Japan raises Fukushima to Level 7, same as Chernobyl

Published: April 11th, 2011 at 3:50 pm ET
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Accident assessment raised to Level 7, NHK, April 12, 2011:

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For a series of accidents happening at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency of the Ministry of Economy, which released large amounts of radioactive substances that affect human health and the environment in a wide range As an assessment based on international standards of the accident, the worst “level seven” decided to raise. “Level 7″ is the same as the evaluation occurred in the Soviet Chernobyl disaster. Nuclear Safety Agency, 12, held a press conference with the Nuclear Safety Commission has decided to publish the contents of the evaluation. …

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UPDATE

Japan to raise Fukushima crisis level to worst, NHK, April 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm EDT:

The Japanese government’s nuclear safety agency has decided to raise the crisis level of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant accident from 5 to 7, the worst on the international scale

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency made the decision on Monday. It says the damaged facilities have been releasing a massive amount of radioactive substances, which are posing a threat to human health and the environment over a wide area. …

Level 7 has formerly only been applied to the Chernobyl accident in the former Soviet Union in 1986 when hundreds of thousands of terabecquerels of radioactive iodine-131 were released into the air. One terabecquerel is one trillion becquerels.

The agency believes the cumulative amount from the Fukushima plant is less than that from Chernobyl. …

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Published: April 11th, 2011 at 3:50 pm ET
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46 comments to Japan raises Fukushima to Level 7, same as Chernobyl

  • Mudge

    It was a level 7 a month ago and they knew it.


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    • Noah

      The 311 event is an altogether new category, level 8. When the reactor contents in molten state melt through to ground water, the explosive hydrogen gas produced will cause a continuous series of mini-explosions, forcing radioactive plumes to rise miles into the atmosphere. The explosions will continue until all the fuel is spent. This process will take decades to complete based upon the shear volume of fuel present at the site. Given the circumstance, considering all known facts as revealed just on this website alone, what is underway today is unstoppable. The full spectrum of isotopes recently found in pine needles in Vietnam gives insight into what is to come for the entire Northern Hemisphere for decades to come. All remedial actions now underway (mainly pumping water in with hoses) have only slowed the ultimate outcome. Thanks to the brave souls who have given their lives and health to buy their nation and the world some time to prepare for a new way of life.


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    • insider

      translation of article :

      R U N !


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  • yoyoyo

    exactly
    a month too late, but better late than never for the people there


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  • Mudge

    Actually its a level (7 X 4)and soon to be a level (7 X 6)when it gets too hot to maintain #5 and #6.


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  • Mudge

    I understand that they don’t want to cause a panic with the masses. However, It is becoming ridiculous how little attention is being directed at this situation.


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    • Bluetek 25

      Mudge: Agreed. It is beyond ridiculous how little attention and concern there is. Truly believe the media controls the masses. If the media made it a priority, and addressed this situation with honesty and integrity, there would be a more realistic level of concern and action. Question to ask is, who controls the media and why are they controlling dissemination of information?


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      • I have to say it is one good way to remit the DEBT that we owe China and Japan. So Sorry we cant pay for you killing us.


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      • knightraider

        yes the media controls what we all hear from television and read in news papers, but truth has it that the government controls the media. Our government is so focused on self preservation that they will try to succeed at any cost. Ask yourself if you actually cared about your people wouldn’t you tell them the truth about everything that is going on no matter what it is good or bad.


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    • andyb

      *Shhh; American Idol is on*


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  • 67Mopar

    Chernobyl had 180 tons of fuel on-site. Fukushima has over 7200 tons on-site. They can call this a “Level 7″ all day long… Simple multiplication dictates that this is 40 times worse than Chernobyl.

    And here we were all worried about a nuclear war! Go figure… Doh!


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  • Chiharu Tsukdiate

    I’m not sure how many people in US know this but FUkusima Plant3 was using MOX just before
    disaster. Which is not only radiation but plutonium was leaking from plant.
    People live in 30K supposed to move out but government say nothing to them it because they can’t handle so many refugees. There is many people getting sick and dieing in shelter it is like not different from Palestina that people in shelter said.


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  • A

    When level 10? Be water my friend (fukushima water)


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  • Friends close to this situation inform me that we are presently receiving radiation-contaminated elements of several species. I don’t know if it will make any difference in present circumstances, but if we are not quite yet ready to adopt a “What’s the use?” attitude, we could protect our thyroids, glands, and hopefully our nervous systems with some proteinated forms of minerals.
    Recent research leads me to consider the damage done to mitochondrial function. We may have just ruined life’s little batteries.


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  • Toxic

    WTF, 5 or 7… What does it change to that cesspool?


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  • Afu

    yeah, yeah

    It was only Level 4 at the beginning…

    Let’s hope they don’t have to invent Level 8.


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  • Cyclops2

    The place will probably become so radioactive that operators HAVE to leave or die on site.
    Then each pump for some reason or quake will stop. The 6 spent fuel pools will dryup & the fuel will burn into the sky. 6 spent fuels + that HUGE spent fuel pool building all going radioactive & releasing. A little later the 6 reactors finish melting down & add their radioactive loads to the world.
    Iodide tablets are a waste of time.

    Earth could look like the moon in 5 years.

    Sure hope somebody can stop it.

    Japan is far worse than ANY terrorist attack.


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  • Excelente noticia!! Thx x la informacion facilitada, y seguir asi ya que es una pagina estupenda y gracias a ella estamos al dia.

    pd:Conoce las mejores ofertas!! Lineas ADSL Vodafone,salu2.


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  • xdrfox

    kinos Translation

    Excellent news! THX x the information provided, and continue so it is a great page and thanks to it we are a day.
    PS: knows the best deals! Vodafone ADSL lines, salu2.


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  • José

    It’s you again?? Oh, please!
    How can you say excellent news? you didn’t even read the article did you? you just wanted to show your spamming shity website


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  • Cee

    You know, I usually don’t post on these things, but I will say this.

    All these people complaining. We were all going to die anyway. Why? Because people are dumb as hell, that’s why. Humans can create, something that the lower animals cannot, but we cannot seem to stop shitting where we eat.

    A dog or cat can do that, but a person can’t. Evey human being is guilty of this, just at different scales. Yeah, I’m talking about you and me.

    Fake “gods”. Fake “leaders”. Fake “science”. Fake “education”. People deep down inside know this shit is fake but they keep going along with it. The destiny of man is self destruction, because we are fucking stupid.

    I hear people talking about the “elite”. This is human nature. You get rid of one group of “elites”, the next one will do this same stupid shit and people will still be stupid and go along with it.

    Stupid, stupid stupid. Stupid.

    Potassium Iodide? What a joke. How is that going to protect you from prolonged radioactive exposure? Oh, because the TV said so, they just had to misdirect everyone with their lies.

    Eat Kelp. Take Chlorella, Spirulina, N Acetyl Cystine and ride it out to the end. There isn’t a way out of this one folks.


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    • informed

      It’s just going to take a while for the most part to see the gravity of this !
      And sad, but for most it will be as a deer caught in headlights ! Doomed in their tracks.
      Too busy to look up at the watering hole to see the danger approach !


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  • 67Mopar

    Actually, I believe I was incorrect on the amount of fuel at Fukushima. It’s 1724 tons. Okay, so it’s only 10 times worse than Chernobyl… :-2


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  • ocifferdave

    Lets all become Australians.


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  • anne

    MOX alone in reactor # 3 is 500 times worse than Chernobyl. Every reactor to go up with create an earthquake and take another reactor. Only 55 in Japan.

    No neuclear reactor can exist without HUGE taxpayer subsidies and the government to be responsible for the storage of the waste. Excelon. Axelrod’s former employer, receives huge taxpayer subsidies to house their neuclear waste. Mo wonder we are having a budget crisis.


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  • Glowing potato

    This should actually be at least a level 21 (If they actually went high enough for this mess)Three reactors completely melted down and at least one spent fuel pool blown all over the place.


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  • Darral

    Man oh man. I have been saying this for weeks. As soon as the hydrogen explosions I knew something was up. How to make hydrogen…1. Electolysis. 2. High Heat, 2000 degrees F will cause water to split. (Sorry but at 2000 degrees you have a molten puddle that was once the core) So it wasn’t that.
    3. Oxidation-BINGO. Melting fuel rods will rapidly oxidize when exposed to water, binding the oxygen and releasing hydrogen.

    So every reactor that exploded WAS ALREADY IN THE PROCESS OF MELTING DOWN!!!!! We were lied to by “experts” on TV and online.
    And these “experts either don’t know their own field or lied.


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  • More on possible decontamination/protection methods:
    (If anybody knows how to spread this info as widely as possible, including but not limited to Japan, please let me know.)

    http://stretchingminds.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/dmso-a-serious-contender-for-radioactivity-exposure-and-many-other-maladies/#more-3162

    http://blog.imva.info/medicine/treatments-nuclear-contamination

    http://blog.imva.info/medicine/iodine-treatments-radiation-exposure

    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/pharmacological-action/radioprotective

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prussian_blue
    Prussian blue’s ability to incorporate monocations makes it useful as a sequestering agent for certain heavy metal poisons. Pharmaceutical-grade Prussian blue in particular is used for patients who have ingested thallium or radioactive caesium. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, an adult male can eat at least 10 grams of Prussian blue per day without serious harm. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that the “500 mg Prussian blue capsules, when manufactured under the conditions of an approved New Drug Application (NDA), can be found safe and effective therapy” in certain poisoning cases.[14] Radiogardase (Prussian blue insoluble capsules [15]) is a commercial product for the removal of caesium-137 from the intestine and so indirectly from the bloodstream by intervening in the enterohepatic circulation of caesium-137,[16] reducing the internal residency time (and exposure) by about two-thirds.

    http://www.faqs.org/abstracts/Environmental-issues/Integrated-management-of-radioactive-strontium-contamination-in-aqueous-stream-systems.html#ixzz1IOHIo2gU

    Google search term “treating radioactivity” produces more dietary info:

http://alligatorfarm.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/treating-radiation-exposure/

    

2673 articles using the same search term on the 
American Chemical Society’s site –

    
http://pubs.acs.org/action/doSearch?searchText=[all%3A+treating+radioactivity]


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  • Audrey Walker

    What would be the difference between this nuclear tragedy and the nuclear bomb testing – or the bombing of Japan during WWII? Isn’t Hiroshima and Nagasaki populated again?

    Is a nuclear plant accident more dangerous than a nuclear attack? As in the amount / duration of contamination?


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    • Beta

      Here is an article that gives a little insight into the difference.

      It almost sounds like the nuclear blast is worse up front, but after years of a core melting and getting into the ground water, etc, it could be much worse.

      At first the blast wins out due to instant deaths and those deaths that occur within 24 hours of high gamma radiation exposure. Then the radiation dies out quickly and people can venture out.

      The melting cores go on for years and years.

      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2801234/what_is_the_difference_between_an_atomic.html?cat=37


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    • Xor Nor

      Audrey Walker,
      The size of the blast is not correlated to the amount of radioisotopes released. An nuclear bomb releases most of its energy in the blast with varying amounts of radioisotopes (depending on the bomb’s design). You can have extreme radiation with no criticality (that’s nuclear detonation). In this case there were instances of small criticalities but the extreme releases of radioisotopes comes from the hydrogen blast and the subsequent/ongoing spewing of radioisotopes from the cores and spent fuel ponds. They haven’t been honest with us about the amounts of radioisotopes released as most here are aware — that’s probably because it is far worse than they would want us to know.


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  • AK21

    And with all this, CNBC has an article today called “Nuclear Power Fears at New Heights Despite Safety, Viability”

    Safety??

