Really it was yesterday and today when the Japanese authorities really began acknowledging that the situation is so bad that it can't almost get worse. I knew that, you probably knew that, why did the Japanese Government and their associates of TEPCO ignore? Did they ignore or did they pretend?
In truth this mismanagement makes me feel nostalgia of the USSR. And I have often put Cuba as example of how an orderly and effective evacuation is made when need be, something that neither the USA nor Japan seem able (or willing) to do because of their "laissez faire" Capitalist style of each one watch his/her arse, do not help anyone if you can help it, do not make anything together...
En fin. Here is a really scary list of most recent headlines (with links) on Fukushima:
TEPCO: Unit No. 1 is now “in a state of meltdown” — Suspects there are holes in bottom of reactor (VIDEO)
“It’s Official: Fukushima Was Hit With a Full-Blown Nuclear Meltdown” — Pool of radioactive lava could be melting its way out
TEPCO: Water level data from Reactors No. 2 and 3 “may not be credible” after what happened at No. 1
“Reactor Rupture”: TEPCO says “there must be a large leak” in No. 1 reactor — Reveals No. 2 and 3 may have similar ruptures
NILU [a Norwegian environmental lab] ends public forecasts as map shows large radiation clouds now over US, Canada (VIDEOS)
“Nuclear meltdown at Fukushima” — TEPCO worried fuel burned a hole through bottom of containment vessel
Water level now below BOTTOM of fuel rods in No. 1 — Suggests nuclear fuel is in a molten mass at bottom of reactor (VIDEO)
Hardly any water in Reactor No. 1 after flooding effort — “Containment vessel is likely to be broken and leaking”
You can see that the key repetitive word is "meltdown". How many meltdowns there are, if the meltdowns have breached the reactor, if water flooding is of any use with the meltdowns, if the meltdowns have been going on since day one or are relatively new (believe it or not they don't know or pretend not to know), etc.
Also there are serious concerns on how will this affect not just Japan but North America specially, as measuring of radioactivity has been discontinued by EPA in the USA and there are so much uncertainty in general on what is going on that it's really scary.
Important update (May 14): worker dies at Fukushima, TEPCO hid radiation information from workers.
And unnamed man aged 60 (they are hiring aged people for this work) died yesterday after feeling ill while working at Fukushima Daiichi.
According to TEPCO the worker was wearing full protective suit and had not been exposed to radioactive substances. He had been working moving machinery in three-hours shift.
However it has also been known today that TEPCO has been hiding extremely high radiation measures from workers at least until the explosion of reactor no. 3 happened.
It is also likely that all the Fukushima Daiichi area is highly contaminated: all independent and belated official data say so.
And there is no such thing as full protective suit when dealing with radioactivity, unless you are inside of an armored vehicle made of lead maybe. The weight of the lead needed to "fully protect" from radiation would kill the strongest of humans just by weight. Therefore protective suits only protect from contact with radioactive materials but no from radioactivity itself (gamma rays).