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CNN's JOHN KING - June 7, 2011  
Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen talks to CNN's John King about the dangers of the radiation
situation in Japan. What are called 'Hot Particles' are now being breathed in by the population in
parts of the USA. As many as 5 particles of charged material is entering the lungs and
respiratory track of the people - We have now reached the place where there is no running from
what is in the air, Gundersen said. Interview below.
                                                     June 9, 2011
           Daily Telegraph - UK

Nuclear fuel has melted through base of Fukushima plant. The nuclear fuel in three of the reactors at
the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant has melted through the base of the pressure vessels and is
pooling in the outer containment vessels, according to a report by the Japanese government .

By Julian Ryall, Tokyo
1:06AM BST 09 Jun 2011
The findings of the report, which has been given to the International Atomic Energy Agency, were
revealed by the Yomiuri newspaper, which described a "melt-through" as being "far worse than a core
meltdown" and "the worst possibility in a nuclear accident."

A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the company is presently revising the road-map for
bringing the plant under control, including the time required to achieve cold shutdown of the reactors.

In a best-case scenario, the company says it will be able to achieve that by October, although that
may have to be revised in light of the report.

Water that was pumped into the pressure vessels to cool the fuel rods, becoming highly radioactive in
the process, has been confirmed to have leaked out of the containment vessels and outside the
buildings that house the reactors.

Tepco said it is trying to contain the contaminated water and prevent it from leaking into the sea, but
elevated levels of radiation have been confirmed in the ocean off the plant.

The radiation will also have contaminated the soil and plant and animal life around the facility, making
the task of cleaning up more difficult and expensive, as well as taking longer.

The experts have also yet to come up with a plan for decommissioning the ruined plant. Studies have
estimated that the cost of the accident at Fukushima may rise as high as $250 billion over the next 10

The pressure vessel of the No. 1 reactor is now believed to have suffered damage just five hours
after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, contrary to an estimation released by Tepco, which
estimated the failure at 15 hours later.

Melt-downs of the fuel in the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors followed over the following days with the molten
fuel collecting at the bottom of the pressure vessels before burning through and into the external
steel containment vessels.

The fuel appears to be stable at present as it is being cooled by water pumped into the vessels,
although it will complicate the emergency recovery plan put forward by the government.

The report comes after Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency doubled its initial estimate of
the amount of radioactivity that was released from the plant in the days immediately after it was
destroyed by the tsunami.

In early April, the agency said some 370,000 terabecquerels escaped from the facility. It now believes
that figure was 770,000 terabecquerels. One terabecquerel is a trillion becquerels, the standard
measure of radiation, while the permissible level of iodine-131 for vegetables and fish is 2,000
becquerels per kilogram.

Combined, the two announcements will raise further questions about the true scale of the problem at
the plant and the measures being taken to get the situation under control.

"The recovery effort at the plant is likely to be more difficult as they will not be able to use their
previous plan to contain the fuel," Yoshiaki Oka, a professor of nuclear science at Tokyo's Waseda
University told The Daily Telegraph.

"So it may take longer and be more difficult, but it is something they have to do.

"But we now know that this happened at the very beginning of the accident, so I see no particular
additional effects on human health," he said.

Full Story.
                                Thanks to Steve Balon and  website: Surfing the Apocalypse
Additional recent data - Update on Fukishima

Tom Burnett is an independent investigative journalist who is following closely the developments at
Fukushima. During his most recent interview on Rense, the following information was provided.
1) Reactors 1, 2 and 3 have melted down. There is nothing anyone can do about the situation other
than keep pouring more fresh water on the glowing glob. This will keep the material at a lower fissile
level, but the treatment cannot go on indefinitely, and all the irradiated water is going straight into the
ocean where it can be circulated far and wide.

2) There is available on the site, over 4,000 metric tons of nuclear fuel material both fresh and used.
This is over 24 times the amount at Chernobyl, which, by the way, will soon have a new concrete
tomb placed around it because the radiation ate through the first one. This entombment process will
have to be repeated for thousands of years unless science finds a way to change the nature of the
material. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission guidelines recommend a maximum human radiation
exposure to 3 millisieverts per year. Fukushima is putting out 235 sieverts per hour. That is
28,592,667 times the maximum recommended amount.

3) The dead zone around Fukushima will most likely include Tokyo in the near future, and may
eventually make all of Japan uninhabitable.

4) The glowing glob is slowly eating its way down through the containment vessel and building, and
will ultimately continue sinking into the ground. Once there, pouring more water on it will not help. The
material will at some point contact ground water at which time, there will be a major steam explosion
sending irradiated material into the air and the ocean.

This is the most disastrous event in known human history, but you will hear little of it since the
authorities do not want to stampede the public. Instead, they will let people slowly cook in the giant
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