One of the greatest catastrophes on our planet occurred in 2011 when an earthquake gave rise to a massive tsunami that killed nearly 16,000 people in Japan, causing an estimated 210 BILLION dollars in damage, resulting in one of the worst Nuclear catastrophes in recorded history.
It is considered by experts as one of the costliest and deadliest disasters in human history. The Fukushima Daiichi event is considered the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl accident and the only one that equates Chernobyl according to the International Accident Scale (Major Accident, Level 7), one of the largest environmental disasters in recorded history.
Although the Fukushima power plant was prepared for an earthquake, a phenomenon common in Japan since its archipelago is located on a geological fault, the nuclear plant was not prepared for a tsunami.
The Fukushima nuclear plant was designed by the American company General Electric. The building process began in 1967 and was commissioned in 1971. The nuclear plant has six BWR-type nuclear reactors which together constitute one of the 25 largest nuclear power plant complexes in the world with a total power of 4, 7 GW.
Today, only catastrophe remains. In fact, according to recent reports, not even the most advanced machines can withstand two hours of radiation at the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Recently, a remote-controlled cleaning robot sent to reactor number two at the Japanese nuclear plant had to be withdrawn before its mission was accomplished due to problems in inside the chamber, possibly caused by high levels of radiation. According to the operator of the Tokyo Electric Company (Tepco) plant, quoted by RT, experts will have to reevaluate radiation levels inside the reactors because, although the robot’s sent inside to perform cleaning tasks can withstand 530 sieverts per hour, a dose capable of killing in an Instant a human being, radiation levels are so high that even the most advanced machines can not withstand the radiation and are destroyed after only two hours of exposure.
Experts warn: “To put this in very simple terms. Four sieverts can kill a handful of people”
In August of 2012, Japanese scientists published their results of the study of genetic mutations in Zizeeria butterflies exposed to radioactivity in the area near the nuclear power plant.
Furthermore, a crack in the reactor’s structure began to release radioactive material into the sea, causing radioactive iodine levels to rise in the surrounding waters to a terrifying 7.5 million times higher than the allowed limit. Scientists report that cesium levels are 1.1 Million times beyond ‘reasonable’ limits.
Early attempts to seal the crack with cement and other methods failed.
TEPCO released 11,500 tons of radioactive water into the sea to free up space inside the plant to house other still more polluted waters inside the reactors.
Measurements made in 2015 show the presence of radioactive cesium isotopes from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in samples taken 1600 miles (2600 km) off the coast of San Francisco, California. However, the levels od radioactivity were around 500 times below the level considered as dangerous.
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