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China syndrome

A scenario in which a nuclear reactor meltdown in North America would theoretically melt a hole straight through the Earth to China (which is impossible). In more realistic usage, it describes such a meltdown reaching groundwater and forcing subsequent radioactive gases into the atmosphere. The latter scenario was used as the basis of a 1979 film of the same name starring Jack Lemmon and Jane Fonda. While many advocate nuclear power as clean and safe, the risk of catastrophes such as China syndrome make me very nervous about its use.
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Yet on March 28, 1979, a series of failures and operator mistakes turned an equipment malfunction at Three Mile Island, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, into a drama that mirrored many of the scenes of The China Syndrome.
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The China Syndrome points out the dangers of scientific illiteracy.
You remember clearly the tension in the news broadcasts and the unspoken fears at home as the crisis mounted--particularly if you lived, as I did, in a state near Pennsylvania or happened to catch 1979's well-timed nuclear horror story, The China Syndrome.