Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Japan's Tepco Confirms Meltdowns Of 2 More Fukushima Reactors

May 24 (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power Co , the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disabled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, confirmed on Tuesday that there were meltdowns of fuel rods at three of the plant's reactors early in the crisis.

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  1. 20 terabecquerels of radioactive materials flowed out to Pacific

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Saturday that 250 tons of water tainted with about 20 terabecquerels of radioactive substances leaked into the Pacific Ocean from a pit near the seawater intake for the No. 3 reactor at the troubled Fukushima No. 1 plant earlier this month.

    While the figure is far lower than the 4,700 terabecquerels released near the No. 2 reactor in April, it is still about 100 times the permissible level, according to Tepco.

    At the time, the water was registering 9.8 terabecquerels of cesium-137, 9.3 terabecquerels of cesium-134 and 0.85 terabecquerels of iodine-131.

    The leak is believed to have started at around 2 a.m. May 10 and was stopped at 7 p.m. May 11, Tepco said. The amount of water that escaped in that 41-hour period totaled 250 tons, it said.

    The leakage of tainted water raised the concentration of radioactive substances in the port of the power plant but did not significantly change the level beyond it, the utility said.

    The leak was reported to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.

  2. Fukushima's Apocalyptic Threat Demands Immediate Global Action
    by Harvey Wasserman

    Fukushima may be in an apocalyptic downward spiral.

    Forget the corporate-induced media coma that says otherwise…or nothing at all. [Workers at the emergency headquarters of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (AFP/TEPCO)] Workers at the emergency headquarters of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (AFP/TEPCO)

    Lethal radiation is spewing unabated. Emission levels could seriously escalate. There is no end in sight. The potential is many times worse than Chernobyl.

    Containing this disaster may be beyond the abilities of Tokyo Electric or the Japanese government.

  3. Visitors go to Chernobyl all the time now. They can't stay long because of the lingering radiation levels.

    My guess is this isn't going to happen in Japan.
    The whole island will be so toxic that all the residents will have to leave. There won't be any tour guides...

  4. Thanks for providing news in the middle of all the soap operas going on around here.

  5. It's going to get worse. Hey Tom, so funny, we chose the same template....I'll change mine.


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