AP: “This town is dead”… Locals feel Fukushima plant could explode any minute; Yearly ‘safe’ radiation levels exceeded “in a matter of a few hours” — TV: “Fukushima evacuees complain of health problems”; Nearly 70% of households affected

Published: April 30th, 2014 at 2:05 pm ET
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NHK WORLD, Apr. 30, 2014: Fukushima evacuees complain of health problems [...] nearly 70 percent of households that evacuated after the March 2011 disaster have members who complain of health problems. The prefecture polled more than 62,800 evacuee households. About one-third responded. [68%] said one or more of their members complain of health problems such as lack of sleep or depression.

AP, Apr. 30, 2014: [...] It’s difficult to imagine ever living again in Tomioka, a ghost town about 10 kilometres from the former Fukushima Dai-chi nuclear plant. [...] The streets were abandoned [...] The neighbourhood was eerily quiet except for the chirping of the nightingales. [...] The long-term goal is to bring annual exposure down to one millisievert [...] considered the safe level before the disaster, but the government is lifting evacuation orders at higher levels. It says it will monitor the health and exposure of people who move back to such areas. In the yellow restricted zone [...] a visitor exceeds one millisievert in a matter of a few hours. [...] “The prime minister says the accident is under control, but we feel the thing could explode the next minute,” said Michiko Onuki, who ran a ceramic and craft shop out of their Tomioka home. “We would have to live in fear of radiation. This town is dead.” [...] “I can survive anywhere, although I had a plan for my life that was destroyed from its very roots,” said [Tomioka city assemblyman Seijun] Ando, tears welling up in his eyes. [...]

See also: Fairewinds Video: Many in Fukushima told me of family or friends dying suddenly -- "I sense something grave is happening" -- People are sicker in Tokyo as well -- I also experienced unusual symptoms when in Japan recently

And: NY Times in Fukushima: "It’s all lies" from gov't about radiation -- They are forcing us to come back and live 10 miles from leaking nuclear plant -- "This is inhumane" -- "I want to run away, but... we have no more money" -- Radiation still 300% previous levels

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61 comments to AP: “This town is dead”… Locals feel Fukushima plant could explode any minute; Yearly ‘safe’ radiation levels exceeded “in a matter of a few hours” — TV: “Fukushima evacuees complain of health problems”; Nearly 70% of households affected

  • bf9 bf9

    As the tipping point approaches- it cannot be denied any longer that this is the largest disaster to ever face mankind. I can almost sense it in the news being released that this will be the year that the harsh reality is at least indirectly admitted to. Worse than a larger asteroid with regional (or even continental) implications, this is a global catastrophe.


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  • Tung Jen Tung Jen

    I can survive anywhere," makes my eyes well up with tears too. Such a loss! On the 25th, Saturday we discovered a cave on the property. No water for a month and every plant is begging for some rain, a better water source becomes a necessity. The cave begins with a chimney of about 15 to 20 feet. The hole drops down on a ceiling of a cavern floor 35 feet below. Muddy floor so this is still a possibility of a water source, the potential is all there. The reality of Fukushima and the need for a fall out shelter, has been in my thoughts since leaving Tokyo. Still working on web site for those interested in relocating to Belize, and the paper work for our non profit organization.


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  • Nick

    I cannot fathom how officials can determine how much exposure a given individual receives in a year.

    Never, ever any mention of contaminated food and water.

    We know that #1 and #3 went kaboom, spewing untold tons of nuclear materials into the atmosphere.

    The sleepless nights will increase.

    The nosebleeds will intensify.

    The agitation and irritability and anxiety will explode, exponentially.

    For what?

    To boil water and make bombs.

    I suggest that the Japanese start talking about radiation.

    The silence serves no purpose except for officialdoom! (misspelled intentionally)


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  • Sickputer

    Things will get worse…but Pharaoh's heart is very hard.

    It may take some very important firstborns dying before the government and public get equally hysterical. That day is fast approaching.

    Madness in Japan…


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    • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

      My take…..there will be frantic urgency to address the Fuku mess ONLY AFTER govt politicians and uber-wealthy wind up with deformed babies.

      The latter will be a never ending reminder of what the nuclear reality really is.

      Not unlike smokers who get serious about quitting AFTER they find out they have stage 4 lung cancer or emphysema.

      The psychopaths can and will easily carry on if the child dies soon after birth.


