Article: Fukushima Daiichi plant “did amazingly well” — “Performed beyond its best expectations”

Published: April 26th, 2013 at 11:24 am ET


Title: Fukushima Plant Passed Ultimate Test
Source: Design News
Author: Charles Murray
Date: April 26, 2013
h/t Fairewinds

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant performed beyond its best expectations after being struck by a mammoth earthquake and a 40-ft-high tidal wave in 2011, experts said last week. […]

Experts who talked to us said the Fukushima plant did amazingly well, considering the magnitude of the disaster. […]

”In this case, the public got hardly any dose at all,” James F. Stubbins, a professor of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering at the University of Illinois, told Design News. “And the workers’ doses were low, too.” […]

”We have to remember, this accident was caused by one of the worst earthquakes ever known,” Ahmad Hassanein, head of the nuclear engineering department at Purdue University, told us. “The reactor was 40 years old and it stood up well. Given the situation, it did better than expected.” […]

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Published: April 26th, 2013 at 11:24 am ET


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119 comments to Article: Fukushima Daiichi plant “did amazingly well” — “Performed beyond its best expectations”

  • Lion76 Lion76

    Now we know why it blew up multiple times, then. They are designed to blow sky high and contaminate the ocean. This should be all the proof the public needs to see in order to know the level of mania that we are dealing with, with this mickey mouse leadership.

    Free anti-radiation pills to be given out to Illinois residents
    Published on Dec 2, 2012

    Illinois residents who live within a 10 mile radius of one of the state's six nuclear plants can get pills to protect themselves from radiation in case of an accident.

    The Illinois Emergency Management Agency announced today that potassium iodide pills will be available for residents of more than 60,000 homes near the plants.

    Vouchers will be distributed in the mail by mid December.

    Potassium Iodide protects the thyroid gland from the effects of radioactive iodine, which could be released in the event of a nuclear accident.

    In addition to the Quad Cities Generating Plant near Cordova, Illinois has nuclear plants near Braidwood, Byron, Clinton, Dresden, and LaSalle.

    • RichardPerry

      But who will inform the people when it is needed. All before if had pill would not help, is one to take the pills every day in case they need it. What a joke, mickey mouse must be working for them.

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  • Replacant Replacant

    Think someone had posted this a while back but its funny and sounds remarkably like that article

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    15 Design Flaws In GE Mark 1 Reactors
    1. Containment Vessel is too small to contain a nuclear meltdown.
    2. Torus, added to fix Containment issue, failed when molten corium melted through steel pipes.
    3. Stack Venting, added to fix Containment issue, failed when valves stuck closed during power failure.
    4. Zirconium fuel cladding gives off explosive levels of hydrogen when heated by melting fuel.
    5. Vapors of zirconium and cesium form an explosive mixture during a reactor meltdown.
    6. Spent Fuel Pool is located 100' high in the reactor building, making removal nearly impossible.
    7. MOX fuel being used in an old plant, pushing temperatures and pressures higher then reactor design.
    8. Diesel generators, pumps, and fuel tanks vulnerable to tsunami.
    9. Reactors require electricity to shut down.
    10. Temperature and pressure guages require electricity to operate.
    11. Without power, control rooms cannot tell what is happening inside reactors.
    12. Without power, operators are powerless (literally) to control reactors.
    13. Mobile backup generators were wrong voltage to connect to switchgear.
    14. Mobile pumps and fire engines didn't have enough pressure to get water into the reactors.
    15. Control rods insert from below, and leaked molten corium through many holes in the bottom of reactor.
    As Albert Einstein famously said,
    "Nuclear power is one hell of a way to boil water!"
    All GE Mark 1 reactors are a serious threat to public safety, and must be…

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      All GE Mark 1 Reactors are a serious threat to public safety, and must be shut down immediately, in order to avoid a repeat of the Fukushima Calamity.

    • TalonThorn

      You left off that the temperature, pressure, and radiation gauges also tend to break when exposed to the high radiation and heat of the failed reactor, making it impossible to tell what is happening in the reactor building (this, in addition to needing electricity to read/record the gauges).

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        I was trying to avoid writing a post entitled:
        "100 Design Flaws Of GE Mark 1 Reactors",
        Which most certainly should be compiled,
        In the aftermath of Fukushima!

        Many thanks for contributing, TalonThorn.

      • We Not They Finally

        The whole point. That no one can find out what is going on.

    • TheBowRiver TheBowRiver

      Hi Philip and all enenews bloggers

      Please add one more item to your list.

      There is a safety feature in these reactors, which if activated, would have not resulted in catastrophy.

