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This is a fascinating article, primarily about the problem of where to store nuclear waste. It's not widely known, but there was a great danger of the storage pool at Fukushima, which is housed in a shed on most nuclear sites, bursting into flames and spreading 40 Chernobyls worth of radioactive material into the atmosphere. It was only through the tremendous sacrifice of many men, who soon shall die, that it was prevented. But the problem is there is no other place to put all of this waste fuel besides storage pools! This is not solely a Japanese problem; any reactor in the United States could do the same thing if it lost power and diesel for a week, allowing the waste pool to evaporate.

Quote of the day, from the article: "You don't build a house without a toilet," said Jitsuro Terashima, president of the Japan Research Institute think tank and member of an expert panel advising the national government on energy policy after the Fukushima disaster.

Our nuclear industry has built a trillion dollar house without a toilet. Excellent planning, guys!
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Are there really any people that are expected to die from exposure to Fukushima radiation?
From what I understand, even the few hundred people that made up the "Fukushima 50" only realized radiation exposure amounts that are expected to increase their long-term chances of some forms of cancer anywhere from 1% to 5%.
I have heard a wide variety of things. A few people have been exposed to high enough radiation to cause radiation burns and sickness, which is generally not associated with long life. And those that sprayed water down into the smoldering waste pool were probably exposed to radioactive particles in the lungs even with their protective equipment, which was too hot for the environment and suboptimal. Determining dosage for inhaled particles is very hard to measure without a highly invasive lung biopsy or post-mortem autopsy.

I would prefer to laud them as sacrificing themselves, and be surprised if they pull through, rather than be too cautious in my salutations. These men saved us all from an unimaginable catastrophe, and they deserve credit for that.
I wouldn't be eating sushi anytime soon :>)
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