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TEPCO Admits Fukushima Radiation Levels Reach Record Highs As Hole In Reactor Discovered

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With just 3 years left until the 2020 Olympics, Japan is likely desperate to reassure the world’s athletes that all is well, but an admission from TEPCO – the Fukushima nuclear plant operator – that they discovered a hole at least one square meter in size beneath the reactor’s pressure vessel, and lethal record-high radiation levels have been detected, will not likely reassure anyone.

Radiation levels of up to 530 Sieverts per hour were detected inside an inactive Reactor 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex damaged during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami catastrophe, Japanese media reported on Thursday citing the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). A dose of about 8 Sieverts is considered incurable and fatal.

As RT reports, a hole of no less than one square meter in size has also been discovered beneath the reactor’s pressure vessel, TEPCO said. According to researchers, the apparent opening in the metal grating of one of three reactors that had melted down in 2011, is believed to be have been caused by melted nuclear fuel that fell through the vessel.

The iron scaffolding has a melting point of 1500 degrees, TEPCO said, explaining that there is a possibility the fuel debris has fallen onto it and burnt the hole. Such fuel debris have been discovered on equipment at the bottom of the pressure vessel just above the hole, it added.

 

The latest findings were released after a recent camera probe inside the reactor, TEPCO said. Using a remote-controlled camera fitted on a long pipe, scientists managed to get images of hard-to-reach places where residual nuclear material remained. The substance there is so toxic that even specially-made robots designed to probe the underwater depths beneath the power plant have previously crumbled and shut down.

 

However, TEPCO still plans to launch further more detailed assessments at the damaged nuclear facility with the help of self-propelled robots.

TEPCO confirmed a black lump in the space beneath the pressure vessel. There is a possibility of nuclear fuel melting down (fuel debris). If it is fuel debris, it will be the first time that fuel melted down will be taken after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.



27 Comments on "TEPCO Admits Fukushima Radiation Levels Reach Record Highs As Hole In Reactor Discovered"

  1. curlyq3 on Sun, 5th Feb 2017 1:00 pm 

    This is just another example of poor journalism. This article is best described as “Lost in Translation”. See link below for detailed explanation.

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/

    curlyq3

  2. penury on Sun, 5th Feb 2017 1:31 pm 

    One day the truth will be known about the real damage done by Fukushima, one day preferably when those currently in power are long dead, and maybe some humans will still exist who will be able to read and find out the lies told to the people. One day it will happen.

  3. shortonoil on Sun, 5th Feb 2017 1:59 pm 

    What ever happened to all that electricity that was going to be too cheap to meter? Did some nuclear genius drop a decimal point?

  4. Kenz300 on Sun, 5th Feb 2017 2:09 pm 

    It is time to stop building any more of these Nuclear death machines and begin shutting down and clean up the ones that already exist. It was a bad experiment that will cause long lasting harm for the environment and huge costs for society.

    Japan needs to clean up the mess before the next big earth quake and tsunami.

  5. joe on Sun, 5th Feb 2017 2:13 pm 

    I remember that at one point they were considering evacuation of Northern Japan. Can you imagine if they had done it? The government of Japan indeed the developed world would be chaos now. As with Chernoble and 3 Mile Island they minimise the truth for as long as they can. When a coal power plant has an accident, the impact does not last thousands of years. They have to lie. Nuclear is so dangerous that telling the truth would end the industry.

  6. onlooker on Sun, 5th Feb 2017 3:00 pm 

    Fukushima , the disaster that will keep on giving and giving for thousands of years. Emblematic of our hubris and failure to apply the precautionary principle in our societies

  7. Midnight Oil on Sun, 5th Feb 2017 4:55 pm 

    Just wait for the NEW and IMPROVED FAST breeder reactors….I’m going to buy of the portable carry with me models!

  8. Sissyfuss on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 10:51 am 

    We find big hole in floor. Not mean we lose fuel. Mean we discover new way to cool building. No worry, though precooked fish hard to make sushi from.

  9. Kenz300 on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 12:09 pm 

    Too costly and too dangerous.
    Wind and solar are safer, cleaner and cheaper ways to generate electricity.

    If governments did not subsidize nuclear power and limit liability no nuclear power plant would ever be built.

    Who will pay to store all this nuclear waste FOREVER and where will they store it?

  10. Go Speed Racer on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 1:11 pm 

    Wow.
    Lethal dose is 8, but Fukushima is 530.

    So in about 45 seconds you are already dead.
    What a quality product.
    USA nuked Japan 3 times.
    Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima.

    Love it how anybody who predicts the
    impending danger, the whistleblower
    who declares the flaw, is immediately
    fired.

    Maybe the psychologists should
    do a study and a white paper.

  11. Go Speed Racer on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 1:14 pm 

    Blow up Fukushima complex, with a
    hydrogen bomb. Fun for the whole family,
    and no more government workers leaning on
    their shovels, wrapping duck tape around
    leaky water tank hoses.
    No more stupid underground refrigerator getsyor
    that does not work. It all blown up and gone away.

    Blow up Fukushima. Fun for the whole family.

