Fukushima is 7 potential Chernobyls at the same time according to nuclear scientist Arnie Gundersen:
While Fukushima has disappeared from the headlines, suggesting falsely that the situation is under control, the real data point out that the situation is not managable at all. And in fact detoriating. At some point the bad news cannot be hidden or ignored anymore.
Radioactive water carried from No.2 reactor
The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has said it is giving top priority to transferring highly contaminated water from the No.2 reactor.
Radioactive water in reactor buildings and other areas of the plant is hampering work to bring the accident under control.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, says the radiation level in a tunnel at the No.2 reactor is especially high, and is transferring the water to a temporary storage site.
Bur the firm has also found high levels of radioactive substances at the site of the No. 4 reactor.
Last Thursday it detected 8,100 becquerels of cesium 137 and 7,800 becquerels of cesium 134 per cubic centimeter in the water in the turbine building’s basement. The radioactive levels were about 250 times higher than a month before.
TEPCO says the contaminated water levels are rising.
At the No.3 reactor, the contaminated water level in a tunnel is also rising. The firm says the water was 98 centimeters from the top of the tunnel as of Tuesday morning.
TEPCO sets one meter as the limit at which it should begin removing contaminated water, but it has not yet found a location to transfer the contaminated water to.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 19:27 +0900 (JST)