Former Ambassador to President Obama: Fukushima Unit 4 can cause “major global catastrophe” — This is the “most pressing global security issue”

Published: November 6th, 2013 at 1:27 am ET
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Excerpts from Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland Mitsuhei Murata’s Letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, Published Oct. 28, 2013:

  • Much reported contaminated water problem at Fukushima Daiichi is overshadowing the Unit 4 crisis which is the most pressing global security issue
  • If the worst happens, the total evacuation will be imposed and it will be, as top scientists of the world warn, the beginning of a major global catastrophe
  • It is urgently needed to set up an international task force
  • Conditions of unprecedented complexity
  • This requires the establishment of a new system based on the full assumption of responsibilities by the Government of Japan
  • This is the crisis of Japan as a nation, not the crisis of the management of TEPCO

Japan Times, Nov. 5, 2013: A former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland [is] warning of the dangers of the operation Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to carry out [...] “It is urgently needed to set up an international task force to assist Japan by deploying all possible means to reduce the risks of the imminent first unloading of spent fuel from unit 4,” ex-Ambassador to Switzerland Mitsuhei Murata said in a recent letter to U.S. President Barack Obama.

See also: Top Hong Kong Newspaper: Fukushima is a global threat -- Global response urgently needed -- Situation could prove catastrophic for world

Published: November 6th, 2013 at 1:27 am ET
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136 comments to Former Ambassador to President Obama: Fukushima Unit 4 can cause “major global catastrophe” — This is the “most pressing global security issue”

  • Sickputer

    Kudos to Murata. He and other heroes have been speaking up since early in the 311 world crisis. Here's some earlier appeals back in 2012 that contain excellent information about the dangers of the spent fuel at Fukushima Daiichi:

    http://www.japanfocus.org/-Murata-Mitsuhei/374

    Excerpt: "
    In the event of further severe damage to the spent fuel pool in Unit 4 what are TEPCO's options? Water spraying and the use of materials such as boron and sand would appear the most relevant. The risk is that, with water spraying on Fukushima Daiichi unit 4 following a loss of the cooling water and even collapse of the building, this could make the situation worse – if the spent fuel rods have gone beyond 900 degrees then the water will provide further oxidation helping to release more radionuclides into the atmosphere. The zircalloy fuel cladding around the thousands of fuel rods at Fukushima Daiichi ignites at 900 degrees and above – fuel melting as seen in the cores of units 1, 2 and 3 occurs at 2800 degrees.

    Other important factors include the possibility that the pool collapses and the spent fuel rods are scattered on the ground with the result that the complexity of dealing with the problem is magnified. Emergency worker access to these rods may be impossible as they will be emitting lethal levels of gamma radiation."


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  • VanneV anne

    "This is the crisis of Japan as a nation, not the crisis of the management of TEPCO". It is also the crisis of the United States and of the world.

    Because the US government has listened to the lies of the nuclear industry and others as to the bogus arguments of hormesis and that people in Japan have died because of homesickness or because they didn't smile, it may be impossible for the US government to grasp the seriousness of the problem. We know that Westinghouse (Toshiba) and GE-Hitachi own the media. The UK government and the royal family are suckers of the nuclear industry also.

    Obama was elected by Exelon and by the nuclear industry. All of his advisers who are pro-nuclear energy have also allowed themselves to be deceived.

    The nuclear cabal is global. The professors of nuclear academia are also deceived.

    All government officials should be required to visit Fukushima Daiichi and to look inside all 4 units and at the spent fuel pools. They should be required to sail across the Pacific and look for marine life there and at all the debris.

    Of course, looking inside the units would give them acute radiation sickness and almost immediate death. But at least the world might then wake up and we could elect more intelligent leaders.


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  • Max1 Max1

    <i>Much reported contaminated water problem at Fukushima Daiichi is overshadowing the Unit 4 crisis which is the most pressing global security issue</i>

    … Is this why Obama is spending so much money spying on the people of the world? Me thinks Mitsuhei Murata has a bit more convincing to do to get Obama to see the error of his ways.


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  • razzz razzz

    O'bummer is kinda busy right now with more important stuff, trying to lie his way out of a healthcare corner he painted himself into and furthering immigration relief for the benefit of lawbreakers.

