Japan Professor: Damage from Fukushima is unprecedented, a disaster never before experienced in human history; Some say it could affect whole northern hemisphere — Experts: “Very likely the largest nuclear accident which mankind experienced”

Published: December 16th, 2013 at 9:29 am ET
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The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster : One of the World’s Worst-Ever Cases of Pollution, Professor Fumikazu Yoshida of Hokkaido University’s Graduate School of Economics, Economic Journal of Hokkaido University, March 2013: The Fukushima nuclear disaster, however, has been responsible for the largest and worst case of pollution to have occurred during the postwar era […] its complexities and scale are greater than anything that has gone before. […] So severe are [the myriad of problems] that we can characterize this disaster as a “second war defeat” since its impact on the nation questions the whole basis of Japan’s postwar society […] [There are] immense dangers that the ‘accident’ still poses […] Rather than simply being a local problem, it has been from the beginning a nationwide and potentially international issue (some say that it has the potential to affect the whole of the northern hemisphere). If we consider the nature of the devastation and the number of victims […] as well as the extent of affected area [...] then we understand that the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident has been the cause of injury to human society and the natural environment on a scale that is unprecedentedly wide-spread and lifethreatening in its effects. […] The nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is a “multiple disaster” never before experienced in human history [...]

Estimate of Consequences from the Fukushima Disaster, Nordic PSA Conference (nuclear utilities in Finland and Sweden), September 2011: Comparison of results for the Fukushima best estimate and Chernobyl source terms used for the Fukushima site shows that the Fukushima accident, as a whole, is very likely the largest nuclear accident which mankind experienced because estimates of long term fatalities, risks of death and other societal impact based on Chernobyl source terms in Fukushima show lower potential of consequences than Fukushima source terms.

See also: Experts: Fukushima cesium release could be more than triple Chernobyl

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35 comments to Japan Professor: Damage from Fukushima is unprecedented, a disaster never before experienced in human history; Some say it could affect whole northern hemisphere — Experts: “Very likely the largest nuclear accident which mankind experienced”

  • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

    Francois Carpentier just provided a link to this video of Kei Sugoka, former GE Nuclear Plant Inspector laid off for whistle blowing. He is really talking and naming names so better watch it before it's taken down.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJjbNw07OUA#t=1555


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    • ManWithThePlan ManWithThePlan

      Now that Japan has a perverted Patriot Act of its own, I'm more worried about said inspector being taken down than the video.


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    • Sparky Sparky

      @PHilS, Yes, this video is short-lived as either NPP corp. will pull it or Kei's lawyer will pull it. I watched about the first 10 min. and Whoaa! It provides a rare, very candid view of the nuke industry. Can anyone get/make a transcript of this? I have to dash and I'm worried that when I come back to this later it will already have been pulled.


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      • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

        @ Sparky http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/03/28/from-hiroshima-to-fukushima-1945-2011/

        https://www.baycitizen.org/news/disasters/inside-japans-failing-nuclear-reactors/

        http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2004/05/23/life/japans-deadly-game-of-nuclear-roulette/

        “I think the situation right now is very scary,” says Katsuhiko Ishibashi, a seismologist and professor at Kobe University. “It’s like a kamikaze terrorist wrapped in bombs just waiting to explode.”

        Yoichi Kikuchi, a Japanese nuclear engineer who also became a whistle-blower, has told me personally of many safety problems at Japan’s nuclear power plants, such as cracks in pipes in the cooling system from vibrations in the reactor. He said the electric companies are “gambling in a dangerous game to increase profits and decrease government oversight.”

        Sugaoka agreed, saying, “The scariest thing, on top of all the other problems, is that all nuclear power plants are aging, causing a deterioration of piping and joints which are always exposed to strong radiation and heat.”

        Unborn children may be exposed to Strontium-90 through drinking water and the diet of the mother. Anyone living near nuclear power plants is internally exposed to chronically low levels of radiation contaminating food and drinking water. Increased rates of cancer, infant mortality and low birth weights leading to cognitive impairment have been linked to radiation exposure for decades.


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        • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

          However, a recent independent report on low-level radiation by the European Committee on Radiation Risk, released for the European Parliament in January 2003, established that the ongoing U.S. Atomic and Hydrogen Bomb Studies conducted in Japan by the U.S. government since 1945 on Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors underestimated the risk of radiation exposure as much as 1,000 times.

