Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami II

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Things may be slowly improving at the Fukushima nuclear power plant - at least no explosions today.


The yen is UP? Fits some of my darkest thoughts.


"Now the earthquake catastrophe has further intensified global instability. One of its immediate effects has been to push up the value of the yen, which yesterday reached a post-World War II record high of 76.25 to the US dollar. This counter-intuitive development arises from the leading role played by Japanese institutions in supplying credit to financial markets around the world.

Notwithstanding its enormous internal public debt, equivalent to more than 220 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), Japan is the world's leading creditor nation, with around $3 trillion in foreign assets. Of this, around $900 billion is invested in US treasury bonds, playing a crucial role in sustaining the American financial system."





Burying the plant in concrete might be the best possible option here.

Japan raises nuclear threat level, weighs need to bury plant




Now this is tragic:


While Japan continues to deal with the aftermath of last Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami, and has yet to recover from one of the greatest disasters in its history, Israelis fear a shortage in the ingredients of one of their favorite dishes: Sushi.


Many of sushi's basic components come from Japan or are imported through the battered countries. Will Israelis soon suffer from a shortage of the beloved rolls' necessary ingredients?

Israel fears sushi shortage after quake

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

Does Japan need your donation?

[From the New York Times:]

“Charities are aggressively soliciting donations around this disaster, and I don’t believe these donations necessarily are going to be used for relief or recovery in Japan because they aren’t needed for that,” Mr. Karnofsky said. “The Japanese government has made it clear it has the resources it needs for this disaster.”


The Japanese are world-renowned experts in disaster preparedness, relief and recovery, and Japan is the third largest economy in the world. There should be no mistake that the Japanese government and Japanese organizations are well-equipped to take the lead.

Our best advice for people who feel moved to give by the tragedy in Japan: Give generously, in cash, to an organization that you trust, and don’t restrict your donation. This way, your charity can use the funds for Japan if it turns out they are needed. If not, then it is free to use your donation for another purpose, like the dozens of under-reported, large-scale disasters that CNN isn’t featuring today.


M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Political elites are still clinging to the oxymoron of "safe nuclear power." It's up to us -- people around the world -- to peacefully and insistently shut those plants down.

There is no more techno-advanced country in the world than Japan. Nuclear power is not safe there, and it is not safe anywhere.

[url=http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/03/14-5]Norman Solomon[/url]


Thanks Catchfire for your considerate post.

howeird beale

NorthReport wrote:

I'm not hearing much from the anti-nuclear people on how to solve the current problem in Japan. Saying I told you so doesn't help much.

We need to find solutions to solve the present crisis first, and then after that explore what the future holds for generating power.  


are you Kim Campbell? Because that comment is right up there with "an election is no time to discuss serious issues."

howeird beale

Bad Reactor

Rhythm Pigs:

Bad reactor/ No containment/ now all the people/ have an artificial/ sun

Chernobyl/ Chernobyl

Bad reactor/ build 'em all over/ too bold to use the wind and sun/ the benefits of science will destroy everyone

Chernobyl/ Chernobyl

Bad reactor/ dumptrucks full of sand/ single file and keep the line moving please/ a phosphorescent column of million refugees

Chernobyl/ Chernobyl

They couldnt even pronounce it/ Didnt want to announce it/ We were held hostage by a boy with a gun

bad reactor/ now its all over/ drive the cement trucks across the land/ this ones the ultimate evacuation plan






[url=http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23787]71,000 people in the city next to the Fukushima nuclear plant "We've Been Left to Die"[/url]

'We have been betrayed': Mayor of town near stricken Japanese nuclear plant claims his people have been 'abandoned'

I'm remembering the ice storm of 1998 and what a clusterfuck that was as week after week rolled by and people were still without electricity and heat in the Ottawa Valley area and Quebec. I wouldn't trust our corrupt stooges to run a lemonade stand in a pinch without effin it up.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Profit at any price. This could be the motto of Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), the multinational that exploits the nuclear power plants at Fukushima. [b]The largest producer of electricity in the world illustrates the excesses of an industrial sector in which neo-liberalism has unfurled to the last extremities of its destructive logic.[/b]

