Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster came as a result of the Tohoku
earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. A truly horrible disaster
almost beyond words. Naturally, it dominated news media, electronic
and print, for many weeks. The death and destruction was simply
a while, the media moved on to the next "when it bleeds, it leads"
story and Fukushima became a forgotten incident. Not for the Japanese
people - not after that day and for decades and generations to
come. I have prayed for all the lost souls and the citizens over
there who will continue to suffer from radiation poisoning - especially
children. But, should we be concerned? Has or will the effects
of Fukushima hit the U.S.?
plant comprised six separate boiling water reactors originally
designed by General Electric (GE) and maintained by the Tokyo
Electric Power Company (TEPCO). At the time of the earthquake,
reactor 4 had been de-fueled and reactors 5 and 6 were in cold
shutdown for planned maintenance. Immediately after the earthquake,
the remaining reactors 1-3 shut down automatically and emergency
generators came online to power electronics and coolant systems.
However, the tsunami following the earthquake quickly flooded
the low-lying rooms in which the emergency generators were housed.
The flooded generators failed, cutting power to the critical pumps
that must continuously circulate coolant water through a Generation
II reactor for several days to keep it from melting down after
shut down. After the pumps stopped, the reactors overheated due
to the normal high radioactive decay heat produced in the first
few days after nuclear reactor shutdown (smaller amounts of this
heat normally continue to be released for years, but are not enough
to cause fuel melting).
workers struggled to cool and shut down the reactors, several
hydrogen-air chemical explosions occurred. It is estimated that
the hot zirconium fuel cladding-water reaction in each reactor
produced 800 to 1000 kilograms of hydrogen gas, which was vented
out of the reactor pressure vessel, and mixed with the ambient
air, eventually reaching explosive concentration limits in units
1 and 3, and due to piping connections between units 3 and 4,
unit 4 also filled with hydrogen, with the hydrogen-air explosions
occurring at the top of each unit, that is in their upper secondary
negative health effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster include
thyroid abnormalities, infertility and an increased risk of cancer.
One study found that more than a third (36%) of children in Fukushima
Prefecture have abnormal growths in their thyroid glands. Furthermore,
a WHO report found that there is a significant increase in the
risk of developing cancers for people who live near Fukushima.
This includes a 70% higher risk of developing thyroid cancer for
newborn babies, a 7% higher risk of leukemia in males exposed
as infants, a 6% higher risk of breast cancer in females exposed
as infants and a 4% higher risk of developing solid cancers for
females. An increase in infertility has also been reported. As
of August 2013, there have been more than 40 children newly diagnosed
with thyroid cancer and other cancers in Fukushima prefecture
alone and nuclear experts warn that this pattern may also occur
in other areas of Japan."
the American media has pretty much ignored what's been going on
for the past 2 1/2 years (you might see a headline here and there),
a few dedicated web sites have kept a steady stream of updates.
For the most comprehensive coverage, go to Rense.com;
scroll down to Japan Nuclear Disaster.
to the few weak statements by the criminal syndicate out in Washington,
DC., one journalist recently penned this:
the Fukushima disaster is worse than Chernobyl
scientists say Fukushima is worse than the 1986 Chernobyl accident,
with which it shares a maximum level-7 rating on the sliding scale
of nuclear disasters. One of the most prominent of them is Dr
Helen Caldicott, an Australian physician and long time anti-nuclear
activist who warns of "horrors to come" in Fukushima.
Busby, a professor at the University of Ulster known for his alarmist
views, generated controversy during a Japan visit last month when
he said the disaster would result in more than 1 million deaths.
"Fukushima is still boiling its radionuclides all over Japan,"
he said. "Chernobyl went up in one go. So Fukushima is worse."
our side of the world, we can still remember the terrible Deepwater
Horizon oil platform "spill" in April 2010; eleven died. I won't
say accident. To say it was/is a financial as well as ecological
disaster is the understatement of the century. Our fellow Americans
in the gulf states who depend on fishing and tourism have endured
hell for years. After all I have read since that deadly day, I
won't eat anything coming out of the Gulf of Mexico. I'm sorry
to the fishermen, but it's a choice I've made.
those who haven't heard what should have lead on all major boob
tube channels and cable news networks, here's
November 2012, BP and the United States Department of Justice
settled federal criminal charges with BP pleading guilty to 11
counts of manslaughter, two misdemeanors, and a felony count of
lying to Congress. BP also agreed to four years of government
monitoring of its safety practices and ethics, and the Environmental
Protection Agency announced that BP would be temporarily banned
from new contracts with the US government. BP and the Department
of Justice agreed to a record-setting $4.525 billion in fines
and other payments but further legal proceedings not expected
to conclude until 2014 are ongoing to determine payouts and fines
under the Clean Water Act and the Natural Resources Damage Assessment.
