Experts: “Fukushima is going to kill 200,000 from increased cancers” — “It’s worse than Chernobyl”

Published: April 15th, 2011 at 4:15 pm ET
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Three Mile Island expert: Fukushima could kill 200,000, Global Post, April 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm EDT:

Interview with Arnold Gundersen; 39-year veteran of the nuclear
industry, has worked as a nuclear plant operator and served as an
expert witness on the Three Mile Island accident

Is this accident as bad as Chernobyl?

It’s worse than Chernobyl. …

So if it’s worse than Chernobyl, is this the worst industrial accident ever?

I think this and the Bhopal accident in India [where hundreds of thousands of people were exposed to the toxic gas methyl isocyanate, killing thousands] are going to be neck and neck for that category. So it’s worse than Chernobyl…

I absolutely disagree with the scientists who say that Fukushima’s not going to hurt anyone. The numbers I’ve seen, from reputable scientists, are that Fukushima is going to kill 200,000 from increased cancers over the next 50 years. …

Read the report here.

Published: April 15th, 2011 at 4:15 pm ET
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24 comments to Experts: “Fukushima is going to kill 200,000 from increased cancers” — “It’s worse than Chernobyl”

  • Noah

    Ingested Radioactive Particles
    A Quote from Dr. Helen Caldicott

    HELEN CALDICOTT: … Up to a million people have already died from Chernobyl, and people will continue to die from cancer for virtually the rest of time. What we should know is that a millionth of a gram of plutonium, or less, can induce cancer, or will induce cancer. Each reactor has 250 kilos, or 500 pounds, of plutonium in it. You know, there’s enough plutonium in these reactors to kill everyone on earth.

    Now, what George doesn’t understand… You don’t understand internal emitters. I was commissioned to write an article for the New England Journal of Medicine about the dangers of nuclear power. I spent a year researching it. You’ve bought the propaganda from the nuclear industry. They say it’s low-level radiation. That’s absolute rubbish. If you inhale a millionth of a gram of plutonium, the surrounding cells receive a very, very high dose. Most die within that area, because it’s an alpha emitter. The cells on the periphery remain viable. They mutate, and the regulatory genes are damaged. Years later, that person develops cancer. Now, that’s true for radioactive iodine, that goes to the thyroid; cesium-137, that goes to the brain and muscles; strontium-90 goes to bone, causing bone cancer and leukemia. It’s imperative, George, because you’re highly intelligent and a very important commentator, that you understand internal emitters and radiation, and it’s not low level to the cells that are exposed. Radiobiology is imperative to understand these days. …

    As it leaks into the water over time, it will bioconcentrate in the food chains, in the breast milk, in the fetuses, that are thousands of times more radiosensitive than adults. One x-ray to the pregnant abdomen doubles the incidence of leukemia in the child. And over time, nuclear waste will induce epidemics of cancer, leukemia and genetic disease, and random compulsory genetic engineering. And we’re not the only species with genes, of course. It’s plants and animals. So, this is an absolute catastrophe, the likes of which the world has never seen before. …

    I’m a physician, highly trained. I was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. My specialty is cystic fibrosis, the most common genetic disease of childhood. …

    [I]t’s imperative that people understand that internal emitters cause cancer, but the incubation time for cancer is any time from two to 60 years. …

    • Noah

      Highly Recommend viewing the Caldicott quote is based upon. The video ends with the Doctor saying “… George, have you ever held a child dieing of leukemia?”

      I have held such a child. My baby sister was exposed to x-ray radiation while three months old as a fetus in my mothers womb. She developed leukemia at age three and died at age six.

      I know first hand about the effects of radiation. As with Chernobyl, these devastating effects are in store for the generation now gestating and now being conceived in a radioactive environment.

      The information provided by Dr. Caldicott can save lives if properly applied. For healths sake view the vid. It focuses attention on the key issue of internal emitters caused by ingested radioactive particles.

      It’s now in the air, the water and the food. This primary issue is what I have been focusing my preparatory efforts on since the 311 even began. I am encouraged that the few on this site are taking what steps we can to protect ourselves and our families.

    • xdrfox

      YouTube – Helen Caldicott: The New Nuclear Danger. Part1of4
      6 Apr 2007 … Dr. Helen Caldicott, M.D. is the Founder & President of the Nuclear Policy Research … You need Adobe Flash Player to watch this video. …

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rbj9BnM3WI
      YouTube – Dr Helen Caldicott: The Earth is in the Intensive Care Unit
      28 Mar 2008 … This week we devote the entire episode to Dr. Helen …

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU1cDCWX1HY

    • You better get the word out on the new data. Blow your mind stuff.
      Please enjoy! http://www.thesandmanproject.com/radioactive.htm

      The top video will BLOW YOUR MIND! I learned TONS! I cant stress this video enough FOLKS This is a
      MUST SEE

  • xdrfox

    200,000 is WAY too low just for Japan. There are 36 million in and around Tokoyo
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/tokyo-pop-36-million-and-falling-20110318-1c0ne.html alone not counting the multiple millions north of Tokoyo and north of Fukushima.
    The two small atom bombs dropped in Japan in August 1945 killed at least 300000. …
    http://www.cicd.org.au/?category=hiroshima&page=hiroshima_and_nagasaki_information

  • xdrfox

    And we haven’t considered if these reactors blow up !

