For months, Tepco and Japanese officials refused to admit that there had been any meltdowns at Fukushima.
Then they said there were meltdowns at reactors 1, 2 and 3 … but they might have only been partial meltdowns.
Finally, today, they admitted the obvious: there were total meltdowns at all 3 reactors. As CNN reports:
Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant experienced full meltdowns at three reactors in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami in March, the country’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters said Monday.
The nuclear group’s new evaluation, released Monday, goes further than previous statements in describing the extent of the damage caused by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
Reactors 1, 2 and 3 experienced a full meltdown, it said.
As the Japan Times reports today, the Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has “more than doubled its estimate of the radioactive material ejected into the air in the early days of the Fukushima nuclear crisis”.
Japan Times also notes that plutonium has been found in soil outside of the nuclear complex – about 1.7 kilometers from the front gate of Fukushima. However, the plutonium probably came from the so-called “hydrogen explosions”, which hopefully won’t happen again. (However, nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen believes that at least some of the explosions were caused by nuclear reactions in the fuel pools.)
And it’s not just the reactors themselves.
Remember that – when the spent fuel rods stored onsite within the reactor buildings are included – the amount of radioactive fuel at Fukushima dwarfs Chernobyl.
What does this mean?
More confirmation that lies are told by big companies.
The seriousness of the radiation levels has been, and probably still is being, understated or under estimated, or both.
Solutions to stopping radiation into the air, sea and underground are not yet forthcoming.
The level and extent of the danger, not only to the Japanese people and their livelihoods, but to the rest of the world, is almost beyond assessment because there are too many variables and unknowns. Not only that, but the human element of covering up unsavory facts from the public is well established.
It suffices to say that the situation is of international importance, and is very grim. There is also the factor that this catastrophe has huge implications on the whole nuclear power industry situation, one because of the now-known dangers rather than the claimed safety of NPP’s, two, because the future of nuclear energy as a viable power source is no longer a straight-forward issue, if it ever was that.
Read the whole report here.
- Japan Finally Admits TOTAL Meltdown at 3 Nuclear Reactors Within Hours of Earthquake … And More Than DOUBLES Estimate of Radiation Released After Accident (ritholtz.com)
- 3 nuclear reactors melted down after quake, Japan confirms (cnn.com)
- You: Probe poised to take Tepco to task (search.japantimes.co.jp)
- U.S. raises concern about nuclear disaster plans (cnn.com)
- What will Japan learn from the Fukushima meltdowns? (search.japantimes.co.jp)
- Japanese Retirees Ready to Risk Fukushima Front Line (scientificamerican.com)
- Radiation level extremely high in Fukushima (rt.com)