Workers found with over 600 millisieverts of radiation after being in control rooms of Reactors No. 3 and 4 — Only tested them for iodine and cesium

Published: June 11th, 2011 at 10:31 am ET


Fukushima workers’ exposure tops 650mSV, NHK, June 10, 2011:

[…] The National Institute of Radiological Sciences conducted 2 more rounds of detailed tests to measure the amount of radioactive iodine and cesium the 2 men could have inhaled.

After analyzing the men’s work shifts since the March 11th disaster, the Institute concluded that the man in his 30s was exposed to 678 millisieverts, and the man in his 40s, 643 millisieverts. Internal exposure accounted for more than 80 percent of the figures.

The 2 men were on duty in the central control rooms of reactors No.3 and No.4. […]

Published: June 11th, 2011 at 10:31 am ET


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50 comments to Workers found with over 600 millisieverts of radiation after being in control rooms of Reactors No. 3 and 4 — Only tested them for iodine and cesium

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    OT but very important – Airing June 11th through 13th ONLY:
    The Great Cancer Hoax: The Brilliant Cure the FDA Tried Their Best to Shut Down
    (full length movie)

  • radegan

    In the control room, not the reactor room.

  • maaa

    And how long were they in the control room? Why isn’t it made public?

  • CaliMom

    What happened to the article about Tokyo tapwater being unsafe fOr infants?? It was just here a few minutes ago, but now it’s gone and nowhere on the search engine?

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      I just searched for it on HP and can’t find it. I post any new links I see here, there. Dang…

      • CaliMom

        Seriously, the article stated that Tokyo residents were instructing parents not to give any tapwater to their infants, as the iodine level exceeded maximum health standards. It was amidst the other top articles that are there now. Very strange. This is all so surreal to me. If the government would just come out and say that this is all beyond anything that we can fix, and now we just have to wait and see how it all pans out, I think it would be taken better than continuously being lied to. The cover-up here is outrageous. It makes me sick to my stomach.

    • risabee risabee

      I ran several searches on this. YMMV, but there seems to have been a blog flurry (and not much of one at that) recently on this, but pointing to an AP article (quoted in NYT and elsewhere) from March 23, since scrubbed or moved to archives (which aren’t turning up in search) from most sources. It may be our admin noticed it is old news (assuming my information is correct). Articles about the water being “safer now” have a later date and appear to reference the earlier warning. I don’t believe them, given the level of radiation in the sludge.

      • CaliMom

        No, this article was from this morning, and clearly stated that Tokyo parents were told not to give their infants tapwater, as it had exceeded safe levels of radioactive iodine. I read through it quickly this morning, and then after scanning through a few other articles, I went to reference it for my husband, and it was no longer there. Very curious. I also read the article on the posting by majia (just below this one), and that article is a different one than the one I read. To quote Alice in Wonderland, ‘This keeps getting curiouser and curiouser’.

    • Here is an old article on contaminated Tokyo tap water

      “Elevated radiation levels have been detected in crops grown near the plant as well as the water supply in Tokyo, 220 kilometers (138 miles) to the south, and other regions. This has triggered bulk-buying of bottled water at supermarkets that have been forced to restrict purchases.” 3/28

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Frenchman who left Japan awhile back updates on the 9th
    fukushima update-too much radioactiv­e water

  • J.F. Sebastian

    Anyone thinking of visiting Hawaii for summer vacation? You won’t be able to find recent radiation readings on the net anymore.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Why are “they” doing this?!?! Is this their way of ethnic cleansing? Nothing makes sense anymore. NOTHING. How can “they” be immune?!?! Are they all taking this drug, not available to US?!!?
      This is how conspiracy theories come about. You act against your people, we have no other choice but the THINK THE WORST of you, Gov Officials.

      • SteveMT

        If the government knows these “theories” exist and they do nothing to dispel them, what does that tell you?

        It tell me that these “theories” are real until proven otherwise. Some are no longer theories, but have been proven correct.

        The Lusitania did have ammunition aboard.
        The Gulf of Tonkin Incident never happened.
        Oswald was not lone gunman in the JFK assassination
        No WMDs were found in Iraq
        bin Laden was not just assassinated
        Obama is not a naturally born citizen
        FEMA Camps are being built for us
        The government does not follow the Constitution

        The government wants us dead by junk food, smoking, alcohol, de-conditioning, wars, and now radiation.

        They have their places already secured in the bunkers, ready and waiting. We do not. Until proven otherwise, the government is not here to help us. We are expendable liabilities. Disprove that please, bro.

        • Whoopie Whoopie

          SPOT ON comment. You state everything just the way I feel about it. We are being killed purposely, methodically while the country of SHEEPLE SLEEP. Give ’em Wiener, give ’em Palin’s emails…but DONT GIVE THEM THE TRUTH.

          • SteveMT

            Yup, Whoopie. They give the sheeple a series of distractions and when all else fails and not even a Wiener or the NBA championships will work, there is always the terrorism- or war-card to play.

            This justifiable paranoia is of some comfort, except it makes for more paranoia that also has to be justified at some future date.

      • fuckyoushima


        megadoses of melatonin should do the trick.

        it has antioxidatnt 5th order metabolites…

        it is ubiquitously permeable.

        and this drug is for external radiation much more so than internal emittors unless you want to take it for life.

        sanity is soon to be lost on our blue spacehip.

        ‘prepare, survive, prevail.’ -gerald celente

      • SteveMT

        Is the Radiation Network providing anything of value in your opinion?

        The reason the I ask is below.

        Update: 3/20/11, 11:30 A.M.
        bullet Relevance and Perspective – While most visitors to the Radiation Network are generally glad to find any actual radiation count data in the US, some have questioned the relevance of the data provided. After all, there is just a handful of Monitoring Stations, we have no breakdown of Alpha, Beta, and Gamma radiation, and no information on Iodine, Cesium, and Plutonium contaminants, and no easy way from the site to discern potential trends in rising radiation levels (the latter item is a fair point which I discuss separately below). Furthermore, while other sources indicated that radiation had reached California, this network doesn’t seem to have detected that! These criticisms are all true.

        • Novamind

          I believe that readings are modified before internet post. Now there are no readings from middle California to Seattle. Portland Oregon readings come and go, off now. Also If you go to the Alaska view you can see Washington state on bottom right I have seen these numbers differ from continental 48 states view. I sampled an average of 80 readings a day for a week you notice a pattern when you do this. Average was 32.3 CPM for Portland Oregon.

        • risabee risabee

          Because EPA only currently shows stuff that is far out of date (especially for Hawaii, it seems) and is extraordinarily hard to use (compare USFS forest fire maps, which are very good)…

          … I do look at Radiation Network, bearing in mind the huge number of caveats the site owner has listed in the “messages” link:
          1) It’s a volunteer effort
          2) There are different kinds of Geiger counters which yield a variety of results –calibration undo-able
          3) results can be skewed by the altitude where you are
          4) the software to participate costs money and is a barrier to wider participation, and that’s if you can FIND a Geiger counter
          5) most of the results come from air sampling, some units are indoors, some out, none of them yielding information on surface buildup.

          Given the strikes against them, RN strikes me as the only sincere source out there with any reach. If the Northwest counters showed a burst of activity with counts of over 100, I’d give even stronger consideration to relocating than I do now. As always, YMM very much V.

          “Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise. –J.R.R. Tolkien”

          • SteveMT

            Thanks risabee. The best thing you said was that the RN is a voluntary effort, not organized/centralized/easily corruptible.

      • BlackRain

        Thank You, Bob Hardin, from Alaska.

    • CaliMom

      My neighbors just left for Hawaii this morning for their anniversary. I didn’t have the heart to tell them what’s going on. :((((

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        Oh man. That must have been hard not to tell them. So sad…this is going to end up killing us all, slowly but very PAINFULLY. It’s sick.

    • BlackRain

      HAWAII HAMMERED? 6/11/11

      Early yesterday morning, at about 3:00 A.M. local time, one of our new Monitoring Stations in Hawaii broadcast a Radiation Alert over the network, reaching a sustained level of over 100 CPM (Counts per Minute) for a period of about 15 minutes, peaking as high as 141 CPM at one point. The readings then subsided to normal background levels of about 37 CPM for that station, but within less than 2 hours, trended quickly up again to over 100 CPM for another 5 minutes or so.

  • Darth

    Friday, June 10, 2011
    #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 3 Bldg Radiation Measurement

    as released by TEPCO at the press conference on June 10.

    9 workers (5 TEPCO employees, 4 from TEPCO affiliate companies) entered the reactor building to do measurements and inspections in order to prepare for the nitrogen injection into the Containment Vessel. They spent about 30 minutes, surveying about half the floor, getting exposed to 5.88 to 7.98 millisieverts of radiation for their work.

    96 millisieverts/hour radiation at the staircase going down to the basement

    • radegan

      When I look at exterior photos of Reactor #3, I barely see how this story is possible. That building is missing the top two floors and everything that was on them. Most of that mass fell straight down, making a mess out of everything below. The basement of the building is flooded. So at best, this excursion was as far as anyone could go into this wreck, about a quarter the way around the torus and only on one floor. And as for the radiation readings – TEPCO has modified almost all announced readings at a later date. Buyer beware.

  • m3ow

    Why does it look like unit 3 or 4 is collapsed in the live cam..
    i know its dark… but something looks different to me, maybe its just me.. Anyone confirm?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    There seems to be an increase in activity in 3 …I think they look a little “slumpier” too.

  • sssilviaaa sssilviaaa

    Documentary on Fukushima accident on NHK

  • norbu norbu

    It looks like there is something different. lots of smoke and steam? buildings melting?

  • Jaskal

    Nice sky on the cam now.

  • Arizonan Arizonan

    35% Increase in Infant Mortality in Some NW US Cities in Ten Weeks After Fukushima:

  • StillJill StillJill

    Can someone find me the link to those HOT dandilion leaves from three days ago or so? I went back to the hot particles thread,…and cannot find it.

  • StillJill StillJill

    Yes,..Thank you risabee! 🙂