Reuters: Crisis deepening at Fukushima nuclear plant; Upgraded to ‘Level 3 Serious Incident’ — Represents a 100-fold increase in “severity of a radiological release” — Tepco says highly radioactive leakage continues, but unknown where from

Published: August 21st, 2013 at 4:03 am ET


Reuters, Aug 21, 2013: Japan to issue gravest Fukushima nuclear warning in two years-agency […] Japan will dramatically raise its warning about the severity of a toxic water leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant, its nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday, its most serious action since the plant was destroyed […] The deepening crisis at the Fukushima plant will be upgraded from a level 1 “anomaly” to a level three “serious incident”‘ […] That will mark the first time Japan has issued a warning on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES) since three reactor meltdowns […] The leak […] has not been plugged […] Each one-step INES increase represents a tenfold increase in severity […]

The Guardian, Aug 21, 2013: Japan is to issue its gravest warning about the state of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant since the facility suffered a triple meltdown […] The Nuclear Regulation Authority has now said it will dramatically raise the incident’s severity level from one to three on the eight-point scale used by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for radiation releases. Each single-digit increase in the scale actually represents a tenfold increase in the severity of a radiological release, according to the IAEA. […] Tepco has admitted it has yet to identify the cause of the leak […] The leak from the tank, which can hold up to 1,000 tonnes of water, has yet to be stemmed, according to Japanese media reports.

AP, Aug 21, 2013: Tokyo Electric Power Co. hasn’t figured out how or where the water leaked, but suspects it did so through a seam on the tank or a valve connected to a gutter around the tank.

AFP, Aug 21, 2013: TEPCO said the leak was believed to be continuing on Wednesday and it had not yet pinpointed the source of it […]

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Published: August 21st, 2013 at 4:03 am ET


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83 comments to Reuters: Crisis deepening at Fukushima nuclear plant; Upgraded to ‘Level 3 Serious Incident’ — Represents a 100-fold increase in “severity of a radiological release” — Tepco says highly radioactive leakage continues, but unknown where from

  • pkjn

    More young Japanese diagnosed with cancer after nuclear disaster
    TOKYO, AUG 21: The Hindu
    Six more young people from Fukushima prefecture in Japan have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer since Japan’s worst nuclear accident in 2011, news reports said on Wednesday.
    There are now a total of 18 cancer cases among people who were 18 or younger at the time of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the Kyodo News Agency reported, citing local Government officials.
    Twenty-five others were also suspected of suffering from some form of cancer, up from 15 in a June report, Kyodo said.

    • We Not They Finally

      .”18 cancer cases” times WHAT? “25 cancer cases” times WHAT? Just yesterday, the “new” nuclear accident was a level 1, and today it’s level 3, which is 100-fold as severe.

      So 18 plus 25 cancers is just crocked. I just want to know, TIMES WHAT? Ten, a thousand, fifty thousand? As of over a year ago, 36% of the children in the area already had thyroid nodules and they told the parents to not bring them back for TWO YEARS and they were prevented from getting second opinions.

      So I just want to know, TIMES WHAT?

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    "…Water in the latest leak is so contaminated that a person standing close to it for an hour would receive five times the annual recommended limit for nuclear workers in a year…."

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      “…The level 3 rating is assigned when there is exposure of more than 10 times the limit for workers, according to the factsheet.
      “It can also be assigned when there is ‘severe contamination in an area not expected by design with a low probability of significant public exposure,’ the factsheet says….
      “The leak is so contaminated that a person standing 50 cm (1.6 feet) away that, after 10 hours, a worker in that proximity to the leak would develop radiation sickness with symptoms including nausea and a drop in white blood cells….”

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    “…But, reports the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo, it is a difficult and dangerous job. The water is so radioactive that teams must be constantly rotated and it is clear that most of the toxic water has already disappeared into the ground….”

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    “…Level three cases on the INES scale are described as ‘serious incidents" with "exposure in excess of ten times the statutory annual limit for workers’…".

    • ion jean ion jean

      And if S.Korea is canceling airline flights…you know they know something bad is brewing…

      End of Guardian article reads:
      "Asiana Airlines, South Korea's second-biggest carrier, said it would cancel four chartered flights between Seoul and Fukushima in October out of concern over radiation leaks."

