Prime Minister Kan: Radiation disaster ‘would hit the world’ if Fukushima Daiichi was evacuated — ‘No longer a question of only Japan’ — Worry over current state of plant

Published: April 23rd, 2012 at 9:25 am ET
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Title: Naoto Kan: The man who says he saved the world
Source: The Independent
Author: David McNeill
Date: Monday 23 April 2012

It reads like a dispatch from the pages of Godzilla, who was a fictional metaphor for nuclear weapons, wreaking destruction with a blast of radiation from his mouth: the world’s most populated metropolis is threatened with fallout from an out-of-control nuclear power plant. [...]

Widely criticised for his handling of the March disaster, [Prime Minister, Naoto Kan] has nevertheless been hailed for his decision to confront plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) and stop it abandoning its six reactors and seven lethal nuclear fuel pools. “It is for history to evaluate what took place, but as Prime Minister I just did what I could,” he said in his first interview with a British newspaper since stepping down last year after turning against nuclear power. [...]

Abandoning the plant would create a catastrophe “twice or three times worse than Chernobyl,” he said, referring to the 1986 Ukraine nuclear disaster. [...] It was no longer a question of only Japan. The disaster would hit the world. [...]

Mr Kan says he remains worried about the state of the Daiichi complex.

“Even after a year, we’re not certain about the situation there,” Mr Kan says, citing Tepco’s discovery last month that only 60cm of water was inside the containment vessel of Reactor 2, far below the three to six metres expected. The ex-Prime Minister said it is difficult to conclude yet that the plant is under control.

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Published: April 23rd, 2012 at 9:25 am ET
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36 comments to Prime Minister Kan: Radiation disaster ‘would hit the world’ if Fukushima Daiichi was evacuated — ‘No longer a question of only Japan’ — Worry over current state of plant

  • goathead goathead

    "Would hit the world"!!!!!! Arseholes!!!!!!!!! It's a part of our molecular makeup already!!!!!!


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    • aigeezer aigeezer

      I think Kan was describing his thinking back in March, 2011. "Would hit the world if the plant was abandoned then", type of thing.

      He's posturing now, of course, but it may actually be what he thought at the time. It does seem to be true that Tepco was going to evacuate then and he ordered them not to.

      I am reminded of an incident in Canada a few years back. A commercial airline pilot brought his big jet to a safe landing when it ran out of fuel on a cross-country flight. He was a hero in the media. The next day it was revealed that he had ordered the wrong quantity of fuel to be put in the plane, due to a mixup over metric/Imperial measurement. Suddenly he was a goat in the media.

      Kan was head of government when Tepco was thriving. He could have shut them down any time. He did not, so he is a goat. When the crisis hit, he kept them from abandoning the plant, so he is a hero.

      Meh.

      Such systems (nuke plants) should not depend on the human quirks of individual politicians. They should be infinitely more robust or they should not exist at all.

      SHUT THEM ALL DOWN


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    • Good point. Last time I looked,… it HAS hit the world.

      Anything not contained is still hitting it.


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    • If it hasn't hit the world already, having a nice plate of sushi would be a normal and safe thing to do:

      RADIATION IN JAPANESE SUCHI? Japanese Seaweed Radiation Doubles. Tests
      http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=30459

      Global Research, April 22, 2012
      EnviroReporter.com

      On April 13, 2012 EnviroReporter.com tested Nori seaweed from Japan bought in a West Los Angeles store, the same one where this reporter bought the identical item eight months ago soon after the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns began in Japan. The trendy and ‘organic’ delicacy, popular with LA hipsters, was 94.7% above normal, 17.6% of that additional ionization indicative of alpha radiation which can be 60 to 1,000 times more dangerous than beta and gamma radiation.

      These tests were performed with an Inspector Alert nuclear radiation monitor, the same detector EnviroReporter.com has used in over 1,500 tests for Fukushima radiation beginning four days after the March 11, 2011 triple meltdowns at the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi six-reactor complex in Japan.

      Nori seaweed is considered a delicacy and consumed upon eating sushi wrapped in it or straight out of the bag in thin green squares like the product purchased by EnviroReporter.com. This kind of seaweed can be purchased at nearly 50 Japanese and Japanese-American stores in Southern California as well as in about 900 Japanese restaurants and sushi bars throughout the Southland.


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      • gottagetoffthegrid

        if its got alpha hits, then you are talking fuel rod particles. none of the volatile radionuclides (Cs, I, Xe, etc) are alpha emitters. sounds like more luv from unit 3


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Wow! Reads like pages from Godzilla. Admin, it does!


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  • Peaceismyfriend Peaceismyfriend

    Might it be referring to "hitting the consciousness of the world"?..


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  • StillJill StillJill

    good call Peaceismyfriend!

