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BBC - Tepco spokesman saying that huge spike in radiation was a mistaken reading

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 09:51:57 AM EST
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TEPCO retracts radioactivity test result

Tokyo Electric Power Company has retracted its announcement that 10 million times the normal density of radioactive materials had been detected in water at the Number 2 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The utility says it will conduct another test of the leaked water at the reactor's turbine building.

The company said on Sunday evening that the data for iodine-134 announced earlier in the day was actually for another substance that has a longer half-life.

The plant operator said earlier on Sunday that 2.9 billion becquerels per cubic centimeter had been detected in the leaked water.

It said although the initial figure was wrong, the water still has a high level of radioactivity of 1,000 millisieverts per hour.

Sunday, March 27, 2011 22:02 +0900 (JST)



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 10:12:10 AM EST
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1,000 millisieverts, thats a whole Sievert, wording it that way to make it sound less scary?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 10:34:15 AM EST
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Japanese nuclear firm admits error on radiation reading | World news | guardian.co.uk

Fresh doubt was cast on a Japanese firm's handling of the Fukushima nuclear crisis after officials admitted overstating high levels of radiation that prompted an evacuation.

Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) said initial reports of levels 10m times higher than normal in parts of the No 2 reactor were inaccurate, although it was unable to say by how much. The initial report said the worker who made the measurement, in a pool of water in the reactor's basement turbine building, had fled before taking a second reading.

The worker's discovery prompted another evacuation at the site, halting work to pump and store radioactive water that has built up in the turbine buildings of three of the plant's six reactors.

Tepco said later that the pool of water had been contaminated with radiation but the extremely high reading was a mistake. "The number is not credible," said a spokesman, Takashi Kurita. "We are very sorry." Kurita said officials were taking another sample to get accurate levels, but did not know when the results would be announced.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 10:36:27 AM EST
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Japan says very high radiation reading at reactor was wrong | Reuters

(Reuters) - The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant said on Monday a very high radiation reading that had sent workers fleeing the No. 2 reactor was erroneous.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) vice-president Sakae Muto apologized for Sunday's error, which added to alarm inside and outside Japan over the impact of contamination from the complex which was hit by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

Radiation in the water was a still worrying 100,000 times higher than normal, rather than 10 million times higher as originally stated, Muto said.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 01:03:44 PM EST
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Reading not credible, eh? "It can't possibly be that high!"
by asdf on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 03:28:35 PM EST
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a test run to see how the public will react, or another surreal example of incompetence?

oh well, give or take a few zeros, close enough for rock and roll.

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 11:00:17 PM EST
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Well we do keep having mistakes, and things always turn out to be better than the mistake after an hour or two, Im vaguely suspicious this is a corporate PR strategy, If so management and PR firm need encasing in concrete and dropping into the deep ocean along with the waste.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Mar 28th, 2011 at 06:42:35 AM EST
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it smells fishy to me too.

not very encouraging...

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Mar 28th, 2011 at 01:51:41 PM EST
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