Prime Minister’s former nuclear adviser: “There will be broader, more disturbing discoveries later this year” — “There will be a chaos”

Published: July 2nd, 2011 at 1:21 pm ET
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Radiation Expert Predicts More Threats, Wall Street Journal, July 2, 2011:

A former nuclear adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan blasted the government’s continuing handling of the crisis, and predicted further revelations of radiation threats to the public in the coming months.

In his first media interview since resigning his post in protest in April, Toshiso Kosako, one of the country’s leading experts on radiation safety, said Mr. Kan’s government has been slow to test for possible dangers in the sea and to fish and has understated certain radiation dangers to minimize what it will have to spend to clean up contamination.

And while there have been scattered reports already of food contamination—of tea leaves and spinach, for example—Mr. Kosako said there will be broader, more disturbing discoveries later this year, especially as rice, Japan’s staple, is harvested.

“Come the harvest season in the fall, there will be a chaos,” Mr. Kosako said. “Among the rice harvested, there will certainly be some radiation contamination—though I don’t know at what levels—setting off a scandal. If people stop buying rice from Tohoku, …we’ll have a tricky problem.” [...]

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Published: July 2nd, 2011 at 1:21 pm ET
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139 comments to Prime Minister’s former nuclear adviser: “There will be broader, more disturbing discoveries later this year” — “There will be a chaos”

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    “If people stop buying rice from Tohoku, …we’ll have a tricky problem”.

    If people start buying rice from Tohoku, you’ll have a worse problem.


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    • Fall out man!

      Great point Jump-ball. It also shows their mind set, the health of their people seems not to matter to them. As long as the money keeps flowing, that’s all they give a damn about.

      The love of money is A root of all evils. Not the only root, but certainly a root. Here we have a guy whose supposedly “principled” and resigned, and we find all his main worry is that people might stop buying Japanese rice if they find out its going to destroy their health!!!! And he’s the good guy????


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      • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

        Not just Japan. Time to re-think Capitalism as it has evolved into a fucking insatiable Monster. Someday, somehow, if theres enough people left on the planet, we need to start thinking sustainability, not growth, GDP or raping and pillaging the earth for profit.
        The latest “gadget” really doesn’t increase the quality or your life.
        I knew we were doomed when electric toothbrushes came along. If you can’t move your arm back and forth, up and down in front of your mouth, you don’t deserve clean teeth.


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        • fuckyoushima

          we havent had capitalism in decades.

          half of every transaction is worthless paper, and a product of an elite monopoly.

          my biggest pet peeve is people thinking we have capitalism.


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          • alexa

            Fuckyoushima As a history enthusiast I confirm we have rampant capitalism, with some strong monopolies (eg. Rockefeler type created oligarhies). Capitalism used to be kept in check by unions or other strong workers.

            In the last decades the workers power was gradually reduced and eliminated and nothing was left to stop the capitalistic greed. The same way communism does not work long term, capitalism starts to prove deadly with these nuclear disasters.


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          • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

            fuckyoushima, I probably should have used the word corporatocracy. You are correct. We haven’t had pure capitalism for many decades, and good riddance to it! Corporations have no conscience, no feelings, no empathy. Corporations have one goal and one goal only…..produce profit for the very few at the expense of the rest of us.
            I’m 65 years old, and still regress to thinking in terms of capitalism vs. solicalism/communism out of habit. I suppose it is more correct today referring to the same struggle as corporatism vs. People, but whether you call it capitalism or corporatism, it is killing us all, slowly and methodically. This struggle is no longer idealogical, it is for our very survival. Capitalism/corporatism has become a very dangerous cancer, however it is not an evolutionary successful parasite as it is killing its host….the very planet we all call home.


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        • alexa

          PoorDaddy, we have to start fighting now against these capitalistic monsters if we want the humanity to survive. Psychopats who are in power will do anything to stop us, we have yo be strong.


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        • J.F. Sebastian

          You are correct to say that the latest gadgets do not contribute to the improvement of one’s quality of life. In fact, it makes the user a slave to it. Just look at the poor souls who are addicted to the gossip networks. How much quiet reflective time has been lost to cell phones? How much productivity has been lost to texting? People are so addicted to texting that they risk losing their jobs over it. Heck, they kill themselves and others trying to do it while driving.


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    • milk and cheese milk and cheese

      Once again, it’s all about moneymoneymoney, not about children peeing radiation.
      I’d rip the lungs out of anyone who did that to my kid.


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    • Wrath of Rads

      This will go beyond rice… there is still an ongoing coverup:

      I have noticed this inconsistency too many times to not ring an alarm about it.

      Take a look at the live feed from TEPCO:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZIa6yble2gk

      It is a white out – during the day. Gunderson has explained that this could be because of foggy conditions.

      However, I have been cross referencing with the satellite image of Japan found on yahoo.co.jp weather info:
      http://weather.yahoo.co.jp/weather/jp/images/satellite.html

      If you look right now there is not even any cloud cover over Fukushima. How can the camera be a white out due to fog, in the middle of the afternoon, when there is not even any clouds overhead?

      The white out is either from a lot of smoke (coming from the reactors), or they are covering up the feed white white haze digitally, so no one can actually see what is going on.

      I have noticed this several times now (white out at live feed, and no cloud cover over head), and thought I would give people the heads up.

      PS – I live in Gifu, and can measure radiation around my canola seeds, and wheat (not yet harvested). I am not going to harvest this year, and will be leaving the country instead. $&%`@ing government is letting TEPCO get away with MURDER of the highest order. Meanwhile TEPCO is still calling the shots on the decommissioning of Fukushima, while admitting to making decisions based on their STOCK prices, and NOT on properly dealing with the situation at hand.

      R.I.P. Japan – I knew that the government was in bed with corporations (not just in Japan) but I had no idea that it was this bad. What I can’t believe is how pathetic the Japanese people are. Tokyo has over 12 million people, and they can’t even muster up more than a couple thousand people for a protest… no wonder TEPCO and the government can get away with this.


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      • milk and cheese milk and cheese

        Wrath of rads, I am sorry to hear that you are leaving, but feel that you are doing the right thing. Where are you going? Good luck and safe travels.


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        • Wrath of Rads

          Heading down to New Zealand… my wife and three kids and I have all developed an allergy to Nuclear Power… especially when it sits on fault lines as much as it does in Japan.

