Record radiation levels detected at Fukushima reactor

June 28, 2012JAPANTEPCO, the operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, said Wednesday record amounts of radiation had been detected in the basement of reactor number 1, further hampering clean-up operations. TEPCO took samples from the basement after lowering a camera and surveying instruments through a drain hole in the basement ceiling. Radiation levels above radioactive water in the basement reached up to 10,300 millisievert an hour, a dose that will kill humans within a short time after making them sick within minutes. The annual allowed dose for workers at the stricken site is reached in only 20 seconds. “Workers cannot enter the site and we must use robots for the demolition,” said TEPCO. The Fukushima operator said that radiation levels were 10 times higher than those recorded at the plant’s two other crippled reactors, number two and three. This was due to the poor state of the nuclear fuel in the reactor compared to that in the two others. The meltdown at the core of three of Fukushima’s six reactors occurred after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and ensuing massive tsunami shut off the power supply and cooling system. Demolition of the three reactors as well as the plant’s number 4 unit is expected to take 40 years and will need the use of new technologies. –Terra Daily
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15 Responses to Record radiation levels detected at Fukushima reactor

  1. Michele B. says:

    This is too scary for words. The cleanup will take 40 years? That’s 39-1/2 years we may not have. It’s more of the EOTWAWKI. At least, thanks in large part to Alvin, we won’t be blind-sided. God bless and God keep, everyone!

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  2. Tiddles. says:

    well you play with fire, and you get your fingers burned…. they should have banned them all after chernobyl….. how many more disasters is it going to take.

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  3. Tom says:

    The price for this type of energy will be gigantic. Imagine a cataclysmic event in europe for ex. which damages every nuclear plant in a 1000km radius. That would make that area uninhabitable for at least 100years
    Its not worth it
    We have alternatives and we can save a lot of energy.

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  4. suz says:

    When we vote for the one that will make changes on our behalf. Opposition in Ireland prevented a nuclear program there. Austria was the first country to begin a phase-out (in 1978) and has been followed by Sweden (1980), Italy (1987), Belgium (1999), and Germany (2000). Austria and Spain have gone as far as to enact laws not to build new nuclear power stations. Following the Fukushima disaster, Germany has permanently shut down eight of its reactors and pledged to close the rest by 2022.
    We need to shout loud in the US and Canada that we don’t want this either. If it doesn’t happen then that means the majority don’t feel strongly enough about this issue to get out there and make it happen.

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    • Carla Burgers says:

      I’m very proud to say New Zealand is free of nuclear reactors. Come on over everybody, oh oops we might be sinking, moving, being lifted, disappearing from earth due to forcasted M 8+ Alpine fault earthquakes. :( It’s all very sad. Keep safe.

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  5. Jim Randall says:

    Actually , have a look at Facebook:Mutant Watch for pictures of deformed/unusual growth variations in some plants such as dandelions etc which apparently occurred after after Fukushima in some parts of the United States plus unusual browning of tree leaves in Germany giving an appearence similar to the “brown forest “of Chernobyl , and plants near Fukushima…Wonder if any readers of this site have seen anything similar..

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  6. Insignia says:

    This radiation, is it still blowing across the pacific towards Canada and the states at the same rate as before? I remember seeing maps that showed the flow and concentration of this through the jet stream across the northern hemisphere. Basically, is the radiation still being brought over and carried down, by rain/snow into our food and water???

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  7. tonic says:

    The availabilty of electricty, versus population, grows wider everyday. Nuclear power stations are just too vunerable to catastrophe. I realise that solar, wind, and wave power is available, but energy storage from these, for the most part relies on batteries. (hopefully new technologh is coming up with an alternative) Research how many 12volt batteries you need just to boil a kettle, and it becomes an impossibility for most people.
    Geothermal is a possibility, as it is available to everyone on the planet. But the amount of money needed to make it viable is astronomical, and only available to people with money to burn. So where are the google of watts we need going to come from.?
    In a typical week where I live there might be two sunny days. One windy day, and I do not live by the coast.

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  8. Pack'n in says:

    The recent earthquake in Japan was 5 miles (South) from the Hirono nuke plant. Another recent quake was within 8 miles (South) of the plant. A third was north 50 or so miles, but all three were very close to shore about a mile or so. Hoping this is not a stress point near shore as the 4 nuke plants along the coast cannot withstand much more, especially the one with the cracked wall.

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  9. Conor Brennan says:

    40 years is just a figure they bandy about. Its not actually real at all. They are using a technology index of some sort to estimate when the tech will be there capable of dealing with this problem. If technology was never to improve from this day forth, Fukishima would take millions of years to be free of this. They ae saying forty years to put a sort of a silver lining on it, and supplying some hope. They cant get people or even robots close to the epicentre. Robots melt to slag and people are dead in a few hours or even minutes and it will get worse. The roads are wrecked from the earthquakes and tsunami. They say they are going to build a football field size tomb for the four reactors, but the concrete will rot every decade or so, in a hudnred years they will have to have a tomb the size of a large city to contain it. Billions of tons of concrete and steel, bigger than the pyramids in egypt. But its too late anyway if there are tuna washing up on the west coast fo the US. This is the biggest disaster in the world. The rad levels are going through the roof and when precipitation levels spread more of this people will start to suffer. Japan will be glowing. Ware in the middle east, eartquakes and volcanos, no lads, this is it right here. Alvin why does CNN and other of the main news desks not go into more detail about this? Why is it not in the global psyche? Is it a case of out of sight out of mind?

    CB

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  10. TexasRedNeck says:

    My heart goes out to the people in Japan, they more than anyone else have had more than their share of nuclear destruction, planned and unplanned. Pray for them, they really deserve our prayers.

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  11. Michele says:

    Research “vortex based mathmatics” and learn about how it can help our energy issues.

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