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Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Records Highest Radiation Levels

Radiation levels at Fukushima reactor so high that a normal person can die if exposed to this level of radiation in a short time. High radiation levels detected record inside reactor No. 2 of the Fukushima nuclear power plant damaged in the first earthquake was Japan’s northeast in 2011. The Japanese authorities said that the up to 530 degree radiation sieverts / hour.

Radiation readings from water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant
Radiation readings from water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant

Experts described as this is the “unthinkable” far exceeded the previous record of 73 sieverts / hour. A normal person can die if exposed to this level of radiation in a short time.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said radiation levels were found in the area surrounding radius of 2m -3m pressure vessel of a nuclear reactor. In addition, a hole with an area of ​​1m2 were discovered beneath metal grates surrounding the reactor. More likely is due to the melting of nuclear fuel falls through.

Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Records Highest Radiation Levels
Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Records Highest Radiation Levels

These new developments make the work locate and remove the fuel rods is increasingly more difficult.

TEPCO is expected to deploy a remote controlled robot to inspect the conditions inside the reactor area. However, the robot is designed to withstand the maximum radiation exposure of 1,000 sieverts before being destroyed. Therefore, the uptime of this robot will be shortened to less than two hours compared to 10 hours as initially expected.

Record outdoor radiation level that 'can kill in 20 min' detected at Fukushima
Record outdoor radiation level that ‘can kill in 20 min’ detected at Fukushima

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