Russian Energy Expert: History’s most large-scale man-caused catastrophes are probably Fukushima and Chernobyl

Published: October 22nd, 2012 at 5:21 am ET


Title: Lessons of Fukushima tragedy
Source: Voice of Russia
Authors:  Boris Pavlishev, Alexey Lyakhov
Date: Oct 22, 2012

The Governor of the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima Yuhei Sato and International Atomic Energy Agency’s Director General Yukiya Amano have signed an agreement to create a scientific center in Fukushima in order to investigate and eliminate the consequences of the accident at a nuclear power plant there.

In March 2011, an earthquake of unprecedented power shook Japan. 20,000 people were killed as a result. Fukushima was the region that suffered most of all. The quake ruined the local power plant, called Daiichi, and the sea and the air became strongly polluted with radiation.


The scientific center will be created in order to try to do something to eliminate this radiation.


“The Chernobyl and the Fukushima incidents are probably the most large-scale man-caused catastrophes in history,” Russian expert in energy and finances Sergey Kondratyev says, “and, although the Fukushima plant is at an ocean’s shore, and Chernobyl is deep in the continent, these two tragedies have quite a few common features.”


Published: October 22nd, 2012 at 5:21 am ET


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36 comments to Russian Energy Expert: History’s most large-scale man-caused catastrophes are probably Fukushima and Chernobyl

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Large-scale, man-caused, nuclear catastrophes ..and all unforeseen events. Our "only" hope is to stop allowing the existence of these menacing nuclear plants.

  • If the Earth was going to fly through a "cloud" of meteors, would "they" tell you?

    Supposedly, something as small as 400ft across could have earth devastating effects. What if we were going to fly through a high density zone of meteors say 50 ft to 600ft in diameter? And take maybe 200 serious hits?

    Would they tell you?

    Or would they make a power grab for all the resources in the world?

    Would they build bunkers?

    Would they beef up civilian law enforcement tools and vehicles?


      as these are not representatives organizations, they have no obligation to tell us anything. The world public has the mentality of the down-trodden housewife, whose husband comes home stinking of booze and whores, yet she dutifully puts blanket over him and carefully pulls his pissy boots off before he goes off to happy-happy land. She knows well what he's up too, but does nothing to free herself from the endless betrayal. As he is only a husband in, so goes that which claims right to our service and fidelity. The neat thing is, as they've abandoned the contract, we are now free to enjoin in a new one. We no longer have to follow any of the king's law as the king no long rules over us. He'll tell you he does but actions speak volumes over words. Think about it kids. No court of law, law enforcement agency or any-other entity that's currently affiliated with a government that does not represent you, has any legal control over you. This is the law. You've been freed but don't yet know how to emerge from the cage…

      • Anthony Anthony

        I totally agree with this post. Since 311 I have been quietly and consciously trying to live my life this way. 311 is an eye opener, leaving me feeling most days that the govt and other protective agencies do not or even maybe can not deliver the services you need when it matters and how it mattes and even lack the honesty and ethics I assumed previously was there. So I saw it afterwards as in a full on crisis you and I are on our own. It's doubly vexed if the govt was somehow at fault.

  • arclight arclight

    more media smooze

    "For this, IAEA is planning to attract experts from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus – mostly, people who took part in eliminating the consequences of an explosion of a nuclear power plant in the Ukrainian city of Chernobyl, which took place in 1986."

    "….eliminating the consequences…."

    ie using tobacco and food products to clean the soil?

    then sell that to the Plebs…

    now i might be cynical here but this russian paper is definately pro nuke

    another story has them happily reporting a nuclear powered belarus (europes last dictator).. known for corruption.. had 1 nuclear accident already (chernobyl)

    the admission of the scale of the disaster at fukushima is funding related

    An overwhelming majority of Belarusians support the idea of building an NPP in that country, President Alexander Lukashenko has announced.
    He said that Belarus strongly depended on imports of fuel and the continuing growth of its prices, while an NPP would help save 5-6bln cubic metres of gas a year. In addition, modern high technologies have been used in developing the Belarusian NPP project.

    Lukashenko pointed out that the NPP being constructed near the city of Grodno in the west of Belarus with Russia’s assistance should become exemplary and the cheapest one.

    According to the contract, the construction of the first block of the NPP is to be completed in 2017.


    • arclight arclight

      and the cheapest one


      • arclight arclight

        and this is cheaper and safer

        "In fact, if we had a level playing field, where neither fossil fuels nor renewable energy received favorable regulatory or subsidy treatment, solar would be increasingly competitive. Mr. Coal would be going home, and Mr. Sun would be coming out to play…"

        "Global subsidies for oil, gas, and coal amounted to $409 billion in 2010 —compared with $60 billion for renewable energy that year. Cutting those subsidies would be economically efficient, reduce overall energy consumption, and level the playing field with renewable power. The International Energy Agency suggests that removing fossil fuel subsidies would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 2.6 gigatonnes a year by 2035. That’s half of what’s required to prevent the planet’s average temperature from increasing by two degrees centigrade or more per year."

  • harengus_acidophilus

    "a nuclear powered belarus
    (europes last dictator).. known for corruption"
    "An overwhelming majority of Belarusians support"

    An overwhelming support for europes last dictator?
    Or violently forced support?


    • arclight arclight

      hi hareng
      "Ales Bialiatski, incarcerated at the Bobruisk penal colony, was transferred recently to the colony’s isolation ward reportedly right before his birthday on September 25 to prevent him from receiving birthday greetings.Since Bialiatski was imprisoned on August 4, 2011, his health has deteriorated and he has faced severe psychological pressure. Bialiatski, head of the human rights center Viasna, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison in retribution for his efforts to assist those who were arrested following the December 2010 elections, which were marred by serious vote violations and a crackdown on those who protested election irregularities."

      Zmitser Dashkevich, leader of the Young Front movement, is currently serving his prison sentence at the Mazyr penal colony, and went on a hunger strike more than a week ago to protest his severe treatment after he was recently transferred to an isolated cell at the penal colony. Dashkevich, who has repeatedly been targeted by the Belarusian authorities because of his political activities, was sentenced to two years in jail after being found guilty in March 2011 of assaulting two people in Minsk in December 2010, one day before Belarus' presidential election. He was sentenced to another year in prison on August 28, 2012 for “systematic and aggressive refusal to follow instructions of the penitentiary administration.”


      • arclight arclight

        this article has been pulled on the 9 october
        got it in cache.. more cover-up

        Belarus is one of the most repressive regimes in the world, ranked Not Free in Freedom in the World 2012, Freedom of the Press 2012 and Freedom on the Net 2012.

        this is a really scary place and its not being held in check by putin it seems.. anything cold happen here.. but the government are good for buidness.. and the can advise the japanese????????

        suspect these scientists will not get any funding though…

  • arclight arclight

    the links from this cache still work, so the above article has been stopped by deleting the link page completely

    heres the article and links while you can still get them.. looks like russia is going on a war footing.. propoganda time??

  • arclight arclight

    dont see the russian media reporting this

    French research confirms childhood leukaemia rates up, near nuclear power plants
    Fukushima’s Hot Water: Now Fallout in Our Kitchens? On The Issue, by Kimberly Roberson, 21 Oct 12,

    “……Just this year, French researchers confirmed that childhood leukemia rates are greatly elevated among children living near nuclear power plants. The January 2012 International Journal of Cancer published the study,Childhood Leukemia Around French Nuclear Power Plants — the Geocap Study 2002-2007.

    The inherent function of nuclear reactors requires routine invisible releases of cancer-causing radionuclides via the towers. Researchers also continue to see increases in cancer clusters — especially of thyroid cancer, breast cancer and leukemia — in areas near nuclear power plants.

    compliments the german study too!

    anything on the bbc about that? or are they "JUST AS GOOD" as the new improved russian media??

    • arclight arclight

      rt has this

      Oncologist and professor of environmental mutagenesis Angelo Gino Levis, who gave evidence during the court hearing, said that the ruling was “extremely important.”

      “Finally a correlation has been officially recognized between electromagnetic waves and development of tumors in spite of the anti-alarmist propaganda and research financed by mobile phone manufacturers,” Levis told the Corriere. He stressed that after working on several case studies the relationship between the use of mobile phones and the increased risk of brain tumors is proven.

      "It'll open, not a road, but a motorway to legal actions by victims. We're considering a class action,” Levis told UK newspaper The Sun.
      Other experts have been more cautious over the case. Silvio Garattini, Director of the Institute of Pharmacological Research said that at the moment there is no concrete evidence that proves the link between tumors and cellphone use. Garattini said “the court sided with the aggrieved because they were uncertain.”
      Currently the World Health Organization classifies mobile phones as “carcinogens” and lumps them into the same category as coffee and pesticides.

      link to the political intrigue here

      nothing on rt about the french study though

  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    What's the "energy expert's" name, Captain Obvious?

    • arclight arclight

      i traced that expert to here

      but then noticed this

      Ellen Vancko, senior energy adviser for the Union of Concerned Scientists (USA)

      Nuclear power plants are particularly vulnerable to grid disruptions: when the 2003 blackout occurred, nine U.S. and seven Canadian nuclear power plants experienced rapid shutdowns due to protective equipment designed to ensure the plants were not damaged due to extreme voltage and frequency fluctuations on the grid. Many other reactors in the Eastern Interconnection experienced significant disturbances but continued to operate, some at lower levels. The nuclear plants did not fail and their protective equipment acted as it should have, but this meant that more than ten thousand megawatts of low-cost, baseload nuclear generation was not available until these plants could be safely brought back online over a two week period.

      are the Union of concerned scientists pro nuke now?

      • harengus_acidophilus

        If I read "between the lines" it says:
        "Your -so called- cheap baseload, isn't that cheap and also will no base in case of greater tectonic activities."

        Just pointing to logical flaws with no own position, this is
        the only way to get audience from the "pro-fraction".

        It's easier to trust a nasty truth, if the source
        of this information is known as neutral.


        • arclight arclight

          hi harengus

          bit more from these "concerned " scientists here

          looks like they are more concerned about their pensions.. (invested in nuclear after 2008 crash.. only safe place! 🙁

          Safe? No. Safer? Yes.
          Nuclear power is an inherently hazardous technology; there's no way to make it perfectly safe. But we can make it safer. UCS has released a list of safety and security recommendations for nuclear power plants in the U.S., outlining steps the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and other government agencies can take to make a nuclear disaster less likely and reduce the damage if one does occur….. 🙁 great.. feel so much better now/sarc

          • harengus_acidophilus

            Do you know "pure scientist"?

            They can't be politic,
            they have no sense for it.

            Just a comletely different angle of view.


      • @arclight
        October 22, 2012 at 7:16 am
        "more than ten thousand megawatts of low-cost, baseload nuclear generation was not available"
        Vested interest economics. Torch it. The USA nuclear power programme consumes at the busbars five or more times the energy it delivers at the busbars during its entire lifetime from conception, uranium production, uranium processing,nuclear reactor and associated facilities construction,operation , maintenance, waste storage management including SFPs,research into waste management safety which trans-science, decommissioning and reparations payment.
        Look at ECRR 2010 and see the real magnitude of reparations vis a vis the ICRP witchcraft. The nuclear industry is forever indebted to society. It is a fraud to say nukes are low cost.

  • arclight arclight

    The Agency supports over 130 projects in cancer diagnosis, management and treatment. Oncology and radiotherapy centres are being established with our support in countries such as Afghanistan, Eritrea and Mozambique. We provide extensive training to health professionals. One of my major goals is to establish a Cancer Training Centre at our laboratory complex outside Vienna within the next few years.

    Our nuclear applications laboratories are doing pioneering work related to human and animal health, food security and safety, agriculture, and environmental monitoring……

    Next June, we will hold an International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century in St Petersburg, Russia. It will provide a valuable opportunity to consider nuclear power's long-term contribution to sustainable development.

    Nuclear safety remains the primary responsibility of individual countries. However, governments have recognized that effective international cooperation is vitally important and that the IAEA has a unique role to play in this regard…..

    As Director General, I try to pursue the Agency's multiple objectives in a balanced manner. I am guided by our mandate, which is to contribute to the welfare and security of the world through peaceful nuclear technology…

    nuclear materials in afghanistan?? 🙁

    from the director of the iaea

    • arclight arclight

      17 October 2012 | London, UK
      Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House

      Statement on Future Prospects for Nuclear Energy
      by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano

      Ladies and Gentlemen,

      It is a great pleasure for me to speak here at Chatham House.

      • arclight arclight

        heres how the bbc covered it

        IAEA seeks Iran nuclear 'clarification'

        The European Union has imposed more sanctions against Iran as part of its attempt to force the Iranians to abandon their nuclear programme.
        Iran says the sanctions are inhumane, there is no doubt those already in place are having an effect and that their nuclear facilities are for purely peaceful purposes.
        The BBC's James Reynolds explained from the Turkish/Syrian border that the Iranian currency "has lost 40 per cent of its value against the dollar" in the last month, and "essentially Iran is finding it difficult to get money".
        Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said that the IAEA can verify that declared activities and material are used for "peaceful purposes".
        But he explained that the agency does not have enough knowledge to say that there are not "undeclared activities".
        He could not give assurance that the whole of Iran's nuclear programme is used in peaceful purposes.

        not very in depth coverage.. and slightly slanted… 🙁

  • dosdos dosdos

    Unfortunately, it's money down the drain. Decontamination is a pipe dream.

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    "Probably"???!!!-"the worst man-made disaster ever??!! Now tell us something we don't know!!! '