“Very chilling warning” from Japan expert who foretold Fukushima meltdowns: “The Gods are warning us of something even more serious… incredibly disastrous” — Professor: Suddenly, our sun is doing very strange things… Crisis much worse than Carrington Event possible… Most unstable period since ice age, I’m very concerned about nuclear plants (VIDEO)

Published: May 26th, 2015 at 12:28 pm ET


Katsuhiko Ishibashi, Seismologist and Emeritus professor at Kobe Univ., Apr 28, 2015 (at 38:00 in): “This really is what I think… The Gods of this huge nature are actually warning the people of the Japanese archipelago in steps… In 2003, there was an earthquake that shook a nuclear plant where the design basis went over the standard seismic motion… Then 2007 at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa… a direct, serious hit — and yet the Japanese people did not listen. Then it gave us Fukushima… The Gods are warning us that something even more serious can happen in this Japanese archipelago. And of course nuclear power plant accidents can result not just by earthquake. It could have an incredible, serious effect. It has been dishing it out step-by-step, warning us toward something that actually could be incredibly disastrous” … Moderator: “Very chilling warning” (Japan Times, May 1, 2015: “In 1997, [Ishibashi] wrote a report… where he coined the term “nuclear earthquake disaster.” The paper was written about 14 years before the Fukushima disaster, yet reads like a post-mortem of what happened: A major quake knocks out external power to the plant’s reactors and unleashes a tsunami… leading to loss of cooling and meltdowns.”)

Interview with Dr. Robert Schoch, Boston Univ. (PhD Geology & Geophysics, Yale Univ.), Dec 2013 (8:15 in, emphasis added) “At the end of the last ice age our sun was incredibly active… all the data points to the fact that this is actually what brought the last ice age to a close, with dramatic climate changes, dramatic changes on the surface the earth [and] incredible geological changes… The sun had this turbulent period about 10,000 BC [and] is going through this turbulence once again. This has been well documented by astrophysicists — that all of a sudden our sun is doing very strange, very unusual things… our sun is now more turbulent, more active, than it’s been since the end of the last ice age.”

Dr. Schoch Oct 2014 (55:30 in): “There’s very strong evidence [of] a major solar outburst at the end of the last ice age… Our sun is again going through a period of instability, similar to what we saw 12,000 years ago… We may be due… for some major surprises… The Carrington event of 1859 [largest geomagnetic storm on record] may have just been the start of things to come… I don’t want to be a fear monger… but I think we have to look at the data, I think we have to look at it realistically, and I do think we have to be prepared… We’re incredibly vulnerable with our modern electronics and our dependence on electricity and electrical grid systems… It’s well understood by those people who have studied it, if we had a Carrington event today it would be devastating… we could well have something much stronger than a Carrington event.”

Dr. Schoch, Nov 2013 (12:00 in): “The sun is more active now than it’s been for the last 8,000 or more years… There have been very reputable papers published for instance in the journal ‘Nature’, arguably the most prestigious science journal… that we are going into a period of major solar activity… There’s a saying ‘shot across the bow’… The first real evidence of this increased activity may be the 1859 Carrington event… a major solar outburst.”

Dr. Schoch, Nov 2013 (4:30 in): “I hate to bring it up, but I will because I think it’s serious — the nuclear power plants that we have around the world, we’ve seen what can happen. Fukushima was not that long ago. When you knock out power to a nuclear power plant, the cooling systems don’t necessarily function… If you lose power to a nuclear power plant, we’ve seen what the results can be — and it could be a lot worse than Fukushima.… I don’t want to be alarmist, but on the other hand, I think we have to call it the way we see it. I think we really need to be talking about the evidence — which I believe is very good evidence — of what’s happened in the past, and the ramifications for this in the present and future.”

Dr. Schoch, Dec 2013 (17:00 in): “Something that I’m very concerned about is… we saw a little foreshadowing [at] Fukushima… a nuclear power plant loses electricity… If that happens to hundreds of nuclear power plants… or even just a couple, you’ve got major concerns.”

Ishibashi’s press conference hereInterviews with Dr. Schoch here (1 | 2 | 3 | 4)

Published: May 26th, 2015 at 12:28 pm ET


Related Posts

  1. Japan Reporter: Mutations increasing in Fukushima — TV: “Strange things are happening to the plants and animals” — Gov’t News Agency: “Long list of mutated life forms reported” (VIDEO) July 22, 2015
  2. Nuclear Safety Expert: “Many experts are extremely concerned we could have additional releases” at Fukushima plant — “Very, very unstable facility” (AUDIO) May 1, 2013
  3. Japan Times: ‘Records shattered’ at Fukushima — Radiation levels surge after typhoon — Tepco “doesn’t know why” this is happening — Warning “crisis could get worse” as 180 km/hr storm heading to area October 12, 2014
  4. Professor: Fukushima disaster is the worst case of nuclear contamination in history — It’s a crisis for all humanity — Building up to something much worse? (VIDEO) October 4, 2013
  5. TV: Fukushima crisis “much more severe than we’re led to believe” — ‘Mind-boggling’ — Small quake could tip over reactors and start it all over again — Japan “selling soul to devil” if they restart nuclear plants (VIDEO) March 31, 2014

457 comments to “Very chilling warning” from Japan expert who foretold Fukushima meltdowns: “The Gods are warning us of something even more serious… incredibly disastrous” — Professor: Suddenly, our sun is doing very strange things… Crisis much worse than Carrington Event possible… Most unstable period since ice age, I’m very concerned about nuclear plants (VIDEO)

  • bo bo

    Collection of recent pics of people collapsed in Tokyo

  • tinfoilhatbrian tinfoilhatbrian

    Just when you think they may have run low on bad ideas…http://www.vox.com/2015/5/27/8662757/china-moon-far-side

  • stock here: it looks like they are upping the game, in a very sick way. Hillary Clinton cut the deal in 2011 that US would buy Japan food as long as they rolled out the BP playbook to protect US nuclear conglomerates.

    Now they are looking to prevent even labeling the country of origin.

    "They" point to Mexico and Canada as the countries that could be affected, but methinks that Japan is the real target of this non-labeling.

    story below


    • PS I am not anti dem or anti Clinton, but she did actually do this, and for me that is a big strike against her,not a knock out strike, but a big negative.

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        You and yours are intentionally being poisoned and it is not a knockout strike?

        • Ya Obe, I understand what you say. I grow 90% of my food, so me and mine are fairly protected, all pols are subject to the real owners of this country and this world for that matter.

          If a candidate had more pluses than minuses, a single matter would not matter much to me, especially if it did not matter much to me. However, The (Hill)ary has a large hill to climb in my view. I think a woman could do a great job in the cat bird seat, but the Hill is not actually a woman in traditional regard….

          The NWO will be very orderly for "them" not for us.

          It is time to TIPP it good.

        • razzz razzz

          Yup, nothing to see here please move along. Uses her own personal email sever to jeopardize State secrets, calls for the release of her remaining emails immediately after she oversaw the deletion of 10s of thousands of them, at her discretion. Benghazi is a complete mystery to her but is sure some video has something to do with it but what difference does it make now after the death of Americans. While head of State, had her perverted husband make speeches to collect exorbitant fees get donations to their "charity" foundation by foreign governments and private donors i.e. Iran, in return for favorable contracts and in trade negotiations. If there ever was a definition of a PSYCHOPATH, she is it:

          "… In other words, you are completely free of internal restraints, and your unhampered liberty to do just as you please, with no pangs of conscience, is conveniently invisible to the world.