    Besides, he said when he knows something about Fukushima, Daiichi, we would be the first he would tell.


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  • Oncewaslost Oncewaslost

    Any word on how this "possible threat" of unit 4 squares with the actual 2.7 year old threat of unit 3?


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Yes we never hear about the spent fuel pools in 1 2 or dire 3. And now we have CNN airing th pro nuke special Pandoras Promise on Nov. 7th . Shaking my head as I cannot believe this obsession trying to sell the masses on the benefits of nuclear power.


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      • fuganzi

        Pool 4 is the one that is structurally unstable.
        Pool 4 is the one that (supposedly) contains the most fuel, by far.

        Pools 1, 2, and 3 are also a problem. But they are further down on the priority-list. The fuel in those pools can "chill out" for a few years still. IMNSHO; ALL spent nuclear fuel is an unacceptable risk for humanity. But Pool 4 is the worst one right now.


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        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          What about the Common Spent Fuel Pool? The biggest ? of them all.

          Many people with more knowledge than I say it's already burned.

          Thousands of tons in there all by itself.

          Or can they keep everything they can't remove and throw into the ocean cool for 700 million years?


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    DAMAGING LIFE 24/7

    One nuclear plant contaminating the planet.

    Nuclear community helpless, can't stop the radiation.

    Hundreds more plants allowed to keep operating.

    No antidote for meltdowns. There never was.

    This all must change, soon.


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  • Sickputer

    Owl sez…"Any word on how this "possible threat" of unit 4 squares with the actual 2.7 year old threat of unit 3?"

    SP: That is a valid point. Nuclear poisoning can occur fast and tough or slow and rough. For 972 days humans have experienced the slow and rough phase. It never ends.

    But an acceleration event of the radiation potential at Fukushima Daiichi…now that grabs the attention of the banksters pretty quickly. There's quite a difference between large chunks of the population dying of radiation effects slowly over decades versus an accelerated death march.

    Decade long illnesses are easily denied by the governments. But if large numbers of people die in a matter if months…that opens a whole new scenario that Big Brother has to deal with and explain why it's not their fault (damn tsunami and earthquake!).

    There will be a lot of long nights for the spin meisters developing propaganda on why it's not their fault for anything. Business as usual…even if millions drop dead in months.


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  • KDM KDM

    When people start dropping in massive qualities I'm sure it will be from some new found mysterious bacteria/ disease. Formally referred to as cancer.


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    • Sickputer

      Outside of Japan we might see such an excuse offered in the event of a massive sudden die-off. But I expect that excuse will be a hard sell to the poor people in Japan (what I call Ground Zero).

      If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, then it must a duck. In this case…a radioactive duck.

      I suspect we will learn in the near future of many previously unreported cases of radioactive deaths in Japan. In this Smart Phone Internet culture I find it hard to believe the givernment can suppress bad news forever. They have done an impressive job so far in coercing doctors, but we will see how it plays out.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      KDM, or illnesses caused when people's immune systems are too weak to fight the pathogens around them, the viruses, bacteria, fungi …. But maybe then the latest GM version of the flu will be released "by accident" to finish us off. (See articles on Bayer's "accidental" release of flu virus in Czeckoslovakia. Yes, that really did happen.)


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  • Sam

    The ambassador should write to Goldman Sachs. If that doesn't work, then nothing will.


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  • Dugisme Dugisme

    Think they will take volunteers? A global call for people willing to give all? I would consider it if in trade my family was tucked some place safe and given a chance.


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      So would I as my children are my main concern and even though they are in college they are both very bright and are valuable assets as are all youth, the future is contingent on their ability to contribute and adapt.Most parents would give their lives for their children, generally speaking.


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  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    I wish we could send every person who is a member of the 1-percent class to work at Fukushima while the rest of the 99-percent of us watch.


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  • rogerthat

    Owl sez…"Any word on how this "possible threat" of unit 4 squares with the actual 2.7 year old threat of unit 3?"

    Not to mention 1 and 2. and what about sfp3, and that part of sfp4 and its brand new reactor 4 core that entered the atmosphere when it exploded in a zirc fire on march 15 2011?

    Also, how is it possible to imagine that anyone with a functioning critical faculty – including prime ministers and presidents – who saw the explosions did not jump to the same conclusion. I mean, how many ways are there to spell disaster? When a nuclear reactor disappears in what appears to be a nuclear blast, the first question must surely be ''What's the fallout?'' And then what do you do? Look at the monitors, to see what the readings are. And think of taking shelter. And look at what the ''safe'' radiation limits are. And worry about your health and your healthcare plan, and how you are going to be able to afford it if premiums go up even faster because more people get sick because their immune systems are weakened.


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    • Cisco Cisco

      And so, what was the US's and Canada's response to the probable release of highly radioactive fallout to warn its people?

      Turn off the monitors and proclaim whatever fallout has occurred, there is no danger to the GP.

      Simple…no data, no problem.

      Move along folks, there's nothing here for you to see.


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      • nedlifromvermont

        again … these heinous acts were the work of government officials … no doubt informed by their Puppet masters at the helm of our "national champion" companies, like GE, which maybe really stands for Great Exterminators (of life as we knew it) …

        or Greed Extemporized, or Global Euthanasia, or … well, you GEt the picture …

        peace …


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      2 RogerThat: Reactor 4's brand new reactor core? Do you mean sitting in the SFP, waiting to be loaded? Reactor 4 was being serviced and was not in use on 3/11.

      See this:

      http://enformable.com/2012/08/tepco-retrieves-containment-vessel-lid-from-fukushima-reactor-4/

      "On March 11th, 2011, Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 4 had been in out of service and undergoing extended maintenance work replacing the reactor core shroud. The bright yellow lid of the containment vessel had …."

      It has been argued in venues like Rense that Reactor 4 had been secretly reloaded before 3/11.

      But if Reactor 4 was reloaded, why would workmen have pulled the top off the reactor, as pictured in the article Lucas Hixson (Enformable) published, referenced above? (See pictures, video in the article.) Hixson is pretty careful about validating his sources.

      Reactor 4 was supposed to be undergoing extensive maintenance and repair work at the time of the nuclear accidents at Fukushima Daichi. There is no doubt the SFP burned, probably several times. But stating the reactor core was loaded with new fuel doesn't make sense.

      I'll believe otherwise if there's evidence for #4 having been loaded with fresh fuel on 3/11.


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  • rogerthat

    Until i see convincing argument or evidence to the contrary, I am stuck with the problem that reactor 4 did explode, japan did report to the IAEA a zirc fire in sfp4, that the NRC assessment was that the pool had lost structural integrity – it had no walls any more – and could hold no water. It appeared to be dry for two weeks, according to the NRC. So what gives? Can a new reactor core (in sfp4 at the time) survive for two weeks with no water?

    Until i see convincing argument or evidence to the contrary, i have to believe sfp4 is largely empty, its load long gone into the atmosphere and strewn around the plant, as the NRC said it was in the two weeks following the accident.

    I hope to be able to admit i was wrong when i see them empty sfp4. Or are we not allowed to see this, just as it appears no-one is allowed to view the film of the sfp4 explosion?


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    • rogerthat

      Not convinced by any pictures tepco shows us, i'm afraid. the inside of unit 4 looks marvellous, but i find the view from the outside is a little different. and so on. if the nrc was wrong, it's embarrassing. but if tepco successfully fools everyone into believing that the fuel in sfp4 at some time in the future will be sitting safely somewhere else, and that it never escaped into the environment 2 1/2 years ago, that will astonish houdini and harm us all. people need to know what happened there, so why don't they show the film and explain how they got water into the pool in time?


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Let's hope they take it slow with fuel removal at Unit4.
    Let's hope they get some practice by unloading the new fuel (new fuel is cool fuel) first.
    Let's hope they test the entire operation before going live.
    Let's hope all the fuel is transferred to the casks intact.
    Let's hope President Obama reconsiders America's commitment to nuclear power.

    (But I realize that my hope may be overly optimistic). ;)


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Mr. Murata has described the sinking of Unit 4..

    Urgent] Fukushima Unit 4 is sinking | Danger of collapse!
    Oct 7 2012

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN00FboZthw

    Sending a letter to Obama… A. He is paying for past statements..and is to make it look good.
    Or.. B. He's 'barking up the wrong tree'.

    What's Obama going to do..?
    What purpose will it serve.. other than give others a smug response?

    "Oh..the WH knows..the WH cares..the WH is involved..so it's alright."

    What is he going to do?.. oh, that's right.. Obamacare.


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    • saltyfishlvr

      Mandatory health insurance and the arrival of the ocean plume, both in 2014. Perfect timing for all the sickness and death the nuclear industry has bestowed on us.


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      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Correct, and yes, the preparations are being made for this ongoing extermination process which will be very profitable for some in the top 10%….

        We Are All Being Exterminated! :(


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        • or-well

          Obewan, there is no profit in extermination.
          Granted, the process may produce profit, but the end result of too many dead is not enough taxpayers to bilk, not enough funds to redistribute and buy compliance with, and not enough consumers of goods and services.
          At that point, the game changes to something far more Dark Ages, minus the Knights, silk, pepper and Pages.
          Think – Haiti today, but with no unemployment.
          Much fewer people, slaves producing resources.
          An Elite as well armed as their Enforcers,
          (in case any think of seizing power)
          and from there it just gets darker and darker
          as rads rot the genome and the Rulers goes starkers.
          Hey! Maybe you're right – we all die from Nuke Blight!
          So do we die passive or do we fight?
          At least we all get to make that choice.


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          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            There will be lots of choices and we all know that the extermination process with Nuclear is a slow multi generational process with progress being the focal point. Profits are all over disease, since I see 9K per month for CML treatments. Without that chemo medication you die, so pretty sure that the more chemo your company dispenses, the more profitable the/your program.

            This is not laid out as an all at once elimination process, but the slow drain of money and resources from those consuming to many of them. Resources need to be left for those capable and rich enough to afford them in the future. Its all ugly, but then we have allowed it all to occur unabated. Remember this current technology path is new as is most progress on this planet, less then a 1000 years old in reality, and nothing in real time line curves.

            Can we change this direction…yes! :)

            We do not need to exterminate ourselves or the planet and this is where the key words come into play…Its All About Choice! We have reached the tipping point…

            Now, we must Choose the path we will follow and/or make a Choice!

            I would choose wisely…


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            • Cisco Cisco

              Obe…There are no choices left my friend. We've used up our last chit. Fuku's radiation is unabated and like plutonium, virtually forever. In fact, there's more radiation now due to the never ending aerosolized atmospheric and ocean discharges and countrywide incineration of radioactive debris.

              There will be no more nuclear; but not because of the peoples' objection, but because, we will be wiped out from Fukushima and the other NPP's that will have melted down/exploded after Fuku catches fire.

              10 years from now, all who are left will be focused on finding food, water and shelter. That will be their daily working routine. You know, like the really, really old days.

              Wish I could be more enthusiastic about humans surviving and prospering after this event, but it just does not compute.


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            • or-well

              obewan, it seems we have a number of areas of agreement.
              By the way, I did not know you felt the current direction could be changed. I've undoubtedly missed more than a few of your posts, (along with many others), but I have seen you say a few times that "we must be patient for what cometh our way." I've taken that to reflect a passive acceptance of the status quo; incorrectly, I see.
              I see so few aware in the general public that a choice even needs to be made…


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        Do not assume 'mandatory insurance' means accessible healthcare.

        It's going to be quite the contrary.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Nothing like state sanctioned suspense..
    All official like and all.
    Spare me…


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS."security issue”..the greatest security issue..is what he said.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Japan report of fire in SFP4 to IAEA:
    http://blog-imgs-53.fc2.com/r/y/u/ryuma681/IAEA.jpg

    I suppose that some (or many) fuel assemblies will fail during the removal process.
    What is the TEPCO plan for removal of spent fuel pellets that are dumped in a pile on the floor of SFP4?
    We shall find out soon.


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  • Alpha1

    Unit 4 had a massive blast to be sure, After the direct nuclear blast was a set of neutron beams.f you did not see it the first time here it is for your viewing pleasure.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYHQuzmeM6M

    Not wrong just truth Sheeple are being led by mass hypnosis of the media and the lies are so thick that everyone forgets this blast…


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  • Alpha1

    I guess just the fact that it was 2.7 years ago makes it so long that we can not remember, well I do not have old timers and it is not easy to make me throw a visor on like most have. The question is how long do we all have and can man adapt to the new radiation nation.

    Most of us can not afford to move much less afford to relocate to another southern continent, the funny thing is there is no place that is safe from the ELE. Even the political cabal can not escape this mess. Maybe the extreme radiation games coming in February will be a way for more mass hypnotics and they will serve our best on a plate with a side of cancer or leukemia after.


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  • or-well

    Being a former Ambassador, he knows how the game works.
    It's not about what he expects to result from his actions.
    He knows the deck is stacked.
    It's about him, as an individual, doing what he believes is right.

    Wouldn't it be interesting if the former PMs, the anti-nuke professors, the anti-nuke elected lawmakers and the rest of that social echelon formed a coalition and new political party; not so much to get elected but to force the issue outwards into broad social awareness.

    It would either get attention or force the Gov into a revelatory heavy-handed response; either way, upsetting the status quo.


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    • flatsville

      Speaking of ambassadors…Caroline Kennedy should be posted in country by now. I often wondered why she took that appointment? Was she truly clueless about the situation?

      Regardless, she could be popularly pressued towards greater transparency.

      Worth a shot.


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        Remains to be seen how much time she actually spends in-country.

        Flying in for a meeting or two, with cases of fresh water and food, is different from living there and consuming the local death.


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      • Ana Ana

        Her reputation in NYC is very rich, kind of well meaning, not too bright. She is clearly dumb enough to want to go into a radioactive pit. Sadly typical of the 1%. Bad things can never happen to them. Their money and fleet of helpers and servants have shielded them from actual work and suffering.


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  • hatrick penry

    Looks like the lie machine is in overdrive these days.

    "I put it to you now, that when life-saving information is withheld from the public, in an orchestrated fashion, by agencies of our government, corporate entities and the media, that this is disloyalty to our country and our citizens: IT IS TREASON!" ~from Something Wicked this Way Comes
    http://hatrickpenryunbound.com/?p=3683

    The other side of the story on Unit 4: http://hatrickpenryunbound.com/?p=3928

    ALSO you should know that, in what can only be an incredible coincidence, a "Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Drill" took place on the same day and time as the Fukushima event. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydAj1pT7upk

    I am for arrests en masse of all who participated in the Plume-Gate cover-up…that includes the politicians, the media, and the corporate sector.

    Mass arrests on an unprecedented scale…the phrase has to be put into the mind of Americans before we can even have a chance of this ever happening….so we TALK about it first….talk to the Sheriffs, Police and Military who are on the lower level….they need to know what is contained in my book…TALK about it!!!!


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  • Alpha1

    Indeed mass arrest, the whole worlds leaders? Wow that would be a feat in itself beyond reality. Civil up rising may be able to make that happen but would throw us into war with the dogs they have trained to kill their own people.

    No, we are expendable!!! I hope they can figure out a way to keep the seed and the human race going, as soon there will be none and it takes Melania or longer for this planet to recover. (once the black rains come) I wonder who do I want to be I think Dr.Xavier…


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  • Alpha1

    Yes that would be a groovy mutation!!!!!


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Nuclear spent fuel assembly refresher course:
    Zirconium cladding fails at 780 degrees C.
    As it heats up, zirconium releases hydrogen gas, which could collect in the new enclosed Unit4 Crane Structure and explode.
    Cesium in spent fuel pellets doesn't mix well with water:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS3cIK9jlB8&feature=related
    Zirconium vapor and cesium vapor form an explosive mixture:
    http://cameochemicals.noaa.gov/chemical/8183

    There is a lot at stake, here.
    Let's hope all goes well.


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  • All the hubbub about unit 4 is a smokescreen for what has already happened. Reactor 3 already blew sky high. It had storage pools on top of it too. The damage is already done.

    It's been over 2 years, and they're still talking about how the storage pools above reactor 4 are hanging precariously. How long does it take to reinforce those things? Less than 2 years, that's for sure!

    When cancer and death is so widespread, that they can no longer deny it, they will let #4 fall and blame everything on that because they are too afraid to tell the truth about what has already happened and is still happening.


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  • Alpha1

    Sure lets hope it all goes well, (wow) there is nothing to go well!!!!This facility has burned down already already had three explosions already had Neutron beams coming from below the ground already has 9000 degree plutonium steam coming from cracks in the ground all over.

    How could the blinders cover that much of somebodies face and blind common intelligence. I would go back and read some of things being said here and look at some of the things being posted. Then I would look into understanding!!!!


