We’re All Fukushima’d

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Have you heard of Fukushima? No, it’s not a type of sushi – it’s a city in Japan.

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Six years ago, something terrible happened in Fukushima. Yet, you probably know nothing about it. National Public Radio and mainstream television will not touch this story: it’s poison. Literally.

On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and 50-foot tsunami knocked out vital cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which is owned by Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco). The nuclear fuel rods in three out of six of the reactors overheated to the melting point. Radiation inside the nuclear reactor’s control room spiked up to 1,000 times its normal level.

The over-heated uranium fuel rods became liquid, and dripped like candle wax to the bottom of the reactor vessels. The molten mass was hot enough to burn through the reactor’s steel walls and the concrete floors below.

Think “Three Mile Island” for real.

The plant is located on the coast, about 160 miles (260 kilometers) north of Tokyo and near the epicenter of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake which caused the reactor breach.

The next day, March 12, 2011, Live Science reported:

“An explosion at a nuclear power facility in Japan today (March 12) has blown the roof and walls off a building there, releasing dangerous radiation of unspecified proportions into the air, according to government officials…They have advised people within an even larger [than 12-miles] radius to stay indoors and breathe through wet cloths.”

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the evacuation zone was extended to a 6-mile (10-km) radius from the previous two miles.

In addition to air-born radiation, highly toxic coolant water was discharged into the ocean, releasing deadly cesium-134.

For reasons unclear to this day, Tepco denied there was much of a problem, even though video footage, smuggled out of the power plant, showed fires and general pandemonium.

The truth became undeniable eventually, however, as radiation from the Tepco power plant rolled north over Japan, with Tokyo’s levels rising into the danger zone.

Now, in 2017, Fukushima continues to spew highly radioactive pollutants into the Pacific Ocean.

What is Japan doing about remediation and/or containment?

Recent news is that, in July 2017, Tepco engineers successfully navigated a radio-active resistant robot (“Manbo”) to the heavily damaged Unit 3 reactor. The probe’s camera sent back images of a gaping hole at the bottom of the reactor. More significantly, the robot captured the first images of the solidified melted uranium fuel in that reactor.

Fuel from the other two ruined reactors had been identified earlier this year. This is all cheery news – even if it is six and a half years late, because – according to Takahiro Kimoto, a Tepco general manager:

“Now that we have seen it, we can make plans to retrieve it.”

Furthermore, Tepco razed and paved over the radioactive soil in the central plant grounds, so workers and visitors no longer have to wear protective clothing on the site, as was the case a year ago.

A power plant spokesperson added:

“We have finished the debris cleanup and gotten the plant under control. Now, we are finally preparing for decommissioning.”

The Japanese prime minister’s office anticipates that the next project milestone – extracting the melted fuel from one of the three damaged reactors – will happen in 2021, the 10th anniversary after this earth-threatening event. Cleanup is expected to take decades and cost tens of billions of dollars.

Japan intends to dismantle the Fukushima plant and decontaminate the surrounding countryside, restoring homes to about 160,000 people who were evacuated after the incident.

Tepco is “making nice with the people” in the hopes that public perception will shift, from dangerous disaster to well-managed crisis. The beleaguered company must persuade the Japanese public that conditions are safe enough to restart their country’s undamaged nuclear power plants.

Despite the magnitude of this “error in nuclear judgment,” the US mainstream media is, by and large, completely silent about Fukushima – then and now.

It’s as if the big media players were told to stay away from the Fukushima disaster.

Some scientists, after admitting that yes, something very bad did happen over there at that Japanese nuclear reactor,  have actually had the gall to suggest that there won’t be enough radioactivity reaching the American Pacific coastline to warrant any concern at all, ever.

This kind of thinking is not scientific. Measuring sea water for radioactive levels is, however.

Wikipedia says, “Trace quantities of radioactive particles from the incident, including iodine-131 and caesium-134/137, have since been detected around the world.” This can’t be good.

As would be expected, rates of cancer in the Fukushima prefecture have risen significantly, as tracked by the World Health Organization (WHO).

