Fukushima Cover-Up | The Jackal

17 May 2011

Fukushima Cover-Up

While independent experts have been saying for ages now that there is evidence of nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, the confirmation by Japanese officials has until very recently been missing from the official story. This information has seen no coverage from mainstream media, who've largely forgotten the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Last week TEPCO announced that workers had finally entered the reactor building of unit #1 to find the first 5 feet of the 13-foot long fuel rods had completely melted down into a pool of molten lava that now sits on the bottom of the reactor. The development means TEPCO will no longer be able to follow the 9-month plan to slow radiation leaking with the use of a huge sarcophagus and an entirely new plan will need to be drafted.

TEPCO confirmed that the #1 reactor was in a state of full meltdown and is worried that the molten pool of radioactive fuel may have burned a hole through the bottom of the containment vessel. The nuclear fuel meltdown is believed to have occurred around 16 hours after the devastating quake and tsunami that crippled the plant’s critical cooling systems. The company suspects the meltdown has already created a hole or holes in the bottom of the reactor causing water to leak into the containment vessel. TEPCO also suspects the water is leaking into the reactor building, making any containment nigh on impossible.

“We will have to revise our plans, we cannot deny the possibility that a hole in the pressure vessel caused water to leak,” said Junichi Matsumoto, a spokesman for Tepco.

Tepco has not clarified what other barriers there are to stop radioactive fuel leaking if the steel containment vessel has been fully breached. Greenpeace said the situation could escalate rapidly if “the lava melts through the vessel”.

March 20, 2011 aerial photo taken by unmanned drone.
Last Monday, an adviser to Prime Minister Naoto Kan said that the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant had failed to inject water into the Number 2 and 3 reactors for more than six hours after the March 11 massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami. TEPCO has not confirmed if this also resulted in meltdowns at those reactors.

After levels of radiation had been measured as high as 700 millisieverts* per hour last week, Japan released 500 million becquerels of radioactive water into the ocean to lower the radiation levels inside the plant. However this pales in comparison to the amount of radioactive material that has already been dumped into the Pacific Ocean by TEPCO from the Fukushima nuclear plant.

To make matters worse, it appears that many officials are actively participating in a cover up to hide the true extent of the radiation that is being released from Fukushima Dai-ichi. On May 9, scientists inadvertently uploaded a radiation forecast to the ZAMG website showing a massive cloud of Xenon radiation spreading over Japan and the United States. Here is a comparison of the two radiation fallout forecasts.

Japan has been reasonably lucky in relative terms with the wind blowing most of the radiation out over the sea and towards the US. However earlier this month, the wind direction changed and blew radioactive material over Japan. To make matters worse, there’s evidence of another large fire at the Plant that occurred 8th May. This event was also unreported.
*Exposure to this level of radiation will cause death after six hours. According to the NIH radiation levels of 4 sieverts per hour will cause fatality in 50% of people and at 6 sieverts per hour death is almost certain. 100 sieverts per hour is far above the 100% lethal dosage amount of 6 sieverts per hour.