Mayor: I visited Fukushima last year and Unit 4 could collapse at any time — A certainty if another big quake strikes (VIDEO)

Published: January 4th, 2013 at 9:14 pm ET


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Title: Mayor of a town in Fukushima Speaks at UN
Date Filmed: October 30, 2012
Date Published: January 4, 2013
Filmed by: Independent Web Journal
Edited by: Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial Team
Translated by: World Network for Saving Children from Radiation Team

Katsutaka Idogawa, the mayor of Futaba Town at the United Nations Human Rights Council

I visited the accident site in March […] and confirmed with my own eyes that the accident is still unfolding.

The Unit No. 4 could collapse at any time. It is certain that if another big earthquake strikes it will collapse.

Watch the video here

Published: January 4th, 2013 at 9:14 pm ET


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9 comments to Mayor: I visited Fukushima last year and Unit 4 could collapse at any time — A certainty if another big quake strikes (VIDEO)

  • RealityControl-1984

    Mayor Idogawa is a hero.

    His powerful words from the video:

    "My priority was to protect the health and life of our children, not to maintain the formality as a town."

    "My opinion is that the threshold radiation level used for evacuating the people in Fukushima is too high."

    It "allows up to 20 mSv/year for the people to stay and live."

    "I am not sure if this is radiation-induced, but I have a cyst in my thyroid."

    (Radiation readings were taken of him and others soon after the meltdowns, but they were never told what the readings were.)

    "To allow the people to live in such contaminated areas is a violation of human rights."

    He has been requesting that TEPCO and the gov't do a health survey "but they are reluctant to do so."

    "Out of 2 million people in Fukushima, only a small percentage of children have been examined."

    "The hospitals which are supposed to have high moral standard are refusing to provide needed care."

    "I strongly hope that the voices from all over the world would help us, who must live in such a horrible situation."

    • RJ RJ

      I agree RC-1984

      I'd like to see grass roots campaign titled "Fukushima Avengers", with posters of many of the outspoken Japanese critics, including Mayor Idogawa.

      Who knows, maybe MARVEL can make a movie out of it, in 40 years.

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    I suspect a sizeable 7 to 8 plus magnitude Honshu quake could topple Nukushima unit 4 and initiate public awareness of the impending, worldwide, nuclear contamination; whether unit 4 collapses, on the other hand, from a series of smaller quakes, and dies the death of a thousand cuts, such as tonight's 4.3 quake 49 minutes ago, has me equally concerned:

  • Usefulbreather

    It has been two years and not a bag of cement has been poured on this disaster. Why have they not buried the hot materials in concrete and Earth or created a sarcophagus of the kind used in Chernobyl? As far as I can tell the situation remains worse than in 2011 with more water polluting the Pacific and the stability of the still standing structures weakening with each inspection. When will the inspections stop and the work begin? They have no plan in place, no timetables set, no funding appropriated, no long-term care for the sick, no apparent comprehension of reality.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      They cannot even START to fix what is wrong, without admitting to what is REALLY going on.

      According to their propoganda, there is NO PROBLEM at FUKU, so no fix is needed. The whole place is cool, dry and no problems left. They are just 'decommissioning', which is fairly dry and boring stuff.

      Also, the soil is UNSTABLE and full of HUGE fissures that open and move with constant earthquakes. The soil quite possibly cannot support a huge cement structure such as the one at Chernobyl.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Why Underground Entombment At
      Fukushima Daiichi Won't Succeed
      “My response was skeptical since Chernobyl's concrete sarcophagus is now cracking apart due to soil settling and internal heat build-up. There is also major differences in soil structure between Chernobyl and Fukushima. Ukraine is a semi-arid steppe with a water table at considerable depth below the reactor. Fukushima No.1 rests on landfill comprising loose rock and sand over the natural seabed and is positioned only a couple of meters above the high tide mark. Water seepage and earthquake-caused liquefaction have seriously disturbed this rather weak soil structure.

      “The carbon reactor at Chernobyl caught fire as the uranium rods melted down, creating a molten lava flow. At Fukushima, however, the quake damage and loss of water from inside the reactors caused many fuel rods to shatter. Broken pieces of uranium fell to the bottom of the reactor cores and melted through their shrouds into the containment chambers.

      “The chemical evidence of slaked lime (calcium hydrate) in the air indicates the rod fragments then seared past the containment shields and burned through the reactor buildings' concrete footing.The continuous release of iodine-131 for more than 4 months in both air and sea water samples also indicates nonstop nuclear fission. Due to the intense heat underground, any concrete poured below the reactors will probably be unable to harden uniformly.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        “Therefore the current strategy being considered by Tepco engineers is to pump polymer resin under the reactors to prevent the inflow of sea water and ground water. Unfortunately a watertight seal is practically impossible to achieve since the rod fragments will melt though this bubble as well.

        “A shocking discovery at Fukushima was that zirconium (used as a ‘transparent’ – allowing passage of neutrons – protective cladding around the fuel rods) when superheated can become a catalyst for an esoteric type of nuclear fission. At extreme temperatures, zirconium ignites even the tiniest quantities of airborne nuclear isotopes, releasing "blue lightning". This means that zirconium catalysis could also be occurring underground, triggering mini-fission events. This sort of nuclear reaction is terra incognita, a yet unexplored frontier of physics, the joker in the deck. …”

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      Admitting to the truth would destroy the nuclear power structure and doom nuclear power. They will not go there.

      At least not without a couple of miracles happening.