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Worse damage found at Fukushima reactor

2012-03-27 20:06

Tokyo - A new probe at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant has found fatal radiation levels and hardly any cooling water inside one of the reactors, renewing concerns about the plant's stability.

The operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant says an endoscopic examination on Tuesday detected radiation levels up to 10 times the fatal dose inside the No 2 reactor's containment chamber, suggesting challenges ahead in shutting down the facility.

The probe also found the containment vessel had cooling water up to only about 60cm from the bottom, far below the 10m estimated when the government declared the plant's stability in December.

Plant workers also reported fresh leaks of contaminated water from a water treatment unit, some flowing into the ocean.

Comments
  • Judith - 2012-03-27 21:36

    Are we surprised? There is more to know (no apologies to SANRAL ;))

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-28 12:42

    The Japanese government has consistently lied about the extreme danger its population faces from this incident as has the rest of the worlds governments, within a week of the disaster studies already showed that the magnitude of this incident was larger than the Chernobyl and long island nuclear accidents combined and that atmospheric radioactive aerosols in Washington state were between 10 000 and a 100 000 times higher than the recommended level. This release of radiation will without any doubt affect the worlds population for years to come in the form of deformity and generic abnormalities in human and animals

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