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Power Failure Was the Primary Cause of Japan’s Nuclear Power Plant Problems

March 16, 2011

UPDATE: March 18, 2011: the exposure levels inside the Fukushima facility is equal to receiving 1000 x-rays in one minute. Source: ABC News

ORIGINAL POST:

One years dose of radiation in 4 minutes….. this is the new reality of the workers who are trying to manage and contain the damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Arjun Mahkijani of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research reported on MSNBC tonite an analysis of Japan’s nuclear emergency in four of the six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and it was sobering.

Making the case for NO MORE NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENT AND DISMANTLING NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS bottom line is this: the failure at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station was due to a POWER FAILURE brought on by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. A POWER FAILURE is the cause of failure as the backup generators failed and the backup batteries were simply insufficient. A POWER FAILURE failure caused the ensuing problems — remember that when the NRC or industry officials or even our President tries to sell us on the safety of nuclear power plants.

No POWER from grid failure or extended blackout (caused by any number of reasons) puts any nuclear power plant at risk of overheating. Overheating causes a number of scenarios and cascading of events. Spent fuel rods inside the reactor require constant cooling. That requires power and water or cooling agents.

New York Times has an excellent interactive series of illustrations to help you understand what happens when a reactor shuts down.

Related: World Nuclear News — provides a good analysis of the current situation

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  1. ryan padgett
    July 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    if they are activly generating power how do you not have power to cool the reactor. Seems that keeping the reactor cool trumps energy production.

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