Still here, still being careful. Tokyo has been back down to the upper ranges of "normal radiation" for about a week or .079ish microsieverts per hour. Before this we had ranges from about .040 - .115 with a few short points in time here and there where they spiked some. Of course some areas closer to the plant where people are still living are significantly higher but should have "no immediate effects on health" which few find assuring.
You may have heard Tokyo Electric has finally put out an estimate of 6-9 months. 3 months to bring down radiation levels around the plant significantly and 3-6 more months to have things "completely" controlled, if such a thing is truly possible at this point.
The biggest problem now is that the reactors must have cracks because they must continually pump water into them and pools of highly radioactive water have formed and are forming faster than they have the capacity to pump out into a safe place. They stopped a significant leak into the ocean, but now that means the pools will get higher faster and make it impossible for workers to go in and try to reestablish cooling systems. A real catch 22 - they must keep pumping water in the reactors to keep them cooling down, but the water they leak makes it impossible to get near enough to them to get the cooling systems online that would allow them to stop pumping massive amounts of water into them. They are sending in robots now, (everyone is wondering why Japan was so good at making robots for everything, but has had to rely on outside expertise for this) but as far as they have said at this point the robots can do little besides assess damage right next to and under the reactors and measure radiation levels.
Back to you Anderson.
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