It's far worse than first believed.
Update this hour: Tepco has just reported that it “estimates total cesium-137 release from Fukushima at 360,000 terabecquerels — 4 times higher than Chernobyl’s 85,000 terabecquerels”
Japan is desperate!
It is much worse than first admitted. It is not getting any better.
This area of Japan alone will not see a rice crop for over 300 years.
The famous Dr. Helen Caldicott says, “They don’t know how to clean it up. It’s not in cold shutdown.
The corium — the mass, hundred tons of melted uranium lava — is laying on the floor of the containment vessels.
It hasn’t finished and will never finish.
I think it means the end of Japan financially.”
Energy News reports on the findings of Chris Canine a man no one would question as to experience and knowledge of all things nuclear. Here is what he writes about Fukishima.
“There are several reasons why I believe the country will be evacuated if the #4 SFP collapses. The amount of radioactive material in the fuel pool dwarfs the total amount at Chernobyl by a factor of 5 to 10. Chernobyl’s core was still mostly contained in a building (although heavily damaged), and most of the radioactive material melted downward and became lava like. If #4 SFP collapses it will be lying on the completely open ground, probably going critical on and off in portions of the pile for years. The dose rate from this pile will make dropping sand or anything from the air much more lethal than anything at Chernobyl. And probably impossible. The entire site at Fukushima will be uninhabitable and unworkable because of the dose rate coming from this pile of fuel. That means there will be no control of the other fuel pools, and we could lose control of them.
Nuclear experts will soft sell the ramifications because that is how the industry works. When the experts “have concerns” about the situation at #4 that means they are pooping their pants. My experience at Fukushima was 30 years ago. I worked in the industry for about 15 years as a health physics technician. I was also referred to as a “nuclear gypsy” because I traveled from plant to plant working outages. That meant I was always in the middle of the hottest jobs in the heart of the plant. The engineers will talk about this part or that part of a plant, but I have been all those places wearing full gear.”
It is interesting to note the words of the so-called 'sleeping prophet' Edgar Cayce who said,“The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea.”
I hope it is not so.