Prime Minister Kan: If Fukushima reactors melted down, its severity “would far exceed that of the Chernobyl accident”

Published: December 28th, 2011 at 9:31 am ET


Conflict over handling nuclear crisis revealed, Japan Times, Dec. 28, 2011 [Emphasis Added]:

[…] Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano claimed Tepco CEO Masataka Shimizu told the gov’t that Tepco wanted to withdraw all of the plant workers early March 15 […]

At that time, three of the six reactors were facing meltdowns and the coolant temperature was rising in the large spent fuel pool of unit No. 4. Abandoning the entire Fukushima plant would have led to a catastrophe of huge proportions, severely contaminating much of eastern Japan — even possibly Tokyo and its surrounding area — with highly radioactive materials.

“If the plant had been abandoned, all the reactors would have melted down and (the severity of the accident) would far exceed that of the Chernobyl accident […] Kan said in an interview with the Asahi Shimbun on Sept. 6. […]

Would have? From yesterday: [intlink id=”top-japan-official-very-strong-possibility-nuclear-fuel-containment-vessel-reactors-video” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]

Published: December 28th, 2011 at 9:31 am ET


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28 comments to Prime Minister Kan: If Fukushima reactors melted down, its severity “would far exceed that of the Chernobyl accident”

  • mungo mungo

    um, didn’t all the reactors meltdown already?

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    WOULD HAVE?!?! Good point Admin.
    TELL THE TRUTH KAN!! What do you have to lose NOW?!?!?
    Goood grief…CRIMINAL whats happening here.

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Keep changing your story, Kan, good work. Nice use of past tense as well.

  • oscar419

    even after the cake is half eaten and spoiled they are frosting it with a nice layer of bull poop

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda Wednesday indicated the revival of civil nuclear talks with India

  • LloydJHart LloydJHart

    The worst kind of anti-science comes these days from corporations and their political stooges that wish avoid liability for poisoning us.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Maybe Hoson’s admission yesterday radiation can cause illness was another attempt to say, “It doesn’t matter if the radiation came from a Tepco plant. If it’s on your property, in your lungs, bones, etc., it’s YOUR PROBLEM now!”

      • many moons

        well if we say OK, who is really at fault…they are for doing it but we are for letting them….let’s take a step back to the 19th c when people were healthy and happy walking upstairs instead being lifted, carted…let’s get back in shape. Turn out the lights, light a candle…that will get the attention of folks who want to sell energy…BUY CLEAN energy, boycott polluting energy…lets stand up for ourselves, we play a role in this horrific mess!

  • truthseek truthseek

    No (or limited) real news… anywhere…
    headlines simply affirmations of
    our worst collective fears.

    My GOD we need help…
    alien intervention…?

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Have a good one everybody. Tooth is killing me. BBL

  • unspokenhermit

    Since then, Kan and other key ministers have claimed Tepco told them they were withdrawing all of the workers and abandoning the plant, which Tepco officials have denied.

    The Japanese people are not happy.

    Many realize a significant portion of Japanese soil is not suitable for habitation. Just last October a leaked Tepco documented indicated the total amount of plutonium and neptunium emitted from the plant. This stuff sticks around for millions of years…

    If you haven’t seen the dispersion maps for plutonium they are published here:

    • 1984

      well,well,well, not really…
      this is the report i’ve dreaded to see since day one. i pretty much went with the side that said our fate was sealed in the very first week. if you advance the tracking system to san francisco to 2/18 #45 and on up, you’ll see the waft of pu239 and other goodies that totally nuked us.
      if this graph is true and don’t get me wrong, i’ve enjoyed all of the post i’ve read from each and everyone of you. however…after viewing this i think the situation was immediately slammed into the “i hope the hell my family ,friends, or myself aren’t one of the unfortunate to get cancer from this”, to “how much longer will my family, friends and myself, have to live?” you can say we’ve met our maker, and it came by way of a colorful map graph a innocent child could read.
      thanks for the report unspokenhermit sorta.

