Science re: Remember Godzilla?
posted by July 16 at 14:52 PMon
About 315 gallons of water apparently spilled from a tank at one of the plant’s seven reactors and entered a pipe that flushed it into the sea, said Jun Oshima, an executive at Tokyo Electric Power Co.
But check out this way more impressive nuclear power plant fiasco from the mid-90’s:
Detroit Edison’s plan to release slightly radioactive water from the Fermi II nuclear plant into Lake Erie today has received the blessings of state, county and city officials…
The 1.5 million gallons of tainted water are being dumped as part of repairs to the plant. It was damaged Christmas Day when a steam turbine failed.
(from the Buffalo News Feb 24, 1994.)
Take that Japan. USA! USA!
Extra bonus nuclear disaster fact? The Fermi I reactor - with a liquid sodium metal core, plutonium producing fast breeder reactor - melted down in 1966. Both plants are built on the shore of Lake Erie. For the non-chemists among us: Sodium Metal + Water = Boom.