          You can do anything at all, and still your strange advantage over the majority of people, who are kept in line by their consciences will most likely remain undiscovered…"

          Only thing worse, she and her entire family is allowed to get away with breaking laws.

        • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

          Good question..

    • bo bo

      Most definitely.

      @stock- I'm blocked from commenting on your blog ever since you changed the captcha into food items..!

    • We Not They Finally

      Not labeling country of origin is pretty criminal; and if it's done to cover up radiation, it's tantamount to murder. They just want one big soupy "no one can figure it out." And any excuse that it's not to "panic" people is disgusting. True, dead people don't "panic," but where were you when you could have prevented the deaths, and deliberately choose not to?

      We ask stores, wherein possible, where some suspect ingredient on a label came from (like carageenan, made from seaweed,) but stores most often do not know.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    So , like ..hey.

    New Explosions Possible At Fukushima As UN Issues Final Disaster Report

    The U.N.-based International Atomic Energy Agency also criticized TEPCO, the operators of the plant, for their lack of preparedness for the devastating tsunami that hit Japan’s coast in 2011.
    May 27 2015


    New explosions possible?
    How can a FINAL report come out on an ON-GOING situation?

    • Wyakin Wyakin

      No sweets for me(O/NGMO popcorn?) but appreciate your posts.

      From a reference in your link.

      Four years after Fukushima, Japan is Solar-Powered

      In the week before 311, Prime Minister Naoto Kan, did an extraordinary act that set Japan’s energy course in history for the next 100 years.
      He was able to convince the Japanese Parliament to pass a solar payment policy (SPP), that required big utilities in Japan to pay solar home owners $0.53 kwh for 20 years.

      Kan had read the book “Solar Economy” by Hermann Scheer. It got him to thinking about how solar policy could actually be drafted to shut down all the nuclear power plants in Japan.

      Within hours of Parliament passing the solar policy, 311 happened. The course of history for Japan and the whole world changed.

      Kan made the Parliament an offer they couldn’t refuse: He offered to resign, fugitively, “to fall on his sword” if they would pass the solar payment policy for Japan. Many in the Parliament hated Kan because of his pro-solar policies.

      The Parliament saw the SPP as “nothing more than a minor greenie project,” “a Girl Scout project that would have no impact on nuclear energy.” “It was “too small, girlish, weak, little to do any good.”
      History was moving inevitably towards renewables. Fukushima just moved the needle faster.

      Hours after the SPP passed, boom, boom, boom! Three reactors exploded and melted down.


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    IAEA would like to announce ..NEW EXPLOSIONS POSSIBLE.
    And there it is.
    Take it or leave it.
    Except we can't leave it.

  • Noah

    What would happen, if as the Professor is suggesting, all plants worldwide, go off line at once due to a major flare event.

    The 3 11 event then was a preview.

    It would be arrogant to dismiss the possibility

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      What would happen? What's happening now, only faster.

      Of course, very few would die from radiation. Very definite studies have shown that in one week, all the pets would be gone. In two weeks, we're eating each other.

      'The Road' was a prophecy, not fiction.

  • Radicaldata Radicaldata

    Hello earthnature and all wonderful people, after checking out those great links, I somehow came up with a question.
    If the world has groups "for the want of a better word", that hate america such as the ISIS etc, why don't they go to take out things such as HAARP. Why is that not a priority for them ?
    It would hurt the sub humans that they want to hurt and they would probably feel just as relieved as most every one.

    Stay cool 🙂

  • Dick Shenary

    I took a mini vacation recently and got to visit several small Marine Rescue Centers well hidden along the California coast from Santa Barbara to Monterey. Currently the people who work there all seem to be volunteers. Paid staff keep a very low profile as almost all the people I met were volunteers. The volunteers are very discreet but stressed by the sheer carnage going on currently with sea lions. These were all good people who volunteer their time for marine mammals so I can say that they also depend upon the generosity of we the people. Yes that is correct – I am not sure if they are even paid at all and they are under a heavy work load. I personally gave as much as I could without seeming to be suspicious – no over the top stuff. They were curious when I did not want a receipt as in the future I will ask for one. I have also spent some time at coast guard facilities and all is quiet there. Sport fishing is currently promoting bottom fishing at $100/half day and many people were signing up. I ended my vacation at what is locally known as MBARI or the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. MBARI employs approximately 220 mostly marine scientists and engineers. (Founded by the late David Packard of HP fame) I politely explained to the head of security at the Aquarium that I would like the limited time of just one or a group of them if they wanted and security was welcomed by me if they wanted it as well. I just wanted to ask some simple questions of the finest minds…

    • melting mermaid melting mermaid

      Awesome! DS. That's definitely what we need more of. Concerned citizens asking tough questions and reporting back. We are clearly on our own here. I'm sure they are tightening their grip as we speak. Citizen journalism is the way to go. No strings attached, no bottom line or corporate sponsors. Just honest digging. That's why I love it here so much. Fishing for truths in an ocean of lies. Ferreting out those awful, golden nuggets of reality. Because if we don't, however will we survive?

  • Dick Shenary

    in the marine biology field. SECURITY ALERT happened even though I made five days available for five minutes of talk. I found this to be quite odd as from their own website the foundation was established as a collaboration between scientists and engineers. Apparently only if you are on the staff. I am qualified to meet with them briefly as I own a small engineering firm but unfortunately no time was available as staff works ten hour days so they can have every other Friday off. I was asked to leave the premises and I would be called when any staff member could find the spare time to speak with a member of the great unwashed American public meaning “un-degreed” or not associated with some large endowment. Apparently no time was to be found by this eminent group of scientists and engineers and I left without saying “Goodbye”. I am quite sure they were relieved by my not so sudden departure. However fate intervened and my airline seat assignment was next to a woman who had worked on the Long Beach kelp/radioisotope uptake study under the direction of Dr. Steven L. Manley at CSU Long Beach. She suggested talking to a very popular professor who still donates his time. I have yet to meet this man and it gives all new meaning to the phrase “Dr. Livingstone I presume” quote.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      😉 Love it!
      "I found this to be quite odd as from their own website the foundation was established as a collaboration between scientists and engineers. Apparently only if you are on the staff."

      Dick, it's a big club and you are not part of it! George knew..that you would leave empty handed!

      Enjoy! 🙂

    • bo bo

      Really interesting report, Dick Shenary.. thank u..that is very odd, like Twilight Zone..but I've also felt a strange Iron wall even with the few times I've called and tried to talk directly with these places. Alienation you don't expect to feel in company of animal lovers.

      I look forward to hearing updates.

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        I've tried calling, too, and get the same responses.

        Imagine what kind of pressure they are under to not talk to anyone about this. Maybe even threatened.

        The heavy boot of Evil on our collective necks.

  • Cisco Cisco

    Right up there with, "the check's in the mail." Hard to believe that this bullsh#t can be reported and printed….WTF! SSDD

    "Fukushima finishes purification process of stored radioactive water"

    " Tokyo, May 27 | The operator of the disabled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan has finished purifying the 620,000 tonnes of radioactive water stored in tanks at the plant, overcoming the main stumbling block in the process of dismantling it.

