Fukushima Radiation Levels Now Highest Recorded

Bloomberg reports in an article originally titled “Tokyo Water Radiation Falls To Zero For First Time Since-Crisis”.  Is this entirely true?  Reports coming from Japan suggest , the situation has become more dangerous.   Measurements from the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan  have risen to the highest since the earthquake .  With levels reaching  1.2 sieverts, Tepco now says that they may not be able stop the leak in the nine months that they had previously claimed.   A nuclear engineering professor from Kyoto adds ” That depending on the source of the high levels, the plan to entomb the reactor to permanently end the radiation leak may not work at all”   This doesn’t bode well for Hawaii ,and the west coast, as the air, water and food remain a target for the toxic radiation spewing from Japan.  We can only hope they get this contained soon as our way of life is about to abruptly change, and not for the good

Courtesy  http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com

For conversion purposes, 1.2 seiverts per hour =  1,120 millsieverts pert hour = 1,120,000 microsieverts per hour.

More simply 1 sievert= 1000 millisievert = 1,000,000 microseiverts

Radiation Readings in Fukushima Reactor Rise to Highest Since Crisis Began

By Tsuyoshi Inajima and Michio Nakayama – Apr 27, 2011 5:14 AM ET

Radiation readings at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi station rose to the highest since an earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems, impeding efforts to contain the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

Two robots sent into the reactor No. 1 building at the plant yesterday took readings as high as 1,120 millisierverts of radiation per hour, Junichi Matsumoto, a general manager at Tokyo Electric Power Co., said today. That’s more than four times the annual dose permitted to nuclear workers at the stricken plant.

[...] A plan to flood the containment vessel of reactor No. 1 with more water to speed up emergency cooling efforts announced yesterday by the utility known as Tepco may not be possible now.

“Tepco must figure out the source of high radiation,” said Hironobu Unesaki, a nuclear engineering professor at Kyoto University. “If it’s from contaminated water leaking from inside the reactor, Tepco’s so-called water tomb may be jeopardized because flooding the containment vessel will result in more radiation in the building.”

[...]Tepco started moving the radioactive water, which leaked to the basements and trenches, to a waste storage facility on April 19. Tepco transferred 1.89 million liters of the water from the trenches near reactor No. 2 as of 7 a.m. today, Iwamoto said. The utility plans to install a second pump after transferring 2.5 million liters

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