As recently as February 2017, Science Alert reported “unexpectedly high” radiation levels inside reactor #2, which reached “a maximum of 530 sieverts per hour, a number experts have called ‘unimaginable.'” This much radiation can kill a person in two minutes.

We would expect the highest levels of radiation nearest the damaged reactors. But what about the west coast of the United States, Canada and Mexico? Are these places going to “get hot,” too?

Some YouTube videos like this and this show people holding geiger counters (devices which count radiation levels) advance toward the Pacific Ocean. The first researcher records above-normal radioactive particles near the shore, while the second researcher does not. Draw your own conclusions.

Almost a year ago, on December 7, 2016, an article in the Statesman Journal revealed that:

“Cesium-134, the so-called fingerprint of Fukushima, was measured in seawater samples taken from Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach in Oregon, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are reporting.”

On April 30, 2014 the California Coastal Commission issued its report on the “Nuclear Disaster and Radioactivity along the California Coast.” The executive summary of that report concludes (bolding added):

“The levels of Fukushima-derived radionuclides detected in air, drinking water, food, seawater and marine life in California are extremely low relative to the pre-existing background from naturally-occurring radionuclides and the persistent residues of 20th century nuclear weapons testing. The additional dose of radiation attributable to the Fukushima disaster is commensurately small, and the available evidence supports the idea that it will pose little additional risk to humans or marine life. However, it should be noted that the long-term effects of low-level radiation in the environment remain incompletely understood, and that this understanding would benefit from increased governmental support for the monitoring of radioactivity in seawater and marine biota and the study of health outcomes linked to radiation exposure.”


To make a long story short, despite the alleged advantages of nuclear power, this is an energy source capable of completely devastating our planet – and yet, Big Energy companies continue to suppress alternative fuels.

How bad does a nuclear “oopsy-doodle” have to be to turn the world’s attention toward non-nuclear solutions to the world’s energy needs?

At that point, will it be too late to prevent an extinction event?

One thing is for sure: we’ve all been Fukushima’d, and that’s a fact.


31 Comments
  1. Post Author

    Dear Daily Conspiracy
    It is the “ONLY” way the system can work, by “Exploitation”, Exploit the natural resources or exploit the people or Exploit both, it is all about an Ideology.
    Now you figure out what Ideology.
    Regards
    Cliff

    • Post Author

      Bad science by the author, the planet including us has and always will be naturally radioactive. This author suffers from lack of basic radiation safety knowledge.

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        Oh zinger! You must never stop by Rense dot com or something. Get your facts straight Jr, it’s you who is clueless. Grab a ggr cntr from your local major farm retailer and measure the seafood at the local grocery store yourself. Kids have done this so have adults. Seafood is off the menu.

    • Post Author

      there are other resorces water,sun wind coal and it s less money we have no buss.having nuc.plants…………

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      Huh?… “One thing is for sure: we’ve all been Fukushima’d, and that’s a fact.”….

      This is not a fact, since I have not been “Fukushima’d”…..
      I THINK the author is motivated to form another’s ideology based on fear and a distinct lack of FACT.

      But here’s a fact: the world is coughing.
      Fossil fuels have dispersed so much pollution in the air in the name of energy production and transportation that it may take countless generations of human beings to see our planet healthy again, if ever.
      The carbon footprint left by energy options such as wind power and solar power are unacceptably high, especially when we consider the inefficiency of the power supplied from these means, and the very short life span of these technologies.

      Yet the consequences of a nuclear disaster are obvious, no question. On this fact, I agree.

      So why is there still such a strong will to produce nuclear power? (And why doesn’t the author ask this question of his readers? Doesn’t he want them to think for themselves?…..)

      The greatest natural disaster of this generation, an earthquake and 50-foot tsunami, killed 20,000 people. A truly sad event in humankind that can only be attributed to mother nature.
      Unfortunately, that’s not to say this event hasn’t been exploited in order to form public opinion.

      Nowhere in this article did I read the FACT that not 1 member of the public has had their death attributed to the Fukishima meltdown. At least the article stopped short on reporting this false statement.
      Instead, this article starts out by saying that “an earthquake and 50-foot tsunami knocked out vital cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant….”. Ask yourself this: when you hear the word “Fukishima”, do you think of 20 000 dead AND a nuclear meltdown, even though one has nothing to do with the other? Would it be easy to be convinced to form an opinion based on this?

