NHK is reporting after the most recent TEPCO press conference that radiation levels are rising around Fukushima Daiichi. This seems to indicate a change from the reporting earlier in the day. The initial reports cited the dust monitor near the anti-seismic building as having gone off. The new report from NHK hints there may be a wider problem now at the plant.
“TEPCO officials say they have detected radioactive substances above the alert level in air around the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.”
We are working on confirming this further. If this is the case it indicates something at the plant has changed. Workers have been instructed to wear full protective masks in all areas of the plant since the dust monitor went off this morning.
Update: TEPCO released a press release indicating multiple dust monitors had increased levels of cesium found during the afternoon.
Two units near the anti-seismic building had elevated levels in the afternoon
A monitoring unit near the units 1-2 switching station found elevated readings and was indicated to be “upwind” from the anti-seismic building.
A portable dust sampler was used near the “monitoring post 2” of the anti-seismic building and confirmed elevated levels.
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