      • ion jean ion jean

        In the freaking AIR I mean…no flights due to what? Puddles? And they are worried about skyshine?

        This should concern us all…do we have Cs134 and 7 morphing into gas off the rad contaminated water? Or is it neutrons or gamma they don't want to get near?

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020


    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      I was talking to a woman on the bus today who had had first, thyroid cancer and was treated with radioactive iodine, and more recently had had surgery for uterine cancer. When I told her about all the fallout from Fukushima, she acted like she hadn't heard about the triple meltdowns. She also didn't know about bioaccumulation of radiation in animal products, irradiation of non organic fruits and vegetables, GMOs, bisphenol-A in plastics. The medical profession isn't really good about educating people to protect themselves. I told her to do research on the internet aboutB-17, etc. And she said she would.

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Anne you have heard we have close to 40,000 people walking around every day from radiation treatments that are actually radioactive hot.

        Just check into any time share etc. and bam you might be hit by radiation, since the person staying there before you was having a radiation treatment and didn't want to go home and contaminate their own house.

        That's a nice little vacation surprise for many sleeping sheep out here and then the once healthy sheep wonder why they feel so strange and are having some weird symptoms they can't explain…

        This radiation contamination is now everywhere and the cancer and disease rates mirror its return to/on our planet.

    • We Not They Finally

      We talk to LOTS of people — not just friends, but total strangers. And we will continue to do so. It is infernally frustrating that there is no official or widespread outlet. The MSM is starting to do weird freaky things, like Fox “News” ran a bizarre inhumane program that “cancer is being over-diagnosed and over-treated,” then CBS put on an “expert” that said that DNA damage can cause cancer, like it was just another carcinogen. No mention of radiation, much less deformed babies. THE PUBLIC IS BEING PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE UNACCEPTABLE.

      And we can scream as loudly as we like, but it will not change what will happen. So if we are going to scream, it will have to be about WHY it is happening, and how it is HANDLED. And to research means of combatting radiation through herbs and other holistic means. And share that with others.

      • vicky13 vicky13

        Hiya that is how I found this site. I was very curious WHY lame stream media is not covering this crisis. Started researching and is basically MSM blackout about fukushima.

        Glad I found ENENEWS and thank you for the work you guys are doing.

        vickyb in ottawa

        • We Not They Finally

          Vicky, there has been little coverage almost from the start. The first few weeks it was “crisis,” then nothing. They turned much of the public radiation monitoring OFF. In Europe, apparently, at least people were warned to stay indoors when there were heavy “rain-outs” of fallout a few weeks later. In the U.S. nothing.

          The food supply in the U.S. is also COMPLETELY UNPROTECTED. And the radiation so-called “safe limits” have just been upped to lethal levels. Contaminated food comes in from Japan all the time and no one does ANYTHING about it. Corporate interests (including nuclear) rule everything in the U.S. now. (Is it as bad in Canada?)

          It’s actually very upsetting and will be getting worse. But glad you are tuning in and stay posted.

          • vicky13 vicky13

            hiya We not they finally,,

            Yeah I agree, I have been following this crisis since it happened and expected LAME STREAM MEDIA to report on this daily if not by the hour. Was very bizzar when I scanned news feeds and didn't see a peep about this.

            Then dug further in and to my horror discovered that the radiation monitoring equipment was turned off North America wide. Started to poke around on the blogosphere where I work full time, and found this site. I have been here afew months now reading and learning and posting to my own blog.


            • vicky13 vicky13

              I started to talk to family and friends and readers on my site,, and was stunned at the lack of knowledge, or even concern about this disaster. I have now freaked my sister right out, and she is educating herself and backing me on my RED ALERT!!!! to my family.

              Whole thing is frickin' surreal. And yeah is just as bad here in Canada, I have been calling news agencies here telling reporters they seriously need to cover this story.

              vickyb in ottawa

    • Steve_G Steve_G

      How right you are timemachine! When I post a cute cat or dog article on facebook I usually have several "likes". When I post about Fukushima, mostly from here, there is a deep silence, as though this event is non-existent!!!!!!!

      OK, I'll join you—–WAKE THE FUCK UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    “…On Aug. 19, TEPCO officials informed the NRA that at least 120 liters of contaminated water had leaked, based on pools of water found at two locations….
    “However, the following day, TEPCO workers checked a 1,000-ton cylindrical tank measuring about 11 meters high and 12 meters in diameter and found that the water level had dropped by nearly 3 meters.
    “That showed that the leak totaled 300 tons, equivalent to what can be held in 1,500 barrels. The NRA then raised its severity assessment on Aug. 21….

  • markww markww

    This is a Natural News exclusive: The Japanese government ran a bizarre propaganda / brainwashing campaign in the aftermath of Fukushima to try to convince local residents they would be immune to radiation poisoning if they simply drank beer or smiled a lot.

    The government actually hired a "radiation expert" to host loony, quack science public speeches in which he claimed some of the most bizarre things you've ever heard, like saying that "animal tests" proved that laughing would make you immune to radiation poisoning.

    It gets even more weird. Check out the full story here:

    • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

      markww – so very cool to see you again my friend. Fuku is here. Its about the children and the unborn now. RIGHT HERE in the good ole USA….
      Every time Tepco admits anything its ten times worse than they admitted days before. THIS is so way out of control we have to act now!!!! Get the word out my man…. Start sending emails and phone calls to ALL senators and congressman you can…. No way out now. Entire northern hemisphere is in trouble. Unit 4 has cooked along with unit3… The PLUTONIUM is in the air…… Enough to kill ALL of us NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fucking people do something already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      I heard the same nonsense in the nuclear engineering class I took. I earned over 100% in the class exams by the time they adjusted for the questions they initially misanswered. But they gave me a total of 0.0% I assume for the information I posted in the discussion forums. Disinformation propaganda issued on behalf of the nuclear industry makes them look like total morons. The nuclear industry is its own worst enemy. As with all con artists, they make statements that prove that they are completely not to be trusted. Their lies about biology are surpassed by their ignorance about nuclear engineering. They don't even have the nuclear science mastered.

      • ion jean ion jean

        Ok but let's look at this from all angles…while we all bear the burden of internal contamination, I need to state as a natural self healer that NO ONE can underestimate the powers of






        To heal any and all disease, if one develops the right frame of mind, however I still consume and grow and gather organic super foods, wild foods, supplements because you're not gonna get well being ignorant of good science…we are all born with a very large brain…lots of storage space

        So while I agree that laughter can protect one from radiation damage, it is being used by atomic gangsters in their web of lies which runs from LANL through NRC into MSM the public pro

        • ion jean ion jean

          paganda machine, bouncing off my eardrums and back out, because thanks to most of you here we keep each other well educated and up to speed on this deadly threat to our families, our genetic code is being modified against our will and we know it!

          Japan's postwar "democratic" government is a cheap knockoff of the U.S.A., like a vinyl bag on Canal St, NYC…it's too bad, but we got an impending 2nd wave of Nuclear Global Events coming from a nation in denial, overconfident in technology, preoccupied with consumption…

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

            On the other hand, if one gets cancer, it not someone's genes, or someone's fault. It is the environment. Yes, there are many things that help to prolong life. But if you get too large a dose of radiation or accumulate too much radiation over time, it will kill you absolutely.

        • Yukio_Tanukio

          One of my favorite people in the world, a Chinese young lady I've known since she was two years old and arrived in the USA from a refugee camp in Malaysia, married and had her first child almost a year ago. She (and her European husband) are both brilliant computer programmers. They were actually more informed than I about this nuke accident and about radiological dangers. But, shortly after she learned she was pregnant, possibly her doctor told her the lie about fear of radiation being more harmful to her fetus than the radiation itself. I think pregnancy is a time of emotional vulnerability. She caved in, and when she was two months pregnant she told me she "just wasn't going to worry about it," and would just eat normally like everyone else.
          Her baby was born with torticollis (twisted, contorted neck, aka "wryneck")which is very painful and debilitating – Usually can be corrected with surgery if it persists. Then, a month or so later, they learned her baby has a sequestered lung. Major surgery is the treatment for that. Sort of a burden for an infant. After that, she stopped telling me how things are going, but I learned from her uncle that "things are OK." So, the child is still alive. I know more than ten children born in this extended family since 1978 when they arrived, and more than 40 members altogether. This is the first born that was not healthy.
          You can test your positive thinking by measuring distance from a rad source and checking symptoms. Good luck…

