RAD REPORT : Huge Plutonium Leak; Cover Considered

Edited by Tony Rutherford from Multiple Reports

Deadly plutonium is leaking uncontrollably from the Fukushima. Tests show that both the land and seawater around the reactor are contaminated, with no projected end in sight. Based on the readings and observation,  multiple sources believe that a 70-80% meltdown has occurred.Experts speculate if the meltdown has not happened radioactively contaminated water is leaking out of the reactors and containment buildings.

Nuclear and environmental scientists in the United States darkened their assessment of the risks markedly on Monday after operators at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant said that highly radioactive water has entered underground concrete tunnels extending beyond the reactor.

Sea water and fresh water used to cool the reactors, critically damaged by Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and spent fuel pools at the plant have been put in storage tanks there. But reports indicate these tanks are full or over-flowing with tainted water, experts said.

"It's just hard to see how this won't result in significant contamination of, certainly, sea water," said Edwin Lyman, a physicist and expert on nuclear plant design at the U.S.-based Union of Concerned Scientists.

"There will be dilution, some of that will be reconcentrated, but I don't think this can be sugar-coated at this point."

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However, Wednesday Japanese and Australian reports indicate that Japanese officials are considering plans to drape shattered nuclear reactor buildings with special covers to limit radiation, and pump contaminated water into a tanker.

The embattled nation, reeling from the triple calamity of a massive earthquake, tsunami and a crippled atomic power plant, was also inviting foreign experts to help stabilize the overheating Fukushima station.

The United States has lent Japan robots of a model battle-tested in Iraq and Afghanistan that can crawl through, film and clear rubble in the blast-hit reactor buildings which humans can't enter because of very high radiation.


(This report edited from U Tube, Fairwinds, Union of Concerned Scientists, Australian Broadcasting  and NHK Broadcasting., SHINGO, and Sydney Morning Herald . All material subject to copyright.)

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