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This is a Fox News alert all workers are now evacuated from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant -- any dangers following a dangerous rise in radiation levels.
And you just heard from Japan's chief secretary.
Cabinet secretary minutes ago who said quote.
All the workers there have suspended their operations we have urged them to evacuate and they have.
So what happens now and what does this mean our next guest knows how to deal of the nuclear crisis firsthand he was involved with our nuclear accident in the United States in 1979.
-- do -- is a former supervisor of radiation protection and chemistry at three -- Allen he joins us live on the phone.
-- -- And what do you make of this bread -- news that -- -- breaking now that says that dead due to a surge in radiation all workers are unable to continue even minimal efforts and it stricken nuclear plant and we believe it's a plant where 70% of the fuel rods at one of the reactors.
Was significantly damage what does that mean.
Well first -- evening Greta.
It's kind of hard to tell them the information that I have been able to receive -- which reactor is actually the problem.
All my initial thought would be that's reactor number one where the somebody allegedly 70% of the fuels uncovered.
There's probably a -- but -- issue.
Then the unit or if the problem there isn't exposing this spent fuel on the gulf war.
The -- or is between the fourth and fifth story that these very difficult -- -- any kind of the water pump -- high without.
Having plenty of electrical are off site power.
Two and it popped.
And also that it fears that a portion of that containment around -- -- or has already been briefed.
So I I really have.
No good ideas -- -- -- the problems but in either case I would expect that the radiation is levels would be predominately from release the inert gases from the fuel.
Is there big difference and damaged it either one could do weathered some -- -- 70% uncovered if if that site now goes down to zero because are unable to pump water to cool not vs the spent fuel rods is a make it.
Mean in the end does it make a difference if if if they're completely exposed both in the end.
The biggest difference is that inside the reactor building you know 12 and free you've got both -- pressure vessel and the containment felt.
So these the issue is not whether to fuel and damage we know it's been damaged.
The real question is and it -- and they radioactivity be contained.
In the spent fuel pull it appears that the containment.
Around the field poll has already been briefed.
So there's a direct path for the environment.
I don't get too deep into the weeds but I read some place at this GE design.
In terms of the around containment.
The pressure vessel could -- that was not as good as -- we have in many here in the United States so does that factor and put it on terms of whether or not if -- -- -- at the spent fuel rods but instead the the 78% in the first one.
Honestly Greta I don't know enough about that specific plant design.
But I do know that the process is always do I'll work to maintain containment.
And that means protect the fuel if you can't if you can't protect it's -- if you can't protect the building.
And I think they've -- a pretty good job.
At least protecting the -- and these the building.
-- -- is not complained one the the -- and a building.
Dick thank you and let's hope that is not the spent feel that thank you thank.
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