Nuclear meltdown in 2015 on antineutrino map?

In summary: There is a lot of antineutrino emission from nuclear plants because they produce different radioactive isotopes.
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I was browsing a antineutrino map and was wondering if there was a meltdown in 2015 when it was taken.

I never heard about it in the news; but, here are some pictures from the paper:

https://www.nature.com/articles/srep13945

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TimeSkip said:
was wondering if there was a meltdown in 2015 when it was taken.

Did you read the paper? Or even the abstract? It's a model. There was no day it was taken.
 
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TimeSkip said:
I was browsing a antineutrino map and was wondering if there was a meltdown in 2015 when it was taken.

I never heard about it in the news; but, here are some pictures from the paper:

Thoughts?
What are you talking about? What leads you to believe there is a meltdown shown somewhere in those graphics?
 
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russ_watters said:
What are you talking about? What leads you to believe there is a meltdown shown somewhere in those graphics?
The article mainly refers to 'geoneutrino' emanations from the Earth including mixing models of the three known antineutrinos.

The colors selected for the maps: blue to yellow to red resemble temperature readings. The bright red color associated with antineutrino detection might mislead a cursory reader that something is melting due to high temperatures?

Fix: change map colors to complements. Red becomes green, blue to orange, yellow to violet. Incipient 'meltdowns' will instead resemble foliage. :smile:
 
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The color doesn't look uniform around that circled spot.

Was just wondering.

As in: Something like wind blew something to the north of the reactor in question.
 
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TimeSkip said:
The color doesn't look uniform around that circled spot.

Was just wondering.

As in: Something like wind blew something to the north of the reactor in question.
The dark splotches in the US, Europe, Asia (Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan, eastern China), S. Americal and S. Africa are operating nuclear power plants. One has to look at the energy levels of the neutrinos, since there is a mix of U, Th isotopes and their decay products, and fission products and their decay products. Note that beta decay involves the release of an electron (beta particle) and anti-neutrino.

The red circle encompasses the Ural mountains. In areas like that, it is mostly deposits of U and Th.
Edit/update: The darkest splotch (spot) in the red oval, toward the SE of center, is Mayak, where U and Pu are processed, and fission products (nuclear waste) are accumulated. There have been numerous criticality and other accidents at the site, but in the worst case, a plume spread to the northeast, or about 45 degrees from the darker area (Ural Mountains).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayak#List_of_accidents
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyshtym_disaster
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kysht...e:Map_of_the_East_Urals_Radioactive_Trace.png

Please read the article.
 
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Can someone enlighten me as to what happened in the Great Lakes in the US? Why so much antineutrino emission?
 
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Will you please read the article?

Your original question about what was going on in the circle you drew was answered on Page 5. This question is answered on page 3, and you can get more details by clicking on the link on page 9.
 
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1. What is a nuclear meltdown?

A nuclear meltdown is a catastrophic failure of a nuclear reactor, resulting in a significant release of radioactive material and immense heat. This can occur when a reactor's core becomes too hot, causing the fuel rods to melt and release radiation.

2. What is an antineutrino map?

An antineutrino map is a visual representation of the distribution of antineutrinos, which are subatomic particles that are produced during nuclear reactions. These maps are created by detecting and measuring the energy and direction of antineutrinos emitted from nuclear reactors.

3. What caused the nuclear meltdown in 2015 on the antineutrino map?

The nuclear meltdown in 2015 was caused by a combination of factors, including a faulty reactor design, inadequate safety protocols, and human error. The exact cause is still being investigated, but it is believed that a series of small malfunctions and human mistakes led to the meltdown.

4. What were the consequences of the nuclear meltdown in 2015?

The consequences of the nuclear meltdown in 2015 were severe and long-lasting. The release of radioactive material resulted in significant environmental and health impacts, including increased rates of cancer and other health issues in the surrounding area. The economic and social effects were also significant, as the affected area had to be evacuated and the nuclear industry faced increased scrutiny and regulations.

5. What measures are being taken to prevent future nuclear meltdowns?

After the nuclear meltdown in 2015, there have been increased efforts to improve nuclear safety and prevent future meltdowns. This includes implementing stricter regulations, enhancing safety protocols, and investing in new technologies and designs for nuclear reactors. Additionally, there is a greater focus on training and educating personnel to prevent human error and improve emergency response in the event of a nuclear incident.

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