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Are Japanese Authorities Covering Up Further Damage to the Fukushima Reactor from the Aftershock?

Posted By admin On April 11, 2011 @ 4:20 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Washington’s Blog [1]
April 11, 2011

The Japanese government and Tepco nuclear plant operator said that the leaking Fukushima reactors suffered no additional damage in the aftershock last week.

But NHK news reports [2]:

The plant operator says a strong aftershock on Thursday night did not damage any facilities of the compound, but the surface temperature of the Number 1 reactor rose sharply immediately after the tremor that hit northeastern Japan minutes before midnight.

The reading stood at 223 degrees Celsius at 7 PM, but it rose nearly 40 degrees just after the quake. The temperature had fallen back to 240 degrees at 6 AM on Saturday.

Moreover, the Japanese government reports radiation levels in the number 1 reactor of at least 100 sieverts per hour [3]:

In contrast, radiation levels were apparently about 300 sieverts per hour [4] – 3 times higher – right after Chernobyl exploded.

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However, reactor 1 might not even be in as bad shape as some of the other reactors at the Fukushima complex [7], the total amount of radioactive material at Fukushima dwarfs [8] that at Chernobyl, and it might take years [9] to solve the crisis.

Indeed, Tyler Durden reports [10] that the Japanese government stopped reporting radiation data after levels hit 100 sieverts per hour.

This isn’t entirely unexpected. As the New York Times notes [11]:

The public authorities have sought to avoid grim technical details that might trigger alarm or even panic.

“They don’t want to go there,” said Robert Alvarez, a nuclear expert who, from 1993 to 1999, was a policy adviser to the secretary of energy. “The spin is all about reassurance.”

Confidential reports paint a much less optimistic picture of the crisis. See this [12] and this [13].

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[1] Washington’s Blog: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/04/was-fukushima-reactor-damaged-in.html

[2] reports: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/09_15.html

[3] 100 sieverts per hour: http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fatmc.jp%2Fplant%2Frad%2F%3Fn%3D1

[4] 300 sieverts per hour: http://xkcd.com/radiation/

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[7] other reactors at the Fukushima complex: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/04/update-on-japans-nuclear-crisis.html

[8] dwarfs: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/03/amount-of-radioactive-fuel-at-fukushima.html

[9] years: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/03/japanese-nuclear-crisis-could-last-for.html

[10] reports: http://www.zerohedge.com/article/video-tsunami-smashing-fukushima-nuclear-power-plant-reactor-1-radiation-counter-breaks-afte

[11] notes: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/03/science/03meltdown.html

[12] this: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/06/world/asia/06nuclear.html?_r=1&pagewanted=1&hp

[13] this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/04/ongoing-cover-up-of-nuclear-crisis-by.html

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