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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Why are Radioactive Emissions Increasing at Fukushima Daiichi?

 Fukushima Daiichi continues to contaminate the atmosphere with radionuclides. TEPCO acknowledged in July of 2012 that units 1 through 4 at the plant were emitting approximately 10,000,000 Bq per hour.[i] 
It appears as if emission levels have increased since 2012. According to documents interpreted by Fukushima Diary, TEPCO asserted May 25, 2015 that ongoing emissions were estimated at a rate of 2,336,000,000 Bq per hour of noble gas and 960,000 Bq per hour of of Cs-134/137.[ii]  
Fukushima Diary pointed out that Reactor 3 emissions increased over 2014. Reactor 4’s emissions were reported as 95,000 Bq/hour of Cesium134/137 despite TEPCO’s reported success in removing rods from unit 4.Why?
Why are atmospheric emissions rising and what does it mean for climate change? Please see discussion here:

[i]           T. Sugimoto (24 July 2012) ‘After 500 Days, Fukushima No. 1 Plant Still Not Out of The Woods’, The Asahi Shimbun,, date accessed 24 July 2012.
[ii]           Lori Mochizuki, “Still 960,000Bq Cs-134/137 and 2,336,000,000Bq noble gas discharged from reactors to the air every single hour,” Fukushima Diary (June 6, 2015),
Source: Majia's Blog

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