Japan TV: The Nuclear Waste Curse — Animation shows spent fuel rods being exposed in Fukushima pool (VIDEO)

Published: February 23rd, 2013 at 2:30 pm ET


Title: Nuclear Watch: Nuclear Waste Curse
Source: NHK World
Date: Fevb. 22, 2013
h/t MissingSky101

NHK Reporter: “Workers struggled to keep reactors cool after the tsunami knocked out the electricity supply. But that wasn’t the only problem. Right next to the reactors are pools that store spent nuclear fuel. The pools started to heat up after the power went down. Emergency crews had to pump in water to avoid a worst-case scenario, a meltdown of the fuel rods.”

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Published: February 23rd, 2013 at 2:30 pm ET


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4 comments to Japan TV: The Nuclear Waste Curse — Animation shows spent fuel rods being exposed in Fukushima pool (VIDEO)

  • Jay

    Quick project :

    A certain type of cynobacteria or a fungus is known to grow on the inside walls of Chernobyl and also found in Japan in the streets of Tokyo .

    1) find how , what is the process by which the fungus harnesses the radiation ( and not get distroyed ). The organism is simple so a dedicated large team of scientists should need little time to solve that .

    2) take that process and incorporate it in a Foam-like Carrier

    3) spray that foam inside and outside to cover entirely the buildings ( foam consistency and rigidity are factors ) . That should stop the radiation leaking out . Make the foam be able to filter running water as well .

    Any takers ?

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Well, you'd end up with radioactive foam. You'd still have to seal the containment structures to prevent leakage. And you're assuming anyone in authority cares enough to devote the resources. They haven't yet.

      Interesting, though, that you brought up the black cyanobacteria. Now that Tokyo is starting to warm up, I would expect there to be far more encounters with it, without the snow and rain to wash it away.

      It's going to be a long summer in Japan.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Too risky IMHO

  • Nobody mind having the Japanese trying all the possible and unimaginable solutions to calm down these Fukushima reactors. What makes people worry is they should have evacuated all the people around first!!! The Japanese worse case scenario supposed Tokyo evacuation. well, people in Tokyo are stepping on radioactive waste!! Isn't this the already worse case scenario? According to the future consequences, we are already beyond the worse case scenario witch was just about loosing the infrastructures of Tokyo, we are dealing now with loosing all the people of Tokyo!! What is more worse than that?