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/42539862


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  • AK21

    In a quick search, I found these “NEAR MISSES” of nuclear incidents:

    1. Tampa Florida’s Crystal River Plant has a crack in it.
    http://www.ocala.com/article/20110316/ARTICLES/110319706

    2. Three nuclear power plants in the United States have rated a 3 out of 5 for safety and the chairman of the NRC is “most concerned about”:

    H.R. Robinson in South Carolina;
    Fort Calhoun in Nebraska;
    Wolfe Creek in Kansas.

    3. “Close calls” at nuclear power plants:

    (a) In 2002 @ Davis-Besse Nuclear Station in Ohio
    (b) In 1996 @ Catawba in South Carolina
    © In 1994 @ Wolfe Creek in Kansas
    (d) In 1991 in Shearon Harris in North Carolina

    4. In 2010 alone, there were 14 Near-Miss Problems in the United States:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/17/us-nuclear-power-near-misses-2010_n_837176.html#s254851&title=HB_Robinson_
    5. Here’s another article that lists even more “accidents.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/mar/14/nuclear-power-plant-accidents-list-rank#data

    All this in an industry that can afford ZERO errors.


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  • AK21

    “NEAR MISSES” of nuclear incidents:

    1. Tampa Florida’s Crystal River Plant has a crack in it.

    http://www.ocala.com/article/20110316/ARTICLES/110319706

    2. Three nuclear power plants in the United States have rated a 3 out of 5 for safety:

    H.R. Robinson in South Carolina
    Fort Calhoun in Nebraska
    Wolfe Creek in Kansas

    3. “Close calls” at nuclear power plants:
    (a) In 2002 at Davis-Besse Nuclear Station in Ohio
    (b) In 1996 at Catawba in South Carolina
    (c) In 1994 at Wolfe Creek in Kansas
    (d) In 1991 in Shearon Harris in North Carolina

    4. In 2010 alone, there were 14 Near-Miss Problems in the United States:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/17/us-nuclear-power-near-misses-2010_n_837176.html#s254851&title=HB_Robinson_
    5. Here’s another article that lists even more “accidents.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/mar/14/nuclear-power-plant-accidents-list-rank#data

    In an industry that can afford ZERO errors.


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  • FINALLY. 7+!

    At least mainstream media, Corporate News Network, et al. is FINALLY giving it a moment of coverage now that it’s officially declared a 7 (SEVEN)–the highest level of nuclear disaster in the world!!!

    What a sorry lack of coverage despite our first-world modern ally, Japan, going FUBAR, 20,000 PLUS already dead, millions displaced, homeless, starving…

    Does this not deserve more attention than a 9/11–where there was a tiny fraction of the death toll AND THIS DEATH SPECTRE KEEPS COMING RIGHT UP TO OUR WESTERN SHORES??!!!!
    Threatening the lives of millions should be newsworthy, right??? These clowns got more excited about swine flu or a bad batch of spinach!?

    NO PLANNING?! NO PREPARTION?! NO REAL HELP ON-SITE FOR JAPAN and the WHOLE WORLD AT LARGE???

    I have a friend from Moscow. She says that the last “7″ -Chernobyl- was FAR WORSE than the Western world ever realized. Very grave.


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  • FINALLY. 7+!

    Oh, and Russians are NOT complainers, so if she says Chernobyl was vastly worse than we know, it’s seriously formidable. Russians by nature are VERY, VERY TOUGH people, For example, a 50 below winter day is nothing-routine.


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  • Audrey

    Nuclear technology was developed several generations ago when there was more integrity in the industry and society in general.

    Nowadays people don’t want to be in charge, they just want to reap the benefits of being in charge and blame someone else or call in sick when something goes wrong.

    Nuclear energy is too much of a responsibility.


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  • SteveMT

    Is it now time to expand this scale to “10,” and is it now time to raise the level of this disaster to “8?”

    This change seems appropriate in view of current events.


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