Sifting through lies in Japan
First, I'm really hoping that mikecart jumps in on this thread. I'm just going to state a few things that I know Japan is lying about.
First, those 50 brave souls that you keep reading about are as good as dead. If they don't die from direct exposure, they will die from cancer. I believe that the current report is 4 dead, 2 missing and 21 injured. I'm betting the 21 injured already have radiation sickness.
When it was announced that reactor 4's fuel pond had boiled dry, their fate had been sealed. The amount of radiation that they would have been exposed to is simply too much to overcome.
Also containment is definately breached on the #3 reactor. They wouldn't be dropping water from a helicopter if there weren't cracks in the containment chamber for the water to seep through.
Given those 2 things alone, this is a catastrophe of mass proportions. They could have a miracle and stop all radiation leaks this second and they have already doomed everyone that stays in a 50 mile radius for the next 20 years. The water that they have been spraying and dumping on the reactor will contaminate the water table and it will stay contaminated for the next 300 years.
If the winds shift towards Tokyo with the amount of radiation that has already been released, this will be more devasting to the population than Chernobyl was.
This is the bad news if they don't have a meltdown.
If they have a meltdown, this will be the worst disaster ever.