With the nuclear meltdown, Tepco said the nuclear fuel rods in the reactor are completely exposed, as large amounts of radiation is being released. The water level at the plant’s No. 1 reactor was much lower than thought – as much as 5 meters (16.4 feet) below the nuclear rods – and clearly not high enough to cover the nuclear fuel.
THIS IS TROUBLING.
But THIS IS GOOD:
On Monday, Japan’s Chubu Electric Co. agreed to shut down its Hamaoka nuclear power station in Shizuoka Prefecture, two days after Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan requested to have all operations at the plant’s reactors suspended due to Japan’s science ministry informing that an 8.0-magnitude earthquake is forecast to hit the Tokai region with an 87 percent probability in the coming 30 years, which could affect the nuclear plant.
I read an article about how the Hamaoka plant is the largest nuclear plant in the world, but it’s old. So if an earthquake over 8 hits it and it melts down, not only will all of Tokyo have to evacuate, but it’ll effect the entire world at a great magnitude. SO YAY to shutting it down.
So this Fukushima melt-down kind of went under the radar? Or maybe because I don’t watch Japanese TV news. True, it’s all over the train news. (There are monitors in the trains) but I can’t understand the kanji subtitles, and there’s no sound.
So…the melt-down still pretty much effects the people moreso north in Fukushima…Enson is up there now! *_* …Details