Skip to comments.N. Korea: Experts warn of 'Chernobyl' risk at Yongbyon nuclear plant
Posted on 02/05/2014 2:57:25 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
Experts warn of 'Chernobyl' risk at Yongbyon nuclear plant
Sebastien Falletti, Seoul - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
26 January 2014
North Korea's decision to restart its 5 megawatt electric (MWe) reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear scientific research complex threatens Northeast Asia with a disaster potentially worse than Chernobyl, according to nuclear experts.
"This reactor comes from another world. The Yongbyon site has a concentration of so many nuclear facilities that if there was a fire in one building it could lead to a disaster worse than the Ukrainian one," said Seo Kyun Reul, a professor at the nucleonic department of Seoul National University.
Yongbyon's 5 MWe reactor uses obsolete magnox technology that, combined with the reuse of old graphite moderators, greatly increases the risk of a fire, Seo said.
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When this plant ‘goes’....watch Chinese folks suddenly get all peppy and directing stupid questions at their own leadership for letting North Korea get this stupid. There will be a rapid turnover of several Chinese leaders, and hostility brewing for years over choices made.
Yongbyong, Obama... what could go wrong?
If Beijing gets quaked, bubye US bonds.
All they need to do is threaten to manufacture a crisis in China and we spill the beans.
And we are the stupid isolationists
Our economy is testing positive for AIDS... next the wasting.
Winter - South and East
Summer - North and West
Of course, the jet stream is always going East.
A cook off ant Yongbyon on a Chernobyl scale would decimate almost all of the North Korean population. The exclusion area at Chernobyl is about 2/3 the size of NK.
The SK population would also have serious effects. Seoul might have to be abandoned.
Japan would just have to live with high radiation levels, the U.S. would be effected to a lesser extent.
China? Hard to say. If the winds were just right when it first happened, Beijing could get a heavy dose of North Korean radiation.
If this goes tiger do you think Obama would aid North Korea get under control or get Chinese to do it
It’s only a question of time...
Usually, with NK, by the time these things make the media, it isn’t speculation anymore.
They’re probably storing spent rods next to the reactor like the Fukushima site in Japan (Fukushima had rods on top of the reactors because they couldn’t decide where to store them long term). Idiots!
No, that type of risk is very exaggerated.
But it is for sure used to produce plutonium, so it should not be restarted.
Do you think they've had an accident already?