- Aug 9, 2009
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The water tanks would have been pretty spectacular and would have spread radioactive debris over a very large area. Then it gets into the ground water and they're not far wrongWhy are they suggesting it will go up like a nuclear bomb in the series?
Also. "Until the entire continent is dead!!!" ugh...
AFAIK the melted uranium cannot escape the enclosure of the reactor at Fukushima. Yes it melted through the reactor core but it has been contained within the reactor housing - not getting near the ground.so Fukushima was also a once off? and Fukushima had the latest safety features and containment
and still it melted down and contaminated the local area as well,
Doing some research, seems you're right. People are estimating maybe 4 kilotons.But it wouldn't.
That's a pretty hefty carefully designed thermonuclear weapon that would do that.
Even in a "simple" atom bomb. The whole design is to keep the mass critical for as long as possible. The design of a nuclear power plant is not like that and the rods are made of small pellets of nuclear fuel, something like 8mm wide. Not really anything close to what is required for a bomb.Doing some research, seems you're right. People are estimating maybe 4 kilotons.
Or maybe the equivalent fallout/exposure as from a megaton device, given that all 4 reactors would probably be destroyed.
They never claimed it to be a nuclear explosion though?Even in a "simple" atom bomb. The whole design is to keep the mass critical for as long as possible. The design of a nuclear power plant is not like that and the rods are made of small pallets of nuclear fuel, something like 8mm wide. Not really anything close to what is required for a bomb.
In a Fission Bomb "Atom bomb", the design includes neutron reflectors positioned precisely opposite and intentional of what you'll get in a reactor and neutron injection units to try and spread the fission reaction as evenly as possible. This whole thing must be timed to the nanosecond. It's extremely enriched U235 or plutonium in a spherical shape either imploded to that mass by other explosives or shot together in a gun type design. The sphere is to produce the least amount of surface area for neutrons to escape.
Even with that an atom bomb is not very sufficient at fission and only a fraction of the critical mass actually contributes to the instantaneous fission causing the fireball. Before you blink the rest of the uranium is blown away and the chain reaction stops.
So no... Even highly enriched uranium power plant cores will fizzle and melt in heat and release a serious amount of lethal radiation. Which is precisely what happened. No nuclear explosion.
They never claimed it to be a nuclear explosion though?
More of a dirty bomb.
of 2 to 3 megatons of steam explosions. That's not exaggeration. That's using nuclear bomb speak because they read the scary word nuclear in Chernobyl's history books.I think they are counting the three other reactors in that as well... But yeah it's said to be an exaggeration.
No, Megaton is not nuclear bomb speak, it just happens that only nuclear bombs go into the Megaton range.of 2 to 3 megatons of steam explosions. That's not exaggeration. That's using nuclear bomb speak because they read the scary word nuclear in Chernobyl's history books.
Obviously. But the only thing we've invented hitting that range of power is a thermonuclear bomb. Not even fission bombs goes that high.No, Megaton is not nuclear bomb speak, it just happens that only nuclear bombs go into the Megaton range.
^ THIS.Nuclear scientist: HBO’s Chernobyl a lesson in sensationalism
He may be a nuclear physicist but the following paragraph contradicts a lot of what I have read about the victims of radiation burns at Chernobyl and the affects of acute radiation syndrome in general...Nuclear scientist: HBO’s Chernobyl a lesson in sensationalism
The Wikipedia page for Acute Radiation syndrome says the following:A very large dose of nuclear radiation will undoubtedly kill a person. But skin will not peel off one’s face. In fact a human can pick up a fatal dose of radiation in under an hour and not even know it. The person would go home in apparently perfect condition, but then start to feel as if he had eaten rotten fish for lunch. Vomiting would result and flu-like symptoms would set in. This would, over a couple of hours, lead to shaky hands and wobbly legs, bad vision and a general breakdown of body functions. Death would come quite quickly, in days. But in reality no viewer-riveting skin peeling off the face, or blood dripping from anywhere would occur.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_radiation_syndrome#cite_note-11Cutaneous radiation syndrome (CRS) refers to the skin symptoms of radiation exposure. Within a few hours after irradiation, a transient and inconsistent redness (associated with itching) can occur. Then, a latent phase may occur and last from a few days up to several weeks, when intense reddening, blistering, and ulceration of the irradiated site is visible. In most cases, healing occurs by regenerative means; however, very large skin doses can cause permanent hair loss, damaged sebaceous and sweat glands, atrophy, fibrosis (mostly keloids), decreased or increased skin pigmentation, and ulceration or necrosis of the exposed tissue. Notably, as seen at Chernobyl, when skin is irradiated with high energy beta particles, moist desquamation (peeling of skin) and similar early effects can heal, only to be followed by the collapse of the dermal vascular system after two months, resulting in the loss of the full thickness of the exposed skin. This effect had been demonstrated previously with pig skin using high energy beta sources at the Churchill Hospital Research Institute, in Oxford.
Strange that a person would receive numerous skin grafts if their skin wasn't peeling off...Shinohara received numerous skin grafts, which were successful,