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Monday, May 9, 2011

High rad levels: Fukushima Daiichi No. 1

As we might have expected, and had read scattered echoes of, there are indeed some quite high radiation levels inside No. 1 reactor building at Fukushima Daiichi. Right now Kyodo is reporting a level of about 70 R/hr which has been detected in one area... where that is exactly, we don't know. With the known fuel damage, rad levels of this caliber are not surprising; surely, portable and temporary shielding will have to be brought in, and rigid stay times enforced. We'll give more data as the work continues in No. 1 and more readings are revealed.

5:55 AM Eastern Monday 5/9

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