There is more bad news from the stricken Fukushima nuclear site in Japan, where a probe of the only one of the three destroyed reactors where access is possible revealed still-deadly levels of radiation. Experts say the two others could be in even worse shape.
In the second such interior assessment since the disaster over a year ago detectors in reactor number two showed damage so severe special technology will need to be developed just to survive the harsh environment. Cleaning up is going to take decades.
Water levels inside the containment vessel that houses the radioactive core were also found to be way too low, despite continual pumping, although the water temperature indicates the fuel has been cooled.
Detected radiation levels of 70 seiverts an hour will kill a human after seven minutes of exposure, and are 10 times higher than experts had been hoping. Levels are even higher in reactors one and three.
Still critical: radiation levels at Fukushima can kill in minutes
Latest readings from tsunami-stricken nuclear plant overturn claims that reactors have been made safe
A lethal level of radiation has been detected inside one of the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, throwing fresh doubts over the operator's claims that the disabled complex is under control.
Engineers for Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) say readings of airborne radiation inside the containment vessel of Reactor 2 showed nearly 73 sieverts per hour this week, the highest since the crisis began following the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March last year. Exposure to radiation at that level is deadly within minutes, according to Japan's public broadcaster, NHK.
Originally posted by UFO1414
Dude, you only linked threads that you started. If any thread needs linking it's this one.
One of the biggest, detailed and most current threads on the nuclear crisis in Japan. It's a great read if you can handle the 1200+ pages.
Latest Fukushima probe appalls experts
Originally posted by stirling
Thre half lives of some of the stuff runs to half a billion years.............................................
Are you SURE itll be over in an hundred?
Originally posted by survival
This is an absolute disaster. And sadly, countless masses of sleeping humans continue to turn a blind eye to these events, and live there lives as if it has not arrived on their front porch.
With that, we are due for more.
How much cataclysm must we go through before we ALL want to change?