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  • Nick

    How come we decided to build bombs when we could've watched the children play?

    Unit #4 is certainly precarious, but let's be honest, a global catastrophe is already well underway.

    The extent that truth is a casualty since 3/11/11 is truly incomprehensible. Or should I say reprehensible?


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  • Alpha1

    Well underway, no doubt understatement!!!!!

    We are all a product of good programming and they are watching this as if it was a game… Let us see what mutation will take effect and how long it will take for the rest of the oceans to die. Billions already dead and hundreds of millions of Americans Europeans Chinese already infected with the poison…

    Man made it and now we are chewing it in our food and watching our children die due to safe energy!!! What happened to the bomb shelters and duck and cover our Civil Defense at one time made sure we had the know and now we do not need to know!!!! wow


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    • nedlifromvermont

      as usual Heart has it … but only some humans build bombs, so isn't it up to the rest of us to stop the madmen, the bomb builders, the purveyors of radioactivity … can't we shame them into submission, so they, too, may have a jail house conversion … shall we give up all hope that something might still be salvaged … for our sons' and daughters' sake …

      please, Heart, let me still have some hope, while I live and breathe …

      peace! …


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      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        I don't know nedifromvermont..
        People can't be shamed if they have no shame..people can't be concerned if they have no sense(sensibility) of concern.
        The bomb builders and those that use them..are the 'big men' in town..
        This feels good on the chest and below the belt.

        Jail house conversion?..oh..great..get right with God..with others picking up the tab..while their noses bleed?.
        Hope..like I said..I'm pretty pragmatic..and don't indulge in hope much.
        Opportunity for change has been thwarted in the biggest way.
        The 'Revolution of Love"..dashed …diluted like they wish the radiation would.

        Hope..you want to give me some..friend?


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Humans build bombs because they are mentally deficient.
    Any species that repeatedly resorts to violence to settle conflict..is far down the list of 'Universal Evolution' candidates.
    Considering Humans are on the brink of self-destruction ..this is no surprise.
    Such violent and primitive ways..should not be allowed to continue out into the Universe..
    It's probably being best that Humans dissolve ..fall prey to the suffering and death inflicted on the other life forms on the planet…by Humans.

    This is why Humans build bombs..stupidity.


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    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      You are, sadly, and thus far, correct, Heart.
      However, I must point out thet the entire story has yet to be fully written.
      True. Humans seem to bebutterly stupid and powerless.
      The truly smart ones seem to milk the system for billions of dollars as they rape and poison the Earth.
      The truly smart ones seem to be able to amass all the wealth, then plead for even lower taxes.
      The truly smart ones waste incredible amounts of energy to prolong a lifestyle that cannot be sustained.

      The truly smart ones build the most expensive electricity generation systems (nuclear power),
      rather than the most efficient electricity generation systems,
      BECAUSE they can make more money by doing so.

      But in the end, the smart ones will have nothing, as the rest of us have nothing.
      In the end, the smart ones will watch their children die.
      In the end, the smart ones, themselves, will die, as if by their own hand.

      Live of die, people of Planet Earth.
      This is your choice.

      And this is YOUR story.
      (And your story is still being written).

      Rise up.

      Rise up!

      RISE UP, CITIZENS OF EARTH!

      And make this story YOUR OWN!


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  • Sol Man

    When the entire system is built upon lies and delusion; then, that is all that we can get.
    The myth of tptb greatness is just that, but now the great misfortune is that all of life hangs in the balance.


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  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    How many people have to jump and down, screaming, for people in power to start taking action. I would say take notice but they are fully aware of the situation and are blatantly pretending it doesn't exist. We point fingers at TEPCO, and I do it as well, because they aren't releasing all the information to the general public. At least the are trying to do something, albeit ineffectual. Our governments are aware of how dire this situation this is, yet do NOTHING. It's out leaders and government officials that should be charged with crimes against humanity. They are allowing this to continue at the risk of all life on this planet.


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    • We Not They Finally

      We actually have not even BEGUN to "jump up and down, screaming." We're POSTING….

      Wonder what an openly enraged populace would look like. Then I wonder what a crackdown would look like. Then I wonder what it might look like having people WANTING to be herded together to get some ration of "safe food."

