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For months, Tepco and Japanese officials refused to admit that there had been any meltdowns at Fukushima. Then they said there were meltdowns at reactors 1, 2 and 3 ... but they might have only been partial meltdowns. Finally, today, they admitted the obvious: there were total meltdowns at all 3 reactors.
As the Japan Times reports today, the Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has "more than doubled its estimate of the radioactive material ejected into the air in the early days of the Fukushima nuclear crisis".
Japan Times also notes that plutonium has been found in soil outside of the nuclear complex - about 1.7 kilometers from the front gate of Fukushima.
Plutonium is one of the most dangerous substances on earth. Particularly if it can get airborne. Breathing in less than a microgram will cause cancer and kill you. Not right away, but over a decade or so. And if you have a "bulk quantity" that you touch together and it will create a critical mass, the radiation burst will be fatal. You'll be history within 30 days or less. It's hard to imagine an elemental substance more dangerous than this one.
Originally posted by 46ACE
Aren't ummm "two heads better than one"???????????????????edit on 6-6-2011 by 46ACE because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Shadowalker
The worlds largest plutonium dirty bomb, and the world has been breathing that dust since day two.
Originally posted by Fractured.Facade
You have to understand Japanese culture a bit, and when you do, you will understand why information was so slow in coming from them.
Sad, that within a year of each other, two of the largest environmental disasters in history are no longer presented to the populace as something that needs to be solved.
Originally posted by BaldingBassist
Forget Elenin, disclosure, warfare, etc... our own arrogance with both BP and these reactors will be the end of human life on earth... ok, maybe one more man-made screw up is needed. Maybe that new super-bug in Europe?