I was listening to the news this morning, and they were talking about how it was a (relatively) good thing that most of the discharge from the Japanese nuclear plant was from one of the reactors. They knew this, because most of the release from the plant was Iodine-131, which has a half life of only 8 days. That means nearly all of the I[sup]131[/sup] would have decayed out of the environment in a matter of months.
If the release had come from the storage pools, it would have consisted of Cesium-134, which has a half-life of about two and a half years. That would stick around for much longer.
Yay… I guess.
Now my question.
What does U[sup]235[/sup], the primary fuel of a nuclear, reactor fissure into?
I[sup]131[/sup] + Ce[sup]134[/sup] + 1 neutron = U[sup]236[/sup]
Obviously, I’m missing something. What am I missing?
Follow up: What does I[sup]131[/sup] decay into?