TV: Officials lying, many more kids getting cancer after Fukushima — Report: 1,200+ deaths from “illness caused by prolonged exposure” — Mom: “I’m really worried… children not the same… sick… nosebleeds, rashes.. white blood cells decreased” — Radiation by school 100 times normal (VIDEO)

Published: March 11th, 2015 at 10:28 am ET


ABC (Australia), Mar 11, 2014 (emphasis added): Radiation levels posing cancer risks… Before the disaster, there was just one to two cases of thyroid cancers in a million Japanese children but now Fukushima has more than 100 confirmed or suspected cases, having tested about 300,000 children… It is expected that thyroid cancers could turn up about four to five years after a nuclear disaster… [Megumi] Muto said her daughter and son, like many other children, had not been the same since experiencing the Fukushima fallout. “They had rashes on their bodies then nose bleeds. My son’s white cells have decreased and they both have incredible fatigue… both have multiple nodules around their thyroids. I’m really worried.”… Muto wanted to move her family out of Fukushima city but she said she could not afford to.

News 24 (SAPA), Mar 10, 2015: A total of 1232 deaths in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture over the past year were linked to the nuclear accident four years ago, up 18% from a year earlier, a news report said on Tuesday. A death is considered nuclear-related if is not directly resulting from a nuclear accident but is due from an illness caused by prolonged exposure. Namie town, close to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, had the largest number of deaths at 359, followed by 291 in Tomioka town, which is also near the complex, the Tokyo Shimbun reported.

ABC (Australia) video transcript, Mar 11, 2014:

  • Headline: Fukushima residents have taken cancer and radiation testing into their own hands, saying authorities are lying to them about the safety of their community.
  • Matthew Carney, ABC correspondent: It’s a heartbreaking time for Megumi Muto. Her daughter is being tested to see if the lumps in her thyroid gland have grown… Megumi is convinced exposure to high radiation levels after the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns is the cause.
  • Megumi Muto, Fukushima mother (translated): I feel angry. I think the authorities hide the real dangers, and now many more children are being diagnosed.
  • Carney: Many residents in Fukushima don’t trust the government or TEPCO.
  • Muto: Since the disaster my kids have been sick with nosebleeds, rashes and lethargy. Fukushima used to be a safe… area, but not now.

ABC (Australia) audio transcript, Mar 11, 2014:

  • Michael Brissenden, ABC: the issue of long term health implications like cancer are causing the greatest concern and controversy in Japan…
  • Matthew Carney, ABC correspondent: [Fukushima residents say the local and central] governments failed to protect the children. And they do not trust what the government or TEPCO… are telling them about radiation levels and safety. They’re conducting their own radiation tests and near this school in Fukushima City, the monitor reads 3 mircosieverts an hour. That’s about 100 times the rate of Tokyo.
  • Sumio Kunno, nuclear plant engineer: I have to investigate and inform the public of the facts… They’re still not decontaminating areas where children live or play.

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Published: March 11th, 2015 at 10:28 am ET


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231 comments to TV: Officials lying, many more kids getting cancer after Fukushima — Report: 1,200+ deaths from “illness caused by prolonged exposure” — Mom: “I’m really worried… children not the same… sick… nosebleeds, rashes.. white blood cells decreased” — Radiation by school 100 times normal (VIDEO)

  • invisible ELEphant in the room

    This is the most shocking youtube video I've ever seen:

    Dead birds on Pismo beach 3/10/15 by Kevin Blanch

    I think this comment sums it up:

    "What is wrong with Californians? I know they are not all zombies. Did I make it out of there in time? I stayed until 8/25/11. I have never witnessed anything like that when I lived there for many years. No one saying anything? I am so disgusted how people seem to go their merry way. Walking their dogs on the beach, amongst all of that death? So very disgusting. It is all so disturbing and sad and all in plain sight. Sheesh, the sleeping sheeple. Thanks again for caring."