          The Kiwis are pretty much the only smart people on the planet, avoiding the most dangerous and poisonous technology ever created… I want to go pay my respects to them, permanently :)


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      • Thank you for that report. I posted it at http://rads.nodes.org ( Use Chrome/FIrefox )


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  • arclight arclight

    this article says it all
    http://nuclear-news.net/2011/07/02/evacuation-not-really-practical-in-the-case-of-nuclear-meltdown/
    these people really have no clue to how to mange this crisis, theyve never done proper health and safety evaluations because of their own eternal propaganda..as time goes on youll find more revelations and a deep resentment setting in…the nuclear lobby is playing with fire..well the world is watching taking note….
    http://nuclear-news.net/2011/07/02/desmond-tutu-warns-on-the-system-of-nuclear-weapons-apartheid/
    and there will be lots more of that to come…big discussions about the financial crisis, climate, wars, food, well theres loads…cant wait…interesting times indeed!!!


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  • goatherdjim

    Food will become a major problem not only for the Japanese but for all of us as the real extent of the radiation received all over the northern hemisphere comes out.
    Combine the effects of radiation contamination with the upper mid-western floods and the lower mid-western drougth and some major areas of food supply will not be delivering much this summer.
    Include peak oil/2010 consumption outweighing production and transportation could become an issue for what food is produced.
    Start a garden.


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    • TraderGreg

      Peak Oil, Peak Credit, Peak Corruption, Peak of the baby boom generation – all at the same time. These are slow moving train wrecks, so most of people do not notice them, until SHTF.


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      • SteveMT

        Peak nuclear plant operation: 3/11/11
        Decline of humanity: 3/11/11
        Decimation of humanity started : 3/11/11
        Extermination of humanity started: 3/11/11


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    • milk and cheese milk and cheese

      Just bought a share in a local farmer’s crops today. It’s something, anyway.
      I am still amazed that it’s been over three months since this hell started and not one politician has resigned, and the nuclear shills are still telling the Japanese that they are going to continue building the plants.
      Where are the Yakuza when you need them? Do they run the plants?


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    • J.F. Sebastian

      There is only a sixty day supply of food in the world during the best of times. It has dropped substantially since 2008. With the Japanese production being taken out of the equation, the flooded fields causing late planting in the U.S., and with poor crops in China and Russia, we are certain to see food shortages. Actually, we will see higher prices, the less affluent countries will see the shortages. When the wealthy hoarders of dollars take them to the world markets to buy their way out of famine, the food prices will be beyond the reach of many. In fact, as food and fuel capture more of the financial resources of every family, we’ll see more loan defaults than in 2008.


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      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        J.F. Sebastian, scary, isn’t it? I read an article recently where a journalist spoke to several bank/investment gangsters. They ALL said that the ones working in the financial sector and earn the big money, started buying land a while ago. 5 hectars in Spain, 5 in France, 5 in the US, etc. They know what’s coming (because they got us there).
        We need to become independent as groups / communities asap. Not only food prices rise, also the oil prices. As our life (as we know it) circles around oil, we’re doomed if we don’t stop that, otherwise it will be a bumpy road. Did you see “the power of community”? Shows how Cuba managed to survive after the crash of the Soviet Union. It’s on youtube.


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        • J.F. Sebastian

          Getting off oil is not as easy as switching to alternative energy sources. There is a near impossible obstacle to overcome. The population of the world has exceeded its natural carrying capacity by more than a factor of 10. The population run-up is the result of multiple artificial means, all of which are reliant on an uninterrupted supply of finite resources.

          With time, industry may find alternative energy sources to keep much of the machinery moving, but not to keep the food crops growing. An important by-product of oil refining is the nitrogen element of fertilizers. There is no way I know of that we could produce enough fertilizer without it.

          The food economy is fragile, and when it no longer meets the needs of the world, the population will collapse, as with any overpopulated ecosystem. When collapse comes, the population always collapses to levels below the eco-system’s natural carrying capacity, which for the biosphere is less than a billion people.


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          • arclight arclight

            JF you have a good point there and ive heard it mentioned before…i have not seen the statistics that convince me that this is a necessarily a true statement..i have hears other theories posited such as you could put the worlds poulation in canada and use the usa to grow the food…and the rest of the world could be left wild!! but i did not see evidence for this theory either…the documentary “the power of community” does show us the way though, even in the cities!! the sustainable level of population allowable on earth depends on diet, growing policies, developing communities and the need for information and communication technologies to improve efficiency and loads of other stuff… complicated but possible, that my opinion!! also as peaf oil/fertiliser gets more dire the population will reduce naturally..and given all these disasters i suppose there will be a reduction in population…but i think that the biggest problem coming up may be the heavy burden placed on certain affected countries health services due to the other problems contamination causes other than cancer.. once again this is just my opinion! peace


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  • tony wilson

    “There will be a chaos”

    eventually but the information will be contained all over the world.
    rock solid industrial media lock down with billion dollar backers.
    all they have to do is stop a big bang.
    stop buildings from falling on the ground.
    quietly start burning,hiding and dumping the evidence.
    carry on selling stuff,shipping stuff abroad now.
    later when the mutant animals come followed by the horror of women giving birth to terribly damaged babies.
    only then will some in japan start to fight back.
    by then immune systems will be weak from eating massive doses of tainted food.
    the people will become increasingly reliant on the government.
    already a drive to number people is being talked about.
    http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2011062801030
    this will be used if food system breaks down,people will be a number.

    the honorable man Toshiso Kosako is already sidelined and being ignored by the mass of the population.
    it will have to get really bad for the mass of population to listen to him it’s a time thing.
    that is the real brutal perfection of nuclear atom.
    exposure + time = pain and maybe death.
    the monsters that say nobody has died can hide behind the time factor.


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    • This seems to be a very good analysis of what is to come and quite similar to my own conclusions.


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    • arclight arclight

      repost link here
      “Professor Toshiso Kosako of Tokyo University, who resigned in protest against the Kan Administration’s policy to allow 20 millisieverts/year external radiation exposure for children which he called unacceptable and unconscionable, gave an interview for the first time since his resignation to Wall Street Journal (or so it looks).”
      http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/07/radiation-in-japan-professor-kosako.html


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    • Fall out man!

      Sadly, your dead right. I’d go even further. Even when the Japanese birth rate drops, and many still births and deformities occur, the Japanese still will not hear about it, and still will not wake up. This is likely a turning point for Japan. The end of a powerful nation. Destroyed by the greed and corruption of their own leadership. Something we should think about when looking at our own leaders covering this over as well.


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    • Arizonan Arizonan

      Toni – Well-spoken, well-phrased, poignant, and true.

      Blanky – Thanks very much for info from France!!

      The world’s citizens and governments and corporations must come together and make an all-out effort to shield the water table under Fukushima, decontaminate its lands, and pledge long-term intensive health support for this and future generations. At Chernobyl, the crisis goes on, but not enough health resources are available. We must demand global action on Fukushima now. Without Japan, the world is nothing.


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  • SteveMT

    “There will be a chaos,” like there isn’t one now? I guess there is a slight difference between an organized chaos versus a pure pandemonium type of chaos.

    It seems like they are on some kind of a mission with the blessing of the Japanese government to keep the dying people as calm as possible for as long as possible while they die. That is the only interpretation that makes sense to me.


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    • milk and cheese milk and cheese

      It’ll be a chaos as opposed to a panic. Bigger and better.


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    • milk and cheese milk and cheese

      and Steve MT, you may be right. And it’s not just happening in Japan. Note how no one in Ft. Calhoun is ‘concerned’. Nothing is dangerous to human health. Just keep believing that and oh look, here’s another celebrity scandal…


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    One of the most “disturbing discoveries” will be the babies born in autumn.


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    • Fall out man!

      Even more disturbing will be how many babies are not born in Autumn at all. There must be huge numbers of miscarriages and still births going on right now. Here is a link previously shown on Enenews to what happened in the USA after Chernobyl – drop in birth rate of both Animals and Humans. For Japan, that could be fatal…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hcBGSr9QGk

      Already parts of the USA hit by fallout and rain at the same time have seen higher still birth rates. (45% in some cities)


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  • BREAKING: France: explosion at the nuclear plant Tricastin
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    crappy less than 50% google translation:

    This Saturday, July 2, 2011, explosion at the site near the central Tricastin caused a thick black smoke. Many firefighters at the scene and the fire appears to have been mastered. For information, nuclear power plant Tricastin is located on an industrial site comprising many facilities of the nuclear fuel cycle with
    source link in french:

    [link to http://www.geekpassiononline.com/2011/07/france-explosion-a-la-centrale-nucleaire-de-tricastin.html


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  • Terranigma1 Terranigma1

    Does anybody have a link to Arnie Gundersen’s Boston conference? I tried accessing it through Vimeo but you have to be a member for access.


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  • fuckyoushima

    both peter schiff and jim rogers (who both predicted the collapse of 2008) have called for usd hyperinflation as early as this fall, but not said conclusively they think it will happen that early.

    not listening to peter schiff is more than stupid, its dangerous.


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    • ocifferdave

      I followed peter schiff since the collapse of 08. I took a break from him since he revamped his website (no more news article links…used to be like enenews).


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    • jump-ball jump-ball

      They’ve both been very right for years, but the irony may be their correct prediction of food inflation, for the wrong reasons: contamination, hoarding and production/supply chain disruptions not related to federal reserve fiat money creation.

      Let’s compare notes in a year.


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      • fuckyoushima

        exacerbating factors are not wrong reasons.

        the destabilizing effect of inflation may even cause the exacerbating factors (hoarding –> shortages, higher oil prices which incentivize drilling in gom –> fish kills, higher oil prices leading to running more nuke plants –> contamination). these may be imperfect examples, but a causality loop exists here.

        i agree with you, though.


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  • Sam

    Using Google translate, the fire at Tricastin was from a
    transformer and subsequently put out. No need to sensationalize the explosion by not including all the information. If you keep doing this the label of “fear
    monger” might stick to you as a fish monger passing off
    fish that is too old to sell.

    If time reveals the French govt in a cover up on this
    explosion then I will retract my comments about
    fear mongering.


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Excellent rundown on all plants
    In SPANISH:
    THE MEDIA HIDE THE TRUTH ABOUT LOS ALAMOS, FT. CALHOUN AND FUKUSHIMA
    http://www.comedonchisciotte.org/site//modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=8546


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    • VanneV anne

      Thanks, Whoopie, for this link. It took me a while to get the Google translate to work. The original is in Italian.
      THE MEDIA HIDE THE TRUTH ABOUT LOS ALAMOS, FT. CALHOUN AND FUKUSHIMA
      http://www.comedonchisciotte.org/site//modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=8546

      Posted on Friday, July 1st @ 17:10:00 CDT Supervia The American Dream
      But what’s really going on in Los Alamos, Fort Calhoun and Fukushima?

      There are millions of Americans who want the truth about what is happening to our nuclear facilities, but the mainstream media are strangely quiet. Alternatively, these media publish headlines like “We tell you what are the 10 dirtiest beaches in the United States” and “The lap dance stops the cold in Times Square.” Exactly, this is the headlines that have appeared on front pages of mainstream news websites of most United States today. Sadly, you have to go digging to find something about the problems that are occurring at this time for nuclear power plants in the United States and the mainstream media seem to have become very tired of talking about Fukushima.

      It is as if these media prefer to talk about unimportant things instead of focusing on the really important events that occur around us.

