Russian Study: Fukushima released 100 quadrillion becquerels of cesium into atmosphere… In just ONE day — About equal to Chernobyl’s total release

Published: August 29th, 2013 at 9:56 am ET


Estimation of radionuclide emission during the March 15, 2011 accident at the Fukushima-1 NPP (Atomic Energy Journal Volume 112, Issue 3), July 2012:

“According to estimates made by the present authors, the following radionuclides entered the atmosphere on March 15, 2011 (PBq): ~400 iodine, ~100 cesium, and ~400 inert gases.”

Wikipedia’s entry on Chernobyl states, “20 to 40% of all core caesium-137 was released, 85 PBq in all.” The source cited is Chernobyl: Assessment of Radiological and Health Impact -Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)

The same source gives another amount for the Chernobyl release that is considerably less, “However, more deposition data were available when, in their 1988 Report, the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) gave release figures based not only on the Soviet data, but also on worldwide deposition. The total 137Cs release was estimated to be 70 petabecquerels (PBq)” –Nuclear Energy Agency’s 2002 assessment of the Chernobyl disaster

According to the Committee on an Assessment of CDC Radiation Studies, National Research Council: “35 PBq of Cs-134 and 70 PBq of Cs-137 were released into the atmosphere” at Chernobyl.

Fukushima’s total cesium releases are considerably higher than the 100 PBq stated in the July 2012 study, as that included only atmospheric releases and none of the plant’s record discharges into the ocean (up to 47 quadrillion becquerels)… and it is only based on the amount from a single day.

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Published: August 29th, 2013 at 9:56 am ET


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76 comments to Russian Study: Fukushima released 100 quadrillion becquerels of cesium into atmosphere… In just ONE day — About equal to Chernobyl’s total release

    • hbjon hbjon

      In other news….Fire is still hot. Sky is blue. Tepco still lies.

    • We Not They Finally

      Japan owes that data to THE WHOLE WORLD. And don't know if the U.N. has any spine these days, but if it does it needs to condemn Japan as an outlaw nation, and issue arrest warrants to drag people off to The Haag.

      Killing millions of people (animals, plants, everything) now and in the future is just "fine" because Japan is "the third largest economy in the world"?? That in itself is a complete accounting fraud by now. That nation is GONE!! And any claim to MORALITY is gone. This is an outlaw nation and sanctions should be applied.

      Unfortunately, the United States will in no way be taking the lead. To the contrary. In fact, what we fear is some new deadly diversion because "people were going to die anyway, and now we don't even have to talk about it." it's becoming dangerous for a lot more reasons than just radiation.

  • We wonder what day it was that #3 exploded and released massive amounts of radiation? How much was released THAT day?

    They more than likely picked the day when the LEAST amount was coming out, and used that to plug into a computer, to come up with the lowest possible number possible.

    First the 'experts' proclaim FUKU is only 10% of Chernobyl..

    Now they say it is close to Chernobyl, but still no worse…

    Anyone saying something like this is still guessing, and not counting the total amount released to groundwater, ocean, air, etc, on purpose, in order to make it look much better than it actually is.

    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

      Hi Dr. here is a link to Foia documents with details how the disaster went down with diagrams supplied by Japanese. It has the timeline, explosion pictures, meltdowns etc.

      The report starts on page 61.

      • MichaelV MichaelV

        That, was a big download…

      • What a bunch of hooey…

        For #3, it lists nothing more than a hydrogen explosion, just like the rest.

        Good coverup job, with no mention of radiation released, spreading plutonium all over the place, out into the ocean, etc..

        Kind of interesting, it shows Japanese and US military in there putting water on FUKU.

        Never saw that one before.

        Which US military? Were US troops involved in being on site?

        • For spent fuel pools, even though they admit water level fell below tops of fuel rods, the temperature of these pools never went up much.

          No fires, no drying out of any of them is admitted…

          Again, lots of white washing and minimization; as much as they can get away with and not be called on it, because no one is going to check their facts and live to tell about it.

