Following The Earlier TEPCO Reporting Flap, Here Is A Simple Way To Resolve The True Radioactivity At Reactor 2

Tyler Durden's picture

Here is a simple way to clear up the flap over the earlier "false" reporting on whether or not TEPCO screwed up by releasing the figure of 1 sievert of radiation as emanating from the water pool at Reactor 2. From the IAEA: "As previously reported, three workers at the Fukushima Daiichi
nuclear power plant were exposed on 24 March to elevated levels of
radiation. The IAEA has received additional information on the incident
from the Japanese authorities. For two of the three workers, significant skin contamination over
their legs was confirmed. The Japanese authorities have stated that
during medical examinations carried out at the National Institute of
Radiological Sciences in the Chiba Prefecture, the level of local
exposure to the workers’ legs was estimated to be between 2 and 6
While the patients did not require medical treatment, doctors decided to
keep them in hospital and monitor their progress over coming days." All that needs to be disclosed now is how long these workers were in the contaminated water for. If it was between 2 and 6 hours, and the cumulative exposure was 2 - 6 sieverts, it would be rather consistent with the reported record exposure of 1 sievert/hour. If it was shorter, and the upper estimate is correct, the exposure could be as high as 6 sieverts/hour, a figure, based on the prior methodology, about 60 million times higher than permitted.

And another tidbit that all the naysayers may have missed: per AP, while attempting to refute the earlier emissions reading,"officials acknowledged there was radioactive water in all four of the
Fukushima Dai-ichi complex's most troubled reactors, and that airborne
radiation in Unit 2 measured 1,000 millisieverts per hour, four times
the limit deemed safe by the government.
" The revised reading is now only 100,000 times normal, so it is safe for everyone to get back in the pool. So let's see: the radioactivity in the water may not be 1 sievert/hour, but even per the amended release, the airborne radioactivity is 1 sievert.h-1? And this is supposed to be an improvement? Luckily, for now the winds are still blowing mostly away from the land. However, per meteorological forecasts, this will soon change. What happens when radiation in Tokyo spikes once again on Monday morning and how much longer can citizens in the capital exist based purely on the vagaries of wind direction?

Lastly, we can't wait for NISA to refute its own findings, as reported in the Japan Times:

Radiation readings Saturday surpassed 1,000 millisieverts per hour on the surface of a puddle in the basement of the turbine building in reactor No. 2, according to data released Sunday by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.

"The level of radiation is greater than 1,000 millisieverts. It is certain that it comes from atomic fission," NISA's Hidehiko Nishiyama told a news conference in the morning. "But we are not sure how it came from the reactor."

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Bullfrog's picture

There is no truth available anymore.  It is more precious than gold, even at $1400/oz

richard in norway's picture

that reminds me of the dwaves in terry prattchetts the fifth elephant

What does it all mean's picture

I don't know what is worse, that it is only supposedly 100,000 times above the limit or that they still don't know?

The truth is that there is no known way to get rid of these waste permanently, even under pristine conditions.  So, right now, we are really at the frontier of the human understanding for Nuclear sciences.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

As far as I can see with their revision their issue was 10 million times. This could be the difference conversion between micro and millisieverts thus the 100,000 but still putting off about 1 siviert in any case.

kaiserhoff's picture

Early in the debate about nuclear waste, there were those who wanted to put it in rockets, and fire it into the sun.  It's not easy to argue with genius like that;)

RichardP's picture

Good solution, if you can be certain that the rocket won't break apart at any point within earth's gravitational pull.  Don't think I want to take that chance.

Jim in MN's picture

Kind of like waste trains to a central repository; after a while the odds stack up against you.  Thousands of trains....

WaterWings's picture

They only allude to the truth: dead people don't need medical attention. 

Raincheck's picture

Where's trav777 with the latest "Actual" news?

trav7777's picture

right here...u want my autograph?

