BBC on Fukushima 11/9/13: hot spots: 180,000 cpm

There was a recent post about the disaster at Fukushima reported by BBC.   Reporters were allowed inside the reactor 4 building, where there are plans for fuel removal.   The place was clean.  The reporter had a Geiger Counter:

As our bus left reactor four and drove along the sea front, I pointed my new monitor out of the window towards reactor building three. Suddenly the needle started to spike – 1,000 counts per second, then 2,000, 3,000, finally it went off the scale.  There, outside the bus, just a few dozen meters away is the real dead zone, a place where it is still far too dangerous for anyone to go. No human has been inside reactor three since the disaster. To do so would be suicide. No-one knows when it will be possible to go in.   When I asked the same experts how long it would be until reactors one, two and three could be dismantled, they shook their heads. When I asked them where they thought the melted reactor cores were, they shook their heads again.

Baseline activity where I live in western Massachusetts is 13 cpm.  This count of 3,000 cps, or counts per second, or 180,000 cpm, or counts per minute, is over 10,000 times higher than baseline.  If the counts are this high in the air, then radioactivity is now being spread by the wind and the rain.  There is no discussion at all of what to do at these 3 reactors.  The Russians built a containment vessel over the reactor at Chernobyl.   Why is this not being done in Japan?

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