      Clearly, many of us are not experts in nuclear, but when one of our systems is completely surrounded by floodwaters and another was seriously threatened by a fire in full-we have a right to be worried.
      Sadly, the coverage by the mainstream media was so poor that the majority of Americans do not even know that there are problems at Los Alamos and Fort Calhoun. The vast majority of Americans failed to understand how serious was the disaster of Fukushima.
      Let’s look closely at what is happening recently in Los Alamos, Fort Calhoun and Fukushima …
      Los Alamos
      A wildfire of 93 square miles has approached the perimeter of the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory in New Mexico. The authorities have warned that this fire could soon double or triple in size and is making every effort to contain it.
      The greatest concern is that the flames could damage a landfill where they are stowed about 20,000 barrels of 55 gallons each of nuclear waste.
      Instead of being stored safely, these 20,000 drums of nuclear waste were placed in tents in contact with the ground.
      The authorities are telling the public that the fire came within a few miles from the landfill.
      However, it was also reported that the flames are now 50 feet from the property at Los Alamos there was a report that the fire was “just across the street” from the southern limit of the famous laboratory where the first bomb was developed nuclear power during the Second World War.
      Los Alamos authorities continue to insist that there is nothing to worry about.
      But they are the same words that were already spoken in Fukushima.
      Joni Arends, Executive Director of Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, said that if the fire reached the generalized nuclear waste would be a nightmare.
      “The concern is that these kegs become hot enough to burn. Emit plumes of toxic material. It is something that concerns everyone.”
      But the landfill is not the only alarm.
      According to a recent Reuters article, there is also the plutonium plant at Los Alamos.
      John Witham, a spokesman for the anti-nuclear group, Nuclear Watch New Mexico, said that “this is the only place in the country that produces plutonium pits are placed inside the nuclear warheads. Three metric tons of highly enriched plutonium are stored in underground radioactive concrete and steel building at the center of the complex, in a containment system of air.
      Given all this information, we think that the mainstream media should take better informed about what is happening out there?
      Ft Calhoun
      The moment you are reading, Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska is completely surrounded by water and there have been some runoff in some of the buildings.
      On Sunday, the Missouri River flooding is a berm inflatable climbed 2000 feet high. About two feet of water have quickly surrounded the buildings of the plant.
      The Nuclear Regulatory Commission insists that there is nothing to worry about, but it was also reported that flood waters are literally “the door” of the main buildings.
      It is true, it is not another Fukushima, but it is a situation very, very serious. The American people deserve to be told what is happening.
      In a recent article on the disaster of Fort Calhoun, Michael Wolf asked some interesting questions about what’s going on in Ft Calhoun
      The government told us not to panic. Everything is under control, as in Japan. But there are some inconsistencies problems. The first, the Red Cross shelter near Fort Calhoun plant was closed. They said that they closed because of “diminished need.” During a flood? Now there is a no-fly zone around the implant. Then came a startling news that the spent fuel pool was so full that the fuel rods are stowed in excess in a dry area out of the pool safety. How long the area will become dry and wet what if? A journalist said that the bunkers for storage is now half submerged. One of the internal structures is subject to flooding that could relate to hydraulic pumps. The hydraulic pumps are not working? Do not already heard?
      The little news that came out from the area were nothing more than a slight alarm.
      It is sad to know that most Americans do not know anything about Fort Calhoun because the mainstream media is virtually ignoring this story.
      Fukushima
      Of course, the ongoing saga in Fukushima is one of the most important news of the century. Most analysts have finally recognized that this is the worst nuclear accident in history. The disaster Fukushima seriously contaminate the environment and the health of millions of people for decades.
      And the region continues to come out bad news. For example, did you know that a large number of people living in northern Japan has radioactive urine?
      It’s true.
      Were measured more than 3 millisieverts of radiation in the urine of people living between 30 and 40 km away from Fukushima.
      How would you feel if you were in their shoes?
      Very high levels of radiation continue to be recognized throughout the area surrounding Fukushima. For example, look at what an article in the Telegraph recently had to talk about the radiation levels that were found in water in a ditch near the central
      The water that flows into the channel out of the reactor number 2 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in north-east of Japan has a radioactivity level of more than 1,000 millisieverts time.
      A level that can cause temporary illness, including nausea and vomiting, and goes far beyond the 100 millisieverts time that are considered the lowest level at which you experience the risks of developing cancer.
      How many people in Japan (and worldwide) will develop cancer due to the disaster? The truth is that we will never get the true count of the damage to health.
      The radiation detectors were delivered to approximately 34,000 children living in the vicinity of Fukushima.
      But it was made three months ago?
      The way the Japanese authorities have managed Fukushima was a nightmare. We may never know what really happened.
      But what we do know is that Fukushima is the worst nuclear disaster in history. Read the following excerpt from a recent article by Stephen C. Jones:
      By comparison, the Chernobyl nuclear incident took place in Ukraine – so far the worst disaster ever recorded – the reactor burned for ten days and is estimated to have killed a total of about one million people around the world. Nuclear disaster in Fukushima in Japan there are five reactors that burn, two and three partial meltdown in the total meltdown, and ALL are burning uncontrollably from 11 March. It has been over three months and these nuclear disaster is still out of control. In fact, some people cite the possibility that the branch will meltdown content (optimistically) in a minimum time ranging from 1 to 3 years.
      But sadly our politicians and those who control the media apparently believe that it is better for us “not to panic” instead of having the truth.


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  • Someone want to check this radiation monitor in West L.A., and explain why it just went from 30 CPM about an hour ago to over 257 CPM (and climbing).

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-radiation-monitoring-from-west-la

    Thanks.


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    The Kauai station indicates it was raining at the time, so we believe the precipitation brought down Fukushima fallout from the atmosphere.

    This detection follows a similar, sustained elevated radiation level from the Kauai station on June 10th – see the Update below dated 6/11/11. Other than this, since the nuclear disaster in Japan, the stations on our Network that we believe to have detected Fukushima radiation in significant and noticeable levels have been limited to a couple of high altitude stations in Colorado, and an obvious one in Japan itself.

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  • China is Radioactive
    - Coal-fired power plants produce radioactive fallout

    Normally, you might expect a Monitor 4 at sea level to register background at about 12 CPM, so why the high reading? We are exploring a couple of theories. While the detector is not sitting on any kind of stone countertop, the building itself is concrete which, while not radioactive by definition, can emit a weak radiation signal. To test this theory, the Hong Kong station will do comparative outdoor surveys well removed from any concrete structures.

    The second theory is that his Geiger counter may be picking up radioactivity from an atmosphere polluted by coal-fired power plants. That’s right – I said coal, not nuclear. From the EPA, “Coal contains trace quantities of the naturally-occurring radionuclides uranium and thorium, as well as their radioactive decay products, and potassium-40. When coal is burned, minerals, including most of the radionuclides, do not burn and concentrate in the ash. While most of the ash is captured, tiny solid particles known as ‘fly ash’, including some radionuclides, escape from the boiler into the atmosphere.”

    Many of us have seen the news reports that China is already operating and continues to build large numbers of coal-fired power plants to fuel its fast growing economy. The Hong Kong station confirms that its metropolis is powered by its share of coal plants, and adds that in the capital of Beijing, the “pollution is horrendous”.

    So, if we have a significant follow-up on this issue, we will let you know. In the meantime, you may find intermittent live readings from the Hong Kong station as part of the uploaded Japan map.


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  • VanneV anne

    Thanks, Pu239. Living in Colorado, this is significant:
    “This detection follows a similar, sustained elevated radiation level from the Kauai station on June 10th – see the Update below dated 6/11/11. Other than this, since the nuclear disaster in Japan, the stations on our Network that we believe to have detected Fukushima radiation in significant and noticeable levels have been limited to a couple of high altitude stations in Colorado, and an obvious one in Japan itself. ”
    Quotation from your post.


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  • James Tekton James Tekton

    This sad truth movie is going to continue to get worse and more and more chaos is being created by the babylonians to distract from the ongoing horrors that are happening.

    Interesting stories follow.

    “The reason for official reluctance to admit that the earthquake did direct structural damage to reactor one is obvious. Katsunobu Onda, author of TEPCO: The Dark Empire (東京電力・暗黒の帝国), who sounded the alarm about the firm in his 2007 book explains it this way: “If TEPCO and the government of Japan admit an earthquake can do direct damage to the reactor, this raises suspicions about the safety of every reactor they run. They are using a number of antiquated reactors that have the same systematic problems, the same wear and tear on the piping.”

    The corruption is beyond ridicules. Is there any hope for all the innocent people of the world at all?

    Not new information, just more confirmation of what many already know here. Check this out:

    http://richardkoshimizu.at.webry.info/201103/article_96.html

    If there were this possibility which is great, of outside forces getting involved in Fukushima to help the people of this world, this heart would openly invite that. What are your thoughts about this? Fake??

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6N08Hvxhxbg

    All we can all do is pray and protect ourselves. Been feeling weaker and run down these days. How many of you are feeling the same and what kinds of reactions are being felt out there? Please check in from around the globe and post your feelings and thoughts here for posterity purposes.

