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Fukushima raised to Level 7 Chernobyl event

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Dreambirdie, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. taniaaust1

    taniaaust1 Senior Member

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    Apparently the generators were above ground as it was thought they were safer there as below ground they have more of a risk of being damaged in an earthquake .. as everyone knows (by this i mean something I dont really need to say). Japan is a high earthquake risk.
  2. SilverbladeTE

    SilverbladeTE Senior Member

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    The Japanese authorities, like the Britihs ones on Sellafield, have been criminally irresponsible, that is true.
    As I've often said, I am sick fed up with moronic stupid bastards maing decisions based on "bean counting" rather than common sense.

    for example, those arseholes in Japan knew there had been 2 previous huge tsunamis, 890AD, 900BC?? somehting like that, they figured since only 1:1000 year risk they didn't bother buidling the back up generators etc above such water levels
    criminal stupidity. these events DO happen there, the life time of a single plant is at least 25 years, they had 6 reactors there...

    now, they had built the plant far better than the British had at sellafield, ntoe the huge safety cages aorund the colling towers, so the plant could sustain a severe earthquake, but more could have been done

    As for asteroid impacts. hey folks, if you had an asteroid strike big enough to hit say many US reactors...it would be an Extinction Level Event, we'd be wiped out anyway ;)

    targetting reactors with a nuke was one serious worry in Cold War (and today even), but again, that would be Mutually Assured Destruction
    note it would take a thermonuclear weapon, ie a megaton class wepaon, to breach them due to accuracy issues, a terrorist would have to plant a fission bomb inside or against the reactor building to breach it

    if we don't have power, our civilizations FALL.

    I am very aware of how bad nuclear pollution is, assholes at Sellafield dumped os much crap the farmers in Ayrshire can no longer use seaweed as fertilizer as it's contaminated, ugh
    And look at the lake at Mayak, lethal dose within 15 minutes, death anyway if you inhale the dust at all.
    Sigh

    but then look at Iraq and Afghanistan, wars over lies, reality was for oil and gas profits for the corporations/mega-rich, not our security, see how many lives they have claimed... :/
  3. Snow Leopard

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    Right now it is prohibitively expensive to do that. Partially due to the small scale of deployment as well as excessive regulation and rules (eg the restrictive licensing dramatically increases the labour cost, since there are few that are allowed to install grid interfacing systems), but also due to the expense of the technology.
    Of course the cost of photovoltaic cells has been undergoing a Moore's law type trend similar to that of computer chips. So in 20 years, photovoltaics, when deployed on utility scale may well be cheaper than coal (which is currently the cheapest method in Australia if you don't count the externalities due to pollution). It's not really efficiency that is important, but dollar per (long term) power output.
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=smaller-cheaper-faster-does-moores-2011-03-15
  4. Wayne

    Wayne Senior Member

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    AP IMPACT: Asia nuclear reactors face tsunami risk

    Not very comforting:

    AP IMPACT: Asia nuclear reactors face tsunami risk

    A snippet from the above article:

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