Photographer Sneaks into Fukushima: “I can feel a burning sensation in my eyes and thick chemical smell”… We drove straight out — An “almost entirely lifeless” post-apocalyptic world… “IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!” — “Radiation leakage is damaging environment and life in Pacific” (PICS & VIDEO)

Published: July 15th, 2016 at 7:49 am ET


Facebook post by Keow Wee Loong, Jul 13, 2016 (English edited and emphasis added): Fukushima exclusion zone… Never seen before photo of the Fukushima exclusion zone. When i enter the red zone, i can feel a burning sensation in my eyes and thick chemical smell in the air. before i went there the authority told me that i need a special permit to visit this town and it take 3-4 weeks to get the approval from the local council,, well too much bureaucracy bullshit for i just sneak in the forest to avoid cops on the road …AND IT WAS AMAZING !!!!! … Have you ever wonder what is like in Fukushima exclusion zone now ??? . to feel what is like to be the only person walking in the town when you have 100% full access to every shop and explore??. when i was young i always had a dream like this… everything is exactly where it is after the earthquake struck this town… The radiation level is still very high in the red zone. not many people seen this town for the last 5 years…is like it vanished … i can find food, money, gold, laptop and other valuable in the red zone… I’m amaze that nobody looted this town clean. unlike Chernobyl [where] the entire town is been looted clean. this is the difference between Chernobyl disaster and the Fukushima disaster.

Facebook post by Keow Wee Loong, Jul 9, 2016 (English edited): Ever wonder what is like in Fukushima exclusion zone now ??? … The radiation level is still very high in the red zone. not many people seen this town for the last 5 years…is like it vanished … I can find food, money, gold, laptop and other valuable in the red zone… I’m amaze that nobody looted this town clean. Well this is the devastating effects of using nuclear energy. Resident lives in Fukushima will never be the same again… The radiation leak at red zone by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is damaging the environment and marine life in the Pacific Ocean…

CNN, Jul 14, 2016: Photographer sneaks into Fukushima ‘Red Zone’… For more than half a decade, towns like Tomioka, Okuma, Futaba, Namie, have remained almost entirely lifeless, sealed off from the outside world, as the Japanese government keeps in place an exclusion zone for fear of radiation contamination. Last month, under the cover of night, photographer Keow Wee Loong and two colleagues slipped past authorities and made their way into the exclusion zone, taking a three-hour walk through the woods to reach the abandoned towns… There are few signs of life in the exclusion zone, Loong said, apart from a few cats and dogs; pets abandoned, now turned wild, he speculates. One dog chased the photographer and he was forced to fight him off with his tripod.

RT, Jul 14, 2016: Urban explorer and photographer Keow Wee Loong illegally visited abandoned settlements around the Fukushima Daichii nuclear power plant and produced a series of photos of a post-apocalyptic world inhabited only by feral beasts… Despite often venturing into abandoned sites, Loong was taken aback. “It’s very empty, it’s very quiet, and it’s kind of scary”… “Unlike Chernobyl, where everything valuable has been looted clean, here everything is in place.”… Unsettled by what he experienced, Loong got in his car and drove straight out… “I want people to see the devastating effect of a nuclear disaster like Chernobyl or Fukushima. I don’t care about the fame, but I want people to see those photos.”

Mailonline, Jul 12, 2016: Wearing a gas mask but no other protective clothing, Loong, 27, visited four of the evacuated towns in Fukushima – Tomioka, Okuma, Namie and Futaba – in June this year with friends Sherena Ng and Koji Hori… the towns have been completely untouched by humanity since then… [Loong said] If you visit any boutique or shopping mall in these towns, you will see the merchandise exactly where it was since 2011, nothing has been changed or moved.’… Loong added: ‘I even found money laying around the pachinko parlour, books dating back to 2011, gold and other valuables all still in place… Due to the high level of radiation, the adventurers only had a limited amount of time to explore all four towns and had to wear gas masks to protect themselves from the contaminated air. Loong explained: ‘The radiation level in the red zone could go as high as 4.8mSv – 6.5 mSv according to the reading on the electronic signboard on the road. ‘Upon arrival in the red zone, I could smell chemicals and felt a burning sensation in my eyes.’ … The urban explorers walked along an abandoned train station in Futaba, Fukushima, which was eerily devoid of life… ‘This was one of the creepiest things I have ever seen, I have been to many places, but nothing like Fukushima, the traffic lights are still operating but there are no cars around. ‘It all reminded me of the movie I Am Legend, like stepping foot into a post-apocalyptic city.’

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Published: July 15th, 2016 at 7:49 am ET


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        "What will it take to convince you that people are worth more than what you get from them?"

        Great rhetorical question for our age.

        • Dr. Paolo Scampa Reports That Fukushima Released 3,000 Billion Lethal Doses Of Radiation; Arnie Gunderson Says Multiple Molten Coriums Are In Contact With Groundwater, Fissioning Out Of Control?

          • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

            Dr GH,
            Very excellent article you linked. I'm going to put it in my next activist email blast I send out. How nobody has hung for those criminal Hanford green runs just shows how broken our system truly is now. The mass media is completely corrupted by corporate interests. They are literal corporate mouthpiece puppets reading from the preamp proved script. Hot steaming garbage propaganda. Thank God for sites like,,, and many others. Many people are virtual zombies it seems. Zero clue of actual reality. Almost no awareness of cancer and disease causes. Through our efforts and those of other antinuclear activists more zombies are awakening every day however and by God's will we will live to see the day that nuclear is permanently abolished worldwide and the nuclear criminals are put on trial for their innumerable crimes against humanity, the environment and all future life on Earth.
            Ban Reactors Forever

            • from a distance from a distance

              Hey Ban,

              Can you put this in your email blast, too >>


              There are only 9 days left to submit your comment to the EPA on what you think of their proposal to allow MORE radiation in your drinking water.

              Only 88 comments have been submitted so far

              Please get your comment in. Your comments can be submitted anonymously if you prefer. Here’s the link to submit your comment:


              Here's a good blog post explaining it:

              “The EPA in USA is Trying to Allow HUNDREDS OF TIMES More Radiation In Your Drinking Water”


              Thank you!

              P.S. – tell everyone you know about this and ask them to submit a comment!


            • HoTaters HoTaters

              Thanks for the reminder. Super-busy working lately and have been trying to remember to sign this. Will do it and send an e-mail blast to my list of people as well. Keep up the good work. Peace, HT.

              • from a distance from a distance

                Thank you, HoTaters,

                Read this everyone:

                " Internal EPA documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act [links below] show that the EPA itself concluded that the proposed concentrations “would exceed MCLs [Maximum Contaminant Limits of the Safe Drinking Water Act] by a factor of 100, 1000, and in two instances, 7 million.” The EPA internal analysis showed that for one radionuclide, “drinking a very small glass of water of approximately 4 ounces … would result in an exposure that corresponds to a lifetime of drinking … water … at the MCL level.”

                From this article:

                " EPA Proposes Shocking Thousand-Fold Increase in Radioactivity Allowed in Drinking Water "


                • from a distance from a distance

                  Here's Kevin Blanch on the EPA's proposal to raise radiation in drinking water ==>

                  " DRINKING WATER IN United States now legally KILLS YOU "


                  • Angela_R

                    " DRINKING WATER IN United States now legally KILLS YOU "
                    Well, the REGULATORY LIMITS of radiation in drinking water may not kill you as yet; though what is actually currently in….
                    is that known?