    Blessings and prayers for america going into the long 4th of July weekend.


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    • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

      “If TEPCO and the government of Japan admit an earthquake can do direct damage to the reactor, this raises suspicions about the safety of every reactor they run. They are using a number of antiquated reactors that have the same systematic problems, the same wear and tear on the piping.”

      Reactors (and cities) are built on fault lines because that is where the water is. Rivers follow the faults.


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    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      James, I, too, have been feeling weak and rundown for several weeks. I have no idea what the real level of radiation is here in Florida, but I am concerned about the food we are eating. Our organic garden was so beautiful this spring, and the collards look gorgeous right now, but we dare not eat large, leafy vegetables! We have washed the tomatoes with baking soda water as prescribed, and then blanched them before eating. We don’t know what our homegrown food is doing to us. Florida is no longer the “sunshine state”. The grid spraying of chemtrails keeps the sky cloudy and overcast most of the time. We are in a drought and get very little rain. We live near the old Koppers plant–a superfund site. We are uncertain about the safety of our water. Maybe all this anxiety is what is making us all feel weak.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Toshiso Kosako, Does anyone here have access to him, or can contact him?

    That guy needs to have a format, from which to speak!


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Quoting a post from the comments there.
    Very well said…

    23 hours ago

    Jay Dratler Jr wrote:

    Mr. Kosako is a hero. At sixty-one, he’s at that special age for Japanese called “kan reki” (once around) when most professors retire from their prestigious national universities and seek “post-retirement” jobs at private ones. It will be interesting to see whether any private university in Japan will hire him after he stuck his neck out and bucked the pols like this. The WSJ should follow up.

    But there is also a huge irony here. You don’t have to be a radiation expert to give or understand the warnings that Kosako was given. All you have to do is have some knowledge of phyiscs and radiation and how the physical world works. (I do have degrees in physics but haven’t used them much for the last 36 years.)

    Non-scientists need to know one thing about radioactivity above all: none of the things that people ordinarily do to “clean things up” works with radioactivity. You can’t wash it away (even with acid), burn it, mop it up, or sterilize it. All those things affect only chemistry, i.e., the outer electron shells of atoms and molecules. Radioactivity is a property of the atomic nucleus, and it continues regardless.

    The only things you can do with radioactive materials are: (1) bury them (and hope they don’t leak into the water table), (2) sequester them in waste storage containers that you shield adequately, secure against theft and intrusion, and monitor regularly for leaks, or (3) wait for enough half-lives (at least eight to ten) for the radioactivity to fade to a safe level. Depending on the nature of the nucleus, (3) can take from less than a second to millions of years.

    Because radioactivity is a property of the atomic nucleus, it persists through every form of chemical transformation known to science, including all biological transformations. So a fish that imbibes radioactive water near Fukushima and then swims to Okinawa will be radioactive. Sushi made from it will be radioactive, and so will the feces of the people who ate the sushi in an Okinawan restaurant. So will the bacteria that dine on the feces.

    That’s what we’re up against. And that’s why the authorities were dangerously negligent in failing to monitor *all* the fish that constitute the vast majority of Japan’s protein intake, as Kasako warned and I also warned on these very pages several times in late March and April.

    Given what radioactivity actually can do, and how far, wide and quickly it can spread, knowledge is far better than ignorance. Even if knowing is scary, it is better than suspecting. As I warned months ago, the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, one of the world’s biggest and finest, could shut down overnight in a panic caused by a single radioactive sea creature. Or every stall vendor could be forced to buy a Geiger counter and wave it over his produce before every sale.

    Rice was something I didn’t consider because the reports from Japan I had read noted fallout only close to the Fukushima plants in non-agricultural areas, or areas taken out of use by the tsunami. But if Kasako, who has far better information than I, thinks radioactive plumes could have drifted over rice fields, too, caution and careful monitoring are in order. The only alternatives are panics and public-health disasters that are relatively easy to avoid.

    I have a small Geiger counter, about the size of two packs of cigarettes. I plan to take it with me whenever I eat sushi and test the fish (as discreetly as I can) before I eat. Why? Because many of the best sushi restaurants here in the US get their fish from Japan.

    Am I paranoid? Maybe. My wife thinks so! But I’ve tested many fish (canned and fresh) she’s brought home and found nothing radioactive so far. As I said, either way, knowing is better than suspecting, wondering or fearing. Japan and our own FDA should set up a reasonable program for radiation monitoring of appropriate food ASAP.


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    • Fall out man!

      Hi Jebus,

      Unfortunately the big deal is not just ordinary fallout that might trigger a geiger counter in sufficient quantities, but also “hot particles” which a geiger counter does not detect. Note that the average citizen in Tokyo was breathing in 10 hot particles a day during April. Those must be all through the Japanese rice crop by now. How fish will be affected I don’t know, but I would be wary of genuine Japanese sourced food now. Rice and noodles may be the worst since they would be prime candidates for hot particles.

      Also, there were reports of dead sharks (internal bleeding death, a sign of radiation poisoning) washing up on beaches in California. If you want to be safe, its time to stop eating any large migratory fish. Best to stick to local food. Already the Japanese have been caught out selling unsafe tea. To give you an idea of the levels of dishonesty. The Japanese government only tested for radioactive iodine in the food. Of course given its short half life they only need to keep the tea for 2 months and then there will be no radioactive iodine in it, since that decays to normal iodine in a couple of months. They can ignore things like strontium, uranium and plutonium. Its not their problem if their customers die a slow horrible death. Just so long as the money keeps flowing.

      Something to think about before drinking tea in a Japanese restaurant. Of course, tea can contain “hot particles” called “fuel fleas”. A geiger counter will not detect that. But if anyone drinks they tea, they are stuck with those particles for life, irradiating the cells around them.

      In my view, it is time to stop consuming Japanese food. If the Japanese won’t test it properly, then they know some of it is not safe. Your concerns are well grounded in my view at least. Another trick they are using is to dilute contaminated tea with ordinary tea by mixing them. It gets it below radiation limits, but if anyone happens to be the guy who drinks one of the hot particles in it, that’s a huge problem for that poor customer.

      I definitely do not think you are being paranoid, in fact you are not taking it seriously enough. Best not to eat at japanese restaurants at all now.


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    • Would that geiger counter pick up hot particles?

      I think you have to do an [auto]radiograph to detect those. No?

      Or, can some geiger counters pick up hot particles?


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    • Thanks for the post Jebus.

      Answered a lot of questions.


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    • Just want to highlight that bit:

      Because radioactivity is a property of the atomic nucleus, it persists through every form of chemical transformation known to science, including all biological transformations. So a fish that imbibes radioactive water near Fukushima and then swims to Okinawa will be radioactive.