Proof: At the beginning of 2010, Tepco announced net earnings of 157.7 billion yen (1.19 billion euros) for the period from April to December 2009, as compared with a loss of 137.7 billion yen (1.04 billion euros) a year earlier. Miraculous recovery, for a multinational company whose annual turnover decreased, at the same time, by 14%. In order to restore profits, the officers of the company affirm, Tepco had to restrict its "current expenses", which dropped by 22%. Officially, this was due to a drop in the price of petroleum needed for the functioning of its thermal power plants. The explanation is a bit thin, for an industrial outfit that insisted, in a financial document in August 2003, on the necessity of "a rationalization of the totality of operations, including a [b]reduction of the costs of maintenance[/b]" in order to render its profits "secure".

Has performance of maintenance, and thus the security of equipment, become a variable for adjustment? Tepco has not hesitated to do this in the past. Between September 2002 and April 2003, the multinational was constrained to shut down its 17 nuclear reactors. This was a consequence of revelations concerning the [b]falsifications of some thirty inspection reports on three nuclear power plants in the group. It involved, among other aspects, the electro-nuclear giant's act of disguising three incidents that had occurred in the nuclear facilities in Fukushima and Kashiwazaki-Kariwa.[/b]

This scandal implicating Tepco is not an isolated one. In March 2007, to cite but one example, the company Hokoriku Electric Power [b]admitted having knowingly hidden a nuclear incident[/b] that occurred at the plant in Shikamachi eight years earlier, the 18 June 1999.

But who cares about security, when the race for profits takes command?


N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

A US nuclear industry expert on the Rachel Maddow show rather glibly made the same point, treating it with smug indifference mind you, in response to a question about whether the steps taken were too slow for public health concerns in Japan. Private profit trumps public good - even if it means a gigantic risk to millions of people - and this fact is treated as something quite ordinary under capitalism.


M. Spector M. Spector's picture

There are 23 reactors in the U.S. that are very, very similar to Fukushima, including the one in Vermont – the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, which state officials voted not to re-license because of radioactive tritium leaks and other problems. All of these reactors are vulnerable to the kind of situation taking place in Japan, whether there's an earthquake nearby or not.

There are four reactors in California that are very close to earthquake faults – two at the Diablo Canyon power plant at San Luis Obispo, between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and two at the San Onofre nuclear generating plant between LA and San Diego.

These are particularly vulnerable to the same kind of disaster as Japan because both plants are within three miles of major earthquake faults and both are on the ocean. San Onofre is right on the ocean – literally right on the beach, and its defenses against a tsunami of the power of the one that struck Japan are inadequate. Diablo is a little removed up a hill, but not that far.

But I read an article posted at nukefree.org which says that the worst earthquake danger for any reactor right now is actually at the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York – which is located less than 40 miles away from New York City, the biggest metropolitan area in the country.

[url=http://socialistworker.org/2011/03/21/vulnerable-to-disaster]Harvey Wasserman[/url]


The nuclear situation in Japan explained for children. Too bad it's not really about poo.



I thought the sci-fi movie Godzilla was a pretty good allegory for warning about nuclear disasters in general. Go back to the sea, Godzilla!


Roberto Alvarez: The Danger of Spent Nuclear Fuel


"US reactors are each holding at least 4 times as much spent fuel as the individual pools at the wrecked Daiichi nuclear complex in Fukashima. According to the Energy Department, about 63,000 metric tons of spent fuel has been generated as of this year, containing approximately 12.4 billion curies. These pools contain some of the largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet. Merely 14 percent of US spent fuel is in dry storage..."

wage zombie

George Monbiot: Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power


You will not be surprised to hear that the events in Japan have changed my view of nuclear power. You will be surprised to hear how they have changed it. As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology.


Some greens have wildly exaggerated the dangers of radioactive pollution. For a clearer view, look at the graphic published by xkcd.com. It shows that the average total dose from the Three Mile Island disaster for someone living within 10 miles of the plant was one 625th of the maximum yearly amount permitted for US radiation workers. This, in turn, is half of the lowest one-year dose clearly linked to an increased cancer risk, which, in its turn, is one 80th of an invariably fatal exposure. I'm not proposing complacency here. I am proposing perspective.


