Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Radiation Level Spikes Highest Since Nuclear Meltdowns In 2011

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Today a containment vessel located at the de-established Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has reached radiation levels that are extremely dangerous, the Japan Times reports.

The radiation reading of 530 sieverts per hour means the radiation levels are at the highest level since the reactor experienced its three nuclear meltdowns in March 2011, near six years ago, and was among the deadliest accidents ever recorded in human history.

To give you an idea of how dangerous the radiation is currently, 530 sieverts is dangerous enough to kill people even after a mere brief exposure, making the containment resolution tough for the government and Tokyo Power Electric Company or TEPCO. 4 sieverts is enough to kill one in two people, and a 1 sievert reading is enough to result in hair loss and infertility, the Japan Times explains, citing the National Institute of Radiological Sciences.

Radiation experts have come to the consensus that the high readings are a result of escaped melted fuel.

The Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant experienced three meltdowns and explosions after a Tsunami-caused earthquake shattered Japan’s eastern coast. The cleanup will take decades sources report.

Read more here: https://www.cnet.com/news/deathly-high-radiation-levels-at-fukushima-nuclear-reactor-is-bad-bad-news/