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>Meltdown Now Official

>A day after the Japanese government downplayed the dangers of the damaged nuclear reactors, radiation levels have surpassed those at the Three Mile Island disaster, the second worst nuclear incident in history.

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>NYTimes.com Explains Nuclear Situation in Japan

>Great article from The New York Times on the potential meltdown of one or more reactors in Japan heavily damaged by the 8.9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan on this past Friday. The Bohunk would like to thank Prof. McRivette of GVSU for his contribution to geologists in Japan; the Guy deserves some recognition for his expertise and effort over the weekend helping gather and analyze data.
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>Japan’s Nuclear Crisis

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The first reactor explodes in Japan, but more threats remain….

The Japanese government says that a second explosion at a nuclear facility is very possible after hydrogen gases are said the have built up to dangerous levels. In the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and over a hundred aftershocks, the Japanese people still face the threat of nuclear meltdown and widespread radiation dangers.

The explosion that rocked the first reactor in the Fukishima plan gave the world a scare, but the threat for another such event strains the already fatigued and mourning population in the country. The third reactor is likely the explode though operators have worked to release the built up hydrogen gases that caused explosions. The danger is that such a blast would break the concrete structure housing the main reactor itself, which would cause the leak of dangerous radioactive materials.

In an effort to conserve energy, the Japanese government has called for three hour blackouts in order to confront the roughly 10 million kilowatt shortage faced by the shutdown nuclear facilities.

The government has repeatedly promised that no radiation dangers currently exist, though other sources claim that radiation levels around the plant have been higher in a single hour than in an entire year. Nine people have been tested for high radiation levels but doctors have no yet released their findings. Roughly 200, 000 people live within twelve miles of the plant.

To help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami, please visit http://www.redcross.org/ .

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