    Yes,…the truth hitting home, Yes? Hitting 'conciousness'?
    Do they still have such things? :-(

    They strike me as afraid of being 'caught',…


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    It's the U.S responsibility to move in and correct the situation. And any other country that would like less radiation in their air.


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    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      You think the current republican mind-set will allow the U.S. government to go in and spend many, many, billions if not trillions on remediation efforts at Fukushima? Who will borrow the U.S. the money? The rich folks here sure as hell won't have their taxes raised to pay for it. That's one thing I like about this disaster. You can run but you cannot hide. The rich and all their money will be poisoned and die just like everyone else…..


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      • StillJill StillJill

        I 'like that' about this disaster too. Payback's a…. "on the beach"! Can you imagine how those sissies are going to handle the hard shit? I'm already LMAO just thinking about it! :-)


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      • americancommntr

        StPaulScout

        I've had about enough of criticism of Republicans. Republican ideology is far superior to Democrat because it's based on truth. "Democrat" has become as close as one can get to communism. The leadership of both parties is a) corrupt, and b) communist at the core. There are also many more rich Democrats than rich Republicans, both in the legislature and in the country. True conservatism has only ever been tried once in this country, and that was when taxes were cut in the 1980's. Major lying, including nuclear industry lying, started when the Fed began calling the shots in 1913, and federal power was expanded by Roosevelt in the 30's.


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    How many reasons does the world need to move in and take over this horror show?

    Radioactive Smoke/Steam Coming Out Of Ground At Fukushima 2.28.2012; via A Green Road Blog
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/02/tokyo-alert-severe-radioactive-smoke.html

    Fukushima Lies Movie Part I and II; via A Green Road Blog; via A Green Road Blog
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/fukushima-lies-movie-part-i-and-ii.html

    Fukushima Tsunami Explosion Coverup? via A Green Road Blog
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/fukushima-tsunami-explosion-coverup.html

    Fukushima; Pacific Ocean Catastrophe Confirmed; via A Green Road Blog
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/fukushima-pacific-ocean-catastrophe.html

    Fukushima Leaking Radioactive Water Into Ocean Plume; via A Green Road Blog
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/fukushima-leaking-radioactive-water.html

    On 3/11; 15 Nuclear Reactors In Japan Were Damaged, Not 3 or 4
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/14-nuclear-reactors-at-4-japan-sites.html

    TEPCO Loses ALL Insurance Coverage; Japanese Nuclear Plants; Via A Green Road Blog
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/tepco-loses-insurance-coverage-for-all.html

    Fukushima; Today's Titantic and Costa Concordia; via A Green Road Blog
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/fukushima-todays-titantic-and-costa.html


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  • Here is a easy to follow checklist of how to build an emergency supply box. Just do it.

    http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/p/radiation-preparation-resources.html


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    • StillJill StillJill

      Now there's a KEEPER, 'stock'! Very concise,…. thorough,…and has real life (kids, dogs, sunburns, etc,) in mind!

      I will be copying this one!

      BIG thanks! :-)


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      Have to pass on the use of Gatorade in any emergency store. It's a deadly concoction of synthetic chemicals and artificial sweeteners. Otherwise, the rest of the checklist looks good…


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    • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

      stock:
      Many thanks for the NWSS link.
      I had forgotten that it is on line these days.

      I have owned the actual book since the late 1980s.
      A fantastic read too.

      It is also a great survival education book aside from the
      nuclear agenda too.


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  • CaptD CaptD

    Fukushima has already HIT the World with Global radioactive pollution…

    … And may do so yet again in a much bigger way if the SFP's are allowed to fail which would cause of Hydro-Corium Steam event or worse!


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  • Centaur Centaur

    <i>"The ex-Prime Minister [Kan] said it is difficult
    to conclude yet that the plant is under control."</i>

    Yup, difficult to conclude <i>that</i>, that's for sure. -.-
    It needs a rather "special" way of thinking.


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  • glowfus

    "not certain about the situation there", well, i am. it's totally out of control.


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  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Lots of misstatements of fact here — intentional or unintentional?

    Abandonment of the plant would create a disaster 2X or 3X worse than Chernobyl. Gross minimization. Robert Alvarez said SPF #4 would release enough Cesium alone to equal 85X the Chernobyl accident.

    The water level "far below the three to six meters expected" ….

    From here:

    http://www.infowars.com/water-in-pool-storing-spent-nuclear-fuel-rods-may-be-boiling-sign-for-release-of-radioactivity/

    Typically the spent fuel is covered with 25 feet of water. I thought someone in the know here had posted 30 feet is a more normal level. So what they're reporting is the water level was already low, and what was found was below the already low water levels.


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  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Lots of misstatements of fact here — intentional or unintentional?

