Here’s a nuclear meltdown I’ll bet you never heard of.
Atomic Arnie mentioned on Infowars the Borax experiments which was a DELIBERATE nuclear meltdown and prompt-critical explosion. Yes that’s what is was. Man they did some crazy stuff in the 50s, like the Genie nuclear air-air missle they test fired once with a guy on the ground under the explosion to prove it was safe (I kid you not, these things used to based on fighters all over the USA). The film shows a dramatic, though smaller explosion than Fukushima Reactor 3, but like Chernobyl pushed the reaction so quickly to produce a “prompt critical” explosion which not only sloshed water out of the open reactor well, but blew the guts and molten uranium fuel all over the site, which was first picked clean by workers who wore no shielding, and then covered with 6 inches of gravel. Their idea of safety was to check the weather report to make sure that the wind would take the expected iodine and cesium-laden radiation plume away from the control van and any nearby towns, and their idea of a safe containment was big pot of water open to the air with no cover in the East Idaho desert
Unbelievably for today, the film concludes in its chilling punch line that Borax II proved that boiling water reactors were inherently “safe” because when you lose moderating water, it slows down the reaction, but also shows that if you deliberately speed up the reaction too quickly, you’ll get the Chernobyl explosion and a big radioactive mess and meltdown.
The book “How the Borax Reactor Came to Be” details how workers wearing no shielding would calmly work up to radiation exposure limits far higher than today and pull reactor plates into the open air with no shielding and bang on them to make them fit when warping would make them rub against control rods. They would wait a few hours for radiation to die down before starting to play with reactor parts in the open air, and they stepped on uranium fuel fragments on the ground but they didn’t run long enough to be “dangerous” enough to set of radiation detectors. The author (not identified in the story) who brags about getting 15 roentgens (150 millisieverts, just on the edge of what is supposed to make you sick) of exposure in a day with no ill effects evidently lived to die of old age. Make you wonder how the rest of us who grew up in the 50s and 60s before bicycle helmets, emissions controls, 1% milk, air bags, seat belts, car seats, political correctness, recyle bins or no smoking zones lived for so long.