Aug 13, 2013

Well, it only took a few years for the radioactive water from the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to seep down into an underground basin, which flows out to the Pacific after just a couple of hundred meters, meaning that the entire Pacific Ocean could be obliterated by radiation.

one of their mitigation measures which is pretty not very well thought out, was building a seawall by freezing the ground — and guess what? The groundwater is piling up behind the seawall. […] by backing up the water under the entire site, they are turning the ground into quicksand. And that’s causing less stability — more instability. There are structural engineers and nuclear engineers warning that may be the final straw that’s needed to topple not only Unit 4, but perhaps some of those other destroyed units with their high-level radioactive waste stored in pools fifty feet up in the air.[…] If that [Unit 4] pool goes down — enough of that fuel is still in there — it’ll be on fire […]

It looks like TEPCO decided to play Jenga with these nuclear reactors, with Unit 4 dangling like it’s on stilts, 50 feet up into the air while also containing enough fuel to start a fire if another large earthquake was to hit ; At the same time, their freezing method totally sucks, and their engineers knew it would result in turning the soil into porridge, but would buy TEPCO some time before having to go public with news of the triple meltdown. After doing more research, I realized that the whole Northern Hemisphere has now been subjected to ongoing radiation on some level for almost 2 and a half years now, and it does seem like people are getting very sick now in Japan.

To make matters worse, 10 workers were sprayed with contaminated water, and now have a radiation level 2 and a half times the upper limit for “safe” radiation level:

Exposure levels detected by radiation monitors worn by workers were found to be as much as 10 becquerels per square centimeter – 2.5 higher than the safe radiation exposure level – said Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the plant’s operator responsible for decommissioning.