      The condenser system is situated higher than the reactor so that if operated, with the pumps failing, the boiling water reactor steam would have made a loop through the condenser and the liquid water is then fed back into the primary containment.

      Even with the pumps failing and electricity removed, as long as the scram system worked, and the condenser path was opened, meltdown could be mostly prevented.

      In one of the analysis video's, the plant operators attempted to open this loop but could not.

      It is my view that this condenser path, should have been a failsafe process after the control rods were inserted.

      Additionally, from a design safety perspective, wouldn't the system be made inherently safe by the condenser path being always open, but blocked when the turbines and pumps are in use.

      • harengus_acidophilus

        "from a design safety perspective"

        "Inherently safe" is: "Don't build a NPP."

        Never ever!



        appreciate your suggestions BowRiver. Problem is, they've been implemented in succeeding generations of NPP designs. That did not prevent Fukushima (which is now with us for tens-of-thousands-of-years now), nor do such prophylactic measures preclude potential failures at other NPPs, that do not currently feature passive cooling systems. And putting active-versus-passive cooling systems aside for the moment does not address the equally important issue of fuel life-cycle processing and 'disposal'.

        What we need to take away from these many NPP 'accidents', which occurred over a period of decades, is how unknown events always lag behind the operational integrity of these systems. Knowing that the environment can be contaminated for thousands of years, after an 'accident', means design 'improvements' can never be realized in time to overcome such staggering loses in life, property and resources.

        It's one thing to prove a design when there's only one test pilot on board; not when the entire population of planet is unable to escape from the enclosed fuselage. Nuclear power technologies must be reserved for use in space and completely banned within the planet's biosphere. Our priorities should be to develop practical remediation technologies that address this deadly technology and moving into space. Any-and-all research/development/deployment of nuclear power technologies must be exclusively confined to space…

      • patb2009

        doesn't matter, without secondary pumps, the damn Iso Condenser just puts cold water to the bottom of the Rac. YOu need to stir it, and that's a lot of power.

      • eatliesndie eatliesndie

        …and there were a lot of broken pipes. Total loss of power was the lesser problem…

      • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

        Multiple Nuclear Reactors Bombed; All Nuclear Reactors ARE Bombs; @AGreenRoad

        Food Irradiation; Consequences and Negative Health Effects; via @AGreenRoad

  • patb2009

    yes Fukushima Dai-ichi performed beyond it's design spec, However the Design spec was garbage.

    The design was to a 50 year Earthquake hazard not a 100 year EQ hazard.

    the Tsunami spec assumed no close by EQ,

    If you have crappy specs you can meet spec.

  • harengus_acidophilus

    Sometimes there is
    an unintended kind of humor inside this massages.

    “Performed beyond its best expectations”

    I've had read this as:
    "To our great surprise the reactors and the buildings
    aren't shattered into tiny little pieces."
    "In fact, we don't expect the debris
    would look like reactor buildings."
    Just sayin' …


  • jec jec

    Wonder what these same people will say when their families get sick with cancer from radiation. Guess we can tell them to just ignore the disease because the dose was so low. They will be the first screaming for help –because they know exactly what radiation does. Or..did anyone check stocks to see who was buying and who was dumping stocks?

  • pcjensen

    the awful thing about those statements is that a lot of sheeple will buy into those ideas and will fall back asleep. and so it shall be. not everyone is a survivor.

  • Cisco Cisco

    It's effing unbelievable that they can push this propaganda on the public. But, that's because the public remains willfully ignorant. 27th in the world in reading comprehension; you wonder why?

    This article is the grist that the MSM likes to report. "Move along folks, there's nothing her for you to see, everything's just fine.

    Yeah, and "I promise…the check's in the mail."

    Never underestimate the stupidity of the American people.

    • pcjensen

      not all US citizens are so lame and certainly not all Americans are, I say it that way because when you use the word "American" you are actually referring to all people living on the American continents – south, central and north… from the southern tip of South America to northern edge of Canada.

  • combomelt combomelt

    For the Full warm and cozy, feel-good tale….

    From an insightful film….

    the 21st century began, human evolution was at a turning point. Natural selection, the process by which the strongest, the smartest, the fastest, reproduced in greater numbers than the rest, a process which had once favored the noblest traits of man, now began to favor different traits. Most science fiction of the day predicted a future that was more civilized and more intelligent. But as time went on, things seemed to be heading in the opposite direction. A dumbing down. How did this happen? Evolution does not necessarily reward intelligence. With no natural predators to thin the herd, it began to simply reward those who reproduced the most, and left the intelligent to become an endangered species. The years passed, mankind became stupider at a frightening rate. Some had high hopes the genetic engineering would correct this trend in evolution, but sadly the greatest minds and resources where focused on conquering hair loss and prolonging erections

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      The amazing thing is not that we, as a human race, can actually accomplish so little. The amazing thing about the human race is that we accomplish as much as we do.