    Abandonment of the plant would create a disaster 2X or 3X worse than Chernobyl. Gross minimization. Robert Alvarez said SPF #4 would release enough Cesium alone to equal 85X the Chernobyl accident.

    The water level "far below the three to six meters expected" ….

    From here:

    http://www.infowars.com/water-in-pool-storing-spent-nuclear-fuel-rods-may-be-boiling-sign-for-release-of-radioactivity/

    Typically the spent fuel is covered with 25 feet of water. I thought someone in the know here had posted 30 feet is a more normal level. So what they're reporting is the water level was already low, and what was found was below the already low water levels.

    Robert Alvarez on the SPF's in the U.S. and Japan (good article, there is a .pdf too you can find doing a browser search):

    http://www.ips-dc.org/reports/spent_nuclear_fuel_pools_in_the_us_reducing_the_deadly_risks_of_storage


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Sorry double post. I don't know how that happened.


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    • What-About-The-Kids

      Thanks so much for the link to Robert Alvarez' excellent report on the disconcerting status of the U.S spent fuel pools. I had not found the. pdf online previously, so I appreciate it!

      Could someone please help me do the math on this quote by Robert from his report, and his other oft-quoted statement about the fact that if Fuku Reactor #4's SFP blows, it would release 85 times the amount of cesium as was released from Chernobyl? Do these two numbers add up correctly? (maybe the latter quote was for both cesium-134 and cesium-137; where as the quote below is just for cesium-137?) Wouldn't the U.S. SFPs hold even more cesium than he quotes below, if he is also stating that U.S. SFPs hold way more fuel assemblies than the Fuku SFP #4? Am I missing something?

      "Nearly 40 percent of the radioactivity in U.S. spent fuel is cesium-137 (4.5 billion curies) — roughly 20 times more than released from all atmospheric nuclear weapons tests. U.S. spent pools hold about 15-30 times more cesium-137 than the Chernobyl accident released. For instance, the pool at the Vermont Yankee reactor, a BWR Mark I, currently holds nearly three times the amount of spent fuel stored at Dai-Ichi's crippled Unit 4 reactor. The Vermont Yankee reactor also holds about seven percent more radioactivity than the combined total in the pools at the four troubled reactors at the Fukushima site."


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      • What-About-The-Kids

        So if he says:

        " U.S. spent pools hold about 15-30 times more cesium-137 than the Chernobyl accident released."

        And also says U.S. spent fuel pools hold way more fuel assemblies than Fuku's spent fuel pools….

        But then says is Fuku #4 SFP blows, it will release 85 times more cesium than Chernobyl…

        How can that be? If "85 times" is an accurate figure, wouldn't U.S. fuel pools hold way more than just the "15-30 times" the cesium-137 that Chernobyl released?

        And is he talking about individual pools in U.S. reactors, or the combined total for ALL U.S. SFP's? (combined total wouldn't make sense, right, since there are over 104 U.S. SFPs…where as only ONE reactor at Chernobyl blew up, right?)

        Call me confused… :-)


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        • What-About-The-Kids

          Take a look at the great visual on page 15 of the above mentioned report (download .pdf from the site), with a graph showing the huge difference in numbers of spent fuel assemblies (not rods, but assemblies which hold many rods each) between Fuku Diachi and several individual U.S. reactor SFPs.

          Then see how many MILLIONS of curies (the real deadly measurements of radiation) housed by each U.S. reactor's SFPs in the graphs on pgs. 16-18 on the .pdf.

          And finally, see the projection graph showing the projected time frame when all the U.S. spent fuel pools will be FILLED TO CAPACITY!

          The year? 2015!

          And NO plan currently exists for off-loading those spent fuel assemblies so they can be stored in a permanent solution (like dry cask storage)…

          Truly CHILLING.


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  • irradiatedinbako

    http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/04/20/fukushima-daiichi/

    This may have been posted .. but reads like a thriller movie script. Too bad that's not what it is.


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  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    Some of you keep talking about the rest of the world rushing in and fixing this mess. I am of the opinion that once 3 blew up and it's SFP vaporised (ever seen them dump any water into any part of 3?) it was already game over. The NRC has released documents where they open speculate that SFP 4 has been damaged and it will hold no water. If that is true, so long, it's been good to know ya. Reactors 1, 2 and 3 and probably 4 have already left the building and continue emitting massive amounts of radioactive hell into the wordls environments. I doubt much of anything that TEPCO, the NRC, the EPA, the Japanese Government and the U.S. Government says about this situation. They are all willing to say anything to save their own asses and keep the people going about their daily bullshit until it is simply too late. Just my take on it. Hope I'm wrong cause I have kids too you know. But it just seems like those are the facts and Like Arne stated way back, 'it's all physics now……'…..


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  • stopnp stopnp

    Just remember obama said that there would be no radiological impact on the west coast or america. I guess we have nothing to worry about. Right?


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