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Radiation levels inside a stricken reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant have hit a record high capable of shutting down robots within 2 hours!!

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


Radiation levels inside a stricken reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant have hit a record high capable of shutting down robots, in the latest challenge to efforts aimed at dismantling the disaster-hit facility.

Radiation levels inside the plant’s No. 2 reactor were estimated at 530 sieverts per hour at one spot, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said Thursday after analyzing images taken by a manually operated camera that probed the deepest point yet within the reactor.

Even after taking a 30-percent margin of error into account, the radiation level was still far higher than the previous record of 73 sieverts per hour detected by sensors in 2012 though at a point not as deep, TEPCO said. Radiation exposure at 530 sieverts per hour would effectively shut down TEPCO’s planned robot camera probe in under two hours.

But TEPCO said the high reading focused on a single point, with levels estimated to be much lower at other spots filmed by the camera. It added that the planned robot probe would not sustain severe damage because it was unlikely to linger for too long at a single point.

The three cameras mounted on a caterpillar-type robot are designed to withstand up to 1,000 sieverts in total. TEPCO said the radiation is not leaking outside the reactor. A massive undersea earthquake on March 11, 2011 sent a huge tsunami barrelling into Japan’s northeast coast, leaving more than 18,000 people dead or missing, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima plant in the worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

Japan’s government said in December that it expects the total costs – including compensation, decommissioning and decontamination – to reach 21.5 trillion yen ($190 billion) in a process likely to take decades as high radiation levels have slowed operations.

TEPCO has said it plans to eventually use robots to locate the fuel debris as part of the decommissioning process.

Images of the wreckage inside the No. 2 reactor captured by the camera show that the metal grating under the pressure vessel which contained nuclear fuel has largely sunken in, causing a hole about one metre wide.

Black debris that could be melted fuel is also seen in the images. Fuel may have melted through the vessel and damaged the grating but the exact cause was not determined, TEPCO spokesman Tatsuhiro Yamagishi said Friday. “It may have been caused by nuclear fuel that would have melted and made a hole in the vessel, but it is only a hypothesis at this stage,” he told AFP.

“We believe the captured images offer very useful information, but we still need to investigate given that it is very difficult to assume the actual condition inside,” he said.


Radioactive fish from Fukushima nuclear plant found on west coast of US

Posted in 2016 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame


NaturalNews – In recent weeks, two new landmarks were crossed in the ongoing, inexorable spread of radioactive material from the 2011 Fukushima disaster toward North America’s west coast.

In November, researchers from the Fukushima InFORM project detected the radioactive isotope Cesium-134 (Cs-134) in Canadian salmon.

Then on December 9, researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution detected Cs-134 in seawater samples taken at two beaches in Oregon.

Because Cs-134 has a half life of only two years, any occurrence of the isotope in the environment must have come from Fukushima.

In 2011, a major earthquake and tsunami triggered multiple meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Massive quantities of radioactive material spilled into the ocean, while further material ejected into the air also eventually found its way to sea. Since then, researchers have been tracking the progress of this “radioactive plume” as it is carried toward North America by ocean currents.


March 11th 2014: Hundreds of Japanese protest against the lack of prosecution after Fukushima

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame



Hundreds of people marched Saturday in Tokyo against the decision of the court to drop charges against those responsible for the Fukushima disaster, three years after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

Officially no deaths have been recorded as a direct result of radioactive emissions from the plant row a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 in the northeast of Japan.

Yet residents of Fukushima committed suicide because of fears of radiation, and others died during evacuations which saw about 160,000 people leave, voluntarily or not, the vast disaster area.

According to official statistics released last week, 1,656 people died in the prefecture of stress or other related diseases nuclear disaster.

The earthquake and tidal wave killed more than 18,000 deaths and the nuclear disaster.

“There have been many victims, but there is no prosecution,” said Ruiko Muto, 61, organizer of the event on Saturday.

Tens of thousands of people are still unable to return home and scientists believe that certain areas should be permanently discontinued.

Some 15,000 people whose farms and homes were affected by radiation had launched a lawsuit in 2012 against the Japanese government and the leaders of the Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), operator of the plant.

But in September, the judges decided not to pronounce any charges for negligence, saying that nobody could have predicted an earthquake and a tsunami of such violence and indicating that there was no failure in the response immediately after the disaster .

In addition, some 1,800 people marched Saturday in the port city of Yaizu, about 170 miles southwest of Tokyo, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the U.S. nuclear test hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll.

The 1954 test was caused radiation to the people of the Marshall Islands and caused the death of a dozen Japanese fishermen who were then near the atoll.

Fukushima out of control 2011-2014

Never before seen levels of radiation reported near Pacific

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame


Operator of crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex said on Thursday, February 13, that the latest samples of water tested inside the complex contained radioactive cesium at levels never seen before by the embattled utility.

TEPCO, while admitting there may be a new leak at the site of a well located just 50 meters from the adjacent Pacific Ocean, confirmed that the levels of cesium found in its groundwater samples were as high as 54,000 becquerels per liter of cesium 137 and 22,000 becquerels per liter of cesium 134.

The levels of cesium are 600 times higher than the government regulation for contaminated wastewater allowed to be released into the ocean, with the samples testing 30 000 times higher for cesium 137, compared to samples taken just a week earlier. (Xinhua) A spokesperson for TEPCO said that radioactive water is probably leaking from underground trenches that link the stricken reactor buildings to the sea.

Although TEPCO received a fresh injection of capital from the Japanese government (4 trillion yen / 38.3 billion U.S. dollars) they are still considering dumping toxic water into the Pacific Ocean as it fails to contain it in makeshift storage tanks.

According to AFP, the UN nuclear watchdog, IAEA, urged Japan to consider “controlled discharges” into the sea of contaminated water used to cool the crippled reactors at Fukushima.

It’s usually one of the mysteries of the deep – but an elusive giant squid has been found in a fishing net off the coast of Japan.

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , on January 14, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

Retired Military Scientist Exposes Fukushima Cover-Up, Authorities continue to downplay threat

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

Eventually Fukushima will become a planetary problem, not just a Pacific problem …

Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Dangerous Nuclear Waste for Less than Minimum Wage

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , on January 3, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame


“Are you hungry? ” Recruiters ask homeless lying in the corridors of Japanese stations. Their purpose? Raise an army of “liquidators” Cheap and not fussy, ready to go clear of radioactive waste in the contaminated area of ​​Fukushima.

According to a review study published by the Reuters news agency, the workforce where mentally handicapped are sometimes working for $ 6 an hour (€ 4.40), a rate slightly below the legal minimum Japan. This money, the homeless do not see color: their pay is largely punctured at source by the employer to cover the cost of food and accommodation in dilapidated dormitories. According to testimonies collected by Reuters, these workers have no device to measure their exposure to radiation. A human being with no protection is said to die in 20 minutes, that’s how bad the situation is!

“We are sure that these people are under-protected and under-informed about the dangers they face, when they have health problems in a few years it will be very difficult to establish responsibilities, “reacts Jacky Bonnemains, spokesman for the environmental group Robin roofs and connoisseur of the Japanese system.

“The country has a tradition of using a mobile workforce for everything related to the periphery of the nuclear industry, he adds. But this is the first time we hear about such a drift. One has the impression of a overwhelmed state.

Not only are they are exposed to contamination and irridiation but they do it for peanuts and are poor people with no means to defend themselves. Shame on Tepco and on the Japanese government for using homeless for their dirty business.

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