                    Try this, ( previously I attempted to bring this to ENENEWS reader's notice):
                    Re tritium: the allowable limit for Australia is 74103, for the US 740.

                    A benchmark? but other than Lucas Heights, Australia has no nuclear industry, or does it?…
                    (Please do not confuse the radioactivity of uranium with nuclear processes.)

                • Angela_R

                  I seem to recall that the EPA have/had no jurisdiction over injections used in fracking…to be blunt I think the EPA having been reaching out to Einstein's 'Village People.'

                  But the majority of the current generation of 'Village People' forgot their voice. Now…
                  – water quality in rivers, acquirers and the Great Lakes?

          • This guy is going to have some serious health problems along with anyone that is around him. There is a reason he had to sneak into that area…

            If he had been properly informed about where he was going, not even the juvenile need for attention would have been enough to get him to do this extreeeeemly stupid thing. He's now contaminated and is taking this contamination home to his family weather he believes it or not!

            Here's a older post that I saw and this kind of thinking is why people like this JUST DON'T GET IT!!!

            "With all that nuclear pollution dumped into the oceans (both Pacific and Atlantic)It forces me to ask why are there any sea lions, dolphins, sea snails, and manatee left to die off now??? With all that pollution you named off, Fukushima is just a drop in the bucket, yet all of a sudden everyone is screaming that Fukushima (the huge cover up) is responsible for all the pacific ocean being wiped out.

            I would like to see some authentic reports concerning the marine life before/after the bikini atoll test, along with Hiroshima and Nagasaki. would love to compare and find out why there was so much ocean life left to be killed by Fukushima (small by comparison) after all the previous testing and dumping."

            This is the kinda info people think matter. Not even close (or comparable) to the facts.

            • Why do these reports become moot when looking at Japan?

              Simply because it's not even comparable…

              This monster (Fuku) has been dumping rad tainted water in mass quantities non stop 24/7 since 2011 into the Pacific.

              All this comparison to bomb explosions and Chernobyl is a total misrepresentation of the facts, and we (as the general public) will not ever know the total damage caused (or the real releases) by this one disaster, period!

              It's like comparing apples (a bomb test that stopped producing rads very quickly using only a few pounds of material) to a raging bull (TONS of radioactive material still being released), there simply isn't anything to compare it (Fuku) too.

              When a bomb explodes the damage is done, Fuku is still roaring after more than 5 years.

              Noble gasses emitted from the initial explosions at Fuku way surpassed Chernobyl. Proven fact.

              Just the fuel pools at Fuku contain more Cs's than all the bombs (and waste) exploded so far.

              3 full melt downs (and out of containment) dwarf all the waste ever introduced to the earth and they are still actively fissioning!!! And flowing into the environment daily.

              If these emissions were airborne (as opposed to shielded by the waters in the Pacific), none of us would be left to write these posts.

              So you simply can't compare this catastrophe to anything that has ever happened before in the history of the world!!!!

              WAY too many differences…

              • Yea, let's sneak into that place…

                …He needs to be quarantined until decontaminated and is a public health hazard to anyone he (and his car, clothes, etc.) comes in contact with.

                Pure stupidity…

                …anyone think I'm wrong?

                OK, let's do some math 🙂

                Chernobyl was a 7 on the disaster scale…

                1 Reactor, no spent fuel pool(s)…

                Contained (to some degree) within a few months at the cost of 1000's of lives.


                OK now let's look at Fuku:

                3 reactors at level 7 (3X7= 21)

                4 Fuel pools out of control (4X7= 28)

                Answer? Actual Level = 49

                …and that's not counting the releases every day for over 5 years.

                To be clear…

                I'm not one to ever promote intervention from the government for a nonviolent person but this is "outta control" stupidity and creates a life threatening hazard to anyone that comes in contact with him…

                Get a brain (or find someone else that has one) before doing something this dumb!!!

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              Ernest Sternglass published the kind of information in which you are interested, Hippie Dog. Hope I can find the study others have posted the link for in the past.


              Here it is, "Secret Fallout: Low Level Radiation from Hiroshima to Three Mile Island" the entire document. Reprinted with permission of the author.


              Radiation and Public Health Project (lots of good info. here):


              Sternglass was opposed to Project Ketch, too. That was the project which proposed, among other crazy things, blasting out harbors, and doing excavations using nuclear blasts. Yikes. The height of insanity. Nuclear's finest hour (not). Oh, I forgot, that was how the Fukushima Daichi plant performed during the meltdowns.

              • HoTaters HoTaters

                More from Dr. Sternglass, a quote:


                "In other words warfare with these fission products which are of course the most powerful biological weapons that man ever invented. So instead of just being an ordinary explosive like TNT, this is really a biological weapon and it it turns out to be far more deadly, a hundred-million times more deadly than any micro-organisms that you could put into the atmosphere. Because any other toxins are not nearly as insidious as strontium-90 going to the bone like calcium and then irradiating the bone marrow with long-range beta rays that cause a weakening of the immune system and then people die of all kinds of conditions."

                Dr. Sternglass discussed the effect on marine birds in this interview (in California, near Point Reyes National Forest). The Green Runs are also discussed here. He also speaks about France's exports of Plutonium to Japan. Very enlightening.

                I'm seeing a LOT of health problems in young children where I live. Extreme asthma problems, pneumonia in the summer, seizure-like disorders, low birth weight, failure to thrive. It just goes on and on. Dr. Sternglass also discussed the impact of radiation traveling great distances, which is not accounted for in the conventional "health physics" models.

                • HoTaters HoTaters

                  More from Dr. Sternglass (and this is just the tip of the iceberg).

                  EJS: The problems are over, right. In fact the problems are much worse. The total production of uranium has greatly increased in the last five or seven years over the period during bomb testing; the total amount of radioactive krypton is four or five times what was discharged by the bomb testing.

                  DTR: In terms of what? nuclear power?

                  EJS: In terms of nuclear power and the production of plutonium for further use. The reprocessing of it for weapons and for the plutonium that is being shipped to Japan. That krypton-85 vastly exceeds anything that was liberated during the time of bomb testing. So it's actually the continued reprocessing and the manufacture of the plutonium for Japan and other countries that want to recycle their fuel–chop it up and recover the plutonium–that is continuing to destroy our atmosphere.

                  DTR: And it' being stepped up if you're saying that the release of krypton-85 is a side-effect that,

                  EJS: It's exponentially increasing. It's been increasing exponentially since the end of bomb testing. There was a brief period in the early seventies, before all the large nuclear reactors started to operate, that it had leveled off and was going to disappear because it has a half-life of something ten years, a decade or so, and it would have cleaned itself up if it hadn't been for the startup of the civilian reactors…

                  • HoTaters HoTaters


                    There are now four hundred of them operating all over the world and many of them are even dirtier than our presurized water reactors. The Russian reactors only have a single loop and the boiling water reactors built by GE only have single loop and all this means that a lot of radioactivity is discharge with the steam right into the turbines and then often discharged from these turbine buildings.

                    DTR: So the increase, which people aren't aware of, it seems the only way that this really can be turned around is by people becoming informed,

                    EJS: that's all,

                    DTR: that they understand the real costs of what all this is,

                    EJS: That's right–the real cost is the destruction of one generation of young babies after another….

                    This is all documented in the latest BEIR V Report by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Committee on the effects of radiation that came out in 1990. In the last chapter they talk about all the latest evidence around many nuclear plants where the doses are far below 10,000 millirem to the population and to workers in plants at levels far below the normal permissible limits. They're seeing huge increases in cancer rates and leukemia.

                    Another chapter is devoted to the enormous effects on the mental and school performance of children who were born to mothers irradiated in Hiroshima, children who received only small amounts of Xrays to their thyroids, the result of head irradiation–well below four rads….

                    • HoTaters HoTaters

                      Then the last chapter showing all the effects on workers and populations around nuclear facilities where the doses were well below permissible limits today.

                      DTR: So that report actually does contain a tremendous amount of damaging information.

                      EJS: It does! It does. It contains enormous damaging information. In fact there's a chapter in Deadly Deceit in the revised and updated 1991 softcover edition where there's a chapter explaining how the BEIR V Report fully confirmed these new findings–that very low doses are absolutely horribly damaging, especially to the early embryo and fetus.

                      Probably a bit OT from your original comment, Hippie Dog, but the material from Dr. Sternglass and in one of the links above references a lot of scientific work by other authors.

                      Here's a link discussing Pacific Islanders. (Dr. Goodheart has published one or more great articles on this.)


                      Amazing epidemiologic evidence and mortality statistics:


                      Will see if I can find the specific reference to the effects of radiation on Pacific sea life.

                      Here's the study, now I need to find a link:

                      Sternglass, E.J., “Fallout and Reproduction of Ocean Fish Populations”, unpublished Oct. 8, 1971.

                      Here is is, Hippie Dog.


                      Dr. G's link:


                  • HoTaters HoTaters

                    BTW, the interview with Dr. Sternglass was done in 1992 or so. Just to put things into perspective.

                • HoTaters HoTaters

                  The illnesses in the children is just in my little microcosm of the world, in northwest Sacramento. I'm seeing a LOT of this here; children in fragile health who should be thriving, growing, healthy. And they are not.

                  I wonder what's happening elsewhere?

              • Thanks for the info HoTaters…

                I personally don't think it (power generation) is currently used as a weapon. I do think that society today is so dependent on electricity that if the lights (and refrigerators) aren't on 24/7 we would see mass riots, lawlessness and looting (pretty much the worst parts of the BIBLE)…

                …so I think that the priority is to keep the power on at any costs for the so-called "greater good".

                If I had any advise it would be to break the grid into smaller areas using very small generators, natural gas, sun and wind (NO nukes of course) versus our current system of large central power stations. With our computer technology today it would be a much better (and safer) system that, in times of emergency, could be shared with other areas during a power outage.

                But we are past that when we talk about Fuku and the other aging nuke stations around the world. They are a real threat to the entire world and MUST be stopped.

                If Fuku didn't teach us that simple fact, there will be little hope for future generations.

                Let me know what you think…

                • HoTaters HoTaters

                  Hippie Dog, I can't speak to nuclear power being a weapon in and of itself. That it is used to make plutonium and other radiologicals for bombs is a fact.

                  Dr. Sternglass made a good point when he said the effect is like the weaponization of radiation. It is like a silent war on mankind and all life.

                  It's too hard to wrap my mind around the amount of poison in all the spent fuel and reactors all over the planet. Nope. Just too much to wrap my mind around.

                  I'm sure we could exterminate all life on earth one hundred million times over (billions?) if all that were to get out into the environment.

                  What hath been wrought?

                  • I can't wrap my head around it either…

                    …I can't even imagine what is going to happen.

                    And you know this stuff is going to end the world for us humans and most other animals in short order if it goes unchecked…

                    Ever watched "the place you must always remember to forget"???


                    Great one!!! Definitely worth a look for anyone hasn't watched it…

            • We Not They Finally

              "The radiation level in the red zone could go as high as 4.8mSv – 6.5 mSv" Is that per hour? Per day? In any case, dangerously high. "safe" (well, there is no "safe") was supposed to be 5 msv per YEAR, then raised to 20 msv per YEAR. Yes, he will wind up with health problems, and likely contaminate others. It was eerie that he did not even try to cover his legs! The condition of the stores, etc., was likely the result of the earthquake damage, with everything thrown on top of everything else. But this guy's main predicament (and liability!) was that unless the radiation is astronomically high (as in, drop an atom bomb on a person) people don't feel it at the time so it does deadly harm but there is no warning or protection. It's the ultimate demon. I keep remembering Al Pacino in the film, "The Devil's Advocate: "They'll never see you coming."

              • Jebus Jebus

                The pictures of his activities inside the closed buildings would have been relativly safe, since there was very little human activity, in and out of the buildings, to stir up, and track in, nuclear activity…

                • Sure but what about his treck through the woods and down the streets to get there. That is the major problem and hot as it can get. He's definitely contaminated and spreading it everywhere he goes…

          • jo

            Dr Goodheart,

            What I can't understand is how the world's elites think that they or their next generations will survive all this! We already know that elites control the mass media everywhere including in Asia, and the msm are not reporting this fiasco of the melted corium at all. Is it trying to avoid huge gigantic public demos holding them to account for supporting nuke? I daily run into ordinary Americans including some MDs, who never heard of it! My primary doc was surprised when I told him about the pollution of the Pacific Ocean and how it was happening. The blindness to what's in store is widespread.

            • We Not They Finally

              (am not the wonderful Dr. G but am logging a response:) We've been looking around aghast for over five years now. And we wonder if "the world's elite" face this any better than anyone else. Like was Caroline Kennedy DELIBERATELY sent into danger to be U.S.ambassador to Japan? And Michelle Obama and the kids were sent to vacation in Tokyo. And it took more than five years for anyone at TEPCO to admit to anything publicly. And Japan is a "pre-dead" country with the damage to its genomes, yet no one is actually "facing" that there. And did any of the leaders at the G-7 economic summit (recently) question why it was not held in Tokyo (the logical choice) but instead in a Japanese locale much further south? And everyone still says that Japan is "the third largest economy in the world," which is crazy. And no one monitors food coming into the U.S. from Japan. Food that a lot of rich people eat in sushi restaurants. It's like, ignore that danger, everyone, because it is way too terrifying to face. I assume that there are "elites" who know, but are no better facing this than anyone else. They probably think first about their own future and their own standing, and they cannot face oblivion better than anyone else.

              • 4Yahshua

                7~16~5998 (out of 6000)Sabbath in this "Doomsday Apocalypse". Last Evil Days of "Manmean". Yahshua the Son of Yahweh Returns VERY SOON! Pray NOW to be SAVED and SEALED in THEM. Revelation 14:1 HalleluYah! Hebrew: "Praise ye Yah!"

                Apparently, "The Elites" have planned it. A snippet in the original 2009 movie "2012" has a leaflet with the title that goes something like "Instructions for Surviving Underground". They also have antidotes for the radiation (and chemtrails, etc.!) Some of these that we have are iodine, boron, and green tea. We must not believe everything (or anything?) on the MSM! I really doubt that Michelle (Michael) Obama went to Tokyo on vacation.
                Do you really believe that business guru Donald Trump is running for president when we have been (for many years) in a dictatorship under The Vatican?
                Also, not all of the human body's cells completely change in seven years. Some of them don't change in a lifetime.


