Reuters: Rising radioactive spills at Fukushima plant — “More contamination, less hope”

Published: June 3rd, 2013 at 9:52 am ET
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Title: Rising Radioactive Spills Leave Fukushima Fishermen Floundering
Source: Reuters
Author: Antoni Slodkowski
Date: June 2, 2013

Rising Radioactive Spills Leave Fukushima Fishermen Floundering [...]

Tepco’s challenge is what to do with the contaminated water that has been pooling at the plant at a rate of 400 tonnes a day [...]

MORE CONTAMINATION, LESS HOPE [...]

Tepco officials have said it may take as long as four years to fix the problem, but have said they do not need outside help. [...]

“They say it’s safe, but they had always told us that the nuclear power is safe too – and just look what a mess we’ve gotten ourselves into because of that,” [captain Shohei Yaoita] said. [...]

“Previously I never went to see the doctor. Now it feels like I down more drugs and medicine than actual food.”

See also: Asahi: Tepco to dump groundwater from Fukushima nuclear plant into Pacific Ocean -- Trying to "avoid a total collapse" of system for handling radioactive water (PHOTO)

Published: June 3rd, 2013 at 9:52 am ET
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21 comments to Reuters: Rising radioactive spills at Fukushima plant — “More contamination, less hope”

  • Lion76 Lion76

    “They say it’s safe, but they had always told us that the nuclear power is safe too – and just look what a mess we’ve gotten ourselves into because of that,” [captain Shohei Yaoita] said. [...]

    safe adjective \ˈsāf\
    saf·ersaf·est

    Definition of SAFE

    1: free from harm or risk : unhurt
    2a : secure from threat of danger, harm, or loss
    b : successful at getting to a base in baseball without being put out
    3: affording safety or security from danger, risk, or difficulty
    4: obsolete of mental or moral faculties : healthy, sound
    5a : not threatening danger : harmless
    b : unlikely to produce controversy or contradiction
    6a : not likely to take risks : cautious
    b : trustworthy, reliable

    ————-

    Has become my least favorite word, EVER


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  • ftlt

    The sad thing is, this whole horrible ongoing event has been effectively removed from the public consciousness..

    You speak to people about it and they have no idea there is still a problem… Or look at you – as if you are just another conspiracy theorist type..

    It is surreal…


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    • mairs mairs

      Ftlt, I try to talk to people now and then, but you're right. They have no idea, and it's really easy for people to think I've gone off the rails and this is just my little pet cause that I've inexplicably latched onto.

      I have a theory, like the banks that are too big to fail, the enormity of this is too big for most people to pay attention to. It threatens their world view of life being basically safe, and that everything will go on as it had before this accident, and surely an entire nation-state couldn't possibly be threatened by one little nuclear plant, and surely the rest of us are far away enough, and someone must be taking care of this, right? On and on and on.


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    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      tell someone Fukushima Equals 3,000 Billion Lethal Doses, and they smile and carry on as if you said vanilla ice cream. Tell them physicists have said Fukushima could destroy the ecology of the northern hemisphere, and its no different than saying a coconut fell on a Tahitian, or chicken little has informed us the sky is falling. Thus you live in an imaginary glass box, cut off from humanity…even friends and family. You could wave your arms, peering at them through the thick glass wall, but everyone has become a stranger


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      • We Not They Finally

        The news about 3,000 billion lethal doses (and that was last year — and about plutonium ONLY — worse now!) was on agreenroad blog, which is always excellent. And yeah, we see the indifference out there too. Our niece just e-mailed us that she is vacationing in Tokyo and "having a wonderful time." We had given her dire warnings and ways to check it out, told her to please not endanger herself like that, but it did nothing — party on!


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    • jec jec

      Ignoring the radiation danger is a world wide coverup; you are right on. Everyone you talk to, thinks its FIXED, and there is no problem or danger. What the governments don't know, today's electronics will keep more and more people plugged into EACH OTHER, not just the news pumped out to the media. When people get sick, and sicker..and its too late, they will finally figure out how much they have been lied to. Or maybe governments do know the danger of social media as they have put in control bands into all the new cell phones (US as far as I know), so you can get a message from President Obama. Frankly, this is just a takeover of my property, but is a good way to control citizen unrest. Its a new FCC rule the cell phone companies have to comply with. I don't want my cell phone controlled by ANYONE.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    There's no hope until it's cleaned up.


