Japanese press gets closest aerial footage of Fukushima Daiichi in nearly a year

The Fukushima Daiichi site is still a harsh reminder of the disaster that has been unfolding over the last year, everything on site appears broken, shattered, and scattered. Japanese press shot footage around 4 kilometers from the plant at an altitude of some 700 meters on Sunday  for the first time , the highest reported radiation levels by the pilots in the cabin was  1.4 micro sievert per hour.

On the west side of Unit 4 approximately 1,000 blue and gray storage tanks installed after the accident are installed to store contaminated water.

There are at least a dozen nuclear ghost towns and villages around the Fukushima Daiichi complex where time seems to have stood still, there are no inhabitants within visibility,  there are still no specific standards on radiation levels for the designation of no-fly zones, and estimates show that decontamination work will also have to remove enough radioactive soil to fill 23 baseball stadiums.

 

 

From the air, NHK confirmed that the No. 3 reactor building is bent and squashed, and could identify the exposed steel containment structure, which appeared distorted by a hydrogen explosion.  The NHK report’s description of the steel structure  illustrates just how powerful the explosion was, in that it deformed steel so far away from the containment, and through so much free volume of air.

Workers in white and yellow protective gear were seen walking on the upper operating floors of the Reactor 4 building.  At a port used by the plant, some 10 workers wearing white protective suits were on a crane vessel working to cover the seabed with cement to block radioactive substances from spreading offshore.

The land ministry decided to scale back the no-fly zone from the 20-kilometer radius as it calculated that aerial radioactive readings around the plant had dropped to a safe level. The 3-kilometer radius took effect on Saturday.  Iitate is 35 kilometres northwest of Fukushima Dai-ichi, the residents of the village were caught in the path of dangerous winds that carried radioactive particles, including plutonium, much farther than anyone had initially expected, leaving several spots showed radiation levels exceeding those at the Fukushima Daiichi main compound.

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  1. richardperrycolumbia@shaw.ca'

    The site wasclosed so hope you get it.
    To remarks Don’t eat that; I put this out there deliberately to wake people up, they are not testing children’s lunches for radiation, whets up with that. The government of Japan wanted to send radioactive food to third world countries, whets up with that. The Japan government does nothing proactive, do improvements after public gets after them, whets up with that. The Japan government increased the allowable back ground radiation that is allowable, this means that the food chain radiation is increased also, whets up with that. The USA, Russia and many more countries advise a 60 mile no man’s land, Japan has set a 18 mile limit, whets up with that. The Japan government has been testing some food but for the most part say it is acceptable level even though other countries receive it and reject it, what’s up with that. So if they eat less radiation hopefully they will live longer, I suspect they are already mixing the food, some people on their own by eating less produce that they suspect high in radiation and eating produce they think is absent or has little radiation. This is a hell of a state these people are in and I hope it will not get any worse. We need to give them all the help we can, I am not pleased with my government Canada as they have refused entry for Japanese people because of Fukushima, it is disgraceful. I hope this clears the air a bit as I agree 100% what you said and hope this will open some eyes as to what’s up over there.

  2. unspokenhermit@gmail.com'

    The plant looking terrible. Perhaps Tepco is still trying to get it back to the operation which may never be possible.

    I just stumbled upon this study detailing high altitude radioactive contamination from Fukushima. It uses TEPCO and MEXT emission data to develop dispersion models of the radiation. If the models are correct the concentrations of contamination at upper altitudes are orders of magnitude higher than the concentrations at near ground levels.

    http://www.datapoke.org/blog/8/study-modeling-fukushima-npp-radioactive-contamination-dispersion-utilizing-chino-m-et-al-source-terms/

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