TEPCO finds sign of fresh nuclear fission at Fukushima reactor
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday there may be signs of fresh nuclear fission in the No. 2 reactor at its quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant and that it has begun injecting boric acid to control a possible nuclear reaction.
There has been no change in the temperature, pressure and radiation levels at the reactor, whose nuclear fuel is believed to [...]
Original estimates of xenon and krypton releases remain the same, but a TEPCO recalculation shows dramatic increases in the release of hot particles. This confirms the results of air filter monitoring by independent scientists. Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen explains how hot particles may react in mammals while escaping traditional detection. Reports of a metallic taste in the mouth, such as those now being reported in [...]
Fukushima Potential Releases, Xe-133 Total Column for March 29-April 2, 2011, Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), March 29, 2011:
* Although xenon is not toxic, its compounds are highly toxic — CRC handbook of chemistry
Plutonium, Iodine, Tellurium, Xenon, Cesium, etc. Throwing around the names of these elements reminded me of an amazing song by legendary satirist Tom Lehrer, from the 60′s, called The Element Song.
If you’ve never heard this, prepare to have your jaw drop (at least a little). Definitely worth 1:25 or so of your time, and might generate a few chuckles:
Radioactive Xenon 133:
Additionally, below is a projection of radioactive Iodine over Japan…
And radioactive Cesium over the Pacific
Source: Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG)