Common Sense On The Fukushima-Daiichi Reactor Incident

From Forbes:

What is known is that this is a situation very different than Chernobyl or Three Mile Island.  There was no operator error involved at Fukushima-Daiichi, and each reactor was successfully shut down within moments of detecting the quake.  The situation has evolved slowly but in a manner that was not anticipated by designers who had not assumed that electrical power to run emergency pumps would be unavailable for days after the shutdown.  They built an impressive array of redundant pumps and power generating equipment to preclude against this problem.  Unfortunately, the tsunami destroyed it.

Read the whole thing for the details.

As Charlie Martin said on the PJ Tatler today:

The frustrating part about writing on this stuff is that people don’t seem to have any middle setting between “everything is fine” and “run in circles scream and shout”. So saying “no, it’s not Chernobyl” is interpreted as “it’s nothing.”

So, I’ll take my own shot at it: it’s serious, and needs attention, but Chernobyl it ain’t.


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One response to “Common Sense On The Fukushima-Daiichi Reactor Incident”

  1. 49erDweet says :

    So what is the probability the LameStreamMedia will eventually get this story right? Zero.

    Because they are in the “entertainment” industry, not the “journalistic”. Facts are not important. Spinning an attention-seeking “narrative” about looming disaster is all that counts. Truth is passe.

    Quite obviously the Japanese are kicking themselves for not replacing these three reactor farms before the end of their design life, over a dozen years ago. But even if they had, chances are they would have still failed to provide dedicated backup power generators far/high enough away to survive that severe a series of tsunamis. I’m guessing. But the interesting thing is this experience will make future NP sites much safer. But the Greenies don’t want to hear that.

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