Former Japan Official: “Earth is in peril” from Fukushima reactors if current situation continues — Tepco Worker: “The buildings themselves have started to break down” at plant; Equipment has too, “even the cooling system ceasing to function is a possibility” (VIDEO)

Published: May 27th, 2014 at 5:49 pm ET


Vice on HBO, Season 2 Episode 10, May 24, 2014:

At 2:45 in

  • Hiroshi Kawauchi, former Japanese house representative: The havoc Fukushima has wrought is not acknowledged by the government. [Fukushima Daiichi] emitted airborne radioactive cesium levels that exceed the Hiroshima bomb by 168 times. But we’re always told everything is OK.
  • Vikram Ghandi, Vice: [We were] wondering why radiation levels 168 times worse than Hiroshima could ever be perceived as OK.

At 11:00 in

  • Anonymous Tepco Employee: There are many more problems that we have here [other than contaminated water]. The equipment that we brought 3 years ago, like pipes, hoses, the buildings themselves, all of these have started to break down. Even the cooling system ceasing to function is a possibility.

At 13:00 in

  • Ghandi: The future of Japan begins to look even more bleak.
  • Kawauchi: It will become harder to access the truth [because of the new state secrets act].
  • Ghandi: The government trying to silence people cannot change the dark reality of radiation that may only rear its head in generations to come.
  • Kawauchi: If we continue, not only Japan, but also Earth, is in peril.

Watch the Vice ‘Debrief’ here

Published: May 27th, 2014 at 5:49 pm ET


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139 comments to Former Japan Official: “Earth is in peril” from Fukushima reactors if current situation continues — Tepco Worker: “The buildings themselves have started to break down” at plant; Equipment has too, “even the cooling system ceasing to function is a possibility” (VIDEO)

  • Ontological Ontological

    "The equipment that we brought 3 years ago, like pipes, hoses, the buildings themselves, all of these have started to break down. Even the cooling system ceasing to function is a possibility."

    What about the profits you made over 3 years of robbing the people TEPCO?? Why is that not used to do anything?

    • OldFool

      I think that old 168 number was based on the early, vastly understated estimates. The true release amount was probably more than 500X-1000X greater that the amount corresponding to the old 168 number. There is probably only one plausible simulation (the Rhine reactor simulation) that predicted the true future that lies in store – all the Sr-90 and Cs-137 is going to leach out over the next 130 years. The technology to remedy this situation appears to be far in the future, and at a price far beyond what any entity will be willing to pay. The fools who fancied themselves the masters of the earth have created a perfect killing machine with no off switch – a suicide machine. The situation is even more dire that anything these people have acknowledged. But the people who most need pity are the Operation Tomodachi sailors – they were really blasted with the brunt of the radiation, then they were totally forsaken.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

        Nuclear technology is bankrupting the world economically, and destroying all other resources. And even the supplies of fuel from uranium are skyrocketing in price. Can anyone afford to pay for the decommissioning of old, decaying nuclear reactors? Can anyone afford not to?

        The present politicians have their heads in the sand. The emperor has no clothes. Take your head out of the sand and close down all nuclear technology. Give the earth a chance. Put the lives of the children as the highest priority of civilization. Anything less is crassly barbaric.

        • The pols are purchased, now what?

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          To think when we were all kids ducking for cover under our desks the real reason they wanted us to do such things was so they could steal us all blind using fear as a basis for future ongoing generational theft.. 🙁 Shut them down..shut them all down.. now!

          • Yep, the question is, how to shut them down? The nuke cartel is powerful, make Illuminati look weak.

            But they are dying, at their most dangerous point.

          • irhologram

            Speaking of "under the desk" isotope dodging…weren't we also told, at the time…that it would take a foot of lead overhead to be secure against fall out? And now we think staying indoors is relatively safe? When did we loose the need for lead? Does it fall right on down through the roof or not?

            • zogerke zogerke

              i remember all that gum under the desk in public school, when we cowered there in the 1960s….

            • Tin foil hats will protect you.

              No more need for fallout shelters, geiger counters, emergency supplies, warning sirens, emergency alert practice drills in schools, lectures about dangers of radiation, evacuations, or anything else.

              Now it it is just complete ignorance, complete denial, complete normalcy bias.. happy happy times ahead.

              Be happy, ignore reality is the creed of the pro nuclearists.

              Govt. Had 1 Million Potassium Iodide – KI Pills Available, But Refused To Hand Them Out After 3/11 Fukushima Mega Nuclear Disaster; via @AGreenRoad

      • J.

        "But the people who most need pity are the Operation Tomodachi sailors – they were really blasted with the brunt of the radiation, then they were totally forsaken."

        This sort of thing has happened to military veterans again and again. Agent Orange during Vietnam, DU-caused "Gulf War Syndrome" after Operation Desert Storm, and God knows how many other unreported cases.

    • Ontological Ontological

      "Strange times are these in which we live when the old and the young are taught falsehoods in the schools of learning. And the one man that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and a fool." Plato 427BC

      Some of us in here do know how true this is, and very well…

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Buying silence is not cheap. After buying that, there's only enough money left for a PS4.

