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    A worrisome new report on the radiation level found at the doomed Fukushima Nuclear facility indicate that the slow-moving disaster is only getting worse.

    Previous readings from the site put the radiation level at an already-troubling 73 seiverts per hour, however the latest findings from Fukushima are jaw-dropping.

    The current radiation level at one of the power plant's reactors is an absolutely astounding 530 seiverts per hour.

    To put this in perspective for the layperson, scientists say that a mere 4 seiverts per hour would kill a person fifty percent of the time they were exposed to that much radiation.

    The astronomical increase at the site has left experts confounded over how to best solve the crisis, since the 530 sph figure is well beyond anything they planned to encounter.

    In fact, simply sending a robot into the facility to examine the area will have to be recalibrated going forward.

    The specially-designed surveyor was originally going to be operational inside Fukushima for over 10 hours, but that timeframe has been drastically cut due to the current conditions at the site.

    It is now believed that the robot will only have a meager two hours inside the highly toxic environment before melting into a puddle.

    Considering the enormity of the situation, one wonders when the Fukushima disaster may become completely out of control and, even more chillingly, if that point has already passed.

    Source: Japan Today
     
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    You rarely hear updates on Fukushima, as most are suppressed by the government there. The actual level of increase in radiation is astounding. And the radiation continues to flow into the ocean daily at horrendous levels. When you hear of animals and fish dropping dead, think Fukushima, even though they will never allow that to be named as the cause.
     
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    Even more sickening, is that Japan is exporting food grown in that region. Recently, there has been a huge outcry in Taiwan over the government importing food from Fukushima.
     
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    I had heard about that, Noble. And the fish! OMG! It's horrible that this news is being buried, as it may be our own planet that this thing kills. This makes me so angry! :mad:
     
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    Sickening! The best minds of the world need to be working on this. This could kill us all. Ignoting it is like sticking their heads in the sand and pretending everything is ok. :confused:
     
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    I'm totally amazed the info got out. Japan has passed a law that it is illegal to report on it. Biggest cover-up of our time, IMO. And yes, this is sooo dangerous. It's been reported that over 1/3 of the world's oceans have now been contaminated with Fukushima radiation to varying degrees.
     
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    This is global disaster. Can't believe nobody's talking about it.
     
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    This is an excellent source for some news about the ongoing Fukushima event.

    Nuclear Hotseat — Just another WordPress site

    Libbe HaLevey was on Coast last night and this is her site.

    Libbe HaLevy, producer and host of Nuclear Hotseat, detailed the "unimaginable" radiation levels at Fukushima that were assessed by the National Institute of Radiological Sciences. The mainstream media has been silenced as to what is truly going on in Japan, she declared, and people from Japan were told that they could not report symptoms of radiation. "We've recently learned that if doctors try and say anything connected with radiation they risk losing their place at the hospital where they practice or not being paid," she added. Ocean water that pours onto the Fukushima reactors is being held in temporary tanks by Tepco, and they claim to be treating the contaminated water, but she doubts they're able to remove all the dangerous radionuclides.
     
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    HELEN CALDICOTT: The Fukushima nuclear meltdown continues unabated

    Dr Helen Caldicott, explains recent robot photos taken of Fukushima's Daiichi nuclear reactors: radiation levels have not peaked, but have continued to spill toxic waste into the Pacific Ocean — but it's only now the damage has been photographed.

    RECENT reporting of a huge radiation measurement at Unit 2 in the Fukushima Daichi reactor complex does not signify that there is a peak in radiation in the reactor building.

    All that it indicates is that, for the first time, the Japanese have been able to measure the intense radiation given off by the molten fuel, as each previous attempt has led to failure because the radiation is so intense the robotic parts were functionally destroyed.

    The radiation measurement was 530 sieverts, or 53,000 rems (Roentgen Equivalent for Man). The dose at which half an exposed population would die is 250 to 500 rems, so this is a massive measurement. It is quite likely had the robot been able to penetrate deeper into the inner cavern containing the molten corium, the measurement would have been much greater.

    These facts illustrate why it will be almost impossible to “decommission” units 1, 2 and 3 as no human could ever be exposed to such extreme radiation. This fact means that Fukushima Daichi will remain a diabolical blot upon Japan and the world for the rest of time, sitting as it does on active earthquake zones.

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    Robot image of Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 reactor (Source: tepco.co.jp)


    What the photos taken by the robot did reveal was that some of the structural supports of Unit 2 have been damaged. It is also true that all four buildings were structurally damaged by the original earthquake some five years ago and by the subsequent hydrogen explosions so, should there be an earthquake greater than seven on the Richter scale, it is very possible that one or more of these structures could collapse, leading to a massive release of radiation as the building fell on the molten core beneath. But units 1, 2 and 3 also contain cooling pools with very radioactive fuel rods — numbering 392 in Unit 1, 615 in Unit 2, and 566 in Unit 3; if an earthquake were to breach a pool, the gamma rays would be so intense that the site would have to be permanently evacuated. The fuel from Unit 4 and its cooling pool has been removed.

    But there is more to fear.

    The reactor complex was built adjacent to a mountain range and millions of gallons of water emanate from the mountains daily beneath the reactor complex, causing some of the earth below the reactor buildings to partially liquefy. As the water flows beneath the damaged reactors, it immerses the three molten cores and becomes extremely radioactive as it continues its journey into the adjacent Pacific Ocean.

    Every day since the accident began, 300 to 400 tons of water has poured into the Pacific where numerous isotopes – including cesium 137, 134, strontium 90, tritium, plutonium, americium and up to 100 more – enter the ocean and bio-concentrate by orders of magnitude at each step of the food chain — algae, crustaceans, little fish, big fish then us.

    Fish swim thousands of miles and tuna, salmon and other species found on the American west coast now contain some of these radioactive elements, which are tasteless, odourless and invisible. Entering the human body by ingestion they concentrate in various organs, irradiating adjacent cells for many years. The cancer cycle is initiated by a single mutation in a single regulatory gene in a single cell and the incubation time for cancer is any time from 2 to 90 years. And no cancer defines its origin.

    We could be catching radioactive fish in Australia or the fish that are imported could contain radioactive isotopes, but unless they are consistently tested we will never know.

    As well as the mountain water reaching the Pacific Ocean, since the accident, TEPCO has daily pumped over 300 tons of sea water into the damaged reactors to keep them cool. It becomes intensely radioactive and is pumped out again and stored in over 1,200 huge storage tanks scattered over the Daichi site. These tanks could not withstand a large earthquake and could rupture releasing their contents into the ocean.
     

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