  • many moons

    Nuclear energy takes a good bit of technology and know how but to listen to these experts – we don’t know yet how many, much where the core is….even if they are lying they are playing stupid and that does combine well with nuclear energy


    This could be our first victory. Fukushima Governor tells TEPCO to shut down 10 nuke plants….all of them, in his prefecture and dismantle them, even the ones that are not near the end of their “useful” life.

    My 5 point action plan to removing nuke from earth is starting to work LOL!

  • Tumrgrwer Tumrgrwer

    Yes, Yes Someone is listening, the mayor has it correct or is it just another smoke screen. This is news of the century. A very good start to the 5 point action plan. 10 down over 400 to go.

  • arclight arclight

    meanwhile, somewhere in the depths of IAEA government, a howling scream is heard..
    “what are we going to do with that crap!!??”

    a muffled response ensues,,,,,the word profit is breifly heard!

    then laughter!! 🙁

    “TOKYO — 28 december 2011
    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said Tuesday that it will buy all the rice contaminated with radioactive cesium in Fukushima Prefecture.

    Agriculture minister Michihiko Kano said the government will buy all rice with radiation levels exceeding 100 becquerels per kilogram. Ministry officials estimated that about 4,000 tons will have to be purchased, Fuji TV reported.

    The cost is expected to top 1 billion yen over the next year. Ministry officials said Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) will be asked to foot the fill, Fuji reported.

    Currently, sales of rice from eight areas in the prefecture have been banned due to radiation levels exceeding the safety levels”

    • I wonder how long they can keep that up?

      Also, this sounds good on paper, and sounds sweet and all, but when reality comes and bites them in the A@@, then what happens? What happens when the money runs out?

      Right now, they are testing an estimated HUGE 1% of all food produced.

      So who is going to test 100% of all rice produced in order to determine if it has more than a ‘safe’ level of radiation?

      Right now, they are blending more highly contaminated rice with ‘clean’ rice, to get the radiation down to a ‘safe’ level. (yes, this is legal).

      This procedure will continue is my prediction, so you will get highly contaminated grains of rice, mixed in with lower contamination rice, kind of like glowing sprinkles on your rice crispies.

      Now, what is to prevent them from doing that with all food and water, milk, cheese, etc? Just make a gruel, so that all food tests ‘safe’, by mixing it all up together?

      Dilution is the answer to all problems now in Japan.. Just dilute and consume, dilute and consume.. Continue doing this for several tens of thousands of years, maybe even millions of years.

  • “Don’t be deceived. There is no safe amount of radiation to take into your body. It’s like swallowing a gun. If you are lucky, it shoots only your bum. It hurts but you won’t die but if you are not lucky, it shoots your heart and you die. Talking about if it should be 400 Bq/kg or 500 Bq/kg is just like talking about if swallowing 2 guns is safer than 3 guns etc.. Even 1 gun can kill you. So I don’t want to waste my time on the meaningless matter, such as if ICRP is more true than ECRR etc.. The answer is ZERO Bq/Kg.”

  • “The contamination is very large and comparable to the environment of Chernobyl. The Maeda field of Iitate-mura is the most contaminated place. Iodine contamination is the largest and it is better to evacuate the population. On the long time range, cesium 137 is the most worrying element because it has a half-life of 30 years. Regarding the results expressed in Bq/kg of soil, most of them are higher than the limit fixed by the Japanese authorities at 5 000 Bq/kg for agriculture. Rice cannot be cultivated. The data expressed in Bq/m² can be compared to the definition of the (exclusion) zones after the Chernobyl disaster (law of 1991) :
    185,000 – 555,000 Bq/m²: migration allowed
    555,000 – 1,480,000 Bq/m²: right to rehousing

    Most of the results are higher than one of these limits.”

    Results of ACRO’s monitoring in Japan

  • How long will these radioactive elements stay in your body and concentrate/build up as you eat them?

    Long half life radioactive elements
    Part I Elements 1-9
    Part II Elements 10-13

    It is not a good idea to cremate bodies anymore.. All it does is spread the concentrated long life radiation around… so sad.