Radiation levels around Fukushima tanks continue to rise

Radiation levels around tanks holding contaminated water at Tokyo Electric Power's (TKECF.PK) crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have spiked to 2,200 millisieverts (mSv) from 1,800 mSv on Sunday. Either level would be enough to kill an unprotected person within hours.

A major problem is that the tanks are leaking huge amounts of contaminated water into the sea and into the surrounding groundwater.

Yesterday, the government said it would take charge of the 2 1/2 year clean-up process and provide almost $500M for two big projects — a ring of frozen ground to protect groundwater from radiation and a plant to filter out radioactive elements.

However, there is a long list of other expensive tasks that need to be carried out. The question is whether the government will provide the necessary money.

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  • nemonemo
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    Where is Obama now. He said he wants to fast forwards all nuke power plant proposals to prevent CO2. Lol. CO2 vs Radiation.


    Liberal retards in California would love this. Already higher radioactivity reported in some areas around SF.


    Oh yeah, coal is bad.


    And his favorite fracking is enriching underground water. ROFL.
    4 Sep 2013, 03:29 AM Reply Like
  • hirnbeiss
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    The media is not a good source of scientific information: facts are boring, but panic sells.
    Reading from Tepco's announcement:


    "The 1,800 mSv/h figure represents the total amount of beta radiation and gamma radiation. Most of the 1,800 mSv/h was beta radiation; gamma radiation measured 1 mSv/h. ... Moreover, since beta radiation is weak and can be blocked by a thin sheet of metal, such as aluminum, we believe that we can control radiation exposure by the using proper equipment and clothing."


    First grade math: don't add apples and oranges.
    4 Sep 2013, 01:48 PM Reply Like
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