A detailed explanation of what has happened at the Fukushima nuclear power plant


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Check out this detailed engineering explanation of what has happened, is happening, and will happen at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Key quote:

The point is that the nuclear fuel has now been cooled down. Because the chain reaction has been stopped a long time ago, there is only very little residual heat being produced now. The large amount of cooling water that has been used is sufficient to take up that heat. Because it is a lot of water, the core does not produce sufficient heat any more to produce any significant pressure. Also, boric acid has been added to the seawater. Boric acid is “liquid control rod”. Whatever decay is still going on, the Boron will capture the neutrons and further speed up the cooling down of the core.

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  • Kelly Starks

    The news trying to play this up as “nuclear fears” and Chins syndrome crap. I even saw Michio Kaku (who is not always the brightest guy) talking abut dangers of china syndrome. We found out the hard way at 3 mile island that you can’t china syndrome a western design reactor. They have a fail safe design. The Japanese may have just turned a couple reactors into scrap metal, but other then the lamentations of the stockholders – no disaster.

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