Fukushima Nuclear Plant Workers May Have to Sacrifice Their Lives
Update: Helicopter crews risked their health by dropping water into the number 4 reactor. When they hovered to drop the water, they were exposed to high levels of radiation. But the dump was abandoned.
Robert Alvarez, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, tells CNN that water had served to both cool the uranium fuel and shield it. But once the uranium fuel was no longer covered by water, zirconium cladding that encases the fuel rods heated, generating hydrogen.
That caught fire, resulting in a situation that is “very, very serious,” Alvarez told CNN. He said the next solution may involve nuclear plant workers having to take heroic acts. Asked to be more specific, he said, “This is a situation where people may be called in to sacrifice their lives. … It’s very difficult for me to contemplate that but it’s, it may have reached that point.”
At the same time, fears are mounting across Japan. Voice of America reporter, Steve Herman, says in a tweet “This really defines at what stage we are: for first time ever NHK [Japan’s public tv] is scrolling across top of TV screen mSv/h [radiation levels] readings for different cities.”
Thank you tra!