Blog Archives

ECOLOGICAL DISASTER: FUKUSHIMA

MOVEON PETITION: The World Community Must Take Charge at Fukushima

Petition by Harvey Wasserman

 To be delivered to Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General, United Nations and Barack Obama, President, United States of America

At Fukushima Unit 4, the impending removal of hugely radioactive spent fuel rods from a pool 100 feet in the air presents unparalleled scientific and engineering challenges. With the potential for 15,000 times more fallout than was released at Hiroshima, we ask the world community, through the United Nations, to take control of this uniquely perilous task.

Sign the petition  HERE 

Fukushima continues to spew out radiation. The quantities seem to be rising, as do the impacts.

The site has been infiltrated by organized crime. There are horrifying signs of ecological disaster in the Pacific and human health impacts in the U.S.

But within Japan, a new State Secrets Act makes such talk punishable by up to ten years in prison.

Taro Yamamoto, a Japanese legislator, says the law “represents a coup d’etat” leading to “the recreation of a fascist state.” The powerful Asahi Shimbun newspaper compares it to “conspiracy” laws passed by totalitarian Japan in the lead-up to Pearl Harbor, and warns it could end independent reporting on Fukushima.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been leading Japan in an increasingly militaristic direction. Tensions have increased with China. Massive demonstrations have been renounced with talk of “treason.” 

But it’s Fukushima that hangs most heavily over the nation and the world.

Tokyo Electric Power has begun the bring-down of hot fuel rods suspended high in the air over the heavily damaged Unit Four. The first assemblies it removed may have contained unused rods. The second may have been extremely radioactive.

But TEPCO has clamped down on media coverage and complains about news helicopters filming the fuel rod removal.

Under the new State Secrets Act, the government could ban—and arrest—all independent media under any conditions at Fukushima, throwing a shroud of darkness over a disaster that threatens us all.

By all accounts, whatever clean-up is possible will span decades. The town of Fairfax, CA, has now called for a global takeover at Fukushima. More than 150,000 signees have asked the UN for such intervention.

As a private corporation, TEPCO is geared to cut corners, slash wages and turn the clean-up into a private profit center.

It will have ample opportunity. The fuel pool at Unit Four poses huge dangers that could take years to sort out. But so do the ones at Units One, Two and Three. The site overall is littered with thousands of intensely radioactive rods and other materials whose potential fallout is thousands of times greater than what hit Hiroshima in 1945.

Soon after the accident, TEPCO slashed the Fukushima workforce. It has since restored some of it, but has cut wages. Shady contractors shuttle in hundreds of untrained laborers to work in horrific conditions. Reuters says the site is heaving infiltrated by organized crime, raising the specter of stolen radioactive materials for dirty bombs and more.

Thousands of tons of radioactive water now sit in leaky tanks built by temporary workers who warn of their shoddy construction. They are sure to collapse with a strong earthquake.

TEPCO says it may just dump the excess water into the Pacific anyway. Nuclear expert Arjun Makhijani has advocated the water be stored in supertankers until it can be treated, but the suggestion has been ignored.

Hundreds of tons of water also flow daily from the mountains through the contaminated site and into the Pacific. Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen long ago asked TEPCO to dig a trench filled with absorbents to divert that flow. But he was told that would cost too much money.

Now TEPCO wants to install a wall of ice. But that can’t be built for at least two years. It’s unclear where the energy to keep the wall frozen will come from, or if it would work at all.

Meanwhile, radiation is now reaching record levels in both the air and water.

The fallout has been already been detected off the coast of Alaska. It will cycle down along the west coast of Canada and the U.S. to northern Mexico by the end of 2014. Massive disappearances of sea lion pups, sardines, salmon, killer whales and other marine life are being reported, along with a terrifying mass disintegration of star fish. One sailor has documented a massive “dead zone” out 2,000 miles from Fukushima. Impacts on humans have already been documented in California and elsewhere.

Without global intervention, long-lived isotopes from Fukushima will continue to pour into the biosphere for decades to come.

