MSimon wrote:bcglorf wrote:Worse than Chernobyl.
Now, I admit I haven't been following that closely lately, but really?
By what measure? Overall release of radioactivity? Immediate or projected deaths? Financial cleanup costs?
It sounded like the current assessment was core breach, quite likely on all 3 damaged reactors. That has corresponded to massive coolant leakage contaminating the area, but still more localized than Chernobyl and entombment an easier feat than it was for Chernobyl. At least not requiring suicidal missions to avoid further catastrophic disaster.
Total radiation release. You have 7 or more cores spewing: 3 reactors and 4 spent fuel pools.
Let me point out again that I'm not anti-nuke. I'm anti-bad design.
I'm having troubles finding current numbers, but for the most part the release of I-131 seems to be estimated at a tenth of what Chernobyl released. Do you have different sources, or are you just making future projections assuming that the won't entomb the cores and just keep pumping in water that will just leak out into the environment for another 10 months?