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Fukushima: If Number 4 Collapses, Japan Will Be Evacuated

Chris Canine – who has 15 years experience as a health physics technician, chemist and radiation safety instructor – told Energy News that if number 4 reactor fuel pool at Fukushima collapses, Japan will be evacuated.

He did not elaborate on how such a logistical nightmare would be accomplished.

Canine worked at Fukushima in the late 1970s and has also worked at over twenty nuclear plants in the United States, Japan and Mexico.

He wrote: Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Radioactive Water Leaks from Fukushima Plant

About 12 tonnes of water contaminated with radiation has leaked from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

Plant operator TEPCO believes most of the water flowed into the Pacific Ocean. It says the contaminated water leaked from a treatment pipe.

The water contained radioactive strontium which tends to accumulate in bones and can cause leukemia.

It is the second time in two weeks there has been a leak of contaminated water from the nuclear plant, prompting yet another apology from TEPCO.

About 120 tonnes of radioactive water leaked at the plant’s water decontamination system last month and about 80 liters seeped into the ocean, according to TEPCO. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Fukushima: Government Insiders Warn Of Tokyo Evacuation Threat

Despite the fact that it long since disappeared from major news headlines, an editorial in one of Japan’s leading newspapers warns that the Fukushima crisis is still at a critical stage and that the Japanese government has drawn up contingency plans for the potential evacuation of Greater Tokyo’s 39 million residents.

Fukushima’s reactor number 4, which holds 75% as much nuclear fuel as the entire Chernobyl complex did prior to its meltdown, 460 tons in total, is at risk of collapse. With the roof of the complex blown away, if the storage pool for the spent fuel, which is housed on the 3rd and 4th floors of the building, were to fracture then the nuclear fuel would overheat and explode, spreading radioactive fallout over a wide area. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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