- On April 6, Reuters reported that "the core at Japan's
Fukushima nuclear reactor has melted through the reactor pressure vessel,"
Rep. Edward Markey told a House hearing on the disaster, saying:
- "I have been informed by the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission (NRC) that the core has gotten so hot that part of it has probably
melted through the reactor pressure vessel."
- Recklessly promoting nuclear proliferation, America's
NRC is notorious for coverup and denial of its harmful effects. As a result,
their rare admission virtually confirms a full core meltdown in one or
more reactors, meaning vast amounts of radiation are being uncontrollably
released into the atmosphere, water and soil, spreading over a vast area.
It's the ultimate nightmare scenario now unfolding, but don't expect major
media reports or government officials to explain.
- Nonetheless, on April 6, New York Times writers Matthew
Wald and Andrew Pollack headlined, "Core of Stricken Reactor Probably
Leaked, US Says," stating:
- America's NRC "said Wednesday that some of the core
of a stricken Japanese reactor had probably leaked from its steel pressure
vessel into the bottom of the containment structure, implying that the
damage was even worse than previously thought."
- Far worse, in fact, because molten core material then
burns uncontrollably through the concrete foundation, meaning all bets
- On April 5, Times writers James Glanz and William Broad
headlined, "US Sees Array of New Threats at Japan's Nuclear Plant,"
- American engineers warned "that the troubled nuclear
plant....is facing a wide array of fresh threats that could persist indefinitely,
and that in some cases are expected to increase as a result of the very
measures being taken to keep the plant stable, according to a confidential"
- Identified threats include:
- -- Possible further explosions because of hydrogen and
oxygen from seawater used to cool the reactors that may have done more
harm than good. According to former GE reactor designer Margaret Harding:
- "If I were in the Japanese's shoes, I'd be very
reluctant to have tons and tons of water sitting in a containment whose
structural integrity hasn't been checked since the earthquake," and
very likely is seriously damaged.
- -- Because of concern about severe reactor core damage,
NRC recommended boron be added to cooling water as a moderator to absorb
- -- Exposed/unprotected spent fuel rods in Units 1, 2,
3 and 4 pose extreme dangers. Moreover, explosions blew nuclear material
"up to one mile from the units" into the atmosphere, indicating
much greater damage than previously disclosed.
- As a result, David Lochbaum from the Union of Concerned
Scientists (UCS) believes:
- "This paints a very different picture, and suggests
that things are a lot worse. They could still have more damage in a big
way if some of these things don't work out for them....They've got a lot
of nasty things to (handle), and one missed step could make the situation
much, much worse."
- Other experts believe criticality was reached, posing
far greater dangers than revealed.
- Yet government and Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) officials still
claim "no immediate risk of a hydrogen explosion occurring" or
serious harm to human health. In fact, danger levels now are extreme. More
on that below.
- Even the NRC admitted that salt water "severely
restricted" and likely blocked circulation pathways. Moreover, inside
the core, "there is likely no water level (so it's) difficult to determine
how much cooling is getting to the fuel." Perhaps none, and three
or more reactors are affected, one or more in meltdown.
- Independent Expert Opinions
- On April 4, geoscientist/international radiation expert
Leuren Moret told interviewer Alfred Lambremont Webre that Obama and Canadian
Prime Minister Stephen Harper are concealing the effects of tectonic nuclear
war on North America from Fukushima's fallout. In fact, Norwegian Institute
for Air Research (NILU) radiation maps confirm contamination on America's
West Coast, Midwest, and Western Canada, in some areas as high as Japan's.
- Radioactive Iodine-131 in rainwater sampled near San
Francisco was found to be over 18,000 times above federal drinking water
standards. Idaho, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts rainwater
samples showed Iodine-131 up to 181 times above normal, expected to rise.
It's also showing up in milk.
- As a result, mobile measures in parts of America and
Canada were suspended until further notice to conceal the disaster's gravity.
- Moret cited two distinguished nuclear scientists who've
publicly said northern Japan (one-third of the country) is uninhabitable
and should be evacuated. Marion Fulk is one, a Manhattan Project scientist
who helped develop the hydrogen bomb. He also was America's atmospheric
fallout expert when above-ground tests were conducted.
- Dr. Chris Busby is the other, an ionizing radiation expert.
On March 30, he told Russia Today television that Fukushima contamination
will cause at least 417,000 new cancers.
- Moret called Fukushima a false flag operation to weaken
an economic rival, harm its economy, agriculture and fisheries, and compromise
its detente with China. Compared to Chernobyl, Fukushima's releasing multiple
times more radiation, perhaps amounts too enormous to imagine with potentially
catastrophic global effects.
- In response, Japan, America and Canada are in denial.
Permissible radiation exposure levels have been raised. Legitimate reporting
was halted. US and Canadian atmospheric testing was suspended. State authorities
told California physicians not to give iodine to concerned patients. Measuring
radiation in milk was also stopped.
- Contamination is spreading from the Arctic to the Equator.
Long-lived radioactive isotopes will cause environmental and human health
havoc for generations. Moret said life forms developed over billions of
years are being destroyed in a century.
- On March 29, Chris Busby's Rense.com article headlined,
"Deconstructing Nuclear Experts," saying:
- "What these people have in common is ignorance.
(Most) who appear (in the major media) and pontificate have not actually
done any research on the issue of radiation and health. Or if they have,
they....missed all the key studies and references. (Others are) real baddies"
who say Fukushima is nothing to worry about, nothing like Chernobyl or
Three Mile Island (TMI).
- In fact, Fukushima already way exceeds both and will
get increasingly worse ahead as radiation releases continue and spread.
Busby quoted Joseph Conrad saying, "after all the shouting is over,
the grim silence of facts remain."
- "I believe that (the array of) phony experts,"
said Busby, "are criminally irresponsible, since their advice will
lead to millions of deaths....I hope they are sent to jail where they can
have plenty of time to read the scientific proofs (showing) their advice
was based on the mathematical analysis of thin air."
- He cited the late Professor John Gofman, a senior US
Atomic Energy Commission expert who resigned, saying:
- "(T)he nuclear industry is waging a war against
- So far, in fact, it's winning. It's entered an endgame
that will decide whether or not humanity will survive. "Not from sudden
nuclear war," said Busby. "But from the ongoing and incremental
nuclear war which began with the releases to the biosphere in the 60s of
all the atmospheric test fallout, and which continued inexorably since
(to this day), accompanied by parallel increases in cancer rates and fertility
loss to the human race."
- Busby calls it "the greatest public health scandal
in human history...." Who can disagree.
- A Final Comment
- In a personal email, environmental researcher Dr. Ilya
Perlingieri explained the dangers of Japan dumping thousands of tons of
radioactive water in the Pacific, saying:
- "We are all in grave danger! This was insanity!
This radioactive water will come here (to America). There is no question
about that. The currents will bring it to the west coast and contaminate
the entire area: beaches and all sealife between the coast and Japan. What
evaporates naturally will then come on the air currents around the rest
of the US and then the rest of the planet!"
- "This is epic, and it was not an accident."
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