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  • Pretty sad, the source is Reuters but the link goes to Scientific American. You would expect something a little more in depth. The fish they are catching near the melt through do not stay in one place. The salmon that spawn in the creek by my home here in BC, travel far east in the Pacific, some close to Japan, eating fish that may travel west from Japan.
    The article is a gloss over of a problem that is the worlds not just a bunch of local fishermen. They want you to subscribe to Scientific American but if this is the caliber of writing I may as well subscibe to Entertainment Weekly. They explain yen to dollars but no explanation of Bequorels, why fisherman is sick and taking drugs or specific values of fish and again write it like its a problem only for local fishermen. Pretty sad.


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    • nedlifromvermont

      Adds a whole new meaning to "Where East meets West" …

      peace all!


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    • Sci Am was bought by a German corp at least a dozen years ago, and has been bought and sold even more since then. It's now a corp-friendly propaganda publication, in my humble opinion.


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      • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

        @nobuggy

        That is correct, nobuggy. Scientific American used to be quite a decent publication (40 years ago) but is now exactly as you say. Using Reuters as the source rather than Sci Am, is an attempt to hide the truth–it's not a local problem.


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        • We Not They Finally

          Note, the major universities also used to be places where honest science was done. Now MIT has "a TEPCO chair," and the lies coming out of Berkeley about radiation are criminal. Then there is the Professor in Indiana (name slips me) who is an outright spokesman for the IAEA. We are way past money corrupting just material things. Apparently if you just pay people enough, they don't care whether you live or die. Many independent researchers and activists are fabulous. But once people are beholden to grant money, that seems to change.


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          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            You dont even have to pay people. There was the question; how could the public go along with, even support Hitler, Mao Zedong, Mussolini or Stalin? It turns out this is how humanity is. Equip guys with a combat uniform and assault rifle, and they are eager to turn the gun where they are told. There is no "waking up", only a world of danger and strangers.


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            • We Not They Finally

              Yet somehow Americans thought that we were immune from dictators or extreme ideologies. We've been soft-selled into oblivion. Here, drink this, eat that, smile. Just keep your assault rifle handy — not to protect the public, no, but to make YOU feel "free." Pretty sick. But we (husband and I) talk to people a lot, even strangers. And it is remarkable that people here and there really do know that something is terribly wrong — sometimes even surprisingly young kids, wise beyond their years. We're getting older ourselves, but we want a future for them. It just does, yes, seem like a losing battle.

              If you want a greater/different perspective, however, read the Hopi prophecies, the Red Road prophecies. It's clear that someone saw a future world of people in cities so desperate they were offing themselves in groups, and deformed children everywhere. BUT also help from higher evolved beings than us who figure out "the codes in the blood." It may seem sci-fi, but if that was foreseen, then someone greater and wiser than us CARED. Unless you do not believe in any higher powers at all, there is compassion and help out there. We should at least be kinder to each other.


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              • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                WNTF, we visited this alien savior outlook recently. Im all for divine intervention, alien rescue, being kind, going within etc….but what about the animals extinct or soon to be; the sick, the deformed, the starving. It seems the angels and aliens were just a tad too late. Only by making the leap beyond anthopocentrism, and now, even life-form-centrist viewpoint, can we accept the toxic Red Road path as OK. Maybe a Buddha can manage that. Even so, it remains that toxins are not OK for the afflicted, and the white brotherhood didnt help the fukushima children or Gulf of mexico dolphins. Well meaning, but underachievers I guess


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            • irhologram

              No, it's worse than "this is how humanity IS." If news persons report this "locked down" stuff they are killed or fired. The latest is a St. Louis 30 year veteran anchor-man…just for ASKING, was he being punished by the IRS for his views. IMHO, this is different than humanity being morally deficient.


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              • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                irhologram, fascist control is an amazing part of the equation, yet there remains this character of human psychology where masses enable those without moral compass. The public is easily swayed…strange and disappointing.


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          • jec jec

            This happened before in American universities, just before WWII. History all over again.


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  • perufox

    Ok everyone. All of you need to take a look at http://www.drsircus.com. This is the solution to the radiation that has affected us all due to the $ and stupidity of individual governments. k


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  • Joe A

    I have a question and it has probably been asked before so therefore my apologies. I am thinking to buy a dosimeter. Can anybody give me link to information on that or can tell me what to look for or what are good brands? Thanks.


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