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Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, attacked and on fire

I believe this is the plant that is the largest in Europe.
Other Investing, indeed. If the fire is not controlled or damage causing operational problems.

--- Firefighters unable to reach fire at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant
From CNN's Jonny Hallam

Firefighters are unable to reach the fire at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, according to the mayor of the nearby town of Energodar, Dmytro Orlov, in a Facebook post.

“The Zaporizhzhia Power Plant is notifying of a threat at the first block of the power plant! The fire at the plant is continuing. The firefighters cannot reach the location of the fire,” he posted.
Earlier, the mayor posted to Facebook saying: "Intense fighting is ongoing on approach routes to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Our National Guard fighters are defending. There are victims, but the exact number and condition so far cannot be determined under the circumstances."

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  • That doesn't sound good to me !!! One can only hope it was shut down & doesn't become a run-a-way !
  • ADD: 9:30 pm EST

    Nuclear experts: Disaster depends on where the fire is taking place
    As a fire reported by Ukrainian officials continues at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, nuclear experts answered some of the most urgent questions:

    Are there systems in the plant that can automatically fight the fire? Yes, but they don't fight all fires, said nuclear policy expert and Harvard professor Graham Allison. And not all fires at a power plant can have "catastrophic consequences." It depends on where the fire is — the biggest concern is if the blaze reaches a reactor's cooling pits, which could cause a meltdown of the reactor.

    What could happen if a reactor melts down? If a fire, missile strike or other type of attack disrupts the nuclear reactor's cooling structure, it won't be able to cool itself — causing the fuel inside to overheat and melt down, releasing large amounts of radioactivity, said James Acton, co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

    The most recent and severe examples include the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, and the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Soviet Ukraine.

    How likely is this? It's hard to say because there's still much we don't know, several experts agreed — most importantly, where the fire is located, whether it's even near the reactors or in a different part of the nuclear power complex, whether all the reactors are working — all things that could influence the severity of a disaster, if one occurs.

    Why is the power plant coming under attack? Russian troops appear to be trying to seal off a nearby river and encircle Ukrainian forces, a classic maneuver, said retired US Army Gen. Wesley Clark — and the power plant is "right in the way." The plant is also a "key strategic asset," providing much of Ukraine's power, he added: "Take that offline, the grid is at least temporarily destabilized. You're cutting the ability of Ukrainians to be able to handle communications to a lot of other things."


  • edited March 3
    I was wondering if I should post this in “Off Topic” - but glad to see @Catch22 placed it here.

    Bloomberg just reported “no radiation leak”. Though, sounds a bit premature. These babies generally require water for cooling. And there’s usually lots of backup generators, pumps, etc. But under enemy bombardment who knows? Meltdown occurs over time once cooling ability ceases - my understanding. It’s rattling the futures markets just a bit.

    Eerily remenicient of the ending of Lord of the Flies in which the warring tribes burn all the vegetation on their lifeboat island in pursuit of the enemy.

  • It is frightening news. I read "Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster" a couple of years ago. A much worse disaster could be set off by a single missile strike.
  • edited March 4
    This link will provide current updated information. The live feed will be periodically "moved". Notification will be on this page link "in red", such as "has moved to". You'll likely know a new feed page exists when the time frame at the news feed is quite old....time stamp or is the same story you saw previously.

    Futures indices here......, not happy; at this time....11 pm, EST

    ALL indices RED, 9AM, Friday, March 4......except VIX, of course.
  • edited March 4
    Looks like a “risk off” day shaping up Friday. Flight to bonds and, to a lesser extent, commodities. Japan’s down sharply overnight. U.S. futures down only moderately just prior to midnight.

    Oh yeah. Agree with the others - war and nuclear plants don’t mix very well.
  • From Matt Murray, WSJ: "The fire, in the training facility adjacent to the six reactors, was extinguished Friday morning with none of the reactors affected and no radiation leak. Russian troops have moved into the plant."
  • Thanks, good to know. It is a move to control the electric grid of Ukraine.
  • A headline stating the obvious: "Nuclear reactors ‘not meant to be exposed to missiles’, analyst says"

    That was a live feed from Al Jazeera a few hours ago which has since vanished.
  • One of the lead stories on RT this morning is

    Chicken Kiev To Be Renamed
  • How about "Lion Kiev" for the new name?
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