    • bluetick

      ok here it is.. nosebleed during live press conf

  • wildandfree wildandfree

    "The earth is in peri!" Ya think. More and more of this news is breaking into the standardized news, soon they will recognize that this is the news, there is a lot of crap trying to cover this up.

    • It won't be long before it is common knowledge what is happening over there. Once that happens there won't be anywhere for these murderers to hide and no lie that won't be revealed. Once one big lie is exposed everyone will be selling each other out to try to save face and minimize the damages to their reputations; we all know it is too late to minimize the damages to the planet and it's citizens.

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Kawauchi: "If we continue, not only Japan, but also Earth, is in peril."

    and if you dont continue?

    Japan and the Earth…in great peril…spent fuel pools in 1,3 and probably 4…likely all in the environment, killing everything. Governments everywhere, and their employees lying…lying lying. Thats our world….

    • dunkilo

      Its just the world.Evil running amuck ,spewing death and disease .It rots people,steal,concrete ,bacteria at the atomic level?

  • bo bo

    Hi.. can somebody let me know the accuracy of this article on venterans today

    Fukushima is 6.45 Hiroshima bombs going off a day – that's over 7000 Hiroshimas going off at this point in time ( 6000 is the calculated number from when article was written, I added in the current dates ) … and on going? How could that be?

    It makes this guy's assessment 168 times Hiroshima – an understatement.

    If someone can explain please do. I don't understand where these numbers are coming from.

    • SadieDog

      Until we know what was really in those reactors and the true state of the cores, I don't think any number can be verified. IMO everyone is guessing. I was never good at math but B + S = ?

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Should simple math…compare fissile materials to the amount released or burning up on a daily basis at Fukushima. 🙂

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        oops..should "be" simple math..

      • bo bo

        But that's the much burning up on daily basis ?
        It's all a mystery no ?

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          Not really since we know they had fuel rods ejected miles from the plant and if the cores are still hot and burning he might have just estimated the comparison by the amount of readings by what was/is burning which I would think could be determined by the high radiation readings they are still getting.

          We are talking only a kilogram in Little Boy vs tons of fuel burning and sitting on site.

          • bo bo

            I see… thanks for the input obewan 🙁

            • GQR2

              Its a fuku-ton burning day and night,uncontrolled Nuclear Reactors demolished and melting for eternity –

              i'm starting to entertain the reality that how much is irrelavant. It was too much from the day they thought to put those reactors there. When these b*st*rds get sick what will they tell themselves. Tokyo is sky high with Rads. It should be evacuated imo but that's not going to happen.
              The earth is imperiled,it and everything on it is toast. Every single bit of DNA in everything is at high daily risk. Its tragic beyond words. The world should be mourning it,not in total denial.

              These evil b*st*rds knew this,know this and they will have their consequences. The Karmic balance will visit them personally for the grossest,most callous human being hating actions they take everyday with their lies about Radiation. Fools!

          • dajson dajson

            The fuel rods were stored on site right above the reactor. This was reported as the inexcusable flaw in this reactor's GE(General Electric) design. Those rods are down there burning right along with the core.

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          Aoyama Michio, Japan Meteorological Agency scientist, at the IAEA 2013 Scientific Forum reported 60 billion Bq of Cs137 and Sr-90 being released directly into the Pacific ocean from the NPP on a daily basis

    • razzz razzz

      Back in the day, nuke bombs were only about 50% efficient. Only half the highly enriched (pure to about 90%) nuke material reacted and produced daughter products and it was was spread far and wide into the upper atmosphere since the tests were above ground and somewhat controlled according to the current weather patterns and for the most part in isolated conditions. The fallout was just as dangerous but limited.

      Nuke reactors are only about 33% efficient and leave behind all kinds of daughter products and unburnt fuel. So much unburnt fuel that it can be recover thru reprocessing (one time, after that it can't be recovered). So what you really have at a nuke reactor plant is tons and tons of dirty bomb material to care for. For centuries.

      If the dirty bomb material gets loose like at Daiichi then you have all the pent up daughter products of U including PU to content with Ce, Sr, U, Pu, noble gasses, tritium, ongoing neutrons flying around plus any new reactions create further fallout along with inert materials becoming energized from the uncontained radiation. At Daiichi you can include salt interactions from seawater.

      All this is ongoing and starts out localized. It's not over and is spreading further and further from the plant site. They know to be wary of a spent fuel pool explosion because they know the radioactive inventory involved. They never talk about the inventory of the melts or the overall potential release.

      • razzz razzz

        'What does it take to make a bomb?'

        "…Plutonium is a man-made element, a by-product of irradiating natural uranium in a reactor. Fifty years ago, only a few kilograms existed on the entire planet. Pu-239 shares similar fissile characteristics as uranium-235, making it also a suitable nuclear fuel for bombs. By the end of [t]the Cold War, the United States' total plutonium inventory was about 100 tons and the Soviets had twice that amount…"

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      bo, you should be tellin' me! Its just a lot of work to compile data. Did you check aGreenRoad?

