Closed captioning of: Fear, uncertainty linger in Japan
it was three months ago today that the world began to realize a terrible situation was unfolding at a japanese
nuclear power plant
called fukushima. one day after the country was struck by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. nbc's chief science correspondent
recently returned to japan on an update on how some are dealing with the radiation threat.
, 35 miles west of the damaged reactors, yuki grows onions, potatoes,
and rice. he worries when
comes. his produce will have a danger greater than a pesticides he carefully avoids. radiation from the
. he says he is very fearful about his workers' safety now and his customers if he is allowed to sell the produce. something he says the government won't tell him. every day one of the workers carefully measures radiation levels with a counter provided by a volunteer organization. it registers 50 times the normal background. below the level where the government would evacuate an area, but enough to concern this farmer. after he planted some crops, he was able to send topsoil for an analysis. that, too, revealed relatively high levels of radiation. at the accident site, workers still struggle to bring the reactors under control three months into the accident. officials now acknowledge three reactor cores melted.
in the first three or four days of the crisis, you know, all of the analysts were warning about the possibility of a large-scale fuel meltdown. it turned out that that had happened within 16 hours.
fire cannons spray a blue resin to try and contain radiation. some still leaks. experts say there's nowhere near the amounts from the first days of the accident. the analysis of this soil shows that the radiation is a combination of cesium 134 which has a half-life of two years app
which has a half-life.
, nbc news,