This Feb. 16, 2017 photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) shows a remote-controlled “scorpion” robot inside the Unit 2 reactor’s containment vessel at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan. (TEPCO via AP Photo)
One week after a hole in chamber 2 of the Fukishima nuclear reactor was discovered to be leaking highly toxic waste into the groundwater, radiation levels 9 times higher than those immediately after the disaster have been detected inside the reactor. A robot used to explore the internal chambers was destroyed by radiation over one hundred times more powerful than the level required to kill a human. Recent reports of an alarming increase in the global threat from the radiation appear to be misleading. The overall radiation levels in the immediate area and surrounding sea are declining. On the other hand, there is still no viable plan to contain or decommission the reactor which will remain toxic for hundreds of thousands of years.
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