U.S. commander in Japan says “the reactors exploded” after tsunami — “I could probably teach a course in nuclear reactors”

Published: July 27th, 2011 at 3:12 pm ET
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U.S. wasn’t fully prepared for radiation risks following Japan earthquake, top general says, Stars and Stripes by Seth Robson, July 27, 2011:

[…] “As the (Fukushima Dai-ichi) reactors exploded and they sent some of that radiation out, we had the issue with it being detected off shore by the Navy,” [U.S. Forces Japan commander Lt. Gen. Burton M. Field] said. “We had to start dealing with the kind of environment that the U.S. military had not really worked in, so we didn’t have the strictest guidelines on what kind of risk we would take in terms of radiation exposure for our (service) members.” […]

Field said he learned some lessons from the operation.

“I would have been a lot smarter on the effect of radiation on humans, plants, animals, fish, ocean, land, air, soil, kids…,” he said. “I had zero idea about nuclear reactors before. I could probably teach a course in nuclear reactors and nuclear physics medicine at this point.”

Published: July 27th, 2011 at 3:12 pm ET
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16 comments to U.S. commander in Japan says “the reactors exploded” after tsunami — “I could probably teach a course in nuclear reactors”

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    POSTED TO HP
    Bummed today. 🙁 Guess that’s bound to happen when your looking at A LIFE ALTERING FUTURE. Peace.

  • arclight arclight

    “I could probably teach a course in nuclear reactors and nuclear physics medicine at this point”
    nuclear physics medicine ??? why did he need to learn about that?? what did he learn about that?? and how did he learn about that??….just saying!!

  • ali-ali-al-qomfri ali-ali-al-qomfri

    Following Arclight’s thought, release the data, we are tax payers who paid for the equipment & service men to be there to help. What are the numbers? and why the hell does some one at this level not have known more before, arenot the US naval ships run with nuke reactors? Isn’t the current batch of reactors around the world used because the navy wanted them?I don’t understand how they can be ” so clueless”

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      Could it be due to the fact that he was the Captain of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan? Being facetious.

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    “The reactors exploded”. Supreised the guy was allowed to say that and have the quote published. I bet japan would like to censor that little sentence right out of it’s internet existance…..

    • Daruma

      Excuse me, i could be wrong, but i think there is a little misunderstanding there. I mean: I think the U.S commander didn’t mean the reactors just exploded today but he is certainly referring to the day when reactors did explode, back in March.
      Though the fact i have some lacunas with english, i didn’t see any passages relating an actual explosion in the article… But as i said above, i could be wrong

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        Third paragraph:
        “As the (Fukushima Dai-ichi) reactors exploded and they sent some of that radiation out, we had the issue with it being detected off shore by the Navy,” he said.

      • StPaulScout StPaulScout

        I am talking about back in March. And I’m still suprised his comment made it into print.

  • theypoisonus

    I imagine ‘neuclear medicine’ is radiation poisoning? Like chemo+radiation.

    Probably meant info like good nutrition to cleanse, etc. just guessing. Kind of a broad statement.

    skf— Now It Is In The Eggs and not a little either !!
    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/07/radiation-in-japan-60-becquerelskg.html