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Lethal radiation amounts still detected at crippled Fukushim
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Lethal radiation amounts still detected at crippled Fukushima plant 7yrs after disaster

Published time: 2 Feb, 2018 14:25
Edited time: 2 Feb, 2018 14:26
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Lethal radiation amounts still detected at crippled Fukushima plant 7yrs after disaster
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An inspection of the Fukushima nuclear plant has detected extremely high amounts of radiation, says operator TEPCO. Just an hour of exposure would be lethal.

A remote-controlled inspection detected 42 Sieverts (Sv) per hour of radiation outside the foundations of the crippled Unit 2 of the plant, according to a newly-released report. And that’s a lot, as just one Sv is enough to cause acute radiation syndrome.

Sieverts are used to measure radiation in terms of its potential harm and the cancer risk begins already at the doses of radiation as low as in between 50-100 mSv, the World Health Organization says.

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Inside the crippled plant, a maximum of 8 Sv per hour of radiation was detected in the “fuel debris” – a combination of broken interior parts and molten fuel. The report detailing the findings described the amounts of radiation found as potentially deadly.

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Experts can’t explain why radiation levels in fuel debris were lower than outside the reactor’s foundations. They suggested that cooling water may have washed radioactive matter off the debris.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) still doubts the results of the readings, as a cover had not been removed from the measuring instrument at the time of the inspection.

The preliminary findings with detailed photos were published by TEPCO in January.

In March 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit off the northeastern coast of Japan, sending shockwaves across the archipelago. The subsequent tsunami waves, reaching up to 40 meters in height, breached the Fukushima plant’s sea defenses, triggering reactor meltdowns. Following the disaster, more than 160,000 people fled their homes due to radiation fears.

Since the disaster, numerous studies and reports have emerged showing the operator’s failures in handling the now-crippled plant. In January this year, a Japanese government research group revealed that nine years before the tragic incident, TEPCO had rejected the advice of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) to carry out a tsunami simulation. The company cited a lack of evidence regarding a tsunami threat.

According to research carried out by the University of Southern California back in 2015, the tragedy was preventable. The scientists claimed that design problems, negligence and inadequate pre-tsunami surveys all contributed to the failure that led to the catastrophe.

Back in December 2016, the Japanese government admitted that the costs related to the nuclear accident had significantly grown to $188 billion (21.5 trillion yen).

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GoyGunZenBomZ2d
The plants were build by the yanks if i'm correct.

Gamma Ray LA2d
Anyone going to attend the 2020 Summer Olympics?

”Radiation is good for you.” ~ Ann Coulter

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ExpectedGamma Ray LA1d
We can bet that many of these people are just ignorant. Looks like there is a news black-out about the danger.


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sacrifice liars1d
Japan is also controlled by US corporate interests. They are a conquered nation still under occupation. People remaining on the island are obviously expendable.

C135Ninaaa2d
The operators manual ends at melt down. It now has to have a new section added. What to do after melt down.

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ExpectedC1351d
Excellent idea. Simple. Cover up, news black-out, pretend nothing happened, lie about it, it is a crime to talk about it etc, etc

guy1000001Lethalignorance1d
it traveled all over the world...radioactive iodine and cesium have traveled over the entire northern hemisphere....in measureable amounts

maybe they should contact the russians and get it covered up. and the reason for the high levels outside is they stored spent fuel ON TOP of the reactors....drones could bury it in lead and boron in a matter of months.....I guess they will wait 23,500 years for it to cool off...it will cost less..

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LinxLeader3h
Thirty-five years ago, Dale G. Bridenbaugh and two of his colleagues at General Electric resigned from their jobs after becoming increasingly convinced that the nuclear reactor design they were reviewing the Mark 1 was so flawed it could lead to a devastating accident.The Fukushima Daiichi plant, which has been wracked with explosions and radiation leaks, are Mark 1s. When are the heads going to roll and how many similar designed plants are in the U.S..

https://www.rt.com/news/417716-fukushima-radiation-level-lethal/

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