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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fukushima Daiichi / High Rad Levels, continued

We do have a fresh report here at 1:30 PM Eastern that TEPCO has indeed not only evacuated 730 out of 800 site workers at Fukushima Daiichi due to radiation levels, but (as warned on this blog at 10:55 PM Monday evening) the stay times on site have been greatly reduced. In fact, apparently stay time in the reactor plant control rooms is an incredibly short ten minutes. Supposedly, operators have "retreated" to some other location to monitor events, but we're not too sure where that is or what plant indications can be seen from there.

Needless to say this control room evacuation is highly complicating. Further, as warned, occupational exposure limits for anyone who has been involved with the plant operations and has a good handle on things will be reached much more quickly with the result that they will have to suffice as remote consultants.

Earlier reports had indicated some lowering in rad levels, and had indicated also that it might be true that the highest readings were mostly around No. 3 plant but this is speculative and supported only by a couple stories, so we'll wait for better data to describe any change in rad levels. More as it happens.

ATOMIC POWER REVIEW 1:35 PM Eastern Tuesday 3/15

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