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April 10, 2011

More Scenes from TEPCO: Behind the Lead Boards

Not being a nuclear scientist or safety expert, I can’t attest to the optimum response to the emergency at the Fukushima plant.  I am interested in this photo released by TEPCO, however, dated March 27th, 15 days after the tsunami.  According to the caption, what we see here is:

Lead boards placed on the windows of Emergency response room with a base-isolation structure at Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant (to decrease radiation dose within the building).

I can imagine an expert saying a crisis like this involves a little bit of Rube Goldberg. On the other hand, the lead boards — like the photo we looked at the other day of the worker pointing out the notorious crack — leaves me anxious. Do I get less radiation if my head is below the top of the board?

>>See more takes on Japan earthquake photos here and at Tumblr.<<

(photos: TEPCO)

  • Anon

    This is interesting as it means they are worried about gamma radiation.
    Alpha and Beta from debris or leaks would be stopped by the glass.
    There should not be significant gamma coming from the reactors unless fission is occurring outside the reactor vessel.

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