The only power now being produced at Fukushima comes from a massive new windmill just recently installed offshore. 

Amidst a disaster it can’t handle, the Japanese government is still pushing to re-open the 50 reactors forced shut since the melt-downs. It wants to avoid public fallout amidst a terrified population, and on the 2020 Olympics, scheduled for a Tokyo region now laced with radioactive hot spots. At least one on-site camera has stopped functioning. The government has also apparently stopped helicopter-based radiation monitoring.

A year ago a Japanese professor was detained 20 days without trial for speaking out against the open-air incineration of radioactive waste.

Now Prime Minister Abe can do far worse. The Times of India reports that the State Secrets Act is unpopular, and that Abe’s approval ratings have dropped with its passage.

But the new law may make Japan’s democracy a relic of its pre-Fukushima past.

It’s the cancerous mark of a nuclear regime bound to control all knowledge of a lethal global catastrophe now ceaselessly escalating.

Visit EcoWatch’s NUCLEAR page for more related news on this topic HERE

JOIN Facebook group: RADIOACTIVE WORLD (WE DON’T WANT ONE) HERE

mon_amourfi 

Advertisements

Status of Fukushima and the Pacific Ocean

Status of Fukushima and the Pacific Ocean

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

This video discusses the Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown disaster.  As a result of this disaster, our oceans are dying!

Lots of information about the effects of different kinds of radiation on all living things – plants, animals and people! Maps of radiation fallout, water currents and types of radiation coming from Fukushima.

The description below comes from the description of the video on youtube.

Full interview *Status of Fukushima & the Pacific Ocean (enhanced edited version)

Leuren Moret & Christina Consolo aka RadChick
Hosted by James Fetzer of “The Real Deal” and Veteran’s Today
Program air date Oct 24, 2013

(Note: RadChick’s channel now has copyright issues, so she can no longer upload videos longer than 15 minutes, nor can she offer creative commons remix button). RadChick ReMastered the interview upload, added more information, and asked me to re-upload the interview in entirety. Please feel free to remix this video on your channel. And as a side note: I wanted to thank everyone who has joined in and mirroring these videos. I like the dialog everyone is having and I like everyone taking the initiative. Thank you.

***Oh, and PS: this was taped Before the last big earthquake hit off of Fukushima October 25, 2013!*** We have no credible information on the damage to the reactor buildings spent fuel pools, or holding tanks since the most recent Big Earthquake Oct. 25, 1013.

Items discussed:

Article 28 signs: http://tinyurl.com/l5lv65b

Epidemic of seal deaths: 45% http://tinyurl.com/ly5p8yb

Epidemic of abandoned seal pups this summer: http://tinyurl.com/cr3wgbz

Unexpected increase in infant mortality US (pdf): http://tinyurl.com/7ucjm7n

Enenews reports NOAA says seals contain radiation/misreported by AP: http://tinyurl.com/7k9wayd

Manhattan Project: http://tinyurl.com/4m4sjj

Sockeye salmon historic lows China, Russia, Canada: http://tinyurl.com/l43nwun

Alexandria Morton reports on pink salmon turning yellow: http://tinyurl.com/km66zaz

Pacific herring bleeding since 2011, Canadian government ignores: http://tinyurl.com/m8yd44k

NOAA tracks tsunami debris: http://tinyurl.com/cld3e6p

West Coast Beaches are Toast (video by RadChick Dec2011): http://youtu.be/Qu08O4t8mTQ

Tsunami debris vs 911 debris (video by RadChick June 2013): http://youtu.be/CdFrbL6GABg

fukushima6

.

fukushimastarfish

.

bonus links here:

Agenda 21 http://tinyurl.com/yz76b9o

PHOTOS: Sea star began “ripping itself into pieces” — Like a horror movie — AP: Deaths from Alaska to S. California — Biologist: Related to an environmental change? “An early warning that we aren’t picking up on?” — Professor: “None of us had ever seen anything like this before” http://tinyurl.com/knufoso

Daily updates on Nuclear News (click on headline to read full article) http://enenews.com/

