New Radiation Level at Fukushima Dwarfs the Highest Peak at Chernobyl

The Fukushima Disaster

We noted a few days after the Japanese earthquake that the amount of radioactive fuel at Fukushima dwarfs that at Chernobyl … and that the cesium fallout from Fukushima already rivaled Chernobyl (we also noted that Fukushima radiation could end up on the West Coast of North America. And see this.).

The next month, we pointed out that Tepco admitted that the radiation from Fukushima could exceed that from Chernobyl.

And that Fukushima’s reactors had actually suffered something much worse than a total meltdown: nuclear melt-throughs, where the nuclear fuel melted through the containment vessels and into the ground.   A few months later, we reported that radiation will pollute the area around Chernobyl for 5 to 10 times longer than models predicted – between 180 and 320 years.

The following year, we pointed out that the operator of the Fukushima plant admitted that they couldn’t find the  melted fuel from Fukushima reactor number 2 … and that the technology doesn’t yet even exist to clean up Fukushima.

Highest Radiation Level At Fukushima Now Dwarfs That At Chernobyl

The highest radiation levels ever measured at Chernobyl were 300 sieverts per hour … an incomprehensibly high dose which can kill a man almost instantly.

To put this in perspective, radiation is usually measured in thousandths of a sievert, called millisieverts. For example, most people receive around 2.4 millisieverts per year from background radiation, or only 0.0002739726 per hour.

But a radiation level of 530 sieverts per hour has just been measured at Fukushima’s number 2 reactor.

This new record at Fukushima is 70% higher than that of Chernobyl. (The highest level previously measured at Fukushima was 73 sieverts per hour, in March 2012.)

Postscript: For background on how this could have happened, see this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.

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  • apeman2502

    Who ordered Fukushima destroyed?

    • Moshe

      track down the Jim Stone article, I think its the definitive answer.

      • apeman2502

        Been on that article for over 4 years already. More directly, who ordered Israel and the U.S. military, including the HAARP facility in Alaska or the one out in the Aleutians, to do it?

      • apeman2502

        I reread it frequently since it first showed up. Who ordered the cooperating agencies, including U.S. and Israeli agents, to do the deed? U.S. and Israel have no real motive. Iran nuking Israel? PuhLEEZE!

      • apeman2502

        saw the JSF Fukushima daiichi report years ago and it is still the best. But which individual, prince Phillip, queen Elizabeth? Who. The U.S. government had a massive role.

  • kimyo

    where are neil degrasse-tyson and bill nye on this? is it possible that they fail to grasp the gravity of the situation? or, are they scientists in the same way that brian williams is a journalist?

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    • TruthTime

      Fuck if I know. What is guaranteed is that there are STILL defenders of nuclear technology. ALL nuclear technology is never 100% safe and cost just as much to clean up the shit, and we have barely scratched the surface of true nuclear cleanup which is decades away.

      All nuclear technology should be dustbinned across the globe and ALL nuclear weapons should be dismantled.

      • davidgmills1

        Simply not true if the element is thorium rather than uranium and the coolant is molten salt not water. Fukushima and Chernobyl would have never happened in a Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) because the reactor operates at very high temperature and when you lose power it cools down not heats up. A LFTR is walk away safe. And making nuclear weapons out of LFTR products is highly unfeasible. Not impossible but highly unfeasible.

        What is a tragedy is that we designed our nuclear power plants so we could make weapons as well as power and we got designs like Fukushima and Chernobyl.

        We ran molten salt reactors at Oak Ridge for five years and proved the concept but never developed the technology.

        When we run out of fossil fuels we will have an energy starved world if we don’t go nuclear. And there is enough thorium to power the world for thousands of years. And LFTRs make excellent nuclear waste burners. They are the only practical way to burn up the waste we have made.

        • diogenes

          It is impossible to insure safe storage of spent nuclear fuel over the time-span required and no nuclear generation has ever paid its actual costs over the long term. It depends on massive subsidies. The Germans are smart, they got out and have shifted to renewable energy sources. But then, German is not a Wall Street plantation, is it?

          • davidgmills1

            You obviously do not understand the chemistry of nuclear fission. In short, the atomic weight for a long term thousands-of-years nuclear waste issue requires an isotope of greater than 239. Uranium starts at 235 (less than 1% of it) but 99% of it starts at 238. So you only have to add one neutron on one proton to get an isotope of 239 and make long term waste with uranium.

            This is not the case with thorium. Thorium (only one isotope of it) begins at 232. So when you hit thorium with neutrons it would have to pick up 7 neutrons to reach an isotope of 239 without splitting. The odds of that are a minuscule portion of 1%. So the chances of creating long lived waste are almost nil. And even that waste can be further subjected to nuclear bombardment until it splits. That is why LFTRs can be used as nuclear waste burners.

            So you are flat wrong.

            And these LFTRS do not melt down; they only freeze up.

            LFTRs are as different from Uranium Light Water reactors as a turbo prop airplane is from the space shuttle.

    • Kevin Kole

      The news media and scientific blackout on this is criminal. I can only surmise that the media and scientific community are owned by global corporate interest. Third party observation quickly gets buried or disappears. This is not chernobyl. These reactors are meters from open ocean.

  • George

    It was the Father of Creation who ordered it. He is using the disobedient to do His bidding. They will get theirs too.

    Yah’s Words through Zephaniah (Treasured of Yah): “I will utterly sweep away everything from the surface of the earth, says YHVH. (pronounced YahVah) I
    will sweep away man and animal. I will sweep away the birds of the sky,
    the fish of the sea, and the heaps of rubble with the wicked. I will
    cut off man from the surface of the earth, says YHVH. Zeph. 1:2-3

    Everything will be alright if you are good. Love Dad. Love each other. May HIS Kingdom come quick!

  • Trigon500

    “Our seafood in the US continues to be safe to eat, everything is safe”
    -TV news lies.

  • prisonersdilema

    And how many people realize just how bad this is… If you try and tell anyone to warn them they will look at you as if you are a lunatic, conspiracy nut. But they are the lunatic’s, oblivious and unaware of whats happening…. Protect yourself as best you can.. Tokyo should have already been evacuated…

  • anon

    Fukushima is not a disaster, it is a Cataclysm.It demonstrates where lies and greed lead.

    • Grant Grant

      “demonstrates where lies and greed lead.” Excellent.

    • davidgmills1

      And horrible design. You don’t put the emergency cooling pumps where a tsunami knocks them out. If they had been up high rather than low, they would have adequately cooled down the reactors.

  • Harold Smith

    The U.S. government knew of the dangers of those reactors, yet they granted an export license. Then right after the tsunami happened the U.S. government sat there and did nothing…except scream about the non-existent “nuclear threat” from Iran.
    I believe that if “our” “government” had sent a team of scientists and engineers over to Japan to assist the Japanese, immediately after the Tsunami, it may have been possible to mitigate the damage. But no; the only time in the last 200 years when “intervention” was necessary and proper, “our” “government” did nothing.

    • davidgmills1

      What happened is that the Japanese refused to make the design changes that were recommended to the reactor; the major one being not to put the emergency cooling pumps down low in the event of a tsunami. Wiping out the cooling pumps caused the reactor to melt down.

      As for what our government could have done or our scientists could have done, after the failure, I have no comment. I have no idea what could have been done.

      • diogenes

        Nuclear power is unsafe, long term, in all circumstances. There is no way to guarantee safe storage of the “spent” fuel over the time spans required — thousands of years. And nuclear power is not cost effective. It depends on subsidies. Always. And both these fundamental facts are and always have been hidden.

        • davidgmills1

          See my post above explaining why you don’t understand long term nuclear waste and why it is so different with thorium.

  • diogenes

    An urgent need is an investigative report by a competent honest author on radiation levels and effects on the American west coast. Public health indices that call for inspection include rates of cataracts, embryological problems, birth defects … There are numerous proxies that have been and are being used to study the global effects of Chernobyl, which will include over time millions of cancers. In the land of the free and the home of the brave these proxies are left in silence, under the rug. A crime against humanity as business as usual — let’s keep the lid of the status quo welded down tight. What could go wrong?

  • Joseph Glynn

    One report I read years ago claimed many big nuclear facilities have weapons grade uranium
    refinement facilities.
    That report said the Fukujima site had secret underground weapons labs….and that these secret
    deep below ground facilities greatly exacerbated problems after the tsunami.

  • jadan

    Scientists are baffled by megadeath in the Pacific. It’s got to be climate change! Acidification, warming. They have not quantified the effects of low doses of radiation over time because the nuclear lobby discourages study, so they can’t see the proximate cause. If people dislike science, this is one reason. They create the problem and show themselves incompetent to deal with it. The global catastrophe of Fukushima has only just begun. The only hope humanity has is that nuclear advocates and their families contract cancer and begin to die slow and painful deaths. Let them cough up blood at breakfast. Let their children grow pale and anemic with swollen glands. May they lie in bed in the fetal position, whimpering pitifully. Demonstrations don’t help much. The subject is painful and boring, like fraudulent elections. It’s odorless, tasteless, invisible, like election fraud, and it takes time to manifest symptoms, unlike election fraud which produces a political tumor like Trump very quickly. We must be grateful to George Washington for not forgetting to remind us of this horror.