March 27, 2011 at 4:00 am
not sounding so harmless right now.
and I support thorium to burn the waste we have now to stop this happening. too much in dicey storage.
I am less concerned when I read this.
First ”TEPCO says it measured 2.9-billion becquerels of radiation per one cubic centimeter of water from the basement of the turbine building attached to the Number 2 reactor.” Think about diluting that with a cubic meter of water and note that the water in contained in the basement.
Second: ”TEPCO says the radioactive materials include 2.9-billion becquerels of iodine-134, 13-million becquerels of iodine-131, and 2.3-million becquerels each for cesium 134 and 137.” Iodine-134 has a half-life of 52.5 minutes and creates almost all of the radiation.