Monday, 28 March 2011

Workers Evacuated at Fukushima Unit 2 as Radiation in Water Measured at 10 Million Times Higher than Normal

The radioactivity in water in one unit of a hobbled nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan has tested 10 million times higher than normal, the plant's operator said Sunday. Leaked water in Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant measured 10 million times higher than usual radioactivity levels when the reactor is operating normally, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) spokesman Takashi Kurita told reporters in Tokyo. At that level, the radiation is roughly equivalent to receiving 89 CT scans, experts told NBC News. The air in Unit 2, meanwhile, measured 1,000 millisieverts per hour — four times the limit of 250 millisieverts deemed safe by the government, Kurita told reporters.

The workers face death not just from the radiation but also from radiological material existing as particles in the air. High level radiation is lethal and so is ingested low level radiation over a longer time span. The contamination here is going to easily be of Chernobyl sized proportions.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 28th, 2011.]

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