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Japan is considering increasing the severity of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima to level 7, the same as Chernobyl, amidst ongoing radioactive leakage and the doubling in size of the evacuation zone.

Hourly radioactive leakage from the plant is being estimated to have reached a maximum of 10,000 terabecquerels. The scale of total leakage is not yet known.

For comparison, the total leakage of radioactive iodine from Chernobyl is estimated at 1.8 million terabecquerels (at a rate of 10,000TBq/h, this could be reached in a week), with a further 380 terabecquerels of strontium and plutonium contamination.

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Accordingly, the government is considering elevated the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale scale of the disaster from 6 to 7, the highest level possible and the level assigned to Chernobyl.

Although recovery efforts at the plant have survived several powerful aftershocks, Tepco have already dumped huge amounts of radioactive coolant into the sea whilst various parts of the core apparently remain open to the atmosphere.

The government is also increasing the size of the 20km evacuation zone around the plant to 30km after new data showed radiation levels increasing towards unhealthy levels, although in fact evacuation orders for areas as far away as 40km have been issued.

The indirect effects of the crisis also continue to mount – the government’s efforts to cover up the extent of radioactive contamination of the region’s agricultural produce is now in danger of causing a national food scare.

Rather than simply ban agricultural produce from the region, in an effort to preserve the reputation of the areas affected the government has increased the allowable radiation in the area’s rice crop by a factor of ten.

Additionally, it has emerged that when regional milk producers had their produce tested for radiation, rather than be tested individually they were allowed to dilute their milk with less radioactive milk from other areas.

As a result of these measures there is now concern that consumers worried (generally unreasonably) about contamination will feel they are unable to trust any food sold in eastern Japan, as apart from home cooking there is no practical way of knowing whether such food includes contaminated ingredients.

Short of an actual nuclear explosion (thankfully regarded as a near impossibility), it is hard to see how matters could be much worse.

Update: The level has since been officially raised to 7, with Kan saying he has “no problem” with the decision.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:35 12/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Fuck yeah throwing radioactive Shit into the sea! Godzilla! Godzilla!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:01 12/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    the birth of the legendary raping tentacular monster

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:29 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Giant tentacle Japanese women raping small men........O_o fuck yes!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:48 12/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Henceforth they will be known as NEEDLESS

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:46 12/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Such is life in the zone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:56 12/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    GET OUT OF HERE S.T.A.L.K.E.R!

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    Comment by Kuraudo
    09:48 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Now all we need is a C-Consciousness experiment and delicious artifacts will be had by all!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:55 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    they better start building underground shelter like the Vault in fallout.

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    Comment by Era
    09:46 14/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    *coughs gallows humor *coughs*

    Comment by Anonymous

    really SC dwellers brain capacity is at subnormal levels. or you wouldn't be kidding around so cheerfully at such a disaster. for once i justify your crude remarks at elders, but not taking such matters so lightly.
    the world is way damaged, and well you will outlive most of us, so is you who will get stuck with all the shit for more time than i care to know.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:46 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    next thing you know, a ultra sized octopus or squid takes over Japan. Now this be an awesome snack for Godzilla to nom nom nom on

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:56 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    then ultraman comes in to save the day.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:23 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ORE GA ULTRAMAN DA!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:45 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ultraman Zero :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:42 12/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Officially, it's still a level 5 in the INES. Care to share the source that speculates about the level increase?

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    Comment by awesome
    06:22 12/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    dude, it's sankaku, they troll you

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:50 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Umm this time Sankaku is correct. Just search google dude.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:52 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    BBC website is noew reporting the level incres.. go argu with them

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    Comment by Artefact
    08:06 13/04/2011 # ! Astronomical

    The source was in the article to begin with. If you can't even manage a link you have no business impugning the reliability of articles here or anywhere else on the Internet.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    07:48 12/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I-Shit-Hara for being a Governor for the fourth time is the more worst than a Level 10 Nuclear disaster.

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    Comment by Gitami
    09:09 12/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Allow me to imitate Ishihara.

