Fukushima has been receiving a lot of attention in the news recently especially outside of Japan so thought it would be worth posting this news article on PM Shinzo Abe allegedly threatening a “ten year prison term for any journalists who disclose the truth about Fukushima”. Truth? Who has the monopoly on that rare commodity? The LDP did passed a law in 2014 that gives the Japanese government authority to put in prison any journalist for reporting on security and intelligence but opponents have continuously claimed it will be used to crack down on political dissent. Reporting on the truth about what is going on in Fukushima could be consistent with this security law passed in 2015.
This comes recently after a hole was discovered in the bottom of reactor Unit 2 leaking more radioactive contamination than previously realized. TEPCO’s most recent reporting measured radiation levels of 530 sieverts an hour (10 will kill you dead fairly quickly) and has discovered a 2-meter hole in the grating beneath the reactor pressure vessel (1 meter-square hole found in grating). About a week ago one of the cleaning robots had to be removed from inside the reactor because its camera was destroyed by the high levels of radiation.
Reporters Face 10 Years In Jail If They Mention Fukushima ‘Conspiracies’
February 17, 2017
Amid the worsening crisis at Unit 2 in the Fukushima Daichi reactor complex, where “unimaginable” levels of radiation are being pumped into the ocean which scientists warn pose a cancer risk to million of Japanese citizens, the government has ordered a complete media blackout on all reports about the dangers this poses to public health.
The radiation measurement was 530 sieverts, or 53,000 rems (Roentgen Equivalent for Man). The dose at which half an exposed population would die is 250 to 500 rems, so this is a massive measurement. It is quite likely had the robot been able to penetrate deeper into the inner cavern containing the molten corium, the measurement would have been much greater.
These facts illustrate why it will be almost impossible to “decommission” units 1, 2 and 3 as no human could ever be exposed to such extreme radiation. This fact means that Fukushima Daichi will remain a diabolical blot upon Japan and the world for the rest of time, sitting as it does on active earthquake zones.
What the photos taken by the robot did reveal was that some of the structural supports of Unit 2 have been damaged. It is also true that all four buildings were structurally damaged by the original earthquake some five years ago and by the subsequent hydrogen explosions so, should there be an earthquake greater than seven on the Richter scale, it is very possible that one or more of these structures could collapse, leading to a massive release of radiation as the building fell on the molten core beneath. But units 1, 2 and 3 also contain cooling pools with very radioactive fuel rods — numbering 392 in Unit 1, 615 in Unit 2, and 566 in Unit 3; if an earthquake were to breach a pool, the gamma rays would be so intense that the site would have to be permanently evacuated. The fuel from Unit 4 and its cooling pool has been removed.
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