Title: PROMETHEUS TRAP (3): Japanese ambassador felt something not right before State Department meeting
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: HIDEFUMI NOGAMI
Date: February 01, 2013
The consensus that was developing in the teleconference that began at 1:30 a.m. on March 16, 2011, U.S. Eastern Standard Time, demonstrated the extent to which the U.S. government was willing to take a bold step because it called for immediately evacuating all U.S. citizens living in Japan, including members of the U.S. military.
That would, of course, mean that Washington was prepared for a situation in which the U.S. military had no presence in Japan.
However, the evacuation of the military would require a decision by U.S. President Barack Obama. [...]
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Energy Department had calculated the possible spread of radioactive materials based on weather information. The result of the calculation was that even in a worst-case scenario, Tokyo would likely be spared from any radioactive fallout.
After discussing the matter with White House officials, [Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs] reached the conclusion that the calculations meant an immediate evacuation from Tokyo was no longer necessary. [...]
“Even in a worst-case scenario, Tokyo would likely be spared from any radioactive fallout”? Here are several reports about radiation plumes arriving in the Tokyo area prior to March 16:
- Worst radiation plume from Fukushima was blown over Tokyo on March 14-15 -- "This was the main deposition event over Japan for the entire disaster" -- Large fractions of cesium fell on land
- "Really troubling" wind shift said NRC: 1,000 microSv thyroid dose south of Tokyo over ten hour period on Mar. 14 reported US Navy -- 300km from Fukushima -- "This reminds me of the drill"
- Kyodo: Radiation forecast can "by no means" be released to public decided gov't on Mar. 15 -- Showed radioactive cloud could spread over Tokyo area
- US evacuation out at least 150-200 miles, past Tokyo? Concerned NRC Staff: "Why are we being so rigid in terms of doing the right thing?" -- Radiation exposure "just one of many considerations"
Published: January 31st, 2013 at 8:42 pm ET