On Tuesday this week, workers at Fukushima inserted a remote control endoscope probe into Reactor Two to assess damage. Tests came back with radiation levels far higher than expected.
On 11 March, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit the east coast of Japan, followed by a massive tsunami. The Fukushima Nuclear Plant was badly damaged by the earthquake, which caused 3 of the reactors to melt down. In the days following this accident, a huge amount of radiation was released into the atmosphere. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from the immediate area, leaving most of their possessions and pets behind them.
On Tuesday, 27 March 2012, Fukushima workers ran tests using a remote control endoscope probe, which they inserted into Reactor Two. The probe was equipped with a video camera, dosimeter and a thermometer. Measurements taken showed that radiation levels were up to 10 times the lethal dose. It also found that the level of cooling water in the reactor is significantly lower than it should be. The results were published on Tuesday.
This was bad news for thousands of people living in the surrounding areas, who have been in constant fear of radiation exposure since the disaster happened a year ago.
The workers have not as yet examined the other 2 melted-down reactors. However, they fear that the condition of these reactors could possibly be even worse.
RT advises that the management of the Tepco company, owners of the nuclear plant, say that these findings will not affect the process of cooling down the nuclear fuel.
These assurances do not help to calm the locals and a recent study by psychiatrists at Fukushima Medical University established that around 25% of the residents who were hospitalized after the disaster last year have been diagnosed with psychiatric disorders over their fears of radiation.
Japanese authorities and Tepco representatives have been caught lying about the true situation at Fukushima on numerous occasions, which adds to the overwhelming stress on the residents.
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