    All the strontium in this stored water has been filtered out, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) told Efe news agency on Wednesday.

    This has greatly reduced the risk of radiation at the plant and of contamination should any of the containers leak."

    • melting mermaid melting mermaid

      What about all the other shit?

      • We Not They Finally

        What about even the strontium? More where that came from. And this is just the "stored" water, if the report is even accurate. A thousand toms of new groundwater pours into the place every day.

    • jec jec

      And the independent assessment of the safety of the filtered water? NONE! Trust me..oh..the rest of the stuff..hey..its good for you..(sarc). If TEPCO filtered out the stronium..where did they put the highly toxic radioactive byproduct? Ocean dump site?

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      WTF is right!

      "The most serious leakage occurred in mid-2013, when about 300 tonnes of highly radioactive liquid escaped.

      The gravity of that situation led the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Japanese authorities to re-classify the disaster to level 3 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, the maximum level being 7."

      …I thought Fukushima was raised to a level 7 event when Tepco stopped lying, briefly, and the world realized it had chronic uncontrolled nuclear artery disease.

      "Tepco will have to continue treating radioactive water at the plant, as it continues to generate around 400 tonnes every day.

      This water is the result of leaks of the contaminated refrigerant used to keep the atomic reactors cool mixing with water flowing from natural aquifers penetrating into the basement of the buildings that house the plant."

      …What "refrigerant" would that be —
      They got something from Batman's utility belt? Shark repellant won't do it…must be the can marked B.S.

      Got to keep that "economy" going. Got keep the investors investing. Got to keep lying.

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        The refrigerant is the water.

        So the water is the result of the water. That's some useful information! Right up the with 'the cause of marine mammal hair falling out is the falling out of the marine mammal hair.'

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Quite the backwater news, the IANS

    • Down The River Down The River

      Thanks, Nick

      From your link – As expected, virtually the entire “sellout” mainstream media refused to cover the event, pretending that the citizens of the world aren’t rising up against an enormous corporate evil that threatens the future of our planet


      This is why 2016 will just bring more of the same.

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        That's why MSM outlets are losing money fast. The people are turning off these propaganda mouthpieces and turning to independent news sources.

        Newspapers are all broke, the big networks are bleeding money, all the advertising money is going to the Net.

        With all the options, why listen to liars and shills?

    • We Not They Finally

      Good catch re Monsanto, Nick. They've been evil for a long time. One of their early gems was Agent Orange. They are also the sweeties (pun intended) who gave us aspartame. They have had their fingers in nuclear pies too. Very bad news.

    • Just like the Citizens Climate march.. mass media pretended it did not happen either, much like this march, lots of cities and nations.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    OT. Follow the money.

    She Sells LLC Shells

    And weapons to Clinton Foundation donors.
    May 27 2015


    WSJ ..lol.
    Wall Street sensing a ruthless mistress?

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      'Will The Real Hillary Clinton Please Stand Up?'

      "While Obama unleashes his "folks" phrasing to appeal to middle-America, it appears Hillary Clinton has a different approach in her effort to reach "everyday Americans" – speak in tongues. As The Hill reports, Clinton – who grew up in Chicago – spoke with a Southern accent during a swing through South Carolina yesterday. What is even more disturbing is the fact that it is not the first time she has faked her accent as Bloomberg exposes various versions of American English employed by Clinton, going back to her early years as first lady of Arkansas and first lady of the United States."


      Very entertaining short video. Maybe she could do stand-up when the corporate speeches dry up.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    These two podunks (Hillary and Billary) are civilians right now.
    A good time to discuss them being lethal podunks.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I like that ..a pronoun.
    (Except I hope it doesn't go past her, there are enough woman haters in this world, and so, so many women in the world that are not like her.)

    Hillary Clinton signed pact w/Japan counterpart to agree no problems with Japanese food supply
    Jan 13 2014


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Personally, I don't car under what barrel of moonshine they stick their money.

    To subject to US population to untested products from Japan, (well, tested but the population doesn't get the truth), is the point of contention around here.

    Traitor to our country and the world comes to mind..
    But what? ..there is a chance of electing a traitor?

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      Typo ..that would be "care".
      And I don't, that's for the delusional Democratic party.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      "But what? ..there is a chance of electing a traitor?"

      How about for the last few decades, at least.

      The US is done. Stick a fork in it. Between Fukushima/more to blow, the war machine and the banking criminals in charge, the US going forward is a completely different country:

      'Princeton Study Confirms 'US Is An Oligarchy'

      "Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened."

      – From a recent study titled Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens by Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University"


      Even one of the most prestigious universities in the US – and the world – have determined the US is no longer a 'democracy'. We have become something else, and the country is just realizing this fact.

      • We Not They Finally

        There is someone Chris Hedges reveres — Sheldon someone — who intelligently calls the U.S. "inverse totalitarian." The usual totalitarian is top-down dictator rule. Inverse totalitarianism is that the base that generates leadership and policy up to the top is corporate.

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          That's also known as 'fascism', where the corporations rule the government, then the masses, where 'communism' rules the corporations through the government, then the masses.

          At the end of the day, there is a small group that rules both the corporations and the governments, and that is known as 'totalitarianism'. This is the .001%.

  • Nick

    Face it, corporate interests are destroying our precious biosphere.

    Democracy? Not until we reform our voting process (gerrymandering, etc.)

    This group has some very promising solutions to our political malaise.


    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      “If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it.”
      ― Mark Twain

      The .001% will never allow electoral reform. Look at the stolen election in the UK earlier this month.

      The .001% is in a panic, and that's not good for any of us.

      • We Not They Finally

        Elections have been outright stolen since the Orwellian "Help America Vote Act." The private Diebold voting machines with "proprietary software." No, not every election anywhere, but the Wisconsin recall election a good example. Also, Gov. Mitch Snyder in Michigan has to be suspect. Anyone in Michigan with any sense hates him. He's given over public property to private corporations right and left. He even overrode legitimate petitions to recall him.

        The first at-all publicized vote stealing was the robgeorgia.zip vote, ousting Sen. Max Clelland (the triple amputee veteran labelled "unpatriotic") for Saxby Chambliss. That was early in the Bush years and Clelland was outspoken.

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          Yes, WNTF,

          'Elections Corruption
          How to Rig an Election'

          "As recently as September 2011, a team at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory hacked into one of Diebold's old Accuvote touchscreen systems. Their report asserted that anyone with $26 in parts and an eighth-grade science education would be able to manipulate the outcome of an election. "This is a national security issue," wrote the Argonne team leader, Roger Johnston, using the sort of language that would normally set off alarm bells in our security-obsessed culture. Yet his warning has gone unheeded, and the Accuvote-TSX, now manufactured by ES&S, will be used in twenty states by more than 26 million voters in the 2012 general election.

          Johnston's group also breached a system made by another industry giant, Sequoia, using the same "man in the middle" hack – a tiny wireless component that is inserted between the display screen and the main circuit board – which requires no knowledge of the actual voting software. The Sequoia machine will be used in four states by nearly 9 million voters in 2012."