      My take on Universal Civilization, is that there are space ships circulating throughout the Universe, whose mission is the cataloging of sentient cultures that were successful in attaining a certain level of scientific knowledge, only to develop the technologies that ultimately destroyed their civilation.

      The amazing thing to me is not that 99 out of 100 sentient civilizations destroy themselves. Rather, I am amazed that there is 1 civilization left to catalog the failure of the 99!


        your thoughts Philip, echo the times of the Bubonic plague. Back then, most everyone living through that nightmare genuinely believed it was the end of times. We've learned since then, humans are highly resilient and more than capable of overcoming the odds. And just as in those times, adjusting our life styles will be the determining factor…

        • We Not They Finally

          Except with the bubonic plague, people either lived or died, clear-cut. Then life returned to what it was before. There was no attack on genomes — humans, animals, plants, for generations to come. What happens if "the new normal" gets exponentially worse, as we know HAS to happen with genetics? Those who can adjust will, but this world is bequeathing escalating tragedy beyond even when we personally die. So of course we "adjust" — but define "adjust." No one should abandon hope, but science may not provide the miracles we would need.


            great thoughts WNTF. Life did not go on as it had before. All humans of European descent now carry genetically induced Bubonic plague antibodies. There were other – unintentional – effects on Western culture, as well.

            I should also mention that tremendous epigenetic damage is currently being done to all humans who are exposed to other 'modern day' stressors, like chemicals and GMOs. In addition, gamma ray bursts from the sun have been instrumental in triggering genetic reactions within all living creatures.

            So, while we'd both accept that nuclear power technologies can induce unacceptable consequences within any exposed population or their offspring, such threats to the 'integrity' of biological organisms are not solely confined to this technology alone.

            That said, I will agree that nuclear power technologies can cause damage that is both irreversible and long term in its impact. Just keep in mind, chemicals like Dioxin (245T) and GMOs are potentially as dangerous.

            Again…great thoughts. I especially like your closing line…

          • unincredulous unincredulous

            Yes, leaving this genetic problem to our descendants is not very thoughtful. We cannot be sure that they will improve or even maintain the technology to combat the radioactive elements.
            I learned a few years ago, in college, that the Roman empire discovered how to make concrete. Surprisingly, people apparently forgot how to make concrete for a few hundred years. Why? Who knows?

            What if people forget to maintain the containment of radioactive material? Maybe we will have a couple of generations of really stupid kids. In that time, the radiation damage may be irreversible. Recovery may not be possible for mankind. On the plus side, uh, well, um, ya know, err, eh-hmm, nevermind. i forget…

      • We Not They Finally

        Einstein still put it best: "The splitting of the atom changed everything except Man's mode of thinking, as we drift towards unparalleled catastrophe." That great scientific genius apparently did not think much of Man's capacity to use the scientific break-throughs without destroying the world.


      great thoughts combomelt. I would submit, our current state of 'idiocracy' is purposely being imposed on us all. Of the various benefits to those in power, dumbing-down the populace impedes our ability to respond to repressive measures. It also facilitates their ability to divide and exploit. This was the primary reason accountability was never imposed on welfare recipients. It was never about reducing or eliminating poverty, but 'nurturing' it. Such 'mismanagement' of social welfare programs led to greater marginalization and fostered enmity within the social fabric. It's always been about divide and conquer. This was a long term program for socioeconomic control over populations and resources.

      Again…thanks for the awesome post…

      • combomelt combomelt

        You are welcome, but imho, Thank you. Your response truly honors me, as your posts are some of the most clear & meaningful here. So i say, a loud THANK YOU!, and it must be said to the other top dogs in here who care as well. You few know who you are, and like AS, have provided crucial knowledge, unbelievable restraint, clarity & sanity to this otherwise outrageously criminal enterprise that continually shocks me on a daily basis. Never falter. Thank you all.


          yes combomelt, this site does feature some fine thinking machines. On behalf of these good people, thanks for those kind words…

      • We Not They Finally

        On the other hand, taking everything away from everyone and even shipping their jobs overseas, doesn't seem to foster social HARMONY, does it? Beware of putting ANY ideology above people.

