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Old 03-14-2011, 05:04 PM
 
Location: London, England
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Another explosion has occurred and are people worried or do they think there will be another Chernobyl?

Radiation has been released but not loads yet and 2 of the reactor buildings has been destroyed/damaged.

Water pumps have not been working to cool down the radioactive materials.

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Old 03-14-2011, 06:40 PM
 
Location: 304
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worried sick!

Just pray that doesn't happen!
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:28 PM
 
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No.

Japan is not a nation barely cobbled together by intense poverty, crippling economic decline and outrageously corrupt government officials.

It is, instead, a first-world nation renowned worldwide for its scientific and technological prowess. It is the exact opposite of the USSR.

The nuclear danger has been vastly overblown, and this is compounded by the fact that so very few people even understand what radiation is. Start talking about beta waves and peoples' eyes glaze over. The dangers are minimal, Japan is chock-full of brilliant scientists and engineers and until the fuel rods roll into the ocean, we will all be fine.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:38 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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i'm more worried that this will be successfully used by the luddites/anti-nuclear lobby to block development of future nuclear plants in the US and other countries around the world. these scumbags cannot be underestimated.

most of the news updates i am seeing on this are simply media hysterics that send ppl into a frenzy. haven't seen any evidence that this will end like chernobyl.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:40 PM
 
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Oh, and for the record, the USSR dumped highly toxic nuclear waste wherever it deemed necessary. Including the ocean

Did I mention what our friends in China do with radioactive waste, amongst other industrial byproducts? You take one guess.
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:11 AM
 
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From the technical stuff I have read from people that know what they are talking about, there is little danger of a Chernobyl type event. The big issue at Chernobyl was using graphite in the reactors which burned for days pouring radioactivity into the atmosphere. The Japan reactors use water, as water doesn't burn and if it gets out of control, they smother it with water. The steam produced has some radioactivity but not enough to cause harm to most people.

This was a massive, massive earthquake and the fact those buildings even stayed intact says a lot.
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:36 AM
 
Location: London, England
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Oh, and for the record, the USSR dumped highly toxic nuclear waste wherever it deemed necessary. Including the ocean

Did I mention what our friends in China do with radioactive waste, amongst other industrial byproducts? You take one guess.


There are still thousand of people who are being affected by this radiation from them. They literally live near nuclear waste sites which has just been dumped in their local river.

And what do 'our friends' China do?
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Another explosion has occurred and are people worried or do they think there will be another Chernobyl?

Radiation has been released but not loads yet and 2 of the reactor buildings has been destroyed/damaged.

Water pumps have not been working to cool down the radioactive materials.
I've been following the story immensily close, as I live 96 miles 'as the eagle' flies from Fukushima Nuclear Plant.

From the sounds of it, it won't be another Chernobyl. That being said, this is NOT good at all either.

It's still BAD...very BAD. I've been reading as much as I can about this, as it directly effects me in a very big way being so close to it. But, from what I can tell, they put a lot of precautionary measures and other things are going on, that it cannot be another Chernobyl.

That being said, maybe the 2nd worst thing next to it. I hate to say that, but it certainly seems that way.

Additionally, we keep getting hit by very large aftershocks. Quite a few of them are in Fukushima. I am not sure if the American media is reporting about those or not. But I feel them everyday. Every aftershock, I immediately get online to see the epicenter and size. These are BIG quakes, and so many are happening right there.
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Oh, and for the record, the USSR dumped highly toxic nuclear waste wherever it deemed necessary. Including the ocean

Did I mention what our friends in China do with radioactive waste, amongst other industrial byproducts? You take one guess.
the soviets blew up the largest nuclear bomb in history and was so large that they scared themselfs. the japan reactor meltdown is bad yes but not as bas as how much radioactive stuff both the US and the soviets did in the 50's and 60's testing nuclear weapons

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16cewjeqNdw

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Old 03-15-2011, 12:05 PM
 
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No.

Japan is not a nation barely cobbled together by intense poverty, crippling economic decline and outrageously corrupt government officials.

It is, instead, a first-world nation renowned worldwide for its scientific and technological prowess. It is the exact opposite of the USSR.

The nuclear danger has been vastly overblown, and this is compounded by the fact that so very few people even understand what radiation is. Start talking about beta waves and peoples' eyes glaze over. The dangers are minimal, Japan is chock-full of brilliant scientists and engineers and until the fuel rods roll into the ocean, we will all be fine.
Just because Japan isn't poor, doesn't mean that something terrible can happen to them. There are tons of nations "Known for scientific and technological prowess", but bad stuff still happens to them. Disasters don't skip over nations depending on how rich they are. I think many people need to stop with this "utopian" vision of Japan, like everything there is super advanced and perfect; and nothing can happen there. And yes, most people with common sense know what radiation is and understand it.

The threat it real. The danger is real. This may or may not be a full Chernobyl event, but I think that it could be close if they can stop it soon.
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