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      I have been on this planet a long time, and very seldom, if ever, have I ever seen a dead bird unless it flew into a plate glass or the ones after 3-11 and Fukushima. 🙁

      But really how are the stock market and money markets doing today? Are they up? Is everyone making big/a ton of money is what I really want to know. 🙂

      We humans appear to have lost our way, and yes, all of it was taught/forced to/on us by many, many others.. 🙁

      None of this promoted folly will end well on/for this planet or any of the biological life present!

  • from a distance from a distance

    Co-creator of "The Simpsons" — Sam Simon — dies at age 59; he had been battling cancer since 2012.

  • Nick

    The Fukushima Fiasco has to be more than about children getting cancer, animals dying, adults going insane, etc. Our world is wedded to the profits of war. Nuclear energy is basically a fuel feeder for WMD's, everywhere, despite what you might believe. Atoms for Peace is a scheme to increase weapons-grade plutonium.

    The trend towards perpetuawar are everywhere:

    "It’s good to be an American arms dealer. Your bought off politicians promote chaos and war across the globe, and your profits soar. Spreading American democracy has never been so lucrative."

    THIS is WHY the silence and cover-up about Japan's horrors. Who do you think helped Japan develop nuclear energy? Peaceniks? Think again.

  • Nick

    So we can rant and rail all we want about dead birds on beaches, dying sea-lions, vanishing starfish, nose-bleeds, leukemia, weird rashes, depression,
    insanity, mutations in a vast # of lifeforms, cesium-laced pink skies, diminishing ozone layer(s), but the fact of the matter is we MUST start to face the hard truths about our modern world.

    As we face perhaps a "collapse" of the Pacific Ocean's ecosystem, it is imperative that we learn how to become less warlike and embrace the examples set for us by a few sane folks who know/have known how to wage peace.

    Nothing less will do.

  • Fukushima, TMI And Chernobyl Nuclear Accidents Caused Radiation Contamination In Wild And Domestic Animals, Up To Present Day

  • Nick

    But…but Nick…we HAVE to have a strong military and domestic police state, there are just too many bad eggs out there. Besides, don't ya know how lucrative weapons/ammo/drones/WMDs are?

    So get off your peace rant and smell the roses.

    Notice how Climate Change is being used as a cover for The Fukushima Fiasco
    (warm water, acidic oceans, storms etc?).

    We AIN't gonna die from climate change. We WILL die en mass if we fail to address the TATAL destruction that we ourselves hath wrought on this precious planet. (toxic at the atomic level)

    • melting mermaid melting mermaid

      Amen, Nick. It's hard to get through to people. Especially those who depend on these things to support their families. Doing the wrong thing for the right reasons is the American way. If you don't have a gas guzzler and a 2 car garage in our society you're a shitty parent. If you don't support the troops you're a traitor. If you don't support unbridled capitalism you're a communist.

  • Nick

    MM.. in a sense those of us who post, let alone visit this site, are technically enemies of The State.

    Truth hurts so it must be stymied and snooped on.

    I am at an age where I truly don't care one wit what y'all NSA types are up to.

    What I do care about is the utter lack of humanity most hominids seem capable of.

    When the children start dying in droves, maybe, just maybe enough folks will peek up from their smart-phones to make a mini-scule difference.

    Until that day all we can do is embrace GMI. 🙂

    • melting mermaid melting mermaid

      I think GMI is just the beginning of the end. Things are so irredeemably bad on so many fronts. We can't get rid of the radiation or the military industrial complex that spawned it. It truly seems like the end to me. So much waste. So much wasted. I just feel like I'm going to burst out crying all the time now. My six year old thought he was having a heart attack the night before last and his grandma said children don't have heart attacks and I just want to scream. They think I'm crazy. They never heard about wipp or Fukushima. They get there news from Fox, like all patriotic Christians and being down here in the south really drives it all home for me. We crossed a line. There is no going back. God forgive us.

  • Nick

    GMI victim:

    Seattle man kills girlfriend, drives her body to psychiatric hospital.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Very telling and it (TATAL) is now growing in leaps and bounds everywhere.. 🙁

  • Nick

    What if gigantism from radiation is partially responsible for bigger humans? We usually credit better nutrition, but I am not so sure these days.

    • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

      I think usa allowes much more growth hormones in the food , and it show's..more then nature could do in that litle time of their existence..