  • xdrfox

    Radiation level in groundwater up 1,000% in a week at Fukushima
    April 14th, 2011
    http://enenews.com/radiation-level-in-groundwater-up-1000-in-a-week-at-fukushima

  • xdrfox

    apan Discloses Data on Radioactive Water Release
    The Japanese government Friday published a report on the discharge of more than 10,000

    metric tons of low-level radioactive water from the quake-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear

    complex, in a bid to allay concerns among neighboring countries that it was spreading

    contamination into the ocean…
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704628404576264714007348364.html?

    mod=googlenews_wsj

    Ocean Currents (Global Conveyor Belt)

    Invisible to us terrestrial creatures, an underwater current circles the globe with a

    force 16 times as strong as all the world’s rivers combined [source: NOAA: “Ocean”]. This

    deep-water current is known as the global conveyor belt and is driven by density

    differences in the water. Water movements driven by differences in density are also known

    as thermohaline circulation because water density depends on its temperature (thermo) and

    salinity (haline).

    *PIC*, of Full Global Conveyor Belt:
    http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/ocean-current-7b.jpg

  • xdrfox

    ARticle, How Ocean Currents Work:
    http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/oceanography/ocean-current3.htm

    As we can see here where and who will be effected first by the ill waters !

    Ocean Conveyor Belt Animation and Animation, Audio:

    http://bcs.whfreeman.com/thelifewire/content/chp58/5802003.html

  • xdrfox

    Japan Finds Toxic Fish, As Ocean Radiation Soars To 7.5 Million Times Legal Limit

    A fish was caught on Friday midway between Fukushima and Tokyo that contained dangerously high levels of radioactive iodine and high levels of cesium.
    This catch has prompted….
    http://www.businessinsider.com/japan-radioactive-fish-2011-4

    Naval Research Laboratory
    Global Ocean Analysis and Modeling
    http://www7320.nrlssc.navy.mil/global_nlom32/skill.html

  • Mothra

    I’ve heard the low estimate at 200,000 weeks ago and one as high as 1.7 billion worldwide Population aggregate 1 in 29,000 (all complications – not just cancer over decades). They just can’t know yet – it’s an ongoing, signifigant risk but the fuel potential is unprecedented. Early prevention could mitigate exposure, but no one is trying that approach. Why not? Disclosure is key.

    • Noah

      Normacy Bias mitigates early prevention

      The 311 event was a black swan. No one predicted it or imagined it. It is so outside normal experience that most are still stunned and immobile living still in the pre-311 world. 311 was the world wide game changer and there is no going back. The way things are trending, things are going to get progressively worse.

      • xdrfox

        Outside of science think tanks, unimaginable !

      • whimbrel

        absolutely agree Noah. And I dont think it was a natural earthquake see this link
        http://richardkoshimizu.at.webry.info/201104/article_36.html

        Also people are forgetting what rad does: not only cause cancer, it causes birth defects that get propogated generation after generation after…. Bad birth defects. This happened at 3 mile island and Chernobyl, which are like scratched knees compared to the Japan Meltdown. Also I see very few people concerned about nature and what will happen to this planet…
        Apparently, nature croaked all around Chernobyl. Everything on this planet now will get cancers and have birth defects. Of course lack of concern for the earth got us here in the first place.

        Only magic will save us. Fortunately, I believe in magic.

        In the meanwhile, might want to grow food, and cover your garden beds, do an idoine thingy external or KI, take detox and antiox, stay out of the rain, and start manifesting for a shift.

    • xdrfox

      I have been hearing talk about weakened immune systems by radiation and plagues will be possible !

  • Not Sure

    This event was not a Black Swan.

    This was predicted by many people when Japan decided to install these reactors on Earthquake island at Tsunami beach.

    A suicidal move, noted by many.

    In 2004 Katsuhiko Ishibashi, a seismologist and professor at Kobe University said. “It’s like a kamikaze terrorist wrapped in bombs just waiting to explode.”

    • Noah

      Identifying a black swan event

      Based on the author’s criteria:

      1)The event is a surprise (to the observer).
      2)The event has a major impact.
      3)After its first recording, the event is rationalized by hindsight, as if it could have been expected (e.g., the relevant data were available but not accounted for).

      To most of us outside of the academic world of seismology, it was a black swan event. Your post confirms it was so, and is consistent with the third sign of a black swan.

      • Not Sure

        We’ll just have to differ on this one.

        You wrote, “No one predicted it or imagined it.”

        The only people that didn’t predict or imagine this is the nuclear power industry and their hand picked politicians.

        There was even a major motion picture about this “The China Syndrome” Where a reactor melts through the containment in to the earth.

        • Noah

          What person foresaw it all?

          I was referring to the scale and magnitude of the event and it’s effects on the entire Northern Hemisphere for decades to come.

          I did not mean that no one predicted that the Fukushima nuke plant built on a fault-line was dangerous, of course it was predicted.

          We are agreed on that point. It was predicted. In fact, every nuke plant built on a fault-line has multiple predictions of problems.

          I was referring to the scale and magnitude of this event and it’s effects on the entire Northern Hemisphere for decades to come.

          Man this 311 event is beyond level 7. Look at all the facets of this event, it effects on all life, what person predicted it all? The truth is no one did. They saw facets and parts of the event. But their visions of possible outcomes have been exceeded by reality. This was a black swan event. It is so large an event that those inside of it can barely comprehend all it’s effects.

          You wrote that “the only people that didn’t predict or imagine this is ..etc.”

          So we all knew it was going to happen.

          “the event is rationalized by hindsight, as if it could have been expected”
          Again, don’t you see, your views again verify the third criteria of a black swan event.

          We are disagreed that it was a black swan event. I maintain that it was.
          I rest my case.

    • dan

      Kinda reminds me of when GW Bush said something like noone knew that a hurricane could do that to New Orleans. But my ex-girlfriend told me all about the possibility, even before Katrina showed up on the weather radar. And then as we watched it, as it was moving through the gulf, we were thinking oh sh*t, this could be it for New Orleans.

  • whimbrel

    Ok so no one hear heard about the bombs set by the Army Corps on the levees in the 9th ward?