SayTabserb's picture

Speaking of truth, is it safe to say at this point that Operation Extension Cord pulled a male connection to a nonexistent female receptacle? Just checking in. This all seems to have gotten lost somehow in the general confusion. Judging from the photos of Reactors 1-4 (and especially 3&4), it never looked like there was anything left to connect to (or: to which to connect, now that we're conducting English usage classes here). TEPCO keeps talking about "cooling" the reactors, but you know, is it just going to be the garden hose for the next few months until the melting slag allows for a proper burial?

Savings and Loan Bailout's picture

I apologize about jumping the thread, but I feel that there is something glaring here.  Am I missing something here?  Doesn't 1,000 millisieverts = 1 sievert?  If they changed the press release to go from 1 sievert to 1,000 millisieverts, are we not talking about the exact same measurement?

Forgive my ignorance, if I am wrong.

Matte_Black's picture

1000 millis = 1

ergo: you are correct.

Sudden Debt's picture

So you mean it's a 1000 times less bad?


Matte_Black's picture

I though you were joking at first. lol... then I realized how you could get that idea. The answer is no.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Zero Hedge does the heavy lifting that no other media/academic/professional source bothers with/cares about/is honest about....

....yet again.

scatterbrains's picture

I think gold at 6k has a bit more truthyness to it myself.

bob_dabolina's picture

Any minute now trav will be over here to take a dump and smell up the place.

tmosley's picture

He'd be in agreement with the "doomsayers" if the place was run by black people.  Guaranteed.

bob_dabolina's picture


In the other thread I think one of his postings got so many junks it got deleted.

I've never see that before.


chumbawamba's picture

It used to happen all the time when the expurgation threshold was much lower than it is now (I believe it was 20 junks and you're out).

I am Chumbawamba.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture


I believe that back when you and I were both little infant ZHer's playing in the soon to be radioactive pools of water here on ZH that the junk threshold for a comment to be dumped and entombed in concrete was 10, then raised to 20, then 50 in rapid succession when Israel went full retard and attacked unarmed relief boats on the high seas.

Of course I reserve the right to be wrong at any time without prior notice. :>)

chumbawamba's picture

I don't understand why there even is a junk button since it doesn't generate page views.

I am Chumbawamba.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Tyler's experiment in anonymous credibility I suspect. A way for people to express their outrage at outrageous behaviour? Sadly it has devolved into just another method to disagree with an alternative view.

Ah, the good old days on Zero Hedge when junks were a very rare commodity and nearly everyone, including the unregistered, respected the venue.

slewie the pi-rat's picture

trav is awesum!  i'm wondering if maybe when he got up from passing out on the floor, he junked himself 50-60 times and maybe e'd the "abuse" address, here, too, begging for mercy!

abuse [ at ] zerohedge [ dot ] org - Abuse / Infringement Issues


slewie the pi-rat's picture

once, in my early daze @ ZH, while hallucinating extraordinaly, i thought i made a whole page disappear!  later, when i could feel my hands, again, i re-checked, and i was right! 

Bicycle Repairman's picture

"Ah, the good old days on Zero Hedge when junks were a very rare commodity and nearly everyone, including the unregistered, respected the venue."

The price for going big time?  Here come the ho-dads!

reading's picture

Too many logical facts here for him.


Ethics Gradient's picture

I suspect he may have been moderated.

Judge Judy Scheinlok's picture

Suicide is sometimes the best option.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I don't think so. His ID still reads as active. I suspect he left his bat cave and went down to Lowe's to sharpen his rapier wit. Unfortunately the salesman couldn't find anything to sharpen.

trav7777's picture

Glad to see that you were all waiting in suspense for me to show up.

I'm usually fashionably late...and because I am far cooler and more glamorous than you, the party doesn't start till I get here.

No wonder this thread had so few comments.

Fret not, my admirers, I have arrived!

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

We await as one who waits for the black death to arrive.

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Yeah, whatever.  Nuclear power is dead.

malikai's picture

Are you volunteering to turn the lights off?

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Just speculating on the reaction world-wide, if Tokyo gets evacuated or empties voluntarily.

Threeggg's picture

No !  He is busy doing RADNET queries like I told him too. !