  12. Antius on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 1:23 pm 

    The accident happened 6 years ago. Decay heat levels are now low and all but the longest lived fission products have now decayed. There is still a lot of caesium and strontium in contaminated water and damaged fuel, but the low decay heat ensures that this is a local problem. What we have here is an expensive mess to clean up, but it is silly to pretend that this is some kind of monster that threatens all of Japan. There is nothing at Fukushima that poses any significant threat to people in Tokyo.

  13. Antius on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 1:50 pm 

    “I remember that at one point they were considering evacuation of Northern Japan. Can you imagine if they had done it? The government of Japan indeed the developed world would be chaos now. As with Chernoble and 3 Mile Island they minimise the truth for as long as they can. When a coal power plant has an accident, the impact does not last thousands of years. They have to lie. Nuclear is so dangerous that telling the truth would end the industry.”

    False. There was never any justification for evacuating Northern Japan. There just isn’t enough radioactivity in the fuel at Fukushima to contaminate such a large area under any realistic dispersion. People that don’t know what they are talking about will always imagine this to be some evil genie that can lay waste the world. It doesn’t work like that. Radioactive materials are toxic, but they follow the same rules of dilution and dispersion as other toxic substances. And the more radioactive they are, the more rapidly they decay. I am not attempting to trivialize the cleanup problem that this site poses, but people need to get real about it.

    A 500MW coal power plant releases enough carcinogens to kill about 2 million people each year if they were all inhaled. A portion of those carcinogens will be inhaled, eaten or otherwise consumed by the population. The effect of air pollution in Europe is a bit like having a Chernobyl every few months. So really your coal power plant is like a reactor in a constant state of melt down. Nuclear reactors have to go wrong before that happens. Coal plants do it all the time.

  14. Davy on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 2:13 pm 

    Antius, I hear you and it sounds good but… we have heard so much fake and distorted news about this and the damage to the northern pacific what can a layman believe. I say this in respect to both sides. We don’t trust NUK power or NUK power people. That may be wrong but it is the way it is.

  15. diemos on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 3:32 pm 

    “Lethal dose is 8, but Fukushima is 530.
    So in about 45 seconds you are already dead.”

    Important safety note! Don’t go inside the containment of a melted down reactor. Good to know.

  16. diemos on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 3:35 pm 

    “Blow up Fukushima complex, with a hydrogen bomb.”

    Ah! A wonderful plan!

    One that would take all the isotopes that are currently immobilized and shielded and disperse them around the planet.

    Hmmm… on the other hand, that’s the most retarded stupidity I’ve ever heard and we should all immediately drop to our knees in gratitude that you are not in charge of dealing with fukushima.

  17. Davy on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 3:41 pm 

    Diemos, you need to get to know speeder. He is laughing at you for that last comment.

  18. diemos on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 3:44 pm 

    Ya I know. It still gets to me. There are people in the world who would actually think that was a serious plan that would solve all our problems.

  19. joe on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 3:56 pm 

    Antius, which part was false? The part where they considered evacuation or the part about how the lied about the damage?

  20. Davy on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 3:58 pm 

    On a serious note diemos in the event of NUK war your scenario is very scary. I am sure NUK power plants are on the hit list.

  21. diemos on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 4:09 pm 

    A sane rational species could handle nuclear energy.

    Unfortunately that’s not us. That’s why I want a build out of solar and wind, not a big ramp up of nuclear.

  22. shortonoil on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 4:33 pm 

    Anyone who tells you a safe BWR can be built is either a downright liar, or a complete moron. Unfortunately the populous had enough of the later to buy into 340 of the beasts. We humans can not even build a vacuum cleaner that does not eventually break. This has absolutely nothing to do with safety, or low cost electricity. It has to do with lots, and lots of money. Wake up and smell the roses!

  23. Go Speed Racer on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 9:57 pm 

    Hi Diemos, great news I am 100% serious,
    and not only that, Trump just promoted me
    and gave me the job to lead the cleanup of
    Fukushima.
    Now, think about it, in the 1950’s we had
    atomic bomb blasts going off like strings of
    firecrackers from the Indian reservation?
    That dispersed plenty isotopes to the atmosphere.
    And what effect did it have? Other than sell a whole
    lot of Pete Seeger records, and Woodstock tickets,
    had no effect at all.

    So…. if a hydrogen bomb is my new spray can, of
    Fukushima driveway cleaner, I am popping off the
    cap and trying it out.

    Just like Trump said to the minorities, ‘whattaya got
    ‘to lose’ ?? It’s not like you could make Fukushima
    MORE radioactive, LOL.

    I am
    100

  24. diemos on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 10:06 pm 

    Neat. Say hi to Trixie and pops for me.

  25. Go Speed Racer on Mon, 6th Feb 2017 11:13 pm 

    OK will do. Regrets but Trixie is
    still refusing your dinner invite.

  26. Kenz300 on Tue, 7th Feb 2017 10:45 am 

    What happens when sea levels continue to rise and all those nuclear plants on the coast are under water?

  27. Bill Fold on Wed, 8th Feb 2017 7:28 am 

    Will this make the eyes of the Japanese even more slanted???

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