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Before the Committee, Ambassador Murata strongly stated that if the crippled building of reactor unit 4 – with 1,535 fuel rods in the spent fuel pool 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground – collapses, not only will it cause a shutdown of all six reactors but will also affect the common spent fuel pool containing 6,375 fuel rods, located some 50 meters from reactor 4.

In both cases the radioactive rods are not protected by a containment vessel. Indeed, they are open to the air, which is quite dangerous.

This would certainly cause a global catastrophe like we have never before experienced.

He stressed that the responsibility of Japan to the rest of the world is immeasurable. Such a catastrophe would affect us all for centuries.

Ambassador Murata informed us that the total number of the spent fuel rods at the Fukushima Daiichi site excluding the rods in the pressure vessel is 11,421 (396+615+566+1,535+994+940+6375).
Hadn't heard of this until now. Why is a potential worldwide radiological catastrophe not global news?

Source: http://www.infiniteunknown.net/2012...cluding-the-rods-in-the-pressure-vessel-is-1/
 

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Yeh Fukushima is actually the biggest disaster since the Golf oil spill, but do you hear anything on the news about it? NO. It is that bad actually. It is that fucked up of a situation that mentioning it on news on the telly is like denying the holocaust in some countries in Europe. And yes, that is an exaggaration.
 

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Yeh Fukushima is actually the biggest disaster since the Golf oil spill, but do you hear anything on the news about it? NO. It is that bad actually. It is that fucked up of a situation that mentioning it on news on the telly is like denying the holocaust in some countries in Europe. And yes, that is an exaggaration.
I'm not sure which I would consider a bigger disaster really. They were both catastrophic to the Earth and have potential worldwide effects. The potential for Fukushima to cause a worldwide radiological catastrophe is amazing.
 
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