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Latest report from the Washington Post. Saturday, March 12th: 11:14 pm. Japanese nuclear plants' operator scrambles to avert meltdowns
The situation doesn't look good. Maybe I'm more worried about this than most people, and that's why I keep posting. Here's an extract from the above article:
"In an effort to relieve pressure at the failing reactor, Fukushima Daiichi's unit 3, the utility said it released "air containing radioactive materials." Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said radiation at the reactor exceeded legal limits and that it was "highly possible" a partial meltdown was underway....Because it's inside the reactor, we cannot directly check it, but we are taking measures on the assumption of the possible partial meltdown,"
"The explosion was yet another indicator of dire problems inside Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1, problems that might be plaguing other units as well. The explosion was caused by hydrogen, which nuclear experts said could only have been produced from inside the reactor vessel by the exposure of zirconium cladding that surrounds the fuel rods. Those rods are supposed to be covered by water, but at very high temperatures, steam reacts with the zirconium and produces hydrogen. When pressure rose in the reactor vessel, it vented the gas into the containment structure and then into the outer building. Experts believe devices designed to ignite the hydrogen before it reached dangerous levels were not working because of power failures."
Hey, this is very serious....could be catastrophic...