“Lifetime of radiation poisoning” for U.S. rescue workers in Japan during 3/11 disaster

Published: December 27th, 2012 at 10:06 am ET


Title: Tokyo Electric sued by U.S. sailors exposed to radiation
Source: Bloomberg
Date: December 27, 2012

[…] Tepco, as the Japanese utility is known, and the Japanese government conspired to create the false impression radiation leaking from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant didn’t pose a threat to the sailors, according to the complaint. As a result the plaintiffs rushed into areas that were unsafe and too close to the power plant, exposing them to radiation, the sailors’ lawyers said. […]

“The plaintiffs must now endure a lifetime of radiation poisoning and suffering.” […]

“We can’t comment as we have not received the complaint document yet,” Yusuke Kunikage, a Tepco spokesman, said by phone today. “We will consider a response after examining the claim.” […]

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Published: December 27th, 2012 at 10:06 am ET


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63 comments to “Lifetime of radiation poisoning” for U.S. rescue workers in Japan during 3/11 disaster

  • rebelgroove

    So dumb … it was a radiation disaster. Only a complete and utter moron would imagine that there would be no radiation danger. Perhaps they entered the area just so they could sue later … if they weren't suitably protected, it was their superiors' responsibility, not TEPCO's.

    • darkling

      you need help son


      well rebelgroove, you're apparently not looking at the basis for the lawsuit; which hinges on TEPGOV's lack of telling the truth. Attempting to blame the victims, only reveals your inability to comprehend the facts…

  • nedlifromvermont

    I suppose General Electric and the United States military had no knowledge of any dangerous radioactivity … right?

    I mean, we all know the containments were designed to be unbreachable … even though three respected, in-house, GE engineers resigned from the company in the 1970's, because the containment designs (in order to stoke the bandwagon movement into nuclear power) were cheaply built and too flimsy for their liking …

    … so no game plans were ever made/could ever be made about what to do if anything went wrong, which it always does (Murphy's Law) …

    I mean, the Titanic at least carried lifeboats for a third of the souls on board; Fukushima has no lifeboats at all; just many tons of highly radioactive (i.e. dangerous to any life form and robots, too) spent fuel in rickety spent fuel pools, up high in the poop deck …

    And the United States Congress of the red-baiting 1950's bought into the nuclear HOAX hook, line and sinker ….

    I mean, "What could ever go wrong???" Right?

    Wrong. and wronged again. by that apple pie American world class company of murderers and mayhem.

    General Electric never served a day in the military. It is not a person at all, though treated as such by the Supremes.

    Now this "General" has poisoned us all!!! Really!!!

    Time for a demotion, at least back to non-personhood. So we could lock it up and stop feeding it tax breaks and government contracts.

    Don't you think? Sheeple??

    peace …

  • ftlt

    You don't have to go to Japan to get a lifetime radiation dosage

    See below what you government is doing for you…

    Excerpt below

    """The Safe Drinking Water Act forbids injecting industrial waste into or above drinking water aquifers, but the EPA issued what are called aquifer exemptions that gave mine operators at the ranch permission to ignore the law. Over the last three decades [1], the agency has issued more than 1,500 such exemptions nationwide, allowing energy and mining companies to pollute portions of at least 100 drinking water aquifers."""


    Below is a link embedded in the excerpt above.. You can get to it from the first link as well..


    • ftlt

      They are targeting brackish aquifers – like they are waste water and will never be used… This is no longer the absolute case for brackish waters – especially inland removed from ocean waters… Desalination costs are making brackish water more and more affordable to be used for potable or at least "special need" irrigation water in the future.. This won't be the case if these bodies of ground water are made super toxic by persistant long lived toxic waste injection now…

      Short sightedness and quick profits for mining and disposal of waste trump our future water needs… This is bad planning..

      Water is life… The story of world's ""destroyed or used up"" groundwater supply will be the big story in 20 years.