      Wondering a lot of bad things these days. But it is always better that people are aware and active SOONER. Those motivated and able, should try to organize public events — at the least, pickets, teach-ins, and the like.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    New Tweet from FDNPP worker Happy11311, reported on Fukushima Diary:

    "Tepco is soon going to start removing the fuel from reactor4 pool.

    "The actual Fukushima worker, Happy11311 commented on Twitter that the spent fuel can produce hydrogen gas inside of the cask because there is water in the cask.

    "In the ordinary occasion of fuel removal, spent fuel produces hydrogen gas too. However, in this case Tepco is to carry the fuel to common usage pool by the cask.

    "There is a slope in front of the entrance of the common pool building. The worker is also concerned the truck with the fuel may not be able to drive up the slope in case of snow."

    http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/11/fukushima-worker-removed-fuel-can-produce-hydrogen-gas-inside-of-the-cask/


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  • captndano captndano

    A Google+ Hangout with the inimitable Helen Caldicott:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-Of-3VontE


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  • Maybe I'm on my own with this one, but I think this is a GLOBAL issue with no (true) system in place at this time to deal with such a massive blow to the planet.

    Almost 1000 DAYS of nonstop HIGHLY radioactive contamination!

    The economic downfalls caused by this will seem trivial compared to the overall suffering inflicted onto every innocent living thing on the planet over the coming generations.

    Who is responsible?

    Most, if not all, of the power hungry greedy Militarists and Politicians plus their controlled Scientists who promoted and sold this idea/lie are now long dead.

    Those who continue the LIES, (you know who you are), can claim they were mislead as they prepare to be first into their expensive bunkers.

    Their manipulation and control of the media and of peoples minds, it seems, has been far more successful than their implementation of 'safe' Nuclear Power. ;)


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  • Shaker1

    But, Oh!…Do I Cry

    The technical aspects fascinate the other,
    that fearful dichotic form deliberately created
    for survival of poetic spirit.
    Desirous, independent, material;
    allegiance to no one and nothing,
    the uneasy truth of this truce with myself
    is tested in radioactive stress.
    And, oh, do I cry!
    What comfort in lonely days
    do worldly contrivances give?

    Myself, and the other,
    lead a life steeped in possibility,
    pushing its road deep into the wilderness.
    But we are one and alone,
    and I temper his spirit,
    dreadfully aware that probability as failure,
    like a pet tiger cub,
    accompanies.
    Seemingly innocent and 'cute',
    that we might smile at its leaps
    into spaces vacated by our footsteps following,
    eventuality wills it be full-grown and strong,
    not the companion that need be enticed
    with a turn of the head
    or a whistle along.
    Its vagrant, self-assured stride beside us
    will give little evidence
    of its tolerance and whim.
    We attempt to keep exposure to ourselves.

    The tigers are native to possibility,
    proliferate in the wilderness, wild.
    Many of my kind violate their space,
    lead great expeditions that require bearers,
    the willed and unwilling,
    the ignorant and informed.
    We happen upon he bones and bodies
    of these mercenaries and their fools,
    lonely and unattended.
    One instance brings to light others:
    the estuary of the Niger, Ecuador,
    the slopes of white mountains,
    and debris forsaken upon tundra…
    We…


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  • Shaker1

    …have only wonder
    of what they may have sought
    or if the tiger survived the intrusion.
    Their countless secrets
    whisper at approach
    a lesson that we already know
    from our poetic and less terminal encounters.

    Hardly shamed of the technical fascination,
    my inner companion questioned, answers:
    "But, oh! I do cry!"
    Sharing one heart,
    I knew, but had to ask.
    Our tiger admonishes:
    keep no more secrets.
    My power now has testament.


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  • jump-ball jump-ball

    The 1996 Chernobyl radiation map below shows "Confiscated/Closed Zones" spotted across a 100X200 mile rectangle extending northeast from Ukraine/Chernobyl to Belarus and Russia, probably a result of precipitation.

    My guess is that Japan has not identified any such exclusion zone hot spot map of their own, except for some immediate, contiguous, area around FDNPP, choosing instead to let, maybe demand that, people live where they were, grow, eat and sell contaminated rice, crops, poultry and livestock, raise horses that die off, breath bad air, drink bad water, and expose themselves and their children to heightened further rad deposition in rainfall, all with a smile.

