Are Japanese Authorities Covering Up Further Damage to the Fukushima Reactor from the Aftershock?
April 11, 2011
The Japanese government and Tepco nuclear plant operator said that the leaking Fukushima reactors suffered no additional damage in the aftershock last week.
But NHK news reports:
The plant operator says a strong aftershock on Thursday night did not damage any facilities of the compound, but the surface temperature of the Number 1 reactor rose sharply immediately after the tremor that hit northeastern Japan minutes before midnight.
The reading stood at 223 degrees Celsius at 7 PM, but it rose nearly 40 degrees just after the quake. The temperature had fallen back to 240 degrees at 6 AM on Saturday.
Moreover, the Japanese government reports radiation levels in the number 1 reactor of at least 100 sieverts per hour: