Part 1: Nuclear Engineer Reports Fukushima Radioactivity Is Spreading Beyond TEPCO Control

“What we found is the wind and the rain and the movement of radioactive dust everywhere is recontaminating areas that TEPCO claims are clean ... and Fukushima fishermen take their contaminated fish and seafood further south to markets that don't know the sources are Fukushima waters.”

- Arnie Gundersen, Nuclear Engineer, Fairewinds
Nuclear Energy Education, Burlington, VT

A 2013 aerial view shows Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s radioactive Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and its increasing number of radioactive water storage tanks. Image © 2013 by Reuters.
A 2013 aerial view shows Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s radioactive Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and its increasing number of radioactive water storage tanks. Image © 2013 by Reuters.
The pumps to get cooling water to the reactor cores of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant were on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. At 2:46 PM, local time, a 9.0 magnitude quake hit 231 miles northeast of Tokyo at a depth of 15.2 miles. Forty-one minutes later, a tsunami with 30-foot-high waves destroyed the pumps and knocked out electricity. Three of the reactor cores in Units 1, 2 and 3 heated up, emitted hydrogen gas that blew up and the three cores went into meltdown. 50,000 households were moved from the 80 kilometer Exclusion Zone. Five years later in March 2016, no one yet knows how deeply those three cores melted into the Fukushima ground.
The pumps to get cooling water to the reactor cores of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant were on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. At 2:46 PM, local time, a 9.0 magnitude quake hit 231 miles northeast of Tokyo at a depth of 15.2 miles. Forty-one minutes later, a tsunami with 30-foot-high waves destroyed the pumps and knocked out electricity. Three of the reactor cores in Units 1, 2 and 3 heated up, emitted hydrogen gas that blew up and the three cores went into meltdown. 50,000 households were moved from the 80 kilometer Exclusion Zone. Five years later in March 2016, no one yet knows how deeply those three cores melted into the Fukushima ground.

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