          It's beyond fixable.

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      Never fear ..SHE is going to pray over us first.

      "Corinthians 13," Hunt said calmly, almost nonplussed by the candidate.

      "Oh I know it well," Clinton said.

      "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud," the passage says.

      Clinton told Hunt about her religious history and commended him for his continued study.

      With scripture, Hillary Clinton wins over a voter

      May 28 2015


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    And alignment with socialism?
    Has the world forgotten McCarthyism?


    It sounds all good now.
    Let the people….
    What a set up.

  • We Not They Finally

    As for hillary Clinton..Elvis has a wonderfull song.."you aint nothing but a hound dog who cries all the time.You aint nothing but a hound dog who creies all the time.You never killed a rabbit and you aint no friend of mine…"

  • We Not They Finally

    Hillary has helped Japan to send food stuffs from Japan with no country of origin.."

  • hadia hadia

    hallo, leute, hello people,
    just watched that one: book your tour now…https://youtu.be/RqQ0zqyp6_g.

  • rogerthat



    Huge sandstorm engulfs Fallujah
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 – 00:57

    Fallujah's skies darken as a huge sandstorm covers northeastern Iraq, a video posted on a social media website shows. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
    ▶ View Transcript

  • rogerthat


    N-Plant Safety Measures against Volcano Eruptions Insufficient: Expert

    Tokyo, May 27 (Jiji Press)–Kazuhiro Ishihara, a volcano expert and Kyoto University emeritus professor, warned Wednesday that safety measures for volcano eruptions are insufficient at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s <9508> Sendai nuclear power plant in southwestern Japan.

    Ishihara, vice chairman of the Japan Meteorological Agency-affiliated Coordinating Committee for Prediction of Volcanic Eruptions, expressed caution after Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority completed all safety screening processes for two reactors at the Sendai power plant Wednesday.

    Speaking at a symposium in Chiba, east of Tokyo, Ishihara agreed with Kyushu Electric's assumption that pyroclastic flows would not reach the Sendai power plant in the event of an eruption in the gigantic Aira Caldera, about 50 kilometers from the plant.

    But Ishihara questioned "whether workers can remain at the plant to ensure the safe operations of the reactors if a volcano eruption effectively cuts off lifelines and residents start to evacuate, even if the pyroclastic flows do not reach the site."

    Ishihara also criticized an NRA-approved rule that Kansai Electric should consult experts on decisions on whether to halt operations if there are signs of a volcanic eruption.

    To read a full story, please click here to find out how to subscribe.

  • rogerthat


    Japan to Cut Pacific Saury Catch Quota to Lowest-Ever Level

    Tokyo, May 26 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese Fisheries Agency decided on Tuesday to cut the total catch quota for Pacific saury in waters around Japan for the 2015 fishing season to 264,000 tons, the lowest-ever amount since the current fisheries resource management system began in 1997.
    The total allowable catch in the previous fishing season between July 2014 and June 2015 was set at 356,000 tons.
    Although the agency believes fishery resources for Pacific saury are relatively stable, it aims to make Japan lead resource management as the world's biggest consumer of the fish.
    In setting the quota, the agency also took into consideration stable catches by Japanese fishermen, as annual catches of Pacific saury have been around 200,000 tons in recent years, according to an agency official.
    At the day's meeting of a subcommittee of the Fisheries Policy Council, some participants voiced concerns over increasing operations of Pacific saury fishing boats of other countries in the high seas of the northern Pacific.

  • rogerthat


    40% of mackerel tuna died in 1 week in a Tokyo aquarium, where 99% of tunas died earlier this year

    by Mochizuki May 28, 2015
    Following up this article.. 129 dead tunas found to have broken spine / Experts “can be caused by stress and mass hysteria” [URL]

    On 5/28/2015, Tokyo Sea Life Park announced 12 of 29 mackerel tunas died in the tank, where 158 of 159 tunas have died since the end of last year.

    Since the end of March, they have been adding 2 scalloped hammerheads and 500 Takasagos in this tank in order to check the quality of water.

    They also added 30 striped bonitos on 5/15 and 29 mackerel tunas on 5/29. However, 12 mackerel tunas have been dead by 5/28.

    They found most of them had their spines or head broken just like the 158 former tunas, which died since the end of last year.

    It is proved that the reason of death still remains in the keeping circumstances but it is not identified yet.



    Iori Mochizuki

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      The fish seem to be running into the glass. Their lateral line nervous system may be compromised. Iodine deficiency is one possible cause of that. Maybe electrical fields, or something that frightens the fish may cause them to run into the glass. Do they use local sea water for the aquarium? It has radioactive heavy metals which will affect the nervous system

  • Wei

    I really think God is warning Japan.

    Yesterday the Japanese government announced that they will re-start the nuclear reactors in the Kagoshima Prefecture…

    Today a volcano erupts at Mount Shindake in the Kagoshima Prefecture! The erupting volcano is about 160 km from the nuclear reactor.

    I hope they will listen to the warning this time and cancel the restart plans. Don't you think these people are crazy!?

  • rogerthat

    another brilliant piece by michael mariotte:


    NRC caves on foreign ownership (and why you shouldn’t expect it to value human life like other federal agencies)

  • rogerthat


    Downwinders documentary nears completion


    Kevin Jenkins

    The university crew making a documentary movie about what they call human "guinea pigs" used in Southern Nevada radioactive bomb tests 60 years ago expect to finish the film by the end of the year and are publishing teaser clips online.

    The third trailer for "Radioactive Veterans: A New Look at the Nuclear History of America" was posted Sunday on YouTube.

    North Carolina Central University Professor Craig Kabatchnick, a former Veterans Affairs attorney who founded the university's Veterans Law Clinic in 2007, said the documentary should be done by the end of the year and the team then expects to apply for entry at Southern Utah's DOCUTAH film festival and possibly Sundance's festival.

    The NCCU filmmakers visited Southern Nevada and St. George last year to shoot interviews with surviving "Downwinders" – people whose cancers in the years following the nuclear tests were popularly believed to be a result of the tests despite the government's denials of the claims.

    They even made a return visit shortly afterward when they learned of another person connected to the radioactive bomb tests who was willing to talk about his experiences.

    The first teasers for the documentary include …

    • rogerthat

      snippets of interviews, including comments by Mary Guy, the widow of a man sent from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, to participate in the Nevada test dubbed "Operation Upshot Knothole – Shot Badger" in 1953.

      Kabatchnick said the Marine was among military personnel who occupied desert trenches as a nuclear bomb was detonated some distance away, then were ordered to charge toward the base of the tower the bomb had been hanging from.

      "He was repelled four times (by the shock wave)," Kabatchnick said. "They were guinea pigs. Everybody was."

      The most recent trailer shows dramatic archival footage of uniformed personnel in the trenches as a flash is followed by the enormous cloud emblematic of nuclear explosions rising above the desert in front of them, as well as a clip from a training video claiming there is no harm from the tests and images explaining how the radioactivity traveled to Southern Utah.

      Kabatchnick represented the Marine in his legal battle to obtain compensation from the government for a series of health problems he believed were a result of his participation in the tests. The Marine filed his claim in 1978 but didn't win the case until 2009, about a month before his death.

