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Originally posted by windwaker
reply to post by burntheships
That helicopter was flying awfully fast!
Japan’s Nuclear Industry Safety Agency also said on Sunday that the level of radioactive iodine in the seawater off the Fukushima coast near reactor No 3 had risen to 1,850 times the legally permissible level.
Monitoring by Nisa and Tepco showed the level of iodine-131 had risen again after falling on Saturday to 750 times the legally permissible level from 1,250 times that level on Friday
Originally posted by autopat51
i know japan is not very big..landmass wise are they as big as california? they have a tremendous population with no place to go when the panic finally strikes. this worries me a great deal.
In downtown Tokyo, a Reuters reading on Sunday afternoon showed ambient radiation of 0.16 microsieverts per hour, below the global average of naturally occurring background radiation of 0.17-0.39 microsieverts per hour.
Now that the radiation levels in some zones of the Fukushima nuclear plant stand at 100,000 times above normal (latest revision), what avenues are left to solve this crisis? Should Japan seek expert international intervention because at these levels of deadly radiation most easy-to-deploy domestic solutions can no longer be implemented? The likely human cost in terms of radiation exposure is too horrendous to contemplate in terms of land, sea and air intervention despite the joint efforts of the Japan Self-Defence-Force and the US military. The alternative may be to deploy robots but at this heightened level of radiation even their software-driven semiconductor brains could malfunction.
Leaked water outside nuclear reactor number 2 is emitting 1,000 milliSieverts per hour (mSv/hr) -- 100,000 higher than normal -- according to the latest revision by TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company). That’s higher than the dose that would cause vomiting, hair loss and diarrhoea, according to the World Nuclear Association. The US Environmental Protection Agency says a dose of 1,000 millisieverts is enough to cause hemorrhaging.
Current average limit for nuclear workers worldwide is 20 mSv/year. So an emergency worker at the Fukushima nuclear plant's affected zones may be exposed to 50 times more radiation in one hour than s/he is safely permitted to absorb in one year per international regulations. The Japanese government and TEPCO have elevated the limit for Fukushima emergency workers to 250 mSv/year and even that exposure limit is likely to be crossed in just 15 minutes at this extremely high level of radiation. This makes it very difficult to carry out emergency work at the nuclear plant, hence the workers have had to be evacuated from the most affected nuclear reactors.
Originally posted by MedievalGhost
I think they should come up with a new term for that job- expendable, temporary, part-time workers.