  • melting mermaid melting mermaid
    Very disturbing movie, mentions Fukushima at the very end.

  • Oom Werner P. Oom Werner P.…/0311di…/life_and_death/AJ201403070057
    Many more deaths under squalid living conditions recognised as
    physical and psychological fatigue which only a nuclear disaster can bring with no medical diagnosis or treatment to cure

  • antipodes

    Melting Mermaid It's been discussed here about having a conference concerning all these nuclear issues, I suggested regional meetings[for security reasons] and ease of travel,to plan strategies for survival, to help each other out however possible and to further this cause. I'm in the south also near the Smoky Mountains National Park, there or in Asheville, N.C. would be good places for meetings. Other regional cities that come to mind might be Athens Ohio, Bolder ,Santa Fe, Missoula Montana, Missoula Montana, Boston, Ann Arbor Michigan. I say lets join together for inspiration, strength and unity. God help us.

    • We Not They Finally

      I think we should meet wherever its best for us all. We need to find strength in us all.None of us are alone..Many of us know perfectly well what we all face..The inevitable..Once we are face to face with the results of years of foolishness ignorance and confrontation…Now the powers are concerned that we the masses will become aware of the what is becoming our collective fates…

      • melting mermaid melting mermaid

        I'm game. Just spent the weekend in Gatlinburg, one of my childhood haunts. Love the Smokies. One more beautiful place endangered by nukejerks.

      • Gentle Giant Gentle Giant

        We should have Admin create a forum for planning events and also posting events planned by other groups. We live all over the World, so any conference should take that into account (podcasting). I spoke with a friend of mine who is a Veterans for Peace Activist, and he had some good ideas. We need time to plan and set up something that is way bigger than us. So why not piggy back on the Anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, since other groups will already be on board with their plan already in place. We can set the date of the conference from August 6 thru August 9th with the main focus of Washington, D.C., where the speakers will be lecturing (maybe get Dr. Helen Caldicott, Dana Durnford, and many more) about a variety of topics. Between the hours of 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. , we take over the right lane of traffic in every Capitol City by lining up our vehicles in the right lane and driving around the Capitol . Our cars can have banners and flags (maybe some West Aussie design work with Gasserism's for additional effect). It would be great to see right lane traffic backed up over 10 miles out from The White House. The same can be done in every Capitol City anywhere people can get together. Bear bones idea, but an interesting one….

  • Arizonan Arizonan

    “People love their land and don’t want to release it.” $13.5 billion & 10s of 1000s ppl to "clean" #Fukushima soil.

  • from a distance from a distance

    "Hong Kong Finds Radioactive Contamination in Sample of Japanese Tea"

    "A sample of powdered tea imported from the Japanese prefecture of Chiba, just southeast of Tokyo, had 9.3 times the legal maximum level of radioactive cesium 137 allowed in food, the Hong Kong government announced late Thursday evening"

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    How is it going out there? Know anyone with cancer? Maybe fit and a non smoker? 🙁

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Love this one..but just a little clueless as to what still comith this way..

    But then it is just a ride..isn't it? We are all part of the future and the future is happening now. 🙂

  • rogerthat

    Thursday, 12 March 2015

    New report….32 million people affected by Fukushima and that is just the Japanese

    Approximately 32 million people in Japan are affected by the radioactive fallout from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, according to the 2015 Fukushima Report now available from Green Cross.

    This includes people who were exposed to radiation or other stress factors resulting from the accident, and who are consequently at potential risk from both long and short-term consequences.

    As with the Chernobyl nuclear accident, which impacted 10 million people, Japan is expected to see increased cancer risk and neuropsychological long-term health consequences. …

    "Our local presence and ongoing activities to help the communities impacted by radioactive contamination in Chernobyl and Fukushima gives us first-hand experience of the human and environmental consequences of nuclear disasters," said Adam Koniuszewski, Chief Operating Officer of Green Cross International …

    • rogerthat

      … The Fukushima Report was prepared under the direction of Prof. Jonathan M. Samet, Director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Southern California (USC), as a Green Cross initiative.

