TEPCO Admits Fukushima Radiation Levels Reach Record Highs As Hole In Reactor Discovered

TEPCO Admits Fukushima Radiation Levels Reach Record Highs As Hole In Reactor Discovered by Tyler Durden

TDC Note – We labeled Fukushima an ELE (extinction level event) in March 2011 when it first happened. The initial reports that appeared, world wide, were horrifying to say the least. This one image, from just a few days after the reactor blew material into the atmosphere really tells the tale. We have used this image in more of the reports we have posted than any other image. We have done so for the fact that it shows the, without question, the devastation to our world. When the reactor blew the only truth to come from TEPCO regarding this whole situation was it would take 20 years to develop the technology to deal with this properly.  In fewer than 60 days we will cross the threshold of 6 years since that fateful day. Our world becomes sicker by the day.

If you look at the various colors, representing a variety of radioactive contamination, anyone that doubts this is not an ELE should consider looking at this image a minute or two longer. That vast area covered in radiation is the Pacific Ocean which is connected to all the other oceans around the world. This radioactive stream has continued to flow – not at this level,but none the less continued – for the 6 years. Last year I estimated that approximately 75 million gallons (conservatively) of radioactive waste water had been dumped into the Pacific Ocean.

The world has stood idly by as this situation has festered. Very little reporting, of which we have covered as much as we have been able to find, has been hampered by the Japanese government putting into place an assortment of choke-holds that would allow actual reporting to take place. It has been swept under the rug and fox-hole prayers have gone unanswered. Now, the problem moves to the next level. The only question remaining at this point is – when will the world finally realize just how bad this situation truly is and it has almost nothing to do with Japan and everything to do the entire planet.

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With just 3 years left until the 2020 Olympics, Japan is likely desperate to reassure the world’s athletes that all is well, but an admission from TEPCO – the Fukushima nuclear plant operator – that they discovered a hole at least one square meter in size beneath the reactor’s pressure vessel, and lethal record-high radiation levels have been detected, will not likely reassure anyone.

Radiation levels of up to 530 Sieverts per hour were detected inside an inactive Reactor 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex damaged during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami catastrophe, Japanese media reported on Thursday citing the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). A dose of about 8 Sieverts is considered incurable and fatal.

As RT reports, a hole of no less than one square meter in size has also been discovered beneath the reactor’s pressure vessel, TEPCO said. According to researchers, the apparent opening in the metal grating of one of three reactors that had melted down in 2011, is believed to be have been caused by melted nuclear fuel that fell through the vessel.

The iron scaffolding has a melting point of 1500 degrees, TEPCO said, explaining that there is a possibility the fuel debris has fallen onto it and burnt the hole. Such fuel debris have been discovered on equipment at the bottom of the pressure vessel just above the hole, it added.

 

The latest findings were released after a recent camera probe inside the reactor, TEPCO said. Using a remote-controlled camera fitted on a long pipe, scientists managed to get images of hard-to-reach places where residual nuclear material remained. The substance there is so toxic that even specially-made robots designed to probe the underwater depths beneath the power plant have previously crumbled and shut down.

 

However, TEPCO still plans to launch further more detailed assessments at the damaged nuclear facility with the help of self-propelled robots.

TEPCO confirmed a black lump in the space beneath the pressure vessel. There is a possibility of nuclear fuel melting down (fuel debris). If it is fuel debris, it will be the first time that fuel melted down will be taken after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

Source ZeroHedge

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