      I live in a county where half of the fields that were irrigated by ground water 30 years ago are no longer used for summer crops…The aquifers are just drawdown to far – there was never enough water for that type of cropping in the first place.. Dry-land winter crops are now used instead – because we have good winter rainfall and mild winter weather… Many areas don't have ample winter rainfall or have other winter weather issues that prevent meaningful winter cropping.

      Our future is being taking from us by a get rich quick powerful scallywags – both on the farm and in industry worldwide

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        "Our future is being taking from us by a get rich quick powerful scallywags – both on the farm and in industry worldwide"

        "We’re going away. Pack your shit, folks. We’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace, either. Maybe a little Styrofoam … The planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac. The planet’ll shake us off like a bad case of fleas." – George Carlin

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    These are the images of the USS Ronald Reagan at the time.
    Sailors scrubbing the decks ..with no radiation protection what so ever.


    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      Could be, HOTR… No idea how much the ship was irradiated after the 13th. But sailors wearing wool caps and heavy coats in mid-day off the Japanese coast in March? Er… I don't think that photograph could be from that location or time.

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        It's either on 3/11 or a drill. Either way, there isn't the protection required for the radiation they received/are preparing for.

        Those sailors are all nuclear waste at this point. Waiting to die a slow, painful death that their government will deny the benefit of compassionate medical care.

        We didn't do shit for the US military victims of Agent Orange until it was far too late. This will be far more extensive, and costly, and the US government will do all in its' power to avoid any responsibility for this. This isn't just one ship, it's all the military personnel and their families throughout Japan. The sailors onsite that day will simply be the first to go.

        • PavewayIII PavewayIII

          Did I miss something here? Why does anyone think the Reagan got more radiation than, say, Tokyo?

          Admittedly, all I have is the weak suggestion in the NRC transcripts that the carrier was at least aware of where the plume would be and was avoiding it for the most part. They started to detect the radiation in the air and moved further away. They got nothing like the dose the Japanese Navy crew got sitting 50 miles closer. That ship was covered in so much radioactive dust that it showed up on the US Navy helicoper crew's boots.

          The Reagan reported thousands of micro-micro curies for a period of hours. This was about what the George Washington reported a dozen miles south of Tokyo. They were not reporting these measurements to say, "Oh my GOD, we've been irradiated!!"

          The Navy wanted the US Ambassador, US citizens and the Japanese people to know that radiation levels were, in fact, far higher and immediate action was required. Essentially, the Navy was saying that the Japanese government and TEPCO must be lying according to the Navy measurements. At the same time, the two carriers protected themselves by getting out of there. Tokyo residents didn't have the same luxury. They were exposed for weeks to the higher levels.

          • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

            USS Ronald Reagan measured 0.6 mR/hr direct gamma shine from clouds 130 miles from Fukushima Daiichi


            • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

              Ronald Reagan helicopter crews found contaminated 10,000 uCi/cm3 – Airborne plume levels at 100 nautical miles far above expected – 10 hours would put citizen in PAG


              • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                As I recall..in the FOIA papers ..a wind change was expected..towards Tokyo.

              • PavewayIII PavewayIII

                The helicopter crews had boots with contamination of 10,000 uuCi (micro-micro) per square centimeter (not cubic centimeter) or 370,000 Bq/m^2. The Reagan wasn't expecting any surface contamination either on their ship or the Japanese one 50 miles out. They were alarmed that there was *any* at all.

                The external dose measurement was above the civilian PAG if the ship stayed in that same, measured spot for ten hours (I assume they didn't and they said they moved). That was – from the transcript – based on the thyroid committed dose equivalent over 10 hours.

                The sailors (I hope) would not have been on the open deck if these levels were detected, and the carrier would not have simply sat in that spot bathing in the plume for 10 hours. The reactor crew wears dosimiters – they know exactly what dose they got during that time.

                Tokyo residents must have got pretty close to the thyroid PAG during that week.

                • Time Is Short Time Is Short

                  "The reactor crew wears dosimiters – they know exactly what dose they got during that time."

                  Back in the day, the sailors wore dosimeters, but they didn't say what the levels of exposure are. They were sent to the rad lab for analysis.

                  Do you really think anyone affected got a truthful report on their exposure?

                  Those reactors leak like a sieve. Always have.

                  "Every time you produce radiation, you produce something that has a certain half-life, in some cases for billions of years. I think the human race is going to wreck itself, and it is important that we get control of this horrible force and try to eliminate it… I do not believe that nuclear power is worth it if it creates radiation. Then you might ask me why do I have nuclear powered ships. That is a necessary evil. I would sink them all. Have I given you an answer to your question?"
                  – Admiral Hyman Rickover


      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        So says… the Navy Times..Associated Press Photos.

        Reagan crew limits contamination on carrier


        • PavewayIII PavewayIII

          This decontamination was on Wednesday, March 23rd, a week and a half after the helicopter missions. The Reagan was well out to sea by then and they're scrubbing surface contamination (dirt/dust). There really isn't any need for protective gear if there's no atmospheric radiation present and the surface contamination is low. The suds are to keep particulates from flying around when they're scrubbing, but there's not much dust on the surface of an aircraft carrier. They may have had spots on deck where the rain collected and the black dirt stuff showed up.

          I'm not making any kind of argument that the contamination was harmless. On the other hand, I hardly expect someone to don full protective gear either on the Ronald Reagan or to scrub off a sidewalk in Tokyo. I'm a lot more worried (as Iori has pointed out on his blog) about the black stuff constantly accumulating in the storm drain basins underneath Japanese towns.

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        Umm..Pavewall..it just seems to me that 100 miles out..in any direction..due the explosive nature of the disaster..is not far enough to be scrubbing in the open air..in safety.

        • PavewayIII PavewayIII

          The contaminated helicopter and air measurements took place on Monday, March 13th. Naval Reactors was describing this on the Wednesday, March 15th teleconference and said there was no surface contamination to the Reagan (besides the helicopter).

          The 'countermeasures washdown' picture on the Navy Times site is dated in the caption as occurring March 23rd (Wednesday the next week). Several more pictures here dated March 22nd or 23rd:


          They wouldn't have put the crew on deck if they were still in a contaminated or dangerous area. This was at least a week later, so they did not need to be anywhere that close to Japan. They were not washing the ship down on the 13th – they were busy 'evading' the plume.

          Plus, you have a radiation officer describing how no one on the ship was exposed to even half a chest x-ray's exposure (half of 10mrem). The guy sounds pretty paranoid about radiation, not like someone toeing the evil Navy line to hide fatal dose levels from it's crew.

          No idea where the ship was for the ten days after they detected the radiation. Yes, I concede they may have simply sat directly in the most intense part of the plume bathing in plutonium dust and corium shine the whole time and intentionally sent their crew to scrub the ship without protective gear.

          The Navy: its not just a job, its and adventure.

          • Time Is Short Time Is Short

            "They wouldn't have put the crew on deck if they were still in a contaminated or dangerous area."

            Sure they would. Lots of nuclear testing with military personnel. Here's some film of some Navy guys getting saturated during an atomic bomb test:


            Did you ever serve? They don't give a shit. And they'll deny it until hell freezes over.

          • Sickputer

            The carrier can travel 350 miles in 10 hours. They sidestepped the plume either north or south and the scrubbing began immediately (probably in daylight) and from some accounts entailed 10 straight days of scrubbing. All this may come out at the trial (perhaps subject to some national security censorship).

            I am perplexed at why the Reagan is beginning its full dock second PIA (Planned Incremental Availability at Bremerton in January 2013. It had its first one in May 2010.

            The USS Nimitz carrier didn't have its first PIA until nearly 30 years after entering service:


            SP: I am wondering if more detailed cleaning is going to take place aboard the Reagan.

            BTW… Check out this cool picture:


      • Sickputer

        Oh it gets very cold in Japan and on that latitude in March:

        "The average RH during 17–19 March and 12–26 April in Fukushima City was 56% during each period, when the average air temperatures were 3 and 11°C, respectively"


    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Make copies of those photos before they get scrubbed.

      • kalidances

        Absolutely. If anyone has extremely pertinent articles, youtube videos, interviews, White House floor minutes, emails, etc. make sure to save them and even print them out.

        Non-Americans, when Americans in the government get threatened they start shredding evidence to create deadlocked juries.

        Make sure to have you info downloaded(and uploaded) to different places.

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          "Non-Americans, when Americans in the government get threatened they start shredding evidence to create deadlocked juries."

          'Shredding evidence', like shredding a radioactive aircraft carrier:

          'The USS Enterprise, which was originally slated for decommissioning in 2014, will now be taken out of the fleet a year earlier.'


  • natano natano

    Well it's a good thing GE sent 1000 lawyers to Japan on 3/12/11 instead of technicians. Because any expert in the field of nuclear power can tell you that it's the legal challenges that will cost the company/person, not the environmental problems. Those simply get transferred over to the public sector – i.e. socialized off the balance sheet. Must be nice to have that much power. Why is it, socialism always has to bail out capitalism?

    • richard richard

      Natano, do you have a cite for the 1000 lawyers thing please?,


        pondering the same question, richard. Any references natano, or just figuratively speaking? Throwing a hard date within your opening statement, gets me to thinking you know something the rest of the world doesn't.

        The observations regarding the passing-on of losses to the public is no revelation; they've been doing this for a long – long – time. I am curious to that final allusion that "…socialism always has to bail out capitalism…". Looking at the bailouts for the banks, I can accept the idea of "Socialism for the Rich…Capitalism for the Poor". That's a no-brainer. But anyone who thinks globalism is a form of capitalism need-only perform a statistical survey to where virtually every item, in any store, is now being manufactured, to know the truth…

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Capitalism died in 1914:

      “Per Duncan's analysis, credit creation and consumption, ‘what Duncan calls ‘creditism"’, has displaced the capitalism of the 19th century — effectively replacing gold-backed laissez-faire economic activity with a credit-based fiat-currency financial system. In this way, ‘Duncan believes that true capitalism died in 1914, when nations across Europe abandoned gold-backed currencies.’…"

      Read more: http://www.benzinga.com/general/politics/12/04/2517239/death-of-capitalism-end-of-the-game#ixzz2GIC2Hlnn

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    Whether this lawsuit goes any further than this article in Bloomberg ..it will help open the eyes of those that are being affected right now…you & I. I hope that it will encourage others to go to court.

    I have posted on 5 facebook pages just now…one page in Tokyo has over 4,000 likes in one hour!!!!…yes I typed that correctly. And so we get the word out…an unusual place maybe to post this…but it only takes one person to read it..I added to the comments on this post … 70 comments already on that post. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.557679300926296.138380.187477207946509&type=1

    And I hope you will help …Like various Facebook pages..like Occupy pages for one example….Search for them in Facebook …Like the page…add a post ..use what I posted if you like…if the page does not allow your own post…add the links to a comment on an article by the page owner.

    Any help sure would be appreciated.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Nice collection of manga.

      Paste mistake, or Facebook censorship?

      • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

        No paste mistake…Click on comments to see mine..I think number 71…I have been adding links & comments to this site & couple others since this began…this is the age group who only know what their parents know..which is near nothing…so if they even just read the headlines…they will remember when they see the next article. You can not create your own posts on this page so I comment on the most recent post by page owner..or the one with the most likes & or comments.

        Excellent points kalidances, I had not thought of the financial aspect when sharing links. Indeed post where ever you can…for me I focus mainly on facebook but hope everyone posts wherever they can.

        EneNewsers are making waves & we will continue to…Each of us need time to *refuel but at a point you choose…keep pushing…keep talking…no matter how many looks you get…or type it out & share what we know online…

        At times I feel like all is lost …but then I remember a child playing in a park in Japan with a mask on…

    • kalidances

      Make sure to go on every sire you can, including the Huffington Post, and remind everyone that a sick Japan means a crashed Japanese economy.

      What affects Japan affects America. When their economy crashes and we go off that fiscal cliff, which economy will be there to pick us up? China? They share the same water table as Japan. They are getting sick too. They won't publish it but you'll know when their Wal-Mart and sweatshop products start testing radioactive.

      Don't just post about the health issues, post about the crash of Japan's economy.

      That's why I sent it to Bloomberg 🙂 They don't care about the bodies. They do care about people being too sick to buy their products and keeping them rich.

      If they won't listen we will crash their stock markets 🙂 Sick people can't stimulate the economy.

      • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

        It only takes 1…I added this too on that facebook link above & someone Liked it.

        Maiden Heaven I hope that knowing that US Navy Sailors are taking Tepco to Federal Court will help motivate you to seek damages too.
        12:14pm (about an hour ago) · Like · 1

    • kalidances

      Lol I used to melt down often when I had a family member still there. Is anyone on here old enough to remember Lili lol?

      Every single bit of relevant reference help is welcome because you never know who will need it or how. A few months ago there was someone on here suffering with sickness in their pet. People forget that even the pets in Fukushima are suffering cancer.

  • kalidances

    Sorry go on every *site you can. If Obama and Abe will not listen to reason they will watch the New York Stock Exchange and Tokyo Stock Exchange fall apart at the seams.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      George Washington is very keen on promoting these stories through the global financial community:


      Only the ignorant don't know the full extent of what is going on. The rest don't believe anything any government says, and invests accordingly.

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      So you're trying to convince the financial markets – through a spamming campaign – that irradiated Japanese are bad for the economy?

      Tip #1: Read the news. The markets and financial systems *have* been disintegrating for the last couple of years and are pretty much at the end-Ponzi stage. They already have that burnt hair smell to them – no radiation necessary.

      Tip #2: Bloomberg readers are mostly oblivious to the collapse. I doubt your going to sway them with the 'sick Japanese = less money for you' argument.

      • kalidances

        There is no Japanese economy if everyone is sick, dying, or dead.

      • kalidances

        The perspective of the Japanese economy as of Christmas:


        "Japanese economy is the world's third largest after that of the United States and China, but it, like its competitors, has been hit by the global crisis and falling exports on which it is heavily dependent. The catastrophic March 2011 earthquake and tsunami has only made the situation worse. The country could be pushed into another recession if the economy in latest quarter ending in December also shows a shrinkage as did the previous one."

        The Japanese destroyed their own economy by lying to its citizens about Fukushima and now investors all over the world know it.

        How will they get their people better in time to recoup all that they have lost economically? Especially when there still is no ETA for containment of Fukushima and Abe wants to restart the troubled reactors in January.

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          The perspective of one of the most successful investors during this entire global financial crisis – Kyle Bass:


          Japan is finished. Next, the West Coast of North America.

          • kalidances

            So what's new? Empires fall all of the time. Just ask Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. America will just be the latest and possibly most dramatic about it.

            New Empires will rise. This time in South America, Canada,, and maybe Australia.

            The sad thing is that it is avarice, apathy, indifference, and ego that tanks them every single time.
            Now America will know what the third worlds countries have to deal with unless they reign in their politicians and quickly.

            The best Japan can hope for is compassionate healthcare/hospice, benevolent landlords overseas, and the opportunity to educate the world about what has happened so they do not repeat it in some other form.


        spot on observations PavewayIII. And this crash may be one of the reasons nothing is being done to help the Japanese…

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Millions of people were exposed (whole Northern Hemisphere), much was released, hot particles carried by winds, the tiniest amount of plutonium kills.

  • razzz razzz

    You guys should review the events…Unit 1 had already blown up before USS Reagan discovered Unit 3's explosion,

    How'bout Unit 2&4, what was their status? Japan and the Pacific were already being bathed in fallout, Unit 3 and other events just added to it i.e SFP low on water.

    When USS Reagan's radiation sensors went off, they weren't sure what was happening, they thought their own on board ship reactors were leaking at first. About a week later the plume crossed the US East Coast and forced at least one reactors to go into SCRAM because on site radiation sensors were picking up Fukushima fallout. Operators couldn't find any leaks from their on site reactors after shut downs and inspections, events were reported but never outright attributed to Fukushima fallout. Shades of the Swiss discovering Chernobyl fallout before it was admitted to world by the Russians.

    • I think it was the Swedes who detected Chernobyl fallout first, but I may be mistaken.

      Razzz you offer a lot of opinions. I like to hear different people's opinions on the basic issues. I hope you'll provide me yours on these issues.

      1. Do you believe the fallout exceeds Chernobyl's and is, in fact, unprecedented?

      2. Do you believe the site poses substantial risks for increased emissions?

      3. Do you believe other reactors throughout Japan are in dangerous conditions and have either released radiation into the atmosphere or are likely to do so in the event of more earthquakes?

      • kalidances

        Yes Razzz. I'd love for you to answer Majia's questions. I am interested in hearing your responses.

      • razzz razzz

        Yeah a Swiss NNP tech couldn't get past a plant radiation scanner and decided to check his shoes and they turned out to have high readings picked up from ground fallout, from there the rest is history.

        Initially Chernobyl was worse because it blew its lid along with part of the core itself and burned for 10 days straight. Debates still rages about how much of the core left the kettle but 25% gets little argument, some say as high as 75%+ of the core itself went airborne. A high speed fallout animation looks like a roman candle spinning and spewing radiation all over Europe.

        Fukushima has more than 3 times the amount of Chernobyl's core materials melted down plus SFPs but most is covered with water as opposed to burning in open air. So, in the long run Fukushima will be worse (X3+) whether fallout enters the air or sea and water because the melts are not contained (free flow). If it is not worse yet, it will be as a greater population is involved. Already easily surpasses the greatest fallout dump into a ocean and continues everyday.

        Daini vented (vented means, had to released radioactive steam to relieve pressure) but they never tell us the whole truth about conditions anywhere so how are we supposed to know for certain.

        50 NNP shutdown in Japan and Japan lives on esp. helps Nat gas is cheap now. The whole island is still an accident waiting to happen, again, including SFPs, with future quakes. Percentages not in their favor with no 'Off' switch for decay…

  • Sickputer

    "The initial evidence that a major release of radioactive material was affecting other countries came not from Soviet sources, but from Sweden, where on the morning of 28 April[86] workers at the Forsmark Nuclear Power Plant (approximately 1,100 km (680 mi) from the Chernobyl site) were found to have radioactive particles on their clothes."


  • Jebus Jebus

    The flags of true colors are flying high on these three Ene posts about the lawsuit against Tepco…

    Maybe some clarity is needed…

    They say they didn't know aboard ship until the choppers with the sensors landed…

    Contamination scare for N.A.S. Lemoore sailors
    Monday, March 14, 2011

    But the effort took a frightening turn when radioactive particles were discovered after helicopters landed back on the ship. The Navy said the helicopters never got closer than 60 miles from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. "Never in the course of any of this did they feel any effects. In fact, the first indications that we had that they had any type of contamination was the sensors. It's not anything they noticed on the ship," said Captain Mark Black with the Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Fleet.


    • Jebus Jebus

      The Navy said the contamination was mostly on the helicopter crew members' clothing. After washing with soap and water, they could find no other evidence of contamination. Six others were also decontaminated, though the circumstances of their exposure are unclear.

      • Jebus Jebus

        While it's not known exactly who was exposed, four Sea Hawk helicopters launched from the U.S.S. Reagan Sunday. The sailors on board were delivering relief supplies near one of the hardest hit cities of Sendai, Japan. They also received help from Japanese relief workers who loaded supplies aboard a Japanese oiler.

        • Jebus Jebus

          Later in the post he said, "To put this in perspective, the maximum radiation dose received was equal to the amount one would receive in one month from sources such as rocks, soil and the sun."

          But we don't eat and breath, rocks, soil and the sun…
          Untill a nuclear power plant explodes 100 miles away…

  • Jebus Jebus

    And there was a second exposure…

    March 14, 2011, 5:32 AM
    Radiation detected on U.S. warship near Japan

    CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports that there were two separate radiation exposures on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. The first was to air crews who were swabbed upon returning from search and rescue (SAR) missions, 17 of whom were found to have received the equivalent of a month's radiation and had to be decontaminated.

    The second exposure occurred when the carrier's shipboard alarms went off. Since the Reagan is nuclear-powered, it has sensors to detect radioactivity, said Martin, and those went off as soon as the radiation levels went above the naturally-occurring background.


    • razzz razzz

      You would think a US nuke carrier knows to stay out of harms way and to think they can't tell when background radiation levels go up…it is a nuke propelled ship with all the bells and whistle and latest and greatest technology, just have to take the time to figure out what's going on. The USS Washington nuke carrier at Japanese dockside also sensed the fallout and immediately left port with a skeleton crew.

      The Japanese were so ill prepared for this disaster. The US had to send them more boron to mix in with cooling waters and had to instruct the Japanese about the procedure to scrub down radioactive contamination from the choppers' skin after flying over and through fallout at the plant site during water drops. Later had to barge in fresh water for cooling the reactors after telling the Japanese that cooling with saltwater is a no-no.

      • nobs

        The earthquake caused the crack in the reactor, caused a major power outage resulting in the shutdown of the primary cooling mechanism, and caused a massive tsunami crippling the backup generators for the primary cooling mechanism? Some would categorize this as force majeure. It was a threefold hit that was probably not considered in their plans.

        Calling them "ill prepared" is like calling the city of New York "ill prepared" in dealing with 9-11. It is like saying "Why didn't we consider airplanes flying into the world trade centers?"

        I live in Cali and was over 100 miles from the Loma Prieta earthquake in 89. I didn't have power for 1 week being over a hundred miles away. That earthquake was only 6.9 on the Richter. The earthquake in Japan was a 9.03 placing it as the 4th biggest earthquake in our recent history. I'm not a geologist so I'm not an expert, but wiki at least tells me that 1 point on the Richter equates to about 32x the release of energy, and 2 points is at 1000x. I don't know what 3 points means. In my personal opinion, we are all "ill prepared" for natural disasters, and should not be so quick to point fingers at who is to blame. The country of Japan did their best in dealing with the situation, and should be commended, especially the employees that went to the reactor site knowing that they will be exposed to the toxic levels of radiation.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      The NSA knew within seconds what was going on at Fukushima, and the extent of the radiation release, with their satellite imagery and supercomputers. The entire upper management of the White House, Congress and the Pentagon knew immediately what the situation was, how high the radiation levels were, and where the plumes were, all in real time. Worldwide radiation projections were available within minutes.

      The decision was immediately made to protect the US nuclear industry – GE, and the small group of investors that would have suffered tremendous losses if nuclear got shut down like it should. Always follow the money.

      Consideration for their wealth was more important than our sailors, our ships, our country, our world, and every last living lifeform on this planet.

      If you have voted Democrat or Republican during the last 60+ years, this is your reward.