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|User Info||Possible melt-down of Jap nuke plant; entered at 2011-03-12 10:20:56|
As posted to the other thread.|
That's a hydrogen explosion folks.
That they got one tells you several things, none of them good:
1. The fuel is exposed. To liberate hydrogen from water through heat the temperature has to be WAY above the critical temperature of water. This means that (1) the fuel has been exposed due to coolant loss, and (2) the cladding integrity has to be presumed to have been lost.
2. They didn't know the fuel was exposed, or they would have known they had a hydrogen problem.
Therefore, we must assume:
1. Their instrumentation is ****ed.
2. The core has, at least in part, lost integrity.
If they're intending to flood the core with borated seawater pumped in through a fire engine, they know they're ****ed. All you can hope for now is that it's just one unit, and they manage to get this hooked up, working, and can kill whatever reactivity is left in the core and keep the rods covered.
We're definitely at the point where the proper reaction is "run".