Friday 30 August 2013

Fukushima out of control

Will Fukushima now officially be referred to as worst nuclear disaster in world history? Study estimates Japan plant released 100 quadrillion becquerels (PBq) of cesium into atmosphere… In a single day

29 November, 2013

According to estimates made by the present authors, the following radionuclides entered the atmosphere on March 15, 2011 (PBq): ~400 iodine, ~100 cesium, and ~400 inert gases.”

Wikipedia’s entry on Chernobyl states, “20 to 40% of all core caesium-137 was released, 85 PBq in all.” The source cited is Chernobyl: Assessment of Radiological and Health Impact -Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
The same source gives another amount for the Chernobyl release that is considerably less, “However, more deposition data were available when, in their 1988 Report, the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) gave release figures based not only on the Soviet data, but also on worldwide deposition. The total 137Cs release was estimated to be 70 petabecquerels (PBq)” -Nuclear Energy Agency’s 2002 assessment of the Chernobyl disaster
According to the Committee on an Assessment of CDC Radiation Studies, National Research Council: “35 PBq of Cs-134 and 70 PBq of Cs-137 were released into the atmosphere” at Chernobyl.
Fukushima’s total cesium releases are considerably higher than the 100 PBq stated in the July 2012 study, as that included only atmospheric releases and none of the plant’s record discharges into the ocean (up to 47 quadrillion becquerels)… and it is only based on the amount from a single day.

Fukushima Totally Out of Control, Fishermen F#cked, Update 8/29/13

As Fukushima Raises Severity Level, Nuclear Expert Warns Radioactive Leaks Will Only "Get Worse"

Democracy Now!

Japan’s nuclear regulator said today it has officially raised the severity rating of the latest radioactive water leak at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to Level 3 on an international scale for radiological releases. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), said last week that 330 tons of highly radioactive water leaked from a storage tank at the facility. 

Crews of workers have been rushing to check for leaks in hundreds of other tanks holding radioactive water. Japanese regulators have accused TEPCO of failing to properly monitor the storage tanks. 

"The problem is going to get worse," warns Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear industry executive who has coordinated projects at 70 nuclear power plants around the United States. "Radioactive water is leaking out of this plant as fast as it is leaking in."

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