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        As far as the welfare thing goes, I have ended up in public housing, and you are right about it not being the end to poverty. In a way it does nurture it. If I owned private property, I could do many things to get ahead. But that is not possible for me, at this time. Social engineering is a bit nutty. For instance, the laws about having green areas in parking lots seems like a good idea. But in my parking lot, there are these unexplainable areas of concrete curb sticking out with grass on them, and they are a real pain. It has caused damage to automobiles trying to circumvent the things. and there are the concrete-filled steel posts designed to prevent damage to lawns. My bumper is all bent up because of one of those. And you would think that bicycles would be encouraged for poor people in public housing. Don't even put up bicycle racks for people. I guess they are an eyesore. You can't keep a bicycle inside your public housing unit. I can dig a hole and pour concrete and a stake to tie it to out back. I really don't think I will do that because you cannot even leave a plant up on the porch without the lawn maintenance people destroying the plant with a weed eater. Did I say destroy? I meant demolish. And about accountability, I guess having housing come in and inspect your house every couple of months, and having no expectation of privacy is so wonderful. And having a storage unit elsewhere is prohibited. How can I do anything without a garage? just saying not my choice.

    • whathefuku

      From the ending of Idiocracy I almost fell off my chair when i watched it again after 7 years

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    It's people like Stubbins who should be made to get out & do the clean up of all the dead sea life on the west coast. But these people live in glass houses & teach such crap to our children is pure evil!

    • We Not They Finally

      Why put Mr. Stubbins to such effort? Let's just give him an all expenses paid, luxury trip right to the Fukushima site. He can bunk with Ronnie the Rat as they marvel at the grand condition of Reactor No. 2.

  • m a x l i

    What is there left to say (after having finished throwing up)? A new era characterised by formerly unimaginable irresponsibility and insanity seems to have started. Let's translate this professor's statement into an everyday situation:

    "Dad, I wrapped your old Cadillac around a tree. It is now a smouldering heap of twisted metal and broken glass, and by the way, I killed mum and sis. But the car performed beyond its best expectations, it did amazingly well!"

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    James Stubbins
    Consulting activities..

    •Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    •The Ohio State University
    •Argonne National Laboratory
    •International Atomic Energy Agency
    •Battelle's Pacific Northwest Laboratory
    •Los Alamos National Laboratory
    •Department of Energy

    Fukushima did 'amazing well'.
    So…the condition it is in now..
    Is that the best they got?

    • We Not They Finally

      Oh, he's a "consultant"? Is that the same as the "wh_re" word? Thought so.

    • We Not They Finally

      It's WAY too kind calling this guy "a shill." That's just dishonesty. This guy is guilty of murderous immorality. But look at the people he works for. The nuclear mafia. But say, if they really want to do a PR blitz, let them do it on-site. One-way tickets for all.

      • Sickputer

        Yes, shill is too kind. I prefer the term nuclear whores, but on second thought that is far too disrespectful to the world's oldest profession.

        Skilled at promoting the prevaricators of the nuclear industry, these folks like Chuck Murray hired by the decades-old nuclear industry media front known as UMB (United Media Business). Located on the web at, this bunch of Nuclear Mad Men in the promotional business of death merchants, pop up as needed when the wheels start falling off of their death machines and the public begins to groggily awaken stirred by news reports of nuclear radiation out of control in Pennsylvania, Belarus, or Japan.

        And then you have the university promoters like Ahmad Hassanein (Director of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue) who made a fairly sizable salary of $175,000 at Purdue in 2008, yet just one year later was sporting a $266,000 salary at Purdue. Must be nice in a recession to pick up some extra cheese for training nuclear engineers. You might even expect that professor to say some encouraging words about the stinky mess in Japan.

        Ahmad Hassanein salary 2008:,asc

        salary 2009:

    • Unfortunately they have real nasty bit of propaganda work here

      This needs to be debunked.

      I believe Anthony brought it to our attention.

      I can detect at least one major flaw in the study:

      Detection limit is set at 300 bq/body when Chernobyl suggested 50bq was enough for heart problems in children

      Bandazhevsky (former director of the Medical Institute in Gomel), states that based on his research on children exposed to radiocesium from Chernobyl, ‘Over 50 Bq/kg of body weight lead to irreversible lesions in vital organs.’

      • PinkFlamingo PinkFlamingo

        I apologize if this has been said already but another major flaw with the study is they began testing for cesium months after the Fukushima meltdowns; some testing didn't begin until October 2011, almost 7 months after the Fukushima meltdowns.

        But cesium is eliminated from the body in weeks or months:

        “Once cesium enters your body, your kidneys begin to remove it from the blood; some cesium is quickly released from your body in the urine. A small portion is also released in the feces. Some of the cesium that your body absorbs can remain in your body for weeks or months, but is slowly eliminated from your body through the urine and feces.”

        Therefore, by the time testing for cesium began, the majority of cesium would have been eliminated from people exposed to cesium from the initial meltdowns.