      Nowhere in this article did I read that virtually NO greenhouse gas emissions occur from the massive energy that is safely produced at a nuclear reactor.
      Did you know that? Do you think this might help the world cure itself of its cough?

      A famous quote reads:
      “The job of ideology is to coerce, to form opinion, and to pass judgment based on the passion of one’s view.
      But the job of science is to learn, and to understand. It is the understanding of science that fuels our acceptance of fact.”

      I choose science to form my ideology.
      I believe we all have the right to not be coerced.
      …. and I have not been Fukushima’d.

      • Post Author

        You may have forgot to mention an interesting fact yourself. The US response to the possibility was to shut down rad testing sites across the entire West coast. Citizens have done this themselves and are at times reading the isotope. You can’t explain that away so quit trying.

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      There are some 449 nuclear power plant operating round the world with some 50 more in course of construction. They provide continuous power and don’t shut off when the sun goes down or the wind dies.

      When one of the biggest earthquakes ever hit Japan, the Fukushima reactor automatically shutdown and the plant was coolled properly. Then the 30 foot tsunami hit and destroyed the safety equipment. Even so, none of the surrounding population were killed by radiation. Some 1700 died from the tsunami, and a similar number died (mostly old folk) during the evacuation. The tsunami killed more than 20,000 Japanese which seems almost to have been forgotten.

      As for the “poisoned” water, people who know radiation say you could swim in the waters around Fukushima and get less exposure than you would get in aeroplane travelling from the US to Japan.

      Environmentalists have plenty of good evidence on the side. They don’t need to use scare stories to make their products.

      • Post Author

        Well it’s interesting then that Japan passed a law shortly after that it was illegal to report anything which might damage the reputation of the nuclear producers. You’re not getting accurate information. Deal with it, it’s not the first time and certainly won’t be the last, that major corporations buy the news.

  2. Post Author

    The powers that be have dragged their feet and withheld fundin for alternative fuels. Without nuclear, we’ll be back to the dark ages ir we’ll be vaporized.. Pick your poison…

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      O.k. I will pick. Magnet motor. You lose.

  3. Post Author

    The entire concept of a nuclear plant right on the water is stupid. It would have been safer to pump water up to a plant located further inland. The fact that the Japanese have continuously lied about the severity of the situation is typical of their culture. i.e. Whaling.
    If they are unable to stop the radioactive pollution, they must ask for help from the international community. Yes, I know they will lose face but the earth is at risk.

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    Hooey. Minor radiation release. No deaths from radiation. Stupid to put the plant susceptible to tsunami, but stupider to force evacuation, which killed 1200 people who were too fragile to move. Believe it or not, the media is not upplaying the false narrative you’re promoting. We need nuclear power and your proselytizing radiophobia is harming the earth and harming humanity. For Shame.

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      Yeah what’s a 100,000 minimum half life of dna destroying radioactive isotopes among friends? Wake up!

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    I’m afraid you may have been asleep when this happened as it was extensively reported on. As for the rest of you assertions I take them with a pinch of salt given your opening statements regarding a cover up in reporting. Good luck with your other articles

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      Hell yes, Rense dot com had a pleathora of articles not approved by the major corporations with deep pockets and strong ties to major media. This website is awesome. Your news sources seem to be rather limited though.

  6. Post Author

    Look for the Thorium Molten Salt nuclear reactors… no meltdown possible like fukushima etc, not much waste materials to attempt to bury, less expensive, easier to build and manage, but shut out by Nixon etc because the uranium nukes make warheads easy…. thorium is better distributed for world wide benefit, etc… the early project was up and running successfully for several years…. could be done again, a few are attempting to get these into existence again now…. especially the version that CAN – but doesn’t have to — use up the deadly, horrible uranium-nukes’ waste being sent/objected to Yucca Mtn… solves another incredible problem…

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      Wow very interesting. A team from the Netherlands just got one up and running, reportedly…

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    There is an old marker showing the highest water level in a prior tsunami well above the elevation of the drowned generators at Fukushima. There was lots of old fuel rods stored at the same unsafe elevation. No ships or other source of powering the cooling system was ever thought of. France has identical designs at least but light water can be used to make bombs with the processed used fuel.

