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“The scope of damage to the plants and to the surrounding area was far beyond what I expected and the scope of the challenges to the utility owner, the government of Japan, and to the people of the region are daunting,” Wyden wrote in the letter. “The precarious status of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear units and the risk presented by the enormous inventory of radioactive materials and spent fuel in the event of further earthquake threats should be of concern to all and a focus of greater international support and assistance.”
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
If they are MOX fuel, containing 6% plutonium, one fuel rod has the potential to kill 2.89 billion people.
Originally posted by Blaine91555
reply to post by unityemissions
You first; post her qualifications and explain why she is fundraising and exaggerating in light of her source. You did read her profession correct? You do know that her training does not qualify her for anything remotely related to this correct? Those are simple facts.
Why does she need your money to buy equipment she's not qualified to use, when monitoring is already going on by those who are qualified and who are not begging for donations or embellishing facts to get your money.
"Extinction Level Event", get real here. That's utter nonsense.
The onus is on the claimant to prove their claims.
Can you THINK?? The majority of the radiation has yet to hit the environment. Get real.
I'm waiting for links to the readings that prove that we are all going to die. I assume people using terms like ELE know what that means? For the OP to be correct there would be millions or more correctly billions already dead or dying.
I think my claim of it being exaggerated is proved simply by reading the OP, is it not?
As to this woman's qualifications, she lists her qualifications of which she has none.
Would a reasonable person get information say on brain cancer from a wildlife photographer? Sounds silly does it not? Same thing exactly.
That and Wyden engaged in no fear mongering. He simply said they should allow more help. He is a camera hound, so He'd be all over the news screaming about it if he believed what the author implied.
Originally posted by Blaine91555
reply to post by PageAlaCearl
No doubt a horror story is happening in Japan and they are not being entirely honest. That has nothing to do however with fear mongering for money, so an unqualified person can supposedly buy expensive gear to do a study they are not qualified to do. That and the fact that those who are qualified are already monitoring the levels and don't need to scare people for money.
Please read what I type instead of filling in the blanks. What's happening in Japan is very bad. My point was about the fear mongering site to scare people out of their money. I'm not downplaying the risk to Japan.
Fear Mongers always try and make it about them, just as in this case. Even though the real danger exists in the area where this is going on, they try to make it sound like those not at risk are in grave danger. In this case for money.
That site is the last place to get facts a person should go.
Our last HEPA filter measurements January 22 produced some astonishing results. Doing a spot test on the Honeywell barrel-style filter and a Kenmore Plasmawave machine, we found radiation ~351% of normal background. The machines had been running for 42 days. The combined aggregate dust came in even hotter at 538% of normal background radiation at Radiation Station Santa Monica.
The California Highway Patrol considers anything over three times background, 300% of background and above, a trigger level to a hazardous materials situation.
The following study appeared recently in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity. A previous report 'New Study: Aerosolized plutonium from Fukushima detected in Europe — Spent fuel indicated' was based on the abstract available online at that time.
Lujanien_ e, G., et al., Radionuclides from the Fukushima accident in the air over Lithuania: measurement and modelling approaches, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity (2012), doi:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2011.12.004:
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden's recent daylong field trip from Tokyo to the zone of Japan's nuclear devastation is worth at least a week in the telling. Bunny-suited with a breathing device for protection against radiation exposure, Wyden walked through the ruined Fukushima Dai-ichi complex and saw what few from the West have seen: another bomb waiting to go off.
The senator is not typically alarmist. But his field notes, followed by letters to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, signal alarm. They paint a picture of extreme nuclear vulnerability, especially in Reactor No. 4, inactive at the time of the quake and tsunami but wrecked by explosion. The reactor now warehouses Fukushima's hottest inventory of radioactive fuel rods in a seismically jittery part of the world.
What we learned the first time is that radioactivity leaks out quickly," he told The Oregonian Friday. "If (No. 4) ruptures now, it gets into the air, and that's very troubling to us in Oregon. This must not happen."
Prevailing winds pushed insignificant quantities of radioactive iodine-131 from Japan across the Pacific to the United States following the March 11, 2011, quake and tsunami. The delivery capacities of the ocean have been efficient as well, as The Oregonian's Charles Pope reported a California researcher discovering radioactive iodine in sea kelp reaching the U.S. coast after the incident.
Originally posted by doobydoll
If one fuel rod is capable of killing more than a couple billion souls then we've had it.
Nuclear power should be banned globally until we find a way to safely dispose of it's waste, it's just common sense really.
Securing the structure of the pool at Unit 4 was identified early on in the crisis, with support columns installed. But the survivability of these columns, if struck by a manor [sic] seismic event, must be doubted. A decision to build a new structure around the plant with heavy lift cranes is only the start of a long process that risks failure at numerous corners. All through this period and before the spent fuel is unloaded and put in secure casks the possibility will persist of loss of cooling water leading to an exothermic reaction that would lead to the release of a vast inventory of radioactive cesium and other radionuclides. The 50 mile evacuation zone recommended for U.S. citizens in the months after the Fukushima accident began would not be sufficient to protect Japan, including Metropolitan Tokyo, from potential devastation as a society. That was the information conveyed to Prime Minister Kan more than one year ago – and it remains the nightmare today
Pipe leaks water from reactor 4 fuel pool
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it has found radioactive coolant water leaking from a broken pipe in reactor 4 of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, but it hasn't flowed outside the building.
The reactor's fuel rods are in the spent-fuel pool, as the reactor was offline for maintenance when the March 11 disaster struck. The leaked coolant water contains radioactive materials from the fuel pool.
According to Tepco, about 8.5 tons of water leaked onto the floor of the reactor 4 building at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. The leak was stopped 13 minutes later by closing a valve, officials said.
fukushima is like a slow motion car crash unfolding. the ultimate impact will likely be catastrophic. i can't see any solution. i recommend anyone to read 'on the beach' by neville shute, as a sobering account of a possible future scenario.