        • PinkFlamingo PinkFlamingo

          Another flaw in the study is they only did a 2-minute scan on each person.

          Whole body counters are designed to perform from a 1-to-30 minute scan.

          The longer the scan, the more accurate the count.

          "The sensitivity of a counter does depend on counting time so the longer the count, for the same system, the better the detection limit."

          Therefore, the testing should have been done for a much longer period than 2 minutes in order for greater accuracy.

        • Hi PinkFlamingo

          I appreciate your input.

          One question though.

          Does the body excrete cesium effectively when it is deficient in potassium?

          It seems that cesium can actually bio-accumulate in certain organs, including the heart, and may pass the blood-brain barrier in the brain.

          • PinkFlamingo PinkFlamingo

            Hi majia,

            This is what Argonne Labs says about cesium:

            "What Happens to It in the Body?

            Cesium can be taken into the body by eating food, drinking water, or breathing air. After being taken in, cesium behaves in a manner similar to potassium and distributes uniformly throughout the body. Gastrointestinal absorption from food or water is the principal source of internally deposited cesium in the general population. Essentially all cesium that is ingested is absorbed into the bloodstream through the intestines. Cesium tends to concentrate in muscles because of their relatively
            large mass. Like potassium, cesium is excreted from the body fairly quickly. In an adult, 10% is excreted with a biological half-life of 2 days, and the rest leaves the body with a biological half-life of 110 days. Clearance from the body is somewhat quicker for children and adolescents. This means that if someone is exposed to radioactive cesium and the source of exposure is removed, much of the cesium will readily clear
            the body along the normal pathways for potassium excretion within several months."


            • PinkFlamingo PinkFlamingo

              Regarding Cesium-137 in the brain and organs, Cesium-137 has been found in the brain, heart, liver, gonads, muscle, bone, and teeth during autopsies.

              • Thanks PinkFlamingo

                My best is that its not excreted well by organs, including the brain, if the body is at all deficient in potassium

                thanks for the link

              • PinkFlamingo PinkFlamingo

                1. In conclusion, you'll notice they say "much" of the cesium is excreted. (But not ALL of the cesium is excreted.)

                2. Enough cesium is excreted, imo, to make the Japanese study you cited flawed because "much" of the cesium is excreted within months, and yet they began testing for cesium months after the Fukushima meltdown.

                3. However, enough cesium can be left in the body to cause harm.

                I once found a photo of a lung of a Chernobyl worker showing a black spot which turned out to be cesium-137 contamination which had turned into cancer in the lung.

                It only takes a small amount of a radionuclide to cause a cancerous lesion/area in the body.

          • We Not They Finally

            I second the motion. The theory that "It's all right because the body excretes it" is ill-informed to the point of inhumane. No, not necessarily the intent of the author at all — maybe it's just denial. But is PinkF saying that just SOME people are spared heart and other diseases because their bodies have excreted ENOUGH of the cesium? Please understand — not even WORTH making these qualifications! The cesium releases here are off the charts and escalating — against unprotected people who are continually lied to. And with cesium, the precious few people for whom whole body tests have been done are alarming.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose is..

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Meltdowns/melt-through/gross failure..this is what they have.
    And will have… in this type of event.
    And someone dares to call this 'amazing well'.
    The industry shows no shame/bounds in how pathetic the lies..they spew are sounding.

  • razzz razzz

    See what I mean about intellectual idiots? Probably was disappointed when he read this headline…Dayton Air Show nixes plan for atomic bomb reenactment.

  • CB CB

    ”In this case, the public got hardly any dose at all,” James F. Stubbins, a professor of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering at the University of Illinois.

  • We Not They Finally

    Oh, the corrupt (have-to-be-knowingly-evil) Professors[!!!] think that Fukushima was handled "amazingly well" with no or low doses of radioactive releases? O.k. Let them go there and INSPECT it. Ten-day tour. In fact, let them walk right into Reactor 2. No one else has been able to get near it. Let them walk right inside!! Let no one give them a funeral or a memorial service. Let their fried corpses be plowed in with the radioactive waste and disposed of "however."

  • Proton

    What has TEPCO done exceptionally well in the aftermath of that eventual, FATEFUL Friday, 3/11/2011?

    Fooling the gullible and denying opportunities for an appropriate response, yes, they've done that very well.


    From the altered pics
    the Xenon-133
    Setting the table

  • RichardPerry

    Statement: ”In this case, the public got hardly any dose at all,” James F. Stubbins, a professor of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering at the University of Illinois, told Design News. “And the workers’ doses were low, too.
    How come animals of all sorts have high radiation exposure but all humans have not, how about the sailors suing TEPCO for damages. Many more.