      Maybe Kawauchi got his information from here;

      The report said the damaged plant has released 15,000 tera becquerels of cesium-137, which lingers for decades and could cause cancer, compared with the 89 tera becquerels released by the U.S. uranium bomb.

      I have tried to compile this from good sources. Maybe I made mistakes…I see we are closer to three to ten thousand Hiroshima bombs…but then you must think about plutonium which changes everything….

      becquerels of some reference radionuclide and the multiple of Hiroshima bombs

      89,000,000,000,000 Hiroshima (2)
      15,000,000,000,000,000 168 hiroshima bombs (2)
      276,000,000,000,000,000 3,100 hiroshima bombs (1)
      860,000,000,000,000,000 9660 hiroshima bombs (3)

      total amount of radioactivity in the 11,138 spent fuel assemblies…

      12,000,000,000,000,000,000 134,000 hiroshima bombs


      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        the spacing did not transfer from my notepad. If you look at the becquerel number it always ends in a set of three zeros. After that is the number of Hiroshima bombs, then the source in parenthesis.

    • At that time, the Telegraph reported the estimated cesium release was 'equal 168 Hiroshima bombs' as the atomic bomb atomic bomb dropped on Japan during World War II had only released 89 tera becquerels of cesium.

      My conservative estimate of the total inventory at Fuku is shown below, I think about half was exploded into the atmosphere, and more is still coming.

      Bottom line, Fuku has 2 million times more radiation than Hiroshima bomb.

      Bq Bq/M3 Half Life Years Name
      7.15E+18 Sr 90 10.83 30 Strontium
      7.15E+18 Y 90 10.83 0.007315068 Decay Product of Sr90
      2.38E+18 Zr 95 3.61 0.175342466 Zirconium
      5.34E+18 Nb 95 8.09 0.095808219 Decay product of Zr95
      1.87E+19 Ru 106 28.36 1.02 Ruthenium
      1.87E+19 Rh106 28.36 9.48123E-07 Decay of Ru106

      Bq Bq/M3 Half Life Years Name
      9.23E+18 Cs134 13.99 2 Cesium
      9.60E+18 Cs137 14.55 30 Cesium
      9.08E+18 Ba 137m 13.76 4.94673E-06 ? Product of Cs137
      3.51E+19 Ce144 53.20 0.779726027 Cerium
      3.51E+19 Pr144 53.20 3.28767E-05 Decay of CE 144
      9.93E+18 Pm147 15.05 2.62 Promethium
      1.13E+19 Pu241 17.15 14.4 Plutonium
      1.79E+20 Total of Major Isotopes 270.98

      8.90E+13 Hiroshima 89 terabecquerels tera is 10 to the 12th, E12

      2.01E+06 How many times higher in radiation is Fukushima compared to Hiroshima

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        OK, there you go bo. Two million Hiroshima bombs…and how is that not going to destroy the earth? Thanks for the stats Stock

        • unincredulous unincredulous

          Some people always think that more is better. What to get the wife that has everything? More radiation than a couple of million Hiroshima bombs. How's that look next to the hummer, honey?

          • Hi Honey, I'm home.. just wait till you see what I got you for your birthday… two million Hydrogen bombs… and guess what honey? I set them all off, just for you… see the smoke? Do you like it?

            Hmmmm, honey.. I see you are giving me 'the look'… Did I not guess what you wanted for your birthday?

            Sorry, I can't take these back to the store and get my money back. The nuclear industry store does not give refunds, does not offer a money back guarantee and it is not insured either.

            Maybe I can make it up to you next year… Honey, why are you slamming that bedroom door on me?

            Honey? Honey? Why won't you talk with me?

            Does this mean I am sleeping on the couch?

    • appalledinseattle

      Here is SimplyInfo's graphs of releases and inventories. It is crazy to see how widely the estimates vary.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Chernobyl released an equivalent of 400 Hiroshima bombs (IAEA number).

      The Russians jumped in and did what they could at Chernobyl, properly acting like it was an emergency. They covered it in concrete and kept water from reacting with the cores.

      So far, with it being pretty much impossible to keep the water from reacting with the cores, and not jumping in and acting like an emergency was at hand; Fukushima has continued to release radiation, so far equivalent to 14.75 times what Chernobyl did. 400 Hiroshima bombs times 14.75 Hiroshima bombs equals 5900 Hiroshima bombs.

      Yikes! What it boils down to: A hell of a way to boil water, standing in the boiling water and throwing fuel to the burner.

      The powers that be are stupider than the chickens on the rotisserie at your local supermarket.

      • bo bo

        Just a quick thanks to code, stock, razzz, and everybody above for the input.
        Still trying to recover from this thread
        See you guys when I come out of the fetal position


        • unincredulous unincredulous

          I agree. It seems where ever you look now, everything is corrupt and a lie. Just a couple of clicks away from insanity. Just watched this story about how Fox news, "fair and balanced" u know — those guys — won in court the right to lie and cover up the lies they tell.

