NBC’s Richard Engel on Fukushima: “Only time I’d seen a place on Earth that had been rendered uninhabitable for a long period” — “It has been excised from the planet” — How do you remove billions of invisible radioactive particles that are everywhere? (VIDEO)

Published: March 8th, 2012 at 12:46 pm ET


Title: Richard Engel Talks About Nuclear Disaster
Source: KULR
Date: Mar 7, 2012 at 7:06 PM MST

[…] Richard Engel is covering the story for NBC News and spoke to KULR-8 Wednesday afternoon.  […] 

“It’s really about the dust. I thought I was going into an area, it’d be like a big microwave oven. You’d leave glowing and there’s a constant radiation level. It’s not like you’re entering a big x-ray machine. It’s the dust. It’s the particles of, in this case, radioactive cesium that were shot up into the sky and settled in lots of different places,” Engel said. […]

Read the report here

Transcript Excerpts

  • Fukushima City has pockets where the radiation levels are just as high [as inside evacuation zone] but they decided they could not abandon this city of 300,000 people so they are trying to clean it up
  • These particles are what you have to worry about
  • This is what the cleanup is all about in Fukushima City, they have to remove the particles but how do you remove billions of invisible particles that are on the rooftops, on the road, gutters, in the water, in the worms, and the birds. How do you get rid of all of that stuff?
  • It was the only time I had seen a place on Earth that had been rendered uninhabitable for a long period of time
  • Cesium has a half-life of decades and it’s everywhere and its like this part of the earth has been written off, excised from the planet and that was, and still is, a shocking concept to me
Published: March 8th, 2012 at 12:46 pm ET


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65 comments to NBC’s Richard Engel on Fukushima: “Only time I’d seen a place on Earth that had been rendered uninhabitable for a long period” — “It has been excised from the planet” — How do you remove billions of invisible radioactive particles that are everywhere? (VIDEO)

  • Sickputer

    Quote: "Fukushima City has pockets where the radiation levels are just as high [as inside evacuation zone] but they decided they could not abandon this city of 300,000 people so they are trying to clean it up".

    SP: That kind of sums it up…they are victims of deadly economic policy….Land is more valuable than people. Even toxic, deadly cities that are suitable only for death row prisoners.

  • InfoPest InfoPest

    Richard Engel might get fired if he keeps talking like that.

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      I bet you ole Richard might be rethinking his journey into hell.. I bet he has some contamination in his body now, is all I kept thinking…

      I bet the longer this sinks in to his brain, the harder it will be for him to keep quiet..

      ..ahhh reminds me of the Bush days when reporters where fired for trying to tell the truth.. that is how we got the Huffpost remember?, but of course she sole out to AOL.. so now I wait for the Engelpost…

      • InfoPest InfoPest

        He said the real truth, "It's the dust, the particles you don't want to get in your mouth, your eyes, you don't want to eat the food." That's the first time I heard the MSM talk about internal contamination. I think he got a dose of terror over there.

        • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

          Well, IP.. this is a terrifying event.. and I too thought, how is GE/nbc allowing this.. then it occurred to me that with no way to keep this quiet any longer, that it is spin and damage control..

          "see we were not trying to keep this quit.. see we sent Richard.. see we are too real reporters/news stations.. "

          We are in this mess and a whole lot of others because of the deregulation of media control. I remember a time, news people would be climbing over each other for a scoop like this (a year ago).. they were motivated by ratings.

          Now, it is keep it quiet for our lord and master.. how do we not tell the truth is more important than the truth, more often than not, these days..

          So, if we are to survive and find our way, we must insist on re-regulation of media ownership, and we must re-energize/invigorate our pbs too. Information is power and we are currently dang near powerless.. and as the control of the internet continues, we very well could be powerless.

          Imagine we all of a sudden had radiation forecasts on our nightly news, imagine we all had access to information that might help us keep our families safe.. imagine there were no nukes.

          • dharmasyd dharmasyd

            @Cat— Grest idea –"radiation forecasts on our nightly news" Maybe we should start by writing our local NBC affiliates. Same as "Spare the Air Days" etc.

            • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

              The minute the Rad Forecast comes on the nightly news, I can picture most people grabbing their remotes to find "Dancing with the Stars" or "American Idol."


    As much as I despise MSM, it's refreshing to see someone within their ranks who gets it! Fact is, their complicit denial's falling under the sword of sites like this. It won't serve any of them (or the citizenry) should they attempt to keep up their flaccid attempts to cover-up the truth of Fukushima's horrors or the nightmare of nuclear power…

  • Again, real grown-ups know what the true story is.

    Fukushima is not uninhabitable for a "very long time"; it's uninhabitable FOREVER.

    (half life of uranium is 4.3 billion years, meaning: it'll be around for 40 billion years)

    He only mentions Cesium. There are over 1,000 other isotopes.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Richard needs to see these links and then broadcast them on MSM news for the entire world to see.

    The truth often purposefully hidden and disguised within the "Force" needs to be set free for all to see.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Hi Obewan,

      Did you try to send your comments to Richard Engel through NBC? Often you'll find a link or can contact him through Corporate Communications, the news room he works with, etc. If you work through the internal channels, you could probably get your message to him directly. Or someone he works with in the news room can get the message to him. Worth a try, IMHO.

      Agree it's good to get someone like this to look at the data and become "educated. Sounds like he "gets it" or is beginning to ….

  • openeye openeye

    Hi all,

    This one from Bloomberg is not to be believed:


    Near the end Weiss says there is little to worry about.

    I don't get it: how is this level of evil possible???? They will run out of room in Hell, for sure.

    • Most of the money sites are not believable – Forbes.com, Bloomberg, and such.

      Every so often they will come out with a good article though.

      This level of evil is possible through lack of knowledge. (Some might call it stupidity).

      For instance, Obama listens to his NRC advisors, and Arnie has shown us how believable they are. His (Obama's) degree is in constitutional law, not nuclear physics, and I doubt he has time to read enenews.

      I think this is a bit like Zen enlightenment – it takes a while to "get it". I'm having a hard time explaining to the conspiracy types even: they think it was all deliberate. Great theory, but it doesn't pan out: they could have turned off the cooling systems anytime they wanted in the last 50 years or so. HAARP would be completely unnecessary – the earth itself is a much better EQ-producer.

      Also, they're nuking themselves. Nobody wants to live in a rock cave for the rest of their lives, unless you're a Tibetan yogi, or perpetual coal miner. (In the former case, the caves are high up, and open to the air).

      LHow smart is that for an elite depopulation crew? So, I go against the conscious and deliberate depopulation theory and lean more towards the unwitting (or witless) stupidity theory – still operative and observable with Obama's actions in funding new plants.

      He just doesn't get it.

      • James2

        correct – it's not any kind of conspiracy – except possibly a conspiracy of ignorance

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Nobody wants to live in a cave for the rest of his life

        or underground, unless you're a mutant Mole Man!

        Maybe I'll make a Mole Man for my avatar ….

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        So, I go against the conscious and deliberate depopulation theory and lean more towards the unwitting (or witless) stupidity theory – still operative and observable ….

        Too many cousins intermarrying in the power elite circles?

      • I didn't know Obama was a Constitutional Lawyer, how perfect, get someone with a Muslim background (it is true, don't pot shot it until you study it) and then use trained skills to diassemble the constitution.

        And just like a hack mechanic, you don't have to worry about the process because you know you ain't putting it back together anyway.

        • dharmasyd dharmasyd

          @stock…R.O. (right on) The only thing Obama has done with his Constitutional Law degree is use it to destroy the Constitution, along with his AG sidekick, Eric-contempt of law-

        • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

          I just posted this a minute ago on another thread. Seems like a good place to post again.

          March 9, 2012 at 12:27 am · Reply
          Blackbeer…..In your above post, you mentioned losing our rights. Don't know if you know this guy, Johnathon Turley, but he is a Constitutional Scholar and well respected. He used to be a guest on MSNBC regularly, but not for the past year or so that I know of. He is THE sharpest tack about the Constitution that I know of. Here is a piece he wrote a couple days ago…..and I had such great hope for this Prez just a few short years ago.


        • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

          Even IF true, I never understood what was wrong with having a muslim background anyway. The Jesus camp crew scares me no less than a radical muslim.
          Just saying.


    • They got a special new little area in Hell they are building for these death and disease pandering pimps of nuke

  • James2

    sounds like this guy had no idea what he was getting into.

    I bet his personal risk of cancer went up considerably from that visit.

    I wonder why he used Cesium as the culprit, when we all know that it's much more than that. i'll give him one thing – he did say "shot up in the air" – which is more than anybody else is saying.

    I wonder if somebody could find his email address.

    • More ammunition for my depop through non-purposeful stupidity theory.

      An intelligent reporter, and an intelligent President ought to know, or be able to figure it out.

      • InfoPest InfoPest

        If George W. were still president he and Cheney would be serving Japanese sushi every night at the White House just to impress the energy lobby.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Try NBC Corporate office. Sometimes they are willing to help. I'd try Corporate Communications or Public Information offices ….

  • James2

    here's the other problem with "cleaning up" the radiation, that he eludes to in the video – give him credit – but doesn't hit head on.

    This stuff doesn't go away – for dozens, hundreds or millions of years. The plutonium dust that you breathe in that causes your cancer and kills you – doesn't go away. It's still in your dead body for a eons – well for 50 years or so until your body is gone – then it's somewhere else – for eons.

    Conceivably the same speck of plutonium could kill 10,000 different people if it keeps getting passed from generation to generation. You have to think really long-term about this stuff.

    That's why "cleaning it up" is so horrible – these folks are spraying it with a pressure washer!!! Every day you spread this stuff out is a few more lives that will be lost.

    That just sends it somewhere else. You've got to contain it. You've got to bury it. Why don't they take all those bags of dirt they show in the video that they want to bury in the people's back yards and send them back to Fukushima Daichi and bury the place under 2,000 meters of debris – call it the "forbidden mountain" or something. Just get the stuff into one place.

    The fact that they're doing this is proof-positive that they are still in denial and PR mode – not in thinking mode yet.

    The US has exactly the same problem – they haven't even acknowledged the existence of the radiation yet.

    • You got it James2.

      They haven't got to the "Aha!" moment yet.

    • InfoPest InfoPest

      Your mountain idea doesn't work. Rain leaches into the mountain and takes the particles into the ground water and then into the ocean. The big difference between Chernobyl and Fukushima is the ocean got, and continues to get, the bulk of the radiation. The oceans food chain is very multi-tiered and mobile. The tuna that was caught near Chile ate fish that ate fish, that ate fish, that ate krill, that plankton all of which got varying doses of radiation that are now concentrated in the tuna fish sandwich in some kids lunchbox.

      • James2

        I don't doubt some of it would leech out. But I don't think all of it would – which is what we have today.

        I'd be open to better ideas

        • InfoPest InfoPest

          Evacuate most of the big island of Japan and then then wait 50,000 years.

          • "The half-life of uranium-238 is about 4.47 billion years and that of uranium-235 is 704 million years,[4] making them useful in dating the age of the Earth."

            You'd have to wait 45 billion years, not 50,000 years.

            (The sun-earth only has about 5 billion years left).

            • InfoPest InfoPest

              OK add 6 more zeros for me.

            • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

              93 Long Lived Radioactive Nuclear Elements

              Even Wikipedia only lists a couple… Most news reports only talk about iodine, (claim it is gone in a few days) and Cesium, 1/2 life of 30 years..

              Yea, right… what about these 93, which all hang around for over 250,000 years, and some BILLIONS of years?

              • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

                Dear AGreen, tyvm for this link above. This is very valuable information, and much more valuable than the majority of the MSM dumbing down garbage we're being fed lately as "news". Why is it valuable? The kind of information you linked to the blog about long-lasting nuclear daughter products helps unmask the lies of the guillotine worthy scumbags preventing necessary revolution against them through the bald-faced use of diverse disinformation strategies. Thank you very much, again.

