Highest Radiation Level Ever, Lethal In 20 Minutes, Recorded Outside Fukushima Reactor

Tyler Durden's picture

With all the excitement about Japan's soaring stock market (if plunging wages), crashing non-digital currency (leading to soaring energy prices), recent passage of an arbitrary secrecy bill ("Designed by Kafka & Inspired By Hitler"), and ongoing territorial spat with China, it is almost as if the Abe administration is desperately doing everything in its power, including some of the most ridiculous decisions taken by a government in recent history, to hide some key development behind the scenes. Such as this one perhaps: NHK reported today that TEPCO said radiation levels are extremely high in an area near a ventilation pipe at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. TEPCO found radiation of 25 sieverts an hour on a duct, which connects reactor buildings and the 120-meter-tall ventilation pipe.

Putting this number in context the estimated radiation level is the highest ever detected outside reactor buildings. People exposed to this level of radiation would die within 20 minutes.

The exhaust pipe in question was used to release radioactive gases following the outbreak of the accident 2 years ago.

TEPCO says radioactive substances could remain inside the pipes. Given TEPCO's safety record, they could also leak outside of the pipes. And given the company's "credibility" the world would be sure to learn about this... anywhere between 2 and 3 years after the fact.

In the meantime, we urge Japan to follow the bouncing, and so pleasantly distracting, Topix and Nikkei 225 balls, while sticking its head in the glow in the dark sand and completely ignore the radioactive monster in the closet.

From NHK:


... Which reminds us: on Thursday the following headline hit the Bloomberg tape:


We are sure it is nothing, and the NRC is telling the truth.

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JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

All is well.  Resume consumption drones.

fonestar's picture

Oy vey!  I don't know what good Bitcoin will do me if things actually look like Half Life 3?

Suisse's picture

I wish Half Life 3 would actually come out, Half Life 2 came out in 2004.

knukles's picture

Oh, it's harmless and quite useful for lighting the Olympic Torch.

Somehow this seems odd, this recurring Japan and radiation thingamabobajig.. almost Biblical

kaiserhoff's picture

Funny, I always thought the same thing about godzilla.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I keep waiting for those two tiny Japanese girls who live in a box to appear.  Once they show up, we'll know it's gone full retard.

SilverCoinLover's picture

Mothra! Mothra! Save us from Fukushima!

LetThemEatRand's picture

I hear they called the smog monster for a helping tenticle, but he was tied up in Shanghai.  

Harbanger's picture

Let me know next time you're tied up and need a helping tenticle, Lola.

kaiserhoff's picture

Going on three years, and they don't even have a fucking plan for Fuck U shiva.

  But I have to admit, the ice wall was a real hoot.

  So where are all the smartest guys in the room on this???

DaddyO's picture

They got sidetracked with BTC...

Real problems in the world pale in comparison to keeping things tuned specifically to all things economic.

Where is the US MSM on this catastrophe?

If I didn't read ZH, I wouldn't know Fukashima from sushimi.


Not Too Important's picture

"If I didn't read ZH, I wouldn't know Fukashima from sushimi."



The best there is. You're welcome.

mjcOH1's picture

"But I have to admit, the ice wall was a real hoot.

So where are all the smartest guys in the room on this???"

They were smart enough to leave the room.

markmotive's picture

The Fukushima recovery attempt could destroy the world. Think about that for a second.

Now go back to eating iPads.

Risk and Fukushima: David Suzuki on the Terrifying Scenario


Dr. No's picture

Confucious say, man who not concerned with halflife, not going to life full life.

knukles's picture

The smartest guys in the room now have part time greeter jobs at Wal-Mart.

GetZeeGold's picture



Help wanted.....pays 1 million per 20 minutes. After that overtime....as much as you can hack.



BaBaBouy's picture

I Now Have PTSD From The Tsunami Of Mainstream Media Coverage Of Mandela...

I Had To Smash My 3 TV sets...
So Im Immune To This New Radiation Newz...

Element's picture

You mean this guy?


PS: read the comments in it


PS#2: here's another just for a laugh, not suzuki related, per-sec, but this is how these guys roll.

matrix2012's picture

Watts Up With That? The world's most viewed site on global warming and climate change


WUWT - Watts Up With That is an authoritative climate site to refer to sieve the bogus global warming and climate change issues from the real concerns.