As of February 2013, criminal and civil settlements and payments
to a trust fund had cost the company $42.2 billion."
money plea deal. When the DA pleads out a case for manslaughter,
how many times have you heard the guilty party pay to stay out
of prison? When you're charged with and plead guilty to manslaughter,
the convicted almost always get jail time unless there's some
unusual circumstances. Certainly, the fines for BP are a ton of
money, but in the oil business, it's really, well, just the cost
of doing business. Money talks. In this case, it also buys your
way out of jail.
bring up the Deepwater disaster because the same applies to Fukushima.
Here's but a small sample of what we all need to know:
Every One" - 15 Out of 15 - Bluefin Tuna Tested In California
Waters Contaminated with Fukushima Radiation. That was in
2012. With Fukushima pouring 300 TONS of contaminated water into
the ocean EVERY day, what does current testing show for Bluefin
tuna and other species of popular fish? The American people have
the right to know, even if the news is bad.
Fukushima - Radiation From Japan Is Already Killing North Americans
(May 2013) (Be sure to look at the graphic image of Radioactive
Seawater Impact Map)
isn't a conspiracy theory, this is happening and it's happening
fancy little picture at the top of the article isn't showing you
the flow of happy fun time thoughts from Japan back in March of
2012, it's showing you the flow of radiation from the Fukushima
nuclear plant after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of
2011. Yes, that sharp pain you just felt in your chest is the
sudden realization that the image shows the radiation reaching
almost past Hawaii more than a year ago.
the math - If that radiation screamed across the Pacific Ocean
that far in one year, just how far do you think it has gotten
since then? Look at what World Truth TV is saying and then you
of milk taken across the United States have shown radiation at
levels 2000 percent higher than EPA maximums. The reason that
milk is so significant is that it is representative of the entire
food supply. According to an article published on Natural News,
"Cows consume grass and are exposed to the same elements as food
crops and water supplies. In other words, when cows' milk starts
testing positive for high levels of radioactive elements, this
is indicative of radioactive contamination of the entire food
Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Deception Protection
Agency, instead of refusing to prohibit the sale of tainted foods
and mandatory testing of foods produced and harvested from the
Pacific Coast, have simply raised the "acceptable levels" of radioactive
material in foods." (The column above gives excellent suggestions
about purchasing seafood from here on out.)
300 tons of radioactive water leak everyday (August 2013)
the weeks after the disaster, the government allowed Tepco to
dump tens of thousands of tonnes of contaminated water into the
Pacific in an emergency move. But the escalation of the crisis
raises the risk of an even longer and more expensive clean-up,
already forecast to take more than 40 years and cost $11 billion.
The admission further dents the credibility of Tepco, criticized
for its failure to prepare for the tsunami and earthquake, for
a confused response to the disaster and for covering up shortcomings.
"We think that the volume of water (leaking into the Pacific)
is about 300 tonnes a day," said Yushi Yoneyama, an official with
the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, which oversees energy
soaring in water at No. 1 plant (July 2013)
Nuclear Regulation Authority official recently said contaminated
groundwater from the plant, which is being fed cooling water from
outside, may be seeping into the ocean and that the matter must
be addressed carefully because data is limited."
no maybe about it:
Radioactive Groundwater Pours Into The Pacific (July 2013):
" The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday it strongly
suspects highly radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear
power plant is seeping into the ground and contaminating the Pacific
Expert: Enormous amount of contamination flowing from Fukushima
will probably imperil entire Pacific Ocean Threatens other
countries, food chain Absolutely can reach U.S. and Canadian
shore (August 2013)
Radiation Spread - The facts with Marco Kaltofen
Has Lost Control" - What Is Really Happening At Fukushima In Four
Charts (August 2013)
into the ocean and carried airborne.
