Radiation Levels in Fukushima Reach New Heights, Scientists Claim

The nuclear disaster that hit Fukushima a few years ago is still a very dangerous threat to this very day. Several years after the incident, there is still a high degree of contamination to take into account. In fact, tainted water inside a reactor containment vessel shows increased levels of radiation. It is evident there is still a long way to go before this disaster can be put behind us.

Fukushima Radiation Levels Are Far From Safe

It is very disconcerting to learn the radiation levels inside the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant are anything but safe. In fact, the scientists tasked with monitoring the situation declared these levels are “deadly” to biotic life. According to local newspapers, the water samples show 11 sieverts per hour, which is the highest level of radiation detected in water in the containment vessel so far.

To put this number into perspective, radiation at the strength of eight sieverts will undoubtedly result in death, regardless of any treatment plans. This unit, designed to indicate the dose of radiation in a specific location, is a valuable indicator in determining how safe a location is. Right now, Fukushima is a place everyone should avoid like the plague, by the look of things. Dealing with double digits on the sieverts scale is not a positive development by any means.

These findings are not entirely surprising, though. Earlier this year, an exploratory robot malfunctioned and died after being sent into Reactor 2. At that time, the robot was – allegedly -exposed to high doses of radiation equal to 650 sieverts per hour. Keeping in mind how the previous radiation level in that reactor was “just” 73 sieverts, it is evident something is changing, but not for the better. It remains unclear what is causing these drastic changes, though.

At this time, scientists estimate cleaning up the Fukushima disaster will take at least 40 years and cost an estimated US$189m. If these radiation levels continue to increase at such an alarming pace, however, the question becomes whether or not there is a viable strategy to solve this disaster once and for all It is evident out-of-the-box thinking is direly needed, as traditional methods are seemingly making things worse.

Do not be mistaken in thinking the Fukushima radiation concerns are limited to that specific part of the world. In March of 2017, scientists claimed they found Fukushima radiation on the US coast, yet felt it posed no significant health risks. That is quite an odd statement, considering how the radiation levels are alarmingly high in Fukushima. That said, US scientists claim the radiation levels found near the US coast are 1,000 times less than what a person is exposed to during an X-ray.

While this latter part may sound normal, it is still a worrisome development Radiation from Fukushima is spreading to all corners of the world, and there is seemingly no way to clean up the oceans anytime soon. Instead, humans all over the world are ingesting small amounts of radiation without knowing it. Even if these doses are not lethal, it is not a lifestyle we humans are supposed to get used to. There is still a lot of work to be done, that much is certain.

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  • Dom Palmer

    “it is evident something is changing,”

    No it isn’t. The recent readings are in areas that have never had measurements taken before. Also there was never a measurement of 650 Sieverts per hour. That number was an estimate based on the effect seen to the video image. The next day a robot with an actual radiation measurement device measured the level as about 200 Sieverts per hour.

    “That is quite an odd statement, considering how the radiation levels are alarmingly high in Fukushima.”

    No it isn’t. The temperature reading in the Sahara Desert are alarmingly high, yet thousands of miles away in Norway they are quite low. Amazing how that works isn’t it?

    “Instead, humans all over the world are ingesting small amounts of radiation without knowing it. Even if these doses are not lethal, it is not a lifestyle we humans are supposed to get used to.”
    And humans all over the world have been ingesting small amounts of radiation since the first human was born. Humans (and every other species) evolved in a world where they were ingesting small amounts of radiation every day and all these species are already use to such ingestion.

  • cesium isn’t anything like an x-ray, it was chosen because it hurts people. They used fuel that was designed for weapons in those reactors. Thorium must be used if there is to be any future for nuclear power.

  • George Smiley

    ‘Radiation levels 1000 times less than an X-ray exposure.’ Does that mean when you go for a 5 minute walk on the beach or when you live in a Redondo apartment? Sure we have evolved with cellular repair systems, otherwise lifetime would be measured in weeks instead of decades, background radiation or not. But the good thing is that it is going into the ocean and mixing in thousands of metres of water over three-quarters of the world. Most will end up in ocean sediments. Just be pleased they didn’t lose a cooling pond which would have burned and spread hundreds of tonnes worldwide over a centimeter of topsoil, destroying most of Japan and possible North America depending on wind directions. These A-holes have to be brought to account. These reactors and this risk is everywhere and the cost of dry storage to utility company bottom lines is not a good enough reason for lack of effective oversight, government patronage and public subsidies to this industry.

  • fattypanda1

    it is the beginning of the end of the world. Best to prepare an Alien Convenant space ship to explore other worlds while we may still be able to.