Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Slow Motion Death

BRT has talked often about the Fukushima disaster, an ongoing ecological and nuclear trainwreck that now dwarfs Chernobyl as the worst nuclear reactor accident in history.  What's worse is the fact radioactive levels at the destroyed facility are now at their highest since 2011.

Highest radiation reading since 3/11 detected at Fukushima No. 1 reactor

The radiation level in the containment vessel of reactor 2 at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant has reached a maximum of 530 sieverts per hour, the highest since the triple core meltdown in March 2011, Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. said.

Tepco said on Thursday that the blazing radiation reading was taken near the entrance to the space just below the pressure vessel, which contains the reactor core.

The high figure indicates that some of the melted fuel that escaped the pressure vessel is nearby.

At 530 sieverts, a person could die from even brief exposure, highlighting the difficulties ahead as the government and Tepco grope their way toward dismantling all three reactors crippled by the March 2011 disaster.

It gets better.

Highest Radiation Level At Fukushima Now Dwarfs That At Chernobyl

The highest radiation levels ever measured at Chernobyl were 300 sieverts per hour … an incomprehensibly high dose which can kill a man almost instantly.

To put this in perspective, radiation is usually measured in thousandths of a sievert, called millisieverts. For example, most people receive around 2.4 millisieverts per year from background radiation, or only 0.0002739726 per hour.

But a radiation level of 530 sieverts per hour has just been measured at Fukushima’s number 2 reactor.

This new record at Fukushima is 70% higher than that of Chernobyl. (The highest level previously measured at Fukushima was 73 sieverts per hour, in March 2012.)

& better still.

#2 – Besides the fact that researchers are predicting a Marine (E.L.E.) Extinction Level Event for the Pacific Ecosystem … Alaskan fishermen have not caught a single sardine for the last 2 years … just another bad year … because they’re being told that radiation is not an issue … no worse than a banana Ken Buesseler of Woods Hole is telling them. [However researchers like Dana Durnford have spent the last 8 months monitoring the Canadian Coast line from Vancouver Island to Alaska and can find only a couple dozen or so of the 6500 species he is used to seeing in his 20+ years as a diver …. “it’s not dying … it’s been dead for a couple years now … there’s no sign of resurgence this year … and you can put all the organic matter along the coast in the back of a pickup truck, no sign of insects, and just a handful of birds. We’re down to 1% of 1% … I’m finding no pockets of life. The Orcas have stopped singing because none of their babies survived the year. 

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