    This is divine punishment for electing Ishihara. It may be harsh to hear but suck it up Japan.

    and

    Punishment may have indeed be too harsh say but consider yourself fortunate that this is divine warning so next time when you go to election voluntarily restrain yourself from voting Ishihara's party, that is if the warning doesn't escalate to punishment in the meantime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:46 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    ahur ahur ahur because anime is totally more impotant than the people that can u know, make it. they can teach fucks over in any area to draw it correct, oh wait

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    Comment by TheSwordUser
    04:14 12/04/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    And then, thanks to much radioactive shit dumped into the sea, squids will mutate into lolis and invade the world.
    The end.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:23 12/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I, for one, welcome our new squid loli overlords.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:10 17/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    do want. come invade us

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:39 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    MINI IKA DO FUKKEN WANT

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    Comment by alidan
    14:23 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck the mini, give me the full size one

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:15 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dont think that squid will actually mutate into a loli, but something more like a kraken.

    *think for a minute and came to conclusion*

    holy shit. real life tentacle!

    *fap, fap, fap, fap*

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:30 12/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Wait, and what is the wrong part about it?
    We save our asses from radiation AND get lolis, look like a win-win to me.

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    Comment by SunnyJ
    04:21 12/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    So what your saying is Ika Musume will become a reality?

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    04:26 12/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    That's a bad/good thing right?

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    Comment by Naoli
    07:22 12/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    that's a good thing :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:18 12/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    More like the beginning of a better world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:19 12/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Every cloud has a silver lining!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:48 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    they will Kill Ishihara first with a cute sense of cold steel.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:58 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No i'd think its better if squids a tentacle monster that loves to rape people. Or wait both could do! The female squids turn into cute little squid loli's and males squids into tentacle raping monster. That way i'm sure everyone would be satisfied!

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    Comment by Era
    09:48 14/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quality! And for a reason.
    You made my day.

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    Comment by Miriandandes
    06:37 12/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Fro all accounts, on here and other places, this is nowhere near the severity of Chernobyl, so I don't know why people are being fucking retarded about it. Overblown hysteria, it causes more problems than the original problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:39 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    On the contrary, this IS as bad as Chernobyl, but in a less flashy way. At Chernobyl they had one bad reactor, at Fukushima they have 3 and a spent fuel pond with much more fuel than Chernobyl had that they are trying to keep under control. Unlike Chernobyl, there was not a massive dispersion of heavier elements, but more subtly a very large area of a country with a much smaller land area has been contaminated for several generations - 50+ years - with radioactive Cesium. They are still experiencing a continuing slow release of radioactive contamination, which perhaps would be trivial 20km away for a day but which may continue to be vented for months or even years. Also, only a lucky wind blew the great mass of the contamination away from Tokyo and land in general.

    This is both less serious than people realize and much more serious than people realize. No, tons of people aren't dropping dead, but yes, Japan has a permanent involuntary park and there will be quite a bit of cancer unless they are very through in keeping it out of food and keeping people far enough away. The question is "how much cancer?" and "is this because of all the other pollution or is this due to Fukushima?"

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:44 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sure most would rather er on the side of caution. Maybe move in next door and birth us a mutant baby :)

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    Comment by Kuraudo
    09:52 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The fact of the matter is that this survived an amazing act of natural destruction that no one anticipated. These reactors aren't even built to withstand that kind of punishment; frankly, it's a testament to their engineering skill that it survived as much as it did.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I agree. No one in their wildest imaginations though a 9.0 earthquake could even occur and that it could trigger such a massive tsunami.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Chernobyl was 1 cheaply built reactor facility which went bad. Japans single area has 6 reactor facilities on it. No portection cement wall exists between any of the reactors so stuff from one goes into all near it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:11 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes it shows that you have no fucking idea what are you talking about ..

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:48 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And even if there were many back up systems once the water got into them there was way no way to get them to function.

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    Comment by Bizany
    08:55 12/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    A nuclear explosion from a nuclear power plant isn't a near-impossibility; it IS an impossibility. Atomically speaking, the uranium used in a power plant is nearly all U-236 (with a small amount of enriched U-238), while an A-bomb consists of U-238.

    When a U-236 molecule breaks apart in a nuclear reaction, it only releases a single neutron with which to continue the chain reaction, meaning the reaction rate cannot continue to multiply its force. Also, due to atoms consisting mostly of empty space, the chance that the released neutron will actually trigger the uranium atom next to it isn't exceptionally large; thus, not only can U-236 not multiply its force, but it also cannot sustain a reaction very well. This why they partially enrich the nuclear fuel U-236 with a very small amount of U-238, so that it can at least sustain a healthy chain reaction.

