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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Water in Fukushima basement beyond deadly

Here's some heavy news from the Japanese meltdown site: The water in the basement of Fukushima unit no. 1 is so radioactive that just the steam coming off it is creating radiation levels of 3 to 4 sieverts an hour upstairs, where steam from down below is entering through a "crevice" in the floor. Exposure of 3 to 6 sieverts leads to severe nausea, loss of appetite, hemorrhaging, infection, diarrhea, peeling of skin, sterility, and death if untreated. Nobody but the robots who took the latest measurements will be entering that space any time soon.

Barring a miracle, a lot of that water is going to wind up in the Pacific Ocean, and it would be extremely hard to believe that a great deal of equally nasty liquid already hasn't.

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At the risk of creating bandwidth problems, here's a link to video that Tokyo Electric released yesterday, showing the "steam problem." It's hard to figure out just where this is taken, but that's definitely boiling water:

http://bojack.org/images/110604_1.wmv

Wasn't that how all the monsters of the 50's Atomic Bomb gone wrong grade B movies came about.

"... if untreated."

There's a treatment for such exposure?




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