Radiation Leaking From Fukushima Site 18 Times Greater Than Previously Believed


Radiation levels were being measured using devices with far-too-limited scales, the BBC reports:

Radiation levels around Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant are 18 times higher than previously thought, Japanese authorities have warned.

Last week the plant’s operator reported radioactive water had leaked from a storage tank into the ground. It now says readings taken near the leaking tank on Saturday showed radiation was high enough to prove lethal within four hours of exposure.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) had originally said the radiation emitted by the leaking water was around 100 millisieverts an hour. However, the company said the equipment used to make that recording could only read measurements of up to 100 millisieverts.

The new reading will have direct implications for radiation doses received by workers who spent several days trying to stop the leak last week. Experts have said the scale of water leakage may be worse than officials have admitted.

  • Hocketeer

    Love the Hello Kitty bus and hazmat suits, just for the sake of it let’s be 可愛い [kawaii] to the bitter end

    • I_abide

      I for one welcome our giant hello kitty mutant overlords.

  • BuzzCoastin

    I’m about negative 5 times surprised to hear this

  • festernaecus

    Still baffled as to why the governments of the world are concerned with anything other than this.

    • Romi Elnagar

      1. Money
      2. Power (not NUCLEAR power, political power)
      3. Psychosis. They are all sociopaths.

  • Rhoid Rager

    Well, officer, my speedometer only goes up to 60. Why should I get a ticket for doing 100?