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Monday, March 14, 2011

Event: Nuclear Power Plant + Earthquake in Japan = Nuclear Meltdown



Nuclear power is produced by controlled by nuclear reactions. Commercial and utility plants currently use nuclear fission reactions to heat water to produce steam, which is then used to generate electricity.In 2009, 13–14% of the world's electricity came from nuclear power. Also, more than 150 naval vessels using nuclear propulsion have been built.




A nuclear meltdown is an informal term for a severe nuclear reactor accident that results in core damage from overheating. A meltdown occurs when a severe failure of a nuclear power plant system prevents proper cooling of the reactor core, to the extent that the nuclear fuel assemblies overheat and melt. A meltdown is considered very serious because of the potential that radioactive materials could be released into the environment. A core meltdown will also render the reactor unstable until it is repaired. The scrapping and disposal of the reactor core will incur substantial costs for the operator.

CAUSE:
A meltdown occurs when a severe failure of a nuclear power plant system prevents proper cooling of the reactor core, to the extent that the nuclear fuel assemblies overheat and melt. A meltdown is considered very serious because of the potential that radioactive materials could be released into the environment. A core meltdown will also render the reactor unstable until it is repaired. The scrapping and disposal of the reactor core will incur substantial costs for the operator.
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