“530 sieverts per hour”
Radiation inside one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power facility has just soared to an “unimaginable” level according to experts…



From Michael Snyder:

Because so much nuclear material from Fukushima escaped into the Pacific Ocean, there are many scientists that believe that it was the worst environmental disaster in human history, but most people in the general population seem to think that since the mainstream media really doesn’t talk about it anymore that everything must be under control.

Unfortunately, that is not true at all. In fact, PBS reported just last year that “it is incorrect to say that Fukushima is under control when levels of radioactivity in the ocean indicate ongoing leaks“. And now we have just learned that the radiation level inside reactor 2 is so high that no human could possibly survive being exposed to it.

According to the Japan Times, the level of radiation inside the containment vessel of reactor 2 is now estimated to be “530 sieverts per hour”…

The radiation level in the containment vessel of reactor 2 at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant has reached a maximum of 530 sieverts per hour, the highest since the triple core meltdown in March 2011, Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. said.

Tepco said on Thursday that the blazing radiation reading was taken near the entrance to the space just below the pressure vessel, which contains the reactor core.

The high figure indicates that some of the melted fuel that escaped the pressure vessel is nearby.

It is hard to find the words to convey how serious this is.

If you were exposed to a radiation level of just 10 sieverts per hour, that would mean almost certain death. So 530 sieverts per hour is simply off the charts. According to the Guardian, this recent measurement is being described by scientists as “unimaginable”…

The recent reading, described by some experts as “unimaginable”, is far higher than the previous record of 73 sieverts an hour in that part of the reactor.

A single dose of one sievert is enough to cause radiation sickness and nausea; 5 sieverts would kill half those exposed to it within a month, and a single dose of 10 sieverts would prove fatal within weeks.

And the really bad news is that there appears to be a 2 meter hole that was created by melted nuclear fuel “in the metal grating under the pressure vessel in the reactor’s primary containment vessel”. The following comes from Bloomberg…

New photographs show what may be melted nuclear fuel sitting under one of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima reactors, a potential milestone in the search and retrieval of the fuel almost six years after it was lost in one of the worst atomic disasters in history.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc., Japan’s biggest utility, released images on Monday showing a grate under the Fukushima Dai-Ichi No. 2 reactor covered in black residue. The company, better known as Tepco, may send in a scorpion-like robot as soon as February to determine the temperature and radioactivity of the residue.

If that isn’t frightening enough, one Japanese news source is reporting that this melted nuclear fuel “has since come in contact with underground water flowing from the mountain side”…

The melted fuel has since come in contact with underground water flowing from the mountain side, generating radioactively contaminated water every day. In order to dismantle the reactor, it is necessary to take out the melted fuel, but high radiation levels inside the reactor had hampered work to locate the melted debris.

If this disaster was just limited to Japan, the entire northern hemisphere would not be at risk.

But that is not the case.

Most of the nuclear contamination from Fukushima ended up in the Pacific Ocean, and from there it was literally taken around the rest of the planet. The following was reported by PBS…

More than 80 percent of the radioactivity from the damaged reactors ended up in the Pacific — far more than reached the ocean from Chernobyl or Three Mile Island. Of this, a small fraction is currently on the seafloor — the rest was swept up by the Kuroshio current, a western Pacific version of the Gulf Stream, and carried out to sea where it mixed with (and was diluted by) the vast volume of the North Pacific.

We don’t know if there is a connection, but it is extremely interesting to note that fisheries up and down the west coast of the United States are failing because of a dramatic decrease in fish populations. Just check out the following excerpt from a story that was posted on January 18th…

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today determined there are commercial fishery failures for nine salmon and crab fisheries in Alaska, California and Washington.

In recent years, each of these fisheries experienced sudden and unexpected large decreases in fish stock biomass or loss of access due to unusual ocean and climate conditions. This decision enables fishing communities to seek disaster relief assistance from Congress.

Things are particularly bad up in Alaska, and biologists are “stumped” as to why this could be happening…

In 2016, the pink salmon harvests in Kodiak, Prince William Sounds, Chignik and lower Cook Inlet came in woefully under forecast and stumped biologists as to why.

The estimated value of Kodiak’s 2016 haul was $2.21 million, compared to a five-year average of $14.64 million, and in Prince William Sound the ex-vessel value was $6.6 million, far less that the $44 million five-year average. The total state harvest was the smallest since the late 1970s.

Although state biologists weren’t ready to declare a cause for the poor pink salmon performance, the Commerce Department press release attributed the disasters to “unusual ocean and climate conditions.”

Further south, it was being reported last month that millions of dead sardines are washing up on the shores of Chile.

