Last month, our guest speaker was Joe Wooten. Joe designs nuclear reactors. He worked at Dresden and Port Washington, built on Ocean Shore. In March of 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake hit Japan and caused a 45-foot-high tsunami. Japan lost all its nuclear plants. Unbelievably, the emergency generators were in the basement which was below water level; they, of course, got flooded. Here are some details about nuclear reactors and the episode in Japan that Joe talked about:
You need to cool a reactor fifty degrees an hour…tops. Any more will distort and wreck the metal. So you cool it 50, then wait and do it again. They had a 70 hour backup, worked around the clock with no sleep and did improper procedures; and, they had no transportation because of flooding. They lost power and, therefore, cooling and water boiled in closed containers and the hydrogen exploded more
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