The Quake: Oh Great. The #3 Reactor is Fueled With Plutonium

Reactor #1 suffered an explosion on Sunday afternoon. Reactor #3 is in danger of exploding. But …

Unlike the uranium-based Fukushima number 1, the number 3 reactor uses a mixture of plutonium oxide and uranium oxide. In the event of a meltdown, plutonium is considered more dangerous than uranium alone because of its increased volatility and its reactive, “neutronic” effects. …

The danger is that in the event of a meltdown there would be even greater generation of heat, with the additional demands of cooling. Metallic plutonium is a serious fire hazard …

Short Sharp Science: Concern mounts over plutonium-fuelled Japanese reactor

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One Response to The Quake: Oh Great. The #3 Reactor is Fueled With Plutonium

  1. NadePaulKuciGravMcKi says:

    reactor 3 is the real nasty one,
    MOX fuel with plutonium,
    very carcinogenic

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