Fukushima and the Fallout

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The situation at the Fukushima Power Plant in Japan continues to worsen. U.S. Media is reporting that water levels are dropping in more than one of the six reactors at the plant, leaving nuclear fuel rods exposed. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission has warned that Japanese regulators may be downplaying the risk of radiation levels at the plant; and the commission has advised that Americans evacuate the area within 30 miles of Fukushima.

Joining us for an analysis of the situation at hand is David Biello, associate editor for Environment and Energy for Scientific American.

Guests:

David Biello

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

Comments [4]

Eric Burke from Takahagi, Ibaraki, Japan

I am 80Km from the striken reactor, but I am staying. The radiation levels are not so high that I feel it is dangerous. Even on the 16th when they were peaking, it was not as high as flying internationally from Tokyo to New York.
The foreign media seems to be overstating the severity of the problem.

Mar. 19 2011 08:12 AM
Ken Brody from USA

Please see "INIR: International Nuclear Incident Response" at www.snowflakehell.blogspot.com for the real data on Chernobyl. The reactors are not comparable. Chernobyl's explosion was a hydrogen/oxygen/graphite reaction followed by a meltdown. Three Mile Island is a better analogy.

Mar. 17 2011 11:48 AM
Edith Hornik from NYC

I was shocked that you compared on March 17th on The Take Away coal mine accidents and nuclear reactor accidents. When there is a coal mine accident you do not have to evacuate the population within a 20 or 50 mile radius. No one has yet mentioned how the radioactive material in Japan will effect the fish in the surrounding ocean.

Mar. 17 2011 09:23 AM
Glenn Maxwell from Detroit, Michigan

Robots.
I understood that one of the reasons robots were being developed was to provide service in areas where humans cound not go for whatever reason.
I thought Carnegie Mellon was doing a lot of work on this.
Thanks,
Glenn

Mar. 17 2011 08:52 AM

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