          • ion jean ion jean

            I was born rad damaged with a very mild case of torticolus, near leukemia by sixteen, fluoride poisoned by two and flew through many a fallout cloud as a toddler keeping up with my parents' jet setter lifestyle…I also ate an abundance of fresh oranges and pomegranates and blackberries…also about half the milk I drank was powdered so maybe all that saved me, but maybe it was also the time I spent in prayer or practicing White Magic…

            Despite Fukushima and living in the jet stream, been healthier than ever before…the more you know…avoidance, prevention also key…

            Hey, somebody's gotta survive the nuclear holocaust, might as well be me…

            If you can't think positive, use lose all your power and then you're doomed!

        • We Not They Finally

          anne, you wrote about that course before and it sounded dreadful. Hard to get a decent education these days!

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

            I'm really glad I took the class and learned a great deal, both from the lectures and from the research I did for the discussion forum.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    For whatever its worth. On the Tepco web cam site you can contact them. I just sent them an email telling them what rat bastards the are for only paying their workers ten dollars an hour for them to risk their lives every day to try and save the world…..we all know that the fuku workers are walking dead men!!!!!! Thanks for trying in vane…your leaders suck!!!!!

  • Sol Man

    Professional grifters deceive while the art of milking the machine is similarly perfected so that the flow of blood money continually flows to them and their close friends/corporations. The flaw in it all is it is so easy to tilt the works by sending the support checks and it is built-in.

    • Ourself Ourself

      The machine is supposed to exist to benefit humanity, however it seems that now it is simply an instrument of death and suffering. It basically runs on blood. If people only knew…

      They don't want to know the truth, though – it's too dark. They want to be lied to. If they wanted the truth, they'd turn off the television; that's be the first thing they do, but most won't.

      Let me tell you a story. A sad personal story. A relevant one.

      My uncle was shot in my parent's house, by police, while they were on vacation. He was innocent. The cops claimed he attacked them as they entered the house. His blood, of course, was in his bed-room next to his bed, on the opposite side of the house. I know – I had to clean it up. They also stole money and cameras which my parents had set-up because somebody tried to break-in soon before that. The news reporters were even looking in the windows and making wild and false claims in their reports after it happened. My parents still watch the corporate propaganda stations, and believe what they hear! It's beyond sad. I'm not sure what more to say about that, except that it happened on my birthday. What a lovely gift to wake up to. What a fucked up society.

      (The cops raided the house because my sister's boyfriend attempted to murder a minor. Everyone knew he was trouble but my sister was obsessed…)

      • Ourself Ourself

        I don't usually share such personal things, I just wanted to show how truly fucked up this society is. The government, the media, the people, everything. I mean… the only person to learn from that experience was me. Everyone else learned NOTHING. I wasn't even there – I didn't even live there at the time. It was years ago. I recently moved back in with my parents, I had to move back in because of financial problems – I quit my job because of a psychotic manager who was ruining my life. Anyway, I've spoken with my parents about Fukushima after I saw cans of tuna on the counter. They joked about it and laughed as they ate it.

        I have nobody to live for, man, and I've been a great person my entire life. This is the system we live in, this is what it does to people. I'm not here to play the victim, just here to talk about the reality. This is the reality as I see it, and it's only going to get worse from here. It's almost funny to me at this point. What are you waiting for, Fukushima?

        • many moons

          Hi Ourself, sorry to hear of your terrible experience. It's especially difficult when those who have been installed in a position of caring and protecting turn out to be opportunistic, evil killers….it's hard to live through and anyone who hears the story doesn't believe it, or can't understand it. In their minds they can't picture the "good guy" doing wrong….don't blame them, they have been brainwashed.
          Maybe you could search and find some peace through knowledge to help you.

          • Ourself Ourself

            Thanks for the kind words, many moons.

