AEC chairman warned people within 170 km of Fukushima plant might need to relocate


  • AEC chairman warned people within 170 km of Fukushima plant might need to relocate

    Kondo assumed that in a worst-case scenario, another hydrogen explosion could occur in the No. 1, 2 or 3 reactor buildings, raising radiation levels. Continuing aftershocks would prevent workers from cooling down the reactors for an extended period and that all fuel in a pool for spent nuclear fuel in the No. 4 reactor building pool would melt. At the time, the pool held 1,535 fuel rods that could fill two nuclear reactors.

    If that happened, Kondo estimated the level of radioactive cesium per square meter of soil in areas within a 170-kilometer radius of the plant would surpass 1.48 million becquerels -- as high as that around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant shortly after the crisis there broke out. Moreover, he estimated areas within 250 kilometers from the plant, including Tokyo and Yokohama, would be contaminated with radioactive substances to a degree that residents would have to be evacuated at least temporarily.

    webmasters comment:

    If with 2 additional reactors ( rods in spent fuel pools) the evacuation zone would be 250 km, then with 3 meltdowns the evacuation zone would have to be 150km radius. All while jap gov is forcing people back to fukushima 30km from 3 meltdowns, just to try to paint a picture of a situation under control.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp