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Handful of 'heroes' battles to keep nuclear plant under control

After three explosions and a fire in four days, the situation at Japan's earthquake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant grew more serious Tuesday, chasing all but a handful of workers from the site and raising fears of a far more dangerous radiation threat.

The latest incidents, an explosion Tuesday at the plant's No. 2 reactor and a fire in a cooling pond used for nuclear fuel at the No. 4 reactor, briefly pushed radiation levels at the plant to about 167 times the average annual dose of radiation, according to details released by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

That dose would quickly dissipate with distance from the plant, and radiation quickly fell back to levels where it posed no immediate public health threat, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said.

But the deteriorating situation and concerns about a potential shift in wind direction that could loft radiati


Added: Mar-15-2011 Occurred On: Mar-15-2011
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  • If anything this is a testament to the safety of the nuclear program. You have a 9.0 earthquake, followed by a massive tsunami.. a 1, 2 punch of massive destructive power, and still no major catastrophic failure.. sure the plant is ruined, what plant wouldn't be in that location given the circumstances. But despite being 40 year old technology, and not even being very "safe" by the industry standards, no massive melt down, no china syndrome.. a huge emergency..

    Historically, Nucle More..

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  • The handful of heroes are selfless indeed. They know what they are getting into. all that radiation exposure means they are probably dead men walking, just like the workers at the Chernobyl disaster. Extremely brave, and very tragic that these heroic people are sacrificing themselves to save thousands of others.

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  • cenk uygur interviews a nuclear reactor specialist.
    9:47 length.
    this fellow thinks that this is very bad for japan but it's unlikely to be a widespread radiation problem.
    very informative.

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  • Some of the people on this site are yella belly. No guts . And certainly no balls.

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