NHK ‘Inside Fukushima’: Highest radiation on tour found between Pacific Ocean and Reactor 3 — 1,370 microsieverts per hour (VIDEO)

Published: February 2nd, 2013 at 10:35 am ET


Title: Nuclear Watch: Inside Fukushima
Source: NHK
Date: Feb. 1 2013

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Published: February 2nd, 2013 at 10:35 am ET


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25 comments to NHK ‘Inside Fukushima’: Highest radiation on tour found between Pacific Ocean and Reactor 3 — 1,370 microsieverts per hour (VIDEO)

  • lam335 lam335

    The spent fuel will be removed by 2021.

    The melted corium will be removed by 2036.

    The decommissioning will be "completed" by 2051.

    • norbu norbu

      Geez, I feel so much better now.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      None of us will be, by 2021.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      What decommissioning? There are three out of control nuclear fires, multiple melted SFP's, and they are running out of space to store highly radioactive water in highly fragile metal tanks… thousands of them so far.. only a couple of years down the road.

      What happens next year, when they run out of room?

      SO much for the 'plan'…

      Also, what happens when SFP #4 falls over with the next big one?

  • pcjensen

    mox building …

  • This news report actually says a lot.

    A couple of things I got from this were:

    1. They cannot enter certain critical areas and will not be able to for a long time to come.

    2. It will take longer to dismantle this mess than was ever imagined.

    3. 1,370 microsieverts per hour. Exposure for more than 1 hour and you would be hurtin' for certain. (That's a lot of x-rays.)

    4. Wearing a business suit will protect you just as good as the plastic coveralls.

    However, the things it leaves out should not be forgotten either.

    Some things like:

    1. How many will suffer from this and for how long?

    2. What will the damage to food supplies over time be like?

    3. Exactly where and how is the contamination to be 'disposed' of?

    4. What will the true costs be?

    5. What about the 'factor' of ongoing accumulation and spreading of contamination?


  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Decommissioned by 2050 (if everything goes right) which can't be guaranteed. What we do know, and can count on, is that nuclear reactors are insanely dangerous.

  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    The key part of this feature was well couched in the 'investigation'/info. The possibility of the decon. project from finishing depends on 2 elements:

    1. Enough skilled workers available to finish the job all through 2051.

    2. Development and utilization of robots that can enter high radioactivity zones in order to operate where human workers cannot….probably for hundreds of years.

    I think its been evidenced that Tepco is already have serious problem fulfilling the required worker numbers for THIS year – and its only 1-2 year after the accident. Forget about 2051, we're talking about conscription here as the only viable option.

    And second, the robots to do this job probably will not ever exist, and work and progress will be quite slow at best. There is no reasonable evidence to assume robots can be relied upon to successfully work on highly radioactive plants.

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      The damned Japanese and their robots. They need robots that can stand a radiation dose that currently kills ALL electrical cicuits. They have sent them into the buildings already, just to have them get their electrical systems fried and then die in place.

      • many moons

        They need to build a better robot….I don't know why they haven't gathered up DNA from the plant life in the area that has surrived the high level radiation and introduce that into the robot DNA, thus creating a robot that can withstand high level radiation…really simple if you give it some thought.

  • amberlight amberlight

    In the meantime, between now and 2051, more and more crumbling nuclear facilities will experience irreparable damage… and that's even if there ISN'T a major EMP that could shut down all cooling apparatus & backup.

    This reporter is reeling off everything that has to be done at Fuku as if it were no more complicated a matter than planning a wedding. In fact, having been in the event video business, I know brides who put more thought and organizing into their wedding plans than IneptCo ever did for handling a nuclear emergency.

    The motto of nuclear engineers, power companies and regulatory agencies worldwide: "What could possibly go wrong?"

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Fukushima #4; Global Life Extinction Event If It Collapses; via A Green Road Blog

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    The announcer also said it was not in stable condition, which is different from what they said before… They used to say FUKU was in cold shutdown…

    Are they getting more real?

    Is Fukushima really in cold shutdown? via A Green Road Blog

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Who wants to bet that the wind is blowing in the direction of the highest radiation readings?

    This is excellent PROOF that FukU is still blowing out radiation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    This is also proof of underground coriums 'puffing' radiation from underground…

  • Fuku shared pool fire… Feb 2, 2013… 17:00 hrs JST.
    Will be avail by some-time tomorrow in my photo bucket!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Want to see why?
    It's the direction of the off-shore winds.

    PS.Unit 4..not too pretty.

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      ..add MOX.

    • or-well

      Nice early-on photo. No roof structure at all to be seen on #1, but #4 doesn't appear to have blown yet (across from the Common Spent Fuel facility). Shows the cut down cliff well too.
      I'm surprised #1 looks so "cold" smoke-emission-wise.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I still seem to detect a separate plume..on the east side of 4..
    outside but adjacent..maybe pipes?
    I maybe incorrect.

    • or-well

      Yes, #4 looks to be emitting it's own lesser smoke plume.

      I wonder if that plume is from the top of the vent tower. If so, that might explain the wispy smoke to the west, just in front of the cliff, maybe caught by an air current eddy.

      Then it all got worse…