      A systematic approach was taken to gather information regarding the number of people affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, using the same measurement standards as a similar 2012 study on Chernobyl.

      The lives of approximately 42 million people have been permanently affected by radioactive contamination caused by the accidents in the Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants.

      Continued exposure to low-level radiation, entering the human body on a daily basis through food intake, is of particular consequence. …

  • rogerthat

    Mar 13 2015
    Fukushima lessons go unheeded
    Written by Diane Turco

    This past week, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) released the summary of their annual assessment of nuclear reactors across the country.

    With 100 operational reactors in the US, only 75 percent met all the NRC regulatory requirements.

    Given the impact a radiological accident would have on the population, the numbers are not reassuring at all.

    The gap between reality of regulatory oversight and identification of problem reactors is a threat to public health and safety. Regulators support the ongoing operation of degrading reactors, leaving it to corporations to determine how and when they respond to regulatory concerns.

    In the bottom 5 percent is the troubled Pilgrim nuclear reactor in Plymouth. NRC intervention will consist of increased oversight for yet another year.

    Previously, Pilgrim was also in the same degrading performance assessment category because the reactor had more shutdowns in 2013 than any other site in the country.

    The NRC followup plan, then as now, was more federal oversight. With this latest evaluation, one can only postulate that intervention certainly did not mitigate identified problems.

    Also, given the fact that three out of the five bottom level reactors are owned by Entergy Corporation (Pilgrim and Arkansas 1 and 2), a pattern of problems…

    • rogerthat

      is evident.

      Entergy operates 60 percent of the worst reactors with ongoing unresolved issues. With the mandate to close any reactor if the public health and safety cannot be assured, the NRC continues to protect the shareholders, not us, the stakeholders, by allowing this dangerously aging and poorly run nuclear reactor to continue to operate.

      A glaring example occurred recently. …

      … The lessons of Fukushima go unheeded.

      On Wednesday, March 18, the NRC will hold their yearly public hearing at the Radisson Hotel in Plymouth at 6:30 PM. This is an opportunity for the public to speak, so come and voice your concern. We need to fill the reality gap. The risk is unacceptable.

  • rogerthat

    Shut Down Indian Point Now! NYC
    A Grassroots Movement in NYC to Shut Down the Indian Point Nuclear Power Facility

    Fukushima + 4 Event at Goddard-Riverside Center

    2hr 47min Video Fukushima, Indian Point, Uranium Mining on Native Land

    courtesy of Joe Friendly
    Posted on March 12, 2015 by cllundgren

  • rogerthat

    … “Humans cannot control nuclear energy … Atomic bombs and nuclear power plants must be abolished.”

  • rogerthat

    Wylfa B: Why stories from Fukushima are a warning for Anglesey
    06:30, 7 March 2015 By Kirstie McCrum

    … Yoshiko Aoki is manageress of the Odagaisama Centre in Koriyama for Refugees from Tomioka.

    She was evacuated from Tomioka in the northern part of the Fukushima prefecture at 7.30am on March 1, 2011.

    “When the awful tragedy happened, I had to leave the place where I was brought up, where my ancestors tilled the soil and we loved the mountains and the rivers.

    “Around 15,000 people lived in Tomioka before, but since the evacuation, no one is allowed back.

    "We don’t know what the future holds for us.

    “Fukushima is a very beautiful, rural prefecture. When the tsunami hit, we escaped to higher ground – the wave reached a height of 21.1 metres.

    “Tomioka was right beside the power plant (Tomioka is 10 km from the Fukushima Daiichi site), so 4,600 households were evacuated.

    "They never ever told that they would not be allowed back to their homes, because they thought that nuclear power was safe. Even now, no one is allowed to go back to the town.

    “In the first three months some 3,000 people lived in a large event hall and then we were moved to temporary housing.

    "Some left Fukushima prefecture altogether. People can’t achieve happiness through science and technology if…

    • rogerthat

      this is what happens. I can’t see the future for Tomioka.”

      Takumi Takano’s husband worked at the nuclear plant.

      “He phoned me on March 11 to tell me that there was a problem at the nuclear station and I should take the family and leave Tomioka as soon as I could. My 81-year-old father had been one of the nuclear power station’s construction workers and he is now full of regrets.

