Fukushima Nuclear Plant Discharged Record Amount of Radioactive Material

October 31 00:00 2011

New York, October 31 (rainbownewsline.com) – The biggest discharge of radioactive material into the ocean in history took place when the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan was destroyed. According to a study by the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety, which is funded by the French government, the radioactive cesium that flowed into the ocean from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant was 20 times the amount estimated by its owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co.

Tokyo Electric’s Fukushima station that was damaged in the March earthquake and Tsunami might have emitted more than double the company’s estimate of atmospheric release at the height of the worst civil atomic crisis since Chernobyl in 1986. The report, which is the second in a week, has questioned the veracity of the estimates from the Japanese government and the operator of the plant.

About 27,000 terabecquerels of radioactive cesium 137 are estimated to have been leaked into the sea from the Fukushima plant, north of Tokyo as per the Oceanic study. Cesium 137 is a source of concern for public health because the radioactive isotope has a half-life of 30 years. The three melted reactors and at least one damaged spent- fuel pool may have emitted 35,800 terabecquerels of cesium 137 into the atmosphere at the height of the nuclear disaster.