Radiation Expert: Huge Quantities of Radiation Are Still Being Released from Fukushima ... And Radiation Levels In Some Parts of Tokyo Are Higher than In the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Huge Quantities of Radiation Are Still Being Released By Fukushima
Radiation expert Dr. Chris Busby says that huge quantities of radiation - 1013 or 10 trillion becquerels per hour - are still being released from Fukushima.
This is down slightly from some of the radiation levels observed in March, which - as I noted in April - exceeded levels pumped out at Chernobyl during the week-long fire.
Very High Radiation Levels Found in Tokyo
Busby brought sophisticated radiation testing equipment to Japan, and says that the radiation from one sample from Tokyo was higher than existed inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
Report: Workers Say Ground Under Fukushima Plant Is Cracking and Radioactive Steam Is Being Released
According to wide-spread but unsubstantiated rumors, Fukushima workers say that the ground under the plant has cracked, and radioactive steam is being released from the cracks:
We'll update this post with confirming or debunking information as it develops.
I noted in May that that International Atomic Energy Agency knew within weeks of the Japanese earthquake that the reactors had melted down ... but the public was not told for a month and a half.
I pointed out in June:
As the prestigious scientific journal Nature notes:The attempted cover up of the severity of the Fukushima disaster is nothing new. Governments have been covering up nuclear meltdowns for 50 years, and the basic design for nuclear reactors was not chosen for safety, but because it worked on Navy submarines ... and produced plutonium for the military.
Shortly after a massive tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on 11 March, an unmanned monitoring station on the outskirts of Takasaki, Japan, logged a rise in radiation levels. Within 72 hours, scientists had analysed samples taken from the air and transmitted their analysis to Vienna, Austria — the headquarters of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), an international body set up to monitor nuclear weapons tests.It was just the start of a flood of data collected about the accident by the CTBTO's global network of 63 radiation monitoring stations. In the following weeks, the data were shared with governments around the world, but not with academics or the public.
(Indeed, the government's response to every crisis appears to be to try to cover it up; and see this.)
The subject of evacuating the US citizens was raised in the early hours on March 16 (local time). The US ... already knew about the unusually high temperature of the reactors from the Global Hawk data, and determined that “the fuel has already melted”.
The US high-ranking officials wanted to evacuate the US citizens [Tokyo] but the local officials including Maher objected, as “it would severely undermine the US-Japan alliance”
(The Global Hawk is an unmanned aerial aircraft).