      Jonathan Kelly, a full-time federal appellate attorney and adjunct professor at NCCU, represents Guy in her battle …

  • rogerthat

    to obtain the compensation Kabatchnick won for her husband.

    Kabatchnick claims the government applied artificially low standards for the Nevada test subjects when performing radiation dose reconstruction work to establish whether people were exposed to enough radiation to make them ill, something that continues to be disputed by officials.

    Kabatchnick said the documentary team has prepared transcripts of all 14 ½ hours of footage that will go into the approximately 45-minute film, indexing each word for easy reference as the team works to stitch elements together.

    "We're trying to get a financial supporter … so we can get a professional person to put the finishing touches on it and match the music," he said Tuesday.

    Follow Kevin Jenkins on Twitter, @SpectrumJenkins. Call him at 435-674-6253.

    Related stories

    North Carolina film crew documents Downwinders' tales

    Letter from the director: U.S. nuclear history must include ignored warnings

    Letter to the editor: Scientific research doesn't support illness claims

    – this includes three video clips, less than 9mins in total

  • rogerthat


    Cs-134/137 found from swallow nests in 13 prefectures in Japan
    May 27, 2015
    TOKYO, May 27 (Xinhua) — Cesium-134/137 was found from swallow nests collected in 12 prefectures and Tokyo, which include all the prefectures in Kanto, North East, North West coasts and Mid Japan area except Tochigi, local media reported Wednesday.

    The research was conducted by Yamashina Institute for Ornithology. Researchers of the institute collected 197 samples from 21 prefectures from Hokkaido to Kyushu and found 150 of them contain Cs-134/137.

    "The average reading was 7,502-becquerel per kilogram, while the highest reading was 90,000 Bq/Kg in Fukushima, far higher than the government's 8,000 Bq/Kg limit, above which such materials should be handled by the government as 'specified waste'," according to a report released by the institute.

    Researchers believed that swallow nests are made of clay and straw, thus the radioactive substance detected in them show clearly the pollution level of soils nearby.

    The samples were collected from 2011 to March 2012 after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear disaster. Researchers even measured the radioactive Cs-134/137 from the samples collected in Shizuoka prefecture, almost 500 km far from the nuclear plant, said Tokyo Shimbun.

  • rogerthat


    Letter: Demanding Closure

    Letter to the Editor
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    Scott Burnell of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) would have Malibu residents believing the only dangers Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant faces are from earthquakes.

    But there are literally a thousand ways to melt down a reactor. A pipe could break; an operator could flip the wrong switch. (Yes, it’s that easy, or nearly so, and there’s nothing to stop him or her from melting the reactor down on purpose, for that matter.)

    The potential scenarios for a catastrophic accident at Diablo Canyon go way beyond just an earthquake, but even for that, Burnell only said Diablo Canyon “can safely operate while additional analysis checks for possible safety enhancements.”

    In other words, they haven’t finished the research but, nevertheless, it can operate safely. Based on what? Burnell’s word.

    Even if Diablo Canyon does not have a meltdown, it has two other factors that demand its immediate closure. First,

    it’s still producing nuclear waste, which California, America and the planet have no way to safely store. At Yucca Mountain, four-inch thick titanium drip shields were expected to have problems far too soon. Water seepage could cause criticality events, earthquakes …

    • rogerthat

      could rip open the packaging exposing the contents … there were volcanoes nearby, transportation problems … it was a long list.

      California’s infrastructure is in no shape for transporting nuclear waste, yet we keep making more.

      But another good reason for closing is that California doesn’t need its electricity. Not only do we have an overcapacity sufficient to handle its permanent closure without fear of blackouts, but it gets in the way of solar implementation, which is booming in southern California thanks in part to SanO’s permanent, and most fortunate, closure in 2012.

      And no blackouts came from that, despite the assurances that its energy was also vital.

      The NRC has never endorsed shutdown as a solution to anything. Not even for SanO; not for Indian Point; not for the 22 reactors in America, just like Fukushima.

      But Malibu residents can demand Diablo Canyon’s shutdown at the corporate (PG&E), State (Coastal Commission, Public Utilities Commission, Energy Commission, governor and elected officials) and Federal (NRC and DOE) level.

      Ace Hoffman

      • rogerthat


        Fired power plant worker arrested with explosives, ammunition
        Contract employee at a nuclear power plant faces 4 terroristic threat counts.

        By Chao Xiong Star Tribune MAY 28, 2015

        A recently fired nuclear power plant contract worker upset with his union was arrested last week with leg irons, igniter fluid, propane, explosives and 500 rounds of rifle shells in his car, according to charges.

        Robert J. Johnson, 58, of Sioux Falls, S.D., was charged May 21 in Ramsey County District Court with four counts of terroristic threats. He was arrested on May 20 and told police that he had planned a “surprise attack” that evening for the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters union hall at 700 Olive St. in St. Paul.

        “Johnson clapped his hands together and said, ‘Boom. Tick tock tick tock,’ ” the charges said. …

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Shut this piece of junk down..old dangerous outdated technology that poisons everyone in the area and what we do not need is another.. Nuclear Wasteland..called California! 🙂

    Shut it down and move all the resources into green safe energy..

  • rogerthat


    Prominent Marshall Islands advocate for nuclear test victims honoured

    28 May 2015
    Almost 20 years after her death from cancer, Marshall Islands most famous anti-nuclear campaigner, Darlene Keju, is to be honoured by Taiwan.

    Her speech to the World Council of Churches some 30 years ago, brought the plight of her fellow islanders who suffered the after effects of US nuclear tests in their country, to the world's attention.

    In the words of one commentator, Darlene tore up a curtain of silence.

    Her husband, Giff Johnson, who as editor of the Marshall Islands Journal is a regular contributor to Pacific Beat, is in Taiwan to receive the Global Love of Lives Award on her behalf.

    We'll hear from Giff in a moment, but first here's part of Darlene Keju's speech that had such a profound impact back in 1983.

    Presenter: Richard Ewart

    Speaker: Giff Johnson, editor of the Marshall Islands Journals

    • rogerthat


      The Marshall Islands and the NPT
      Robert Alvarez

      Tony DeBrum, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) provided a dose of reality to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference recently by asking: “How many in this room have personally witnessed nuclear weapon detonations?”

      On March 1, 1954, a 9-year-old DeBrum was fishing with his grandfather near the Likiep atoll, one of the islands in the Marshalls group. As his grandfather cast his net, there was a sudden intense flash that lit up the pre-dawn sky, followed by a terrifying shock wave. “Everything turned red—the ocean, the fish, the sky, and my grandfather’s net. And we were 200 miles away from ground zero. A memory that can never be erased.”

      The 1954 Bravo hydrogen bomb test witnessed by DeBrum and his grandfather sparked worldwide protest against atmospheric nuclear weapons testing. Between 1946 and 1958, the Marshall Islands, then a trust territory of the United States, sustained significant damage and radiological contamination from 67 US atmospheric nuclear weapons tests. The US government exiled hundreds of Marshallese people so the Bikini and …

      • rogerthat

        Enewetak atolls could be used to host ever more powerful nuclear weapons explosions. Residents of other islands, who were not relocated, suffered serious harm from radioactive fallout.

