Sunday, April 03, 2011

Just how bad are things at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station?

Pretty bad:

Workers' struggle to plug a gush of highly contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, using sawdust, shredded newspaper and an absorbent powder, appeared to be failing early Monday as the radiation threat from the crippled plant continued to spread.

Water with high amounts of radioactive iodine has been spewing directly into the Pacific Ocean from a large crack discovered Saturday in a six-foot-deep pit at the coastal plant north of Tokyo. The pit is next to the seawater intake pipes at the No. 2 reactor. 

Ummm... sawdust, newspaper, and a powder? Okay, it's a powerful powder that apparently can expand up to 50 times its size (meaning, it can absorb a lot of water), but still, is this really what it's come to? I'm hardly an expert on such matters, but it all seems rather hopeless.

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  • How I wish that Japan will back to normal. I hope they could fix it sooner.

    By Anonymous water damage restoration, at 5:43 AM  

  • This shouldn't be happening! I think its the right time to go green on energy or we won't destroy only the nature but us as well.

    By Anonymous Heather, at 4:33 PM  

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