Thursday, March 31, 2011

Plutonium leak from Japanese reactor

It's not a health risk--yet--but it's a sign of more bad things to come. Plutonium has been found in the soil outside the broken Japanese reactor. It shouldn't be there, so some very bad things must have happened. Basically, somehow reactor fuel has escaped outside the containment structures.

Traces of plutonium hint at worse problems to come. According to an expert:
"We don't need to worry about its effect on our health at this stage. But the fact that highly radioactive water leaked down to the foundation of the reactor building is shocking."


Anonymous said...

what are your thoughts as to this becoming a much bigger threat than Chernobyl? i think some serious re-visioning needs to be done.

Mark Powell said...

I don't really know what to think, I'm just guessing. I doubt it'll be bigger than Chernobyl, but the risk is there. Leaks into the ocean are a different threat, hard to compare.

We're not done with the bad news yet, I fear.

Anonymous said...

yeah but this will affect land, air, and water contamination. and water doesnt stay in one spot. so if radioactive water hits the currents we're talkin a very large area that will be affected. especially where the whole fishing industry comes in.