          Additionally, on March 26 this year — the eve of the 25th anniversary of the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history, at the Three Mile Island plant in Pennsylvania — the Radiation and Public Health Project released new data on the effects of that event. This showed rises in infant deaths up to 53 percent, and in thyroid cancer of more than 70 percent in downwind counties — data which, like all that concerning both the short- and long-term health effects, has never been forthcoming from the U.S. government.


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    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Phil, this interview has been out for a while, not too worried that it will be disappeared but who knows.

      Others above, He is American I believe and on American soil, I presume. Not worried about him being disappeared but again, who knows.

      In general about the interview, it was good to hear validation of things we knew were likely occurring behind the scenes. I appreciate that the guy stuck his neck out there but you see what actions by the company had been taken before he turned sour on the whole industry. It doesn't strike me as a genuine act of consciousness or concern for humanity kicking in but more as retribution for him being dissed by his nuclear "friends". I could be wrong, I admit that up front.


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  • Proton

    Nuclear – A chain of accidents since discovery


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  • This IS a GLOBAL issue!

    IMO – These statements are incorrect and misleading.

    "…potentially international issue …"
    "…the potential to affect the whole of the northern hemisphere"
    – Professor Yoshida

    FACT:
    The hemispheres, North and South, have been and will continue to be affected as accumulation of radioactive contamination mixes and spreads for generations to come.

    IMO – These statements are accurate and dead on.

    "The Fukushima nuclear disaster, however, has been responsible for:"
    (to name a few)

    1. "The largest and worst case of pollution to have occurred during the postwar era…"
    2. "Its complexities and scale are greater than anything that has gone before."
    3. "So severe are [the myriad of problems]"
    4. "…immense dangers that the ‘accident’ still poses…"
    5. "…consider the nature of the devastation"
    6. "…the number of victims"
    7. "…the extent of affected area[s]"
    8. "…on a scale that is unprecedentedly wide-spread and life threatening in its effects"
    9. "…a 'multiple disaster' never before experienced in human history"
    – Professor Yoshida

    Side note:
    Fukushima was not, is NOT, an 'accident'.
    It is a COMPLETE FAIL by arrogant power hungry humans. :(


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  • Nick

    …never before experienced in human history….

    Yet, possibly the most under-reported unprecedented disaster ever.

    Connect the dots folks. Money is trying to make money for itself asap before things get worse.

    I suggest everyone take a deep breath and realize that we are all in uncharted territory.

    The only way forward is full disclosure. The lies have got to stop.

    Re-think everything you have ever been taught or told.

    Cold Shutdown my ass.


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  • weeman

    311 the day that will live for infinity.


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  • mesa777

    We need all of the LARGE international news agencies to start reporting all of this news, if correct, about this disaster! CNN, FOX, MSNBC, NYTIME, WASHINGTON TIMES, LA TIMES, LONDON TIMES, everyone needs to run stories about this disaster and the effects it will continue to have for a million years on our environment!


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    • Edward Edward

      You are right, we do NEED the media to report what is taking place, but they never will. Governments – japan, usa or any other do not intend to disclose the real, ugly truth and impact this is having. CNN will keep covering royal weddings, greedy politicians and other human interest stories, not nuclear meltdowns, climate change, pollution, wallstreet/government corruption or other man made disasters. They want us to keep shopping, traveling and gambling in the stock market and not to concern ourselves with unpleasant issues. Look the other way, keep ignoring the coming trainwreck and desperately deal with it when it happens. Good Luck.


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  • ftlt

    Nick: The mainstream news does not deal in information hardly at all any longer… It has become a nose ring for the masses – leading us quietly to the stupid trough ..

    Talk about something under reported try "Totally drug-resistant tuberculosis (TDR-TB)"… TB is one the leading causes of death in the history of mankind – a scourge … Or another deadly pneumonia is the now often untreatable.. If both these get loose again – we a screwed…..

    There are plenty of other diseases we are losing protection from at an alarming rate to the super bug.. Ugly STDs..

    We are screwed.. The phony little industrial/techno bubble we live in is about to burst… Are the four horseman are loosed??..

    FUFU will only weaken us further..

