Tepco has yet to say anything about this. Radiation levels are high, but it's not stated where, according to Tepco's website the peak radiation at the front gate of the plant today came in lower (10.8 mSv/hr) than the peak radiation yesterday (11.9 mSv/hr), and that peak was pretty brief (<1 hour)...as of the last reading it was down to 1.6 mSv/hr, which doesn't seem consistent with, you know, atomic apocalypse. The radiation in Tokyo remained at the background level all day.Gregory Jaczko did not say Wednesday how the information was obtained, but the NRC and U.S. Department of Energy both have experts on site at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex of six reactors.
He says officials believe radiation levels are extremely high, and that could affect workers' ability to stop temperatures from escalating.
Wouldn't worry too much just yet, at least until this is confirmed.
Last edited by tommej; 16th March 2011 at 09:24 PM.
Radiation at Fukushima Daiichi - Graphic - NYTimes.com
Current history of the radiation readings around the reactor, and a non-hysterical context for the levels.
And of course the BBC doing its job to help keep the public informed and calm on it's headline right now
Increasing alarm is expressed in the US about the crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, with warnings of "potentially lethal" radiation doses there.
Last edited by tommej; 16th March 2011 at 10:27 PM.
As of 5am GMT.
JSDF choppers dumped water on the #3 and 4 buildings, water cannon trucks are being moved into position at the plant, TEPCO hopes to get power hooked back up by this evening.
Spent fuel pool water temp in Reactors #5 and 6 has risen, but only by 4 degrees C in one and by about 20C in the other. Those buildings are totally intact, so once power is restored it should become a total non-issue, and even now it ranks very low on the priority list.
Steam/smoke has stopped rising from #3 (at least to the extent it was previously) but there has been no new info about water levels.
There are 180 people at the site now working on reactor control and debris removal.
From everything that has been discussed in press conferences, the issue right now is with the spent fuel pools, not the reactors themselves.
Later in the day it was reported that a JSDF chopper crew visually checked the water level in the #4 spent fuel pool and said the level was very high. This means that either the earlier reports of low levels were incorrect or the water dumping worked, which would be nigh-miraculous. Either way, it's fantastic news.
NHK saying at a point 100m from the plant, radiation levels unchanged due to helicopter water drops.
Last edited by JJonas; 17th March 2011 at 12:08 PM.
aerospacemango (17th March 2011)
NHK and Sky now reporting high levels of radiation found 19 miles from Fukushima plant.
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