Noteworthy… TEPCO has been able to measure radiation for the first time INSIDE the (breached) containment vessel of Reactor 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
The findings are here (in Japanese): http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/images/handouts_120327_02-j.pdf
The findings are extremely highly deadly radioactivity. Measured several meters from the presumed monsterly contaminated 60 cm water level (which turned out to be several meters lower than where they expected to find it):
72.9 Sv/hr –> Sv/hr = Sievert per Hour – see my radiation units page for more on these units and conversions); That level of contamination would kill a human in about 6 minutes –> See my Radiation Exposure Effects page for more on that.)
It has been over a year since the start of the accident, but the utility company TEPCO and the Japanese government and involved institutions still haven’t figured out what’s really been going on inside the Containment Vessels and Pressure Vessels of the reactors. It’s so radioactive they can’t get close enough. TEPCO this week: “It is impossible for human workers to work inside the CV [Containment Vessel]. In order to fully understand the condition inside, it will be necessary to develop equipments that withstand high levels of radiation.” SOURCE: Yomiuri Shinbun (3/28/2012), by way of Ex-SKF, HERE). That’s how “safe” and “well prepared” the nuclear industry is: if something goes wrong, they don’t even have the equipment to deal with it.
- Only picked up by a few outlets. Here’s one (Times of India March 28, 2012):
- Euronews had the following, which also clarified that the situation in Reactor 1 and 3 is even worse:
- So I had a look at EX-SKF, http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/ , perhaps the best source for nuclear news related to Japan, since he translates Japanese news articles, and then adds extra links and commentary. Not surprisingly the story ran there, in much more detail, several days before:
- In case you wonder which one Reactor 2 is, is the one that had a hydrogen explosion on March 15, 2011, but one that didn’t blow the roof of the building (unlike 1, 3 & 4). Early on, Fukushima – Daiichi’s Reactor 2 was the first to have been suspected of possibly having suffered a containment vessel breach. Click on this image for more images from Cryptome (annotation added by me):
- Also, this excellent ‘lessons learned’ overview by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, interviewing Arnie Gunderson of Fairewinds Associates; and some other excellent experts – Recommended (Click image to view at Source):
- Greenpeace’s site with Fukushima nuclear information: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/nuclear/safety/accidents/Fukushima-nuclear-disaster/