(1 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Fukushima Daiichi’s Reactor No. 3 began belching black smoke for an hour late in the afternoon, leading its operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, to evacuate workers. No. 3 is considered one of the most dangerous of the reactors because of its fuel – mixed oxides, or mox, which contain a mixture of uranium and plutonium and can produce a more dangerous radioactive plume if scattered by fire or explosions.
This is very bad news, kiddies! Black smoke ain’t steam! It means something dirty is burning!
And what could be burning, in a nuclear reactor full of melting uranium and plutonium?