Fukushima radioactive waste is amazingly large!
TEPCO officials admit that over 2 trillion becquerels flowed from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific ocean in JUST 10 MONTHS.
TEPCO estimates that this water has been carrying 4.8 billion becquerels of strontium-90 and 2 billion becquerels of cesium-137 every day, based on measurements taken near the water intakes for reactors 1 through 4. This means that in the 10 months from August to May, the plant emitted 1.46 trillion becquerels’ worth of strontium-90 and 610 billion becquerels of cesium-137, totaling 2.07 trillion becquerels of radioactivity released into the ocean. To reduce ocean bottom contamination, TEPCO is coating the seafloor with a special cement mixture.
This corresponds to a rate of release 10 times higher than TEPCO’s pre-meltdown threshold for radioactive material. I would call it terrifying! What about you?