I think G" is correct in believing the explosion was hydrogen.
HHO quickly accumulated and this highly unstable mixture detonated.
I have done enough experiments and had enough experience to recognize my old friend 'the hydrogen and oxygen explosion.' But that detonation is a far cry from the few CCs of gas I have set off.
There are six reactors on that site. All six reactors are experiencing cooling problems - meaning all six of them have a chance of thermal runaway and possible meltdown.
They made the nukes well. They installed a half dozen backup systems and in the end it was a waste of time because the genny conked-out! Words fail me ... that the nation which probably supplies more electrical generating equipment than any other could not set up a system to deliver sufficient power to the cooling pumps in time to prevent a castrophe.
News reports are conflicting. But I can tell you people living around the epicentre are being handed potassium iodide.
The evacuation zone is now at least 20kms.
People are now being told to wear a mask and breathe through a wet towel. They've been told to turn off any air systems which bring in outside air. People inside the exclusion zone are being warned to stay where they are and not evacuate over twenty kms away because it is too radioactive to move about outside.
The wind is currently blowing to the West - over Japan and in the direction of Korea and China.
Gas is certain to leap ten per-cent right away and natch it won't stay at such a bargain price for mor than a few hours.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-mHN91I ... ure=relmfu
This video is over a day old, but it is informative.
Life goes on here. But it's real quiet!!!!!!!!!!!
The repercussions ... the repercussions ... Everyone's waiting for what's to come from this. And I'm looking into the future because I don't think these types of disasters are anywhere near over.
And my heart goes out to those people as well. The weather has been snowy, rainy and damn cold. And the forecast is for even colder and windier tonight and onwards for a while.
Maybe some people have lead umbrellas? If I knew there was a radiation leak and I understood what that meant I would not be anywhere near the epicentre. I assume most people don't know much about the effects of radiation these days. And the news reports are always changing so a lot of folks have given up trying to make sense of it.
And not too much seismic activity over the States - which I'm pleased to hear. But I'd leave the W coast if I were you. I dunno why.