By the way, if anyone else would like to do RADNET queries (past readings history) the link is below. Pay special attention to Wichita KS on the 25th of March 2011.

Here is the one that popped out at me. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fixed Monitor Location: KS: WICHITA
Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/25/2011 08:06:52 PM
Measurement End Date/Time: 03/25/2011 09:07:00 PM
Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 447
Gamma Energy Range 2 Gross(CPM): 1862
Gamma Energy Range 3 Gross(CPM): 1117
Gamma Energy Range 4 Gross(CPM): 330
Gamma Energy Range 5 Gross(CPM): 177
Gamma Energy Range 6 Gross(CPM): 113
Gamma Energy Range 7 Gross(CPM): 142
Gamma Energy Range 8 Gross(CPM): 95
Gamma Energy Range 9 Gross(CPM): 33
Gamma Energy Range 10 Gross(CPM): 49

ColonelCooper's picture

It is time to start correlating high/low pressure and precipitation with the Beta readings.  Where I live, they have gone up noticeably on the two times it rained.

seek's picture

The rain absorbs radioactive gasses created in the high atmosphere via cosmic rays (it's where carbon-14 comes from, for example.)

I noticed the same thing on the radiation monitors I have sitting next to me, and actually went so far as to collect rainwater and test it directly. So without knowing the energy profiles it's impossible to say with any certainty if it's from the fallout, it can be from naturally occuring isotopes.

Now, non-rain readings are a different matter. I've seen two peaks, both on Saturday over the past two weeks. Undetectable without doing mathematical analysis, but better than million-to-one odds against them happening naturally. Other folks with similar equipment on the west coast are seeing much stronger levels, though far below anything dangerous.

ColonelCooper's picture

Thanks for the input.  Would the levels elevate to multiples of "normal" atmospheric?  I was referring to levels of beta in 3-400 CPM range.

seek's picture

Low multiples, yes, but 300-400 CPM would likely be radioactive particulates of some type. Could be Japan or native (there are spots in here in Arizona where you can see that level from dust, though it's not common.) 300-400 CPM for a typical counter is actually pretty hot, around 2.5 uSv, or about 16X background. Unless it's a pancake-type geiger tube, in which case those counts wouldn't be too wierd (and would be close to background but you'd have background counts that are pretty high as well.)

If it's Japan fallout, though, you should be seeing an increase in background levels without rain as well, regardless of counter tube type.

ColonelCooper's picture

Thanks again.  The highest of the numbers came from the RadNet (EPA) Site.  My own geiger readings were in line with what the EPA #'s reported, ie.. midway between the reading to the West and East of me.  The only days they have been elevated above the baseline have been when it rained. 

malikai's picture

I've been monitoring gamma. I've not noticed any deviations from norm here in London.

We get between 5-20uSv/h here. The highest I've seen since last Sunday has been 18uSv/h.

Larry Darrell's picture

You mean all of the radioactive Xenon is not staying safely in the upper atmosphere until it's 5.5 day half life exhausts?  It comes down in the rain?


RichardP's picture

Rain doesn't come from the upper atmosphere.

chumbawamba's picture

You know, I was playing around with the radiation monitoring map the other day and noticed readings that, from my limited study, indicated elevated levels of radiation being detected.  Not anything serious but some readings were in the hundreds.  I don't think I saw any as high as 447, though.

This is starting to get alarming.

I am Chumbawamba.

trav7777's picture

Any minute now trav will be over here to take a dump and smell up the place

No, bob, don't worry, I am not going to crack your or tmosely's head open

slewie the pi-rat's picture

trav, i can see from yer post below that even 7777 has not cracked tyler's "Sunday Koan and Conundrum" offering.  or anyone else, unless i missed a post or three.

tyler, you shitheaded asswipe, you've done it, again!  awesum, dude or dudette, whoever is publishing "behind the T.D. mask", today.

uhhh,.....please consider that that the radiation emanating FROM the water may not be the same as the radiation IN the water. 

any questions?  prob'ly not, eh?