    Are the authorities there so corrupt as to be determined to never publicize any such map of what should be hot spot prohibited zones, or will conditions deteriorate so rapidly, or at least eventually, that those authorities will be forced to locate and evacuate the exclusion zones.

    Or if they won't ever publish the map, will some independent, non-fascist-connected organization do the measurements, and print the map for them?

    Imagine a similar 100X200 mile rectangle of contamination extending from Tokyo to Fukushima, riddled with prohibited, evacuated hot spots, as in the map below:

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chernobyl_radiation_map_1996.svg


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    • VanneV anne

      I've read that they are all sick and dying in Kiev. So this map isn't large enough.


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      • jump-ball jump-ball

        Interesting Anne: wonder if the 13 year old map has been updated and expanded, or if citizens and maybe M.D.s are adding their own areas?

        The way contamination is spreading, whoever does the Japan map will need to replace the Mercator projection with something new, maybe call it the Fukucator, of the ELE projection.


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    • We Not They Finally

      jump-ball, it's all mindlessly worse in Japan. First they were "sure" that just 12 miles away was enough exclusion zone, when really (were health an issue), it should have been evacuated down to Tokyo. Now (recent ENE article) they are offering a brand-new home for any pregnant mom willing to move back to Fukushima?? It's outlandishly ghoulish. Like human life doesn't matter at all.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Rose people build Bombs and nuclear reactors because they are totally greedy insane fools….Soon to be also along with the rest of us dead ducks….


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  • jackassrig

    There is an article on zerohedge.com about the debris island approaching California.


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    • Ana Ana

      I live in Calif and stuff has already started washing ashore. No one checks it for zoomies of course. When you were a kid playing on the beach did you ever find and and keep "treasures"? I did. I kept them in one of my father's cigar boxes. Wanna bet kids find some treasures full of zoomies?


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  • pkjn

    Texas-sized toxic 'island' of Japan tsunami waste approaching US
    5 November 2013 Voice of Russia
    A huge chunk of toxic debris from Japan’s 2011 tsunami is inevitably nearing the US West coast. Currently 1,700 miles away, between Hawaii and California, the “isle of junk” is worth million tons, while another million is still wandering in the Pacific.
    Some of the debris may have already crossed the Pacific, as reports claim Japanese fishing vessels to have been washed up to Canadian shores as early as winter of 2011. In this case, the level of toxic junk already on the US beaches is probably high.
    http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_11_05/Texas-sized-toxic-island-of-Japan-tsunami-waste-approaching-US-2200/


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  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Can't wait. California's own Sargasso Sea, right up to the beach, and some new names: The Sargasso Coast, or after it fills up San Francisco Bay, the new town of Santa Sargasso.

    Couldn't we better utilize our #1 export, empty container ships, to send this junk back marked 'No such address'…


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  • Cisco Cisco

    Now, it is unlikely the GP will ever know the real story about Fukushima; but, those who are left will feel it.

    Finally, the absolute lynch pin in creating a police state; and, our government officials have praised the Japanese Diet for passing it. Government secrets will be protected by law. Those who leak or publish "government secrets" will be punished to the full extent of the law (jail terms).

    From the article, "Japan’s Unpopular Secrets Bill Could Be Revised, Says Law" at http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-06/japan-s-unpopular-secrets-bill-could-be-revised-says-law.html.

    "Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the bill, along with one setting up a national security council, is needed to enable closer defense ties with allies, and U.S. officials have praised the proposal. The law stiffens penalties for bureaucrats who leak secrets and for the journalists who report them, and broadens the definition of secret information from defense to cover diplomacy, terrorism and safety threats. That will allow the government to suppress virtually anything, opponents say."

    Japan has an extradition treaty with the US and various other countries, meaning most investigative journalists will be silenced forever. Coming to a country near you, and your country…too?


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  • Dugisme Dugisme

    Heading towards another bottleneck? Or is the bottle broken? How much black rain could the upper canopy of the rainforest absorb? Is there one last lost tribe that will survive? One small island of people on the lee side of this or that ocean or air current? Some cave dwelling as yet undiscovered people?


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  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Anyone heard how Obama responded to Murata's warning?

    I don't expect so.


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