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Japanese Nuclear Reactor – Fukushima Power Plant

This week, Japan was hit by an earthquake and tsunami that has left thousands of people lost and feared dead. At the same time, two nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Power Plant are at risk of a meltdown after their cooling systems were knocked out. These Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs) keep their fuel cool and safe by continuously flowing water through their cores. These cooling system failures mean that the fuel is at risk of over-heating, which could lead to a core meltdown and a radiation leak.

The current status of this problem were covered in a great post today in the Christian Science Monitor today. Scientific American is also providing comprehensive coverage of this story.


  1. March 15, 2011 at 2:07 am

    This page has some really nice explanations of what happened and what it means.

  2. March 17, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Thanks, Dave. Great link.

  3. August 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thank you, However I am encountering troubles with your RSS.
    I don’t know the reason why I can’t join it. Is there anyone else having the same RSS problems? Anyone that knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

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