Japan Gov’t says radiation is escaping from containment vessels that are not “totally” destroyed

Published: April 12th, 2011 at 11:23 am ET


Japan ups Fukushima nuke crisis severity to 7, same as Chernobyl, Kyodo, April 12, 2011:

… The plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. offered an apology to the public for being still unable to stop the radiation leakage, pointing to the possibility that the total emission of radioactive substances could eventually surpass that of the Chernobyl incident. …

”Even though some amount of radiation keeps leaking from reactors and their containment vessels, they are not totally destroyed and are functioning,” [Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for Japan’s nuclear agency] said. …

Read the report here.

Published: April 12th, 2011 at 11:23 am ET


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21 comments to Japan Gov’t says radiation is escaping from containment vessels that are not “totally” destroyed

  • Noah

    (NaturalNews) The battle to save the Fukushima nuclear power plant now appears lost as the radioactive core from Reactor No. 2 has melted through the containment vessel and dropped into the concrete basement of the reactor structure.

  • radegan

    Can’t you speak Japanese?

    “The containment vessel’s function has been somewhat compromised.”

  • I guess we should blame the Russians for not setting the Bar on RADIATION poisoning HIGH ENOUGH. SO SORRY SO SORRY YOU HAVE GOOD DAY JOE Visit our website for info.

  • Moco

    Let’s party. Not totally destroyed! Woo hoo, bring out the bubbly! Woo hoo, Ican’t help myself.
    I ain’t no nuke expert, but a meltdown is once a breach, with no cooling of breached materials and with no access to materials is a fission reaction, uncontained.

    Something like a meltdown, but not as bad?

    The airplane that crashed was not totally destroyed, they salvaged some seats and a wing.

  • xdrfox

    I hear the news here MS and they say the New Level 7 does not mean that things have gotten worse !

    That would sujest what most of us here have known for some time, It was always at this Level 7 x4+ !

  • Glowing potato

    The Titanic was not totally destroyed when it sank. Just a hole in the bottom.

  • Well couldn’t we just have one of them Fondues thing s for now

  • Yes, indeed, the release of radioactivity from the six defective reactors will take months to staunch, mainly by wasting people’s lives in the effort to put a concrete sarcophagus around each.
    What radioactivity has escaped since the beginning and unti then (if they ever manage to seal it off tightly enough at all!!!) will stay with the Japanese and to a lesser extent the rest of the world measurably for THOUSANDS of years, causing birth defects and cancer.
    You may also be interested in how to treat radioactively contaminated drinking water:
    Maybe someone wants to help with Japanese and other languages?

  • http://energheia.bambooz.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=164%3Aradioactive-strontium-detected-outside-30km-zone&catid=1%3Alatest-news&Itemid=50&lang=it

    Radioactive strontium detected outside 30km zone

    The ministry has been monitoring the level of radioactive substances in soil and weeds in Fukushima Prefecture. It found 3.3 to 32 becquerels of strontium 90 per kilogram of soil in samples taken from 3 locations in Namie Town and Iitate Village, 30 kilometers from the plant. An extremely small amount of strontium was also found in plants taken from Motomiya City, Ono Town and Otama and Nishigo Villages. The areas are 40 to 80 kilometers from the Fukushima plant. Strontium 90 has a half-life of 29 years. It tends to accumulate in bones and could cause cancer.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    When a person says for example half of 29 years, it doesn’t mean 14 and a half years.

    It means, you don’t want to know how many more years that it will be around.

    I found this online, I didn’t write this.

    13 March 2011

    “Plutonium’s half life is 24,000 years. anything released in Fukushima today could be around at dangerous levels for up to half a million years.”
    Jeffrey Kluger:

    There are four kinds of isotopes that are likeliest to be emitted by the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant, as well as the other three that have been taken offline: iodine-131, cesium-137, strontium-90 and plutonium-239. Iodine-131 is, in many ways, the most dangerous of the four, because it can lead to cancer — specifically thyroid cancer — in people exposed to it in the shortest time.
    Epidemiologists estimate that there were 6,000 to 7,000 cases of thyroid cancer that never would have occurred as a result of the 1986 Chernobyl explosion in Russia. Most of the victims were people who were children at the time of their exposure and developed the disease later.

    Strontium and cesium are the next up the danger scale. While iodine tends to concentrate its damage to the thyroid, those two are not nearly so selective. “Strontium is chemically similar to calcium,” says Dr. Ira Helfand, a board member for Physicians for Social Responsibility. “So it gets incorporated into bones and teeth and can stay there, irradiating the body, for a long time.” Strontium is most commonly linked to leukemia.

    Cesium works in other ways, behaving more like potassium when it’s inside the body — which means it circulates everywhere and can contaminate anything. Cesium doesn’t linger as long as strontium does — it gets excreted in urine over the course of months or years — but that’s more than long enough to cause cancer of the liver, kidneys, pancreas and more. “Basically all of the solid tumors,” says Helfand.

    More troubling, cesium and strontium linger not just in the body, but in the environment. Strontium has a half-life of 29 years; cesium’s is 30. A radioactive isotope is generally considered dangerous for 10 to 20 times its half life, which in these cases tops out at “about 600 years”.

    Most worrisome of all is plutonium-239 — for a number of reasons. First of all, the vast majority of a fuel rod is made of plutonium, which means there’s just more of it in play. What’s more, says Helfand, “It’s extraordinarily toxic.”

    Plutonium exposure usually comes from inhalation rather than ingestion, so it’s mostly associated with lung cancer. What’s more, plutonium’s half life is 24,000 years, which means anything released in Fukushima today could be around at dangerous levels for up to half of a “Million Years”.

    “Wherever it is that a power plant is leaking radiation, you want to be somewhere else — preferably a very distant somewhere else.”

  • robertsgt40

    Gee, I wonder why there is no “severity 8”? BTW, the seafood in the Gulf of Mexico is safe to eat.