A record high amount of radiation levels has been recorded at Fukushima resulting in a state of emergency at the Japan Power plant.
Nuclear radiation poses a huge health risk to everyone. It contains gamma rays that are dangerous to humans because they can penetrate deep into your body, and shielding yourself from them takes lots of matter. Radiation is very dangerous to a human’s body, it can directly kill cells. If those mutations are not repaired, the cell may turn cancerous.
Scientists say that the record amount of radiation comes from the hole caused my melted nuclear fuel which is now on the verge of leaking into the ocean.
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RT.com reports: Radiation levels of up to 530 Sieverts per hour were detected inside an inactive Reactor 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex damaged during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami catastrophe, Japanese media reported on Thursday citing the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).
This handout image shows a material below the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant’s No. 2 reactor, January 30, 2017. © TEPCO / Handout via Reuters Fukushima breakthrough? Japan’s TEPCO finds possible nuclear fuel debris.
A hole of no less than one square meter in size has also been discovered beneath the reactor’s pressure vessel, TEPCO said. According to researchers, the apparent opening in the metal grating of one of three reactors that had melted down in 2011, is believed to be have been caused by melted nuclear fuel that fell through the vessel.
The iron scaffolding has a melting point of 1500 degrees, TEPCO said, explaining that there is a possibility the fuel debris has fallen onto it and burnt the hole. Such fuel debris have been discovered on equipment at the bottom of the pressure vessel just above the hole, it added.
The latest findings were released after a recent camera probe inside the reactor, TEPCO said. Using a remote-controlled camera fitted on a long pipe, scientists managed to get images of hard-to-reach places where residual nuclear material remained. The substance there is so toxic that even specially-made robots designed to probe the underwater depths beneath the power plant have previously crumbled and shut down.
However, TEPCO still plans to launch further more detailed assessments at the damaged nuclear facility with the help of self-propelled robots.
However, looking on the bright side, he said, “right now, the radiation level is much lower since the reactor hasn’t been active for a while.”
Earlier this week, hopes for a more efficient cleanup at Fukushima were high, as the plant operator announced a portion of nuclear fuel debris responsible for a lot of the lingering contamination from six years ago may have finally been found.