          So now, I find a loophole where I would imagine any crook can hide:

          When you are asked something in court, respond by prefacing anything you say with " Let me tell you the news…" Then, what ever you say that is a lie is legal.

          I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Now let me tell ya the news. Superman stole that stuff, your honor. It's exactly what happened. Then, this blue woman that shape shifts and looks like a lizard and assumed my form. That's who you see in the CCTV stealing those things…your honor.

          O. K. case dismissed. You are free to go.

          What we have to do is get the nuke industry to admit to their crimes on a TV show that does NOT claim to be the news. Like maybe, on the Jon Stewart show, or a cooking show or something. News shows are ALLOWED to lie. I suppose anyone ON the news show can lie, too.

          It's really not worth leaving the fetal position, BO! Good job!

        • Then you have to add the dangers of plutonium…

          How Dangerous Is 400-6000 Pounds Of Plutonium Nano Particle Dust Liberated By Fukushima? Via @AGreenRoad

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Ignorance is bliss tis folly to be wise and oh what a tangled web TEPCO continues to weave yes the public has been deceived but the majority of Enewsers know the ugly reality of three China syndromes and bio accumulation thus time will reveal all Kudos to Vice

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Just watched a video by BeatifulGirlByDana. He said the Chernobyl reactor was 1/3 the size of a Fukushima reactor. And he said that the Chernobyl reactor on melted 1/3 of the way down. So one reactor melting down is 9 times worse than one Chernobyl reactor melting 1/3. Three reactors melted down at Fukushima, so that is 27 times as bad at the level of a fourth grade math class, when I was a kid. That's probably second grade stuff now.

      Reactor #3 was a MOX reactor. I don't know how many times worse that adds. I'm just talking about the initial first couple of days. If Japan would have reacted like Russia did at Chernobyl, and encased the thing in concrete (impossible because they built it below sea level, correct me if I'm wrong. Yeah, they were really concerned with global warming and the associated sea level rise, when they built this clusterf*k, huh? )

      But they didn't really do anything but lie, so we are probably just looking at psychopathic suicide, here. It's like they are sitting around cutting themselves. nice.

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        I don't know if this is the video I was watching.

        But check out the first one second of audio. Play it a few times. Hilarious, but not, at the same time.

        • unincredulous unincredulous

          at 17 minutes into the video, Dana states that the Mox reactor is two million times worse than any other reactor on the planet. So, two million times worse for one reactor, 18 times worse than Chernobyl for the other two. So that's 2,000, 018 times worse than Chernobyl in the first couple of days. It's a good thing it's a big planet. It this happened in Walmart, it would be worse than black Friday…

          • bo bo

            Always a big fan of your math uni. You bring out the magic.

            • unincredulous unincredulous

              sorry, I really suck at math, and I am a worse magician. I wish I pulled out a fluffy pink rabbit for you, instead. One to make u happy.

  • slayer454 slayer454

    Fukushima facts and how to protect yourself

  • norbu norbu

    "IF" this continues, Who or what will stop this? Only a mater of time.

  • amelero

    Don't panic folks. Be prepared. Everyone should stock up on zeolite powder which can filter cesium 137 from the body and water due to its ionic charge and honeycomb molecular structure. Get it here:

    • melting mermaid melting mermaid

      What do we take for the other hundred deadly radionucleides, like plutonium, americium, xenon, uranium buckyballs…. theres no way to untritiate water is there? What do we do when the earth can't produce oxygen anymore or nothing decays anymore.Nuclear is mad. Mutual assured destruction. They assured our destruction and their own. I hope your mansion and leer jet were worth it, nuketards. My 6 year old is having chest pain, you monsters! You evil greedy bastards.

      • razzz razzz

        They remove tritium from water to get stockpiles for industrial and medical uses. It is to expensive an operation for TEPCO to be bothered with, easier to dilute what hasn't already escaped and release it into the ocean.

        Here is an example of costs vs effectiveness…

        "…Like Compton, many U.S. officials and scientists argued that a demonstration would sacrifice the shock value of the atomic attack, and the Japanese could deny the atomic bomb was lethal, making the mission less likely to produce surrender. Allied prisoners of war might be moved to the demonstration site and be killed by the bomb. They also worried that the bomb might be a dud since the Trinity test was of a stationary device, not an air-dropped bomb. In addition, only two bombs would be available at the start of August, although more were in production, and they cost billions of dollars, so using one for a demonstration would be expensive.[82][83]…"

        Also from the WikiPedia writeup…

        "The Operation Meetinghouse firebombing of Tokyo on the night of March 9–10, 1945, was the single deadliest air raid of World War II;[33] with a greater area of fire damage and loss of life than the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima or Nagasaki as single events.[34][35]"

      • Angela_R

        MeltingMermaid, I recall you mentioning your daughter previously; I can only imagine your concern and frustration. I am not a doctor nor could I determine that her illness is a result of radioactivity, but for some reason I wonder whether she is getting sufficient oxygen.

        Krypton, is just one of many elements produced by reactors. It is a heavy inert gas which reacts with very few elements. However, I would suspect that because it is inert, its concentration is likely to have increased significantly in the atmosphere. It is to be hoped that besides removing nitrogen to achieve cleaner air, krypton it is also being identified and filtered out.

