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Cask Storage For Spent Fuel

Publication Date: 4/20/2011
Author: Pam Radtke Russell
Format: HTML

The disaster set in motion on March 11 by a massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant in an unlikely place: its spent-fuel pools, where experts speculate that loss of water caused a nuclear reaction among the fuel rods, creating a hydrogen explosion that blew a hole through the pools' relatively flimsy exterior and released radiation into the air.

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