NBC News: Fears that Fukushima plant could “break apart” during cleanup process

Published: May 2nd, 2013 at 10:49 am ET
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Title: ‘A very fragile situation’: Leaks from Japan’s wrecked nuke plant raise fears
Source: NBC News
Author: Arata Yamamoto and Ian Johnston
Date: May 1, 2013

Like the persistent tapping of a desperate SOS message, the updates keep coming. Day after day, the operators of the wrecked Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant have been detailing their struggles to contain leaks of radioactive water.

The leaks, power outages and other glitches have raised fears that the plant — devastated by a tsunami in March 2011 — could even start to break apart during a cleanup process expected to take years. [...]

“Until you can stop that transfer, you will not contain the radioactivity. That will go on for years and years until they contain it,” [Independent nuclear expert John Large] said. “The structures of containment start breaking down. Engineered structures don’t last long when they are put in adverse conditions.” [...]

See also: Fears have also emerged that the Dai-ichi plant could break apart during cleaning, NBC News reports -NY Daily News

Published: May 2nd, 2013 at 10:49 am ET
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42 comments to NBC News: Fears that Fukushima plant could “break apart” during cleanup process

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    It's already falling apart…


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  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    "There was also some reassuring news in February, when a report by the World Health Organization said Fukushima had caused “no discernible increase in health risks” outside Japan and “no observable increases in cancer above natural variation” in most of the country."

    And the lies pour forth like the water washing over the coriums…


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    • We Not They Finally

      My husband and I are baby boomers — post WWII. As children, cancer was RARE. Now it is COMMON. So health risks have gone up GREATLY. They just went up relatively gradually though delayed response. It started with a relatively sharp increase in the 80's for nuclear insanity in the 50's and 60's. But soon enough, "the new normal" was established — indeed, the PR culture of "survivors" — how GREAT it was to be "a survivor." Then it was just "normal" for one-third of the population to get cancer some time in their lifetimes. Young people today may think that it was ALWAYS "normal." It wasn't. Believe me, the risks and increases are indeed "discernible"! Honestly, they are criminal.


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        Something interesting about cancer, WNTF. All the CO2 used in carbonated beverages, worldwide except for (some) natural spring water, comes from oil refining. The white smoke you see coming out of the stacks at the oil refineries? That smoke is full of CO2, and the liquid gas companies pull the CO2 out, liquify it and ship it to bottlers for the bubbles in those big white liquid gas tube trucks. No drink contains natural CO2 (which is a poisonous gas, anyway).

        All the bottlers care about is if it doesn't taste like gasoline, and in many areas extra 'flavor enhancers' are added to hide the taste of the CO2. The dirtier the gas, the cheaper it is. No one cares about 'maximum government standards' for VOC's in CO2 used in beverages – sodas, beer, cheap carbonated water, CO2 cartridges, etc.

        And we all know what years of ingesting VOC's can do to the human cell structure.

        Years ago I contacted several of the major cancer groups about this. No one wanted to talk about it. Cancer is big business, and there are a lot of people that don't want it 'cured'.

        The FDA? Our government hasn't cared about protecting anyone for decades, further back than anyone wants to admit.

        Call around if anyone doubts it. You won't get anywhere.


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      • We Not They Finally

        Every day in every way I feel more and more exposed to radiation bursts. bask in the glow ….


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  • 16Penny 16Penny

    WHO, it is way too early to make claims such as this. Your report is useful for one thing, wiping bloody backsides from rad poisoning.

    "There was also some reassuring news in February, when a report by the World Health Organization said Fukushima had caused “no discernible increase in health risks” outside Japan and “no observable increases in cancer above natural variation” in most of the country."

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aETXq6qDpjNY

    "Radiation from computerized tomography scans may cause cancer decades later, according to a study that estimated about 29,000 future malignancies would occur in the U.S. because of CT scans done in 2007."

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120110132843AASvU2I

    "Although you might not get leukemia, Radiation always has increase in risk every time you are irradiated. Basically increasing chances of getting tumor or cancer, but its CHANCES not necessarily that you will get it."

    http://www.naturalnews.com/028959_radiation_breast_cancer.html#ixzz2S9NjxBGt

    In answer to the question "Is ionizing radiation a cause of breast cancer?", the Cornell experts say "Yes" and note ".. female breast tissue is highly susceptible to radiation effects." But then they pooh-pooh the possible hazard from mammography x-rays saying the risk …"should not be a factor in individual decisions to undergo this procedure.

    Only have to win the cancer lotto once, grand prize is death. WHO, step up…


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    • sunpower

      It is in the WHO earliest charter that they cannot say a thing bad about radiation. That is why they had to pull their study on DU.


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      • Mack Mack

        It's important for everyone to understand why many believe the WHO study is flawed:

        (A) At the Fukushima Symposium, Dr. Wing said:

        1. the WHO study did not assess doses within 20 kilometers of the Fukushima power plant
        2. the WHO study did not assess fetal doses
        3. the WHO study chose not to assess radioactive gases such as Xenon

        16,000 PBq of Xenon-133 was released from Fukushima; more than from any other nuclear accident.

        Xenon-133 can cause lung cancer.

        (After Three Mile Island, a 50% increase in lung cancers was seen in those exposed to the initial plume path.)

        By the WHO leaving out the above 3 things, you can see how the health-effects statistics will be lower.

        (B) The WHO study predicts:

        * 70% increase thyroid cancer risk in females exposed as infants
        * 6% higher risk in breast cancer in females exposed as infants
        * 7% higher leukemia risk in males exposed as infants

        HDr. Ian Fairlie said he believes there will be higher incidences of breast cancer and leukemia due to Fukushima.

        (C) The WHO study is based on dose estimates from a previous report on Fukushima and is also based on data from lifespan study of atomic bomb survivors.

        Read these 2 posts to understand how the atomic bomb surviver study is flawed:

        http://enenews.com/watch-live-stream-fukushima-event-nyc/comment-page-1#comment-337029
        http://enenews.com/watch-live-stream-fukushima-event-nyc/comment-page-1#comment-337030
        (credit to HH)


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  • 16Penny 16Penny

    "Leaks into the sea would not only affect the marine environment, Large said, as tiny radioactive particles would be washed up on the beach, dried in the sun and then blown over the surrounding countryside by the wind."

    All around the Pacific and eventually the world. Bio accumulated by algae, kelp and other lifeforms and served to you at dinner, present in building products, possibly in clothing fibers.

    On the bright side we can now study the migration of humans over time based on the levels of these radioactive isotopes contained in their organs at the time of death.


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