      Sushi made from it will be radioactive, and so will the feces of the people who ate the sushi in an Okinawan restaurant. So will the bacteria that dine on the feces.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Start from the top….
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Chu
    A perfect example of faulty rationale.
    Scientifically brilliant with no sense of humanity of humility.
    Two-bit henchman…just sayin..


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    • Well, they do make him look rather like an angel:

      He is a vocal advocate for more research into alternative energy and nuclear power, arguing that a shift away from fossil fuels is essential to combating climate change.[4][5][6] For example, he has conceived of a global “glucose economy”, a form of a low-carbon economy, in which glucose from tropical plants is shipped around like oil is today.[7]


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Lots of reactors…makes the people thinking about Stuxnet..think about Stuxnet…lol


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Quantify that post and factor in the fact that Tepco has spilled quantities of radioactive water and stuff, on a scale that the world has never seen.


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    • This is what I was trying to tell a commercial fisherman I met up the road here, just tonight.

      There was a rapid change of conversation after I told him:

      “All the fish are radioactive.”

      Seems like such a nonsensical and overreactive thing to say, but, the truth appears crazy at first.


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  • sickputer2 sickputer2

    Notes from Joplin….

    Talked to a US soldier yesterday and again today who retired recently and he was in Tokyo 2 weeks ago.

    He said thousands of people are flooding to the city metroplex from contaminated areas and nobody trusts the Japanese government to tell the truth. A few with means have fled farther, but most Tokyo citizens are helpless and faced with a crisis without much hope for a favorable resolution.

    As for Joplin, Missouri today…the devastation from the F-5 super tornado May 22 is hard to describe…very sad. I did not want to take any photos as it seemed a travesty.

    I saw a lot of National Guard troops at restaurants and businesses, but not many working in the heat on the devastation. Maybe 20-30 trucks and bulldozers working today with less than 100 workers in an area where 10,000 troops or workers could easily be working 15 hours a day.

    I wish they had many more troops here to help out instead of getting shot at overseas. Terrible priorities for this regime in America. My respect for the American soldiers is at an all-time high while my shame for actions of US leaders is at an all-time low. I don’t think I felt this much bitterness toward the leaders even in the pathetic pathos of the Vietnam War. We do not have legitimate leaders for the most part in America 2011…we have succubus parasites being fed by the military industrial complex we were warned about by Eisenhower in his farewell address.

    As I viewed the awesome destruction with denuded trees and huge building remains that looked far worse than Reactor 3 I was struck by the fact that radiation from a nuclear plant accident kills a city and countryside for viable human life and yet leaves it relatively unscarred in appearances. It is such a silent invisible killer compared to the tornado damage.

    Joplin will rebuild and the city will be livable. But nuclear plant accidents do not give cities a second chance.

    It is going to be hard for Japan to accept that chilling reality and even harder for the world to comprehend the scale and enormity of this type of annihiliation from this invisible killer.

    Take care!


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    • I think we all know that Tokyo should be evacuated, but it actually sounds so ludicrous and impossible that nobody seems to mention it.

      As the winds head south, I imagine people will start evacuating themselves – in both senses of the term.


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    • milk and cheese milk and cheese

      Thank you for the beautiful post, sickputer.


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    • arclight arclight

      excellent post..


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    • Have to agree, forgot to mention that.

      A good, and important, post.

      Try doing a search on “flee tokyo [fukushima]” or “leave tokyo [fukushima]” and nothing much comes up past March 14th or so.

      I think even YouTube could be in on the act, but we’ll keep the jury out for now.


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      • arclight arclight

        when i was trying to find out info to host families i could find nothing about3 weeks ago and got little responce from orcanisations i contacted, primarily because of the disinformation from tepco and the government censorship…ive changed to metacrawler for searches and in the last week thats not working…you tube is seriously censored now…i have to think lateraly to find info now..the telecommunication companies are really getting thier act together…shame the nuclear industry isnt so efficient eh!!! peace


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  • shaktasna999

    I’m calling October for when the SHTF (barring any sudden activities like typhoons and such since we’re still in the season).

    Sickputer I feel your pain but you have to realize that soldiers are just that: soldiers. They follow orders by design. It is unfortunate and acts of rebellion should be the first thing these soldiers should be thinking of as it will be their friends and family ultimately affected by this.

    I think,truly, that all of Japan needs to be taken in by their neighbors. It is what we would want as Americans. If not to save us, to save our kids.

    Anyone stationed overseas is about to get very,very sick.

    This is going to be horrific to watch.

    To the Californians/West Coasters here: are you experiencing anything more than the usual physical weirdness? I swear my spouse and I are shedding skin like a snake. We don’t peel like this-ever.


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    • jump-ball jump-ball

      From CA desert cities:

      As an older 35 year road bicyclist now doing 20 miles per day in the CA desert cities heat, with mild pain from a tri-fecta of lumbar, sciatic and mild p.a.d. issues, it’s hard to distinguish what’s going on.

      I did have ‘metal mouth’ in March, which I’ve had years ago and wrote off again this spring as some metabolic coincidence.

      But April-May-June I have lost leg strength and pedal power, and my daily average speeds have dropped from 12 mph way down to 8 mph, and I can no longer ‘push’ the uphill grades.

      I don’t wear full-cover biker shirts and pants, but my skin shows no unusual changes.

      I am coughing up some new ‘stuff’ along the ride, which has never happened before, and I am very conscious of what is going into my nicely aerobic system as I push hard down ‘hot particle road’ in desert cities.

      Am addicted to these endorphin rides, and really want a breathable, comfortable exercise mask, but no masks so far work under heavy-breathing exercise conditions.


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  • shaktasna999

    The other thing no one is addressing yet is: water.

    Between BP and Fukushima what are our water tables going to be like by next Spring? We are now almost 4 months into the nonstop leaks.


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  • jump-ball jump-ball

    “We are now almost 4 months into the nonstop leaks.”

    My realization is that leaks are a chronic nuclear reactor problem having gone unreported for years, for example, at most of the 145 u.s. operating and closed plants, as shown on the following map, where a red circle with a ‘G’ indicates groundwater leak problems over the years:

    http://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_power/reactor-map/embedded-flash-map.html

    But Gulf of Toxico and Fuku I are the big leaks, that may render next year’s west coast bluefin tuna and GOM harvests inedible.


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  • shaktasna999

    Jump-ball I understand your possible realization but I am dealing with the facts as they have been given. You can file an insurance claim as of 4 months ago when the situation occurred.

    What valid legal claim can you use in court with the info you have provided?


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  • shaktasna999

    Jump-ball I don’t mean to be an a** but I have family in Japan. This is not a joke or game to me. People are dying.