    FUFU will be a seeping toxic scar on the earth for a what to us will seem forever…

    The fairy tales of hoping to really fix FUFU would be laughable if not so sad…


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    • mungo mungo

      The T.B. issue is a big one…also, what is this all about…..
      US health watchdog cracks down on antibacterial soaps
      A woman washes her hands with antibacterial soap in a September 2009 file photo
      Scientists warn antibacterial products may create resistance to antibiotics in humans (file photo)
      The US health regulator has warned that antibacterial chemicals in soaps and body washes may pose health risks.

      The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called for a safety review of such products.

      It proposed a rule requiring manufacturers to prove such soaps are safe and more effective against infection than plain soap and water.

      Recent studies indicate an ingredient in such products could scramble hormone levels and boost drug-proof bacteria.

      The proposal rule does not apply to alcohol-based hand sanitizers and products used in healthcare settings.

      Manufacturers have until the end of 2014 to submit the results of clinical trials on their products, the FDA said. The new regulations would be finalised in 2016.

      'Unanticipated hormonal effects'
      "New data suggest that the risks associated with long-term, daily use of antibacterial soaps may outweigh the benefits," Colleen Rogers, an FDA microbiologist, wrote in a statement on Monday.

      Certain ingredients in such products – such as triclosan in liquid soaps and triclocarban in bar soaps – may contribute to bacterial resistance to antibiotics, the agency added.

      Such products may also have "unanticipated…


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      • mungo mungo

        ..Such products may also have "unanticipated hormonal effects that are of concern", according to the statement.

        Recent studies of such chemicals on animals have shown they may alter hormones, the FDA said, but such results have not yet been proven in humans.

        "Because so many consumers use them, FDA believes that there should be clearly demonstrated benefits to balance any potential risks," the statement added.

        If the FDA's proposed rule is finalised, companies would be required to provide data to support their product's health claims.

        If they cannot, the products would be reformulated or relabelled in order to remain on the market.

        In March, a federal appeals court approved a lawsuit by the non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council, aimed at forcing the FDA to review the health impacts of triclosan


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  • Socrates

    When unbridled greed controls the planet, and that is primate greed with high technology, why would anyone expect a different outcome? Because people are so nice? Try reading history, folks.

    it it were not for Fukushima these same processes would have and will colminate in many other and more disasters. Remember why it is called the neocortex? The human brain got more computing power to make it through the ice ages. On top of the reptilian brain, the paleocortex, more cortex was slapped on. That allowed language and better use of the opposable thumb. Otherwise, humans are cavemen with bigger and more dangerous stone axes. Nuclear is the prime example of this. They all believed that a one in a million chance was worth taking. Their stupidity in calculating odds overlooked that the real chance of such disasters is 100%.Remember what Charton Heston said in Planet of the Apes? We are an evil type of ape with torture and brutality. Empires have coliseums for entertainment.

    We are engaged in global conflicts in another l8ng was. Will it be called the Thousand Year against the Environment? Or will we just kill each other?


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    • nedlifromvermont

      Actually, Socrates, if you consult the original Brookhaven Reactor Safety Study (RSS) the Wash-740 report, (as reported in the opening chapters of "We Almost Lost Detroit", you will see that honest calculations for a reactor accident involving core melt and radiation releases was estimated to be something closer to one in five hundred and fifty reactor operating years …

      The number you are referring to "one in a million" was from the MIT Professor/Nuclear Shill, Norman Rasmussen, updated RSS from 1974 … after several reactors had been placed in service, which report was panned by NASA and the American Society of Physicists (this from the Ralph Nader book "The Menace of Atomic Energy", 1977.)

      Rasmussen's report was based on junk probability estimating techniques for which he had to invent a new name, so he called it a "probabilistic" study. The worst case full core melt was predicted to happen once in a billion years!!! Junk science is junk science.

      peace, Greek dude!


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      • Socrates

        Right on. They absolutely knew both what the risks were and what the real probabilities were. They chose to accept those risks! Voluntary assumption of a know risk, although the populace did NOT know.

        Nowadays, corporations and government can choose what "scientific conclusions" they want. They control the media and academia through ownership, funding, tenure, etc.

        Kei Sagaoka was a GE Nuclear Plant Inspector who has posted a video and written a book about the whistleblowing efforts on regulatory level. Same old tricks that I hear of.

        We live in a hopeless failed regulatory environment with no tort liability. I encounter whistleblowers professionally and am related to some regulators in the EPA!!!!!