          • No plutonium detected ANYWHERE, other than from atomic testing levels.

            Convenient.. fits right in with the steam explosion story..

            Nothing came out of anything, no radioactive fires anywhere, no coriums going underground..

            Voila; 10% of Chernobyl maximum.

            How sweet it is.. lots of raises and promotions all around.

            We saved humanity with a computer program estimate and a Powerpoint presentation, showing how it REALLY was.

            We can all go home now. Shut down ENENEWS. No need for it anymore.

            Problems have all been solved. Everything is back to normal.


            • Just this much, makes us look at everything else in the report with great suspicion, distrust and basically, well, DISBELIEF.

              If they cannot even get the basic facts right, everything else that follows from there, well it has got to be made up somehow.

              But knowing how this all works, most of the world will believe everything in this report and think the world is just peachy keen, and almost no radiation came out of FUKU… especially no plutonium.

            • We Not They Finally

              Dr. G, PattieB has been saying for a long time that there are NUCLEAR BOMB FACTORIES under reactors 3 and I believe 4. That would certainly account for the MUSHROOM-SHAPED CLOUD when that explosion happened!!!

              MOX fuel was supposed to be ILLEGAL in Japan. See also Yoichi Shimatsu who claims that Shinzo Abe personally was right in the middle of bringing the MOX fuel into Japan, along with the Cheney cabal.

              • May very well be..

                They are very good at hiding things.

                The nuclear industry has been keeping secrets for many years now.

                When you get that good at something, you are not going to give up on it easily.

                Liars who lie often enough, end up believing their own lies.

                They will attack anyone who disagrees and label them fear mongers, or worse.

                What happens when you try to expose a narcissist?

                • unincredulous unincredulous

                  At least we won't have to worry about burying all these dead liars.

                  Won't anybody be burying anybody when this thing takes its toll.

                  Somehow running out of toilet paper doesn't seem like such a big deal anymore.

              • deaddolphins simonhhh

                We Not They Finally…Well said…Now we are getting close to the truth…

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    So we're having dinner in our kitchen, the children are behaving, and the food is excellent.

    Right then, a 12ft reptile comes onto the back porch and slithers into the midst of our meal.

    We all jump up and start a heated argument over whether it's an alligator, or a crocodile…?

    • Songie Songie

      @MichaelIV…LOL, exactly!!

    • Well if one person in the family represents and works for top level TEP corp, it would probably be an argument on his side about; it was nothing more than a small lizard, versus a 12 foot reptile that actually bit and tried to eat people, for those who actually witnessed it…

      Of course, those who got eaten get no say in the matter

      • MichaelV MichaelV

        The children, hence our future, are vulnerable to immediate harm.

        Could they finally building a utopia by murdering billions of people who are in the way?

        • We Not They Finally

          They cannot ever even return to the surface that way! More likely they are just criminally deranged.

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        The TEP family reunion dinner alligator event:

        Dad: Smile and be happy!
        Mom: It won't eat you if you are happy!
        Son: You tell it dad!
        Daughter: Lie to it, daddy!

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    FUKUSHIMA SOLUTION 1: Stop Inflowing Groundwater
    Build the Impermeable Wall inland from where it starts beside Reactor1.
    Run inland to a place well behind Reactor1.
    Turn left, and extend Wall behind (inland from) Reactors1-4.
    Completed Impermeable Wall will form a rectangle completely surrounding Reactors1-4.