              • Misitu

                They mention iodine because it's very active (high energy decay) and caesium/cesium which is less active, longer lasting, and with a half life of ~30 yrs is a good match for the human life span / reproductive cycle (and goes indiscriminately for the soft tissues).

            • Trouble with Pu, it that it kills as a heavy metal, the radiation only shoots off on very rare intervals. Same with most of the Uranium that was aerosolized.

              So the half life doesnt really matter for all intents and purposes. The reality is that it lasts forever and kills forever. There, doesn't that make it sound better….I guess I couldn't work in government.

    • Exactly, a whole valley or 2 capped over and tarped off with some tarps that last 200,000 years…to contain the water runoff.

      All joking aside, that is exactly what they need to do. probably work OK for a few hundred years,

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      Yep. Plus several hundred. +++

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear plants = the most asinine thing in the world.

  • elements

    I think we have to appreciate what Richard Engel is doing here or did.Granted he is NOT a nuclear Scientist so he did not go into all isotopes that were and are BEING emitted over at Fuku.So he only mentioned cesium that shot up to the sky etc.
    May I suggest if anyone here has thorough knowledge of this disaster find his email say from NBC website and give him a brief of how things went down and where things stand and a possible extrapolation of issues.Or if anyone has such a report ready to probably send it his way…might help since he's on the story.

  • InfoPest InfoPest

    Or better yet ask him to visit the hospitals in Ukrain and Belarus so he can see first hand what the future looks like for those nice people he met in Japan.

  • many moons

    "a lofty task at hand…?" shhhiiiii
    try a futile task at hand
    I thought his discription of the evacuation zone interesting…laundry on the washing machine…etc…wasn't there an earthquake 9 on the scale..what abut the destruction…he mentions stocked shelves..isn't that the first to shake apart? No mention at all of the earthquake…strange.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      ManyMoons, having been through a major EQ myself (Loma Prieta, sitting right on top of the San Andreas fault in an old building), I can speak to "stocked shelves" and such. You can be in a house on one lot and have no damage at all, and the house next door will have its foundation wrecked. Some stores will have everything knocked over, others will be relatively untouched. There is seemingly no rhyme or reason to the level of damage, at times. Of course structural integrity and design play into how buildings, etc., behave under EQ stress.

      • many moons

        Exactly my point…there was no mention of damage…he never said oh there were parts untouched but there were also a lot of buildings cracked from the EQ, or things destroyed…nothing. He talks about the absence of people in an prefectly ordered town…the lights are working- nothing was damaged from the earth quake?

  • elements

    The fact that he went to Japan,is a clear indication that he had not done his homework enough,to appreciate he was also taking a risk.He needs some education since he has a much wider reach/audience than any of us here.
    So emails hitting his inbox from several sources might get him more curious on the Topic.Some of us have been here for months and its been a learning curve.

    • InfoPest InfoPest

      Cound not find an Email address for him but he is supposed to be big on Twitter. To follow Richard Engel (@richardengelnbc).

  • DebbyS

    Note that Engel is famous for his courageous on-the-scene reporting from hot spots in the Middle East. He probably didn't realize one of the reasons that a lot of those spots are "hot" is the USA's use of depleted uranium in weapons. Fukushima was just another way of getting what he was probably already soaked in. He probably thought all he'd have to do in northeastern Japan is not eat the food or drink the water and perhaps wear a mask and protective clothing, and at least no one would be shooting at him.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Quote: How do you remove billions of invisible radioactive particles that are everywhere?

    You can't, it's..Dust In The Wind..

  • Anthony Anthony

    Health fears for Japanese in nuclear zone
    11 hours ago – AP 1:49 | 627 views
    Japanese living in the region around the country's crippled nuclear power plant face uncertainty over health risks posed by radiation. (March 8)


    • jec jec

      Whole year later..and now to worry –its probably too late. So worry but you have what you have after a year. Its not good. Yes, uncertain health and long term affects. People need to take their own health and lives into their own hands.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Conspiracy theories you say?