        There are many other elements and isotopes that could also cause reactions. I note a number of suggestions in the forum re detox of heavy minerals.

        • melting mermaid melting mermaid

          Its not my daughter, its my healthy baby boy. When he said his chest was hurting, I immediately started thinking chernobyl heart. Maybe I'm paranoid because I spend so much time here. And mad anyway. He was just 3 when fukushima happened, he used to drink a lot of milk. All these things just collided iny head. I don't feel like I could talk to a doctor about it, unless it was Dr Goodheart.

          • Angela_R

            meltingmermaid, perhaps Dr. Goodheart may see your post. It is understandable after reading up on the children of Chernobyl that you would be anxious. Even without that, as mothers we sometimes imagine the worst. Check under his bottom eyelids to see if his colour is alright. Children have always suffered from different ailments, well before nuclear. Perhaps Dr. Goodheart may see your post. It may not be related to radioactivity. If you find that he still has a sore chest, for your sake and his, I would seek medical advice.

          • If you have health insurance, take him in for a full check up.

            have doc take blood sample; look at white blood cell count..

            have doc check for lung functioning, infections, etc.

            After the normal check up, on follow up, if something shows up like low white blood cell count, or something to indicate radiation load, ask about blood test for heavy metals, including uranium, cesium, plutonium..

            Or, ask about whole body internal radiation scan, but this is so rare most medical facilities don't even know what this is, much less have the equipment. New Mexico lab near WIPP has one, and will do a test for free..

            Kids are most vulnerable to build up of radioactive elements, per Chernobyl radiatistudies. Ideally millions of kids in US should be on radiation watch program, just like 300,000 kids were in Soviet Union after Chernobyl..

            It is sooooo sad that no kids are being monitored in the US for radiation. Many have died already from what came over via Fukushima.

            Eating 10 Becquerels of Cesium-137 a day, will result in 1,400 Becquerels in the body after about 1 and 1/2 years.

            As Little As 10-30 Bq/kg of Cesium Radiation In Kids Causes Health Problems; via @AGreenRoad

            The Children Beyond Chernobyl Movie; via @AGreenRoad

            Note; Dr. Goodheart is not a medical doctor, does not treat, diagnose or do anything…

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        Yeah, soon we'll all be like that McDonald's Burger and Fries. Someone took a picture of the McFood everyday for a year and it never was eaten by bugs, decayed, or anything.

        Maybe funerals will get cheaper. No embalming necessary. Hey, why even bury anyone. No smell. No fuss. No muss. Leave em. Dress em up. Put them on the lawn. McNukes.

      • stinkyperfume stinkyperfume

        ethereals know how to work with radiation, man had no right to mess with it, as it's over his ability…some ethereals obviously working with souls(memories) and spirits (god particle animates a human), death and afterlife, is possibly being challenged….The quality of life went away….people overcrowding land or can't get any land or why get born without land? GMO too far gone spreading around the world with chemtrails? Is man designed to live in an apartment or boxed in and jailed for looking for money? Too much crime so your boxed in your whole life for protection? I think not, the freedom is lost, we have no organics or animals, we can't grow our OWN food, or often any of it, can't explore the planet, too much radiation from testing.., too many secret places you can't go. War is forever on this planet. Where did you come from? The birthspot, your parents? It's such a common question for today's homeless issue….The question begs to ask can you return because no one seems to want you here? Condescending people keep asking that question and not even as much love as where are you going? It's a send back and get rid of question. Man wasn't designed to box up in an small set of walls controlling his assets all day and eating GMO. The death has been here for a long time. Fukushima is an extension of 9/11/2001 only much worse but they keep on lying….We have a lot of spoiled news announcers that believe in lying or are ignorant, and a lot of Japanese believe in lying….

      • J.


    • weegokiburi weegokiburi

      What are you selling?

  • The world needs to prepare for the impact of DNA damaging radiation that is spreading like wildfire across our planet. No need to panic, if you live near an area with nuclear reactors, move as far away as possible. If you have come in contact you can use natural zeolite ( taken internally or sprinkled around contaminated areas.

    Get a tester and test it if you can. To be safe (radiation poisoning can cause cancer and damage your life) check out the guide to radiation safety here:

    • Uranium_Mountain Uranium_Mountain

      TRU waste is categorized as "contact-handled" or "remote-handled" based on the amount of radiation dose measured at the surface of the waste container. Contact-handled waste has a radiation dose rate not greater than 200 millirem (mrem) per hour, while remote-handled waste can have a dose rate up to 1,000 rem per hour. About 96 percent of the waste to be disposed at WIPP is contact-handled.