    • We Not They Finally

      Those animals you cite might just have "psychiatric" problems. The butterflies have malformed wings and that newborn bunny had no ears from just "very low doses" because it was all in their heads.

      • m a x l i

        The butterflies should smile more and the bunnies should sing happy songs.

      • We Not They Finally

        Yes we can get psychiatric help for the baby seals that are dying off our west coast and the whales and dolphins and our pets..They will all need help….Just like in Japan when the sick with thyroid goiters children are being told to get psychological help….

    • We Not They Finally

      The other infuriating thing, of course, is that it is put in the PAST TENSE. Yesteryear a tiny dose; now nothing.

  • Sickputer

    The nucleocrat studies of radioactive cesium damages and longterm retention and effects on humans have long been censored just like similar studies on strontium-90 and plutonium.

    It's not just the paucity of studies that makes it hard to get real facts about radiocesium damages, but also the threat of retaliation against researchers. Jobs and careers derailed, even threat of prison time in Russia can deter most scientists from publishing "unfavorable" cesium studies.

    Take for example the case of Dr. Yury Bandazhevsky who paid the price for publishing studies detailing the terrible effects of Chernobyl, in particular the damaging cesium effects on vital organs. He was arrested on trumped up charges in 2001, and imprisoned until August of 2005.

    Read his biography and you will know who is the enemy in human society (not him).

    His reseach on the damaging effects of cesium:

    Excerpt: "As the main organ of excretion of radioactive cesium from the body,16 kidneys are significantly affected even at a small Cs-137 concentration"

    "Injuries to the vascular system of kidneys may be one of the main reasons for the increase in blood pressure, especially diastolic pressure, in children"
    .. series of changes occur, indicating direct damage of the cardiac muscles as…

    • We Not They Finally

      Very good analysis! Note also, that with so many of these studies, there is a sub-text that health damage is just like "the cost of doing business." Like "the cost of turning on a light bulb." But we never needed these death machines to turn on light bulbs in the first place!

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    "Amazing","fantastic",everything's just peachy & wonderful since the facility held together better than expected following a disaster of such magnitude it was thought it couldn't possibly have survived total destruction with such minimal to no public health consequences even at the local level….quite a load I'd say! Along with all of the loads being flushed into the Pacific Ocean daily. Just as they'd intended for such circumstances. 🙁 ~**

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Fukushima Daiichi plant is a molten blob of radioactive lava, leaking radiation into the oceans and air, continuously.

    • norbu norbu

      FOREVER……or at least a few million years.

    • We Not They Finally

      That is indeed "the big picture." Thank you for that.

    • pure water

      And if this can be qualified as "doing well", why not stop the rest of death producing monsters? Earthquakes and big waves have happened and will happen and to blame them is childish. People can not stop the earthquakes, but the rest of the nuclear plants are stopable.

  • Ancient Voices

    I am so impressed by maxli's analogies–they show that some humans are still sharp as can be.

    Today my godson asked my advice on where to move–his mom will pay for them to move anywhere in the world when he's done with college, and wants him to choose. I spent quite awhile explaining about the spread of radiation in the Northern Hemisphere and of course told him that his best bet (for now at least) was the Southern Hemisphere. After my concerted effort, this 21 year old man studying at the college level said, "oh but I would not be emotionally comfortable except in MD." maxli–can you come with one for this situation?? He'll be vulnerable to cesium-induced heart failure and a bunch of other slower deaths, but he'll be emotionally comfortable as he dies. It's like he couldn't even hear me.

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      I can't think of a better place to take someone selflessly choosing to stay & waste an opportunity to have a better chance of living a bit longer and seeing how things turn out for those who would gladly take his place than a large metropolitan,USA hospital's cancer treatment center to see the impact on the short-handed staff & possibly get the chance to ask one of them who's worked there for at least 3-4+ yrs.if they think "something happened" to account for all the young faces that don't seem to belong in a place where they get highly-toxic treatments said to cure cancers where the fear & uncertainty hangs thick in the air and only 3 of every 10 will still be alive or alive & cancer-free in 5 yrs from their treatments. I've been compiling a short story eventually expected to be around 15 pages titled "The Dirty Dozen-12 Reasons To Believe We've All Been FUKu'D" that I plan to strategically place in public area's and post links to here soon that will at least educate doubters and plant the seed that I hope will re-light the "pilot lamp" of even the most gullible,patriotic,stubborn of the programmed-masses with numbed "logic" & proportion-centers of their brains(?)! I think the intro should be titled "Read It & Weep"…When I read what's going on here & the few other worthwhile resources for educating oneself in a time & age where we ARE truly ALONE when it comes to these issues I come close to breaking through the "acquired numbness" cancer caregivers…