        By 1963, outrage originating with the Bravo explosion led to a global campaign that compelled the United States, the Soviet Union, and the United Kingdom to ratify the Limited Test Ban Treaty, which outlaws nuclear weapons explosions in the oceans, atmosphere, and outer space.

        Now the tiny nation of the Republic of the Marshall Islands is once again at the center of international activism, filing two lawsuits, one in US federal court against the United States, and one in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against all nine countries that possess nuclear weapons.

        In the ICJ action, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China have been sued for failure to eliminate their nuclear arsenals, as called for by the NPT.

        The ICJ lawsuit also names India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Israel as defendants, even though they are not NPT signatories, contending they also must disarm under customary international law. The lawsuits aim to enforce the NPT, arguing that the nuclear states are violating the Article VI of the Treaty, which calls for negotiations toward timely nuclear disarmament.

        In February, a federal judge dismissed the United States case, ruling that it is speculative and that the Marshall Islands lack standing to bring the suit. The RMI has appealed this…

        • rogerthat

          decision as it awaits action by the International Court of Justice.

          The RMI's legal struggle to bring about nuclear disarmament dovetails with what has come to be known as the humanitarian initiative, which has gained momentum in the international community since the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference adopted language decrying “the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons” and calling for all states “to comply with applicable international law, including international humanitarian law.”

          Between March 2013 and December 2014, three major international conferences—in Oslo, Mexico City, and Vienna— focused on the humanitarian effects of nuclear weapons, and on establishing a new international legal instrument that would outlaw nuclear weapons. At the Vienna conference in December 2014, the Austrian government and 68 other states put forward a document, the Vienna Pledge, that seeks to “fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.”

          The humanitarian initiative and the Marshall Islands lawsuits have received a chilly, some might say hostile reception from the nuclear weapons states, for an understandable reason: The nuclear weapons countries are engaged in costly modernization efforts that all but guarantee the continued existence of nuclear weapons for decades, and perhaps beyond.

          The Marshalls lawsuits and the humanitarian initiative both seek to make the nuclear states seriously…

          • rogerthat

            toward nuclear disarmament.

            The Marshall Islands proving ground. In March 1944, about a month after defeating the Japanese occupiers during World War II, the US government obtained the exclusive right from a local leader to indefinitely control the Marshall Islands for “the sum of ten dollars.”

            In January 1946, the Bikini Atoll became the site for the first nuclear weapons tests following the war. After nuclear testing ended in 1958, the Marshalls group, then a trust territory of the United States, was left with obliterated islands, huge craters, and widespread radiological contamination.

            The damage did not end with nuclear testing. In the 1960s, islands of the Enewetak Atoll were stripped of topsoil and used for explosive crater experiments, to see how US missile silos would hold up to enemy missiles.

            In October 1968, the US Navy conducted a biological warfare experiment in which Staphylococcal enterotoxin B, a virulent bacterium, was released over the Enewetak Atoll from fighter aircraft.

            The pathogen proved to be harmful to experimental animals over a 1,500 square mile area.

            Since the late 1950s, the Kwajalein Atoll and lagoon have served as an anti-ballistic missile launch site for testing against possible missile attacks.

            Nearly every US intercontinental ballistic missile was test fired at Kwajalein. Now home to the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site, the $4 billion US Air Force complex on Kwajalein is considered …

            • rogerthat

              a key strategic asset for anti-ballistic missile testing, military space projects, and intelligence gathering.

              Even though the last nuclear test was 57 years ago, radioactive contamination continues to have dominant impacts on this little nation.

              "What many Americans seem to want to forget," says American scholar, Sandra Crismon, "is that for the Marshallese, nuclear testing is not a historical event, as they continue to deal with the huge environmental and human health costs."

              Areas on which countless generations depended for their food remain off limits because of radioactive fallout and will be so for many years to come.

              The United States considers it too expensive to remediate these areas for human habitation. As a result, many Marshallese nuclear exiles live on the island of Ebye, one of the most crowded, unsanitary areas in the world, where declarations of disease emergencies are common.

              The impact of the Castle series.

              The most significant health and environmental impacts of US nuclear activities in the Marshalls were caused by six thermonuclear weapon tests conducted between March 1 and May 14, 1954 and known as the Castle series.

              Totaling some 48 megatons of explosive force, they had enormous negative impacts around the world. The first explosion, known as Bravo, produced an explosive yield of approximately 15 megatons—or 1,000 times the destructive power of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

              Because of its size and other factors, Bravo …

              • rogerthat

                also spawned what the US Radiochemical Society describes as “the worst radiological disaster in US history.”

                From the perspective of the US military, however, the Castle test series was a great success, because it demonstrated for the first time that enormously destructive thermonuclear weapons could be deployed on bombers.

                At the time, Edward Teller, the prime mover in developing thermonuclear weapons, enthused over building a 10,000 megaton “gadget.” Teller’s “gadget” would have had 8,333 times more explosive force than the B-83, the highest-yield warhead (at 1.2 megatons) in the active US nuclear stockpile.

                The 15-megaton Bravo explosion pulverized and shot tens of millions of tons of radioactive coral reef upward from the Bikini Atoll into the bomb cloud, creating a 250-foot-deep crater more than a mile in diameter. The cloud top rose and peaked at 130,000 feet in the stratosphere after only six minutes.

                Eight minutes after the test, the cap of that mushroom cloud reached its full dimensions, with a diameter of 62 miles; its stem was more than 4 miles wide.

                Soon after detonation, the area of lethal radioactive fallout would encompass 27,000 square miles. …

                • rogerthat

                  The Bravo bomb cloud dwarfed the radioactive releases of the Fukushima and Chernobyl accidents, containing nearly 30 times more radioactive iodine than the two reactor accidents combined.

                  Shortly after the test, the US military estimated that if the Bravo explosion were to have occurred in Washington, D.C., the area it blanketed with lethal fallout would have reached north to New York City.

                  Fallout thick as snow. About five hours after the detonation, intense radioactive fallout from the cloud was carried eastward, severely contaminating a Japanese commercial fishing boat, Fukuru Maru (the Lucky Dragon), some 90 miles from the Bikini explosion, and the atolls of Rongelap, Alinginea, Rongerik, and Utirik, about 200 miles away.

                  The people of Rongelap and Uterik suffered severe impacts, with those on Rongelap receiving radiation doses comparable to Japanese atomic bomb survivors.

                  Fallout was so heavy that the people, who had never seen snow, thought it was snowing.

                  Children played in the radioactive powder. "We saw a flash of lightning in the west like a second sun rising," John Anjain, the Rongelap magistrate, said in 1980.

                  “We heard a loud explosion, and within minutes the ground began to shake. A few hours later radioactive fallout began to drop on the people, into drinking water, and on the food. The children played in the colorful ash. They did not know what it was, and many erupted on their arms and faces.”

                  About two days later, …

  • 1,000 Japanese Fishing Boats And Crew Plus Marshal Islanders Exposed To Radiation During Bikini Island Castle Bravo Nuclear Tests

    • rogerthat

      the Navy evacuated Rongelap. The next day, residents were taken off Uterik. Radiation exposures were large enough to cause tissue destruction. “Our people began to be very sick," John Anjain remembered. “They vomited, burns showed on their skin, and people’s hair began to fall out.”

