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Livermore atmospheric center activated to assist with modeling of nuclear situation in Japan

Original post made on Mar 17, 2011

A group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that predicts the spread of hazardous material releases is assisting the U.S. government by modeling the nuclear situation in Japan, a spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration said.

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Posted by Bob Berschauer
a resident of Danville
on Mar 17, 2011 at 10:48 am

When a reactor melts down the pool of molten metal contains both uranium and hafnium, the metal used to control the reactor. Poring seawater in to cool this molten mix of metal is a bad idea. There is more energy there than this small amount of water can absorb. Plus there are unexpected results from contaminants.

A better moderator of the fission might be to pump molten lead into the reactor core thereby slowing maybe even stopping the fission.