I could go on and on with a lot more examples like this, but hopefully you get the point.

Something really strange is happening in the Pacific, and a lot of people believe that there is a link to Fukushima.

Not too long ago, I wrote about how the elite of Silicon Valley are “feverishly prepping“, but the truth is that all of us should be. If you need some tips on how to get started, you can find my prepping book right here. Our planet is becoming increasingly unstable, and the Fukushima nuclear disaster is just one piece of the puzzle.

But it is definitely a very important piece. The nuclear material from Fukushima is continuously entering the food chain, and once that nuclear material gets into our bodies it will slowly irradiate our organs for years to come. The following is an excerpt from an absolutely outstanding opinion piece by Helen Caldicott that was published in the Guardian…

Internal radiation, on the other hand, emanates from radioactive elements which enter the body by inhalation, ingestion, or skin absorption. Hazardous radionuclides such as iodine-131, caesium 137, and other isotopes currently being released in the sea and air around Fukushima bio-concentrate at each step of various food chains (for example into algae, crustaceans, small fish, bigger fish, then humans; or soil, grass, cow’s meat and milk, then humans). After they enter the body, these elements – called internal emitters – migrate to specific organs such as the thyroid, liver, bone, and brain, where they continuously irradiate small volumes of cells with high doses of alpha, beta and/or gamma radiation, and over many years, can induce uncontrolled cell replication – that is, cancer. Further, many of the nuclides remain radioactive in the environment for generations, and ultimately will cause increased incidences of cancer and genetic diseases over time.

Are you starting to understand the gravity of the situation?

Sadly, this crisis is going to be with us for a very, very long time.

According to Bloomberg, they are not even going to start removing melted nuclear fuel from these reactors until 2021, and it is being projected that the overall cleanup “may take as long as 40 years”…

Decommissioning the reactors will cost 8 trillion yen ($70.4 billion), according to an estimate in December from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Removing the fuel is one of the most important steps in a cleanup that may take as long as 40 years.

The unprecedented nature of the Fukushima disaster means that Tepco is pinning its efforts on technology not yet invented to get the melted fuel out of the reactors.

The company aims to decide on a fuel removal procedure for the first reactor during the fiscal year ending March 2019, and to begin removing fuel in 2021.

A lot of people that end up dying as a result of this crisis may never even know that it was Fukushima that caused their deaths.

Personally, I am convinced that this is the greatest environmental crisis that humanity has ever experienced, and if the latest reading from reactor 2 is any indication, things just took a very serious turn for the worse.

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    • Not under 50, so have heard of them.  Unlike some, I have also seen them.  My Dad was not a sophisticated investor but knew that he needed to save for the future.  A good part of that consisted of $50 and $100 US savings bonds.  He kept these in a shoe box sized metal box that had a lock in the front of it.  He kept this on the top shelf in his clothes closet.  Not that a screwdriver couldn’t have opened it but it did keep the kids out of it.  Anyway, he had about 1,000 of these savings bonds in that box along with some important papers.  I asked him once if I could try picking the lock on that box.  He was sure that I could not, so agreed to let me try.  I was 12 years old at the time.  With the aid of a bent bobby pin, it took me less than a minute to pop it open.  He was amazed but not amused.  But since he had agreed to this he couldn’t say much about it.  I could tell by the look on his face, though, that messing with the box any further would be a real bad idea.  lol

       

  1. At least a clean up of the material is ostensibly underway. Nobody has tried dumping baking soda on it yet.  It works for grease fires and you can’t put those out with water either. If we disperse the fuel with conventional explosives won’t that make the fission stop?  Nuke it and let’s see.

  2. Too bad the “Scary Picture” isn’t Radiation, but Tsunami amplitude…

    “The graphics display forecast results, showing qualitative and quantitative information about the tsunami, including tsunami wave interaction with ocean floor bathymetric features, and neighboring coastlines. Tsunami model amplitude information is shown color-coded according the scale bar.”

    http://nctr.pmel.noaa.gov/honshu20110311/

    • What BS!  The fear mongers will stop at anything to push a point of view.  I hope the guys running this website can his rump to prevent additional crap articles from being posted.  Thank you Boswell from sniffing this one out.

      I am a fan of nuclear but we as a society have to develop a plan to rapidly decommission old plants with antiquated designs or those put in really bad locations such as the Fukushima plant and develop a plan to reprocess/store spent fuel and stop on site storage or it is not worth the risk.  US needs to recommission the Yucca storage site, which was well chosen and would by now be doing its designed job except for the fact that it was locate in Uncle Harry’s back yard.