    Chomp on these couple of links for a while and your head might do a complete 360 spinning wildly while vomit flies throughout the room your currently sitting in.

    It is what it is and maybe its just a "Believe It or Not"?

    Then there is this one and no conspiracy needed as it is surely all true.

  • Chelsea_

    I guess this dude has never heard of Prypiat if he's never seen a place "excised from the planet".

    • QUOTE:
      The Zone of Alienation is considered relatively safe to visit, and several Ukrainian companies offer guided tours around the area. The radiation levels have dropped considerably, compared to the fatal levels of April 1986, due to the decay of the short-lived isotopes released during the accident. In most places within the city, the level of radiation does not exceed an equivalent dose of 1 μSv (one microsievert) per hour.

      Relatively safe…. 1 uSv PER HOUR! 8760 microSv per year. no you wouldn't want to stay long. What do you do if the bus breaks down…

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      He never heard of Semipalatinsk and Mayak.

      Kazakhstan radiation hotspot; The world’s worst radiation hotspot

      “…The name of Semipalatinsk has no such resonance, and is all but forgotten. Yet nowhere else in the world was there such a large concentration of nuclear explosions in one place over such a long period. When Beria earmarked this far eastern corner of Kazakhstan to be the Soviet Union’s top secret nuclear test facility, he described the place as “uninhabited” – conveniently forgetting the 700,000 people who lived in the surrounding villages, towns and cities. Overnight the region was deleted from the map and for the next 40 years Soviet scientists detonated 615 nuclear devices at their secret Semipalatinsk Polygon….”

      “The area around the giant Mayak nuclear complex is one of the most radioactive places on the planet…."

  • W8R W8R

    Spot on… Got a chuckle from the sad truth.. Thx..

    Gotta give the man credit.. If he had known BEFORE he went, he would not have… Now a man who is noted for having no fear, may well be afraid indeed.. He mentions internal dosages, a first for the MSM, and is probably today wondering just what he "got" from this story..
    Waiting for the telecast here…..

    • W8R W8R

      And there are nuclear "nasty spots" worldwide..
      The Ural Trace from a `50s oops..
      Hanford in my home State of Washington.
      Rocketdyne`s mess outside of L.A.
      EBR1, SL1, and the multitude of other Military oops`s…
      Great Britan, The Soviet Union, China, Japan…
      Sorry folks, but these things happen all the time, and it gets covered up for 30 years until the lawsuits begin…

      I am W8R. 'waiter' cause I have waited a long time for something big enough to be 'undeniable'..
      Fukushima has surpassed my expectations..
      As has the public reaction…
      Go figure.. LOL
      None the less, the public`s eyes are being opened..
      A small positive grain in a dune of negative sand….

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    I've been trying to find update on Iwakami Yasumi, the IWJ journalist who went on the 2/20/12 press tour of FukuDai. Mochiuri reported him ill a few days after the tour, and the story was carried here on ene. He was seem prominently in the 3 & 5 hour tour videos.

    Nucklechen reported he was surprised by the cavalier attitudes of the journalists with open shirts and taking the small cloth masks off regularly. I felt the same way when I watched the video. So I was saddened, although not surprised, when I heard he was ill. I'd like to hear some follow up. I've been searching and left messages. But so far I have no more information. I'll report if/when I do.

    These journalists, along with everyone else, need to be informed better of the dangers.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    May not want to swim in the ocean anymore or even eat the food that comes out of it. So much has been hidden from the general populations its simply staggering.

    Weep not only for your children but all the species of the Earth that have been negatively effected by such Human stupidity.

    Is Mankind and the Human Species really this arrogant?

    Do we not share this planet with other species and life forms?

    This is what we call scientific intelligence?

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Then of course there is this and its very impressive.

    To think that none of this had to happen.

    None of it!

    Yet it did happen and few of us even blinked an eye. Millions died of disease and cancer and in misery everywhere around the world.

    Just how sad is our Human reality?