LeilaniWildfire, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
Sorry to sound like a complete *** but I think there are other forums for this conversation...
Sure, I mean what's going on in Japan right now has absolutely nothing to do with the current state of FFXIV, right?
Last I read they were trying to restart two of the reactors to power the coolant pumps to the busted reactors.
Here's some links to what's going on with the nuclear issue going on:
A link to the official web site for press releases by the Japanese government: http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/topics/2011/earthquake2011tohoku.html
TEPCO Press Releases: http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/index-e.html
Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency: http://www.nisa.meti.go.jp/english/index.html
International Atomic Energy Agency: http://www.iaea.org/
A twitter account run by the NE Asia Bureau Chief for Voice of America: http://twitter.com/W7VOA
Live video feed of NHK News (translated to English): http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nhk-world-tv
Japanese Earthquake Update (17 March 17:55 UTC)
Japanese authorities have informed the IAEA that engineers were able to lay an external grid power line cable to unit 2. The operation was completed at 08:30 UTC.
They plan to reconnect power to unit 2 once the spraying of water on the unit 3 reactor building is completed.
The spraying of water on the unit 3 reactor building was temporarily stopped at 11:09 UTC (20:09 local time) of 17 March.
The IAEA continues to liaise with the Japanese authorities and is monitoring the situation as it evolves.
Reasons why this will not end up like Chernobyl:
Can this end up like Chernobyl?
No, it cannot. for several reasons.
* Chernobyl used graphite as a neutron moderator and water as a coolant. For complicated reasons, this meant that as the coolant heated up and converted to steam, the fission reaction intensified, converting even more water to steam, leading to a feedback effect. The ********* reactors use water as both the coolant and the neutron moderator, which means that as the water heats up and converts to steam, the reaction slows down instead. (The effect of the conversion of water coolant to steam on the performance of a nuclear reactor is known as the "void coefficient", and can be either positive or negative.)
* Chernobyl was designed so that as the nuclear fuel heated up, the fission reaction intensified, heating the core even further, causing another feedback effect. In the ********* reactors, the fission reaction slows down as the fuel heats up. (The effect of heating of the nuclear fuel on the performance of a nuclear reactor is known as the "temperature coefficient", and can also be positive or negative.)
* Chernobyl's graphite moderator was flammable, and when the reactor exploded, the radioactive graphite burned and ended up in the atmosphere. The ********* reactors use water as a neutron moderator, which is obviously not flammable.
Note that while Chernobyl used light water as a coolant (as distinct from heavy water), it was not a "light water reactor". The term LWR refers strictly to reactors that use light water for both cooling and neutron moderation.
The closest thing that could happen to a Chernobyl-like incident is if the spent fuel rods at the site caught fire and continued to burn. This could create large amounts of radioactive smoke, which would be more dangerous that the vented steam because it would contain nuclear material with much longer lives. So far, this appears to have been averted, but the possibility remains.
People should beware of misinformation in news reports from the major American news outlets which seems to be the cause of the sudden demand for Geiger counters and iodine pills. They're literally grabbing anyone associated with anything nuclear (even if that's not even their field of research) and having interviewing them regardless of what they actually know.
Relating to the tsunami, here's a good article at MSNBC with some before/after photos. It reminds me of the damage we got from Hurricane Katrina, except 1000x worse. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42066534/ns/world_news-asia-pacific/?gt1=43001
This area really needs all the support it can get right now. Edited, Mar 17th 2011 7:29pm by reptiletim