            Daily meditation, art, nature, etc, have all been great to me. What I value most in my life is being of benefit to others, and I've been succeeding in that – it means the world to me.

            Many people would simply prefer to sleep and deny the reality. There is nothing we can do but let them sleep.

        • MichaelV MichaelV

          I witnessed my mother be struck by the blow that took her life, I was 7yo then, and I can't say it left me unscathed.

          It's been tough in many regards, personal and loving relationships notwithstanding, yet I have you here, and I know whats important in this life.

          • Ourself Ourself

            Wow. Yes, that must be tough.

            If nothing else, things like this gives us reason to grow stronger. Dark times have only given me more to write about, more inspiration, more to express. I've also learned a lot from the mistakes of those around me.

      • 21stCentury 21stCentury

        Ourself.. YIKES!! What a fucked up society. Devastating events, sorry to hear.. It's easier for us to understand the destruction of a tornado or wildfire.. but when humans mismanage our civil institutions they quickly become criminals themselves. Many of our cops nowdays are mentally wrecked Bush-War Veterans who were hired by our civil municipalities to "keep the peace" with very little effective training or management oversight. The case-hardened veterans think working for the city or county is a free ride to opportunity doing the things they got used to doing in the war-zone.

        Similar nasty violent oppressive crazy cop events have happened to me, your comment caught my eye, have my sympathy.. wish you better luck onward !!

        • Ourself Ourself

          Thank you, my friend.

          "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."
          ~Albert Einstein

  • pkjn

    21/08-2013 Bellona Foundation
    Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) said about 300 tons (some 300,000 liters) of contaminated water has leaked from one of hundreds of 1,000-ton cylindrical steel tanks around the decimated plant, much of which has apparently seeped into the ground, Asashi Shimbun reported.
    Six more young adults who were below the age of 18 when the Fukushima accident occurred were Wednesday diagnosed with the cancer, bringing the total number of confirmed thyroid cases resulting from the disaster to 18, Kyodo New Agency reported.

    • We Not They Finally

      The real health news is so under-reported, that reports like this are an insult. Like what happened to the SIXTY PERCENT OF CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF TWELVE who tested positive for DIABETES back in May, 2012? Untreated diabetes is a killer.

  • ruppert

    Fukushima is just the front page radioactive contamination story. It is way over the top in it's severity but for anyone living in the U.S., you don't have to go overseas to find radioactive pollution to be angry about.

    Hanford, Savannah River and any nuclear power plant in operation provides enough material to go crazy over.

    It's just now what was supposed to be a slow train wreck has become a high speed disaster. They can't fix Fukushima and all the screaming and angst will only harm yourself. The governments around the world have been allowed to run amuk by their people and now the chickens are coming home to roost.

    There may have been a time where they could have taken actions that might have mitigated somewhat the contamination but those days are long gone. It's amazing that there have been as few "officially" documented incidents over the world as there have been.

    The real clue how this was going to be handled was when we were assured that it would not affect us (U.S.) and they shut the monitors off. Does anyone really need any more "proof"?

    Your energy is best spent doing what you can to minimize it's effects and to take care of yourselves better. For Fukushima, the horse is out of the barn and having an ulcer every time they dole out another eventual piece of what's already happened, won't help you at all.

    The technology does not exist to deal with this level of contamination.

    Our only real practical actions are self-care and getting…

    • Ourself Ourself

      I completely agree. I still try to do what I can though, for sake of our planet and her children, instead of just taking care of myself.

      Like I said in my little rant a few posts up, I think the state of the world is almost funny now. This society that we live in is so insane that it's difficult to take seriously. It's like a big circus. A big joke.

      • MichaelV MichaelV

        It's been pointed out here that the merger of government and corporate
        slime is really fascism.

        A control of the masses which directs
        them to continue the status quo: hence rabid consumerism and the paramilitary police agencies.

        Remember J Donner vs the LAPD?

  • ruppert

    Our only real practical actions are self-care and getting out of the path of the fallouts when they occur.

  • bo bo

    I agree with the above comment.
    I feel like I've always known that is all we can do, no use keeping up with the details of this leak and that..

