Fukushima vs The Blob

Chew

Senior Member
There is a recent spate of YouTube videos declaring or JAQing if Fukushima is responsible for The Blob.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=fukushima+blob

Evidently radiation can do anything!

Nishihara et al ran the numbers on various parameters of the 3 melted cores and the 4 spent fuel pools including the decay heat:
http://jolissrch-inter.tokai-sc.jaea.go.jp/pdfdata/JAEA-Data-Code-2012-018.pdf#page=128

Here is how the total decay heat of the 3 cores varied over time:

Decay heat units 1-3.png

Integrating the decay heat for the last 4 years yields 178 TJ.

The Blob is 1000 miles in diameter and 300 feet deep. The specific heat capacity of seawater is 3.993 J·g-1​·K-1​.

If the 3 cores at Fukushima had been ejected into the Pacific Star Trek-style at the moment of shutdown and had somehow managed to stay afloat near the surface it would have raised the volume of water of The Blob by 0.00000024° C after 4 years.
 

Pete Tar

Senior Member
What's the blob?
(I've seen the movie)

Oh, it's this thing -

 
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