29 March 2011

Extremely radioactive water leaks into surrounding tunnels

NEWSTABULOUS) – Extremely radioactive water has seeped from one of the reactors at Japan’s damaged nuclear reactor facility.
Greenpeace reported that it had detected high levels of radiation outside an exclusion zone.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., TEPCO, appealed to French companies for assistance, in controlling the six reactor Fukushima facility as they are concerned about the success of their efforts to date.
The plant is located 150 miles north of Tokyo and was crippled in theMarch 11 earthquake and tsunami, which claimed more than 27,000 dead and missing persons in the northeast area of Japan. 
Engineers have steadily been forced to halt their work in stabilizing the facility as explosions, fires, and radiation leaks have made it impossible to complete the work.  When radiation levels went as high as 100,000 times above the norm inside reactor No. 2 on Sunday, another suspension of their efforts occurred.
TEPCO claimed that radiation above 1,000 millisieverts per hour was found in the tunnels used for piping outside the reactor. Sunday, the same level existed. The U.S. Environmental Agency claims that one dose of 1,000 millisieverts is sufficient to cause hemorrhaging.
Although the contaminated underground tunnels do not flow directly into the ocean, the radioactive water could leak into the ground and thus contaminate the sea. 25 miles northwest of the facility, radiation of up to 10 microsieverts per hour had been confirmed by Greenpeace experts. Consequently, they requested an extension of another 12 miles be added to the evacuation zone.
Greenpeace said that in only a few days, the village of Iitate could receive the maximum allowed yearly dose of radiation and would definitely be unsafe for people to stay there; especially children and pregnant women. 
Already over 70,000 have been evacuated from the area within 12 miles of the facility and 130,000 in the zone which extends 6 miles further had been asked to stay indoors, but are now encouraged to leave as well.
Radiation has shown up in Tokyo’s tap water; radiation showed up has far away as Iceland.
With the unclear, dismissive, and vague information given to the Japanese people, Greenpeace urged the government to finally acknowledge the inherent danger. They said:
“The authorities must stop choosing politics over science.”
One person who lives in the area complained that:
“the scary thing is the radiation. There is a gap between what the newspapers write and what the government is saying. I want the government to tell the truth more.”
Experts have been trying, at this point, to come up with solutions and ideas to halt the operations at the facility. One major possibility is to entomb the reactors in sand and concrete as was done at Chernobyl after their disaster.
At this time, about 250,000 people are in shelters and damage could be more than $300 billion, making it the world’s most expensive natural disaster.
photo: buzzyuk.com

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