Mar 14, 2011

More than we ever wanted to know about Nuclear Plant Emergencies

1.Japan Fears Full Nuclear Meltdown

A second explosion at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant injured 11 workers Monday, and officials are already bracing for a third blast: After explosions at Unit 1 and Unit 3, the plant has lost the ability to cool the reactor at Unit Two, which they will have to inject with seawater, possibly leading to a new explosion.

The U.S. has shifted an aircraft carrier away from Japan after higher-than-usual radiation levels were detected on board. The New York Times says that the plant could continue leaking radioactive steam for months as crews fight to avert full meltdowns by flooding the reactors and then releasing steam. One senior U.S. official says, "under the best scenarios, this isn't going to end anytime soon."

The White House also issued a statement saying, "Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S. Territories and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity." The Daily Beast's Lennox Samuels reports on Japan's fears of a meltdown, plus read the most gripping survivor stories.

Read it at The Daily Beast

Wonder if the distraction from Japan will let Kahdafi keep hold of Libya?  He's retaking his country.  And what's going on in Wisconsin?  Sadly, cable news people are easily distracted!

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