      Over the years, these residents have suffered from a high rate of thyroid disease from ingestion of radioactive iodine.

      In 2005, the National Cancer Institute informed the US Senate that "disproportionately higher excess cancer rates are expected to occur" among the people of Rongelap and the atoll of Aliniginae.

      As is now being reported among Japanese A-bomb survivors, the highly exposed Marshallese also are likely to experience increased rates of chronic diseases of the heart, lungs, bones, and digestive system.

      William MacBride, professor of radiation oncology at UCLA Medical School, describes the long-term impact of high-dose exposures as being “very much like aging of the immune system.”

      The outside world first learned of Bravo’s disastrous effects two weeks after the blast, when the Lucky Dragon tuna trawler arrived at its homeport of Yaizu, Japan. The entire crew was suffering from radiation sickness. Seven months after the blast they remained in the hospital, receiving blood transfusions.

      The tuna aboard the Lucky Dragon were also extremely contaminated. This, as it turned out, was not an aberration; in 1954, Japanese monitoring programs …

      • rogerthat

        showed that 683 boats—about one of every eight inspected boats—had contaminated fish in their holds. The Japanese government was forced to destroy more than one million pounds of contaminated fish. At the end of September, a crew member of the “Lucky Dragon” died from acute radiation syndrome.

        Worldwide impact, changing excuses.

        Because most of the fallout from the Castle test series was blown into the stratosphere, it circled the world, and the tests' radiological impacts were global.

        In July 1954, the Atomic Energy Commission's General Advisory Committee was informed that "fallout over the continents from the Castle series had been very large [and] was expected to show up in vegetation and food by Thanksgiving."

        Three weeks before Thanksgiving of that year, this committee met again, and the head of the AEC’s Division of Biology and Medicine “cautioned against the use of milk in heavily contaminated areas.” But no public warnings were given.

        In November 1954, the AEC’s division of Biology and Medicine reported to the General Advisory Committee on estimated radiation exposures for some 160 million Americans from Castle test series fallout.

        Doses from consuming milk contaminated with radioactive iodine from the Castle test series in 1954 turned out to be comparable to those received from all 100 atmospheric nuclear weapons tests over 12 years at the Nevada Test Site.

        According to the methodology developed by the National Cancer Institute in 1997,…

        • rogerthat

          exposures from the Castle test series could result in tens of thousands of excess thyroid cancers.

          In May 1955, an AEC report (which subsequently remained classified for nearly four decades) estimated that about 23 million curies of radioactive fallout from the Castle series of tests raised global background radiation levels 10 to 20 times.

          Hot spots 5,000 miles away in the United States showed radiation levels as much as 200 times greater than normal background.

          Excuses pile up.

          For several decades, the US government officially maintained that the poisoning of Marshall Islands residents with Bravo fallout was an unfortunate accident, caused by an unexpected shift in the winds. It was planned that the bomb cloud would be blown to the west and north, officials claimed, but the wind unexpectedly blew toward the east.

          In 1981, this excuse was challenged by the Air Force weathermen stationed in the fallout path, who warned about a wind shift several hours before detonation.

          After consulting documents generated by the weathermen, the Defense Department subsequently conceded that the winds were blowing towards Rongelap and Uterik during the test countdown.

          Other explanations for the disastrous dispersal of fallout from Bravo have surfaced in recent years. They include an unexpected increase in explosive power from the mixture of lithium 6 and lithium 7 in the bomb's thermonuclear component. Also, because of the much greater number of fast neutrons …

          • rogerthat

            produced by the fusion reaction triggered in Bravo, the atoms of the depleted uranium casing (or tamper) surrounding the bomb split, releasing even greater force and much greater amounts of fallout than had been expected.

            And, of course, the amount of fallout was greatly enhanced when a highly boosted weapon was detonated on a coral reef, pulverizing coral and shooting it into the stratosphere.

            They are more like us than the mice.

            In 2013, in a special report meant to address criticisms of the Bravo test, scientists from Los Alamos Laboratory pointed out that weapons planners had not miscalculated the possible yield of the weapon and had warned before the test that it could be as large as 15 megatons.

            If this were so, the warning had no effect on evacuation plans. According to an AEC radiation safety chief, the decision not to evacuate native people was made months before the explosion because of the "the high costs and the logistic problems presented in supporting such an operation."

            The authors of the 2013 Los Alamos report also conclude that Marshall Islanders living in the fallout path of the Bravo test were being manipulated by “nongovernmental special interest groups" that wanted "to panic island residents into untoward and perhaps unnecessary evacuations of inhabited atolls.”

            The report fails to mention that there were other reasons behind the government’s desire to return native people to their contaminated homelands. One of those reasons …

            • rogerthat

              amounted to using the Rongelap residents as radiation guinea pigs.

              According to an AEC official at a January 1956 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biology and Medicine, the area hit by the Bravo fallout "is by far the most contaminated place in the world and it would be very interesting to go back and get good environmental data … so as to get a measure of the human uptake, when people live in a contaminated environment… While it is true that these people do not live, I would say, the way Westerners do, civilized people, it is nevertheless also true that they are more like us than the mice.”

              Fear, in a handful of food.

              Nearly 30 years after they were returned to their homelands, the people of Rongelap fled their atoll in 1985 with the help of a Greenpeace vessel. Rongelap’s leaders had repeatedly requested evacuation by the United States government after a 1978 aerial radiological survey by the US Energy Department indicated that the levels of contamination were comparable to the Bikini Atoll, where numerous nuclear weapons had been detonated.

              The Bikini people were resettled to their atoll in 1969 but had to evacuate their homes again in 1978, after radiation exposures were found to be excessive—largely because the US government had failed to take into account the uptake of contamination in the local food supply.

              The Bikini people remain scattered throughout the Marshall Islands and elsewhere; the cleanup of their atoll remains stalled for lack of…

              • rogerthat


                From the 1950s through the late 1980s, US nuclear weapons officials consistently opposed the establishment of radiation protection standards in the Marshall Islands, because such standards would have interfered with a possible resumption of nuclear testing in the Pacific.

                Despite this opposition, standards were enforced in the late 1970s after the failed Bikini resettlement effort.

                Some of the people of the Enwetak were successfully resettled in 1980, after a $100 million cleanup based on radiation exposure standards that were half what was allowed for the American public near Energy Department sites.

                However, there are still islands in the Enewetak Atoll that remain off limits because of radiological contamination, including a bomb crater covered with deteriorating concrete and containing 114,000 cubic feet of plutonium-contaminated waste.

                The nuclear test readiness program.

                In 1982, the Energy Department’s nuclear weapons program took control of the Marshall Islands' health and environmental efforts and, despite internal objections, eliminated radiation protection standards.

                The health and environmental care of the Marshall Islands became part of “Safeguard C,” a nuclear test readiness program instituted in 1963 and designed to allow resumption of US atmospheric nuclear testing in the Pacific.

                In a strenuous objection, the head of the Energy Department's Office of Health and the Environment wrote that the transfer …

      • rogerthat

        of the Marshall Islands program "lend[s] credence to the claim that the U.S. is studying the Marshallese as 'guinea pigs.'"