            • Jo, after spending many years listening to interviews with aging government whistleblowers and death bed confessions, I am convinced the elites have some type of technology that either slows their aging or keeps them from getting deathly ill. They oft state that the average citizen would never believe the advanced technologies that have been hidden from them. (Albeit they paid for). I mean who would have thought Bowie would die before the queen or bush the first or even dickhead Cheney with his multiple tax Payor and or piggy hearts. It defies all logic.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        We are perilously close to the end stage Atkinson describes in the lyrics to "Worth it then, Sandy"

        "Will it be worth it then? If not, what will it take to make you change your mind? What kind of sign could convince you that people are more than what you can get from them? What has to happen before you embrace your part?"

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    @ Philip 🙁

    State minister rules out sarcophagus option

    Japan's state minister for industry has ruled out the option of sealing off disabled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant with a Chernobyl-style sarcophagus.

    Yosuke Takagi met Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori in Tokyo on Friday.

    Uchibori said he was shocked to hear the word "sarcophagus" and called the option unacceptable.

    Two days earlier, a government body charged with decommissioning the plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company mentioned the sarcophagus method for the first time.

    The body said it remained committed to removing fuel debris from the reactors that suffered meltdowns in the March 2011 accident. But it presented a technical report that left room for entombing the reactors in a massive metal and concrete structure.

    Responding to Uchibori, Takagi said the government has no intention of using such an option, and that completing the decommissioning process is the top priority.

    Takagi said the government's policy is to stand by the people of Fukushima, and that his ministry has told the decommissioning body to rewrite its technical report.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      My view is that a sarcophagus over Units1-4 will be the inevitable result.
      First, the missing corium might be found to have melted entirely out of the reactor buildings.
      In such a case, entombment might be the only way to mitigate further damage to the biosphere.
      Second, it might take 40 years to develop new technologies to robotically extract, handle, and store corium.
      It would take less than 10 years to build a sarcophagus, which leaves all radioactive materials in place.
      And my bet is that a sarcophagus can be built for far less than the development costs of the new robotic technologies.
      Third, tearing down the reactor building ruins, as we have seen so far, creates clouds of radioactive dust that add to the downwind fallout. Not to mention the problems of dealing with the highly radioactive debris. Where are these debris going to be stored? Are you going to haul the nuclear debris somewhere? To where?
      Probably they will have to build a big concrete structure somewhere just to sequester the demolition debris.
      If you're going to have to build a concrete structure to house the nuclear plant debris, why not leave the debris in place, and build a sarcophagus over them?
      Fourth, the underground river must be permanently diverted around the reactor ruins. Lots of reinforced concrete. Sounds to me like they might just as well build a 100' deep foundation for the sarcophagus, and be done with it.

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        Having a 100' deep excavation gives Japan the opportunity to construct a floor under the aquifer to sequester the corium, provided it came to rest within 100' below groundlevel. There are no plans to put a floor under Reactors 1-4 at present. A concrete floor under the reactor ruins sounds like a good idea, doesn't it?

        And like our own government, Japan has many departments all wanting to exercise their power. It may take quite a while for all of them to get on board.

        • We Not They Finally

          Say, this is NOT just a construction site! Who gets anywhere near this without being fatally irradiated?? And who knows where "the reactor ruins" even ARE by now? And they are supposed to be taking a bunch of cranes in there to burrow down beneath THE AQUIFER?? You must be…. (whatever.)

      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        From the link you provided, HillbillyHoundDog,
        "But it presented a technical report that left room for entombing the reactors in a massive metal and concrete structure."

        Can anybody find this technical report?

        • Pete

          I have not seen the tech report you referenced but here are a couple recent articles about the Steel Cover they are building to cover Number 3. I guess they finally realized it was never going to "cool" enough for a plastic tarp cover like 1, 2 and 4.

          Just a few more years and we can finally stem some of the airborne emissions!!

          • Time Is Short Time Is Short

            A sarcophagus was contemplated five years ago when the site first blew. The weight of such a building, or even multiple smaller buildings, would not survive the ongoing liquifaction of the Fukushima site:


            If any cover is air-tight, the tritium (radioactive hydrogen) will build up and explode again.

            Same problem with the Chernobyl sarcophagus. They have to be vented to atmosphere, which defeats the purpose, but makes it look like they're doing something. Of course, after a number of years the radiation will destroy whatever they make them out of, and they'll need a newer, bigger one, like Russian nesting dolls.

            The question is, will there even be enough humans left to build one? I would guess any humans left at that point will be too sick to pick up a hammer.

            • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha)

              Obviously nuclear power plants shouldn't be built where there are earthquakes and/or fracking. They shouldn't be built where no sarcophagus (which only last maybe 20 years). can't even be built. Chernobyl leaks into the Dniepr River below any sarcophagus. A sarcophagus is only cosmetic. Nuclear radiation decays and destroys concrete.

              No nuclear power plants should ever be built. The concrete is only good for at most 20 years. Then all the parts of the nuclear power plant decay beyond use. Fukushima failed many safety tests through the years. The reactor shroud of Unit #4 was cracked when initially installed. Insanity rules where people insist on a nuclear weapons program.

              Why Underground Entombment At
              Fukushima Daiichi Won't Succeed
              By Yoichi Shimatsu

    • "State minister rules out sarcophagus option"

      Yepper… Anyone that has looked at this thing honestly knows you can't seal them up, They will explode!!!

      Ya just can't stop the reactions (and the explosive gasses) and the frivolity of even mentioning this kind of crazyness wastes valuable time and distracts us from a real solution. If there is one…

      …No person (or machine) can get close enough to do any kind of real containment anyway.

      Let's all spend our time trying to find a reasonable solution to Fuku, for our grandchildren…



      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Yes, HD, and reprocessing of spent fuel is NOT the answer, either. (Please see the links posted, for interviews and writings of Dr. Ernest Sternglass, above.)

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    It seems that people can not understand that this can happen at any nuclear facility around the world.
    It can also happen anywhere in close proximity to Fukushima.

    Former Japan nuclear regulator lashes out over earthquake standards

    TOKYO A former senior official of Japan's atomic watchdog has lashed out publicly at the agency's response to his concerns over the assessment of earthquake risks to nuclear plants, adding to a controversy over safety five years after the Fukushima disaster.

    Former deputy chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), Kunihiko Shimazaki, now a professor emeritus of seismology at the University of Tokyo, in June broke his silence after leaving the regulator in 2014 to voice his concerns that earthquake risks are not being sufficiently addressed.

    Shimazaki then met with the NRA on June 16 and the regulator said it would make recalculations of its measurements but Shimazaki said the response falls short.

    "I cannot be convinced by their conclusions. I think they are ludicrous," he told reporters on Friday.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS. I think they are ludicrous, too.

  • Jebus Jebus

    "eerily devoid of life"

    Scientists warn of 'unsafe' decline in biodiversity

    Ascertaining the level of biodiversity loss that an ecosystem can endure is not straightforward and will be dependent upon individual ecosystems. Therefore a definitive level of 10% loss must be taken with caution.

    Prof Andy Purvis, a researcher on the report, explained: "Once we're the wrong side of the boundary it doesn't mean everything goes wrong immediately, but there is a markedly higher risk that things will go badly wrong."