      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        >> develop and maintain if they can for the sake of their loved ones who need their full attention & abilities focused on giving them the best chance of recovery or a death without as much suffering and dying alone…I( been down this road before but when it hit my wife following an event I feared would harm people I knew & loved I think I know in my heart "WHY" & "HOW" she wound up being the subject of my worst nightmare/fears coming true! I thought I'd learned enough in my 49 yrs. to find ways to get through & maybe even make better use of whatever my own likely shortened lifespan is left but that book was re-written on 311 and all but guaranteed by TPTB's response since then! Yeah I'm a real effin' downer of a human-being now, but can anyone blame me??!! 🙁 ~**

    • m a x l i

      Sorry, I can't give you any advise for that, Ancient Voices. I assume, he heard you. But, due to inertia of mass, humans generally need a big kick from behind to take a big step.

      Probably you wouldn't have convinced me very much. Why is that? Now I've read very often (on this site mostly) that many people believe there would be a good enough distinction and separation between northern and southern hemisphere, where any contamination does not cross. This gets repeated often like a mantra. I have no idea where that comes from and so far, I have never seen any explanation or justification for that assumption. Why would the equator be a tight border, where wind, water currents, animal migrations, human travel and transport of goods would stop? Maybe I missed something, and someone can help me out.

      Do people not dare to raise these questions, because they want to "believe" there will be a place where all will be good and they still could survive? (…which would be a bit like the promise of an afterlife in a better place.)

      • pcjensen

        actually – the equator is pretty free of fallout winds.. I don't much care if the human species survives, I didn't even want to have babies, and I didn't. But I'm not going to risk dying from radiation if I can help it. Betting: those who survive longer with the least DNA damage will have been living at equatorial zones before, during and after this stupid, global meltdown.

  • norbu norbu

    James F. Stubbins, dude if it is so safe, and there is no threat maybe you could go help them clean up for a few days, heck you could even have some sushi while you are there.

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      norbu, I'm starting to suspect that they DO eat the sushi and "drink the kool-aid" to wash their nuclide-enriched meals down??!! Unfortunately they'll probably "smile away" so much of the funky stuff & pre-cancerous cells,etc. that it will take 5-10 yrs. for their death knell to sound and get bumped up the Grim Reapers waiting list,but we'll probably beat them to it although "they" would be the ones wondering why it was getting so warm as they descend past the coriums to their own eternal destination?!! All in all I don't think the types we're dealing with are able to be smart about anything in "life" besides their coveted crap technology that they somehow can focus their attention & comments well enough to appear educated about anything else besides the technical aspects of the technology & equipment/facilities when they really are THAT stupid or evil and aren't qualified to make decisions or forge the opinions of those they spread their harmful propaganda to according to the offending,lying,guilty party's "script"(?)!!~How does the new shill job pay Stubby?? Wonder if the Pacific seafood industry throws him a bone too?? The rotten,radioactive bass-turd!!! 😐 ~**

  • norbu norbu

    Johnny Blade, you are right. I think they are the destroyers of life. Evil doer's.
    peace and wellness to you and your family.

  • GeoHarvey

    Amazingly deluded.

  • yogda yogda

    Makes me ill reading that article…
    They are only expert liars.

  • Reminds me of the joke about the North Norfolk nuclear plants in the UK – any radiation would 'come out in The Wash'….

  • odylan

    Fukushima would have required the immediate evacuation of Tokyo and environs if it hadn't been for the off-shore wind direction prevailing at the time. No technical expertise is required to see the truth of this matter.

    • We Not They Finally

      odylan No Tokyo should have been evacuated..Its now basically a nuclear waste dump..You forget the contamination of japan and the world is on going…What is happening in Japan will happen all over the world.Protectionism is simply a way of hiding our heads in the sand as ostriches do. And denying the nuclear disaster that is happening…For sometime it will seem that the crisis is over…Im sure that we will continue with our Black specks are good for you as Jules feifer the cartoonist did in the 1960s.Only its not funny.

  • We Not They Finally

    Apparently soon the only humans left will be hiding deep in their underground bunkers cities whatever you wish to call it…By then the inevitable pole shift radioactive contamination holocaust will have happened.Dont forget the option of a world bird flu plague..

    AS i was hinting there will be perhaps the inevitable fate of the world becoming a rogue planet pulled by some force from space out of orbit with the sun and led astray alone and empty on its long jouney through space sunless and hopeless but still having life deep within its surface from the heat within.That we call karma.

