ViewsAsia by CartoonArts International

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  1. tcity

    tcity said, about 2 years ago

    I’m not sure what this is about, but it’s very well drawn and has great composition.

  2. Mhic Dhu Ghaill

    Mhic Dhu Ghaill GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @tcity

    Japan is turning some of its reactors back on.

  3. No-one-cares

    No-one-cares said, about 2 years ago

    I can understand the sentiment in the cartoon but they have to turn the reactors back on as they simply don’t have the enough non nuclear electrical production.

  4. tcity

    tcity said, about 2 years ago

    @Mhic Dhu Ghaill

    I see, thank you.

  5. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    One of the reactors is still out of control and could explode worse than Chernobyl and pollute our west coast as well as most of Japan.

  6. indieme

    indieme GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Why they would put the spent fuel rods in the same building, ON AN UPPER FLOOR, is beyond me. The pool is teetering and if it falls all those rods will go up in smoke. The sky shine will be beautiful to behold. Probably saved a few yen. That’s what corporations do. Trust them folks and don’t forget to vote for their stooges in congress and Lord Richy Rich this Nov. They have our best interest at heart. Right!

  7. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 2 years ago

    @No-one-cares

    Yes and why is that? Spent too much on the dirty, dangerous and ultimately unsupportable nuclear energy.

  8. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 2 years ago

    @Rad-ish

    They have already had three full meltdowns no nuclear disaster has approached this in history.

  9. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 2 years ago

    The fuel rods themselves are not capable of exploding; however, overheating of the coolant vessel in an out of control situation (rod meltdown) can cause a catastrophic steam explosion. In some designs, hydrogen can become a problem and that stuff is definitely explosive if oxygen is present. Hydrogen is believed to be what caused the Fukushima explosion. Chernobyl is still the worst accident as far as nuclear material released to atmosphere and size of exclusion zone.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 2 years ago

    @mikefive

    Give it time, the Fuchushima disaster is right now being deliberately under rated by the Japanese leadership.

  11. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 2 years ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    I know that the leadership had underplayed it at one time, but I thought that they had finally come clean. If they haven’t, they are certainly doing the Japanese people a disservice.

  12. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    “We could have a disaster much worse, many times worse than Chernobyl.”
    said Dr. Michio Kaku on the precarious state of the spent fuel rods in the severely damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor Unit Number Four building

  13. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, about 2 years ago

    Okay, a few things here. First, the pool is on the upper floor to allow movement between the reactor vessel and the pool completely under water. That shields the radiation and eases cooling. Second, that feature is part of the “Mark I” design by General Electric from the 60’s. There are alternative designs where the spend fuel is lowered to ground level after removal, but these are expensive. Thirdly the Spend Fuel Pool (SFP) in reactor 4 has been stabilized from below – as good as possible – and is not about to collapse of it’s own (as well as the whole building which is NOT listing). Having said that I like to clarify that nobody is confident that nothing happens if there is another earthquake. And yes, if the pool would collapse there would be a fire, the zirconium cladding would catch fire and you basically would have a core-meltdown in the remains of the SFP, only with more material and no, zero, none, zilch containment around it. Oh joy of joys!

    What drives me mad is the amount of spend fuel in that pool, the other pools and a special pool in a dedicated building. We are talking about a sum total of FIVE-HUNDRED METRIC TONS!!! They never, ever, since the 70’s, put any of this stuff in dry caskets! That’s criminal, in my mind. Fukushima will be around forever, we aren’t even close to having an idea how to develop the tools we would need to clean up the mess. Latest readings from the containment building of reactor one indicate radiation levels between 10.000 and 100 MILLION Sievert. That’s madness! 10 Sievert at one meter kills you in 30 seconds!!! Even robots can’t work in that environment. Japan is screwed…

  14. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 2 years ago

    @MortyForTyrant

    Interesting, Monty. Thanks.

  15. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, about 2 years ago

    @mikefive

    Uhm… Thank YOU for caring. If you like to read more here are two links:

    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/

    http://allthingsnuclear.org/

    Have fun, but have a Valium ready…

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