      "At the time, he was not aware of the dangers of nuclear power.

      “The power stations were initially built with a 30-year life-span – when this was extended to 60 years, there was no opposition to the extension.

      “I now do not trust the Japanese government to give out true information either to the Japanese people or to the rest of the world.”

      Rumyko Kubayashi is a grandmother of nine whose former house is in zone two (the ‘daytime only’ zone), on the border of zone three (the ‘no return’ zone).

      “I visit to check up on my home and to measure the radiation level – it’s currently 5 μSv/hour (five micro Sieverts per hour: the “temporary safe level” for civilians is 0.23 μSv/hour).

      “I don’t want to return to my house because the radiation is so high, I can’t bring my grandchildren to my home and I do not want to live in a place where you can’t see your grandchildren.

      “I’m very, very sorry to my ancestors, who lived there for a long time as a family, a chain of generations. I am very sorry to my children and grandchildren because they cannot come back to live in our cherished home…

      • rogerthat

        I feel guilty, as if it was me who blew up the nuclear power station.”

        Nobuo Ikeda’s house is in zone three, the ‘no return’ zone on Cherry Blossom Street.

        “Four months after the evacuation, I decided that I would not return to Tomioka. Although I am very sad to leave my fourth generation family home, I don’t have long to live now and the memories are too painful.

        “I’m now motivated to live for other people and I enjoy drawing pictures which make me feel happy – but many people are very sad all the time.

        “Two of my relatives died in accidents at the nuclear plant before the 2011 disaster – one from exposure to high pressure steam, one from leukaemia – but information on previous problems at the plant was never released. I only know because they were my relatives.”

        Yokiko Shida works in a day-care centre for pre-school age children in Fukushima City, 90km from the nuclear site.

        “For the first six months after the accident, the children were not allowed outside and they were told not to run or disturb soil when on their way to and from the centre.

        "All over Fukushima children were totally banned from playing in water, not because the water might have been contaminated, but because the children would be virtually naked and they would lose the protection from radiation offered by their clothing. …

        • rogerthat

          “Over the summer of 2011, the sand in the sandpit was decontaminated and the walls and roof of the day care centre washed by pressure water sprays – radiation levels fell to between 0.5 and 0.7 μSv/hour.

          “The staff of the day care centre decontaminated the outdoor play equipment by washing the slide, swings and so on and monitored radiation levels regularly.

          "From the autumn of 2011, the children were allowed to play outdoors for 30-40 minutes a day, but they had to wear different clothes for playing outside from those worn inside.

          “A lot of children were voluntarily evacuated by their parents, but a year after the accident those children started to return to the day care centre. Now nearly all have come back, but some are still living elsewhere.

          "The radiation level around the day care centre is now around 0.1 μSv/hour, almost back to pre-accident levels. It is frequently checked by staff, but the children are usually allowed unrestricted play outside.

          “We have noticed that many children have not developed as usual – they have less physical strength and poorer mobility and dexterity skills.

          "We have tried to find alternative activities for them to make up for what they have lost from outdoor play, as well as taking them on trips to radioactivity-clean areas for them to play outdoors.

          “The children enjoy simple outdoor play – touching soil, rocks, playing in streams, petting animals, just like any children, but they cannot do these things here.''

          • Hmmmm, that's what my count is right now. A good day, since my average is .11/hour. You should see the look on faces when I quote a reading like the one you mentioned and show them mine.

            The public pays attention to people with geigar counters. Check out e-bay…very affordable. 🙂 That's my advice to anyone who hasn't got one yet.

            • earthsmith earthsmith

              That is so sad…they just want to touch things like …earth…but now it kills them ….thanks to the ones they are supposed to trust and believe in..I F#U#C%K img …………..why are humans so ……….

              those face are stuffed with cotton candy sugar coated shit, and they will lick it off a dead body…yeah what?

