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Japan Finally Admits The Truth: Emergency At Fukushima

by Shaun Gibson (writer), Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, August 06, 2013

Tepco is struggling to contain the highly radioactive water that is seeping into the ocean near Fukushima. The head of Japan's NRA, Shinji Kinjo exclaimed, "right now, we have an emergency,"

TEPCO, via European Pressphoto Agency

A handout image supplied Thursday by Tokyo Electric Power Company shows conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Image: http://www.nytimes.com

TOKYO — One of Japan's crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and hardly any water to cool it, according to an internal examination that renews doubts about the plant's stability.

A tool equipped with a tiny video camera, a thermometer, a dosimeter and a water gauge was used to assess damage inside the No. 2 reactor's containment chamber for the second time since the tsunami swept into the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant a year ago.

The data collected Tuesday showed the damage from the disaster was so severe, the plant operator will have to develop special equipment and technology to tolerate the harsh environment and decommission the plant, a process expected to last decades.

The other two reactors that had meltdowns could be in even worse shape. The No. 2 reactor is the only one officials have been able to closely examine so far.

Tuesday's examination with an industrial endoscope detected radiation levels up to 10 times the fatal dose inside the chamber. Plant officials previously said more than half of the melted fuel has breached the core and dropped to the floor of the primary containment vessel, some of it splashing against the wall or the floor.

Particles from melted fuel have probably sent radiation levels up to a dangerously high 70 sieverts per hour inside the container, said Junichi Matsumoto, spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co. The figure far exceeds the highest level previously detected, 10 sieverts per hour, which was detected around an exhaust duct shared by No. 1 and 2 units last year.

"It's extremely high," he said, adding that an endoscope would last only 14 hours in those conditions. "We have to develop equipment that can tolerate high radiation" when locating and removing melted fuel during the decommissioning.

The probe also found that the containment vessel – a beaker-shaped container enclosing the core – had cooling water up to only 60 centimeters (2 feet) from the bottom, far below the 10 meters (yards) estimated when the government declared the plant stable in December. The plant is continuing to pump water into the reactor.

Video footage taken by the probe showed the water inside was clear but contained dark yellow sediments, believed to be fragments of rust, paint that had been peeled off or dust.

A probe done in January failed to find the water surface and provided only images showing steam, unidentified parts and rusty metal surfaces scarred by exposure to radiation, heat and humidity. Finding the water level was important to help locate damaged areas where radioactive water is escaping.

Matsumoto said that the actual water level inside the chamber was way off the estimate, which had used data that turned out to be unreliable. But the results don't affect the plant's "cold shutdown status" because the water temperature was about 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit), indicating the melted fuel is cooled.

Three Dai-ichi reactors had meltdowns, but the No. 2 reactor is the only one that has been examined because radiation levels inside the reactor building are relatively low and its container is designed with a convenient slot to send in the endoscope.

The exact conditions of the other two reactors, where hydrogen explosions damaged their buildings, are still unknown. Simulations have indicated that more fuel inside No. 1 has breached the core than the other two, but radiation at No. 3 remains the highest.

The high radiation levels inside the No. 2 reactor's chamber mean it's inaccessible to the workers, but parts of the reactor building are accessible for a few minutes at a time – with the workers wearing full protection.

Last year's massive earthquake and a tsunami set off the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, sending three reactor cores to melt and causing massive radiation leaks. The government said in December that the reactors are safely cooled and the plant has stabilized, while experts have questioned its vulnerability.

During a recent visit by a group of journalists including The Associated Press, the head of the plant said it remains vulnerable to strong aftershocks and tsunami, and that containing contaminated water and radiation is a challenge. Radioactive water had leaked into the ocean several times already.

Workers found a fresh leak of 120 tons from a water treatment unit this week from one of its hoses, with estimated 80 liters (20 gallons) escaping into the ocean, Matsumoto said. Officials are still investigating its impact.

Fukushima's accident has instilled public distrust and concerns about nuclear safety, making it difficult for the government to start up reactors even after regular safety checks. All but one of Japan's 54 reactors are now offline, with the last one scheduled to stop in early May.

So a year and more of lies and cover-up's have left God only knows what damage done to out world. One of these Rods could pollute that part of the world in months, there are thousands of rods there. Already we are hearing about issues on the Western seaboard of the Americas. Things are washing up daily up and down the shore line, all highly radioactive.

I think this could be 1000 times times worse than Chernobyl, what damage it has already done to the world's ecosystems and the people is a guess for anyone. I find this sickening that after all this time, NOW they admit it is bad. We already knew, so why the DAMN LIES?

Links:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/05/fukushima-nuclear-plant-emergency-radioactive-groundwater

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23584008

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-06/radioactive-water-leaking-into-pacific-ocean-in-new-fukushima-/4866860



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By riginal on August 07, 2013 at 09:14 am

...so true...it's a wonder they don't blame it on the whales. I mean those savage creatures harpoon defenceless ships trying to make their lives batter...ummm better! Whether it's oil spills, nuke leakage, whatever, the lie-frying governments cook up a mishmash of freshly baked lies to order. Specially when disorder and mayhem is exposed and absorbed unsuccessfully for the most part by a struggling eco system that won't accept the burden placed upon it by a bunch of thoughtless shortsighted gung-ho 'experts' skilled at destroying anything resembling harmony and co-operation between man and planet...or has it become the 'planet of the apes' who refuse to stop monkeying around with things beyond their small scope of comprehension of deadly/deathly 'long term' effects created by short term ill-planned solutions?

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By Shaun Gibson on August 07, 2013 at 10:33 am

Thanks for the commebt riginal.

I think anyone who has had an ear to the ground or an eye on Fukushima will know from day 1 this was the case. Here we are two years on and NOW they say there is a problem. This is after countless Japanese and American people have gone onto You Tube showing them testing the ground with a Coulomb gauge or whatever they have to show the high quantities of radiation in the area. One Japanese man did a Video (Will try and find it) about 4 months ago, he was in Shizuoka and the levels there were deadly. Nobody will see this in CNN, Fox news, Sky news or the BBC News, the only media outlet to come close was Al Jazeera English, http://www.aljazeera.com/watch_now/ We get this in the UK on Sky TV and it is the only news outlet, outside the people doing You Tube videos themselves who will at least try to be truthful.

This is a Global Disasater, I stand by what I said, I think this will make Chernobyl look like a Car battery exploded. All the rods leaking into the sea, thousands of them for two years now, we can only guess what this has done. But there are a few You Tube Video's out there showing us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5136I-OUdfw This is by Hatrick Penry, check some of the comments below.

This is bad.

Thanks again for the comment.

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