Tuesday, April 12, 2011

TEPCO: Accident Likely Worse Than Chernobyl

TEPCO has just made an URGENT announcement.

The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday that it is concerned that radiation leakage at the plant could eventually exceed that of the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe.

''The radiation leak has not stopped completely and our concern is that the amount of leakage could eventually reach that of Chernobyl or exceed it,'' an official from the Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.

Meanwhile, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said that most of the radioactive material released in the air from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant came from the No. 2 reactor damaged by an explosion on March 15.
Just as I suspected. TEPCO (why do I keep thinking PETCO?) says that so far the releases are only 10% of the Chernobyl release. So what does that tell you? It tells you that they do not expect to get things under control for at least a year. Possibly longer.

Cross Posted at Classical Values

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