  • rogerthat

    Preliminary Earthquake Report
    Elapsed time Event date Location Distance Magnitude Details
    1 days ago. 12th March 2015 at 11:02 AM Namie, Fukushima, Japan 5.43 miles 5.2

  • rogerthat

    Swampy Cree Tribal Council severs ties with MKO over nuclear waste deal

    March 12, 2015 by Dennis Ward

    APTN National News
    Seven northern Manitoba chiefs say they’ve lost faith in the grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO).

    The fallout comes after MKO’s Grand Chief David Harper signed an agreement with a nuclear waste management organization.

    APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.

  • rogerthat

    Nuclear wastes out of control? Fukushima’s bags of radioactive trash pile up
    The fruits of the laborers’ efforts are stacked in those giant sacks—5.5 million of them and counting. They are spread out across Fukushima province, along roadsides, in parking lots and backyards. They are tagged and bar-coded so authorities know what’s inside and how radioactive it is – and when the bags might start to wear out.

    As the bags pile up and workers fan out across the landscape, some locals are questioning the cost-benefit analysis.

    Fukushima nuclear plant cleanup has cost $13 billion and counting After 4 years, Fukushima nuclear cleanup remains daunting, vast LA Times, By JULIE MAKINEN contact the reporter 12 Mar 15 “…..Karimata is in charge of the work here in an evacuation zone about 12 miles north of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant—part of the most extensive, and expensive, nuclear cleanup ever attempted.

    The scale and complexity of what Japan is trying to do in the aftermath of the 2011 meltdown at Fukushima is mind-boggling. Decontamination plans are being executed for 105 cities, towns and villages affected by the accident at Fukusima Dai-ichi, 140 miles northeast of Tokyo.

    Many Japanese regard this massive undertaking as a solemn obligation to right a terrible wrong. Others, even some of the people directly affected, question ….

    • rogerthat

      whether it’s a quixotic waste of resources.

      Karimata’s delegation marches up a side street to check on a brigade of laborers wearing gloves, masks, helmets and fluorescent vests with radiation detectors tucked in their chest pockets. Some are spreading fresh soil in the yard of an uninhabited home. Next door, workers are up on a scaffold, preparing to wipe down the roof and gutters.

      Across the street, near a bamboo grove, two men are erecting a plastic frame to support a massive double-lined garbage bag about the size of a hot tub. Dozens of identical black sacks, each weighing about a ton and stuffed with radiation-contaminated soil, leaves, wood chippings and other debris, stretch out behind them, awaiting transport at some uncertain date to a yet-unspecified final resting place.

      Four years after the Great Tohoku Earthquake shook northern Japan to its core, touched off a deadly tsunami and precipitated the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster, hundreds of square miles remain off-limits for habitation due to radioactivity. Some 79,000 people still cannot return home.

      But unlike the 1986 accident at Chernobyl, where authorities simply declared a 1,000 square-mile no-habitation zone, resettled 350,000 people and essentially decided to let the radiation dissipate over decades or centuries, Japan is attempting to make the Fukushima region livable again. It is an unprecedented effort.

      The sheer manpower and money dedicated to the house-to-house effort is staggering: …

      • rogerthat

        In the last four years, the government has spent $13.5 billion on decontamination efforts outside the nuclear plant, and the budget request for the fiscal year starting in April is another $3.48 billion, said Seiji Tsutsui, director of the international cooperation office for radioactive decontamination at the Environment Ministry.

        At the peak, some 18,000 people were doing decontamination work; as of early February, that number had dropped to 12,000. But around Minamisoma, there are still so many workers that residents in the northern part of town – which is not under evacuation orders – complain of heavy traffic as laborers commute to job sites and orange, yellow and turquoise backhoes and other equipment is moved from field to field.

        The fruits of the laborers’ efforts are stacked in those giant sacks—5.5 million of them and counting. They are spread out across Fukushima province, along roadsides, in parking lots and backyards. They are tagged and bar-coded so authorities know what’s inside and how radioactive it is – and when the bags might start to wear out.

        As the bags pile up and workers fan out across the landscape, some locals are questioning the cost-benefit analysis.

        “Decontamination – the activity is endless. The huge amount they are spending, maybe it would be better spent helping residents” resettle elsewhere, says Iwao Hoshi, a former city official in Minamisoma. …

        • rogerthat

          Unlike tsunami victims whose homes were ruined and realized they had to move on, he says, many radiation evacuees are stuck in limbo, knowing their homes are still standing……..

