This is the Google translation of the Swedish article.
It is worth reading and thinking about what he is saying.
I still remember the days after Tjernobyl when Soviet leaders were all over the news denying the ‘fact’ that anything had happened and were assuring the world that there was nothing to be worried about. We all know what was true and what was pure propaganda.
I am not nuclear scientist, I don’t know if the Japanese are honest to share the real problem with the world or not, but I believe I can trust this guy.
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“IMPOSSIBLE NOT DEAD” Frigyes Reisch, an associate professor in nuclear safety, has worked for the Nuclear Power Inspectorate, SKI, and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Reisch believes that the authorities in Japan blinds the danger of the wrecked nuclear power station Fukushima. “This is comparable to Chernobyl. It is impossible to not die of radiation. ”
One of the power plants at present have a problem with the cooling system is one Fukushima, about 25 mil north east of Greater Tokyo.
Fukushima one has six reactors built between 1971 and 1979.
Reactors 4-6 were closed for maintenance by the earthquake. 1.2 and 3 were operating, but were scram.
Unit 1, which so far had the biggest problems, was commissioned in 1971 and has an electrical power of 460 megawatts. It can be compared with the Swedish Oskarshamn first Unit 1 of Fukushima one was exposed at the weekend for an explosion.
Reactor 3 was commissioned in 1976 and has an electrical power of 784 megawatts. It was exposed on Sunday night for an explosion.
Reactor 3 at Fukushima one was on Monday morning big problem with its cooling system.
Problems have also arisen from the Tokai NPP 2 and NPP in Onagawa.
Japan’s nuclear power plants
Japan has 17 nuclear power plants with 55 reactors in operation. Ten companies own and operate within the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan (FEPC) 52 light water reactors. Three private companies own and operate the other three.
The reactors have a combined capacity of 49 467 megawatts.
Two reactors are under construction, and there are plans to build another eleven.
What is a meltdown?
A meltdown is serious injury of a nuclear reactor, which means that its inner part, the hearth, in whole or in part is melted. The meltdown can occur if the normal cooling system is not working and härdnödkylsystemet not activated, or if the reactor power rises far above the allowable limits. Meltdown occurred in 1979 at the nuclear plant at Three Mile Island in the U.S. and in 1986 at Chernobyl in Ukraine.
Former nuclear accidents:
In March 1979 occurred in a reactor nuclear power plant Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania. A valve had stopped in the open position so that the steam pouring out of the reactor. The reactor overheated and fuel were damaged, leading to a partial meltdown. Inside the plant where radiation is high, but spill into the environment was nevertheless small.
The reactor accident at Chernobyl occurred on 26 April 1986. When the power station staff would conduct an experiment in reactor number four reactor power rose to 100 times normal full power. 200 people serious radiation injury and 32 people died within three months after the accident.
It has also occurred more and some minor incidents, such as a uranium leak at a secret facility in Tennessee, USA, in August 1979, four radioactive leaks at Tsuruga nuclear plant in Japan in 1981 and an explosion at a secret plant in Siberia in April 1993.
Swedish nuclear expert: The accident should be classified as the worst on the scale
Fukushima is as serious as Chernobyl.
It says Frigyes Reisch, one of Sweden’s leading experts on nuclear safety.
But in the seven INES scale is classified as an accident only four of the Japanese authorities.
– It says the result of economic interests. This is a seven, “said Reisch.
INES scale is set by the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, and based on how the accident risk the health of the environment. Every step of the scale is about ten times worse than the previous.
The most serious nuclear accident – Chernobyl in 1986 – were classified into 7 of 7.
Since the earthquake and tsunami last Friday, four nuclear power stations in northeastern Japan reported injuries. Most serious injuries appear to be in the Fukushima Daiichi complex where a meltdown or “partial meltdown” has been found in Unit 1 and 3.
The Japanese government has rated the situation to a four on the INES scale, which means “an accident without significant risk to the environment”.
Totally wrong, as Frigyes Reisch:
– This is absolutely comparable with Chernobyl. It’s about the impact on a large area with many people and local release of radioactive material that is likely to be the case of lethal doses, “he says.
Trainers from the IAEA
Frigyes Reisch, 78, is associate professor of nuclear safety at the Royal Institute of Technology. Over 27 years, until 1997, he worked for the Nuclear Power Inspectorate, SKI.
1993 he worked for a year for the IAEA as an international educator in the INES scale, including in Russia and the Czech Republic.
Frigyes Reisch believes that the Japanese authorities blinds danger of Fukushima to keep people quiet – but also of national scope:
– There is tremendous commercial interest in this. The entire world’s nuclear industry is Japanese.
“Breathe in the steam”
As an example, he nuclear fuel plant Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB in Västerås, which is owned by Japanese giant Westinghouse Electric Company.
The second global nuclear power giant, General Electric Hitachi Nuclear Energy, has Japanese majority ownership.
The authorities in Japan have so far not reported any deaths due to radiation.
– Given all the rescue workers who worked closely with the affected units and inhaled radioactive steam, it is in reality impossible to not die of radiation, “said Frigyes Reisch.
Robert Finck, radiation expert at the Nuclear Power Inspectorate, would not comment on the Japanese colleagues Ines-classification.
– It is not our place to judge the correctness of this. There is a huge uncertainty about what is happening inside the reactor, “he says.
But Frigyes Reisch stands firm in its assessment. He says it is difficult to rule in the authorities:
– During my years at SKI, I would not have talked as freely, but now I’m retired and can say that it is.
So far, winds have been westerly and blowing out the radioactivity of the Pacific Ocean. But according to forecasts, they will during the day today to turn around and start blowing north – with the chance of precipitation.
Millions may suffer
– It’s not good. I do not know how many people who live north of Fukushimaanläggningen, but I guess it is so densely populated that there are a few million, “said Frigyes Reisch.
How far the radioactive particles can be spread due to local conditions. After the Chernobyl accident did Gavle, 100 mil from Chernobyl, most radioactive precipitation in Sweden.
– There was no one then could have predicted. You could see the wind direction, but not where it would come down.