    This will block the groundwater from entering the area under the reactors, where it becomes contaminated.
    The 1,000 tonnes of uncontaminated inflowing groundwater per day that enters the FDNPP will be diverted by the Impermeable Wall into the harbor.
    This will take the place of the Frozen Wall, which will no longer be necessary.
    This is not rocket science. This is water. 😉

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      FUKUSHIMA SOLUTION 2: Move Water Storage Offshore
      Oh, and while we're at it, bring in double walled barge tanks. Park them in harbor, and transfer ALL the contaminated water from those tanks and ponds to the barges. Take the filled barges out to sea, filter out the nuclear nasties, and dump them into the Trench. Probably, you will want to pump the filtered water deep down in the Trench, rather then have it float on the ocean surface, where it will cause trouble. You will need a separate barge for the filtration operation, and probably a small ship to serve as crew quarters. Couple of tugboats to move the barges around. Let's get right on this one. OK?

      • scottyji scottyji

        Good ideas.
        However, fresh water is less dense than sea water. If you pump it down, its tendency will be to rise to the surface. Mixing it first with some sea water and then pumping it down will have more of the desired result you propose.
        I appreciate your "solutions-based" comments in this forum.

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        FUKUSHIMA SOLUTION 3: Closed Loop Heat Sink
        Install two lines of groundwater wells inside the Impermeable Wall Rectangle, in a line along the harbor, with a second line of wells running behind (inland from) Reactors1-4. (The line of wells behind Reactors1-4 is already in place.).

        Cooling towers for this system can go where the tank farm is currently located.
        Cooled water can be circulated into Containments1-3, as needed.
        Excess cooled water can be injected using the line of wells behind Reactors1-4.
        Of course, the line of wells along the harbor extracts groundwater for cooling and filtration.
        The groundwater level inside the Impermeable Wall can be controlled by adding or removing water.
        Filtration of the water in the Closed Loop Heat Sink system may be necessary to keep it from fissioning.

        The need for a Closed Loop Heat Sink has often been mentioned by Arnie Gundersen, BTW. Great idea, Arnie!

      • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

        Though I'm sure a better system can be built, the ALPS system for filtering/decontaminating water at Daiichi has been an utter failure. At perfect conditions, it can only filter about half of the nuclides from the water, the rest stays. ALPS is a very expensive system, and hasn't even come close to operation, let alone peak efficiency.

        So the idea of filtering the water on the barges is out until a tested and proven system can be developed.

        Further, no water must ever be pumped into the ocean, filtered or not. That type of thinking just perpetuates the mentality that got the world into this situation. The Earth is not humanities dumping ground. The plants and animals of the planet are not here for humanities whims. We are supposed to be symbiotic. The fact alone that anyone would consider dumping anything into the trench off the coastline shows poor judgement and lack of understanding.

        All contaminated water–every last drop–must be brough INLAND and managed thoroughly and appropriately. Hey, if it takes five thousand acres of tanks to hold F-Daiichi's contaminated water for 100K years, then so be it. Then, and only then, will the people wake up and realize what they have done. Then we will see change.

        If you dump this water in the ocean, there will be no evidence of what has happened. The perpetrators will go free. Over time, billions-not millions-of people will die from this. Humanity: Face the consequences or seal your fate.

        • 21stCentury 21stCentury


          Do you know how much uranium & thorium was put into seawater by Mother Nature ??

          please take a moment and read this…

          the ocean's estimated 4.5 billion tons of uranium. Although dissolved uranium exists in concentrations of just 3.2 parts per billion, the sheer volume means there would be enough to "safely store the entire world inventory of radcrap, if properly mineralized into chemically stable vitrified compounds"
          [my quotes]

          since the beginning of time, all life on earth has evolved in balance with a really scary amount of naturally occurring radioisotopes

, I'm not in favor of sloppy ocean dumping, I'm a fisherman and own waterfront oyster clam kelp-beds holothurian stichopus aquaculture, and demo'd the original method of geoduck clam aquaculture.

          The uranium mining industry knows how to extract the radwaste out of Fukuradwater..
          the technology is getting better every week..

          A crash program building a bunch of bigger breakwaters outside the small existing one at Fuku is extremely important.

          The ocean is more resilient than you think, it's not HolyWater.

          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            A nature's solution or is it only a part of the coming Nuclear Radiation Contamination plague..