      One rem carries with it a 0.055% chance of eventually developing cancer.[2] Doses greater than 100 rem received over a short time period are likely to cause acute radiation syndrome (ARS), possibly leading to death within weeks if left untreated. Note that the quantities that are measured in rem were not designed to be correlated to ARS symptoms. The absorbed dose, measured in rad, is the best indicator of ARS.[1]:592-593

  • Even the cooling system ceasing to function is a possibility. Nice. You mean the miles of makeshift tubing duct tape electric cable rats in the switching relays cooling literally thousands of bundles of spent fuel rods in various states of conditions. If no cooling it will run the risk of a huge nuclear fire which would due to extra high radiation require the evacuation and abandonment of the entire plant and general area including West Coast of North America. Now have a nice day folks.

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      Speaking of fire…. has there been any further information about the fire that was seen taking place there last week? Official or unofficial info?

      • The nuke pros said they would respond; nothing yet.

        Prediction? They will cover up and hide anything they can for as long as they can, as much as they can..

        99% or more has been hidden and denied at Fukushima…

    • zogerke zogerke

      theyll never evac.

  • dosdos dosdos

    In the US, the four industry puppet commissioners in the NRC outvoted NRC Chair Allison Macfarlane over the issue of studying how to best thin out the spent fuel pools into dry cask storage, choosing to ignore the issue and allow US nuclear plants to keep their SPFs full and overloaded beyond design capacity at considerable profit savings.

  • name999 name999

    WoW..watching the truth roll out. So hard to watch. Nothing new to report here, we have been reporting this here for over three years.

    • I agree completely. It's bizarre watching the light dawn. As horrible as it is to say I get a tiny bit of satisfaction saying "see I told you so" to the people who have been scoffing at me this whole time thinking I was crazy.

  • name999 name999

    I would only add that some folks here buy in to the Republican conservative denial, and I call them out. Look at what you are supporting.

    • GQR2

      The democrats are holding their own in that dept too. Liberal,conservative,something inbetween,ionizing radiation doesn't care. Everyone ought to always question the actions of all every single one of the leaders/crooks. As long as the divided but all the same goes on. Its the same corruption the show goes on. Like the every aggressive Roman Empire it doesn't matter anymore. There is no integrity out there.
      My two cents, and that's all it is,really 😉
      Its a despairing of the political system that they fear. So they up it all over the Nation with wedge issues. After extensive research i can say whole heartedly both sides are equally infiltrated with various provocateurs. Politics is a joke. But the people want to hope against the odds for someone to get us out of this nightmare for many.

      But there is no will to police themselves or apply the Constitution. The first thing to do would be the suspend the executive orders that suspend the Constitution. But Nooo,neither side is talking about that. There is no there anywhere on either side. They're rich,the country is bankrupt.

      • PurpleRain PurpleRain

        Nuclear needs to be one of those non-partisan topics that does need to be spoken out loud and clear with direct questions and answers demanded from any person in any party or else they will happily keep lying to all of us and wanting us to in-fight instead of ENDING NUCLEAR! Let's all be clear about this. okay.

        • unincredulous unincredulous

          Trickle down economics: We all get a share now… radioisotopes trickling down for everyone. Deregulation has been our savior. (sarc)

      • weegokiburi weegokiburi

        I've been having that problem

  • Sickputer

    Rod Adams et all might comment about these Japanese politicians:

    FEARMONGERS!!!! >;->

    SP: Glad to see somebody else get tarred with that accusatory brush.

    How many days since 311?

    1174 days

    or 101,433,600 seconds
    or 1,690,560 minutes
    or 28,176 hours
    or 1174 days
    or 167 weeks

    How many lower form organisms in the sea, land and air have already died from Fukushima? Billions, probably trillions.

    How many humans have died or will die shortened life spans? The world wonders…but it is more than the zero nonsense spouted by the nucleorats.

  • BeatifulGirlByDana on in a few minutes:
    WIPP Update, James Conca Radioactive Kitty Litter Man, Fukushima Voodoo

  • Mad_Scientists Mad_Scientists

    Very good 'VICE on HBO' journalists interview about Fukushima

    "Playing With Nuclear Fire"

  • See post above by stock,

    The radiation at Fukushima is 2,010,000 times more plentiful than Hiroshima bomb. Not all of this radiation has been released, yet, but it will be if effective action is not taken.

    Fukushima increased the radiation in Alaska by the same amount as a single nuclear bomb set off in Alaska at ground zero in Alaska.

    Got it?

    • bo bo

      Got it stock. Thanks again.

    • TooExpensiveToMatter

      "a single nuclear bomb set off in Alaska at ground zero in Alaska."

      Reminds me of Dr. Edward "Strangelove" Teller's Project Chariot to do just that.

      I went to see Teller talk once in his later years about Star Wars.

      What a complete nutball that guy was.

      He was also a pathological liar, so you could never tell if he actually believed his own tall tales (eg, on star wars)

      Unfortunately for humanity and planet earth , Teller (and other members of the "Boy's with Deadly Toy's Club") had the ear of many Presidents.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Sounds about right and why we need to shut them all down worldwide!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Umm..Someone remind me ..what it is ..they are cooling?

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Let me cool you one time, I'll be your favorite stop. I'm your ice cream man…

      something having to do with sex, I'm thinking. Sure has nothing to do with fixing anything. It's all for show. Look baby, I'm the nuclear cooler guy.

