Plutonium detected outside Fukushima

Just yesterday I posted on Firedoglake that this was bound to happen. Now Fox News has confirmed it. This is horrible news. My heart goes out to those workers. They need better equipment and international support asap.

Power company officials say plutonium has been detected in the soil outside of the stricken Japanese nuclear complex. Tokyo Electric Power Co. says in a statement that the plutonium was discovered Monday in five locations around the plant, which has been leaking radiation for nearly two weeks.

I hope the plutonium doesn’t get into groundwater or seawater. The plutonium contamination will mean that the area around the plant will not be livable for many, many years. Japan will have a Fukushima exclusion zone like Chernobyl with no entry except for radiological inspections and maintenance allowed. I predict that this will be at least at the 12km exclusion zone.

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