    Trying to further refine the "safe" value of 10% also produces risk, by increasing the value and allowing even further degradation of ecosystems irreversible damage could occur.

    Adding credibility to the report, Owen Lewis, professor of ecology at Oxford University, who was independent of the research, told the BBC: "This is definitely a situation where the precautionary principle needs to be applied: we can't afford to wait to see the long-term consequences of degradation of natural ecosystems."

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      When manmade burning stars are unleashed on the planet expect all things to get much worse.

      Out of control manmade "Burning Stars" are not natural to/for the surface of this planet.

      Like a cancerous black plague the poisons released by Nuclear Meltdowns will be here for thousands and thousands of years..not to bright..I must say…just like Carlin.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Folks, the photos this guy took in the Exclusion Zone show that he didn't wear a tyvek suit or resperator.
    The streets there are littered with nuclear glass beads, as is the dust inside those buildings. Hope those pictures were worth his life, because that is probably what it will cost him.

    BTW, everybody should look at his pictures.

    • sentinelle sentinelle

      So sad that they may have sacrificed or shortened their lives entering this area. Amazing some of the comments from so called nuclear professionals on his FB post saying they've been in the plants and compared them to bananas. Then people who looked at their "fill it in yourself" credentials say that they must be right. These crooks count on people's ignorance.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha)

    "…I could smell chemicals and felt a burning sensation in my eyes.’ … eerily devoid of life…"

    No wonder the Pacific Ocean is dead, mass animal deaths are recorded every day around the earth, and the death rate of humans is soaring around the earth.

    Nuclear proliferators need to be held responsible. Why do the Republicans and Democrats are going to nominate these nuclear charlatans. The US cannot survive another nuclearist president who won't warn the American people and the world about all the death and environmental contamination caused by the nuclear industry.

    Either the US leads by banning the entire nuclear industry, or it will lead the world to its death for millions of years.

  • razzz razzz

    Be nice if they could empty the damaged spent fuel pools first before they go on about telling us how the site will be cleaned up in 40 years.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "NDF points out in the report that it will be difficult to manage such a sarcophagus safely over a long period of time, and emphasizes that it is planning to remove fuel debris from the Fukushima nuclear plant for now. However, the report also says, "It is appropriate to flexibly review the plan in accordance with the conditions inside (nuclear reactors and other parts) that will be revealed later." "

    Look at that last sentence carefully.
    "It is appropriate to flexibly review the plan in accordance with the conditions inside (nuclear reactors and other parts) that will be revealed later."

    My take:
    Conditions inside the ruins are so dire that debris removal will be impossible, and are so dire that the public cannot be told what the actual situaltion actually is.

    Come on, folks. What does it tell you that we are now well into Fukushima Year Six, and they still haven't so much as removed the spent fuel from Units 1-3?

    A sarcophagus isn't simply one of the choices.
    A sarcophagus is the ONLY choice!

    • Gasser Gasser

      The whole complex needs to be explosively sunk into a HUGE crater and cemented over, then pave an Atomic Mall Shopping parking lot over it that sells, designer Hazzmatt suites, colorful Hello Kitty Geiger counter Kiosk's, ABE Care medical Cancer treatment offices, 3D Thyroid printing and other body parts manufacturing buildings, Cancer Insurance offices, industrial strength lead lined coffin manufacturing, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma ray house insulation manufacturing, everyday worn Plutonium proof respirator shops, filtered Tritium water Bars, Pokemon fuel rod finder game areas, subdued Cobalt 60 home lighting fixtures, lead lined under garments stores, Boron impregnated toilet seat sales outlets, Radiation absorbing bed stores, Radiation neutralizing laundromats, Zero Rad car washes, Godzilla movie studios, and Sushi Bars serving less than 2 Sievert's per order.

      There's lots of potential business's to establish on the Daiichi site to save Japan's economy.

      Help Japan, got any ideas?

      • tinfoilhatbrian tinfoilhatbrian

        If and when the ignorant masses all finally figure out what's causing all the cancers people are getting these are the kinds of things that the shifty "entrepreneur" out there will for sure capitalize on!

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    For years I have have been looking on you tube for someone to take a camera and do videos like this. When I was on the beach in Puget Sound and it was fascinating with all the birds, an octopus had washed up, caught crabs off the pier, seagulls on the beach, etc.

    I have been giving Connectingdots shit for a while, but here is a good exploratory video of life on the beach

    and I thank him for doing it.

    Why has no one on the west coast been doing exactly this sort of videos for years now, I don't know. Very frustrating.

    Why no one (that is not disabled like Dana Durnford) did not get out and turn over some rocks is beyond me.

    I am pissed about that.

    Especially at the government and academia. Why did not Woods Hole Oceanographic Clusterfuck do this video?

    Having said that and seen this video, I still think Fukushima is the worst thing imaginable. The lies, the coverups, killing the ocean.

    If I lived on the west coast I would have been doing exactly what Connectingdots has just done.

    Dots is still full of shit. He said Enenews never talks about bioaccumulation and he is the only youtuber doing so. How messed up is that?

    And why did it take him this long to make such a video? But where is everyone else?

    Remember the yachtsman who reported the dead zone in the Pacific? Then NO ONE goes out to document anything. People's brains are dead, that's what's dead.

    Years to get a fricking video. fuck

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Japan knows that its land, seas, and people are poisoned.
    Japan is toast.
    Will be for a thousand years.
    It is now a matter of money.
    For every person that must be resettled elsewhere, Fukushima costs increase.
    Every person they can force back into the ghost towns, Fukushima costs decrease.

  • I skimmed the whole connecting the dots "video" of Dana's island coast.

    He presents it as a debunk, but in reality, that shoreline looks like shit, the biodiversity is minimal, yeah he found a few birds, sheesh.

    It is not devoid of life, but it looks like shit, and you should skim the whole video.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      I don't doubt the truth of that.

      It just seems the dearth of videos documenting the situation is appalling. I'll even praise Connecting dots for doing it. (Stuff a sock in his mouth)

      I have criticized Dana's videos for not pointing the camera straight down from the shore, not holding camera still, etc. Having said that, Dana's documentation and his body of work on the Nuclear Proctologist is more important than anything I have done in my whole life. This is not about taking sides. More fact-finding less Pokemon. Crap it's like zombieville.

      That a handful of personalities dominates this important topic makes me want to self-inflict Alopecia

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    If I won the lottery (ha) I think I would offer west coast kids the money making opportunity:

    Cash for videos.

  • or-well

    "Essentially, there is no longer any effective political opposition in Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has more power than any leader in decades — even more than his famous grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, who served as prime minister in the 1950s. Most importantly, his twin supermajorities give him the ability to get constitutional reforms through the legislature and put them to a popular referendum, where they need only a simple majority to pass."

    See THAT name again – " Nippon Kaigi, a traditionalist organization that counts Abe and many of his cabinet members and allies as members, seeks to revise the constitution to emphasize traditional family values. Japanese conservatives also generally favor a return to regimented corporate culture…"

    "Nippon Kaigi and Abe’s other conservative allies also want to remove much of the liberal language from the constitution, eliminating guarantees of individual rights in favor of injunctions for the people to follow the government’s commands."

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      A 'war economy' is good for business. With all the wars around the world and all the dead economies, selling weapons is the only export commodity left, and Japan can retool and do very well. Part of the marketing of weapons is their own military constantly demonstrating their effectiveness in combat zones. Basically, the military becomes the sales force for the defense contractors. Same around the world.

