500,000 people to have been evacuated around Fukushima after March 11? Official suggested 50km evacuation zone -Asahi

Published: May 10th, 2012 at 7:09 pm ET


Government considered evacuating 500,000 after nuclear accident
AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
May 10, 2012

In the days after the Great East Japan Earthquake last year, the Cabinet Office was drawing up plans to evacuate 500,000 people in a “worst-case scenario” at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

That plan would have relocated all people living within a 50-kilometer radius of the plant.

Koichiro Genba, then minister in charge of national policy [had] a recent interview with The Asahi Shimbun […]

Under Genba’s instruction, the commission, set up in the Cabinet Office, drew up contingency steps for a possible chain of meltdowns, after radiation emitted from melted fuel at one of the three reactors forced workers to pull out.

Genba suggested the evacuation of people living within 50 km of the plant to Prime Minister Naoto Kan after the commission presented the scenario and evacuation plan. […]

At that time, the government was trying to secure accommodations in surrounding prefectures for the Fukushima evacuees. […]

Japan decided to stick to its initial order to evacuate residents within the 20-km zone, affecting 78,000 people

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Published: May 10th, 2012 at 7:09 pm ET


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17 comments to 500,000 people to have been evacuated around Fukushima after March 11? Official suggested 50km evacuation zone -Asahi

  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    In the long-run it doesn't really matter, the entire island, and much of the world, has radiation from Fukushima now.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    There are some rooms in reactor 3, which Tepco can not disclose | Fukushima Diary: http://bit.ly/IG0YHM HIDDEN WEAPONS ROOM PERHAPS?


    Is it too late?
    I can't believe anyone would sit there for over a year and be exposed like this…

    The local economy won't matter much in a couple of years when the people start dropping like flies…

    I think the "fear" of world economy collapse has prevented Japan's proper handling of this disaster.

    What the world needs is a resource based economy, not a demand driven economy.

    • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

      Take a look at the content on Japanese TV and you will have a better understanding of why the majority of people there are oblivious to what is going on and the long term consequences.

      There is plenty of Japan TV content that makes the US sitcoms look educational.

      The govt is stuck in a corner on this one no different than how they are stuck in the trap of fractional reserve banking and derivatives.

      A lot like some one half employed taking cash advances on the credit card to make the minimum payments in order to support the illusion of prosperity.

      This Fuku situation is nothing more than yet another symptom to cover up or ignore.

      There is not much a politician can do except try to get away with kicking the can down the road and let some future generation deal with it.

      This is the inevitable end result of open loop capitalism.
      It is inherently unstable.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    http://www.kitazawaseed.com/ Pia found this too.

    • Max1 Max1

      The important question is…
      … Where were these seeds cultivated?

      Their website shows no location of seed cultivation.
      ~ Are these seeds from crops cultivated in Japan or elsewhere?
      ~ What percentage of these seeds come directly from Japan?

      I'm gonna assume that because the shipping is from Oakland California, it is more likely an import hub/warehouse/distribution center with an office.

      The "about us" reads well.
      Kitazawa Seeds proudly continues to offer the highest quality Asian seeds to delight the diverse palates of our customers. We offer over 250 seed varieties that produce dento yasai or traditional heirloom vegetables of Japan, to the Asian vegetables popularly found in farmers' markets, specialty grocery stores and restaurants. Now you can grow them in your kitchen garden, sell them at your garden center and grow them commercially.

      … How do you test seeds?

  • Cisco Cisco

    When the SFP at #4 reactor is breached and the resulting radioactive firestorm ensues, half of the Island of Honshu will have to be evacuated. Thousands in Japan will die within days, weeks and months from radiation poisoning. It will be a global catastrophe of epic proportions, contaminating the northern hemisphere, resulting in tens of millions of deaths. No country will be spared. Following the jet stream blowing west, the US and Canadian coasts will be the most hard hit/contaminated. The entire US and Canada will not be spared.

    There are reports that the Japanese government has been in talks with China and Russia discussing the potential of evacuating 40 million people, and the associated logistics. Some predict this event will collapse the economy of Japan, and destroy the fortunes of many of its trading partners.

