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accepted Why can't there be a trap door under nuclear reactors in case of meltdown?
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comment Why can't there be a trap door under nuclear reactors in case of meltdown?
This is a very good and thought out answer. I am going to leave the question open for longer as it seems relatively popular but thank you.
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comment Why can't there be a trap door under nuclear reactors in case of meltdown?
The density argument is interesting. if it is dropped into a pit it could end up expediting the fission process by putting the materials closer together. I understand that other parts are certainly contaminated but again this is asking about a severe issue like experienced in chernobyl and Fukushima and would be an absolute last resort.
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comment Why can't there be a trap door under nuclear reactors in case of meltdown?
Well could the reactor "pit" not have a similar concrete protection? I know that this is not an optimal waste disposal solution but is it not better than having it in open air on top of concrete?
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comment Why can't there be a trap door under nuclear reactors in case of meltdown?
Yes agreed. I did read up on the "liquidators" and the concern that if the molten core hit the water there would be a massive explosion that would render a huge area uninhabitable.
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asked Why can't there be a trap door under nuclear reactors in case of meltdown?