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      • sayonara kitty sayonara kitty

        please, if anyone hears of a 1%er or their family member getting cancer or having deformed grand kid or kid, please let me know. i am still betting dollars to donuts they continue to be unscathed… (the sayonara kitty or…kiddie? theory) not trying to be morbid, i just don't trust them.


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        • Pete

          I agree with your point, and I imagine if you were rich enough you would get tested for each and every radionuclide we have tests for. They are each very specific, very expensive and take a long time.

          Then you could chelate out some of them, there are ways to remove heavy metals from the body, chelators, clays, zeolite, etc. Not 100 percent of it, but there are ways and methods, there have been nuclear mishaps for a long time but they gave up on helping people long ago, like the normal workers at WIPP and Hanford.
          Also they dont want to let the public know how dangerous nuclear really is and that there are things that Could be done. The Indians have a patent on the best plutonium chelator found thus far, but I read that the US synthesized it first, we just didn't patent it. Don't patent a cure for a problem people dont know about.

          Its not like our body are a one way trip for 100 percent of radionuclides, some will be eliminated without doing anything. But if you actually knew how much plutonium cerium neptunium fukushimium etc was in your body, that would go a long way towards quantifying your risk.

          Personally I imagine that's the real reason why most people start dying of cancer in america in their early thirties, that's when the buildup of toxic rad substances has taken its toll and mutated into a cancer. Could it have been prevented if some of those rads were eliminated? I think that's also why the 1% live so long and rarely die of cancer.


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        • PurpleRain PurpleRain

          I've wondered the same thing… but don't know of any who live in that Ultra-Rich Protected World.


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        • bo bo

          S Kitty, what about steve jobs? Or was he not even 1%?


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      • Not sure the awareness is there, enough for them to connect the dots..

        Many millions will die and doctors will shrug their shoulders, wondering why…

        Doctors don't have a clue, so how can an average person know, when they look to the doctor for all of their answers.

        Only those who are awake and aware plus informed and empowered will have much of a chance.

        The nudges from the Universe are getting very large, and terminal, if not paid attention to.

        The sledgehammer nudge is coming out ..


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        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          Imagine if you had unlimited wealth and power…what your secret control room would look like, with theatre sized screens and maps, your own staff of scientists, an array of buttons and phones that would get the various heads of state moving in the morning.

          My guess is that they are counting on robotics, a greatly reduced population and private food sources (think frozen seed vaults like Svalbard) But if you were referred to as your majesty or royal highness, all your life, seeing the country from Rolls Royces and super Yachts, maybe you would be hopelessly disconnected from the dots of nature…

          What I dont understand is why people arent adressing ME as your royal highness since Ive declared myself worthy by the very grace of god, just like they have… whats up with that?

          Maybe they feel god will protect them from radionuclides…and this is a scary thought


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    “The prime minister says the accident is under control, but we feel the thing could explode the next minute,”

    Three Rogue Nuclear Reactors haunt the sleep of nearby residents.
    Government aid has been stopped.
    People are forced back into abandoned villages.
    They eat vegetables grown amid nuclear wastes.
    Their children run and play, raising nuclear dust.
    They walk down streets with nuclear soot in the gutters.

    Three Rogue Nuclear Reactors haunt the dreams of Tomioka residents.
    There are no human Operators,
    And no Control Rooms.
    There are no Control Rods,
    No Reactor Shields.
    There is no Reactor Pressure Vessel,
    And no Containment Vessel.

    Three Rogue Nuclear Reactors haunt the dreams of little Tomioka children.
    There is no Secondary Containment,
    No Reactor Buildings,
    No cooling water.
    There is only steam,
    Wafting up through Corium Lava Tubes,
    Bringing nuclear soot to coat the playground,
    Where the little children run and play.

    You call THIS "Under Control", Mr. PM Abe?
    Rogue Nuclear Reactors are NOT UNDER CONTROL.
    "Under Control" is what Rogue Nuclear Reactors are NOT!
    "Out Of Control" is what Rogue Nuclear Reactors are.
    And you, sir, have three of them.

    "Welcome back to Tomioka, boys and girls.
    Your old teacher, unfortunately, has died.
    But your new teacher will be with you directly."