      And when Japan is about to die, they'll send some nukes at China who will retaliate mightily and Japan will go down in a blaze of glory – nuclear samurai style.

      We are about to see things no human has ever seen before.

  • or-well

    "Tadae Takubo, chairman of Nippon Kaigi, or Japan Conference, said the war-renouncing constitution that makes Japan’s defence “defective” needs to be corrected.

    It’s time to grow out of Japan’s “silly” postwar goal of becoming an economic power with lightweight military, and seek to restore Japan with more self-respect, traditional family values and principles under the emperor as head of nation, said Takubo, international politics professor at Kyorin University."

    and a couple of comments –

    "Paul Johnston ·
    It is always amusing how Conservatives like war and family values …

    Vincent Clement ·
    They like family values for the rest of us. For themselves, not so much."

  • In the past Labour have backed Trident renewal but current leader Jeremy Corbyn is a longstanding opponent. The issue is one that is likely to split the party down the middle and comes at a time of already intense divisions.

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    OT – 'Florida nuclear plant operator sued for polluting drinking water'

    "The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and the Tropical Audubon Society filed a lawsuit in US District Court of Southern Florida, accusing Florida Power & Light (FPL), the largest utility in the state, of allowing a canal cooling system at Turkey Point Power Plant, located south of Miami, to pollute Biscayne Bay and the Biscayne Aquifer, a source of drinking water for more than 3 million people. Turkey Point has two nuclear reactors that are cooled by the canal system."

    "Smith called the canal system an "open industrial sewer like nothing else in the world" that FPL must address with more seriousness."

    "We think that it does not solve the problem going forward, and we have real concerns about its ability to effectively remediate the problem that has been generated over the past 40 years," said Smith, according to Utility Dive."

    For 40 years, Turkey Point has been poisoning what has become over 3 million people – still going on – and no one goes to prison. They knew all along, and did and said nothing.

    What do the parents of the sick children have to say about this? Let's get their input.

    Oh, OK, raise the EPA water/radiation guidelines and extend the licensing of Turkey Point for decades. Problem solved.

  • from a distance from a distance

    Only 9 days left to submit your comment to the EPA on what you think of them raising radiation allowed in your drinking water.

    Only 88 comments submitted.

    Please get your comment in

  • wearethefilter wearethefilter

    Alarma TV shows a lot more mutated people and animals lately. A lot of die offs also with a whale that washed up in Africa. The Africans were out there chopping it up for dinner it looked like.

    Bad news if they are even considering a sarcophagus. Very bad.

  • tarpitboss tarpitboss

    Friends and Fellow Humans,

    A concrete floor under the reactors is NOT a good idea BECAUSE corium will dissolve/destroy all forms of concrete very quickly or within a slightly longer time frame, depending on the type of concrete chosen for the job.

    A better idea might be to build deep, high density concrete walls around the site to prevent horizontal migration in ground waters and to allow GRAVITY to suck the heavy metals down towards the center of the earth.

    Maybe this downward journey for the heavy metals can be assured or guided by pressurizing the regions above the site using water, air or inert gasses or ???.

    Maybe also deep core holes can be drilled around the site to guide contaminated fluids downwards into DEEP geological regions.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha)

      The only problem, the corium is probably already out in the ocean.

      And, there are so many volcanoes, the magma isn't that far from the surface. Just hit the magma and everything will come up in a volcano.

      The problem is, there just is no bedrock below the reactors. They should have refused to put nuclear reactors on that location.

      Putting nuclear reactors on landfill is really INSANE.

      • tarpitboss tarpitboss

        Yes, PJ, BUT do we know how much of the heavy metal, molten corium mass escaped confinement was immediately captured and pulled by gravity downwards, away from the earth's surface? How soluable are heavy metals in water? (Not very, most are insoluable, yes?)…. I suggest that very little heavy metal actually dissolved in seawater. Yes, it is VERY radioactive so ANY escape via this route is bad BUT, again, how much could or might have escaped in river or ocean water….

        • tarpitboss tarpitboss

          If wikipedia is to be believed, "Plutonium dioxide is a stable ceramic material with an extremely low solubility in water and with a high melting point (2,390 °C).[3]"

          This argues for the atomic weight of Pu being much more significant than soluability. My vote is for the weight of a corium mass as being much more significant in gravity than has been discussed so far.

      • tarpitboss tarpitboss

        I suggest that only a small portion of the corium mass has actually escaped into the ocean. Don't get me wrong, ANY mass escape might well have created the die-off we have seen. But to argue that ALL of the mass has escaped to the ocean does not ring true to me, not yet anyway…. If this had been the case the whole planet would have died off almost immediately. Last time I checked we mostly are still here….

  • tarpitboss tarpitboss

    What do “we” think about the idea that the most massive corium has slipped thru the matter of the Earth’s superficial layers and is bouncing around in the center of the Earth? Trapped by Gravity is a very alluring idea….. Might this idea be real?

  • I watched the whole Obama speech last night, it was beyond disgusting as he heads into the last ditch effort to grab guns.

    • Yea Stock!!!
      As bad as these killings of late are, if good people could carry publicly without problems these mass killings would not happen!!!

      A "good guy" could (and would) stop the gunman at his own game early(er) in his assault. I am a nonviolent GOD fearing person that seeks to help people, never to harm them. But some will do anything, to anyone, at anytime.

      Let's level the playing field (so to speak) so law abiding citizens can defend all of us from these loonies!!! Guns in schools? If the teachers aren't even trusted to carry a gun (and keep it secured) to their own classroom something is amiss.

      Gun control only disarms the good people, lawless people will hide guns and use them regardless of any law.

      Bottom line is gun control is a myth, it has never worked when guns are already present. When humans were carrying swords, the one without a sword was killed at will.

      Our forefather knew this and placed strict gun laws into our society from it's beginning. Simply put, you need one if anyone comes to you with one intending you harm!!!

      Some (many) need to understand these simple facts, If we all carried guns no idiot could ever shoot 20 or more people in a public place, he'd be dead long before he could pull the trigger that many times!!!!!!!!!

      It's called personal responsibility and that means be educated and prepared.

      I welcome your comments.

      • And just FYI…

        …when I went to high school it was not unusual to see a shotgun or rifle hanging in the back window of a pickup truck (on a gun rack) parked in the school parking lot in plain view.

        We never had a gun incident at that school (that I know of) when I was there.

        Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        I understand your reasoning, but kids might grab the teacher's gun. I think the principle could carry, and keep a small armory for distribution.

        Or a passcode protected lock safe under the teacher's desk.

        Or armed security gaurd shack near the school available 24/7

        I don't like cops in school either. They take small problems and escalate to insanity

        • Wrong teacher…

          …not all teachers should carry guns.

          Put a man on the moon? Secure a gun?

          We are not "under siege" in our schools…

          But we have to be smarter, knowing what's alllready happened…

          Some teachers should be armed, and simply should be qualified (pass a test) to do it, select students too at the collage level.

          It's a "social issue".

          MOM may get appalled by her son or daughter seeing and knowing about guns…

          Bad news for the history dept 🙁

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Pay attention! 🙂 Enjoy!

    Charlton Heston; From My Cold Dead Hands. Long Version

  • rogerthat has been indicating elevated radiation levels near Tokyo. Run the animated graphic at the site to see the pattern. …

  • rogerthat

    Hold Fast to Linear No-Threshold for Radiation Protection via NRDC

    The LNT model has been repeatedly endorsed by scientific bodies like the National Academy of Sciences, the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements , and the International Commission on Radiological Protection.

    I recently took part in a readers’ forum of Physics Today, a monthly magazine published by the American Institute of Physics. I was responding to an article written by Jeffrey Siegel, Charles Pennington, and Bill Sacks. Their article questioned the validity of the LNT model and supported a threshold model based on fruit-fly data collected 70 years ago. These authors have neglected the studies that showed the validity of the LNT model.

    The diagram below shows the difference between the LNT model and an alternative threshold model. The threshold model suggests that below certain exposure levels, there is no observable risk of cancer from radiation. Adoption of the threshold model has an implication of relaxing the current radiation protection standards.

    I responded to correct the inaccuracy by quoting the 2006 reportHealth Risks from Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation: BEIR VII Phase 2, a 20-year study that followed 110,645 Chernobyl cleanup workers, and a cohort study of 308,297 workers in the nuclear industry …

    • rogerthat

      which all showed a simple proportionate relationship between radiation dose and cancer risk.

      Recently a petition was made to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to amend its “Standards for Protection Against Radiation.” Petitioners requested the NRC to remove LNT from the agency’s regulatory framework. NRDC submitted a comment opposing the petition.

      Not only NRDC, but even the Environmental Protection Agency itself, commenting on the petition , said: “[o]ver the last half century, numerous authoritative national and international bodies have convened committees of experts to examine the issue of LNT as a tool for radiation regulation and risk assessment … Again and again, these bodies have endorsed LNT as a reasonable approach to regulating exposures to low dose radiation.”

      Read more at Hold Fast to Linear No-Threshold for Radiation Protection:

  • Jebus Jebus

    Nuclear Catastrophe, Disaster-Related Environmental Injustice, and Fukushima, Japan: Prima-Facie Evidence for a Japanese “Katrina”

    Because Japan has few minorities, one might expect that its environmental-injustice (EI) threats are rare. This article suggests they are not rare. It also shows that prima-facie evidence for EI arises not only because of siting noxious or polluting facilities in poor or minority communities, but also because of racism and classism that cause disaster-related environmental injustice (DREI)—like that occurring after Hurricane Katrina. Using the 2011 Japanese Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster (FD) as a preliminary case study—despite the limits of available, ultima-facie information about FD harms—the article argues for four claims. (1) Before the FD accident, prima-facie evidence shows that poor people, “black” (buraku) blue-collar workers, and children were EI victims whose poverty and powerless caused them to accept the risky FD siting. (2) Before the accident, prima-facie evidence likewise shows that these same EI victims bore higher medical risks because of allowable FD radiation releases.


    • Jebus Jebus

      …(3) Post-accident, prima-facie evidence reveals that government failed to adequately assist or evacuate children and poor people living near the plant, and also harmed nearby children, poor people, and buraku by weakening radiation standards. (4) Post-accident, prima-facie evidence also suggests that government and industry have covered up many radiation risks and failed to provide EI-victim involvement in FD-related cleanup and decision making. The article closes with suggestions for further research that is able to assess the ultima-facie case for FD EI.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Urban-rural exploitation: An underappreciated dimension of environmental injustice

    Relationships in which populations benefit from practices that harm other populations are environmentally unjust. Environmental injustice commonly occurs due to disparities in economic and political power, and it is typically analyzed along dimensions of race and class. However, an urban-rural dimension of environmental injustice exists, one that intersects with race and class. Rural environmental injustice can be characterized as a parasitic relationship between urban and rural communities because urban populations obtain most of their food and energy from rural areas and return their wastes to rural areas. We explore the negative consequences of agricultural and energy production in rural areas through two examples: industrial hog production in eastern North Carolina and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan.


  • Jebus Jebus

    As research experiments have suggested, more research is needed…

    Sites Undergoing Decommissioning (by Location or Name)

    You pick, pokemon go…

  • Jebus Jebus

    The answer to how much is too much is the answer to why is this happening…

  • Jebus Jebus

    Take notice…


    Whats happening?

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Check the mainstream media…


    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Taking my Americium, Plutonium, Neptunium, Curium, Cesium, etc, etc pills, and turning off all government and mainstream news sources.



    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Carol (Wheepingwillow2) thinks it's reactors five and six.

      Last week she reported the wind power turbines offshore were fans blowing Fukushima contamination offshore. That's possible I guess. I thought they were for power generation. Only doubt I ever had about her news reports.

      She's a good observer. Like most of us she is trying to find out what's going on. Unlike the TV, I doubt she is covering up for an advertiser or trying to pull a rope-a-dope

      Besides the videos sure look like explosions.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Taking my iodine pill. Well, 1/2 pill, now. Pretty obvious.

    Geothermal explosions from melthrough? Result of ice wall? Who knows?

    The shithole that just keeps giving

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      A relative called. I told her about staying indoors for a few days if possible. She thinks I'm crazy probably. Very understanding and accepting of the info in conversation.

      But at the end of the call she said, "Turn off your internet.

      Don't think about it.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Ya, seventy five years ago, they said there is no immediate harm…

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    "The China Syndrome" on Youtube.

    I never watched it, I guess.

    First thing after accident is concern over reactor market losses, media cover up. Gee, they were psychic.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Heat wave next week, that should have people sheltering in place. Homelss people are screwed while homes sit empty

  • Jebus Jebus

    After seventy five years, more research is still needed, before it's not…

    In addition to sending up those heart and bone cells, plus some tomato seeds that will be grown in schools once they return to Earth, the spacecraft is bringing another strange visitor: microbes that emerged after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, located in Ukraine, melted down catastrophically in 1986.

    "This is a unique experiment, in that these microbes actually popped up right after the nuclear accident, so they grew out of that heavy radiation environment," Camille Alleyne, an associate space station program scientist at JSC, said at the briefing. "Putting them in microgravity and seeing how the effect of that environment affects them can actually inform therapies for radiation treatment."

    There is a need…

    • Angela_R

      Hi Jebus, "After seventy five years, more research is still needed,.."

      At 4.57pm you wrote
      "Ya, seventy five years ago, they said there is no immediate harm…"

      Suspect one needed to have studied the 'language' used. How many paid attention to – 'there is no immediate harm…'
      But to have no niggling doubt….

      However, turning off the wireless, TV and internet allowed some to cope without added anxiety,
      though seventy five years later….

      No doubt, like me, you recognize that a lot of research has been undertaken.

      So there are underground quarters, studies for space travel, and proposals that aim to place the human brain in robot bodies by 2025..

  • Jebus Jebus

    Ex-Japan PM: nuclear power remains unsafe and too costly

    Naoto Kan, who presided over country during Fukushima disaster in 2011, cautions over plans to build new UK plants

    “What I experienced as prime minister made me feel that it does not make sense to rely on nuclear. New generation plant designs are supposed to increase safety but all these do is increase the cost.”

    Tom Greatrex, chief executive of Britain’s atomic lobby group, the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), said he was comfortable that Hinkley and the other reactors being planned in Britain would be safe because they would go through the UK’s most rigorous regulatory scrutiny.