    Your chance of being irradiated from Fukushima (past, present, future) is extremely high/likely. And, as each day ticks bye, we get closer to a radiological firestorm that will make Chernobyl look pale as to what is unfolding. Those of us, who will not be exposed to radionuclides, will be the exceptions.

    You will inhale it, eat it, or have skin exposure. And, it will metastasize into a cancer sometime in your life. Your DNA will be corrupted; and, if you procreate, you will pass your damaged genes on to the next generation, and each generation thereafter.


  • Cisco Cisco

    Radiation levels in the western US and Canada will be extreme as to cause some radiation poisoning in small segments of the population resulting in premature biological extinctions. Food stuffs grown and produced in California and other western states will be too contaminated to pick, and/or consume. All products from Japan should be suspect as to their potential, to be radioactive.

    Adding more radiation to the atmosphere and the ocean, Japan is incinerating millions of tons of radioactive debris, and then dumping the ash in Tokyo Bay. Incineration doesn’t remove radiation; this process off gases radionuclides into the air, and the other radionuclides are concentrated in the ash. Incineration of radioactive debris only serves as a volume reducer. There is no method to remediate radioactive isotopes except to remove them from humankind.

    TEPCO has admitted to dumping 1000 tons a day of radioactive water…(240,000/GPD or close to 1,000,000 million gallons every 4 days) Historically, TEPCO has fudged and misrepresented its actual discharge rates. Many experts believe these numbers have been significantly understated. The radioactive sea plume has reached Hawaii and should reach the US in less than 6 months. Sea water evaporates, clouds form that produce rain, adding another level of contamination to the atmosphere and land.


  • Cisco Cisco

    Additionally, some approximately 20,000,000 tons of construction and industrial debris is headed our way, expected to hit the US and Canadian coasts in the next 6 months. Some of it is dangerously radioactive.

    This will be the beginning of the end for millions of people, and a mass corruption of the *gene pool for man and all other living creatures and plants. This will be the end of nuclear power, too; but, it will be the end of many of us, consequently.

    It’s not a question of if; it’s just a matter of when.

    If you think those who created this nuclear power electricity scheme will be able to contain Fukushima; think again. The same folks who got us into this mess, are the ones charged with fixing it…WTF? Remember the Deepwater Horizon and how the offender BP was left to be the fixer…insanity.

    As Rachel Maddow characterized the possibility of a meltdown at SPF #4, we’d have to invent a way to control/fix it. There is no known solution… http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/46981461#46981461

    *Gene pool corruption…See this Chernobyl preview of our future, I dare you. http://inmotion.magnumphotos.com/essay/chernobyl


    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


      I agree with your analysis 100%. Unfortunately, 95% of the people believe that the President will tell them if there is any danger. They will be responsible for taking all of us down to oblivion.

  • many moons

    Before the world had invented such a large scale means to extrminate aka nuclear-people invented other means of extermination..but there was always groups of people who escaped or were left unharmed. Nuclear has been around for 100 years- a complete killing machine, with ability to take everyone done- earth 0 inhabitants – 0 living creatures. It's as if humanity has been marching toward suicide since it developed the means to carry it out. ukushima wasn't an accident. It was a happening-it was an event that had to occur given the situation…and there are many more of these events waiting to happen.

  • arclight arclight

    Archival test results of low level radiation do NOT show health benefits
    by Christina MacPherson
    "…Reactor casualties 4 – The phony lost archive versus the real one. Paul Langley's Nuclear History Blog, 11 May 12, In a recent issue of “Nature” claims are made of a “lost archive” of Cold War era animal tissue. The animals had been injected with radioactive isotopes in the USSR and the USA. 1,000s of animals were involved. Both nations’ governments wanted to know the effect of internalised substances which were radioactive. The claim in “Nature” involves the supposed recent “discovery” of these lost archives of tissue in both countries. Lo and behold, the quoted scientist claims that the tissue “proves” the health benefits of low dose radiation. Sound familiar?…"

    "..Pecher injected rodents and cows with radio strontium from 1939 until the time of his suicide in August 1939. The editor of his final, really important paper, (published posthumously in 1942) was C.D. Leake, a US chemical weapons expert who had been called to the same university as Pecher – UC Berkeley….."