Radio: Fukushima disaster “shockingly not stopping – even the emergency is not over” — Much more radioactive water could wind up in the oceans (AUDIO)

Published: August 2nd, 2013 at 3:47 pm ET
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Title: Two years later, Fukushima still reeling from tsunami’s effects
Source: Public Radio International (Living on Earth)
Date: August 2, 2013

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Host Steve Curwood: Now, it’s been two years since this accident, but this nuclear meltdown reactor is going to be hot for quite a long time. Just how long will it be super hot?

Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
: [...] There are fission products that have half lives in the millions of years so you’re talking about radioactivity that’s essentially forever. [...] It’s very, very unclear to me how they are going to be able to get at this molten fuel [and] extract it from the bottoms of these highly damaged buildings [...]

CURWOOD: So, now more than two years since the Fukushima accident, and the problem seems to be far from contained, how can the Japanese get a handle on this going forward from here?

MAKHIJANI: [...] If that infrastructure that is now damaged becomes much more damaged, then the devastation could be quite great, and much more of it could wind up in the oceans. I mean, they have millions and millions of gallons of radioactive water that is stored in tanks on site, near the site, and they’ve been building tanks like they’re going out of style and they just cannot keep up. And they have no idea what they’re going to do with these millions and millions of gallons of contaminated water [...] this is an accident that’s shockingly not stopping – even the emergency is not over.

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Published: August 2nd, 2013 at 3:47 pm ET
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18 comments to Radio: Fukushima disaster “shockingly not stopping – even the emergency is not over” — Much more radioactive water could wind up in the oceans (AUDIO)

  • Sickputer

    Things are fine…just a little scratch. Tokyo will be a pleasant and safe environment for the 2020 Olympics.

    ….just as soon as aliens put an impervious dome around the big city and throw out all the dust, dirt, water, buildings, and contaminated people.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Those aliens might put something around the big city but it won't be to protect or let any people out.

    The populations are just about right for the eating/culling/storage and they only need to increase/raise the internal radiation readings of their human flesh stock a few more bars.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Island might glow forever if they don't encapsulate the plant.


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  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    Amazing. TEPGOV has "spent" so many workers(lives) on making the site look good, keeping up the façade, building tents over the ruins. The reason? Only time can fix Fukushima Daiichi. Millions of years…..


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  • weeman

    Let's hope nature has a answer, cause it's out of mankinds hands now, maybe it will make it to the mantle and gravity will do the rest, let's hope.


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  • nuknomore nuknomore

    "The Hills have eyes"
    Every time I come here to check on what is going on.. It gets more upsetting..
    So what is our future…
    They made a movie about it.. :(


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  • jec jec

    The contamination is ongoing, not slowing down. Its even increasing. I guess Japan's plan for the 2020 event includes 'removal' of the contaminated humans(radiation may take care of all those embarrassing ill people in the next year or so.sarcasm.) — look at all the Japan's leader's thoughts/comments on 'Nazi'; remember WWII and the Japanese mindset on human experiments during that time! They also got "rid" of the evidence in crematoriums..just use your imagination. Surely, modern Japan is not going to fall back into those dark ages due to 'saving face' over the failure of their nuclear systems and their demonstrated lack of engineering ability to handle self made disasters!


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    • We Not They Finally

      It is already doubtful that they keep ANY truthful records about birth deformities and still-borns. And they tell the parents of children with thyroid growths to just come back in two years and then prevent their getting second opinions. Doctors are fired if they even mention radioactivity.

      Please get it that these people have learned NOTHING since WWII. Germany somehow got past their history. Japan hasn't. The cruel inhumane mentality has been shown to be very much in tact.


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      • hanaloa hanaloa

        come on now, WNTF, "these people…"…youʻre better than that. You have posted insightful, thoughful comments, but I canʻt accept this one: "these people"?! This is a global issue and all nuclear powers, most especially the U.S., shares responsibility for this ongoing travesty. If it helps to think that Japan is the mother of this nuclear disaster, then it follows that America is the father. Please let go of the arbitrary borders and race boundaries…they are but politics in the end. The people of Japan, by and large, reject nuclear power. Unfortunately, nuclear is the agenda of the global fat cats. The handful of people with the power to push this are not representative of any race or country. They are historyʻs bad guys, the shadow government, the men behind the curtain. Letʻs shrug off this device of separation and know that we the people are billions. Maybe when more of us realize that, we can consolidate our power and counter this madness.


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  • NeverAnyDanger

    Two years later and the same questions are being asked. "How long will it last?" "What can be done?"

    People still haven't absorbed the basic facts of the situation. And nothing constructive has been done.

    If all the radiation was going inland instead of into the ocean maybe people would take it seriously.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Why does he think that the molten fuel is at the bottom of the buildings? Doesn't he know that the melt-downs long since morphed into melt-THROUGHS? So however dire he sounds, it's exponentially worse, yes?


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    hanaloa,
    Very nicely stated and yes we are all really one.

    You are very enlightened and like a breath of fresh air in the room!


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  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    Thousands of Japanese Continue to protest against nukes. June 20/2013..Around 7,500 people participated in the anti-nuclear protests in the Japanese capital, according to organizers cited by AFP. The demonstrators gathered in a park in central Tokyo, marched through the city and rallied outside the offices of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant which suffered meltdowns of three reactor cores following an earthquake and tsunami two years ago.

    "No Nukes! Un-evolved Apes Want Nukes!" read one of the banners held by Tokyo protesters. Disaster victims and celebrities, including Nobel literature laureate Kenzaburo Oe, participated in the event.

    http://rt.com/news/japan-anti-nuclear-protests-129/


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  • KingofthePaupers

    even the emergency is not over.
    Jct: Too bad we didn't use the Argentine Solution to fund more manpower for the clean-up sooner. Guess we'll be able to say the same thing when the next one goes.


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