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Fukushima Workers Discover Deadly Spike in Radiation
Posted on Sep 1, 2013
Workers at the Fukushima nuclear power disaster site have made an uncomfortable discovery: radiation levels 18 times higher than anticipated at the bottom of a holding tank. The levels are high enough to kill a person within four hours.
So far, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), the private firm that operates the shuttered and shattered facility, says the compound hasn’t leaked from the storage tank. But a similar tank already leaked 300 tons of contaminated water, most likely into the Pacific Ocean, and other radiation flows continue through groundwater seepage.
Most troubling: Tepco says it doesn’t know why that radiation spike occurred, an admission not likely to engender much confidence in the firm, already under fire for misstatements, incomplete reports and a general sense that it is ill-equipped to control the persistent problems that began when a tsunami blasted through the site in March 2011.
Judging by this report in The Guardian, being a site worker at Fukushima has to be one of the most dangerous jobs around:
The new radiation spike was measured at 1,800 millisieverts an hour—36 times the annual exposure Japanese regulators says workers can endure.
And lower levels of radiation continue to seep into the sea as the world’s second-worst nuclear disaster—after Chernobyl—continues unabated.
—Posted by Scott Martelle.
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