Recently, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) released a statement share they had discovered a massive hole within the metal grating at the bottom of the containment vessel in the plant’s second reactor.
While the discovery of this hole is concerning, even more shocking was the associated jump in radiation detected in the area.
At the time of the hole’s discovery measurements were taken, concluding that the radiation inside the reactor was found to be at 530 sieverts per hour, which is a massive increase when compared to the 73 sieverts per hour recorded after the actual disaster.
To give you an idea, NASA’s maximum amount of radiation exposure allowed by astronauts over their entire lifetime is 1 sievert.
Anyone who would be exposed to 10 sieverts would be killed within a matter of weeks.
TEPCO initially tried to counter public fears by stating that most of the reactor’s nuclear fuel remained in the containment vessel despite the hole.
However, on Feb. 3, TEPCO spokesman Yuichi Okamura was quoted as saying that “it’s highly possible that melted fuel leaked through.”
TEPCO also said that it would send out a robot into the area to explore and analyze the full extent of the damage in order to determine the damage that had been done.
The first robot – which was deployed on Feb. 16 – was unable to conduct any significant measurements simply as the extreme conditions within the reactor forced operators to abandon it within the containment vessel.
The robot – manufactured by Toshiba – was designed and created to record images of the reactor’s interior and collect accurate.
Within three hours of deployment, the device stopped responding to operators, despite its ability and technical design to withstand extreme levels of radiation.
When a second robot was sent to continue the investigation, it also failed to complete the desired tasks as it began malfunction not long into the start of the investigation.
The Japanese government, TEPCO, and mainstream media continue to insist that this massive release of radiation into the environment has had no effect on human or environmental health.
However, thyroid cancer rates have soared in Japan, with 131 children developing thyroid cancer in the six years since the disaster.
Despite the marked increase in cancer rates, TEPCO and the Japanese government insist that Fukushima radiation is “unlikely” to result in a greater incidence of cancer cases.
However, exposure to Iodine-131, the main radionuclide released into the air and water during the meltdown, is known to increase human risk of thyroid cancer and is the most clearly defined environmental factor associated with thyroid tumors, suggesting that a correlation between radiation and exposure likely exists.
This latest breach in one of the plant’s damaged reactors as well as TEPCO’s inability to even properly gauge the extent of the damage suggests that we have yet to see the full devastating potential of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Article by Anonews.co