Photographer: You can’t fix what’s happening in Fukushima — Silence was something that I’ve only ever heard at Chernobyl (VIDEO)

Published: October 14th, 2012 at 2:13 am ET


Description: VICE accompanies photographer Donald Weber to the buffer zone at Fukushima, Japan, where the eerie silence mirrors that at Chernobyl, and follow him as he attempts to document the unfolding nuclear crisis.

h/t Anonymous tip

At ~10:00 in

Source: Donald Weber

In this silence, in the stillness was something that I’ve only ever heard at Chernobyl.


I have a feeling that people just don’t really understand, they’re not grasping the whole scope of the potentiality.

I think with the earthquake and tsunami, yeah it was a catastrophe, but it was an engineering catastrophe, we can fix this.

But you can’t fix what’s happening in Fukushima.

Watch the interview here

Published: October 14th, 2012 at 2:13 am ET


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16 comments to Photographer: You can’t fix what’s happening in Fukushima — Silence was something that I’ve only ever heard at Chernobyl (VIDEO)

  • patb2009

    sad the bodies deserve burials

  • In Japan cremation is the norm.
    In Hawaii, they prevent and increase the cost of the now, by saying the bones (the Iwi) should never ever ever be moved or disturbed.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Cremation will just spew more radioactivity in the environment according to Dr. Helen Caldacott. I will try to find her video which she states "Do not cremate your loved ones"

      • Radioactive corpse. NRC event report #48331.

        Wisconsin. Next to a McDonald's distribution center. Uh oh!

        Potrblog video:

        • Mack Mack

          That is interesting in so many ways —->

          ** They implant Iodine-125 meshes into lungs as a lung cancer treatment!

          And look at this link; the preferred treatment is implanting Cesium-131.

          ** Why would you implant a known radioactive toxin into a human lung?

          Another way to get rid of radioactive waste or another way to justify and expand their "mad" science?

          • ML

            But try to diagnose tissue isotope contamination and you will be at a loss to find any readily available tools. Curious how they hand out the poison disguised as a cure so readily. Why is there such little progress in the ability to recognize that such things as higher rates of atrial fibrillation aren't just due to an aging population. Why ignore the 60 plus years of contaminated soils and food with cesium 137? Can't there be research on how something like increased rates of atrial fibrillation might be influenced by cesium 134/137 exposure? I expect the Germans to help out more in this arena.

            • many moons

              On another subject of things disguised as beneficial (to airline safety) but may be bad…how bout those full body scanners…I read tsa workers were having increased cancer….
              just how much radiation is each passenger getting in one of those machines??? ( the tsa workers swear it's not an xray)
              And if they malfunction or a tsa personel doesn't know how to work it correctly????

      • Anthony Anthony

        I forgot about that aspect too.

  • Mack Mack

    The photographer calls Chernobyl and Fukushima "wastelands."

    That's a powerful description.

    And what he saw in Fukushima was "complete annihilation."

  • This one made me think.

    Just how many really did die because of the damage of radiation? Directly or indirectly. We'll never know the answer. But I know in my heart, that it was not, is not, zero.

    Just how many lifeforms will die or suffer because of the damage of radiation from Fukushima? I know this answer. Incalculable! 🙁

    "The reactor that is my soul has reached criticality."
    — quote from enenews user johnnyo.

  • many moons

    The "accidents" get worse, and the plans to build more reactors get started, the licences for old reactors to continue producing are given. I think this game of russian roulette will be over relatively soon.

    If 14 reactores in risk of meltdown and an ocean glowing with radioactivity hasn't curtailed nuclear aspirations…I'm trully afraid to think what will.

  • Jebus Jebus

    October 14 2012, over 2000 years of "modern" civilization.
    Hundreds of thousands of years to get to this point in time.
    We have innovations that no one dreamt of a thousand years ago.
    Man has went to the moon and back. We have robots on mars.
    We can look billions of years to the past, into space and time.
    We can create an organ in a test tube.
    We can clone an animal, a plant.
    We can make babies in a test tube.
    We can almost read the code of life, DNA.
    We supposedly have "harnessed" the atom. LOL!
    We have the power to vaporize this earth.
    Humans are at the pinnacle of technological existance.
    Yet we can't even save ourselves from our own actions.
    We think we are so smart and yet we don't have a clue.
    I live in the most unique and oxymoronic time in history.
    My 50+ years on this planet has been a rollercoaster ride.
    Hang on kids, it might be all downhill from here.
    Am I most fortunate?
    Time will tell.
    This applies to ALL of us.

    Peace Brothers and Sisters…

  • arclight arclight

    well the photos are great but his inference that chernobyl wasnt a scary place attests to the invisibility of radiation and the propaganda of the nuclear industry

    first link repost

    A connection between Chernobyl and a recent Japanese study on PTSD in dogs

    describes how the japanese conducy their studies with a limited view and thereby get flawed results

    Nobel Laureate and 6 More Cancer Scientists Quit Texas Institute Over Grants -Cancer industry “politically driven”

    this is to show the powerful influence of the corporations and how some scientists are trying to call a halt to this bastardised form of education

    and to connect it to the military and the academic field we can go to the uk for an up to the minute breaking story

    Scandal involving military’s top brass exposed in Britain -UK/military academic Funding details

    The three-month investigation by the paper has been carried out by reporters posed as representatives of arms manufacturing companies
    (real journalism :0 )

    the military industrial complex… there you go!!

  • arclight arclight

    had to point out that norway stopped 76 belarussians from applying for political etc status immigration
    they also stopped 1 from the UK??

    lithuania is an aspiring nuke country so they tried to stop immigration from belarus for health or political grounds. but the courts recently overturned immigration and asked them to listen to his case again!!

    so when bozos like the above offer calming "sketches" we might forget this

    Annya’s story – a Chernobyl legacy

    i might be off mark with this guy and if so i am sorry, but its good to vent!! 😉 ask the reactors in the uk that are unable to vent according to the eu stress tests!!

  • arclight arclight

    right! so we have a coffee table butterfly booklet, a photographer who says that the effects of chernobyl were not as serious as he thought and this

    Nori Festival in Katsurashima, Miyagi!

    from this nice bit of canadian PR

    under the headline charity….??

    tax free PR anyone?

    canada was the only country to have a reasonably good year (in theory/debataly ) concerning their nuclear programme.. just saying?

    WPP again?