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Mar2-12, 04:58 PM
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Thoughts on nuclear power and disasters [long, rant/tangenty]

Reactors cannot be just stopped: after shutdown they are still producing lot of heat.

If you plug that bottleneck then what you created is a (dirty) bomb. The temperature and pressure will rise and...

Ps.: the other point is, that to be sure that nothing is leaking and everything is under control you have to be able to reach and check the whole site. It's a bit harder underground, especially with the bottleneck plugged.

In Fukushima it's also hard, but at least they have choices other than keep it plugged and praying.