Fukushima Plant Now Leaking Highest Radiation Levels Since Tsunami

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In case you forgot, one of the worst disasters since the advent of nuclear energy is still underway. And although the initial shock has worn off, the radiation levels sure haven't: TEPCO measured 10,000 millisieverts/hour—that's fatal.

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This figure's 3,900 times higher than the naturally-occurring cosmic radiation we soak up every year—only it's leaking from the paralyzed plant every hour. These levels disperse dramatically with distance—so, say, Tokyo isn't in any danger—but the news should be startling, and proof that the plant is still an enormous hazard to the people of Japan, who are still grappling with contaminated beef, poisoned by the hemorrhaging reactor. [NHK via @Joi]

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DISCUSSION

"the high level of radioactivity was detected because the pipes were used to vent air containing radioactive substances from the crippled No.1 reactor on March 12th."

So this is still leftover contamination from the tsumami. And given that radiation elsewhere in the site isn't spiking, it's not a new leak. Are you going to write a breathless, fear-mongering article every time they confirm that a new piece of equipment was contaminated?

"BREAKING: Inner lining of pressure vessel highly radioactive."

"ALERT: Persons sitting on top of fuel rods would be exposed to dangerous levels of radiation."