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How a Reactor Shuts Down and What Happens in a Meltdown

 

The operating reactors at Fukushima Daiichi power station automatically shut down during the earthquake.
But after subsequent cooling failures, two of them went into partial meltdown.

 

from-http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/12/world/asia/the-explosion-at-the-japanese-reactor.html?ref=asia   

The Dangers of Storing Spent Fuel

Dangerous conditions can occur if water drains from pools storing radioactive fuel rods.

Dangerous conditions can occur if water drains from pools storing radioactive fuel rods.

From-http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/12/world/asia/the-explosion-at-the-japanese-reactor.html?ref=world

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