      Sorry, just is no answer anymore. WTF are they doing? Good question.

  • lucius.cornelius

    Questionable use of language again.

    Earth is in peril "if this continues", as though it's continuation were merely a matter of will, rather than of currently non-existent technology and requiring a degree of political honesty that simply doesn't exist, anywhere on earth.

    So, rewritten for current 'reality' – Earth is up doodoo creek and the paddle search squads are returning emptyhanded.

    • Lemon balm, cilantro, dandelions,
      EDTA and DMSA in a pinch
      Baking Soda
      HEPA filters
      Vit C and other antioxidants.

      Quite simple, we do what we can

  • A c+ is a passes grade for SENIOR nuke operators

    Over the past decade, the average score by all candidates for NRC senior reactor operators never exceeded 90%.

    Actually, the candidates cleared the NRC’s bar with comfortable margin. The NRC only requires a passing grade of 80 percent. Thus, the NRC thinks it’s okay if a control room operator, when asked what this nuclear widget does, has an 80% chance of knowing the answer.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      That's why they couldn't cool things those first few days. It was multiple choice test questions. You know how silly the wrong answers can be on those tests.

      I'm trying to remember…in case of overheating reactor core…b) Get a fire extinguisher. c) shake a can of soda, then open it. d) electrolytes.

      No, it couldn't be a) follow the cold shutdown procedure in your operator's manual. Never. It must be c. Anyone got change?

    • TooExpensiveToMatter

      On TEPCO's exam, "Run like hell" is obviously the number 1 answer for "What do you do when pressure is building exponentially in the reactor wessell?"

      But who can blame them?

  • Crickets Crickets

    After watching the Youtube video posted here yesterday, about all the radioactive waste being dumped/pumped into the North Atlantic and English Channel for decades, combined with the Fukupshima disaster, It really does look hopeless for the planet. And the majority of the people don't really seem to care, so what can be done?

    • Lemon balm, cilantro, dandelions,
      EDTA and DMSA in a pinch
      Baking Soda
      HEPA filters
      Vit C and other antioxidants.

      Quite simple, we do what we can

      • clamshellernh clamshellernh

        Stock I have some lemon balm for you ..plants ..with roots ..what zone are you in ..

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      First time I have seen that "Fukupshima."

      Good one.

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        I have seen the Fukuppy, but not Fukupshima. I'm surprised. I'm so sleepy. Nite all. (Night worker)

        I get so tired, that It hurts to be awake. Almost impossible to stay awake. Then I take a sleeping pill. Seems like insurance. I know I won't think about Fukupshima for the next eight hours.

  • razzz razzz

    60 kilograms (132 pounds) of Uranium were used in the first nuke bomb dropped on Japan and 8 kilograms (about 18 pounds) of Plutonium were used in making the second nuke bomb dropped there.,-Nagasaki,-and-Subsequent-Weapons-Testing/

    The amounts of Uranium and Plutonium onsite is measured in tons at Daiichi.

    "…The Department of Energy estimates that the U.S. has proven uranium reserves of at least 300 million pounds, primarily in New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. American power plants are using over 40 million pounds of uranium fuel each year…"

    I will leave it to someone else to post and estimate how much Uranium and Plutonium was at Daiichi before the explosions because a lot of it went airborne.

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    Finally! Finally someone admits the Earth is in Peril!~~~

    • Yahu-Yochanan

      Incorrect PurpleRain; Earth will still be spinning round when the locusts have gone. The proud and haughty man thinking he can prostrate nature may well have played his last haarp.

      In the state of slave the being is controlled, by act of lawlessness the devil being awakens the soul of justice and souls join in vengeance against the dogs of mars. Fear the Christ's of earth.

      Coming soon to a third world near you. Half price atomic reactors, made in China. Half the price, half the safety. In confederate with Westinghouse. They couldn't give a shit if you live or die, corporations don't walk, breath air or eat food. They only worship money. It is only a fish, a bird, a whale, a monkey! What use are these to our profit margin?

      Wake the Fukushima up.

      As the Atlantians say; Have a nice day.

      ps: I hope your taking your potassium iodide! I Am.

  • melting mermaid melting mermaid

    I've been panicking for 3 years. Its kind of like a background hum now.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Normal background panic. You heard it here first, folks.

      • GQR2

        That is a keeper!! Its such a familiar spot to be in,once a little reality creeps in, that its low grade chronic one learns to just live with it. The normal background panic. good one MM !

      • The normal background panic level as gone up 600%, just like the background radiation level globally since the begining of the atomic age.

  • Nick

    When an atom decays, energy is released.

    The pulses of decaying atoms and their innards are what ages materials and biological organisms.

    It is a simple concept to grasp.

    What is NOT so simple is waking enough sentient beings up to that fact.

    Very few, possibly .001 of humans even can grasp our reality at the atomic level.

    So we go shopping, swimming, surfing, texting, and sexting, and never look up from our smart phones to listen to the increasingly ominous silence around us.

    The earth is going to keep spinning, but our world, the one we live in , IS in peril. There is no IF.

