Japan Nuclear Expert: Almost 8,000 square miles now like a ‘Radiation Control Area’ after Fukushima

Published: June 5th, 2012 at 1:25 pm ET


Japan Nuclear Development and the Disaster of the Fukushima NPP
Fukushima Symposium at University of Chicago
May 5, 2012

Hiroaki KOIDE: Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University, Japan

Slideshow, Page 35:

About 20,000 km² (7,700 mi²) of land show levels of contamination equivalent to that of a Radiation Control Area.

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

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Published: June 5th, 2012 at 1:25 pm ET


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19 comments to Japan Nuclear Expert: Almost 8,000 square miles now like a ‘Radiation Control Area’ after Fukushima

  • norbu norbu

    I think they are off a little, what about the rest of the planet?

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      And that does not count the ocean;

      Fukushima; Pacific Ocean Catastrophe Confirmed; via A Green Road Blog

      • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

        Comparing Contaminated Zones Around Chernobyl And Fukushima Ocean Radiation Released; via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/05/comparing-contaminated-zones-around.html

        • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

          Remember that 80%-90% of ALL FUKU radiation went over the ocean, and INTO the ocean.

          Not counting the ocean as part of the tens of thousands of square miles that were contaminated is like saying;

          "There is no radioactive elephant in the living room."

          • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

            So if we do some simple math, it may look like this…

            If we can assume that 8,000 square miles of LAND mass was contaminated in Japan, then we can multiply this times 80 to get the true total number of square miles contaminated on both ocean and land, correct?

            640,000 contaminated square miles sounds about right for FUKU…

            Even this is low, because the stuff LEAKING into the ocean still is not being counted. Neither is the stuff blown out of #3, contaminated fuel rods; they are radiating all ocean water flowing by within a mile or two of FUKU…

          • Max1 Max1


            "Not counting the ocean as part of the tens of thousands of square miles that were contaminated…"

            Thank you for stating the obvious…
            … Unfortunately I've found that what should be commonly obvious to ALL of humanity is not so common OR obvious.

            The cycle of life on this planet is meet ONLY in how the water system is maintained. This is why, when looking for life on other planets, they start by looking for water. The type of life that water may sustain only depends upon what's in it. To date, Earth is the only planet that can sustain life. I guess the question boils down to: Sustain life for how long?

  • It's WAY TO EARLY to start adding up contamination. Currently 3 uncontrolled nuclear reactions continue that will continue to burn hotter for 1/4 of a million years. May be as long as 20 years before they are entombed, only then will we have a clue about how much land has been turned into wastelands.

    I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces?”

    -Étienne de la Boétie, Judge during the French Renaissance

    Proven 9-11 Nukes = US Government Involvement http://edwardmd.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/proven-9-11-nukes-us-government-involvement/

    The CIA Irradiates Japan Again. http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2012/06/01/japans-nuclear-industry-the-cia-link/

  • Sickputer

    Still…even at their lowball estimate that is 13 times the size of the Houston, Texas territory (600 square miles for Houston).

    Not much farther to go before a 30 million population area will be a toxic dump. Figure the financial cost for that…staggering.

    As we say in Texas…Japan is fixing to take a long walk on a short pier.

  • Urban27

    It looks like this map has developed. Could it maybe show there is ongoing emissions?
    It looks as there also is a separate area aroud Ibaraki and north-east Tokyo, that looks as it has its own fallout. There has been an accident earlier at the Tokaimura, and this can be old – but it can also be new fallout. It looks like there is an other accident in this area, that has been covered up?

    • Urban, I've been reading that the city garbage processers have been doing most of the burning of radiation. Also, that one or two of the burners in tokyo have processed so much garbage that they are now radioactive. So, I's say the odds are it's from burning the debris.

  • faithhopelove

    though there were over 600 tons of very toxic high-level radioactive waste at the Fukushima Daiichi site, there are 250,000 tons of very toxic high-level radioactive waste stored above ground at various sites around the world.

    And now the Fukushima Daiichi site appears, to at a minimum, resulted in ~8000 square miles classified now as a "Radiation Control Area', with untold destruction touching upon life and the planet extending much, much further, just from that one nuclear plant

    So is it not shocking that the electrical needs of all 100 US households can be met with simple solar power concentrator technology, providing 24/7 baseload power using thermal salt storage, requiring a total sunlit landmass of only 6,400 square miles?!? And that doesn't include the potential for even greater efficiencies using stirling engines at the collector points, and further production gains from wind, PV, etc.

    (Further comment on solar tower power concentrator technology found here:
    http://enenews.com/forum-alternative-energy/comment-page-2#comment-253527 .)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    One plant, gone awry, ruining so much. It's insane that any nuclear plant is allowed to operate, anywhere.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad


    Anything less is minimization.

  • glowfus

    let's round this up to 10,000 square miles= 100 miles x 100 miles. if you were on a high speed train going 100 mph, it would take you four hours to go around this property once. four hours going 100 miles per hour. that is alot of property.

  • golfinsocal

    I don't mean to stray from the topic, but why would the fog enveloping Fukushima Nuclear always stop just shy of that tilting light pole?