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Fukushima by Gonzalo Déniz


Fukushima update:

Strontium reaches 500 Billion Bq/m3 in the basements at Fuku. The basement water is leaking into the ocean at a rate of at least 200 tons per day. Strontium accumulates in the body anyplace where calcium might go, like bones or breast mike. It’ll start accumulating up the food chain.

They’ve broken ground for the plant to sustain the Ice wall. $312 million for something that probably won’t work for very long. What will TEPCO do when the hot water overtops the wall and reaches the surface? You can’t very well have workers working in hot mud. Oh, wait, that’s why you use the yakuza..

There’s a 400ft tall stack at Fuku with readings of 25 sv/hr at the base that may well topple. Nobody can get close enough to do anything to stop it.

Oh, joy. it seems that hot seawater helps dissolve reactor fuel way better than thought.

On top of the other leaks, TEPCO simply missed this leak from the hot water tanks. Didn’t have any inspections during that time. TEPCO has promised to do better. The radiation near those tanks probably precludes anything but the swiftest of glances. Xray radiation alone from the tank walls is probably equal to a chest xray every 10 minutes.

They’re still trying to find the cores.

NBC gives us an update on the heath effects of working at hanford. Follow the links at the article I’ve linked (Thanks ENENews!) and read the comments, too. I’ll wait while you do so…..

Okay, welcome back. You DID read the links, didn’t you? There might be a quiz!

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