Downwind and down current of this fiasco, American and Canadian officials either don’t know better, or do and for some inexcusable reason, choose to do nothing about it. Considering the stakes on the line, that could be called treason.
A crime against humanity is unfolding in Japan due to the negligent and ill-conceived actions of a government that kowtows to Japan’s nuclear industry. The Japanese people are the first to suffer. They won’t be the last.
3/11 – THE NUCLEAR 9/11
The seismic shaking and subsequent tsunami waves, up to 133 feet high, killed 15,861 with 6,107 missing according to the National Police Agency of Japan. It also set off a series of events that has impacted the world and all of humanity for thousands of years to come.
Three of the six nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant melted down and three hydrogen explosions occurred. These events released enormous amounts of radioactivity into the atmosphere, onto the land and into the Pacific Ocean.
The radioactive fallout not only contaminated Japan but also went into the jet stream over to North America.
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory reported that Richland Washington had radioactive Xenon-133 levels 450,000 times above detection levels after Fukushima that persisted for weeks.
California and Oregon were also hard hit. Milk in San Francisco was found to have Cesium 137 at 160% above the Maximum Contamination Levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency. The atmospheric currents carried radioactive Plutonium to Lithuania. The fallout went around the Northern Hemisphere.
It also went into the Pacific Ocean and followed the Kuroshio Current that makes its way to the West Coast of North America and then splits into two – one flowing south down the California coast and the other moving north up to Alaska.
By the end of May 2012, it was reported by the Academy of Sciences that every one of the 15 tuna sampled in the previous August in the California waters were contaminated by radioactive Cesium 137 from Fukushima.
Many experts have talked about how huge a disaster this is – it was definitely rated at a 7 – the highest level of nuclear accident possible. Some have said it’s at least as big as the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident that was also rated a 7. Others have placed it at 3 to 10 times bigger. Even TEPCO, the company that runs the Fukushima Daiichi plant, estimates that the total radioactive releases were in the order of a million trillion Becquerels – that’s a lot of radioactivity when you consider that every single Becquerel represents one radioactive “explosion” of an atom every second.
This is the single greatest nuclear contamination of the oceans ever seen in history. The labels really don’t matter – it is enough to say that it is an enormous catastrophe. Chernobyl, as big as it was, was shut down in 18 days. Although the Japanese announced “cold shutdown” in December of 2011– it is now clear that that was a myth and that the reactors are still giving off trillions of Becquerel’s of radioactivity every day.
To make matters worse, the Japanese are transporting an estimated 20 million tons of radioactive debris all over Japan and having it incinerated in an attempt to reduce its volume. This incineration doesn’t reduce the radioactivity, it simply disperses it into the atmosphere all over Japan and over to North American in the jet stream.
Even though this news story is bigger than any you will read in the daily newspapers, the mainstream media rarely report on this continuing and ongoing disaster. The U.S. and Canadian governments are not monitoring their countries’ air, soil, food or Japanese imports for radioactivity. The official “line” is that “there is no cause for concern” and yet how can they know that that’s the case if they are not testing on a regular basis? .
WHERE THERE’S SMOKE THERE’S FISSION
Four of the six reactors at the plant have continuing problems but the reactor that puts the world most at risk is Unit 4.
Although the reactor at Unit 4 was not operating at the time of the disaster, the building was extremely damaged structurally by a hydrogen explosion on March 15, 2011. The roof blew off the building exposing the 1535 so-called “spent” fuel assemblies containing 460 tons of nuclear fuel that are housed precariously 100 feet above the ground in a fuel “pool.”
It is important to point out that the word “spent” belies the truth about these fuel assemblies. They contain the rods that have been previously used in the reactor but are many times more radioactive than when they first went into the reactor.
Not only was the building at Unit 4 severely damaged during the explosion but its cooling system – essential for keeping the rods cool – was damaged as well. TEPCO did do some structural work on the foundation of building 4 and “jury rigged” a temporary cooling system using fire hoses. They claim the building is safe. But the situation is nowhere near safe.
Even though TEPCO says it has reinforced the foundation of Unit 4, it admits the wall is bulging. The building is leaning precariously and its seismic capability has been rated at zero. It would take very little to cause this building to collapse.
Experts have stated that an earthquake of 7, an explosion or even a storm could cause the building to crumble and the cooling system to be lost.
This would set off a fire in the spent fuel pool that contains the 460 tons of fuel. The radioactivity released would be so high that workers would not be able to get close to the other reactor units at the site and so the ongoing work of keeping those units cooled would end. The water in all the units would evaporate and the hot fuel rods in these units would also ignite. The 6291 fuel rods in the common pool on the ground would also be set on fire.
The type of fires that would be created could not be put out by water. The fires would just have to burn until all the stored nuclear fuel was burned up.
In all, the Fukushima Daiichi site holds 10,893 fuel assemblies. Those fuel assemblies hold a total of 3,488,000 lbs. of radioactive nuclear fuel including highly toxic Uranium, Plutonium and Cesium 137.
The fires would cause an unprecedented amount of radiation to be released directly into the atmosphere.
The nuclear fallout released would be at a level higher than the amount of radioactive Cesium 137 that was released in all the 700 atomic bomb tests ever conducted in the world in the above ground testing that was carried out in the 1940’s, 50,’s 60’s and 70’s.
It would release 85 times more Cesium 137 than was released at Chernobyl in 1986. Chernobyl is still uninhabitable 36 years later. Recent studies of Cesium 137 at Chernobyl, which has a half-life of about 30 years, didn’t show any decrease in the radioactivity of the isotope, puzzling scientists and possibly foretelling an even more extended period before Fukushima will be anywhere near inhabitable.
It would contaminate Japan, cause the evacuation of Tokyo, plus go directly into the jet stream and over to Canada, the United States and all around the Northern Hemisphere.
This catastrophic amount of radiation would affect people’s health for generations. It would cause irreversible contamination of crops, water and land. It would contaminate the Pacific Ocean – to a much greater extent than has been happening over the last year and a half. It would cause great harm to all marine life.
And it would do great harm to all the people of this planet. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences has determined that there is no safe level of radiation. Zero. Every exposure to radiation increases the risk of cancer, spontaneous miscarriage, stillbirths, childhood mortality, birth defects and many other diseases.
One need only to look at Chernobyl 26 years later to see what awaits. After Chernobyl, in all the areas affected, hundreds of scientific studies have proven that there was a significant increase in heart attacks and cardiovascular diseases, thyroid cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, diseases of the central nervous system, increase in stillbirth rates, increase in miscarriages, increase in infant deaths and a decrease in birth rates. Consider an 85-times-worse scenario. No wonder many experts are saying that this is an issue of human survival.