        The Energy Department made this radical change in environmental management without consulting island residents or the State Department, during the closing phase of negotiations between the United States and Marshall Islands leaders over what is known as the Compact of Free Association, which discharged the US from its role as a trustee and created the independent Republic of the Marshall Islands in 1986.

        Soon after the radiation standards were eliminated, researchers found that the Rongelap people suffered a sudden and alarming increase in radiation doses, apparently as a result of eating local food, which the former radiation standards would not have permitted.

        In 1992, after an investigation by the US Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, Congress terminated the Energy Department's nuclear test readiness program in the Pacific.

        The US government also officially recognized that Rongelap was uninhabitable.

        As a result, the US departments of Energy and Interior entered into an agreement with the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the local Rongelap government that established radiation protection standards comparable to those for the American public as a condition for resettlement.

        Following this agreement, the United States provided funds to build new housing, roads, docks, and even a small airfield on Rongelap. …

        • rogerthat

          Efforts to convince the islanders to return fell flat in 2006, however, after an independent expert reported that the standard for radiation exposure would be exceeded, based on a local-food-only diet, if potassium fertilizer were not repeatedly applied.

          Rongelap remains largely uninhabited. The northern islands of the Rongelap Atoll, where most food is gathered, remain off-limits indefinitely because of radioactive cesium contamination comparable to levels in the exclusionary zone near the Chernobyl reactor. Fear and distrust remain strong.

          The meaning of the Marshall Islands lawsuits.

          Foreign Minister DeBrum tossed some needed cold water on the often-abstract discourse at the recent NPT Review Conference by pointing out that the people of the Marshall Islands had their homeland, culture, and health sacrificed, so the United States could amass a nuclear arsenal.

          Through its lawsuits, the Republic of the Marshall Islands has exposed a huge loophole, carved out by the original five recognized nuclear weapons states at the Non-Proliferation Treaty’s inception during the Cold War.

          Article VI requires the nuclear weapons states to engage in good-faith negotiation on disarmament, but does not actually require disarmament or set a timeline on which it should occur. By seeking a binding legal requirement for weapons states to engage in nuclear disarmament, the Marshall Islands and numerous nations are hoping to plug this loophole, which undermines the NPT. …

          • rogerthat

            During the NPT Review Conference just concluded, the United States tried to divert the focus of the participants from efforts by the nuclear weapons countries to indefinitely preserve and improve their nuclear weapons stockpiles.

            Instead of reaffirming a commitment under the treaty's Article VI to seek disarmament, the United States declared that it will not "pursue new nuclear warheads, and [nuclear warhead] life-extension programs will not provide new military capabilities."

            At the same time, the US government is planning to spend more than $1 trillion on weapons-production infrastructure, ballistic missiles, submarines, and bombers over the next 30 years.

            Beyond that, the United States has short-circuited the process for dismantling nuclear warheads retired under New START until the country's crumbling nuclear weapons research, development, and production complex is restored—sometime in the 2030s.

            All of these efforts create at least the appearance that the United States—and Russia and the other nuclear countries, which are involved in their own nuclear modernization projects—intends to avoid disarmament indefinitely.

            Land mines are banned by international convention because they have proven to be “excessively injurious" weapons that are indiscriminate and grossly violate international humanitarian law on the conduct of war. There’s little doubt that nuclear weapons are far more excessive and indiscriminate in the injuries they cause. …

            • rogerthat

              Marshallese Foreign Minister DeBrum makes a strong case that nuclear weapons development, in and of itself, violates basic humanitarian principles and therefore fits the criteria for banning.

              DeBrum and the Marshallese people are far from alone in arguing for an outright nuclear weapons ban; support is building worldwide for nuclear weapons to be recognized—under binding international law—as unacceptable instruments of war that belong in the dustbin of history.

              There are five comments. This caught the eye:

              Wesley Parish • a day ago
              It would be interesting to read the specific articles of the specific Trusteeship agreements between the US and the UN. As I recall, the UN Charter does not permit member states to test inherently genocidal weaponry on metroplitan states' civilian populations; how much more so on the populations governed by trusteeship agreements. As i see it, the US Supreme Court has no standing to dismiss any case brought by any citizen of those trust territories against the US Federal Government.

  • rogerthat


    *UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai — Mitsuhei Murata’s speech, March 16, 2015

    The former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland, Mitsuhei Murata, made the following speech at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai on March 16, 2015.

    Global ethics and human rights

    Nowadays the drawbacks of nuclear power are evident, and many even consider this method to generate power a high risk.

    Nuclear technology was born in a period of paternal civilisation and in the belief that this technology would solve all problems. Today a maternal civilization, which is based on solidarity and tolerance, should replace the paternal system of risk taking and sole reliance on technology.

    In the past years I had numerous discussions on the option of introducing a “UN Ethics Summit” as forum for a high level dialogue on ethical issues, convinced that the true cause of the crisis facing the world is the lack of ethics.

    Considering the ongoing progressive nuclearisation of the earth, future generations will be innocent victims of radioactive contamination. Measures are definitely required to open the way for eventual and potential radiation victims to file a legal suit before an international institution. It is a serious human rights issue. …

    • rogerthat

      In this connection, it should be noted that the permissible annual level of radiation exposure has been dangerously heightened in Japan after the March 11th accident. 1 millisievert (mSv) has been elevated to 20 mSv for residents in affected areas.

      The government increased the annual limit for nuclear workers’ radiation exposure from 100 mSv to 250 mSv in “emergency situations”. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is reported to have suggested raising the limit to 500 mSv! …

      … The Japanese Nuclear Regulation Agency is reported to envisage the release of treated contaminated water (241,000 tons out of 590,000 tons) into the sea. The dangers of tritium remind us of its legal releases from the reprocessing plants (Rokkasho-mura and Tokai-mura) that, if operated at nominal capacity, surpass by far the current release from Fukushima.

      In the joint petition made in 2003 against the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor)issued by Dr. Masatoshi Koshiba, Nobel Prize Laureate, and Prof. Akira Hasegawa, Maxwell Prize Laureate, we notice that ITER containing two kilograms of tritium could kill up to two million people. …

  • rogerthat


    Canada’s Cameco Uranium Doesn’t Want to Clean-Up US Water they’ve Polluted – Cameco “Deeply Concerned” about Cost of Water Restoration Despite Billions in Revenue
    27 May 2015

    The world’s largest publicly traded uranium company, Cameco (Canadian Mining and Energy Co.) had a revenue of $2.48 billion in 2013 (Canadian and US $ were at parity then). Cameco clearly doesn’t want to clean up the water which they have fouled, or they would not be “deeply concerned” about the cost of a weak, toothless, US EPA proposal. If they were good corporate citizens, they would have included the cost of groundwater restoration before they started mining.

    In the uranium mining business for decades, and with over 3,000 workers [1], Cameco requested an extension to the US EPA comment period on a ISL (In Situ Leach) uranium mining water restoration proposal, suggesting a) lack of technical staff to review the information and b) citing concerns regarding cost of clean-up and long-term monitoring!

    The long-term monitoring is actually only 3 years and not 30 years as the EPA tries to imply. … Cameco also wanted the EPA to come from DC to Wyoming, which would save Cameco travel time from Saskatoon! Of course, Cameco got what it wanted – extension and extra hearing closer to their…

You must be logged in to post a comment.