Article “The ocean is broken” from the Newcastle Herald: http://tinyurl.com/q34kgq5

Sardine population plummets along U.S. West Coast — AP: Collapse of species feared — “Canadian Pacific fishermen catch no sardines in 2013″ http://tinyurl.com/q2jtyg7

Professor: There are fuel rods probably ‘fused’ in Fukushima Unit 4; Pool on bent legs, and lateral supports were not put in when first built — AP: International concern about “catastrophic open-air meltdown” (AUDIO) http://tinyurl.com/ma69jcm

Fukushima Facts http://fukushimafacts.com/

Original series here:

Part 1: Intro and Embryonic effects of nuclear fallout: 9:19  http://youtu.be/1pvSsTtTCNA

Part 2: Mutations & evidence of Fallout  9:36  http://youtu.be/vDprySNFa6w

Part 3: Warning signs in species 11:43  http://youtu.be/1wzY8CH0_-Y

Part 4: What does the Government know? Bomb testing, cow mutilation, and Political Ponerology 12:36  http://youtu.be/czVSZ7e3pYA

Part 5: “28 Signs the West Coast is being fried with Fukushima Radiation” discussed line-by-line 14:37  http://youtu.be/q7Wcg6eo1fc

Part 6: 28 signs continued – and another FIRST for Fukushima: Cesium spheres 14:50  http://youtu.be/YDZMhywXwHY

Part 7: 28 signs continues…”THEY ARE KILLING THE OCEANS” 12:45  http://youtu.be/S9dA0N7Dlx0

*Status of Fukushima & the Pacific Ocean”

Leuren Moret & Christina Consolo aka RadChick
on “The Real Deal” hosted by James Fetzer

Air date October 24, 2013

Items discussed:

Damage from radiation at embryonic stage of development

Thyroid affects endocrine system

Dr Levan’s hallmark study

Humankind’s Most Dangerous Moment is Upon Us.

Humankind’s Most Dangerous Moment is Upon Us.

.

theendisnear3

.

We are within weeks of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment and it is coming just as the greatest credit bubble in history is about to pop. The most dangerous situation humanity has ever faced is upon us and no one is watching.

Only a few have reported on what is about to happen starting in November. The operation, to remove 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel beneath the plant’s damaged Reactor No. 4, could set off a catastrophe greater than any we have ever seen, independent experts warn. An operation of this scale, says plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company, has never been attempted before, and is wrought with danger.

The Japan Times writes, “In November, Tepco plans to  begin the delicate operation of removing spent fuel from Reactor No. 4 [with]  radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released by the Hiroshima  atomic bomb. Removing its spent fuel, which contains deadly plutonium, is an urgent task. The  consequences could be far more severe than any nuclear accident the world has  ever seen. If a fuel rod is dropped, breaks or becomes entangled while being  removed, possible worst-case scenarios include a big explosion, a meltdown in  the pool, or a large nuclear fire. Any of these situations could  lead to massive releases of deadly radionuclides into the atmosphere, putting  much of Japan — including Tokyo and Yokohama — and even neighboring countries  at serious risk.”

The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors. Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo. In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks.

Arnie Gundersen, a veteran U.S. nuclear engineer and director of Fairewinds Energy Education, who used to build fuel assemblies, has a lot to say about what we all have to live through during the next year. “They are going to have difficulty in removing a significant number of the rods. There is a risk of an inadvertent criticality if the bundles are distorted and get too close to each other … If you think of a nuclear fuel rack as a pack of cigarettes, if you pull a cigarette straight up it will come out — but these racks have been distorted. Now when they go to pull the cigarette straight out, it’s going to likely break and release radioactive cesium and other gases, xenon and krypton, into the air.

I suspect come November, December, January we’re going to hear that the building’s been evacuated, they’ve broke a fuel rod, the fuel rod is off-gassing.”

http://drsircus.com/world-news/no-one-is-watching

 .
fukushimareactor4

via Humankind’s Most Dangerous Moment is Upon Us..

%d bloggers like this: