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    Re: Huge blast at Japan nuclear power plant

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    True, but this was a major, major earthquake. Not all locations would be like that.
    Doesn't matter. An earthquake is nothing but a defined excitation and shock load. Perfectly possible to design for higher shock loads to ensure reactor safety in the event of an earth quake. Cost is the limiting factor, is all.

    Anyone know how old this japanese reactor was?

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    Re: Huge blast at Japan nuclear power plant

    Definitely not what Japan needs to be dealing with right now, and I'm sure it will have negative effects on the nuclear power industry here in the US.
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    Re: Huge blast at Japan nuclear power plant

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    that is a revolting and disgusting comment reflecting the worst of cultural elitism and contempt for the historical suffering of the Japanese from the atomic bombs.
    Perhaps, but Snorkum's right, in that the Japanese have alot of experience dealing with radiation contamination.

    You can't ignore reality, for political correctness all the time.

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    Re: Huge blast at Japan nuclear power plant

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    that is a revolting and disgusting comment reflecting the worst of cultural elitism and contempt for the historical suffering of the Japanese from the atomic bombs.
    your response is off topic and emotional.

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    Re: Huge blast at Japan nuclear power plant

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    This might be the only time I agree with you Hay.
    Its too bad it took something like this to find agreement on. But thanks.
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    Re: Huge blast at Japan nuclear power plant

    Quote Originally Posted by Mayor Snorkum View Post
    your response is off topic and emotional.
    thank you Mr. Spock.
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    Re: Huge blast at Japan nuclear power plant

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Perhaps, but Snorkum's right, in that the Japanese have alot of experience dealing with radiation contamination.

    You can't ignore reality, for political correctness all the time.
    BS. It was a smartass comment.
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    Re: Huge blast at Japan nuclear power plant

    Quote Originally Posted by Mayor Snorkum View Post
    Anyone know how old this japanese reactor was?
    The plant started operation in 1971, but they have 6 reactors, some of which are much more recent than that.
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    Re: Huge blast at Japan nuclear power plant

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    The plant started operation in 1971, but they have 6 reactors, some of which are much more recent than that.
    It sounds like they had a serious design flaw in their emergency cooling systems, something the Californians should heed if they ever start their San Andreas reactor project. (Don't bother to search, it's made up.) I've read where their procedures command a reactor scram in the event of an earthquake...which isn't necessarily the best thing to do as it takes the power station off line and it can no longer power it's own pumps. The reviews on this incident are going to be interesting. We should apply those lessons learned to US reactors in the future, if we have a future.

    However, the days of the high power density reactor are limited, anyway, and Fukushima shows why.

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    Re: Huge blast at Japan nuclear power plant

    Quote Originally Posted by Mayor Snorkum View Post
    It sounds like they had a serious design flaw in their emergency cooling systems, something the Californians should heed if they ever start their San Andreas reactor project. (Don't bother to search, it's made up.) I've read where their procedures command a reactor scram in the event of an earthquake...which isn't necessarily the best thing to do as it takes the power station off line and it can no longer power it's own pumps. The reviews on this incident are going to be interesting. We should apply those lessons learned to US reactors in the future, if we have a future.

    However, the days of the high power density reactor are limited, anyway, and Fukushima shows why.
    From what I read, when they shut down the Reactors at Fukushima, they had backup diesel generators that were supposed to provide enough power for pumping cooling water. Those were also damaged in the quake though. I guess the lesson here is to protect your backup generators better, but I'm not really sure how much you can protect stuff from an 8.9 earthquake. Seismic engineering has its limits.
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