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Doublespeak dictionary: Absolutely it is under control. War is peace, freedom is slavery, chaos is control

      Public housing rents in U.S. to be raised to 80 percent of fair market value. Fair market value to be determined by gobmint. People can quit complaining about welfare now. Real welfare is for the rich. They will get 80 percent of fair market value for worthless things like failed nuke plants.


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      • unincredulous unincredulous

        What's 80 percent of Fukushima NPP FMV as determined by the gobmint? A hundred billion peta bucks. Fair's fair. Hey, a box seat for the Olympics, with hot pools and ice walls. Call my broker, I want one!

        What's this public housing unit worth? Oh my, really? Are home privacy invasions extra? It's all public housing now, read the Patriot Act!


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    • nedlifromvermont

      @PUN: lovely verse, haunting prose … your best comment yet …

      attaboy!!!


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  • Ontological Ontological

    The dragon's breath of death intensifies. Pele's fire deep within her will soon ignite.


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Equip a C-130 with a control rod Gatling gun. Biggest game of Jarts in history. A really big C-130 with control rods a mile long. Operation Japanese pincushion


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear radiation leaking, non-stop, 24/7.


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    • nedlifromvermont

      nothing like another "Green Run" experiment, (the ongoing Fuku meltouts) courtesy of imagineers at GE … which devil corporation was the prime gobmint contractor to Hanford in the immediate post-war period … this time GE's dance with the devil is run amok, out of control, and so GE directs your gaze to their market dominance in new wind turbines and "underwater turbines that are powered by the moon …" … and all the while the old GE clunkers in Japan, on the Tohoku Coast, smolder and vent poisons to all those we hold most dear … and fekkin' idiots like Bill Gates still want to dance with the uranium devil … DAMN THEIR EYES …

      can't they call a spade a spade: CIVILIAN NUCLEAR POWER IS UNWANTED AND NOT NECESSARY. FULL STOP. GET A GRIP. GET A LIFE.

      Nedli out.


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      • Ontological Ontological

        nedli you bring new meaning to an old phrase, 'I come from Vermont, and I say what I want.'

        Aye, shiver me timbers, that they be dancin' with the Devil; sailing on his cruise ship across the lake of fire. Arrr.

        They better hope their tidal generators are immune to the corrosive vat of industrial waste we once called an ocean. Oh wait they are at it again, build em let em get trashed, let us pay to construct, and maintain, decommission, and get no way to invest. They get the profits and walk away. Yet another blow for sea life. Use the beach cams folks, there are no birds, out of twelve places basically world wide I saw five seabirds and NO life whatsoever on all but one cam. Surfers, humans, cars boats but no life in places that once were over run with sea birds and creatures. They don't care they need whatever power they can get to back up the NPP (nuclear plutonium processors)


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  • NondiPloom

    "it will monitor the health and exposure of people who move back to such areas" . . . and take those who die as a consequence to get medical help as quickly as possible.


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      read through this NYT article, 4Warnd. It's dripping with misleading information. One example: "In this way the [Chernobyl] disaster differs from nuclear power’s two other major accidents, at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979 and Fukushima in 2011. At both of those plants, reactor cores melted down, but the core material — the nuclear fuel — remained within protective containment structures." Oh…really?! This demonstrates why the NYTs is not to be relied upon for even the most basic information…


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    • nedlifromvermont

      @4Warnd: Can you believe what a bargain? A moveable woodshed for a measly $1.2 Billion. Nuclear power = Good Business = Stupid Politicians … = Gullible Public.

      What utter fools they find we are?

      Somebody call a time out. This nuclear folly is getting laughable. Too bad it will also kill us. The farce might have become whimsical.

      peace 'newsers … I'm off to the school musical: "Thoroughly Modern Millie" … !!! … ???


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    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      These engineers are surely smoking way to much crack at Chernobyl.. :(

      "For now, though, the rising arch is a sign of progress." from above link..

      If you think building a massive gigantic Billion Dollar Eyesore Arc that should never have been needed in the first place, if we did not have Nuclear Power blow up, is called progress…then I advise you put down the pipe!


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    They go home to face ..invisible death.

    SEE IT!

    Showing the Invisible
    4/29/2014

    "A new exhibition by Japanese artist Masamichi Kagaya attempts to show the normally invisible results of the Fukushima disaster as a series of print-outs representing the contamination.

    The artist collected contaminated samples from Fukushima and transformed the analyses into auto-radiographs, visual representations of the radiation levels he found in the samples.