    However the reason I've continued to follow this site day and night practically for the past year is because somehow I hang onto the hope that one day, I will find crucial and definitive information I can show my family so that they will finally believe me and decide to move out of Tokyo (the rest of my family, that is – my sister already evacuated to Australia, for which she got criticized for being a hypochondriac, a tinfoil) and my friends around me in u.s. who also point fingers at me for being a paranoid tinfoil (although these days I just keep my mouth shut). I just keep searching for confirmation that I am not going insane. But all people keep telling me is : oh you know, you'll find ALL sorts of news on the internet! Stick to reliable news sources like NY Times! Cnn! Npr!!!


    • many moons

      Stop listening to others and listen to yourself.

    • Ourself Ourself

      I completely understand, bo. One of the reasons I frequent this site is to learn more, so I can explain it better for the sake of others, so I can give them something definitive. I have also been actively trying to help the situation, writing to marine biologists, congressman, etc, though it hasn't done much good.

      Anyway, this place isn't just for learning, though mostly it is; it's also a community of people going through the same problems. We can all relate. You're not going insane, my friend. You've been following the situation. In my opinion, it's much more crazy to believe known liars than it is to express your very real concerns.

      Have you seen the CNN clips from gulf war 1991, where it was completely faked and staged? They still do that, but they're much better at it now.

      Anyway, knowing the truth is a pretty dark place to be, in these interesting times. It's no wonder why people deny the reality – the reality is crazy! I can't blame people for wanting to take the blue pill, but we've already taken the red one and there's no going back.

  • bo bo

    Ourself – and many moons, thank you.
    And thanks to enenews community.

    Ourself – yes I've seen those clips from gulf war, and Boston bombings (I was 12 feet from blast and have been following the media circus closely. And yes, 9/11.

    I am sorry to hear the story about your uncle.
    The story reminds me of what happened to Ibrahim todashev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev's friend who was murdered by FBI in Florida.

  • Ourself Ourself

    Wow, you were right there in Boston!

    I'm not too familiar with the story about Tamerlan's friend. I stopped following the media circus. I'll take your word for it, though.

    Is your avatar of your pet? I know someone from Japan with a black cat named bo. She's very sweet, both her and her cat.

  • bo bo

    Sorry these things are bit off topic…
    But my point is these events including Fukushima really make me want an apology not from Tepco (no, with Tepco I just want them to find a solution) but from the mass media, for spinning fairytales.

  • Sickputer

    Fukushima Diary:

    "The contaminated water leaked out of the local dam and it went to the northern area, where the radio relay station and the steel tower are located. This area has not sand bags so the cars can pass by. This is the worst place where the contaminated water can go."

    SP: link in the FD section below.

    That much irradiated waste water leaking shouldn't remain unnoticed for 30 days. If it did then it means they are very short-handed for radiation workers and the number of workers onsite is not nearly enough to handle the problems. More than likely they saw the leak initially, ignored it, then lied about their actions (or non-actions).

    They needed a million workers from the first few weeks, but the arrogant Japanese government allowed Tepco to run the workforce. They ran it like a business and tried to contain costs. The result is what we see…a totally out of control nuclear complex that possibly in the near future will drive all human workers offsite. They have made no plans for such a contingency. No remote-operated bulldozers, no chemical stockpiles positioned where the buildings will collapse.

    The nuclear energy industry with "safe" green energy will be asked to explain to the world why Japan's citizens are at great risk of radiation-induced illnesses and deaths. The blame will be assigned to the actions of Tepco and the Japanese government, natural disasters, and yet they will continue to try and keep the other deadly plants operating.

  • bo bo

    In the days following, there were many reporters that came to visit my work. One of them was a journalist that covered 9/11, he took the famous photo of WtC second tower 'blowing up'. He did not see a plane. He was standing at the foot of the tower and was looking up. If it was an airline, he would have had a full six seconds to seeit come in. He saw something hit it, a metallic object. Possibly a missile. Those planes on nbc news might have been computer graphics.

    Most of the key witnesses of 9/11 who supports this theory have either 'committed suicide' or died mysterious deaths.

    But of course, most on enenews know about all this I gather..

    • Sickputer

      Yes we are straying offtopic..

      Just a reminder….try and stay fairly focused the thread topics. All of us slip up once and awhile.

      The second Forum in Discussion Threads (lower right side of Enenews home page) is for other personal Offtopic discussions.

      • bo bo

        Sorry, I also just noticed the 'reply' button, so you don't disturb the thread. Will be mindful. Still new to this.

  • bo bo

    Oh and yes that is my cat! Bo means 'spoiled brat' in japanese… but he actually came with that name, from shelter.

    I just threw on whatever pic I found on my phone for avatar.

  • vicky13 vicky13


    Hi Folks,, reading from Ottawa, Canada. I have a counter terrorism blog and have been posting info about this crisis.

    I figure Al Qaeda isn't going to matter much when we are all dead from this disaster in Japan.

    Want to do what ever I can to help.


    vickyb in ottawa

  • pkjn

    Disturbing thyroid cancer rise in Fukushima minors
    Published time: August 21, 2013 11:46 Russia Today
    Around 90 percent of those who were exposed to hazardous levels of radiation do not meet the criteria for free cancer screenings provided by the ministry and Tokyo Electric Power Company – the Fukushima Daiichi power plant owner.

  • pkjn

    Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan to upgrade Fukushima crisis to ‘serious incident’
    21/08 11:34 CET Euronews
    Medical examinations have shown that 18 children have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer since the crisis began.
    It also said the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the plant was unable to cope “in some respects” with the situation.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    August 10 recriticality at Fukushima caused two alarms at Washington State nuke on August 19.
    This fallout actually resulted in an NRC Event Report.
    Many thanks to POTRBLOG for a timely catch on this one!
    Many thanks to those on the Webcam Forum for watching and reporting on the ongoing releases.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Vicky13: Time to buy your own geiger counter.
    All: Stay out of the rain.
    (Current fallout is a dry air event, which is very alarming.)

    • vicky13 vicky13

      Hi PhilipUpNorth,,

      ya,, I hear ya,, been thinking about doing that for awhile now.

      Then again,, mebee,, I won't wanna know because it will just stress me out even further. Still debating this in my mind,, LOL

      Will have to find lead lined leather and chaps to ride my harleys which will totally blow!

      <current fallout is a dry air event>

      That is very alarming whole scene is alarming. Why the heck isn't the entire world of experts working to stop this. Is like a slow motion train wreck but billions of times worse. I wonder do they want to destroy this planet and everything on it?

      I get angrier by the day!

  • Lacsap Lacsap


  • UncleCrusty

    Soooo…. If it is already a "level 7 event" and you add a "Level 3 event", do you get a combined "Level 10 event"? Is it an accumulation factor going from a Level 1 "oops" to a level 7 "we're in deep trouble" IF so, we add level 1, 2,3 and 7. This is equal to a level 13 event. This translates into "We've just fucked the planet. sorry". I am so pleased there's a regulator there to assist in such important matters.
    For the record, I wrote my Congressman last night advising him, and asking if the US has anything up it's sleeve to help Japan/TEPCo. I turned powerless into empowered. I had to try writing for my own conscience. Maybe my Rep. can actually read and it helps. At least I tried. Take care folks. later

  • Gasser Gasser

    Would Marty Robins (El Paso) sing this today?

    Out in the East Prefecture of Fukushima
I worked at the Dieichie Nuclear reactors
Night time would find me in the control room

    Turbines would hum and the gauges would whirl.

    Blue and bright where the fuel pools of Dieichie

    Wicked and evil while casting their radiation spell

    The water was deep for these MOX fuel rods cooling
I was cautious, but in fear I could tell

    One day a wild Tsunami wave came rolling in
Wilder than any West Texas wind

    Dashing and tearing, water it was sharing
With the wicked Reactors that I controlled

    So in fear

I was challenged for my right to harness these reactors
Down went my hand to the control panel by my side
My challenge was answered in less than a heartbeat

    Reactor rods lay melting on the containment vessel floor

For a moment I froze in fear silence
Shocked what an evil criticality deed the tsunami had done
Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there
I had but one chance and that was to run

    Out through the back door of Dieichie I ran

    Out where the cars were parked
I found a fast one
It looked like it could run

    Up on its seat and away I did drive
    Just as fast as I could
From the Fukushima Prefecture of Japan
Out into the wasted lands of Tsunami debris