Nuclear Radiation in California Dairy Products. This is an
important column because it deals with testing being done by The
Nuclear Engineering Department at UC-Berkeley. The piece isn't
dated, so I'm not sure how old the data is, but the results are
that we are dealing with science, this piece speaks for itself.
It's important to get opinions from credible sources: Shameful
"Study" Claims Fukushima Radiation Affected US Babies
seen debris washing up on U.S. soil:
tsunami debris makes its way into Hawaiian birds (March 2013)
Debris Washing Up on Pacific Coast (Debris field the size
Tsunami Debris Confirmed in California (April 2013)
bottom line is TEPCO's gross ineptness in dealing with Fukushima
since day one borders on criminal. At least after the Chernobyl
meltdown, the damaged reactors were enclosed in a large concrete
sarcophagus fairly quickly, although so many died. TEPCO has made
a mess of "fixing it" from day one. It's not getting better and
likely reaching a critical point of no return.
someone who eats a lot of fish, I have kept current on Fukushima.
It has caused me to closely scrutinize where any fish is coming
from - particularly the Pacific Ocean. I've had to stop eating
my favorite prawns and salmon unless I know for sure where it
was caught. After Fukushima, I started researching farm raised
salmon. Uh, uh, no thanks:
is Farmed and Dangerous" - Prime Seafood
Farm-Raised Salmon Are Turning Our Oceans Into Dangerous and Polluted
Global Sampling Study Reveals Health Risks Associated with Consuming
Farm Raised Salmon
Issues Warnings About Health Dangers of Farmed Salmon
of the time, I just go without because I won't ignore what's right
in front of my face. Everyone should be very concerned about what
is going on in the Pacific Ocean. The toxic water coming out of
Fukushima for the past 2 1/2 years is most definitely harming
our beautiful oceans and marine life.
you order fish at a restaurant, ask where it came from and does
that restaurant test for radiation considering what's already
been found off the coast of California? You can bet a restaurant
in NY is going to say, they don't know anything about it. Perhaps
all their fish comes from the Atlantic, but not likely. My heart
breaks for our fishing families, which I have always supported.
If (more probably when) the many popular fish species become more
and more contaminated, it will have a huge, negative impact on
commercial and family owned fishing businesses. More tragedy.
oceans provide us with so many wonderful things besides beautiful
mammals, heavenly beaches and delicious fish of all kinds for
consumption. They also provide critical plant life. Too many do
not appreciate the importance of all sea life. It is criminal
what's going on and has been going on for the past 2 1/2 years.
We simply cannot ignore the damage done and what is underway for
a long time to come.
needs to be aware of the fall out from Fukushima. If you live
in California, Oregon, Washington State or Canada (Pacific side),
you need to contact your state representative and ask if your
state's health department is monitoring and testing things like
fish, water, soil and air samples. Is your state working with
big universities like UC Berkeley in their monitoring and testing?
What are the results? Why isn't more being publicized to the citizens
of those states -- especially farmers? Is river water being tested
on a regular basis? Where are the PSA's (Public Service Announcements)
warning the citizens of those states about radiation contamination
-- especially for pregnant women or moms breast feeding?
the Poltroon who represents you in the U.S. House is in your district
from now until Sept. 6th, send a fax or call and ask them what
they're doing about holding TEPCO accountable for this disaster
that is affecting the U.S. From the cost of cleaning up the debris
from Fukushima to contamination of water supplies and the ocean
- what the hell is TEPCO doing about getting some experts to get
that plant contained once and for all? Tell the dope who represents
you in the U.S. House: TEPCO has not been able to contain Fukushima
after more than two years. Their disaster is becoming
ours and will likely get worse. Put pressure on them.
is nothing to smirk at and it's certainly not some 'flaky' issue.
Out of sight, out of mind might seem like a good idea, but a lot
of suffering has been going on since that earthquake and subsequent
tsunami 2 1/2 years ago and now it's here on our shores.
TEPCO should never be allowed to handle nuclear energy
apocalypse: Years of duct tape fixes' could result in millions
the Fukushima "Exclusion Zone"
25 Years After The Nuclear Disaster (Photos)
Levels of Mercury in Sushi
You Choose Wisely, the Benefits of a High Fish Diet Can Still
Outweigh the Risks Associated with Mercury Contamination