Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 debris removal operations released 280 billion becquerels per hour

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Debris removal operations being carried out at the Unit 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are being blamed for large releases of radiation into the environment.
Debris removal operations being carried out at the Unit 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are being blamed for large releases of radiation into the environment.

TEPCO has announced that they estimate some 1.1 trillion becquerels of radiation was released during debris cleanup operations at the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 reactor.  According to TEPCO’s estimates the removal work generated 280 billion becquerel per hour releases.

Some of the radioactive cesium which was released during the debris removal operations was found over 12 miles away in Minami Soma rice fields.

The Fukushima Daiichi plant is still estimated to be releasing 10 million becquerels per hour of radioactive materials.

The debris cleanup operations at the Unit 3 reactor released more radiation into the environment then will be released from the plant in the next 12.5 years at the estimated 10,000,000 becquerel per hour leak rate.

TEPCO officials stressed that the precise amount of radioactive materials that had escaped during the debris removal operations is still unknown.

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  1. Well, Huh Huh Huh Gee Wizz. I guess if cleaning up causes more mess then, well, well, we could just pour cement over it like they do in Ukraine. Yea that is what we could do. Yes now that is what I call Pompeii Solution.
    Lets all write letters and maybe Japan will hear our call for brand new well sequel brand new actual idea Pompeii solution “Just bury everything” was new Aug. 24 79AD.

  2. @Chris. Not that simple. The cores have melted into the ground. Putting concrete on top will change nothing. Also the reactors are located right next to the ocean.

  3. Christopher, you made no sense, and dumping concrete on the reactors would cause worldwide devastation on an epic scale. Do your research on spent fuel pools, also dump and ignore would cause a nuclear explosion. Concrete becomes vapor to stand up to a nuclear explosion.

  4. The first few days after the tsunami the radioactive emissions from the 3 plants was measured in hundred trillion Bq/hr. By comparison, this recent release is just a sputter.

    That being said, it would seem that measures could have been taken to limit the release.

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