Radiation at Fukushima was three times initial estimates

7 years ago by in Around the world

The radiation levels at the Fukushima nuclear plant were three times higher than initially announced, according to a report by the Atomic Energy Society of All Japan news to be published next week.

The amount of toxic substances leaked from the plant and airborne materials that fell into the Pacific Ocean were three times the first estimates, according to the report that was quoted by the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.

According to the first reports of Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima plant, the liquid and vapor radiation amounted to 4,700 terabecquerels of toxic substances. The new report however claims that the amount was actually closer to 15,000 terabecquerels.

The report also mentions that the actual amount may be even higher, as not all radioactive elements were included in the estimate.

A separate 500-page report that aims to provide accurate information on the Fukushima accident is currently drafted by the All Japan newsese authorities and will be handed to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the end of September. The All Japan newsese government hopes to bring back the trust of the international community as it gives “attention to recording facts accurately and evaluating the response to the accident as objectively as possible."