  • Ancient Voices

    Thank you, maxli. My thoughts re the Southern Hemisphere were based on evaluation of jet stream, ocean currents et al by the "good guys," mainly Dr. Sircus says that eventually the Southern H. will be contaminated for the reasons you cite, but it is the best bet for now. Arnie talked a lot about moving south: does anyone know if he did?

    What made me sad was that this young man has the money to move, unlike so many, but as you say is unable to resist inertia. I just have to let him go.

    Thanks again, AV

  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    The article is written in such a juvenile and self-justifying manner. Only a design web site could spew such totally homicidal material.

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      @VL; Perhaps one of the most disgusting things about it is that he got paid for writing and/or spewing it!! I bet he adds the blood money to fund his relocation to the places nucleocrats & the elite "in the know" have or are all moving to(?)!! 😐 ~^^

  • Japanese study heralding no contamination from Fukushima DECONSTRUCTED by me and Pink Flamingo here:

    Hayno, R.S., et al (2013) Internal Radiocesium Contamination of Adults and Children 7 to 20 Months After the Fukushima NPP Accident as Measured by Extensive Whole-Body-Counter Surveys, Proc. Jpn. Acad. Ser B, 4, 157-163

    Fumikazu Asai (2013, April 11) Study: No radioactive cesium in 99% of Fukushima, Ibaraki residents

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    Anyone want to go halfs on this place?? I know someone involved in the private sale and the negotiable asking price!

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Quote: Fukushima Daiichi plant "did amazingly well” — “Performed beyond its best expectations.”

    Tepco corporate person: Gosh, "I don't know what to say. Yes, I agree. I am just too good for my shirt. My thanks go out to my designers, engineers, managers (including political managers), accountants, and especially my lovely wife, Mrs. Nukeugly. This will look good on my resume."

    World Idol announcer: "Yes, Folks, you should all be thankful– you have been the lucky few to be witness to such an extra ordinary engineering marvel. This years winner of the Corporate World Idol contest! Show him your love!"

    Mr. Daichi Tepco: " Thank you, thank you so much.Please everyone take your seats. It's really getting warm in here. You know, I never thought I would win this contest, the competition was fierce, as you know. I mean, who would ever think I would beat the WTC Towers of New York? They really outperformed expectations. Especially building number 7. It outperformed expectations, without even being hit by an aircraft. I mean the competition was tough. T-O-U-G-H. Look at Chernobyl sitting over there. C'mon, cheer up Cher…we'll have drinks after. We'll have drinks with that cute little bridge that collapsed over the Tacoma Narrows. I personally thought I didn't rate above my Cousin Vasa,the great sailing ship. Damn, I knew if I talked too long, I would stick my corporate foot in my mouth..anyway thanks, and good night."

  • If Fukey did well, what does a plant that doesn't do well look like?

    • m a x l i

      Maybe like this one:
      A bottomless drain for money, steel, cement and sweat in notoriously money and resources lacking East Germany in the eighties, then given up and partly demolished in the nineties, before it could produce a µWh of electricity, a gram of nuclear waste or a significant number of hospital patients, and already forgotten now.

      Whereas… Fukey will go down in history, if there will be a history – that means someone to tell and someone to listen.

      Here a few moody impressions:

  • MULTIMELT is not a new sandwich at a Jack-In-The-Box drive thru Mr. Murray.

    I read some of the comments on the article by Charles Murray.

    His responses are typical rhetoric followed by even more rhetoric. Straight from the Nuclear Talk Back Manual. I am certain he is highly paid for his so called expert opinions which equate, in my opinion, to outright criminal negligence of the worst kind.

    We all know that comparing Nuclear Death Machines to car fatalities is a 'curve ball' designed to get you to miss the point.

    The point is…
    Nuclear Power plants contaminate from the 'get go' until they blow. Even when they are successfully decommissioned their highly toxic waste will continue to produce radioactive contamination for thousands of years. What an idiotic legacy to leave to our decedents!

    DNA/chromosomes are not damaged by windmills. 🙂

    a future prediction:
    In the year 2014 when the all 'new' first time members of the all 'new' Congress pass the Nucleocrat Payback Act the main debate will be over not using the electric chair for execution as it's not a very green technology. Proponents for the 'chair' will claim it is the most just method other than banishment to Fukushima's no-go zone.

  • razzz razzz

    These nuclear sock puppets are only looking for a cushy job or board appointment by playing worship the nuclear gods game. They would sell their own mothers to further their careers. You know they already sold their kids futures.

    Such arrogant statements show that they know they are in the majority opinion to begin with. It is a matter of how much they can get away with and who can make the most outlandish statements for the cause.