A Japanese company tasked with cleaning up Fukushima, the site of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, has admitted that its attempts to probe the site are failing repeatedly due to incredibly high levels of radiation. The radiation levels on the site are far higher than any human could possibly survive, so engineers are using purpose-built “scorpion” robots with cameras attached to survey the scale of the damage. The latest attempt to harvest data on Fukushima failed after a robot designed by Toshiba to withstand high radiation levels died five times faster than expected. The robot was supposed to be able to cope with 73 sieverts of radiation, but the radiation level inside the reactor was recently recorded at 530 sieverts. A single dose of one sievert is enough to cause radiation sickness and nausea; 5 sieverts would kill half those exposed to it within a month, and a single dose of 10 sieverts would prove fatal within weeks.
Independent 6th March 2017 read more »
After six years the multifaceted catastrophe continues to unfold, despite extensive and costly remediation efforts. As well as the unresolved crisis at the Daiichi nuclear plant itself, urban and rural areas remain highly contaminated and numerous psychological, emotional, physical, social, political and economic consequences continue to unfold for many people. Following the 2011 disaster, the permitted dose of non-occupational ionising radiation from a nuclear power plant was raised to 20 millisieverts per year for citizens of Fukushima. In the rest of Japan and the rest of the world the maximum permitted dose to a citizen is 1 millisievert per year, as recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). The‘20 millisieverts per year’ exhibition title refers to the maximum dose of ionising radiation originating from a nuclear power plant to which citizens of Fukushima can now be exposed in a year.
Lis Fields (accessed) 6th March 2017 read more »
The 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe may feel like ancient history in world constantly bombarded with news of the another tragedy or disaster. But for those who were impacted by the worst nuclear disaster in a generation, the crisis is far from over. And it iswomen and children that have borne the brunt of human rights violations resulting from it, both in the immediate aftermath and as a result of the Japan government’s nuclear resettlement policy.
Greenpeace 7th March 2017 read more »