Monday, July 8, 2013 10:35:28 AM
Seriously, it sensors F(u)kushima? right...
fudgeushima has the advantage that most of the reactor is intact and ALL fuel stayed inside the reactor vessels.
As you can see in the documentary above, at Chernobyl all fuel (TONS of the stuff, more than in all 4 fudgeushima reactors combined) has drained from the reactor vessel and flooded the lower floors. This means Chernobyl can never be cleaned up. The stuff is too spread out and far too dangerous to risk even considering to move it.
Once the reactor buildings have been stabilized and the decay heat has diminished enough at the fudgeushima site, the fuel can be removed and what is left will be a few tons of relatively safe low and medium level waste. (Lets not mention the umpteen gazillion tons of waste water they are having to store due to inadequate management)
China syndrome is nothing more than fearmongering. Even IF a fuel could make it all the way through the crust of the planet it would then harmlessly dissolve in the magma of our planets core. Not to mention the fact that even IF it could melt through solid rock, it would over time spread out and lose enough decay heat to solidify.
Also, No, I'm not from the Ukraine, but have a general interest in atomic energy and Chernobyl. The problems with fudgeushima and Chernobyl are not even in the same ball park. fudgeushima right now is mostly about the containment of relatively TINY amounts of radiation and avoiding leakage of MOX fuel into the water table(containing highly poisonous heavy metals). The reactor itself is stable and people can work pretty safely even inside the buildings, with lifetime dosage limits less than a tenth of those allowed per year at chernobyl. (IE, the radiation levels are MUCH lower)