      I131 contaminants are no biggie-1/2 life is 8 days, but Cs137 has a half life of 30 years and is the principal problem with Fukushima.  Recent reported radiation emissions are truly off the chart!  5-10 Sv exposure is generally fatal; 530 Sv would drop you smoking dead in just a minute from massive cerebral edema.

      A much higher priority to clean the site up and sequester the contaminants must be made.  I thought we learned from Chernobyl but we didn’t.  3 Mile Island was not even in the same universe as far as its release on contaminants-only 30 mCi I131 released vs 100 million Ci of I131/Cs137 at Chernobyl.   I use 30mCi to treat certain types of thyroid disease in my medical practice.   Hope this gives silver doctor readers perspective.

    • Agreed @sailmann

       

      The Japanese Gov KNEW that the Fukushima nuclear plant had a useful design life of 25 years.  When it reached that age, it SHOULD have been decommissioned and replaced with a newer and MUCH better designed plant.  But that would have cost billions that the plant owners did not want to spend.  So, instead, they got the gov to re-issue their expired license to operate.  How they did this is unknown but it is easy to suspect skulduggery of some sort.

      This plant was designed back in the day before passive safety controls were the standard.  Newer plants will go into a shutdown mode if they lose electrical power input to their control systems.  Cooling water flows from large volume lagoons by gravity once a few manual valves are opened.  Gravity also changes the position of the fuel rods inside the reactors without the need for electrical power to do it.  This brings the nuclear reaction down to a slow idle mode which does not require much cooling water to remain safe.  Such a plant is very unlikely to ever experience a core meltdown or massive radiation leaks as has the now-ruined Fukushima plant.

      Apparently, they did not understand that running a complicated machine beyond its capacity to operate was an invitation to disaster that would be accepted at some point in time.  One can only guess at what the cost of this mess is at this point or what the final clean-up bill will be when all is said and done but it is very likely to be at least several times what a decommissioning and replacement plant would have cost.  This is not what one would call a smart decision.  But it IS one helluva demonstration on what not to do when running a nuclear power plant.

       

  3. The snowflakes and cupcakes should adopt Fukushima as their new Social Justice Warrior mascot.

    Hey Hey Ho Ho,  Hell no we won’t glow.

    A giant cross bred mutant Kermit Godzilla Frog-san leads the way.

  4. It is unfortunate that the tsunami amplitude graphic was used, but that does not alter the fact that radiation emanating from the Fukushima nuclear accident has triggered a rise in radiation levels off of the coast of western US states, proving that radioactive material is being carried across oceans by the currents, impacting the entire planet.  It is a grave situation, but not widely publicized because no one really knows how to ‘fix it’.  The Chernobyl nuclear accident happened more than 30 years ago, and it remains unresolved. Radioactive material that is harmful does not become non-radioactive in a matter of days, months, years, or even centuries–it takes tens of thousands of years.

    • “The Chernobyl nuclear accident happened more than 30 years ago, and it remains unresolved.”

      I guess that depends upon one’s definition of resolved.  From what I have read, the Russians “resolved” this issue by burying the entire plant under a small mountain of concrete.  No, that does not stop the radioactive fuel that was in that plant from being radioactive but it does contain the radiation inside that huge pile of concrete.  We can only wonder just how long that concrete will last as hard radiation chews away at the inside of that pile of concrete.  In 50-100 years or so, they very well might have to try something else to contain that mess.

       

  5. I was boning up on Fukushima when I came across that same wave height topology graphic and rushed back here to rant about it only to find the the well informed @JOHNLGALT was already on the ball with this one.

    I admit I find the whole Fukushima incident and the subsequent impacts and events difficult to process often taking me further down the rabbit hole than I expected with all the accompanying uncomfortable feelings.

    As a man made climate change skeptic (not a denier) I can still accept and support a genuine global effort to move on to renewable energy sources for other logical reasons however I do not include nuclear reactors among my list of acceptable renewable energy resources.  How deluded must one be to build a reactor in an earthquake and tsunami prone area?  Despite what the nuclear industries claimed safety record is what happens in a time of war, anarchy, terrorism, or extreme natural disasters, do we have eternal world peace and harmony now and mastery of plate tectonics?  All the safety mechanisms in the world are not going to help prevent a disaster in these scenarios.  The long term risk that nuclear reactors present seems to easily outweighs any disadvantages to developing and using cleaner alternatives.

    What I don’t quite understand is that how quiet and supportive the international community and press have been regarding the cover-ups of the falsification of 2002-7 Tepco repair reports where repairs due to a previous earthquake did not happen and the subsequent ongoing cover-up related to this latest disaster when they should be up in arms about it.

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