    The uranium that used to be used in atom bombs (before Plutonium took its place) was enriched U-238. Instead of releasing a single neutron like U-236, U-238 releases multiple neutrons with which to carry on the reaction, meaning that the chain reaction quickly multiplies in force. Also, an atom bomb is packed with chemical explosives surrounding the uranium core - these detonate first in order to compact the core as much as possible, thereby helping to reduce the distance between atoms, ensuring that released neutrons will not miss other uranium atoms. All of this results in a reaction that multiplies in force so quickly that it is basically instantaneous.

    What CAN explode in a nuclear reactor is the steam. An out-of-control reactor produces intense ammounts of heat, causing the water surrounding the reactor to build up an immense amount of steam pressure, eventually leading to a pressure explosion of that. (e.g. Chernobyl's two explosions)

    I hope this helps clear up some general mis-conceptions that people have of nuclear energy; I highly encourage people with questions to study up on it. <:

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:21 13/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is a small problem. U-238 is inert, while it can be enriched during hydrogen bomb explosion to Pu, it requires fast n. U-235, and U-233 are these fissile isotopes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:11 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    A Nuclear Explosion is not "A Near Impossibility" it is a flat out Impossibility. A Nuclear reactor does not...

    a) Have the correct type of fissionable material for an explosion. The purity levels are way too low.

    b) Do not have the right kind of equipment to induce a nuclear explosion.

    Chernobyl was not even a true "Nuclear Explosion". Do you remember the Hydrogen explosions that happened in Japan during the original stages of this situation? Well because of a poor design in Chernobyl one of those went of inside the reaction chamber throwing LARGE amounts of nuclear debris over miles of area.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Right the explosion wont be like a real atomic bomb but like a dirty bomb as in blowing the now melted chain reaction core items into dust and scattering it high into the air as with and like the hydrogen release explosions. But still the cloud would go around the world a few times.

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    Comment by Kuraudo
    09:50 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You guys are correct; the amount of hysteria over this is driving me nuts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:10 15/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    finally a smart person!
    -La nyah

    Comment by Dark Mage
    13:24 12/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    On the cloud it would become too dispersed to harm any thing before it makes land fall in the next country.

    If the stuff was deadly as some people say we would have completely wiped ourselves out back in the 50s and early 60s.

    Have any idea how much radiative material was released during Tzar Bomba and Castle Bravo?

    The most damaging fallout from this won't be radioactive but instead political.
    Clueless people may become apposed to all things nuclear vs understanding the situation and merely calling for modernization and replacement of older designs with safer modern ones.
    The damage they'll do could be hundreds of times worse then this plant or even Chernobyl.
    You might as well completely forget about the Kyoto protocol as one of the most important tools in meeting the carbon emission reductions will be eliminated.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:30 13/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    1 tonne of Tritium which is a genetic mutagen. On the other hand it was released into stratosphere where it could orbit fairly nicely without worrying of being washed down by a rain.
    Rest of that 50 MT explosion was fairly harmless.

    In contrast to that above bomb, current problem produced quite a bit of highly radioactive substances that were thrown into the ocean. Obviously that Iodine is far from harmless, and it would appear in the food chain. Japanese had some experience with Hg poisoning from fish, now they might get problems with this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:08 13/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are not only the clueless that are opposed to all things nuclear and fueling hysteria.
    Green hardliners don't only want CO2 reduction, they want radical population reduction combined with deindustrialization.

    So everyone can live happily on organic farms, in villages separated by natural parks, to preserve human biodiversity. (racial segregation is the logical continuation of environmentalist principals that are currently applied to plants and animals. Although usually left out in schoolbooks, genetic differences in human populations are greater than those between species that are not intended to breed together in a zoo, like different kinds of wolf and coyote...)

    Using nuclear energy (especially breeder and later fusion) would enable humanity to keep its current population, energy consumption and lifestyle without "killing" the planet with CO2.
    And there seem to be quite a few that don't like this prospect, preferring an, if necessary forced, radical change in human behavior.

    Those advocating technology might consider humanity to be the ecosystems reproductive organ, intended to send seeds to other planets.
    Or simply a natural part of earths fauna.

    But the closer you get to Greenwar and WWFuck supporters the more the interpretation flips to a tumor or disease that needs to be contained or eradicated, aggressively if necessary...

    (wasn't Tzar Bomba an extremely clean bomb [possibly lowest fallout in relation to power of all tested devices] I remember reading that the design could have been set to up to 100Mt but 50Mt yield was chosen to minimize fallout... yet considering it's power that doesn't necessarily mean much...)







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