NHK is reporting today that plant emissions of radiation have dropped to 100 million becquerels per hour. The government is also considering revising the evacuation status because the plant will be in cold shutdown 1 month sooner than anticipated.
NHK: Revising evacuation status
[excerpted] "According to the revised plan, the second stage, involving a state of cold shutdown of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, will be achieved by the end of this year, one month earlier than originally targeted.
"The revised timetable says temperatures around the Numbers 1, 2, and 3 reactors are less than 100 degrees Celsius, and that the amount of radiation being emitted has dropped to about 100 million becquerels per hour. This is about one 8-millionth of the level when the crisis began, and about half that of a month ago."
MAJIA HERE: How can the plant be brought into cold shutdown when at least some of the coriums are not contained? See my post from yesterday on the infrared maps of reactors 1 and 3
Also, why should we believe Tepco's estimate of current radiation releases when they are so blatantly lying about the cold shutdown?
Fukushima Diary recently posted a summary of a NHK report that steam emerging from the ground near reactor #1 measures 4.7 sieverts an hour
The story can also be found at Enenews
Here is some information plant's radiation releases in late August/early Sep:
Dr. Chris Busby stated that plant emissions were reported to the Japanese Prime Minister by Tepco to be 10 to the 13 becquerels per hour.[i]
gigabecquerel or GBq 109 Bq), [ii]
[i] Dr. Christopher Busby interviewed by Russia Today (RT) and uploaded to YouTube “Christopher Busby: Chernobyl-like radiation found in Tokyo,” [RussiaToday] YouTube (uploaded 2011, August 17): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNzDg4O9dkw.
[ii] Helen Caldicott interviews Arnie Gunderson: “Arnold Gundersen with a Fukushima update,” If You Love This Planet (2011, September): http://ifyoulovethisplanet.org/?p=4952.