Friday, June 17, 2011

Be Afraid, Very Afraid


Whistling Past the Graveyard, a post regarding the Fukushima disaster, does not begin to describe the magnitude of just what happen to Japan when the earthquake and tsunami hit the largest nuclear power plant in the world.

"Gundersen worries about more earthquake aftershocks, as well as how to cool two of the units.


"Unit four is the most dangerous, it could topple," he said. "After the earthquake in Sumatra there was an 8.6 [aftershock] about 90 days later, so we are not out of the woods yet. And you're at a point where, if that happens, there is no science for this, no one has ever imagined having hot nuclear fuel lying outside the fuel pool. They've not figured out how to cool units three and four."


Gundersen's assessment of solving this crisis is grim.


"Units one through three have nuclear waste on the floor, the melted core, that has plutonium in it, and that has to be removed from the environment for hundreds of thousands of years," he said. "Somehow, robotically, they will have to go in there and manage to put it in a container and store it for infinity, and that technology doesn't exist. Nobody knows how to pick up the molten core from the floor, there is no solution available now for picking that up from the floor."


Dr Sawada says that the creation of nuclear fission generates radioactive materials for which there is simply no knowledge informing us how to dispose of the radioactive waste safely."


"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods." Einstein
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