Japan's New Wasteland

Illustration for article titled Japans New Wasteland

What you're looking at isn't a scene from a sci-fi flick. It's real life—a phalanx of Japanese police in hazmat suits, carrying off a body found inside the deserted radius of Fukushima.

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Radiation levels within the danger zone continue to fluctuate, but with the population evacuated, the environs in ruin, and radioactive fuel scattered across the land, it's likely this place will remain ghostly for the foreseeable future. Remember to check our timeline for the latest developments throughout Japan's nuclear crisis. [The Atlantic]

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Purdueable
Purdueable

ha, They're wearing Tyvex (for Chemical splash) which technically isn't a hazmat suit, thats a laughable amount of PPE!! Theyre not even wearing Eye protection!! This barely qualifies as a type D Hazmat suit.

If the radiation levels there were of dangerous levels; they'd be wearing a lot more PPE. The PPE they're wearing is for biological protection; not radiation.

The picture is of me in a shutdown molten sulfur pit. With Acid cartridge respirator with a particulate matter filter. Tyvex, Nomex, chemical resistant rubber boots. I would imagine that Radiation PPE is some form of Type A Hazmat suit. You should see what's required for and HF unit.