The Quake: Japan May Have to Bury Those Reactors

So far, the only good news coming from the reactor disaster has been the restoration of power to the plant, which would help cool the reactors and keep the pools of spent fuel rods cool.

Science Daily says these efforts have not quite succeeded, and indicates Japan may have to entomb the entire plant.

Exhausted Japanese engineers scrambled to fix a power cable to two reactors at a tsunami-crippled nuclear power station on Saturday as they fought to prevent a deadly radiation release in the world’s worst nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster. …

Workers also sprayed water on the No.3 reactor, considered the most critical after steam was seen blowing off, a sign the rods could be becoming exposed.

If those tactics fail, the option of last resort may be to bury the sprawling 40-year-old plant in sand and concrete to prevent a catastrophic radiation release, the method used to seal huge leakages from Chernobyl

NewsDaily: Japan battles nuclear crisis, power effort crucial

 

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