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Helen Caldicott: at this point there is no “best case scenario” for Fukushima…..

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

 

Author and Pediatrician Helen Caldicott takes time out of her busy schedule to join me to discuss the unfolding events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan. Fukushima was devastated by a massive earthquake on March 11, 2011 which led directly to a massive failure causing hydrogen explosions which blew the roof off of at least two of the reactor buildings. Tepco and the Japanese government have understated the radiation dangers and the dire reality of the situation from day one. 

Helen says, at this point there is no “best case scenario” for Fukushima, just worsening degrees of horror because it’s scientifically impossible to clean up what has already occurred. And with thousands of spent fuel rods and thousands more active rods still in the fuel pools of the damaged reactor buildings, the worst case scenario – if another major earthquake hits the area – is an ecological nightmare of biblical proportions for everyone living in the Northern hemisphere.

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http://www.helencaldicott.com/

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“This is the way the world ends. 
Not with a bang but a whimper.”
— TS Eliot, ‘The Hollow Men’

 

March 11th 2014: Hundreds of Japanese protest against the lack of prosecution after Fukushima

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Hundreds of people marched Saturday in Tokyo against the decision of the court to drop charges against those responsible for the Fukushima disaster, three years after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

Officially no deaths have been recorded as a direct result of radioactive emissions from the plant row a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 in the northeast of Japan.

Yet residents of Fukushima committed suicide because of fears of radiation, and others died during evacuations which saw about 160,000 people leave, voluntarily or not, the vast disaster area.

According to official statistics released last week, 1,656 people died in the prefecture of stress or other related diseases nuclear disaster.

The earthquake and tidal wave killed more than 18,000 deaths and the nuclear disaster.

“There have been many victims, but there is no prosecution,” said Ruiko Muto, 61, organizer of the event on Saturday.

Tens of thousands of people are still unable to return home and scientists believe that certain areas should be permanently discontinued.

Some 15,000 people whose farms and homes were affected by radiation had launched a lawsuit in 2012 against the Japanese government and the leaders of the Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), operator of the plant.

But in September, the judges decided not to pronounce any charges for negligence, saying that nobody could have predicted an earthquake and a tsunami of such violence and indicating that there was no failure in the response immediately after the disaster .

In addition, some 1,800 people marched Saturday in the port city of Yaizu, about 170 miles southwest of Tokyo, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the U.S. nuclear test hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll.

The 1954 test was caused radiation to the people of the Marshall Islands and caused the death of a dozen Japanese fishermen who were then near the atoll.

Fukushima out of control 2011-2014

Fukushima out of control 2011-2014

Posted in 2013, 2014 with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame

The World is at a critical crossroads. The Fukushima disaster in Japan has brought to the forefront the dangers of Worldwide nuclear radiation. The crisis in Japan has been described as “a nuclear war without a war”. In the words of renowned novelist Haruki Murakami: “This time no one dropped a bomb on us … We set the stage, we committed the crime with our own hands, we are destroying our own lands, and we are destroying our own lives.”

Nuclear radiation –which threatens life on planet earth– is not front page news in comparison to the most insignificant issues of public concern.

While the long-term repercussions of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster are yet to be fully assessed, they are far more serious than those pertaining to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine, which resulted in almost one million deaths (New Book Concludes — Chernobyl death toll: 985,000, mostly from cancer Global Research, September 10, 2010, See also Matthew Penney and Mark Selden The Severity of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster: Comparing Chernobyl and Fukushima, Global Research, May 25, 2011)The shaky political consensus both in Japan, the U.S. and Western Europe is that the crisis at Fukushima has been contained

Typhoon flushes out radioactive strontium at Fukushima nuclear plant

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame

 

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http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201310170060

Rain from Typhoon No. 26 apparently flushed out radioactive materials at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, leaving water with high strontium levels in a drainage ditch that connects to the ocean.

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant operator, said Oct. 17 that radioactive strontium and other beta rays measuring 1,400 becquerels per liter were detected at the drainage ditch about 150 meters from the ocean.

The legal standard for strontium emissions is 30 becquerels per liter.

The water was collected on Oct. 16, when the typhoon swept over eastern Japan. The previous day, the radioactivity level was 19 becquerels per liter, according to TEPCO.

Rainwater released from a barrier surrounding tanks storing radiation-contaminated water on Oct. 16 had radioactivity levels that were lower than provisional standards approved the previous day by the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

For that reason, that rainwater is not believed to be the cause of the high radioactivity levels in the drainage ditch.

TEPCO workers will clean up the drainage ditch because the highly contaminated water may have flowed into the ocean.

By SHUNSUKE KIMURA/ Staff Wri

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