            Some people think fungus/fungi are the cause of cancer..

            So lets see cancer was like 1% in 1930 and it's now 50%+ in the year 2012 and what is the cause?

            The newest form of technology found on this planet is Nuclear Technology!

            Most of the people living in Japan today and now those downwind/downstream will die from Cancer too!

            More fungus! Bring me More Fungus for everybody.. including Bobby!

            • flatsville

              You sound positively gleeful that you believe nearly everyone will die of cancer.

              Glad you're enjoying yourself.

              And while the good doctor's bobby's blog post on fungus may be worthwhile reading, your endorsement of it as doomporn just makes it appear to be junk to those who may come here for serious info

              • unincredulous unincredulous

                There were useful bits of info in the link, and I just read it for a few glancing moments so far.

                Useful: In the aftermath of cesium radiation release, you must be careful to avoid burning oak tree bark.

                Practical use: Peel your oak bark from your firewood to prevent radiation injuries. You must do so without creating any dust, or inhaling any at all. I think Obewanspeaks is just basking in the total absurdity of his environment.

                This is your brain.
                Photo: Egg
                This is your brain on drugs.
                Photo: Egg frying
                This is you brain on cataclysmic extinction level event:
                Photo: Obewanspeaks.

                Give the guy a break. The Japanese said be happy, already!

          • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

            21st: I'm aware of the huge amounts of naturally occuring radioactive elements on the planet, but thanks for the interesting link, though I wouldn't ever support the idea it presents…If there is 3.2 ppb of naturally occuring uranium in the oceans, then good, so be it….leave it there. These companies are again looking at the natural resources of the Earth as things to be exploited for personal gains. As long as we keep this mentality, we will not succeed. Imagine how much water you have to "skim" through their "filters" in order to accumulate the quantities of uranium they are talking about in the article. That's a lot of water to be squeezing through a fine mesh. There are billions of living organisms in a teaspoon of rich compost…and similar with ocean water.

            If the technology is so good and getting better all the time for extracting radwastes from Fuku-like water, then that's all the more reason for every last drop to be stored inland on TEPCO owned property if necessary until it is all made pure and drinkable by infants according to pre 1800AD standards. I don't believe the technology is that good. If it is, then what are we all fussing about?

            I do support your mention of multiple breakwaters. They need many, and they need to be very large. The one they have is barely still there (the tsunami destroyed it).

            And yes, the ocean is resilient, but again, that is no excuse for admonishable behaviors.

            • 21stCentury 21stCentury

              MoonlightEmpire: We don't have time to argue over which end of the egg to crack first..
              OK fine, if you want to be stubborn about not one drop in the ocean, you can go ahead and begin your upland campaign.
              Yeah, your plan is a better plan if we had 5 more years to fiddlefuk with it you might get your project completed..

              I have fought a few fires in my time, forest fires, house fires, vehicle fires, shipyard fires in drydocks, vessel fires at sea in a storm, and large industrial foundry fires..

              TEPCO failed in their upland campaign, their collection of tanks are too heavy for the ground support on that hillside parkinglot.

              Any kind of upland water project is riddled with nearly as much risks of spillage into the ocean as just putting it on good solid inspected double hulled chemical tanker ships guarded by the Navy.

              Putting it on tankerships could be done in a week..
              ..I have my doubts the spent fuel pools will last another week…
              each minute that goes by without another damaging event is a miracle in this ongoing mess.

              TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

              it's not a perfect world, we all survive by making snap decisions when the chips are down

              • unincredulous unincredulous

                "Putting it on tankerships could be done in a week.."

                That would ruin the whole plan — fiddling while the world is burning.

          • m a x l i

            @21stCentury, you are comparing apples to bananas.

            How much caesium, strontium, plutonium and of all the numerous other highly active and poisonous reactor fission, transmutation and decay products was put into seawater by Mother Nature? Or better – how much of it has Father Time left behind after some billion years?

