[ RadSafe ] High radiation levels detected at Fukushima grounds a month after explosions

Perle, Sandy sperle at mirion.com
Tue Apr 26 09:17:33 CDT 2011

It is positive that we are actually be provided data for specific
locations, and I am assuming that the data provided is accurate. The dose
rates don't surprise me since that would be expected where there has been
a breech of particulates, liquid, etc. What would be more interesting is a
map of the population zones in and around the plant to determine which
areas are inhabitable and individuals can come home, or, uninhabitable due
to the rates. The isotopic make-up is also important of what is there to
take decay into account.

A very tragic situation. The people in and around Fukushima have endured
the unthinkable, a devastating earthquake, a Tsunami and now the nuclear
plant disaster. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the people in
Japan with the knowledge that you will endure these tragedies.



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On 4/26/11 6:40 AM, "RRGWNYEnviro at aol.com" <RRGWNYEnviro at aol.com> wrote:

>High radiation levels detected at Fukushima grounds a month after
>Please check the latest developments in this disaster. From Toshio Jo,
>managing editor, International Division, The Asahi Shimbun.
>* * *
>High levels of radiation were detected on the grounds of the Fukushima
>1 nuclear power plant one month after explosions spewed radioactive
>materials, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co.
>The findings were shown in a map depicting radiation levels that TEPCO
>released for the first time on April 24.
>Radiation levels in the air around the No. 1 and No. 3 reactor buildings
>were especially high, mainly because the explosions damaged the buildings
>spread radioactive materials.
>The air in an area to the northwest of the No. 3 reactor building had
>radiation levels of up to 70 millisieverts per hour. That building was
>damaged by
>explosion on March 14, three days after the Great East Japan Earthquake
>tsunami crippled the plant.
>TEPCO first compiled the radiation level map on March 22 and has
>periodically updated it. The map is used to monitor radiation exposure of
>workers at
>the Fukushima plant and prepare new work plans for the plant grounds.
>Workers check radiation levels in the air every seven to 10 days or
>any work procedure starts.
>If unusually high radiation levels are detected, further testing of
>in the area is conducted to determine the cause of the high levels.
>Radiation levels as high as 130 millisieverts per hour were confirmed
>around the No. 1 and No. 3 reactor buildings in late March.
>Because radiation decreases with the passage of time, subsequent testing
>found lower levels.
>But if the level of 70 millisieverts per hour continues to the northwest
>the No. 3 reactor building, a worker who remains in that area for four
>hours will have been exposed to more than the upper limit of 250
>established for individuals engaged in work at the Fukushima plant.
>Workers exposed to that total level of radiation will not be allowed to
>work in the area.
>On March 20, concrete rubble found west of the No. 3 reactor building had
>radiation levels of 900 millisieverts per hour. Even after that rubble
>removed, radiation levels in the air measured between 10 and 30
>per hour.
>Another pile of rubble emitting radiation levels of 300 millisieverts per
>hour was found near the No. 3 reactor building.
>Almost all of the contaminated rubble was concrete from the No. 1 reactor
>building that was damaged in a hydrogen explosion on March 12 as well as
>the No. 3 reactor building, hit by an explosion there on March 14.
>According to calculations by the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan, the
>equivalent of 190,000 terabecquerels of radioactive iodine had been
>from the reactor buildings by March 15. A terabecquerel is equivalent to
>trillion becquerels.
>That high level meant the Fukushima plant accident had already reached
>worst level 7 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale,
>matching the assessment given to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
>A pipe installed to move radiation-contaminated water from the trench of
>the No. 2 reactor to a central waste processing facility was found to
>radiation levels of 160 millisieverts per hour on its surface.
>Areas within the plant ground at a distance from the reactor buildings
>also found to have radiation levels that exceeded 1 millisievert per
>High radiation levels in the air were found even after rubble in the area
>was removed.
>The rubble, removed by remote-controlled heavy equipment, has been placed
>in 50 containers and moved to a temporary storage area within the plant
>grounds. A considerable amount of rubble remains, however.
>While TEPCO officials continue to remove the rubble to allow for easier
>work within the plant, one official said the radiation would not have a
>effect on work because the contamination has already been figured into
>road map for work procedures.
>(This article was written by Keisuke Katori and Hidenori Tsuboya.)
>Very truly yours,
>RRG: Ryokan Route Gento (Grand Mali Park)
>WNY: West Noga (area) Yokohama
>Environment Monitoring

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