        American pretends to regulate and compensate consumers while it fosters a system of profits. Look at Wall Street or waste, fraud and abuse in military contracting.

        I also had a relative who worked for the old AEC as a biologist. He raised permissible limits by his testimony! He said that climate change was bunk back then. Now the nuclear industry says it is a justification for more nuclear.

        The regulator gives a telephone call saying he will by be coming by. The worst stuff is hidden and the paperwork is all clear. Time to have a drink.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Killing each other?No its much worse than that its killing the planets ecology..Killing the 70& of all our oxygen coming from the dying planckton in the ocean.Killing the planets food chain.Killing our dying atmosphere to the point that we will be open targets for the suns radiation and inter stellar radiation…
      My big question is when the Elite has the technology to pick up and go elsewhere from Earth.Why dont they?It makes absolutely no sense.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    MELTED REACTORS UNSTOPPABLE . . .

    Sea life die offs.

    Sailors suffering thyroid cancer.

    This is just the beginning.


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  • Nick

    I have been waiting for a magazine editor to do a full issue spread on Fukushima, how it happened, what happened, why we were lied to, and what's in store for us all.

    But the nuclear shills would buy up all the copies and scrub any web presence immediately, diminishing the usefulness of a little bit of truth and light for the rest of us.

    No, I kid myself. No such report shall come to pass. Instead we will get the same old same old from
    the Hood-Winkers aka modern mass media.

    In all the history of mankind there has never been such an unprecedented disastrous coverage of an accident experienced by the nuclear industry , ever.

    It has to be obvious to folks that our world has been infected by a very, very dangerous bunch of
    nuclear morons.

    We are spoon fed crap about C02 as a reason to build nukes.

    We are cowed into fear so that the bomb builders can continue on their merry ways.

    Now it's all way too late.


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  • Socrates

    Nobody is concerned about the Pacific Ocean or the air we breathe. There will be severe repercussions in the gene pool of humans and other species. Cancers and other diseases will manifest. It is all live for today. Ten years from now – who knows – maybe we will all be gone by then. A nuclear war is a probability.

    Chernobyl resulted in widespread deposition of Cesium 137 in Europe. Wild boars eat truffles, a mushroom that accumulates radioactivity. Wild boars are off limits in Germany. There is a compensation fund.

    But in the USA, everything is totally corporate and military. Industrial and chemical discharges are increasing, not just radioactive releases. The biosphere is staggering from the multiple assaults. It is all about the economy and avoidance of corporate responsibility. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Hard to revert to subsistence farming or fishing to live.

    Nowhere to hide really. Just enjoy what is left. That too will vanish soon at the rate it is going. Fracking, pipelines, nuclear power plants, defense activities, useless pharmaceuticals, multiple chemicals that are untested…. These are the same industries that make campaign contributions. The politicians vote in proportion to those contributions. The correlation is almost perfect. The special interests finance campaigns almost completely.

    Consumers can do nothing to stop this without uniting.


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  • pnacistreason

    The "mainstream media" will not properly report the truth and consequences of Fukushima, because to do so would expose the complete, indisputable illegitimacy of the "U.S. government". And the "people" who own the media are the same "people" who own the "U.S. government", thus they cannot allow that.

    Even the dumbest of the dumbed-down Sheeple – if they could be made to appreciate the dimensions of the unfolding Fukushima catastrophe – might have a problem with a "government" that refused to intervene at Fukushima (at least at an earlier time, when intervention might have made a difference) yet is willing to risk starting a nuclear WW3 by "intervening" in Syria (apparently to advance its agenda for global domination and control).


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  • name999 name999

    that tells us that there are a few forces here that go into NSA regulation and people are breaking the law if they talk about it. Does not matter who they are. If these NSA laws get used, no one can tell you if someone has gotten information about you from them. Librarians can't tell you if your records have been requested. I think that if you are a leader right now, staying alive and pushing forward a few concentrated efforts are the most realistic methods of surviving this…what a horrible time to be a leader. In our own way we are being leaders by posting here. Reading the site on Einstein really got me inspired and out of my funk a bit. What a god of a man he was, his words are so true. Kei, the industry truth teller with lots of charm;-] The lyrics by Gasser. History not only repeating but getting so much worse. Doomsday. The thought of duct taping in my house, food concerns, environment getting clearly stressed and dying, wildlife dying…does help to have some pleasing things, learned much here today, thank you all…


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