Deadly Radiation Levels Recorded Inside Reactor at Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

Posted on March 28, 2012

The Independent reports that fresh data overturns claims that Japan's troubled Fukushima nuclear power plant is under control. The Independent says Tepco engineers recorded radiation levels around 73 sieverts per hour inside the containment vessel of Reactor 2. This could kill a human within minutes. There was also much less water inside the reactor to cool it down than expected. Conditions inside two of the the other reactors could be even worse, but they are reportedly too badly damaged for close inspection to take place.

The BBC reports that the new data means decommissioning the planet will be much harder than previously thought, because special equipment will have to be designed to withstand the higher radiation levels.

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