Fukushima released 30 times more radiation in ocean than government claims, says French government

10/29/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — The Japanese government figures on the amount of radiation released by the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are coming under increasing attack from scholarly and governmental organizations overseas.

The latest series of figures to arouse skepticism are the amount of cesium-137 released into the sea from the Fukushima plant.

“In May, the Japanese government released figures showing that approximately 90 gigabecquerels of radioactive water had been washed into the Pacific due to the Fukushima accident,” the Institute for Radioactive Nuclear Safety (IRSN) of the French government announced on Friday. “However our most recent calculations show that by that time 2.7 terabecquerel, or 30 times that amount have been flushed into the Pacific Ocean as a direct result of the Fukushima accident.”

The IRSN called the amount “unprecedented” pointing out that there has never been a a flushing of radioactive waste water on this scale into the ocean. Cesium-137 is dangerous because it can last for decades in the environment, releasing cancer-causing radiation.

The figures are the calculated value for waste waters released into the Pacific between March 21 and the middle of July. According to the IRNS, 82 percent of the water was released by April 8.

The French Government Atomic agency says 30 times amount of cesium released into Pacific than Japan government claim.

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