency and that spent fuel is no longer being cooled by water. IN fact all of the water is gone in some of the reactors. Alarmingly, the Japanese government denies this and thinks the problem is not as serious. Really!?

Radiation is so high at Reactor 4 that helicopters were not allowed to dump water over the site on Wednesday. Flights are planned on Thursday, but fuck knows if this will happen. 

The graphic on the left is what I gathered from various sites on the internet. It represents a possible plume of radiation pushing towards Hawaii and the USA/Canada area.

The worst case scenario is that the fuel rods fuse together, the temperatures get so hot that they melt together in a radioactive molten mass that bursts through the containment mechanisms and is exposed to the outside. So they spew radioactivity in the ground, into the air, into the water. Some of the radioactivity could carry in the atmosphere to the West Coast of the United States,” he said.

If someone doesn't get a handle on this situation, we're looking at full level 7 contamination, something not seen since the Chernobyl incident of the 1986. 

The top U.S. nuclear regulator cast doubt on emergency workers' ability to cool overheating reactors, saying radiation levels may give them "lethal doses" of radiation.
"We believe that around the reactor site there are high levels of radiation," said Gregory Jaczko. "It would be very difficult for emergency workers to get near the reactors. The doses they could experience would potentially be lethal doses in a very short period of time."

An official at Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said on Thursday morning local time that the level of radiation detected at the plant had fallen steadily over the past 12 hours.

The U.S. military has ordered its forces to stay 50 miles away from the plant, the Pentagon said. There are at least 55,000 U.S. forces in Japan and offshore assisting the relief operation.

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