    Back in Dieichie my life would be worthless
Everything's gone in life, nothing is left

    It's been not long since I've seen the blown up reactors
My heroism is…

    • Gasser Gasser

      Con’t Would Marty Robin’s (El Paso) sing this today

      I gassed up and back I did drive
Driving alone in the dark

      Maybe tomorrow Plutonium may find me

      Tonight nothing's worse than this Cesium pain in my heart

      And at last here I am

      On the hill overlooking Dieichie

      I can see Corium's black smoke below

      My stupidity is strong and it pushes me onward
Down off the hill to the reactor control room I go

      Off to my right I see five big Earthquake cracks
Off to my left steam a dozen or more
Shouting and running I can't let #4 fuel pool burn
I have to make it to Dieichie's water supply

      Something is dreadfully wrong for I feel
A deep burning pain in my side
Though I am trying to fill up the fuel pool
I'm getting weary, unable to hang on

      But my fear from the Yakuza is strong

      And I rise where I've fallen
Though I am weary I can't stop to rest
I see puff's of smoke from the containment vessel
I feel the Plutonium go deep in my chest

      From out of nowhere Strontium has found me
Entering my bones as I kneel by the water supply

      Cradled by two water pumps that I'de die for
There's only one drop of water , hu…manity…good…bye

  • godzuki


    The overall fukushima site rating is ines 7,
    1) the individual ines levels for each reactor were set before admission of meltdown (yet to admit melt through)… Should each individual level be revised now its admitted they melteddown completely – so 3x level 7…

    2) as Japan is still in a state of nuclear emergency, is it correct that the overal site level 7 ines rating is still in place and applies today?

    3) so the new level 3 is additional to the overall level 7 (made up of what should be at 3 level 7s for each of the reactors… Do the fuel pools have their own ines ratings?

    4) the first week released 1/10th of chernoybls radiation, yet now they often say "highest levels detected so far" at fukushima… So has it reached 10/10ths or more of chernoybls releases?

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Fuku was declared a Level 7 Event following explosions at Units 1,3,&4.
      Fuku became a Level 1 Event when Japan declared "Cold Shutdown" in December, 2011.
      Japan just took it back up to Level 3 in August, 2013 because of the uncontrolled flow of highly contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean:
      1. Contamination is flowing from broken tanks.
      2. More contamination is going into the Pacific Ocean from 1,000 tonnes of groundwater flowing through corium lava tubes under Reactors1-3.
      3. More contamination is going into the Pacific Ocean from 300 tonnes of water pumped into Containments1-3, which flows out the big holes in the bottom of the containment vessels.
      The Pacific Ocean has become a Nuclear Waste Dump of Death.

      Fukushima has been fissioning since 311, as measured by the continuous discharge of shortlived nuclides, like iodine-131, which is caused by nuclear fission, and has a half-life of 8 days.
      Accordingly, Fukushima should have been designated Level 7 since 311.
      Since four uncontrolled nuclear fires are involved (Reactor1-3, and SFP4), each of these four "serious accidents" should separately be rated as a Level 7 Event.
      Anything less is coverup.

  • godzuki

    Thanks Phil – I didn't realise it was down graded to a level 1 event when they declared cold shut down. Agree it should be multi level 7s ongoing.

    To my 4th point about everyone saying "it only released 1/10th the radiation of Chernobyl in the first week (or was it month?) with the 2+ years of daily leaks… Does anyone know if its data shows its overtaken chernobyl now? Or because all the data is b.s. tepco reduced statistics – I guess no-one can tell?

    Ps… Keep an eye out on the guardian newspapers comments for quokka z- if you see their history of comments it's only on anti fossil/pro nuclear… So I feel they may be a paid pro nuke commentor…

  • FXofTruth

    Tepco says highly radioactive leakage continues, but unknown where from.

    Maybe its from the MELTED CORES you dopes can't find!
    What ever happened to the "cold shutdown" and the road map?
    Looks like the TEPCO car went careening off the road – hit trees rolled down an embankment, caught fire and then exploded! But, like the bigger dope CEO from GE…"It will be better than before."