Nuclear disaster in Japan

So far a total of six reactors in Japan have lost the ability to cool their reactor cores, and 11 reactors at four sites have suffered shut downs because of the earthquake; U.S. experts are warning of catastrophic Chernobyl type event.

In a final act of desperation, the Fukushima plant in Japan began pumping sea water to cool down the reactor core.

The core at the Fukushima plant has already experienced a partial meltdown and radiation levels are 1000 times above normal levels inside the plant, and eight times higher outside the plant. An estimated 200,000 people have been moved out of the area and reports are coming in that 160 people have tested positive for radioactive exposure.

Explosion at Japanese Nuclear Plant

Some are speculating that a full meltdown is already underway and suggest that the white smoke in the video below looks very similar to the white smoke that was emitted during the Chernobyl disaster.

3 Comments

  1. J
    March 13, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Just wondering, where did you see that “U.S. experts are warning of catastrophic Chernobyl type event”?

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    Off Grid Survival
    March 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    There was a nuclear expert on the news that suggested that this disaster would be more devastating than Chernobyl. Two reactors are already in danger of meltdown and that figure could go up real soon. I think this is already bigger than Chernobyl because there really is no way to fix the situation any time soon.

  3. dana
    March 14, 2011 at 5:30 am

    I live in California and I’m worried that the radioactive smoke is gonna reach us or if it has and there not telling us. This whole. Situation is all bad. What can I do to prepare if there is a melt down?

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