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    Nuclear energy is the best choice for our future. These kinds of scare stories show a total lack of understanding of the current state of nuclear technology. Written by the same type of people that would have wanted a man with a flag walking in front of powered vehicles. (Yes, there were such imbeciles!)

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      This is your personal opinion but is very far from fact. Save your pointless character associations for your private diary. I’m more of a renewable energy sort of guy. Keyword thin film solar, keyword magnet motor.

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    “As recently as February 2017, Science Alert reported “unexpectedly high” radiation levels inside reactor #2, which reached “a maximum of 530 sieverts per hour, a number experts have called ‘unimaginable.’” This much radiation can kill a person in two minutes.”

    Is this imprecision deliberate in order to re-enforce your “thesis”? Is the person dead in two minutes, as the comment reads, or, does the lethal dose happen by the two-minute mark?

    Nuclear energy definitely belongs in our “green” future, hopefully with much safer Thorium reactors.

    • Post Author

      At least you admit to the irrelevant use of green to characterize something that is obviously not green.

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    The Earth provides the perfect energy without using chemical Radioactive Nuclear power. The Nuclear plants are always dangerous by earthquakes, sabbatoge, meltdowns etc. the radioactive fluids can NEVER be safe, it can’t be disposed of safely, it NEVER goes away.
    Wind power, solar power and water power are things that are clean green energy ! Now, the health community is telling people on the West Coast NOT to eat any fish that is caught from the ocean, because it is big in radiation that has drifted from Japan ! I just can’t imagine how the oceans on our planet can handle anymore contamination and survive . We have reached the point of no return on repairing our planet from its abuse by humans, we have poisoned our planet and it is dying !

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      Wind is falling flat, so is solar in large scale. Either one is a blight on landscape, has limited production life and kills birds by the billions. The solution to our energy woes lies in something that can not be taxed, private energy creation and gain. Water turbines, thin film plug and play solar, aquaponics.

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    Even if this was the BEST energy source available…what minds decided to build a neuclear facility by the ocean and on a earthquake fault line? What’s next a natural gas plant built next to A Fireworks factory!

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    I have been worried about the dangers from a nuclear power plant accident. I think solar power should be used in areas that get the most amount of sun, and other clean energy sources should be used in the areas that don’t. One nuclear accident can destroy the planet if large enough.

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    Wind isn’t wanted here on the plains in SD! We have the fifth windiest state in the nation and we have also seen the damage the wind tunnels can do to the farms when they catch fire etc. They are SO HIGH up, once they start on fire, there is NO way to put them out and the fields below along with EVERYTHING including homes and crops and all livestock goes with it. The milk production does go down from the noise. The constant noise IS THERE! All of these things have been looked into! Each tower costs over 1 Million to put up plus the new roads leading up to them. They have lied continuously to the farmers involved in these “energy” projects about their returns. Sometimes I think we have no resolve but to just keep going in the direction we are going and realize that the world in a state which is now not going to correct itself until Christ returns and sets up His kingdom and His laws making the world new again and the way it was meant to be. Man has destroyed what God told him to be a steward over.

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      Please leave the religious aspect out of energy arguments. Look into Hawaii and the abandoned wind turbines, it’s not looking good for wind.

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    The problem AGAIN is a moral one. Think of how many of you litter every day… and before you go nuts… I am NOT a tree hugger,,, but,,, we better be careful in ALL that we do before we throw stones. IT EVERyone was more conscientious in their daily lives AND the choices we make, we would NOT have to worry about a lot of stuff. There are tons and tons of WASTE floating in the Creeks, Streams, Rivers, and Oceans BECAUSE we are careless on a daily basis. Just remember, we need laws to make people pick-up their Dog $^!T. We Have A Moral and Ethical Problem. It is NOT the Nuke problem,,,,, though of course there is greater risk here,,,, the problem is that we igNORE facts and people so Not Have much of a conscience these days! >>How are things in your neighborhood. When was the last time YOU were at at City or School meeting making sure there is accountability?!?!?

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