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High radiation readings found at Fukushima tanks

National Sep. 01, 2013 - 03:40PM JST

TOKYO —

The operator of Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant said Saturday it had found new radiation hotspots near tanks storing toxic water, with one reading peaking at 1,800 millisieverts per hour—a potentially lethal dose.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) detected high radiation readings at four sites around the tanks although none of the containers showed any visible fall in their water levels, according to a statement reported by two Japanese news agencies.

Last week the plant operator admitted 300 tons of toxic water had seeped out of one of the vast containers—one of around 1,000 on the site—before anyone had noticed.

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Why not stop all cooling to Fukushima cores, let em melt down

Why not stop all cooling to Fukushima cores, let em melt down -- literally -- to 2,000 degrees, so they sink miles into the crust of the earth, below the water table, so we never have to deal with them again? Is there a risk of a core explosion above a certain temp? Is that temp higher than the melting point of the surrounding bedrock?

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

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The Pacific ocean dying & radioactive clouds are the problems...

.....for the next 10,000 years. In other words, we and life on this planet cease.

I think the problem is that

I think the problem is that when the 2,000 deg material hits the water table the steam explosion pretty much blows everything up and into the atmosphere.

Good times...

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

Any way to minimize the water table to prevent a steam explosion

Okay, but would there be a wayto minimize the water table to prevent a steam explosion, such as trenching the perimeter of the plant and dyking off the seaward side?

A full-scale meltdown doesn't seem to float any boats, but the idea is for this crap to just vanish into the earth and cover itself over with melted bedrock. By the time it hits density-parity, it would be at the mantle boundary, 12 miles down. Even if it contracted and went nuclear at that depth, it'd be just another earthquake.

Of course, I'm neither geologist nor nclear engineer. Just asking seeking outan alternative to the current mess.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

I really dont know much about

I really dont know much about it beyond the water table issue.

Now that I think about it, It doesnt seam like the guys working on the problem really know how to fix it any more than we do...

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

Always worth checking this

Always worth checking this sort of stuff out on the technical pages rather than the MSM. Another non issue beat up.

http://atomicinsights.com/update-fukushima-water-leaks-unrep...

Can't understand why they aren't wearing

Van Allan Radiation Belt proof, astronaut suits, and cleaning that place up.
Or could there be a problem with that?