ABC News: ‘Never-Ending Disaster at Fukushima’ — ‘Japan is stumbling helplessly from one crisis to the next’

Published: September 14th, 2013 at 8:38 am ET


Title: Japan’s Nuclear Migraine: A Never-Ending Disaster at Fukushima
Source: ABC News (Spiegel)
Author: Von Marco Evers
Date: Sept. 14, 2013

Japan’s Nuclear Migraine: A Never-Ending Disaster at Fukushima

Japan is stumbling helplessly from one crisis to the next as it battles the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

[…] In the eyes of industry experts and the Japanese public alike, the company has proved one thing unequivocally — that it is in far over its head in trying to handle the aftermath of the disaster. […]

Malfunctions, bungling and cluelessness seem to be ongoing themes at Fukushima. […]

“The day-to-day catastrophes are so serious that TEPCO never gets a chance to turn its attention to its actual plan,” says Michael Maqua at the Society for Plant and Reactor Safety (GRS), in Cologne, Germany. He too is appalled by TEPCO’s handling of the situation. […]

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Published: September 14th, 2013 at 8:38 am ET


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18 comments to ABC News: ‘Never-Ending Disaster at Fukushima’ — ‘Japan is stumbling helplessly from one crisis to the next’


    from the micro to the macro. We're all now subject to vapid intellectualism of a handful of incompetents…

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose a society that even at it's highest level mental processing fails to understand consequence.
      Humans are evolutionary failures.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    I suspect the truth is Fukushima was an impossible disaster from day one. Now, instead of blaming the nuclear industry and the fact that Fukushima should never have been built in the first place, the blame is being put on the management of the crisis.

    If we want to stop the radiation take over of the world, we have to stop uranium mining, thorium mining, any radioactive mining. Even oril drilling and shale operations and coal mining and fracking release radioactive elements. Why we aren't yet using all wind and solar is the great failure of our government and investors. There is only one way to react to this crisis.

    Please stop and ban all nuclear technology.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Correction: oil

    • +1

      The 'blame game'. It will go on and on…

      The Nuclear Industry and it's supporters have been playing Russian Roulette with the China Syndrome (or worse) for decades now.

      The gun has fired.

      Innocent life is/will be affected. Many will suffer and die. The DNA damage factor is scary and unknown. Yet, we know its coming.

    • We Not They Finally

      Concur that this was unmanageable from day one. Once it was melt-THROUGHS rather than just melt-downs. And built on porous rock and on top of an aquifer. That it was also on the ocean, was just astoundingly bad luck for all of US.

      That the building designs were so upside-down, plus forty years of nuclear waste right on site, were bonus points landing us all at the gates of hell that much more quickly.

      The part about Japan being riddled with earthquake and that the very word "tsunami" is Japanese, just meant that NPP's should never have been built there AT ALL. Of course they should not have been built anywhere, but absolutely not there.

      But even all that said, the INHUMANITY with which they have handled this for their own people, is mind-blowing mass-murder criminality.

      So I actually do NOT concur with whomever might say that this is "just" a blame game for the nuclear industry. It's over-the-top humanly despicable.

      Unfortunately at the same time, have NO confidence in the U.S. non-response and complicity. We see everything that America "used to stand for" eroding before our eyes.

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        America is/owns and started this entire Nuclear Technology Nightmare expansion across the entire world stage…you were saying?

    • bo bo

      'Instead of blaming the nuclear industry and how fukushima should never have been built in the first place they point the blame to the management of the crisis'

      SO TRUE

  • harengus_acidophilus

    What "aftermath"?

    It's just the beginning!

    Three molten cores, (by the way: what's about #5&6?) and the SFPs (are they still "pools"?) with "natural air condition" …

    Yes, they have no clue.
    No one on earth did.
    Welcome to uncharted territory!

    "Malfunctions, bungling and cluelessness seem
    to be ongoing themes at Fukushima. […]"

    You can replace "at Fukushima" with "in the nuclear industry"!


