Category: Japanese nuclear disaster


The influential Washington based think tank , The Institute for Science and International Security;  states that the situation in Japan is more serious than the International Nuclear and Radiological Events Scale (INES) present rating of 4 out of 7.  They claim the scale should now rate the disaster as a 6 out of 7.  And that it may need to be rated as a 7 out of 7.  We will give are readers a breakdown of the scale.

 

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     GE Hitachi Spokesman Michael Tetuan released the following statement to ncnuke. Continue reading

Some background for our readers.  Fuel rods are removed from a reactor during the refueling process.  The old rods that are removed are referred to as spent fuel.  These rods, although no longer optimal for producing electricity in a reactor are still highly radioactive and filled with energy.  This spent fuel has long been the biggest problem in the electrical industry. Continue reading

David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University, said “at this point in time there’s no real evidence that there are health risks to the general population.”

Authorities in Japan are now reporting that fuel rods are melting at the 3 crippled reactors.  Their containment vessels are still intact preventing a catastrophic radiation release.  It shows that Japanese authorities attempts to cool the reactors have failed so far.  They have reported that up to 180,000 have been evacuated.  Newer experimental reactor designs like Pebble Bed Reactor’s are virtually meltdown proof.  These older GE Mark 1 BWR require massive cooling  Continue reading