PBS special on Fukushima starts tonight with rare look inside plant — Correspondent loses arm after filming in Japan — “Amputated after an apparently minor injury” (VIDEO)

Published: February 28th, 2014 at 11:31 am ET


PBS NewsHour, Feb. 27, 2014: Three years after a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, PBS NewsHour Science Correspondent Miles O’Brien returned to Japan for an update on clean-up efforts and the continuing impact of the radioactive spill. Friday, February 28: Inside Fukushima: Covered head to toe in protective gear and wearing a respiration mask, Miles O’Brien offers NewsHour viewers a rare look inside one of the most dangerous places on earth […]

Media Bistro, Feb. 28, 2014: The first of Miles O’Brien‘s reports from Japan airs tonight on “PBS NewsHour.” O’Brien, the program’s science correspondent, was packing up from the reporting trip on Feb. 12 when one of the equipment cases fell on his left arm. A seemingly innocuous accident resulted two days later in the amputation of his arm, above the elbow.

Washington Post, Feb. 26, 2014: His left arm was amputated after an apparently minor injury quickly worsened — TV journalist Miles O’Brien thought it was no big deal when a heavy crate full of camera gear fell on his left arm nearly two weeks ago. His arm hurt, for sure, but O’Brien decided to shrug it off and continue a reporting trip in Japan and the Philippines […] “PBS NewsHour” spokeswoman Anne Bell said O’Brien had been reporting for the program on the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster and the typhoon in the Philippines. […] O’Brien is moderating a panel discussion on climate change Thursday […]

Nuclear Energy Institute, Feb. 27, 2014: One reporter we follow very closely is PBS science reporter Miles O’Brien. He’s reported a number of stories on the nuclear industry […] As my colleague John Keeley noted in 2011, “O’Brien is a solid journo with a reputation for resisting the melodramatic and sensational in favor of substantive and balanced pieces.” Needless to say we were shocked and concerned when O’Brien reported on his own website that a freak accident had resulted in doctors having to amputate his left forearm just above the elbow. […]

Miles O’Brien, Feb. 25, 2014: I had finished my last shoot after a long reporting trip to Japan and the Philippines and was stacking the Pelican cases brimming with TV gear onto my cart. As I tried to bungee cord them into some semblance of security for movement, one of the cases toppled onto my left forearm. Ouch! It hurt, but I wasn’t all “911” about it. It was painful and swollen but I figured it would be okay without any medical intervention. Maybe a little bit of denial? The next day, February 13, things seemed status quo. It was sore and swollen but seemingly no worse. Then, that night, things got worse. […] The doctor […] was clear that the problem was progressing rapidly and there was a clear and present threat to my limb. […]  And when I lost blood pressure during the surgery due to the complications of compartment syndrome, the doctor made a real-time call and amputated my arm just above the elbow. […]

Watch PBS’s Judy Woodruff comment hereOur best wishes to Mr. O’Brien

Published: February 28th, 2014 at 11:31 am ET


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69 comments to PBS special on Fukushima starts tonight with rare look inside plant — Correspondent loses arm after filming in Japan — “Amputated after an apparently minor injury” (VIDEO)

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    When I heard about Miles O'Brien's amputation yesterday, I didn't know about his visit to Fukushima. I recommend a full body scan for radiation, Mr. O'Brien. My guess is that you might have rubbed up against, or walked on, something hot. You could have breathed in rads when changing out of your Tyvek Radiation Suit after your visit. Sorry about your arm. Hope your health problems are limited to your arm. Get that full body scan.

    Just learned that you can get a free full body scan at the University in Carlsbad.

    • Gamma only on that scan.

      • gottagetoffthegrid

        yep. its not really useful to scan for alpah or beta, because those particles will never make it out thru your skin from the internal emmitters.

        but you could probably guess that if you got gamma shooting out of you, you are probably getting hammered by beta on the inside as well, especially if it is Cs137 — every gamma comes with a beta with that one.

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        Big 10/4 on that, stock. Gamma only gets from lungs or gut to full body scanner.
        I have a hot particle lodged in my left lung. I think I got it from growing up near Cook NPP, or from living near Big Rock NPP. But it emits gamma, at least in part. I can "see" it with my handheld geiger counter. Hey, nobody gets to live forever. 😉

        • norbu norbu

          PhilipUpNorth, I am very sorry to here that. You deserve to have a full life with 2 lungs. Have a good day.

          • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

            norbu: :).

            Will do.
            No nukes!

          • Fall out man!

            +1000 to that.

            Always enjoy reading your comments PhilipUpNorth. Hope you keep well, and wish you every blessing.

            Quote: "I can "see" it with my handheld geiger counter."

            Wow…. just… wow. I wonder how many other's who've lived in those areas have picked up similar particles, but just don't know it.

        • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

          Also lived in Denver, a downwinder from the Rocky Flats hell on Earth.
          Allergies as a kid. Turned very bad in the 1970's and 1980's.
          But I am still here.
          And I have major attitude against all things nuclear.
          Best use of atoms: Make windmills and solar collectors out of them!
          Peace. Out.

        • 4Yahshua

          3~1~5995 (out of 6000) in this "Twilight Zone Apocalypse"!

          I just read this. Philip, if I were you, I would start taking boron every day.(Cheap @ Swansons Vitamins) It rids the body of radiation and strengthens the bones(a win-win!)
          By the way, I was born in Aurora (1948) and raised in Denver. I lived there for my first 20 years. I have lived here on the Southern CA coast for the last 23 years. Isn't it wonderful that we both are still alive!

          • john dpugh

            4yahshua Hi , May i ask what this means ?
            3~1~5995 (out of 6000) in this "Twilight Zone Apocalypse"!

    • Joe Ebslap Joe Ebslap

      What are "things that make you say hmmmmm", Alex?

    • Agreed, but odds are against it.. PBS features pro nuclear biased films and news coverage, like this one…

      PBS; Radioactive Wolves In Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Movie Review

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Miles O'Brien ..has done a lot of coverage of NASA.
    To me it seems..that being so-called 'well-connected'..often is a double edge sword.

    My kindest to Mr. O'Brien.

  • Canuck1

    I just don't understand why ANYONE would go near that plant risking their lives in the name of what? HUMANITY? Governments will never admit that anything but the truth. Unfortunately there is an agenda and reasons BEYOND anyone's control as to why the radiation leak will not be controlled.

  • Cisco Cisco

    Just another whitewash piece…more propaganda. I see the Nuclear Energy Institute was highly complementary of O'Brien's reporting/journalism. That was enough for me.

  • Homolumina Homolumina

    Brutal wake up call for Mr. O'Brian…May something good come out of something bad… Fukushima is a crippler and killer for all life.

  • SadieDog

    I'm still gonna watch. If it turns out to be more untrue than true, I want to know what is being said so I can respond to the many people who will be getting their only information about Fukushima from this report.

  • FallOut FallOut

    Tepco Wouldn’t Even Tell the Truth to the Japanese Leader

    In this 27-second video, Amy Goodman summarizes her interview with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan:

    We just came from Tokyo. We broadcast for three days from Japan. And we’re going to play the interview I did with the former prime minister, the one in charge at the time [of the Fukushima disaster], Naoto Kan. He said it was extremely difficult to get a straight answer from TEPCO, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, that ran the plants, and he had to fly in. He figured the only place he could get a straight, nonpolitical answer—he flew in the middle of the night to the plant to talk to the workers to figure out whether he had to evacuate 50 million people in Tokyo.


    • Peoples! Go drop some comments over there. I want to get Washington and William Banzai active on ENENEWS.

      Capture the heart of the masses, then you shall drive a MOX rod deep into the heart of nuke.

  • From USA's best and brightest, and former director at WIPP

    He says it would be criminal to keep Japan families out of the Fukushima area, and it's the fear and stress that is the big problem. Radiation is "no big deal" Seriously he said that.


    Stop by and drop a comment and a link to some factual information

    • Homolumina Homolumina

      Here my comment – the best I can do as a lay person…

      I am appalled by the ignorance and stupidity of the Kapos of the Nuke Puke Cabal posting here. Because of people like you we are collectively in this mess. Shame on you James Conca. I deeply despise you. I would suggest you eat fish from the Pacific, Miso Soup from Japan, and enjoy taking in isotopes whenever you can, you for sure have lots of opportunities world wide. Why don't you go up to Fukushima and get some more of the evolution driving radiation ! You can for sure morph into an even greater super human spermling ! But wait for the joyous prospect of having grandchildren ! When you are lucky they evolved in the superior life form of a Cyclope for example or with no brain at all, which is not needed anyway, right ? Oh, and you are seen for what you are. How much do you get paid for launching your obscene lies ?

  • Don't forget Banzai's Radiation Geisha Girl, i think this will be a classic


  • jec jec

    Charter Communications is not 'blocking' the show..but not announcing it either..just shows as PBS, New. Nothing more. So for those wanting to find the PBS NewsHour it may take some hunting. I found it on WHRO, a public station locally.

  • American Phoenix57

    Miles O'Brien isn't the only one that suffered a mysterious minor injury that resulted in a drastic amputation possibly from contact with radiation. Please watch the definitive film on the subject "Dark Circle" and pay close attention to the end of the 2nd and beginning of the third segment featuring Rex Haag.

    Dark Circle  アメリカの放射能汚染 part1

    Dark Circle  アメリカの放射能汚染 part2

    Dark Circle  アメリカの放射能汚染 part3

    Dark Circle  アメリカの放射能汚染 part4

    Dark Circle  アメリカの放射能汚染 part5

    My daughter lives in Denver and the daily radiation readings from thousands of old uranium mines and the buried plutonium Rocky Flats plant are so high they shut down the detectors on a regular basis. I fear for her health and safety every day.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Denver regularly has highest rads in US Lower 48.
      Tell your daughter that she must move, American Phoenix57.
      Can you get her interested? Maybe she can talk herself into a move.

      • American Phoenix57

        Denver is like drug. . . Its so hard to leave, ask VanneV. She's awake but groggy with Rocky Mountain High. I'm working on it every day.

        • 4Yahshua

          3~1~5995 (out of 6000) Sabbath in this "Twilight Zone Apocalypse"!

          I was born and raised in Denver (1948).By the grace of Yahweh, I left in 1968 and I am so HAPPY that I did! That area is a center for The New World Order. I prefer the Southern CA coast to Denver any day!

  • Nick

    First the starfish, now the rest of us.

    I suggest Fukushima NPP be a permanent set piece for the horror movie industry.

    No need to hire script writers, just documentarians!

    For the rest of time, we can all be entertained with FD-NPP as a backdrop for the scariest horror stories ever imagined.

  • My 2 cents… How many HOSPITALS are in the spots we dropped bombs..? CLUE, combined japan cities count passes 120 such buildings… in just the places 2 alone. Yeah… nukes are so safe you'll DIE to visit them!

  • Washingtons blog now linking directly to ENENEWS at bottom of this new post.


    And don't forget William Banzai, also on Zerohedge with Abe as Geisha. At least I have some respect for working women.


  • American Phoenix57

    For the technical types here is a video that will leave you speechless.

    Practices of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant – Part 1 of 3

    Practices of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant – Part 2 of 3

    Practices of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant – Part 3 of 3

    Must Watch this sobering video of incredible crimes against Humanity.

    • Cisco Cisco

      Thanks AP57…good find! For some more detail, Wikipedia has a good piece on Rocky Flats, worth the read.


      Colorado which Easterners and others have flocked to in the last decade, looking for clean air and a clean environment, have chosen a make believe paradise that is in fact, a most unhealthful and dangerous place.

      Additionally, Uranium mine tailings, lead mine tailings, and other various mining operations continue to discharge particles and effluent into Colorado's the atmosphere and water.

    • GeorgeK

      Each major city is surrounded or adjoined by nuke plants. No way this could all be lack of foresight. This malfeasance was DELIBERATE and part of the precursor to Agenda 21 in America

    • GeorgeK

      Crime against the planet. These are the same PTB who claim to care about the environment ala 'global warming'??? no wonder folks have turned their back on that hyped 'crises'. Excellent documentary. Horrifying. Mind numbing. As this has spanned half a century, it seems hopeless to address. How can this be allowed to continue for so long? (and we can assume many of the other nuke facilities arent much better)

    • tooktheredpill tooktheredpill


      One of the best finds ever on Ene that put's into perspective what has been going on 'behind our backs' for the past 60 years.

      For all those who wonder what is going on at WIPP! I would suggest emailing everyone in the vicinity and pointing them towards this.

      But on a larger, fuku scale…..

      It blatantly show's where priorities lie. 🙁

      This film should've been textbook reading when I was young.

      Now it's too late…..

      Feel sick.

  • Facts as I know them….

    Uranium 234 was over half the air sample post Fuku-blast.
    You only get that from fission of plutonium 239.. that's NOT MOX !
    You can't keep neutrons inside a building, even if there are no leaks. PERIOD !
    Neutrons break your DNA and give you CANCER, LEUKEMIA, ECT.
    The cancer rate was 2% in males over age 97 USA wide from what gets to ground from the sun prior to our bomb testing. This is the FACTS !
    There was over 12 tons of Plutonium on-site that fission-dispersed or just plain burned up while in the pools. THAT IS A FACT.
    All 3 cores went ex-vessel and hit the water table causing the hydrogen problem, then blasts. #3's was compression together of 6.2 kilo of PU-241 in the pools breeder rods, and had prompt critical event. FACT.

    The ONLY cause for cancer & Leukemia as we know it… RADIATION.!

    The use of such to cure you (Kemo)just kills your entire repair system, so you can't have a DNA repair-trigger start such growth anymore. It's a run-away repair of your own DNA that is what cancer IS. FACT. Leukemia Is radiation particles killing your bone-marrow and so you red & white blood cell factory. FACT.
    ALL radioactive matter DOES THIS. FACT. Doesn't matter the type.
    END of today's lesson on radiation.

    • Thank you for the lesson, arigato!

      Will review that U-234 issue, that could be very enlightening.

      I see a new crowd of "plutonium apoligists" springing up, trying to downplay Plutonium —-
      you can't prove a single human ever died from plutonium, is what they are saying.

      • Yes.. is why Barry Obama said no IMMEDIATE concern about radioactive fallout. Can take 20 years, or just a simple injury that your body (DNA) tries to fix, can trigger it.

        Does this sound familiar..?

        All reactors spew H3, or tritium. some as gas, some as liquids. NOTHING ON THIS PLANET that WE know of can stop it aside from thick layer of GOLD or TUNGSTEN over EVERY DAMNED BIT of it.

        Funny that… as they do just that to military grade reactors that are far smaller!

        I been tied up in sooo many issues and then got hospitalized. DU issues getting bad now. That's when my Blood Pressure dropped below 60. So taking a break from world events. Just dropped by say Hi… saw this shite and had to comment.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      See, PattieB. This is why I missed your comments here.

    • Homolumina Homolumina

      Please Pattie, could you post this under the Forbes outrageous article by James Conca. I wish I would know more and be able to educate too. All I can do is raising awareness, get the word out and learn….. that I do.

      • I am a member there, however.. they no-longer post ANYTHING factual that I post, not even any links to such factoids anymore.. 😉

        I get that a lot.

        • Homolumina Homolumina

          Wow, I feel more and more we are in an epic battle – good against evil. Thank you Pattie, sending you much Love and good healing vibes.

  • American Phoenix57

    And to complete my Enenews Friday Night At The Movies trifecta. I present the bone breaking logic of and soul searing science of one of the heroes of the nuclear age, Dr. Ernest J. Sternglass.

    Dr. Ernest J. Sternglass on Nuclear Contamination and Cancer Part 1, 2, 3 'A Tsunami of Knowledge'


    Pause it, take notes and burn this information into your brains. Share this information with everyone you can. This is the kind of scientist we need more of today. If there is a higher power then it's trying to channel through this little old man. Gives me goose bumps every time I watch it.

  • ThinkMcFly ThinkMcFly

    Sincerely hope Mr. O'Brien is doing well.

    However, in my opinion, he lost journalistic integrity when he said:

    "…stay away from the cheeseburgers and french fries! They are a much bigger risk to our health than cesium."


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Yes I agree.
    Mr. Obrien's coverage of NASA included him telling some lies.
    And he was dismissed under strange circumstance as I recall.

    Still ..I was moved by mercy.
    I think he's in a bad spot.

    • GeorgeK

      O'Brien was dismissed from CNN for criticizing the AIPAC/Israel Lobby. It was just a comment refuting that the jewish community are powerless victims. He told the truth basically.

  • Ontological Ontological

    A bad spot to be in is this mass credibility shredder called the media. If you have anything to loose you must shut up. All versions of media "public" or otherwise has lied about the nuclear issues too many times in the past. Not to be trusted.
    Gives the smart people who do not have anything to loose an advantage now however. The nuke pukes apparently don't see that coming. Keep slamming these shills when they lie, those whom are invisible to those whom are evil are winning, the evil just refuses to show any weaknesses as of yet. Draconian laws, and lies will not hide the pure brilliance of the truth.

  • Sandiegomayhemgirl Sandiegomayhemgirl

    Does anyone know when this show is on?? Radio, TV ?? Thank you!!

  • W8R W8R

    It doesn't come on until midnight here, I'm going to stay up and watch it anyway. Just to see how truthful it is.
    My sentiments to Mr O'Brien.
    And hello PattieB good to see you here again!
    You don't happen to still have the capture of the "unusual rod assemblies" in unit fours pool do you.?
    The rack full of little ones with pyramid shaped tops that we both know were straight Plutonium cooking rods?

  • Today's PBS segment on Fukushima – part 1 of a special series

    Video and text HERE:


    The tone was: Yes, things are challenging but Tepco is developing ways of dealing with problems as they arise. It is decontaminating the water, except for tritium, which once in the ocean becomes very diluted. Nothing to worry about.


  • miles to go before we sleep.. miles to go.. one piece at a time… karma for being a whore mouthpiece as I see it.
    these media collaborators will get their pudding, salt infused americum monsanto approved pudding.