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  • pg

    This is a smokescreen to the real problem. Production. Most owners, CEOs, CFOs, and heads of many of the top 100 Japanese companies have left, secretly and desperately trying to find replacements. “Write your own salary”…but still they cannot find worthy replacements. Why? Because what good is a big check every month if you have no food to eat, and, if you eat the food there your will become ill with radiation sickness. Does anyone really thing a $30,000 CEO wants to wave a Geiger counter over every drink and every bite of food? Every day? No, they wont. They will leave. Not only that they cannot find trained or qualified doctors, emergency personnel, nuclear experts. They are all leaving or left. Japan produces the electrical components for nearly every company in the world. Imagine what that will do to the markets and the dollar. It will flat line. I expect complete crash by the end of the next quarter. The men behind the curtain cannot hide and ‘missing product line” for 2012. People best prepare. It will be like living on a new planet come 2012.


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  • Was just talking to a commercial fisherman – husband of a friend of mine – on my way back from a walk and we got talking about his trade (mainly salmon).

    My wife had never met him so he introduced himself as a commercial fisherman. I asked him if there were any fish still left in the sea (ha ha, etc.).

    He says, for some odd reason, the oceans this year are absolutely crawling with salmon. So, off he went, completey immersed in his own excitement until I told him what’s going on.

    (You know the outcome – they didn’t want to know, didn’t want to talk about it).

    Anyhow, I laid it into him – “all those fish will be radioactive”, and so on. Then he says, yeah maybe next year and such. “No”, I says, “right now”.

    (I’m in the Pacific NW).

    Well, I know that seaweed, for example is 400% the legal limit, that emissions are ongoing and that TEPCO has released massive quantities of contaminated water into the ocean, most of it on the sly I would think.

    But, am I really accurate in telling him the fish are radioactive? Am I being irresponsible?

    Either way, I got him to shut up, and also tested the waters a bit on what the regular folks know about the disaster (just about nothing – they somehow think things are kinda ok-ish, but wonder in their dreamy sorta way why they don’t hear much news).

    Yep, the oceans are crawling with fish.

    But, ya can’t eat ‘em. And, given the blackout on information, feeding them to your kids would be, in my opinon, even more irresponsible.

    (E.g. they’ve measured seaweed at 400% the allowable limit of Iodine-131 in the Vancouver, B.C. area so one can easily surmise in regard to the other isotopes – Cesium and so on. Plutonium also in California). Elevated readings in Hawaii, more danger when it rains.

    But, it’s interesting finding oneself in situations where one has to leave possible sensationalism and really nail it down to what the real danger is, and not make any mistakes, and not be irresponsible, but honest.

    I honestly believe the fish are in danger, are not edible anymore, and that we also are in great danger.

    I hope I have that right and have hopefully erred on the side of responsibleness.

    [keep in mind salmon migrate all the way to Japan and back here to the Pacific NW].


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  • mikael

    This has a potential of not only ruin Japans export industry, but also for the USA and Canada(ex. fishfarms, crabs, etc).
    Californa wine, oranges everything growning in open areas, will eventualy be to “hot” to handle and it will cease to be exported and what then USA.
    I firmly belive USA is hitt mutch harder then officaly stated and/or atmitted.
    This will be ugly.

    And in the end Radiation has to fhysicaly stopped entering your/our bodys. Thats whats it all about, dont eat, dont breath it in, and water when food is prepeared and/or drinken.


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  • milk and cheese milk and cheese

    No matter how much you prepare eventually you will be exposed to the radiation. It’s in the air. You can’t stop breathing. It’s in the water. You can’t stop drinking that and even if you filter your water, something that you eat may have drunk, or been watered by, this muck. Distilling water concentrates the poison. It’s like this is a sick joke on all the people who try to prepare.


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  • nomade

    New nuke minister inspects radiation monitoring.

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/03_15.html

    13.9 microsieverts per hour 1 meter above the ground more than 30km from the plant.

    Obviously the levels would be much higher than that if they measured at ground level but they never do that do they. Rice paddy workers do not plant rice 1 meter in the air.

    Oh and there’s another snippet on NHK today.It seems they have been using SEAWATER to cool #5 for the past 3 months (and probably #6 as well). No problem at all with that corroding the fuel rods??

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/03_16.html

    and video showing the leak:

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/03_13.html


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  • VanneV anne

    Meltdown: What Really Happened at Fukushima?
    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2011/07/meltdown-what-really-happened-fukushima/39541/
    “It’s been one of the mysteries of Japan’s ongoing nuclear disaster: How much of the damage did the March 11 earthquake inflict on Fukushima Daiichi’s reactors in the 40 minutes before the devastating tsunami arrived? The stakes are high: If the quake alone structurally compromised the plant and the safety of its nuclear fuel, then every other similar reactor in Japan is at risk….”
    “But what if recirculation pipes and cooling pipes, burst, snapped, leaked, and broke completely after the earthquake — long before the tidal wave reached the facilities, long before the electricity went out? This would surprise few people familiar with the 40-year-old Unit 1, the grandfather of the nuclear reactors still operating in Japan….”
    “’I personally saw pipes that came apart and I assume that there were many more that had been broken throughout the plant. There’s no doubt that the earthquake did a lot of damage inside the plant,’ he said. ‘There were definitely leaking pipes, but we don’t know which pipes – that has to be investigated. I also saw that part of the wall of the turbine building for Unit 1 had come away. That crack might have affected the reactor.’…”
    “’It felt like the earthquake hit in two waves, the first impact was so intense you could see the building shaking, the pipes buckling, and within minutes, I saw pipes bursting. Some fell off the wall. Others snapped. I was pretty sure that some of the oxygen tanks stored on site had exploded….”
    “’there’s been an explosion of some gas tanks in reactor one, probably the oxygen tanks. In addition to this there has been some structural damage, pipes have burst, meltdown is possible. Please take shelter immediately.’….”
    “’To pump seawater into the core is to destroy the reactor. The only reason you’d do that is no other water or coolant was available.’….”
    “Problems with the fractured, deteriorating, poorly repaired pipes and the cooling system had been pointed out for years…..”
    “In September of 2002, TEPCO admitted to covering up data concerning cracks in critical circulation pipes in addition to previously revealed falsifications. In their analysis of the cover-up, The Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center writes: ‘The records that were covered up had to do with cracks in parts of the reactor known as recirculation pipes…. Cracks were found in the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant, reactor one, reactor two, reactor three, reactor four, reactor five.’ The cracks in the pipes were not due to earthquake damage; they came from the simple wear and tear of long-term usage…..”
    “The report said there might have been pre-tsunami damage to key facilities including pipes. ‘This means that assurances from the industry in Japan and overseas that the reactors were robust is now blown apart,’ said Shaun Burnie, an independent nuclear waste consultant. ‘It raises fundamental questions on all reactors in high seismic risk areas.’….”