          • scottyji scottyji

            @ 21stcentury =

            Au contraire mon frere! The oceans ARE 'Holy Water' and here's why per National Geographic =

            "Source of Half Earth's Oxygen Gets Little Credit…Phytoplankton are at the base of what scientists refer to as oceanic biological productivity, the ability of a water body to support life such as plants, fish, and wildlife


    • davidh7426 davidh7426

      Solution 1 – Your talking about building a 'coffer dam', I'm sure TEPCO have a good reason for not building one, but for the life of me I can't figure out what it would be.

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        Cofferdam IS being constructed right now, David. Which is good news. They call it the "Impermeable Wall".
        The bad news is that they are building it only half way around Reactors1-4.
        The bad news is that as they build it, groundwater backs up behind the wall, and begins to flood the buildings.
        (Perhaps they should have started building this wall behind and uphill from Reactors1-4, then worked on the harborside part last.)

        • davidh7426 davidh7426

          So it's a dam, not a coffer-dam. They truly are insane…

          I don't know who the engineering genius is who suggested this 'cock-up' but would someone please take him out behind one of the reactors and knock some sense into him, preferable with something large and blunt.

    • We Not They Finally

      PhilipUpNorth, you are obviously a smart guy, but why be so Johnny-One-Note about impermeable walls? The one they built already CATACLYSMICALLY FAILED!!!The water goes UNDER the wall to the sea. It is also about to go OVER the wall. And what the wall held back has hyper-saturated the land to the point that what is left of the complex will all fall down.

      Impermeable Wall is not good news, Philip! It is BAD news! It is VERY bad news! Please stop pushing it!

  • Yea, but it will cost lots and lots of money do all of this..

    There is no money.

    They barely have enough $$ for used metal/plastic tanks, duct tape and baling wire as it is.

    Who wants to dump money into a black hole.

    It is much easier and cheaper to ignore it, deny it is happening, and walk away from it.

    Plus very profitable, because as people get sick, the medical side of the nuclear industry makes $$$$ mucho mucho…

    • Good idea by the way…

      Then tunnel underneath and seal off from below.

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        "Seal off from below." Great idea. You could use the Frozen Wall technology to seal off the reactors from below. Drill, using a slantwise drilling machine, and freeze the ground underneath the reactors, perhaps put a horizontal frozen wall at the very bottom of the Impermeable Wall. Freeze the corium, too, if any remains within reach.

        • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

          Repost from The Blue Light, who recommends using epoxy to create the hirizontal barrier at the bottom of the Impermeable Wall:

          "October 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm · Reply
          "Hi Anne, hope you are well.
          "I didn't explain it too well. We can steer the cutting head on a drilling rig to drill in the horizontal. As for the epoxy barrier when the oil companies do frakking they pump in fluid, at pressure, to fracture the rock. In this case the fluid is epoxy, we pump it in and then leave it to set, job done. you then move forward ten feet or so and do it again until you have gone 'all around the houses' so to speak. If you want a thicker barrier then you just drill ten feet further down. Think concrete but held together with epoxy instead of cement.
          "As for finding the cores, seismic mapping has been used for finding ancient ruins, water, oil, gas, ore bodies etc. for decades, you could also use thermal terrain mapping. Its not down some mile deep hole there is nowhere near enough energy in the, once melted now solid, coriums to do that. If they did, the whole building would have fallen in after it by now. Speaking as a physicist who's specialism was criticality my bet would be that the coriums are 15 feet under the containment, +/- 5 feet and +/- 10 feet north, east, south or west. Sadly we wont find out for some time. Perhaps we could start a pool on its where abouts.
          "Good night all."
          Many thanks, The Blue Light. 🙂

        • 21stCentury 21stCentury

          @PhilipUpNorth.. watch this viddy – click on pic..

