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  • Would it really send a death wave around the Earth?

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    • Now I know nothing about this topic, but I have heard that the reactors will eventually melt down. The only thing I'd question is I'd think it would have happened sooner or not for a while more. The death wave is questionable I realistically don't believe that would happen, and think it was just added for dramatic effect.

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    • If all the nuclear power plan melted down it would not create a death wave but it would release a massive amount of radiation that would make large areas of the world unhinhabitable and that would cause a global ecological disaster, especially in the northern hemisphere were the majority of the 438 (approximative number) reactors are located. It could have serious consequences on our society and could even led to the fall of our civilisation.

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    • The real question is who the hell was maintaining giant nuclear reactors while everyone was in space? Why were they even running and powering and how would they simultaneously melt down?

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    • The world was already nuke those Reactors should of blow up a long time ago that if i they were not destroy when the rest of the world burn.  100 years plus with no mantiance of any type yea i do not buy that story at all and i do think them using that as a plot hurt season 4 and has hurt the show i think they lost more when they more or less kill off everyone they could.

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    • ALIE said between our time and the first apocalypse, humans were able to build very resistant power plants that could last more than a 100 years (which they did). However the Death Wave is just fictional because every reactor would fail at the same time in the US and the rest of the world, so the wave can't be located on the West Coast and just cover North America from West to East, it would blow up from everywhere

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    • 100 years with no Mantiance at all without a single soul going to make minor adjustments yea i do not buy for a second that the reactors would last that long.  Also not every reactor would of been built the same i am sure that some would of been older reactors not everyone of them would of had what ALIE claimed.    That being said the death wave was one of the dumber ideas in show to me so the reactors were used for that bs and that alone.

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    • The scene which made me stop watching this show is the water generator blast scene ..they need that water generator to keep hundreds of people alive inside the ark after the meltdown but they decide to blast it for saving 25 people ...now instead of hundreds only hundred can stay inside the ark and Clarke decides to allow the guy who made the decision to stay inside the ark with other 99.

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    • "water generator"? Oh, you meant the "Hydro generator" that Monty set off in Azgeda?

      Yeah, that's a tough call. You want 25 people in slavery or hundreds in your camp live? I love the show exactly because of those stupid decisions. It is a wrong decision, but I can see why Monty did it.

      That thing is not nuclear. So it's actually had nothing to do with the OP.

      I think given the latest developments in nuclear technology, yes, it's possible to have nuclear plants keep running for one hundreds years without maintenance. Bill Gates himself invested a company who is doing research on that. However, I don't think the nuclear plants will explode and cause another world wide apacolypse like the TV series depicted. The future nuclear plants will automatically shutdown itself, if the maintenance is going bad. It will automatically move all the nuclear fission material to a safe place and store it there forever. The "move" is by physics, not machines, so even with no power, the nuclear materials will be stored in safe containment. So relax. It's just TV drama.

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    • Okay so I am not abig scientist or anything. But I doubt it would send a death wave like that. Something that may happen is the Black Rain and rise in Radiation levels. The oceans would have also been evaporated. But im not sure of the literal wave of radiation that sweeped the suraface. But here is the unrealistic thing in the show. Nobdy could have survived on the surafce after Praimfaya. Im not talkeing about the radiation levels. Im talkin about the temperature on Earth and the pressure. All the oceans and water evaporated (exept in Shallow Valley). THe temperature would hve risen. Humans cant survive on the surface without specialized suits. But even with those suits the pressure would crush them. With all the water in vapor form the atmosphere the pressure would intensify. Nothing should have been able to survive on Earth of after Praimfaya.

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    • CaptPenguinLord wrote:
      Okay so I am not abig scientist or anything. But I doubt it would send a death wave like that. Something that may happen is the Black Rain and rise in Radiation levels. The oceans would have also been evaporated. But im not sure of the literal wave of radiation that sweeped the suraface. But here is the unrealistic thing in the show. Nobdy could have survived on the surafce after Praimfaya. Im not talkeing about the radiation levels. Im talkin about the temperature on Earth and the pressure. All the oceans and water evaporated (exept in Shallow Valley). THe temperature would hve risen. Humans cant survive on the surface without specialized suits. But even with those suits the pressure would crush them. With all the water in vapor form the atmosphere the pressure would intensify. Nothing should have been able to survive on Earth of after Praimfaya.

      The oceans would never evaporate if all nuclear reactors happens to melt down, it wouldn't even melt down a lake because that's not how it work. It would only poison our ecosystem with radiations and cause an environmental collapse. In the worst case, huge fires ignited by the heat of the power plant's meltdown could proppel ashes into the atmosphere triggering a small nuclear winter and worstening the radioactive fallout. Such an event would cause billions of casualties but event then we would be able to survive as a species, and for our planet's biosphere, it will eventually adapt as always.

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    • Rayetso wrote:

      CaptPenguinLord wrote:
      Okay so I am not abig scientist or anything. But I doubt it would send a death wave like that. Something that may happen is the Black Rain and rise in Radiation levels. The oceans would have also been evaporated. But im not sure of the literal wave of radiation that sweeped the suraface. But here is the unrealistic thing in the show. Nobdy could have survived on the surafce after Praimfaya. Im not talkeing about the radiation levels. Im talkin about the temperature on Earth and the pressure. All the oceans and water evaporated (exept in Shallow Valley). THe temperature would hve risen. Humans cant survive on the surface without specialized suits. But even with those suits the pressure would crush them. With all the water in vapor form the atmosphere the pressure would intensify. Nothing should have been able to survive on Earth of after Praimfaya.

      The oceans would never evaporate if all nuclear reactors happens to melt down, it wouldn't even melt down a lake because that's not how it work. It would only poison our ecosystem with radiations and cause an environmental collapse. In the worst case, huge fires ignited by the heat of the power plant's meltdown could proppel ashes into the atmosphere triggering a small nuclear winter and worstening the radioactive fallout. Such an event would cause billions of casualties but event then we would be able to survive as a species, and for our planet's biosphere, it will eventually adapt as always.

      I see where you getting Rayetso. I understand that water wont evaporate. But it did take place in the show.SO, if all the water evaporated into the atmosphere then the atmosphere would thicken. The pressure would rise and the whole planet would heat up. Nobody should have been able to survive on the surface.

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    • CaptPenguinLord wrote:

      Rayetso wrote:

      CaptPenguinLord wrote:
      Okay so I am not abig scientist or anything. But I doubt it would send a death wave like that. Something that may happen is the Black Rain and rise in Radiation levels. The oceans would have also been evaporated. But im not sure of the literal wave of radiation that sweeped the suraface. But here is the unrealistic thing in the show. Nobdy could have survived on the surafce after Praimfaya. Im not talkeing about the radiation levels. Im talkin about the temperature on Earth and the pressure. All the oceans and water evaporated (exept in Shallow Valley). THe temperature would hve risen. Humans cant survive on the surface without specialized suits. But even with those suits the pressure would crush them. With all the water in vapor form the atmosphere the pressure would intensify. Nothing should have been able to survive on Earth of after Praimfaya.
      The oceans would never evaporate if all nuclear reactors happens to melt down, it wouldn't even melt down a lake because that's not how it work. It would only poison our ecosystem with radiations and cause an environmental collapse. In the worst case, huge fires ignited by the heat of the power plant's meltdown could proppel ashes into the atmosphere triggering a small nuclear winter and worstening the radioactive fallout. Such an event would cause billions of casualties but event then we would be able to survive as a species, and for our planet's biosphere, it will eventually adapt as always.
      I see where you getting Rayetso. I understand that water wont evaporate. But it did take place in the show.SO, if all the water evaporated into the atmosphere then the atmosphere would thicken. The pressure would rise and the whole planet would heat up. Nobody should have been able to survive on the surface.

      Yes, in an in universe point of view where all of the ocean's water evaporate everything would have been destroyed as the atmorphere would have turn into a dense furnace much like vesus atmorphere. But did all the water boiled away tho ? Sea level seemingly changed yes but I think we saw from orbit that the oceans ar still there, I'm not sure... 

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