    The exhibition, at the Yasashii Yokan Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, is called “Image of Radiation from Fukushima”. But is it really art? Kagaya says his art simply shows scientific fact in any easily understood visual form."

    http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/29/showing-the-invisible/


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    • vital1 vital1

      Yes, these print-outs certainly bring home how dangerous and contaminated the environment is where these men, women and children are living.

      This is great work by Japanese artist Masamichi Kagaya. It truely helps to educate people to the hidden unseen dangers of this type of radioactive contamination.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "the environment is where these men, women and children are living."

    Gov’t map shows highest radiation levels were directly over Salt Lake City, Utah and surrounding area on March 20, 2011 — Most intense concentration of anywhere in world, including Fukushima (GRAPHIC)
    Feb 18 2014

    http://enenews.com/ap-this-town-is-dead-we-feel-fukushima-plant-could-explode-any-minute-says-evacuee-yearly-safe-radiation-levels-exceeded-in-a-matter-of-a-few-hours-tv-evacuees-complain-of-health

    Ummm..ya.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Fukushima prefectural gov shrank fallout survey / Still 10 Million Bq of Cs-134/137 emitted from Fukushima EVERY HOUR
    April 30 2014

    http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/04/fukushima-prefectural-gov-shrank-fallout-survey-still-10-million-bq-of-cs-134137-emitted-from-fukushima-every-hour/


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  • McJillin McJillin

    To wa6smn my condolences, too. I don't comment very often here, and usually just read, but this is a good place to get some real information, and I'm so sorry for your loss.

    I wanted to comment, too, on the front page of the San Jose Mercury News in CA today:

    Climate Change
    Acidity in ocean affecting food chain
    Scientists: Shells of a key species are being dissolved

    A long article, but no mention of Fukushima anywhere!


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The whole world is now their stage..:(


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  • devark devark

    It wont be long before industry lays bare all natural resources, it will be a wasteland… *sigh*


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    • 2014 List of 45+ Global Tipping Points, Many Of Them Have Been Reached Or Exceeded, Almost All Are Getting Worse; via @AGreenRoad
      http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2014/04/2014-list-of-45-global-tipping-points.html


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      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        an ELE is underway. No need to tell anyone, they either believe or not, there is no changing anyone's opinion. Spreading truth to the public wont change their minds or our fate because the public is an opinionated, powerless, largely pacifist group.

        What is the proof of this? According to the French academic Dominique Reynié, between January 3 and April 12, 2003, 36 million people across the globe protested against the Iraq war. This is unique. Never before and never again will so many people raise their voices against injustice and the global fascist machine. …humanities largest grass roots coordinated effort to change the "powers that be" was useless.

        Nuclear meltdowns occur approximately every 20 years. Each meltdown releases enough poison to kill everyone on the planet, and we now have enough poison unleashed to kill everyone four hundred times over. There is still no way to safely deal with nuclear waste, our first crying point against nuclear so many years ago. More nuclear meltdowns are inevitable. This will cause a chain reaction because at some point, humanity will not be able to manage the infrastructure keeping the plants from self destruction. Everyone is now witnessing their friends and relatives succumb to radiation and other toxins released by mankind into the environment. The ocean will reach a tipping point when plankton and the web of life will not be able to cope. This will destroy the foundation of life on the planet.


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  • McJillin McJillin

    Hi, and good morning/afternoon ENEnews men and women. Thanks again for all your insightful comments, as usual. You literally are saving my sanity, as I know in my heart that something is very wrong, but there is silence just about everywhere, but here. Don't usually read the paper, cause there's nothing much there, but on page A7 of the San Jose Mercury in CA there is a short article entitled: Expectations mixed for salmon season; again no mention of the ongoing disaster from Japan. I guess I'm still in denial somehow that the MSM will ever mention this, other than to say "everything is fine, bring your family to the beach." My boyfriend and I always loved going to the coast. Not anymore; I avoid it like the plague. He will still go sometimes, and it makes me nervous. We live about 10 miles away, as the crow flies, on the other side of the Santa Cruz foothills. Such a lovely place, the California Coast. I am in mourning, and have been for the past three years.


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  • yellowrain

    self explanatory you can jump to 3 min in if your in a hurry. I have found a couple of these I thought a Geiger counter can't measure radioactivity in food.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uKlLxO7rH8


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