          In addition to wiping down roofs, gutters and walls, the workers scrape several inches of soil off the most contaminated farmland and replace it. Less-contaminated ground is “turned over” to a depth of 12 to 16 inches. Forest areas are also being attended to as well—within 65 feet of homes. That work is complex, Karimata says, because radioactive material fell on leaves in 2011, and those leaves then dropped to the ground, and have been covered over by several more seasons of detritus.

          “Now, if you remove the top layer, radiation actually goes up. There’s also an erosion problem,” he says. “Many people want us to do the whole forest, but it’s expensive and can create more dangers than we have now.”……

          The Environment Ministry wants to wrap up the cleaning brigades by 2017, but where to put all the material they’ve collected remains a vexing challenge. Authorities recently started construction on a massive specialized landfill in a pink zone just outside the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. When complete, it is expected to hold between 16 million and 22 million bags of debris – enough to fill about 15 baseball stadiums…….

          Even if all those details could be worked out immediately, there is still the question of just how to get millions of bags of radioactive debris to the landfill. …

          • rogerthat

            A 10-ton truck can only carry seven bags at a time. At that rate, transport could take decades. Material might have to be put into fresh bags if they start to break down before they can be moved.

            Tatsuhiko Kodama, director of Tokyo University’s Radioisotope Center, who has been recruited by Minamisoma to chair its Committee to Promote Decontamination, says the government’s plan is “nearly impossible” and makes no sense.

            “The government is simply putting soil into bags with no plan for recycling,” said Kodama, who has been visiting the area on a weekly basis. “The residents don’t trust the government so much.”

            Only if the material is condensed will it be possible to gather it in a central location, Kodama believes.

            Kodama believes some decontamination of bagged waste can be done locally. To that end, he has been trying to encourage authorities to build local waste recycling facilities that heat soil to high temperatures to remove radioactive material like cesium. A demonstration project that can process 10 tons a day has already been built in Iitate, a ghost town just west of Minamisoma that just before the disaster had been named one of Japan’s most beautiful villages………..

            – so read on …

            • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

              Not the kind of jobs program the world wants or needs and all this mess,effort and loss of life and property just to create Nuclear electrons on a planet that is a gigantic energy electron flying in/through space.

              Energy is all around us and there is no need to use or create any poisons to generate any of it..we can and must do much better!

              Shut all these poison producing Nuclear Power Factories down now while we still can! 🙂

  • Nick

    I see a day in the future when humans live in climate controlled huge geodesic domes.

    To get in and out will be through complex tunnel systems and decontamination zones, in addition to the obscene security protocols that
    would have to be in place.

    I know this is 50 or so years in the future, but if some of us don't start doing it now, we'll never get there.

    Heck, we all should be living as if there was no grid, growing sustainable crops, waging peace, etc…..

  • demise demise

    So many people are completely in the dark about this issue, though it is the greatest disaster ever and is never going away and getting worse.

    Only an angel with great powers can save the planet now that we have destroyed so much of it already.

    There are two thing that drive the human animal. Money and beauty. A beautiful women can get anything she wants. Money will get you everything you want. Everything else is secondary.

    Man is a barbaric warrior who shoots anything he understand or have control of. After thousands of years of this evolution, if will take many generations to mute these impulses successfully. Today we drone around in our SUVs with a cell phone and Starbucks and we are content to go home to our track home with the big screen TV. We listen to scripted news and read liberal based news papers. Really most of you are doing meaningless work to make someone else a lot of money and pay a lot of taxes at every turn to support a corrupt and useless government.

    The sad part is too many people are playing the rich mans game and don't want the hear that the world is slowly dying before their closed eyes.

  • Arizonan Arizonan

    USGA says risk of 8.0 in SoCal in next 1-30 yrs has just doubled, but Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant will be immune. Of course.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    They are dreaming as this whole planet could go into a unbalanced tailspin in a heartbeat!

    THese people at usgs know not what they do or what they are saying..Danger! Danger!

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