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Fear The Media Meltdown — Not The Nuclear One

Posted in Culture, Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 1: 50 PM

The liberal media and anti-nuclear power activists are desperately trying to make as big a disaster as possible out of the earthquake and tsumani which seriously damaged the nuclear power reactors at Fukushima Dalichi and Daini in Okuma. Charlie Martin brings common sense and unbiased analysis to it.

    Relax: this is not another Chernobyl or Three Mile Island, and I’ll tell you exactly why. The only thing to fear is the sensationalist reporting that has the world panicked.

After a must read explanation of the whole matter he concludes:

    It’s very likely that there has been at least a partial meltdown in one or more of the reactors — but “meltdown” doesn’t mean “catastrophic release.” The reactor would not just have to melt down, but also penetrate both the still containment vessel and the concrete outer layer, and both were designed explicitly to keep that from happening.

    What we can say is that it’s not very likely to be a catastrophic accident, and gets less likely with every minute. The Japanese are cooling the reactors down, and adding boron, which “poisons” the nuclear reaction by absorbing neutrons, the “sparks” that make the reaction go.

Read the whole thing, and the update: Fuel Rod Fire?:

    The frustrating part about writing on this stuff is that people don’t seem to have any middle setting between “everything is fine” and “run in circles scream and shout”. So saying “no, it’s not Chernobyl” is interpreted as “it’s nothing.”
    So let’s go ahead and make this clear: no, it’s still not Chernobyl. But no, it’s not nothing.

UPDATE: A fire has reportedly broken out at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant. Stay tuned. 3/15 7:00 PM

UPDATE II: The fire wasn’t in the spent fuel rods, but in or on the building containing the pool. 3/15 9:00 PM EST

UPDATE III: Latest update from MIT at 6:00 AM Eastern on 3/16 is here.

UPDATE IV: The second worst thing you can do is ignore the news of the trouble at the Japanese nuclear reactors. The worst thing you can do is follow it.
— Rush Limbaugh

Rush is not talking about the creditable reports of Charlie Martin or MIT that I have referred to here. He’a talking about the state-run drive-by media. Here are a few of the headlines they have for you…

ESCAPE FROM JAPAN: Private Jets in Demand as Exodus Grows…

Thousands Jam Airports; LUFTHANSA, KLM Cancel Flights…

Emperor in historic speech: Don’t give up hope…

Setback in Fight to Control Reactors…

‘We’re Very Close Now to the Point of No Return’…

The Fukushima 50: Not afraid to die…

Radiation spews into sky — again…

Wind to blow toward Ocean, America…

U.S. Surgeon General: Get iodide…

Radiation Monitoring Equipment In Overwhelming Demand…

Sudden U.S. run on iodide pills…

GOVT CALL FEARS UNWARRANTED…

Reactor Design Caused GE Scientist To Quit In Protest…

Design in dispute for decades…

US Navy Records Elevated Levels 200 Miles Away…

French claim Japan is hiding full scale of nuclear disaster…

Newly Released Images Show Devastated Reactors…

Food panic…

Thousands missing, millions short of water – and fear everywhere…

MILLIONS SUFFER FREEZING TEMPS WITHOUT POWER…

‘THERE IS NOTHING LEFT’…

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  1. David Halliday said, on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 3: 12 PM at 3:12 PM

    What’s wrong with you?


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