    Explain to me again just how much of the nuclear fuel is left?

    Are they cooling 25% of the inventory? 40%?

    Doesn't matter, FUBAR is our world.

  • This just in:
    Tritium levels at Fukushima No. 1 well top Pacific dumping limit, Tepco admits
    From the above link:
    The discovery was the first report of over the limit tritium in groundwater at the wells since Tepco began discharging water into the ocean last week.

    In samples taken from one of the 12 wells on Monday, 1,700 becquerels per liter of tritium was detected, exceeding the maximum limit of 1,500 becquerels, the utility said on Tuesday.

    Tritium levels in samples taken last month also topped the limit.

    I know this doesn't surprise anyone here…..

  • jimbob jimbob

    I was looking for a radiological level, that the Government was worried about, in the event terrorists blew up a dirty bomb in a populated area.

    I wanted to compare it with the level of fallout from Fukup when I came across this gem in Wikipedia:

    "For the majority involved in an RDD incident, the radiation health risks (i.e. increased probability of developing cancer later in life due to radiation exposure) are small, comparable to the health risk from smoking five packages of cigarettes on a daily basis."

    Five packs on a daily basis, are they insane!

    I was smoking 2 1/2 to 3 packs a day and it nearly killed me at the ripe old age of 51, as a matter of fact it did kill me briefly fortunately I was in the hospital when I died so they brought me back.

    This was over 6 years ago and I have been declared Cancer free now.

    I was in a very stressful job and was literally chain smoking, I cannot imagine anyone smoking 5 packs a day unless they are putting each smoke out only half smoked.

    Anyway my point is smoking that much would in all likelihood take more than 20 years off expected life spans and fertility rates would go down.

    There is not a Doctor on the Planet that would not be extremely concerned if he had a patient smoking that much.

    Now let us consider it is not only adults smoking that "five packs a day" but babies ,toddlers, preteens etc. and how can you say the health risks are "small", this is reprehensible and completely indefensible.

  • jimbob jimbob


    I expect the life expectancy of a baby smoking five packs a day would be very low.

    Now lets consider the effect of babies born to woman smoking that much, even if they could carry the baby to term, they would in all likelihood be born very sickly and need intensive care to survive long enough to smoke their five packs a day.

    I didn't think it was possible to do but this makes the banana analogy seem reasonable and well thought out!

    It is the most absurd definition of safe I have ever read!

  • MrIcansee2 MrIcansee2

    We all may as well get used to the idea that Fukushima polluting the Pacific ocean is just another ordinary daily occurence. It is not like all of the other operating nuclear power plants are not doing the same thing. They all destroy normal matter and pump nuclear waste into the environment. Fukushima is just doing it the most right now. It used to produce electricity in a limited way and enriched uranium in a huge way. Now it creates nuclear waste only. There will be another one. It is just a matter of time. How much is too much? We will all find out together. You may as well get over any fear of nuclear armageddon too. Fukushima is nuclear armageddon. Your the person that was outside the immediate kill zone. You are the survivor. The one that dies slowly.

  • Mark Shannon Kelley Mark Shannon Kelley


  • Socrates

    Germany is finding that it will cost trillions to shut down and decommission all of their reactors, yet any fool can see that a meltdown is inevitable. Routine operation has permissible releases that are unsafe. There is no way out of the nuclear cul de sac. The 18-wheeler cannot turn around. Mankind shot itself in both feet with nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. How do you fight oligarchs armed with nukes? They are sick and greedy and dangerous. I see the end as being inevitable from lessons not learned at Chernobyl and TMI. Fukushima cannot be stopped. No country wants to spend trillions of dollars to merely mitigate. So they lie and sell the dangerous technology.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Neil Young – Mother Earth (Live)
    Jan 29 2014

  • Occupant Occupant

    Time to build them, at the working taxpayers expense, the Logan's Run type sanctuaries for the preservation of the obese unemployable welfare mooching race.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Hey, I resemble that remark. Sorry, worked all night and it's hitting me in the sleep button. I was sure I would hit the powerball, but I will have to wait another day to be unemployable. zzzzzzz

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Repost ..good article…it would get lost in general comments.
    Add Fukushima.

    Nuclear Crisis: Can the Sane Prevail in Time?

    May 29th, 2014

    "For the last 6,000 years, human beings have been suffering from a kind of collective psychosis. For almost all of recorded history human beings have been – at least to some degree – insane.

    Through much of recorded history it has been accepted as normal that, periodically, large groups of men should meet and hack each other to pieces. This was the method of choice for resolving disputes. In the last few hundred years, with the aid of science, our capacity for killing other members of our species has been accelerating way beyond reason. It has now reached an apogee. We are at the end of the process."

  • Mad_Scientists Mad_Scientists

    Excellent article on the World Health Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency:

    "For 55 years, as of May 29, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been under the heel of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in matters regarding ionizing radiation and health. The IAEA, whose mandate is the promotion of everything nuclear, has thus prevented the WHO from carrying out its public health mandate in a world more and more exposed to the lethal effects of ionizing radiation."