          The best way to build your solid concrete wall cofferdam is to use 2-parallel ice-walls to be the cement forms. You will run into time delays if you try to use traditional hardware cement forms.

          The best way to supply sustained refrigeration over a long period of time is to use the icewalls for LNG-regasification.
          Fuku1 is an ideal location to rapidly develop into a LNG import and powerplant facility.

          #1-a priority is drain the onshore tanks into barges&ships for treatment and deep drilled injection disposal. Pressurewashed but still contaminated solid materials can be carefully planted in discrete piles in the bottom of Japan Trench, then covered & backfilled with electronic monitor fiberoptic telemetry.

          #1-b priority is build another outer breakwater-seawall adding another ring of water-dam offshore. Keep building seawalls building an outer harbor.

          HDD-drilling can install Flexsteel pipe in a grid-work floor underneath the reactors. Flexsteel standard-pipe is earthquakeproof down to -100F subzero cold. Modified HDPE copolymer-resin can make it shatterproof down to -260F LNG-cryogenic service.

          Flexible insulated cryopipe is easy to use too…

  • Might as well dump all of the reactors down in the Trench too, while we are at it, plus all of the stuff from the SFP's. Just get a big sky crane helicopter or big fleet of them, lift the whole mess up and dump into the trench. Basta, done.

    Bottom line, this is ILLEGAL, per international agreements.

    Sorry no can do on this dumping radioactive water in the trench idea either.

    The nuke industry has been dumping stuff in the ocean for decades..

  • flatsville

    Kong-Rey update anyone?

    On mobile device which often stink for map abd tracking purposes.

  • jackassrig

    Don't talk to loud or the teachers of crap at MIT will hear you.

  • ftlt

    I'm having trouble calling this the worst disaster..

    Think the first successful test at White Sands of the bomb may have it… Given to what it lead to….

    Meanwhile, we are off to bomb a country for using chemical weapons (both sides are – the Turks busted rebels transporting it into Syria too – there are reports of rebel forces using it in country)… Great!!! Let Freedom Ring – Bhaa Humbug!!! Phsst!!

    The Empire/s are behind this FUFU disaster; they supply horrible weapons worldwide for conflict (refuse to sign limitation agreements for them (thermobarics, cluster munitions, mines, etc.); they protect the nuclear industry top to bottom; they are plundering the earth for quick profits regardless of the damage done to the earth and life on it and on and on…

    FUFU is just a poster child for what these arch criminal mass murderers are on about!!!

    JUST SAY NO TO NEOLIBERALISM.. It is everywhere you turn…

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Plutonium is being released continuously into the air, water, and oceans, from this nuclear disaster. Your kids lungs are at stake.

    • Oooo contrar… mi amon.

      TEPCO says in the official report with link above, that NO PLUTONIUM was released or detected.

      They are the experts and we must BELIEVE.

    • truthseek truthseek

      No dammit, we are going to get happy and smile a lot and the radiation cannot hurt us… Pass the bong please. They must be stoned and immune to the forces, it escapes them because the are .h.a.p.p.y.

    • Gasser Gasser

      The control rods from Fukushima

      Tall and Zirconium clad young and MOX deadly,

      the control rod's from Dieichie goes emitting 

      And when she passes,
      each one she passes goes

When she emitting,
      she's like Godzilla that swings so hot
      and sways so Plutoniumly

      That when she passes,
      each one she passes goes

      (Ooholy shit)
      But I watch her so sadly,
      how can I tell her I hate her

      No I would not give my heart gladly,

But each day, when she leaks to the sea

      She floods straight ahead, at you and me

      Tall, and brittle,
      and dangerous, and deadly,
      the control rod's from Fukushmia goes radiating

And when she radiates,
      I cry – but TEPCO doesn't see
      doesn't see…….

      They just don't see,
      they never see,……

      Repeat and die slowly


  • Sickputer

    We know this much…Fukushima Daiichi's six reactors and the Common Spent Fuel Pond contains millions of pounds of nuclear fuel, including pure plutonium in the French MOX fuel rods and the massive amounts of plutonium created over 40 years of operation . Some has flown the coop. An enormous amount remains in buildings and the ground around the island and probably all of it is going to be beyond human efforts to get it contained. At best they might with a 10 trillion dollar effort stop the ocean releases. Maybe.

    Looking long-term the other nuclear plants in Japan hold new horrors just like so many in America, Russia. France, UK, China, India, and dozens more wannabes who fell prey to the allure of "electricity too cheap to measure".

    For example:

    "As of the end of 2011, Japan had a stockpile of about 44 tons of separated plutonium: nine tons in Japan and 35 tons in France and the UK…. Japan could,in a decade or so, be the owner of about 100 tons of separated plutonium. Today, the total global stockpile of separated civilian plutonium is about 250 tons. Including weapons
    plutonium, about 70 tons of which has been declared excess, raises the total to about 500 tons.

    SP: The mad scientists will kill us all.

  • How Dangerous Is 400-6000 Pounds Of Plutonium Nano Particle Dust Liberated By Fukushima? Via @AGreenRoad

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    A scientist estimates that FDNPP lost 40% of its load.

    Using his figure, I calculated the full load for Reactors1-3 to be 690PBq of Cs-137. Since Containments1-3 were breached, And since Corium1-3 may sit under the reactor buildings in the ground, I suggest that it is accurate to say that there has been a 100% loss of the reactor cores of Reactors1-3, putting emissions from the plant at 690PBq Cs-137.

    Of course, this scientist gives no estimate for the amount of Plutonium and other nuclides that blew up with Reactors1-3.
    Nor, did the scientist guess at what burning spent fuel pools contributed to the emmissions.
    Anyone care to attempt a calculation for total emissions of Fuku to date?

    And, it ain't "over" yet, folks.
    Biggest nuclear accident in history? Yoooooooou betcha! 😉

    • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

      So far, every last microgram of fuel on the entire site (all reactors, sfps, common sfp, dry cask, water storage, and all contaminated equipment) will be liberated into the air, water, and soil. How many PBq would that be?

      As of this moment–the year 2 P.F. (Post-Fukushima)–there is nothing stopping this.

      There is no such thing as unemployment.

    • Grampybone Grampybone

      The total release is whatever happens to 3 melted cores and all the surrounding nuclear facilities. When the hydrogen builds up in the bottom of containment is a matter of how long, not weather or not it happens. Then you ask, "will the plant be clear of all other radioactive material of it explodes again?". If it has a critical mass under containment due to concentration can it be controlled? The total 276 Quadrillion number relating to 1 isotope is just a sample of a isotope soup that emits upwards of 25mSv at the plant. The instruments go wild frequently. They wont give data on the entirety of a full core melt for isotopes they refuse to admit were in the reactor in the first place. It's a MOX reactor with minimal containment. Disgusting fail regulation.

  • Fukushima will not be referred to as the biggest disaster in history until quadruple meltdown(s) occur and continuously spew radioactive contamination into the atmosphere and sea for more than 2 1/2 years.

    Only then, maybe, will Fukushima be referred to as the largest catastrophic global event ever. [sarc]

  • ftlt

    1111111# Much of this recent press reminds me of the typical distraction stories whenever the Empire's forces are ready to strike…

    It is always the same…one way or another..

    This whole things just didn't happen …

    Nothing is really different now than it was a almost years ago now…

    This story will be pushed under the rug as soon as the war starts…

    22222222### Also, if the radiation plume is surrounding Hawaii now as reported ..

    Why are we not at the very getting independent reports about it ???…

    Is the radiation in the plume not as bad as suggested on here or are the reports of it being censored???

    What gives with the lack of noise and outrage from Hawaii??

  • Mack Mack

    On March 13, 2011, FOIA documents already show Fukushima was worse than Chernobyl.

    See the Chart on page 3: