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What exactly is a nuclear power plant meltdown?

• The Political Commentator
What happens during a nuclear power plant meltdown? The term meltdown is being used often. But what exactly would a meltdown in one of the Japanese nuclear power plants entail? The following is a simplistic description I found at a blog called Modern Survival. It gives a step by step of the process, with the end result being a catastrophic release of radiation into the atmosphere. It all starts when the cooling system fails as it did as a result of the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit the Island. How does a nuclear plant meltdown unfold?