  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    No country could deal with this nuclear disaster, or else they'd step in and fix it.

    But that can't.

    Being on the shoreline is the problem. They can't bury it like Chernobyl.

  • SusanS

    ☢ Fukushima Petitions to Sign & Share! ☢
    ☢ Japan Needs Worldwide Help NOW! ☢

    We need a worldwide consortium made up of experts in the field to start brainstorming solutions to what is happening in Fukushima and what can be done to FIX it. We need them NOW. Each country will also need to commit funds to this effort, since it is and will continue to affect the entire planet. The consequences could be the extinction of all life on earth. It is past time to do this. Japan is calling for help and they can not handle it alone.

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  • Siouxx Siouxx

    Anne, I believe that too, which is why no other country ever really wanted involvement in it. 'Alternative' energy has had years of being blocked from funds by this very same energy cabal- remember the sinking of Salter's Duck. Life per human is short and for far too many, personal gratification for those few years is all and that means earning money to buy 'stuff'. Companies/industries function because the CEO, shareholders, the person who makes the tea, want that paycheque without the slightest qualm that the payee robs all their children of a future. Fukushima's triple meltdown happened in a single power plant and it had/has the potential to kill the Pacific and yet two years on and there are still hundreds of such plants operating around the World and more coming on line. How many more meltdowns will it take to poison the Earth completely – 1? 2? Yes they should all have been shut down and fracking et al should be banned but you will never get that from world government, it will only come from the people. We all need to stop consuming energy in such a stupidly mindless industry-programmed way, buy what we actually need from a truly 'green' source or create it ourselves. I've followed this disaster every day from the outset. It's the litmus test for the complete disconnect of humanity and so far all the World has done to 'help' is to forment wars, kill more humans and animals and further ravage and pollute the planet. Sometimes I wonder how we got this far

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    One reason we are here at this place in time is because we have been lied too repeatedly.

    Pretty simple concept and those who lied to humanity had nothing to lose since lying is/has been legal and a promoted practice all over our world today.

    Nuclear is on its death bed? Not hardly and all of them need to be shut down now!
    Notice that there was never any risk for investors and the citizen pays for it all via rates and subsidies.

    Largest scam ever perpetrated on humans and our planet.

    We have problems heading this way and its growing worse by the day..
    Same family..

    All Nuclear Power Plants must be shut down immediately because if the radiation contamination does not kills each of us..then what this contamination mutates in biological life will.. fungi, bacteria, virus.

    WE are smarter than this and no more lies allowed by any science/government/military practice..

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    We got here through violence, human bondage, and imperialism; the power of corporate empires, government purchased by bloated magnates, etc.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Always follow the money since it always leads to the smartest crooks wearing the finest suits and with the best education possible and they will always be smiling directly at you and all of your friends or any potential tax/rate payers..

    Your children will grow up to be one and the same..

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    “The day-to-day catastrophes are so serious that TEPCO never gets a chance to turn its attention to its actual plan,”

    There it is! An admission there is a plan, but what is it?

  • Wow. Thanks for the reassurances ABC news. Only one tank leaked and that was weeks ago. 300 tons of radioactive material "leaked" for one day. I thought it was 300 tons a day. Now I can smile again, which will lengthen my lifespan by years by protecting me from radiation clouds. Also, it is reassuring that they will build an ice wall for 400 million dollars. Nothing that expensive could possibly fail. No wonder the prime minister said everything was under control. It all makes perfect sense! (sic)

  • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

    It looks like the mainstream media is finally catching on. I think they wanted to report the truth about what is happening at Fukushima all along, but they were forbidden to do so. But now the truth is coming out very slowly, so that they do not cause mass panic by telling the facts too abruptly.

    So I expect more and more reports to be coming from news agencies like ABC News, and over the weeks they will become more and more alarming. But it has to be slow and the media will always only hint at the disaster that may come.