BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Although in 2013, Japan’s prime-minister declared that the plant was under control, today Fukushima radiations raise concerns.
When the International Olympic Committee decided that the Olympic Games in 2020 will take place in Japan, Japanese officials have assured the members that radiation won’t be a problem as the effects of radioactivity are being blocked within 0.3 square km of the nuclear plant’s premises.
From then the problem has worsened. It seems that the plant is not under but out of control as the Japanese are not able to withhold the plant’s power, nor do they know how much nuclear fuel there is or any details about the future of the reactors. Moreover, in October this year very high radiation levels were reported outside the vessels. The maximum radiation dose can kill a person in 45 minutes.
Furthermore, it looks like TEPCO is unable to locate the corium in Reactor No.2. The corium is the hot melted nuclear core and if it happens to penetrate the vessel and reach the ground it can rapidly spread into the surrounding soil and water.
Although many Japan officials claim that the Fukushima problem is not in fact a problem and that radioactivity levels are still low and cannot affect Tokyo, reality says otherwise. For example, water contaminated by radiation was discovered at a purification plant in Kanemachi, one of Tokyo’s districts.
What is even more concerning for the U.S. is that Fukushima radiations are reaching our West Coast. Scientists have been collecting samples of water in which they found radiation was higher than normal with about 50%. However, the quantity is almost negligible as the radiation levels are still 500 times lower compared to the safety limit prescribed by the American government.
However, in Japan the problem still exists and according to some people, Japanese officials are trying to cover it up in light of the approaching Olympic Games. The have recently announced that the construction of the Olympic Stadium will soon start and the investment is of $1.3 billion. But the question remains: how safe will it be to gather thousands of people in a place that is located so close to a nuclear power that could at any time provoke a disaster.
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