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What's almost certainly happened in Japan is a complete loss of flow due to breakdown in the electrical system leading to a loss of coolant accident. This will pull a bubble over the core and the buildup of heat from fission product decay almost certainly cracked the H2O into a gaseous mixture of hydrogen and oxygen. That was the biggest concern at Three Mile Island, and the US didn't have a megaquake shaking their reactor to pieces.
So the bubble probably burst, and that was because the japanese didn't engineer their reactor to handle such shocks.
WATER, that's what's used practically everywhere, cheap, accessible, chemically benign, simple to handle.
in certain circumstances hydrogen is a desired coolant. Like for the combustion chamber cooling fluid in rocket engines...which serves to preheat the hydrogen and ensure it's vaporized before combustion.
But it's not a routine thing, and it's fraught with hazards.
Last edited by Mayor Snorkum; 03-12-11 at 07:52 AM.
I've lived a long time, seen a lot of scary sh*t happen around the globe, but this quake/tsunami/nuclear disaster in Japan is the worst natural catastrophe I've seen. 10,000 people are missing, well over a thousand confirmed dead, three nuclear workers are confirmed to have been contaminated with radiation... My god, that poor country.
Edit: I should back up a bit and acknowledge that the overall devastation and immense loss of life caused by the Indonesian tsunami was worse, but the potential destruction by Japan's nuclear meltdowns could potentially be much worse, and spread the result globally.
Last edited by DiAnna; 03-12-11 at 03:50 PM.