This is the first time to write my comment on CFF site, as CFF has been suspended last two years due to various reasons. CFF program director invited me to write. I am a filmmaker, and would like to resume some writing while assimilating a film about ongoing calamity (I hope I can tell you more about it near future). It won’t be too often, but it will be once in a while like the way a stray cat saying hello to a neighbor for a surprising visit.
Today something rang a bell, so I visited Tepco news site. I don’t visit the site like I used to. Tepco released inside photos of #2 reactor containment vessel. A few days ago, I read a small article in newspaper saying there was a streak of steam inside the vessel. I tried to find in the photos, but I could not locate it (I guess the room is already full of steam like a irradiated sauna). The steam is implicated coming from the melted nuclear fuel rods underneath somewhere.
Although I have no intention to glorify what’s going on at the site, decommissioning the crippled power plant is one of the most challenging operation human being is facing right now, physically, emotionally, technologically as well as economically next 40 years (it’s probably more excruciating feat than sending a man to Mars). I am sincerely grateful for all the people who have engaged in this decommissioning in Fukushima in sacrificing their precious health.
The radiation reading inside the #2 vessel was 530 Sv/hour in Feb 2017, it was previously stated 73 Sv/hour in 2012 (it was the highest reading then). A human will be killed in several seconds under this level of radiation. For a reference, usual outside NYC is 0.09 micro Sv/hour, and an astronaut inside the international space station receives around 1 milli Sv/day (1000 micro Sv) from Sun. The 530 Sv is 530,000,000 micro Sv.
I cannot help imaging how much our habitat zone will be left, before a man lands on Mars, while avoiding future nuclear catastrophe like Fukushima. Our globe is not infinite, and the past nuclear weapon tests had contaminated way enough. Time is clicking. No more nuclear energy, ban nuclear weapon, promote nuclear disarmament. (Please watch the time lapse movie by Isao Hashimoto about the past nuclear weapon tests.)
(The photos were taken in Jan. 30, 2017) Tepco Site (in Japanese)
Wallace F. Coyote (writer & director)