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Excerpt: "Nearly six years after the initial explosion caused a catastrophic meltdown at the Daiichi nuclear power plant in the Fukushima prefecture of Japan, the situation has suddenly taken a drastic turn for the worst."

Members of the media at Tepco's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture in February 2016. (photo: AP)
Members of the media at Tepco's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture in February 2016. (photo: AP)


Radiation at Fukushima Spikes to Highest Levels Since 2011

By True Activist, EcoWatch

05 February 17

 

early six years after the initial explosion caused a catastrophic meltdown at the Daiichi nuclear power plant in the Fukushima prefecture of Japan, the situation has suddenly taken a drastic turn for the worst.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the company which owns and operates the now defunct power plant, announced Thursday that radiation inside the containment vessel of one of the plant's failed reactors has now reached levels undetected since the disaster first occurred in 2011.

Radiation inside the reactor has reached 530 sieverts per hour, a drastic increase from the previously recorded 73 sieverts per hour recorded in the aftermath of the meltdown. The level of radiation is so high that an official of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences told the Japan Times that medical professionals have never considered dealing with this level of radiation in their work.

TEPCO has stated that the cause of the radiation spike is a 2 meter diameter hole inside the bottom grating of the containment vessel. The hole was likely caused by melted fuel.

Plans have been made to send a robot into the area to survey the damage as the true extent of the structural damage remains unknown. However, previous attempts to use robots to gauge damage or seal breaches at Fukushima have failed. Several robots were deployed to seal a breach in another containment vessel, which continues to release 300 tons of radioactive water a day into the Pacific Ocean. Due to the high temperatures present, all of the robots were rendered nonfunctional and unable to complete the task.

While TEPCO previously claimed that most of the reactor's nuclear fuel remained contained in the pressure vessel, company spokesman Yuichi Okamura stated that "it's highly possible that melted fuel leaked through."

TEPCO has yet to state the expected impact of the radiation spike or the potential consequences of the nuclear fuel leak. The company is expected to detail its plan for containment and offer more details regarding the impacts of this latest development in the coming week. However, given that TEPCO admitted to "covering up" the impact of the initial disaster with the full complicity of the Japanese government, it remains to be seen if they can be taken at their word.


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+18 # DongiC 2017-02-05 19:31
Here is what business does when facing a severe problem in radiation -- lie. Makes no difference what part of the world you are in, cover up and pretend that things aren't too bad. Improvements are coming. Sure!
 
 
+5 # laborequalswealth 2017-02-06 10:48
TEPCO has lied since day one and it's lies just get bigger and bigger. I certainly am not a nuke expert, so my question is how could this "spike"? Isn't it more likely that this has been the radiation level all along and TEPCO has just continued to lie until it was so big it couldn't deny the truth any more?

Regardless, why would anyone with brains build another nuke plant?
 
 
+15 # candida 2017-02-05 23:37
"another containment vessel, which continues to release 300 tons of radioactive water a day into the Pacific Ocean."

Oh my God! Where does this water go? Eventually this will end up on the West coast, won't it? For how long has it been leaking? Why isn't there (or is there?) an international effort to deal with this? What is happening to the marine life in the path of this radioactivity? The damage is unimaginable. And we've got a monster in the White House not only incapable of dealing with such problems but enables them.
 
 
+4 # John S. Browne 2017-02-06 08:59
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Indeed, it is insane! The radioactive water plume is already hitting the west coast of North America; and has been, if I remember correctly, since at least early 2015, if not long before that (but the "official" claim is that it didn't start hitting the west coast until 2015).

Just think about it. This means that much of that radioactive water is evaporating up into the atmosphere, blowing inland and falling out over land in fog, hail, rain and snow, particularly on the west coast, but also all across the U.S. the worst, and all across the Northern Hemisphere. That's why I say that there's really no such thing as "organic" food anymore. Sure, it may be GMO and pesticide free, but it's still radiated with unsafe, and dangerous, cancer-causing levels of radiation [all it takes is ONE MOLECULE of plutonium radiation, which is one of the main forms that was, and is still being, released from one of the three reactor meltdowns, to be absorbed by a human being or other form of life, to GUARANTEE contracting, probably terminal, cancer(s); not creating a "maybe", or even a "likely" scenario of contracting cancer(s), but a "definitely"].

