Workers Pumping Fukushima Full of Nitrogen to Prevent Explosion

The volatile mix of seawater and melting fuel rods is producing hydrogen and oxygen gas—the stuff that blew the lids off Fukushima twice last month. To avert another disastrous hydrogen explosion, workers are blowing inert nitorgen gas inside.

The effort is going on at this very moment, and the consequences are quite dire—documents obtained yesterday by the New York Times reveal the last explosion sent nuclear fuel flying over a mile away from the plant. [Kyodo News]

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