Bloomberg TV: Second disaster to come at Fukushima nuclear plant? Is Japan prepared if leaks widen and radiation rises? (VIDEO)

Published: September 15th, 2013 at 11:03 am ET
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Title: Tepco Has Been Losing Their Safety Culture: Tasaka: Video
Source: Bloomberg TV
Date: Sept. 13, 2013

At 0:55 in

Stephen Engle, Bloomberg Television: You [Hiroshi Tasaka, nuclear engineer and professor at Tama University] told me in the pre-interview that we really don’t know the full situation there…

At 4:40 in

Engle: Is Japan, right now, the way it is managed, the nuclear power plants — are they able to cope with a potential second disaster if the leaks widen and the radiation rises? Are we prepared?

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Published: September 15th, 2013 at 11:03 am ET
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24 comments to Bloomberg TV: Second disaster to come at Fukushima nuclear plant? Is Japan prepared if leaks widen and radiation rises? (VIDEO)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Get used to it, or get to the Southern Hemisphere, because this nuclear disaster is spewing for decades and decades, no exaggeration.

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  • harengus_acidophilus

    "a potential second disaster"

    No, it's still the first one!
    And not only Japan, no nation is able to deal with meltdowns.
    This is far beyond knownledge and technology.

    The "force of death" has won this battle.
    But … with living (and loving) hearts out there,
    life will win the war!


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    • nedlifromvermont

      Thank you harengus_a. That was a nice touch.

      We may hope.

      It may be all we have.

      I played Frisbee with my dog and daughter today.

      We laughed. We picked some apples off our tree and ate them.

      Simple pleasures need to be enjoyed, now.

      Even if they are Yakuza guys, you have to kind of feel sorry for those poor bastards in the Tyvek suits and gas masks, running around with Geiger counters, pointing, gesturing, trying to look busy, and being hit with high electron volts, burning at the atomic level, and trying, madly, to look like they are trying to save the world …

      And doesn't John Kerry look well-coiffed, today? So gallant, almost as serious-looking as his Russian counterpart.

      You'd think he'd have something to say about Fukushima? Or natty dread, Barack, the hombre, Obama? Or maybe self-assured, poised, and nattily dressed, wanabe-your-first-Presidential-lady-Hilary?
      Or maybe John Boehner could cry for us again, about the dying Starfish, or the radioactive Tuna? Or old lady-look-alike Mitch McConnell might utter a syllable about the calamity in Japan? Or Tea Partier Ron (I'm smarter than I look) Paul?

      Nope. No can do. Utter silence from our "leadership class!"

      And they fancy themselves leaders?

      Can you tell I'm disgusted with all of them?

      Or do I need to try and be more cynical?

      Only the posters here at enenews, and on a few other sites, can be bothered to take the time to care, or so it seems …

      peace, maties!

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  • Mack Mack

    At the end of the interview, Mr. Tasaka mentions radionuclides in water, soil, and the nuclear waste spent-fuel problem, and cautions:

    "We should isolate those kinds of things for 100,000 years from the human environment. This is a very important and very serious problem for all countries who are promoting nuclear power plants."

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  • SteveMT

    The leaks have been increasing. The radiation has been increasing for many months, which has been minimized by TEPCO lying about the readings. TEPCO and their apologists keep saying that they "don't know the full situation." That is a lie as well, IMO. They do know, but they think that this crisis is magically going to go away, and it eventually will go away in about 10,000 years.

    By my reading, they are implying that we have just passed through what I am paraphrasing as "Close Disasters of the First Kind" and we are about to enter "Close Disasters of the Second Kind." Will there also be a "Close Disasters of the Third Kind?" I'm not holding my breath about that, but doing so may postpone the plutonium from getting into me. It's is as good of a short-tern strategy as what has been done at Fukushima, and it will also unfortunately not work.

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  • I can't believe we are at this point. I think all of us knew the plant had the potential to crash and burn at any time but damn, I really thought we had more time. We don't.

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  • Interview I did with Bob Tuskin about why bugging out to S America is not all it's cracked up to be. Africa would be a better choice…less rain.

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    • Mica

      Thank you. That was interesting & also depressing. In the back of my head was always the idea of leaving for S. America or S. Africa. Especially S. Africa, because an American might fit in with a large white population there; whereas one might stand out more in an hispanic country. But recently, I've been reading more about S. Africa's plans to build new nuclear power plants.
      I think I will also probably stay & go down with the ship…but my heart breaks with I think about the young people.