I have been monitoring the entire Fukushima situation since before its fallout started hitting the U.S. and North America, on radiationnetwor k.com, and before it began hitting, the background radiation levels were 2 to 3 times lower than they have been ever since it starting hitting, and continue to this day to be 2 TO 3 TIMES HIGHER.

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+3 # tedrey 2017-02-06 09:01
I recall that the last occupant of the White House didn't do jackshit about it either.
 
 
+4 # Charles3000 2017-02-06 11:10
It has been happening since the tsunami hit it. They are not doing anything about it because no one knows how to deal with it. The breaking of a containment vessel was the pending horror of nuclear power. "They" said it would never happen but now it has. They only knowledgeable remarks about what happens is the core burns on and just keeps going. I guess it will get swallowed up when it penetrates the Mohorovicic discontinuity! It is 8 to 12 miles down I think.
 
 
+1 # John S. Browne 2017-02-06 17:57
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Experts say that if one or more of the three cores that are melting down into the earth, hit the water table, it is game over, an extinction-leve l event, for the Northern Hemisphere, and especially North America, not to mention Japan and the Hawaiian and other islands. Because, if one or more of the cores does hit the water table, it will cause more "mini"-nuclear explosions and spew far more lethal radioactive dust and steam into the atmosphere, which will then be blown over to North America and across the Northern Hemisphere, that will fallout in "droves" all over the place. And they've done nothing to stop the meltdowns; so, unless they do so before it's too late, if it isn't already too late, then those cores WILL hit the water table, probably sooner than later, and we're all screwed, first the most susceptible, the children and the elderly.

God help us and protect us!

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+13 # dotlady 2017-02-05 23:43
Safe clean nuclear energy, good for the transition, etc. When will we learn?
 
 
+15 # intheEPZ 2017-02-06 00:08
No, you cannot take TEPCO, Abe, or the US NRC at their word. Cover up is the name of the game. They have all known GE Mark 2 Boiling Water reactors were unsafe, had an undersized containment, and were susceptible to explosion for decades. NRC and their Japanese equivalent have been employing "Alternative Facts" since the get go. There is no way to clean up this mess. All GE Mark 1 & 2 reactors worldwide should be SHUT DOWN YESTERDAY!!!
 
 
+14 # suziemama 2017-02-06 01:58
The Fukushima Daiichi reactors were based on the General Electric nuclear plant design. One wonders if the reason why Pres. Obama never really offered American federal nuclear plant experts to help Japan,was because it would highlight the danger that Americans are in from their local nuclear facilities.
 
 
+3 # John S. Browne 2017-02-06 05:46
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This kind of catastrophic event has been occurring at Fukushima for the entire past six years, and has not AT ALL been properly corrected in that entire time. And those high levels of radiation have not only been streaming over to North America in the radioactive water plume for that entire time, they have also been continuously dispersed to North America and the Northern Hemisphere in the air and through atmospheric precipitation and other fallout that entire time. And I'm supposedly "insane" or "crazy" because I ALWAYS wear a face mask for that reason every time I go out!

At least Russia had the sense to build a "sarcophagus" over Chernobyl. The Japanese government, the company(ies) and others responsible for Fukushima have hardly done anything, certainly not what needs to be done, or what they said they might do (such as building a "diaper" under the three meltdowns, which are still occurring into the earth right now, to stop their descent); and, thus, things have remained extremely catastrophic, and continue to remain so. They too should build a sarcophagus over the entire site, truly containing the continuous catastrophic release of dangerous levels of radiation over North America and across the entire Northern Hemisphere, as well as continuously hitting the west coast of North America in the radioactive plume of water therefrom; but they don't, and they won't.

It is all part of the "eugenocide" program to mass-murder and lower the global population.

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+3 # reiverpacific 2017-02-06 10:35
Another example of the Japanese government's attempt to "Save face" a.k.a. -anything but admit a mistake.
A crippling national characteristic.
 
 
+7 # laborequalswealth 2017-02-06 10:43
What this article doesn't say is that while the Fukushima plant is releasing 530 sieverts /hour, the total LIFETIME limit NSA allows astronauts is ONE sievert.

Fukushima is giving off in ONE HOUR more radiation than a human being should be exposed to over DECADES. The article just alludes to it almost in passing, but the reason they haven't been able to use the robots is because the radiation is so stupendous that it even DESTROYS ROBOTS IN TWO HOURS.

Wanting to build more nuke plants is a planetary death wish.
 

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