The Fukushima nuclear power plant, which suffered a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of the 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan, could have a fuel breach, allowing radiation to leak out of its containment vessel.
Tepco, the company responsible for the containment of the reactor, sent in a robot equipped with a camera and observed a meter-wide hole in the containment vessel. Radiation levels inside the containment vessel are 100 times the dose necessary to be fatal.
The highest reading level inside the plant was 73 sievets per hour. 1 sievet is enough to give you radiation sickness, and 10 is fatal in a few weeks. The current reading is an incredible 530 sievets per hour.
Authorities at Tepco intended to remove the fuel by next year, but this discovery could create a delay. The government has pledged $190 billion to the complete decommissioning of the plant.
In related news, Forbes Magazine recently reported that Japan’s solar boom is accelerating at a rapid pace.
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