Mixed thoughts about this post. The Fukushima disaster is probably the most serious current public health threat in the world. Yet to discuss this publicly appears to be almost futile. The danger exists, who can doubt that? The control and eventual elimination of the danger is above the ability of the Japanese, possibly anyone, to achieve. An above ground ‘canopy’ capable of shielding radiation is apparently being constructed, but will it shield radiation that normally requires lead or thick steel or even thicker concrete to absorb the radiation? It will prevent particle release into the atmosphere but not actual radiation, I suggest.
Then there is the radiation leakage below ground level, full-on meltdown radiation contaminating the sea and underground water table.
That is the physical situation, confounded by the authorities covering up information from the public. Allowing the public to be subjected to dangerous radiation by failure to release data and/or raising “official” safe radiation levels to con the public that they are safe. This occurs because there is no method of controlling the situation and “face must be saved”.
” fatally high radiation levels” actually require another parameter as damage amount to life is time related – a certain level exposure for a certain time can be termed fatal. Perhaps they mean so extreme that a second of exposure is fatal. However, the general picture is formed.
- Asahi: High radiation means delays in decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi – 30-year roadmap will likely now have to be revised (enenews.com)
- Radiation blowback: 10 times lethal level registered at Fukushima (rt.com)
- Prison Planet.com ” Fear Of Radiation Treated as “Psychiatric Disorder” In Fukushima (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
–Tuesday’s examination with an industrial endoscope detected radiation levels up to 10 times the fatal dose inside the chamber.27 Mar 2012 One of Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and hardly any water to cool the No. 2 reactor, according to an internal examination Tuesday that renews doubts about the plant’s stability. Plant officials previously said more than half of melted fuel has breached the core and dropped to the floor of the primary containment vessel, some of it splashing against the wall or the floor. Particles from melted fuel have probably sent radiation levels up to dangerously high 70 sieverts per hour inside the container, said Junichi Matsumoto, spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co.