For instance, check this one:

New film puts Al Gore’s ‘climate reality’ nonsense about climate and carbon tax into perspective | Watts Up With That?



Jim in MN's picture

At the global and US level, it's basically a horrifying corrupt scandal.  There are responsible agencies like the IAEA, WHO and NRC telling bald faced lies which even a casual effort can disprove, while the press does exactly nothing.  Naturally Obama and Co. (a Goldman branch) are fully aware.  Its 'uncool' to get curious, even mildly, about regulatory capture, bribery, or simple malfeasance.

In essence, the health and biological sciences communities, AKA the actual sciencey experty people,  say there is no safe level of exposure and that is why health limits are so low.  Meanwhile the NRC and others, despite the facts and the science, maintain that as long as they can identify ONE standard that MIGHT not be violated based on some other flack's lowball exposure estimate, there cannot be any danger to the public, nor any questions or concern.   I mean, think about it.  It would be insane if it wasn't so flat out greedheaded and evil.


For instance, here is the US EPA's basic radiation information page: http://www.epa.gov/radiation/understand/

It says the following:

Ionizing Radiation

Higher frequency ultraviolet radiation begins to have enough energy to break chemical bonds. X-ray and gamma ray radiation, which are at the upper end of magnetic radiation, have very high frequencies (in the range of 100 billion billion Hertz) and very short wavelengths of about 1 picometer (1 trillionth of a meter). Radiation in this range has extremely high energy. It has enough energy to strip off electrons or, in the case of very high-energy radiation, break up the nucleus of atoms.

Ionization is the process in which a charged portion of a molecule (usually an electron) is given enough energy to break away from the atom. This process results in the formation of two charged particles or ions: the molecule with a net positive charge and the free electron with a negative charge.

Each ionization releases approximately 33 electron volts (eV) of energy. Material surrounding the atom absorbs the energy. Compared to other types of radiation that may be absorbed, ionizing radiation deposits a large amount of energy into a small area. In fact, the 33 eV from one ionization is more than enough energy to disrupt the chemical bond between two carbon atoms. All ionizing radiation is capable, directly or indirectly, of removing electrons from most molecules.

There are three main kinds of ionizing radiation:

DaddyO's picture

Maybe I shoulda added the /s tag.

I do read other blogs and alt news sites, but your point is taken and thanks for thinking of me.


Cassiopia2011's picture

Thanks for the links. Very austute.

Itch's picture

"  So where are all the smartest guys in the room on this???"

you just mised them, they left 20 minutes ago.


RafterManFMJ's picture

Ultra Man could whip this Fukashima problem in no time!

Go get it, Ultra Man!! What?! What are you doing rolling around on the ground?! Dammit now your chest indicator light is blinking! QUICK, get closer to the Sun - fly, you fool, FLY!

putaipan's picture

three freaking years! all this joking about superheroes, godzilla and smartest guys in the room... i said to myself right when it happened "where are the robots and guys in space suits?". three years later and they're still not here, no talk of r+d, and g.e. and tepco are still profitting.! and branson is sending justin beiber into space. this shit is fucked up. gives a whole different perspective to meher baba's off handed comment that in his next incarnation he would be a scientist in japan. we're talking 700-1400 years from now.

disabledvet's picture

one guy. Arnie Gunderson. That's it. "and they (Japan and Arnie) reach out to the world and hear nothing." Arnie shouldn't have to be raising money...you need to HIRE that guy! we do do this...our Government. This is an expertise we have...how are we doing? Can we do it better? How can we make this work vis a vis Fukushima? No? "he's a whistleblower"? really? how does that change the "nuclear meltdown problem"? i thought this was why we had the internet? i know that's why i love it...i get to "meet Arnie" and others and see what's actually going on with the world. where is everyone else? how come we're not working with the Russians or vice versa on this? everyone "seeking advantage" relative to the situation? really? at some point "the crickets stop chirping" as well in my view. here's the "pro dump into Ocean" http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/09/04/solving-the-fukushima... and the argument against: http://enenews.com/gundersen-they-want-to-dump-all-fukushimas-radioactiv... i found the supertanker solution interesting actually. far easier just to release it...although simply releasing it into the Ocean at the surface level according to the pro-dumpers is "total insanity." that would probably kill off all the sea life in that region for a thousand years. i did note the phrase "Japanese fishermen balk at such a strategy." wow...really? ya think? "hey, ma...i'm moving to West Japan."

acetinker's picture

Hey Rand, was starting to worry.  Hadn't seen you around for a few days.  Some of us bust yer balls now and then- that doesn't mean we don't care... we do.

