There has been little recent information in the news about the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant run by TEPCO in Japan. A quietness that seemed ominous, even if it was somewhat over-shadowed by other events.
This is a bit ironic, given that nuclear radiation is positively a real and frightening reality.
The information offered below highlights four aspects:
1. The radiation emissions are high level and extremely dangerous.
2. Much important information has been kept from the public. It should be a criminal offence to withhold health-related information from the public.
3. TEPCO and whoever are assisting, are really struggling to cope. A world-wide catastrophic event is in progress and is not being successfully contained.
4. Nuclear power plants ARE dangerous, potentially in all cases, demonstrably in others. The pro-nuclear industry can not be trusted to be honest. (Not that they are alone in that category!).
From ‘World Nuclear News‘:
Investigations at unit 1 at Fukushima Daiichi suggest that most of the fuel in the reactor core melted and dropped to the bottom of the reactor vessel in the early stages of the accident. Work has started on installing a structure to cover the damaged reactor building.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said that following the installation and calibration of two new water level gauges, water level readings suggest that most of the fuel in unit 1 had earlier melted and fallen to the bottom of the reactor vessel, where it has solidified and been kept adequately cooled. The company said that most of this core melt probably occurred within 16 hours after the unit automatically shutdown when the earthquake struck on 11 March.
Further relevant information from asahi.com:
The radioactivity level inside the reactor building is very high, with a reading of up to 2,000 millisieverts per hour, an extreme danger to workers. That reading was taken May 13 at a site near a pipe leading to the pressure vessel at the southeastern part of the ground floor of the No. 1 reactor building.
The reading was the highest so far of the checks of radiation in the air conducted after the accident.
TEPCO must look for points where the radiation level is low in the building so that technicians can stay long enough to install pipes.
It also needs to work out a way to deter the flow of the highly contaminated water in the basement into the ocean.
And from Chris Marterson:
Well, it now turns out that much of my worst fears and about Fukushima have been confirmed with the news that TEPCO has finally admitted that reactor #1 has experienced a meltdown event that may have breached the primary containment vessel. Further, truly alarming levels of radiation are now being reported in and around Tokyo.
His article linked here. A site with a wealth of relevant information.