posted on May, 19 2011 @ 10:12 AM
I wanted to pull this out of the big thread for those of you visiting this thread.
From Lew Rockwell blog this morning: Fukushima Update: A Very Bad Situation
The fact that it made it on Lew Rockwell's site is encouraging as a great many Libertarians visit that site daily, perhaps people will start paying
attention to this again if Joe Six-Pack is reading it on a "mainstream alternative site".
At no time has TEPCO ever reported a temperature higher than ~750 degrees F (400C), and it has more typically reported primary containment
temperatures barely one third that high.
With steel being an excellent conductor of heat, it is just simply not possible for melting to occur and for the reported temperatures to have been
that low. Either something as basic as temperature monitoring is out of the realm of the possible for TEPCO's engineers (with troubling implications
for where we really are in this unfolding disaster), or TEPCO has been falsifying the temperature data that it has been releasing.
This, too, has troubling implications, for it means that the rest of the data - including the radiation readings and isotopes discovered - are all
suspect, too. Neither bodes well, so pick your poison.
All the above points have been brought up in this thread.
From the same article: Japanese officials detect radioactive incinerator
ashes in Tokyo, other prefectures
TOKYO, May 13 (Xinhua) -- A radioactive substance of up to 170,000 becquerels per kilogram was detected in incinerator ashes at a sewage plant in
Koto Ward, east Tokyo, in late March, the Kyodo News Agency quoted government sources as saying Friday.
The highly-contaminated ashes were discovered following the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant which escalated through March as a
hydrogen explosion exacerbated the disaster and highly radioactive water was both discharged and found to be freely flowing into the Pacific Ocean.
The ashes have since been recycled into materials used for construction, such as cement, sources with knowledge of the matter said.
In addition, the sources revealed that also in late March a radioactive substance, which may or may not have been cesium, measuring 100,000-140,000
becquerels per kg, was found in two other separate sewage facilities in the Itabashi and Ota areas of Tokyo.
Separately on Friday, the local government of Maebashi, the capital city of Gunma Prefecture, said radioactive cesium of 41,000 becquerels per kg was
detected in incinerator ashes collected Monday at a water sanitation facility.
He goes on to explain this:
This is outrageous and shocking news. First, because of the levels, and second, because these things were detected in "late March" and then
hidden from the public to such an extent that the screaming hot ashes were allowed to be recycled into and used for construction materials. Now
that's a cover-up.
A becquerel is one decay per second. So if you had a Geiger counter up against a radiation source that was emitting just two becquerels, you'd hear a
reasonably steady tick-tick-tick-tick sound. By one hundred becquerels, you would be hard-pressed to hear the ticks as separate events - the sound
would be a blurred staccato. By one thousand becquerels, it's just a squeal, and there's no point in listening anymore, as your ears are not helpful
in trying to gauge the level of radiation.
Now look back at those radiation readings in the hundreds of thousands per kg. They are incredibly hot. An average brick is in the vicinity of a
kilogram, so think of holding one in your hands while it emits 170,000 radioactive decays per second.
Okay, so this is a very, very hot reading.
And here's where those readings were detected:
This is a very well written article that you will want to send to your friends and relatives.