Fox Hollow, FL – Things over in Japan have gone from bad to worse at the Fukushima meltdown site where the radiation levels continue to set new world records with each passing day. Currently, TEPCO is recording sievert levels at the plant hovering around 1,500 sieverts an hour, with readings coming in at 500-1,000 sieverts within 3 miles of the crippled nuclear power plant. Now you are probably saying right now… what does all of this mean and what the hell is a sievert.
Well, let me explain this in a way that you might understand… at the height of the Chernobyl Disaster back in the 1980’s the highest recorded sievert was 300 and that was recorded at the reactor core breach. Furthermore, the Soviets, while the botched the handling of the initial meltdown made up for it by containing the meltdown within 3 years, and capping the entire meltdown location under a heavy stone case by year 10.
eanwhile over in Japan TEPCO and the Western Media is completely ignoring this growing global health crisis that is spiraling out of control with each passing day. At the reactor core, TEPCO is getting readings that are off the charts and so high that they are literally melting special radiation robots that are being sent into the reactor to monitor the on-going meltdown. Again the Fukushima readings are far higher than 1,500 sieverts at the core if the radiation levels are melting robots made out of what should be indestructible Adamantium-ish allow metal (Source). Again remember that 1,500 sieverts is 1,200 sieverts higher than the highest reading ever recorded at Chernobyl.
So what is a sievert of radiation… well it’s a measurement of the severity of radiation and for a greater understanding of sieverts read this article from MIT (Source).
Keep in mind that the MIT article is deceptive… they try to claim that millisieverts of radiation are leaking from Fukushima which is wrong. Perhaps this was the case while the plant was operational before the tsunami, but not now. For proof of this check out this article from Forbes that was published last month and it details that the level of sieverts that are coming out of the Fukushima plant are well over 1,000 sieverts an hour (Source).
A single dose of one sievert is enough to cause radiation sickness and nausea; 5 sieverts would kill half those exposed to it within a month, and a single dose of 10 sieverts would prove fatal within weeks.
Tepco also said image analysis had revealed a hole in metal grating beneath the same reactor’s pressure vessel. The one-metre-wide hole was probably created by nuclear fuel that melted and then penetrated the vessel after the tsunami knocked out Fukushima Daiichi’s back-up cooling system.
“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,” Tepco’s spokesman Tatsuhiro Yamagishi 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.”
The presence of dangerously high radiation will complicate efforts to safely dismantle the plant.
A remote-controlled robot that Tepco intends to send into the No 2 reactor’s containment vessel is designed to withstand exposure to a total of 1,000 sieverts, meaning it would survive for less than two hours before malfunctioning.
Tepco and its network of partner companies at Fukushima Daiichi have yet to identify the location and condition of melted fuel in the three most seriously damaged reactors. Removing it safely represents a challenge unprecedented in the history of nuclear power.
Quantities of melted fuel are believed to have accumulated at the bottom of the damaged reactors’ containment vessels, but dangerously high radiation has prevented engineers from accurately gauging the state of the fuel deposits.
Earlier this week, the utility released images of dark lumps found beneath reactor No 2 that it believes could be melted uranium fuel rods – the first such discovery since the disaster.
In December, the government said the estimated cost of decommissioning the plant and decontaminating the surrounding area, as well as paying compensation and storing radioactive waste, had risen to 21.5tn yen (£150bn), nearly double an estimate released in 2013.
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