    Asked about Kan’s wider concerns, Greatrex said: “Since that time [of the Fukushima accident], four reactors have come back on line in Japan … the reality of Fukushima was that all of the casualties were to do with the tsunami and then the evacuation process, not to do with radioactive material being released. In that respect it was a climatic catastrophe rather than a nuclear catastrophe.

    "climatic catastrophe"

    Truth in doublespeak…

  • rogerthat

    Former Japan nuclear regulator lashes out over earthquake standards
    Jul. 15

    TOKYO (Reuters) – A former senior official of Japan's atomic watchdog has lashed out publicly at the agency's response to his concerns over the assessment of earthquake risks to nuclear plants, adding to a controversy over safety five years after the Fukushima disaster.

    Former deputy chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), Kunihiko Shimazaki, now a professor emeritus of seismology at the University of Tokyo, in June broke his silence after leaving the regulator in 2014 to voice his concerns that earthquake risks are not being sufficiently addressed.

    Shimazaki then met with the NRA on June 16 and the regulator said it would make recalculations of its measurements but Shimazaki said the response falls short.

    "I cannot be convinced by their conclusions. I think they are ludicrous," he told reporters on Friday.

    Shimazaki's technical concerns relate to the Ohi nuclear plant operated by Kansai Electric Power, which is being assessed for a restart. But, he told Reuters after the June meeting with the NRA, "a sense of crisis" over safety prompted him to go public and urge more attention to earthquake risk in general.

    Shimazaki on Friday also denied a claim by the NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka on Wednesday that he had been satisfied by the NRA…

  • rogerthat

    … The Democrats did particularly well in the traditional LDP strongholds of the Tohoku region and Hokkaido for a couple of reasons. In Tohoku, there is a growing sense that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s LDP and Komeito reflect the values of wealthy urbanites, not those in a rural region who are struggling to rebuild from the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and subsequent meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    The second reason is one the Tokyo-based media failed to fully appreciate: the depth of unease over the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. For too long, Japan’s national media have avoided serious questions about whether the agreement is really good for Japan as a whole, or good only for major Japanese corporations that will benefit from it — especially those that spend huge amounts of money on advertising in those same national media.

    Regional media in Tohoku and Hokkaido, however, have spent years analyzing the pros and cons of the TPP, leading to knowledgeable questions and concerns among local voters that the candidates were forced to address in ways they don’t have to when being questioned by some Tokyo-based TV pundit. The election results indicated a lot of these voters had doubts …

  • rogerthat

    N. Andhra will be in danger with n-project: Karat


    CPI(M) leader interacts with Kovvada residents; assures them of party support

    Former general secretary of the CPI(M) Prakash Karat on Saturday charged the Union government with trying to put the entire north Andhra region, comprising Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts, in danger with the establishment of the biggest atomic power plant with six reactors at Kovvada village.

    He urged Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to reject the proposal, since it was rejected by the residents of Mithividhi of Gujarat, the home State of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mr. Karat visited Kovvada village of Ranasthalam mandal on Saturday evening and addressed public meetings both in Kosta and Srikakulam. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Karat expressed concern over the “dumping” of outdated U.S. technology, which had failed in many places, including Fukushima.

    He interacted with the youngsters of Kovvada and assured them that the party would fight along with them till the project was shelved. Speaking to The Hindu , he said the issue was raised at the nation-level in many platforms, including Parliament. He evaded direct reply over raising the issuing in the next Parliament session.

  • rogerthat

    … Oman, Qatar and Kuwait have cancelled proposed nuclear projects in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, Apicorp said in its latest “Energy Research” report. …

  • rogerthat

    The Pilgrim plant is seeking relief from both parts of the order and believes the “drywell” vent order does not apply to the facility because of the timing of its final refueling outage.
    Diane Turco of Harwich, who is a member of the opposition group Cape Downwinders, continues to call for the closure of the Pilgrim plant.
    “This is a recipe for catastrophe. Our lessons learned from Fukushima is that the NRC will not prevent an accident,” she said.

    Turco is calling for Governor Charlie Baker and Sentors Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren to pressure the NRC to close the plant.
    “This is a very dangerous situation and they are gambling with our lives,” Turco said.
    The plant is under increased federal scrutiny as a result of multiple unplanned shutdowns and sub-standard safety reports and faces additional inspections and oversight from federal officials.

    Pilgrim is currently one of the three worst performing plants when it comes to federal safety standards in the country.
    Ongoing inspections uncovered two new safety findings last week. …

  • or-well

    No more research needed.

    tell you what it is?
    Nah, who does that…

    • from a distance from a distance

      Some very interesting comments by Greg Palast:

      >> "One thing that's usually forgotten in the discussion of nuclear power is that it is insanely, fabulously, nutso-crazy EXPENSIVE
      and that any city or state or utility which has touched nuclear power has seen their rates double, triple, quintuple (in the case of Long Island, for example) because of the nuclear plant cost, so something which is 'too cheap to meter' is too expensive to pay for."

      >> "Nuclear plants are crime scenes. I don't know one that isn't built upon fraud, that isn't a danger, that isn't fabulously expensive, and billions of dollars disappear through fraud, deceit and racketeering"

      >> "…the nuclear industry has stolen far more money than the mafia could ever dream of and is far more dangerous than the mafia ever will be"

      >> "There's not a nuclear plant in America that could withstand an earthquake that they are supposed to be set up to respond to."

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Please view webcam forum. All hands on deck! All nuclear fighters!

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Almost lifeless he described it. Yet at the JNN cam it sounded like a bird sanctuary for the last eight hours. Something is not right.

  • rogerthat

    Some restricted zones to be lifted near Fukushima nuclear plant

    By NORIYOSHI OHTSUKI/ Senior Staff Writer
    July 17, 2016

    For the first time since the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima Prefecture, the government will lift the designation of some "difficult-to-return zones" around the crippled nuclear plant.

    The rescinding is expected to be done gradually from around 2021. By that time, the government plans to undertake intensive decontamination work in central districts of municipalities, where residents will likely return, and districts along main roads.

    The "difficult-to-return zones," which cover a total of 337 square kilometers, are areas where the radiation level exceeded 50 millisieverts per year after the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Those areas are off-limits, in principle.

    In some of the areas, however, radioactive contaminants have been washed away by rain or blown away by wind. Radiation from those substances has also dissipated naturally.

    In front of the Environmental Radioactivity Monitoring Center of Fukushima in the central district of Okuma town, the radiation level is now about 9 millisieverts per year, about one-fifth the level of five years ago.

    According to the policies of the government and the ruling parties, if radiation levels are reduced to 20 millisieverts or lower in some areas due to decontamination work, people are allowed to live there. …

    • rogerthat

      Of the areas, those where residents or workers for decommissioning of crippled nuclear reactors are expected to live will be subject to intensive decontamination work along with areas on both sides of main roads.

      The government and the ruling parties will discuss the lifting of "difficult-to-return zones" with seven municipalities, including Okuma, and will make the official decision in August.

      However, even if the designation is lifted, it is uncertain if residents will return to their homes.

      According to the annual survey conducted by the Reconstruction Agency on evacuees, only about 10 percent of households evacuating from four municipalities around the nuclear plant are hoping to return home.

      Before the nuclear crisis occurred, about 24,000 people of 9,000 households were living in areas that are currently designated as "difficult-to-return zones."

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