ZH Snob's picture

you really have to wonder what in the world Japan ever did to deserve all this.

BLOTTO's picture

Maybe the BP Oil Spill will dilute the radiation from Fukushima...?

The Heart's picture

"Maybe the BP Oil Spill will dilute the radiation from Fukushima...?"

From very very snowy regions...howdy hey Blotto.

And maybe...the seas turn into a hell fire like no one has ever seen.

No mas sea life to eat AT ALL!~

Keyser's picture

We are well on the way to killing the oceans. Dead zones, overfishing, areas of zero plankton, radiation in the Pacific, etc... It's only a matter of time... 


El Tuco's picture

What an apathetic race the Japanese are. It will be their undoing.


merizobeach's picture

What an apathetic [species] the [humans generally] are. It will be [everyone's] undoing.

Bananamerican's picture

i think the operative deadly sin for Japan is not Sloth, but Pride,....which goeth before their (& potentially "our") fall

matrix2012's picture

"you really have to wonder what in the world Japan ever did to deserve all this."


Good question! Just come down to Asia and ask the Asians (East & SEA), in particular those rather old generations, what kind of attrocities the Japanese had inflicted upon them and/or their parents and/or grandparents from around 1930s till the end of World War II. In Korea's case, the ordeal is much longer.

CuttingEdge's picture

You want surreal? What's the betting in a year or two (when reality actually dawns on the majority that this shit is real) Apple will bring out the "iGeig" - your own personal monitor of all that lovely radiation supplied FOC from Japan via the Pacific food chain. Makes phone calls and takes pictures as well...


Tapeworm's picture

There are several apps for Apple and Android OS's that will use a Geiger tube or other radiation detectors.

Stackers's picture

There is no such thing as safe radiation. Exposure is cumulative.

Harbanger's picture

Radiation exposure? You can pop your own popcorn with the radiation eminating from your cell phones, search it.  There's no excuse for ignorance in the information age.

TeamDepends's picture

And they laugh at us Luddites.  TeamDepends still uses a land-line, dig it!

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

"Radiation exposure? You can pop your own popcorn with the radiation eminating from your cell phones, search it.  There's no excuse for ignorance in the information age."


Once you ingest or inhale radioactive particles you no longer have any defense against it like your skin or clothing.

Asshole. Go spread your disinfo elsewhere.

Harbanger's picture

I'm a little slow, redo the point you're trying to make.

Artifice's picture

"I'm a little slow".


That explains it.

matrix2012's picture

"I'm a little slow, redo the point you're trying to make."


"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt" - Abraham Lincoln


"Even a fish can escape being caught, if it keeps its mouth shut." - Confucius

TeamDepends's picture

Now you've gone and hurt our feelings.

Boop's picture

I'm hoping that Harbanger is being facetious.  The video(s) he's referring to, those of popcorn popping with cell phones, are hoaxes or jokes.

Also, Cell phone radiation is low-power non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, which is a horse of an entirely different color than the ionizing radiation being emitted from Fukushima.  That ionizing shit'll kill ya.

Harbanger's picture

I'm not COMPARING cell phone radiation exposure to Fukushima radiation, Boop.  But don't deny that cell phones placed together don't emit enough energy to pop popcorn and slow cook your melon.  Use your head!


LetThemEatRand's picture

Marketing to gullbile sheep.  It works.  Now back to Rush with you to learn more of your truths.

"The videos are a viral marketing campaign by Cardo, the maker of Bluetooth headsets, as my colleague David Pogue wrote in this post last week. The campaign has clearly caused alarm; several readers of the Well blog have recently submitted links to the videos as evidence that cellphones are a health hazard. Since fessing up to the campaign, Cardo has added its name to the videos."  



Harbanger's picture

Once the cell phones started ringing, the video makers dropped popped kernels into the center of the table, between the phones. They later digitally removed the unpopped kernels you see early in the video, thereby creating the illusion that your cell phone can double as a Jiffy Pop.

Brilliant editing! except there are too many amatuer videos showing the same experiment.  Try it Lola.