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Which of the 6 reactor cores at the Fukushima I nuclear power plant pose the most serious risks?

Asked by mattbrowne (31471 points ) March 15th, 2011

Only 50 technicians are left, the rest left the installation. Can they manage the cooling of 6 reactor cores?

What about the damage of the containment in reactor 2?

What about the rods outside reactor core 4 which were taken out for maintenance checks?

What does it mean having to use helicopters to cool down the buildings? How can this be a substitute for seawater being pumped into the buildings?

How long can the remaining small group survive? 400 millisievert within one hour is a lot of radiation. Do we depend on robots if the situation gets worse? Will people sacrifice their lives to save thousands?

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/japan-races-to-contain-nuclear-crisis-20110316-1bw5s.html

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jaytkay's avatar

Do we depend on robots if the situation gets worse?

I would wager if suitable robots were available, they would already be on site.

SeaTurtle's avatar

Wow there are eight questions here, panicked much?
The tsunami was and will remain the most damaging part of this disaster.

mattbrowne's avatar

@jaytkay – What about robots from other countries?

jaytkay's avatar

The tsunami was and will remain the most damaging part of this disaster.

What?

The dire situation of the tsunami victims does nothing to lessen the dire situation at the nuclear plant.

They are huge simultaneous disasters.

What about robots from other countries?

Japanese, foreign, whatever…I think if suitable robots were available they would be on site. Whoever makes such robots has few opportunities to use them. Why miss this one?

mattbrowne's avatar

I agree @jaytkay – cities can be rebuilt after a tsunami. Long-term contamination of land is entirely different.

jaytkay's avatar

Here come the robots! And they are stupendously underwhelming.

Japan Nuclear Crisis: ‘Monirobo,’ the radiation-monitoring robot, arrives

mattbrowne's avatar

Thanks @jaytkay for the link. It seems more robots will soon be on the way:

http://www.fluther.com/115269/how-can-robots-help-prevent-a-nuclear-holocaust-in-japan/

“According to the German media reports Japan has asked Germany for remote controlled robots for operations at Fukushima 1.”

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