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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fukushima - More Leaks, More Radiation

Just in case you were wondering - no, Fukushima's Dai-ichi nuclear power generating facility isn't all it is cracked up to be.

According to results from a new probe at the facility, high radiation levels and a lack of much needed cooling water inside a reactor has caused quite the stir in the nuclear community about the plant's stability.

Dai-ichi was badly damaged after a 9.0 Magnitude earthquake spawned a massive series of tsunami waves that crashed atop the facility on March 11, 2011, that essentially took out power to much of the facility - power needed to control the nuclear reactors, causing, over the ensuing weeks, three near complete nuclear meltdowns. Instead, all that happened was the worst nuclear fiasco seen on the planet since Chernobyl in the Ukraine (a satellite of the former USSR) back in April of 1986.

TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.) who both own and operate the Dai-ichi nuclear plant says an endoscopic examination detected radiation levels 10 times the fatal dose inside the No. 2 reactor’s chamber, suggesting challenges ahead in shutting down the facility.

The probe also found the containment vessel only contained about 60 centimeters of cooling water in it - far below the 10 meters the government declared was in it back in December of 2011.

Plant workers also reported fresh leaks of contaminated water from a water treatment unit, some flowing into the ocean.

There is no word on what the solution is to these problems, but you can bet that Japan - It's A Wonderful Rife will let you know. Or you can let me know.

Files compiled by Andrew Joseph

2 comments:

  1. You wrote: "Fukushima's Dai-ichi nuclear power generating facility isn't all it is cracked up to be." Beg to differ... It's MUCH more cracked up to be than they ever wanted it to be... Oh yes.... MUCH MORE CRACKED UP!

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  2. Yeah... in my head, I know I wanted the joke... you are correct, but I wanted the irony... but I'm still unsure if it worked... you got it.
    Are people pissed off or scared up there? And when are you guys going up north for your 'road trip'?

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