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  • CB CB

    Not of the People, For the People, Nor By the People
    Rothchild said, “The few who understand the system, will either be so interested from it’s profits or so dependent on it’s favors, that there will be no opposition from that class.” Americans need to understand that “that class” is exactly who is running our nation. Yet, we foolishly elect “that class” because we are also manipulated by “that class” owning all forms of media except the internet.


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  • VanneV anne

    UK: “Today’s news strengthens the case for the government to halt new nuclear plans until an independent and transparent review has been conducted.”
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jul/01/huhne-fukushima-emails-criticism


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  • VanneV anne

    Opinion: Fukushima Disaster Shows Nuclear Power Is Never ‘Safe’
    http://news.yahoo.com/opinion-fukushima-disaster-shows-nuclear-power-never-safe-155109658.html
    “Nuclear power plants will fail, and when they do, the consequences are catastrophic for individuals and society. As the codiscoverer of the DNA molecule once put it, ‘the idea that the atom is safe is just a public relations trick.’”
    “….the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, has been captured by the nuclear industry and has been in regulatory retreat for over a decade…..”
    “Rather than promoting the expanded use of nuclear power, government regulators will be lucky if they can manage the end of the nuclear age and secure deadly radioactive wastes without more Black Swan events like the fiasco at Fukushima.”


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  • VanneV anne

    Fukushima to disarmament
    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/opinion/2011/July/opinion_July15.xml&section=opinion
    “Each of the world’s 437 nuclear power reactors and associated spent-fuel ponds are effectively enormous pre-positioned radiological weapons, or ‘dirty bombs.’”
    “We now know that just 100 relatively “small” Hiroshima-size nuclear weapons, less than one-thousandth of the global nuclear arsenal, could lift millions of tons of dark smoke high into the atmosphere. There, it would abruptly cool and darken the planet, slashing rainfall and food production in successive years — and thus causing worldwide starvation on a scale never before witnessed. This could result from the arsenals of any of the ten currently nuclear-armed states, with the exception of North Korea. Intent, miscalculation, technical failure, cyber attack, or accident could cause the nuclear escalation of a conflict between India and Pakistan, in the Middle East (embroiling Israel’s nuclear weapons), or on the Korean peninsula. Such outcomes are at least as plausible or likely — if not more so — than a massive earthquake and tsunami causing widespread damage to four Japanese nuclear reactors and their adjacent spent-fuel ponds….”
    “Attempting to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions through nuclear energy, thereby fueling the dangers of the ultimate global incendiary — nuclear war — could be the most tragic of all miscalculations.”


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  • CB CB

    July 3rd, I’m wondering about the big picture here. Fukushima, Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Plant, Cooper Nuclear Station, Los Alamos, and now French nuclear plant Tricastin. Not to mention Fukushimas #5&6 and the Monju reactor. That’s 10 nuclear (clean fuel) reactors with major problems within 3 month’s time. How ironic.


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  • CB CB

    To TEPCO:

    According to the best evidence to date pertaining to North America, over the next five (5) years this may/will lead to significantly greater risks to: Pregnant women for premature births; Our infants for pneumonia, influenza and septicemia; Our children for thyroid cancer, leukemia and learning defects; Our women for breast cancer; Our adults and senior citizens most at risk for immune deficiency crises; and Our general population for various forms of chronic degenerative diseases including autoimmune diseases as well An explosion of such magnitude, especially if it involved Fukushima Reactor Unit 3, would likely cause a global catastrophic event. This is because the fuel rods in Unit 3 are enriched with Plutonium (MOX fuel rods). That happened, due to the extreme toxic effects from inhaling plutonium (it is perhaps one of the most toxic substances known), cancer death rates will skyrocket across much of the world, despite official propaganda bullet points which try to minimize the concerns. And most unfortunately for Japan, an area the size of Pennsylvania outward from Fukushima would likely become uninhabitable for thousands of years.

    What do you say about this Tepco?


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  • odylan

    anne, that’s an interesting point you raise about the quake – seismo (Switzerland) recorded the quake as a 6.2 (automatic) http://seismo.ethz.ch/index (scroll down list of quakes to 11th March and click on quake to see full details).
    Initially, as you will see that nei (usa) had the quake as a 7.9 and the gfz (germany) had it as a 8.5
    so here we have quake recorded as a 6.2, a 7.9, and an 8.5
    - suddenly we were all told that this quake was a 9.0 – and it is now in the publics collective consciousness that this quake was a 9.0
    Averaging out those initial readings suggests that he quake may have in fact been a 7.5
    - it’s just my theory – but I feel that if it was a 9.0 there would have been greater structural damage prior to the tsunami – the 7.5 figure is in line with the first information given out by the Japanese before the tsunami arrived – which is why many did not get to higher ground – in fact I recall seeing on video of the tsunami that the trains were still running . . .
    footnote: the nei(usa) raised the earthquake levels thus: 7.9, 7.9, 8.9, 8.8, 9.0


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    • VanneV anne

      odylan, I didn’t actually raise a question about the quake. I just posted quotations from articles written by other people. According to workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant the quake whatever its strength caused structural damage to the plant before the tsunami. The plant wasn’t above to handle this quake whatever its magnitude because of original design flaws and worn out pipes.

      The plants were originally designed to last only 40 years. But the industry has extended this time period to make a large profit. In the US the government covers the liability because insurance companies won’t touch it. The government is wrong to encourage irresponsibility on the part of the private companies. The consequences of a meltdown is too horrible to contemplate, both as to human pain and suffering and death on a massive worldwide scale for centuries, and as to financial meltdown which will cause starvation for generations.


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  • odylan

    …but having said all that
    the following shows a tremendous number of aftershocks (there 178 recorded on the 12th March)
    http://www.japanearthquakemap.com/dailyEnergy


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  • odylan

    I think we are in agreement that the quake whatever its strength (and we shall never really know) caused structural damage before the tsunami arrived to finish the job, but what I am getting at is that it suits the industry to blame the tsunami, for then they can say we only have to build a higher wall along the seafront and we’ll be ok – I think I read somewhere that this is what they plan to do at some nuke place on west coast of USA.


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  • VanneV anne

    Odylan, your have access to two data bases that I don’t have access to:
    1) seismo (Switzerland) http://seismo.ethz.ch/index
    2) the gfz (germany)
    Do they list today’s quake? The time and date are Japanese time and date:

    Japan Meteorological Agency | Earthquake Information

    Occurred at (JST), Latitude (degree), Longitude (degree), Depth, Magnitude, Region Name. 09:17 JST 04 Jul 2011, 37.2N, 141.0E, 10 km, 3.1 …
    This quake, although not large, is not especially deep, and if you round off the latitude and longitude as this Meteorological Agency does, it is the latitude and longitude of Fukushima Daiichi.


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