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      • J.

        I truly think there is no where to go. The biosphere is a closed system. All the air and water will circulate everywhere eventually. The only hope is to mitigate the disaster and stop NPPs ASAP. Even then storing the waste is a nightmare. No one has good solutions for that.

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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Thank you. That was a good interview. Very informative show.

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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Part of the jet stream has been splitting off into the Southern Hemisphere ever since the early days in 2011. See the archives here, search terms "jet stream," "anti-cyclonic," and Peter Daley's posts on this subject re: high radiation readings during storms in Australia and New Zealand area.

      Some of the contamination no doubt reached the Southern Hemisphere via air and water, even way back in 2011. It's likely safe to assume there is already a substantial amount of contamination in the Southern Pacific and Indian Oceans.

      It just takes water longer to make its way from the Northern to Southern Hemispheres. There was a lot of discussion about this back in 2011, in the summer, when the Southern Hemisphere was having its winter season.

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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Some of us posted links to meteorological models and ocean current models back then, to try to piece together why there were such high radiation levels in the S. Hemisphere, so soon after the Fukushima plant accident.

        We're mostly lay people, but it's not hard to look at the models and extrapolate what might happen. We just can't get a fix on exactly what's happening. We have to rely on people like Ken Buessler to try to get a better idea.

        And we have to hope people like Buessler are taking the BIG PICTURE into context, and considering ALL the sources of radiation, total radiation released from Fukushima. At this point it's not apparent anyone is doing that.

        And so the "experts" wonder why marine mammals and marine life are dying off all over the Pacific.

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  • ftlt

    The Tidal Wave of Blame continues…

    Where is the blame??? Follow the money – hint it is not all in Japan…

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  • corium pudding corium pudding

    I hope TEPCO has enough common sense to take the "easy" (undamaged) fuel rods out first.

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    • Sickputer

      CP typed these pixels of light: "I hope TEPCO has enough common sense to take the "easy" (undamaged) fuel rods out first."

      SP: I don't think there are any undamaged rods in the plant. Fires and explosions at Units 1-4.

      Reports about the Common Spent Fuel Pond have been sketchy. Maybe it burned also.

      Units 5 and 6 another big unknown. No video and little if any eyewitness reports. Since we believe salt water infiltrated those two spent fuel ponds (no active fissile fuel in those reactor vessels) from the first ten days before fresh water supplies arrived, the corrosion factor could make recovery or removal efforts hazardous.

      I think if it had been techically possible and safe they would have removed the rods at the CSFP and Units 5 and 6 SFPs by now. The enormous dry cask money costs were probably also an issue for TEPCO. I'll have to do some serious math to figure out many billions it would take to dry cask the 40 years of accumulated fuel rod assemblies. Huge financial costs.

      That's why we see the US plants playing the same lame stick their head in the sand waiting game on their own enormous spent fuel inventories. Thinking Uncle Sam was going to bail them out with a national storage site, those death monger utility companies have stored 10,000 year dangerous spent fuel rods in raised swimming pools just like the Japanese.

      We are just one jetliner aircrash away from an American Fukushima nightmare.

      Close them all…yesterday.

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  • Jebus Jebus

    Ditch nuclear power, Japan ex-PM Kan urges in Taiwan

    Kan told an audience in Taipei that his experience dealing with the Fukushima nuclear crisis, which began in March 2011, changed his views on nuclear power.

    "Nuclear power is not cheap and (is) as a matter of fact quite risky," he said. It takes a long time for radiation to decay. We should ask ourselves whether it is responsible to leave it for our children and grandchildren to take care of."

    Editorial: Public should use stopped nuclear reactors to consider atomic power-free society

    Two and a half years have passed since the outbreak of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Numerous people have felt a sense of crisis since this time with respect to society's dependence on nuclear power stations, and have pursued different lifestyles accordingly. Each and every member of the general public should take the opportunity of all of Japan's nuclear reactors again going offline to envisage a society that is not dependent on nuclear power — and should then take actions to make this a reality.

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  • We Not They Finally

    It's good is Japanese scientists are finally speaking out. I wonder if they have had to ex-patriate to do it.

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  • nedlifromvermont

    And the silence, the utter, guilty, wetting-my-pants-now SILENCE from our Leaders and companies like General (Cheap! Cheap! Nuclear Power!) Electric (come get your cancer and see yourselves die on our big flat screen tv's) …

    The Silence form these CREEPS IS deafening!!!!


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