Yes, I still loathe the liars who run the nuclear industry. Yes, I would prefer to see the entire sector shut down, if there were harmless alternatives. But there are no ideal solutions. Every energy technology carries a cost; so does the absence of energy technologies. Atomic energy has just been subjected to one of the harshest of possible tests, and the impact on people and the planet has been small. The crisis at Fukushima has converted me to the cause of nuclear power.

I'm not trying to convince anyone here, as I have yet to be convinced myself.  But I feel that Monbiot has credibility, so I'm treating this as food for thought.


No Radiation Threat Says Media: Reporters Pulled Out of Japan  -  by Keith Harmon Snow


"Meanwhile, frightened investors in USA and Europe seek protection...

Reporting about the nuclear crisis in Japan and around the world is getting curiouser and curiouser. Western media are heavily downplaying the threat of radiation, in what amounts to an Alice in Wonderland fable of disinformation straight out of the rabbit hole.."


Japan Fears Reactor Core Breach


"Japanese officials have expressed alarm over a possible fracture of a reactor core at one unit of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Reports indicate that a number of Japanese people who lived between 200 and 350 kilometers away from the plant have been hospitalized for exposure to radioactive materials.."


Japan: Radioactive 1,850 Times Legal Level


"Radioactivity near Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant has risen to 1,850 times the legal level and the nuclear crisis is worsening in the quake-hit country after more than two weeks. On Saturday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it could offer no timeline on when Japanese engineers could stop radioactive leakage from the stricken nuclear facility, even though the likely source of the emmissions have been identified..."



A useful, updated, source aggregator of links is here:


It includes this very informative link to
Union of concerned scientists: All things nuclear


M. Spector M. Spector's picture

[url=http://counterpunch.org/whitney03282011.html]Is Fukushima about to blow?[/url]

Mike Whitney wrote:

Conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are deteriorating and the doomsday scenario is beginning to unfold. On Sunday, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) officials reported that the levels of radiation leaking into seawater at the Unit 2 reactor were [b]100,000 times above normal[/b], and the airborne radiation measured 4-times higher than government limits. As a result, emergency workers were evacuated from the plant and rushed to safe location. The prospect of a full-core meltdown or an environmental catastrophe of incalculable magnitude now looms larger than ever. The crisis is getting worse.

If spent fuel rods catch fire from lack of coolant, the intense heat will lift radiation plumes high into the atmosphere that will drift around the world. That's the nightmare scenario, clouds of radioactive material showering the planet with lethal toxins for months on end. And, according to the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics of Vienna, that deadly process has already begun. The group told [url=http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20285-fukushima-radioactive-fallou... Scientist[/url] that:

"Japan's damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima has been emitting radioactive iodine and caesium at levels approaching those seen in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident in 1986. Austrian researchers have used a worldwide network of radiation detectors - designed to spot clandestine nuclear bomb tests - to show that iodine-131 is being released at daily levels 73 per cent of those seen after the 1986 disaster. The daily amount of caesium-137 released from Fukushima Daiichi is around 60 per cent of the amount released from Chernobyl.

[color=blue][b]Chernobyl had 180 tonnes of nuclear fuel on site. Fukushima has 1700 tonnes of nuclear fuel on site.[/b][/color]

howeird beale

wage zombie wrote:


Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power



I have yet to read it but the title is idiotic enough for me: "Why Fukushima MADE me stop worrying". What is this event in the past tense now? Everythings fine? All the facts are in?


Gee, in 1939 World War II didnt seem like much of a big too-do either. THIS is an intellectual position? Fuck Monbiot. In Tokyo BABIES aren't supposed to drink WATER. Would you care to provide me with a MORE fundamental health crisis than that? Oh, well, maybe its like 25% of kids having asthma and peanut allergies, no big deal, just a new part of growing up.

And what kind of luddite would deny the scientific community the unique opportunity to study the human breast's ability, or lack thereof,  to filter out plutonium and iodine in a control group of 100 Million people. What bold times in which to live!

Fuck Monbiot. he's a clueless fucking goof

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

The title of the article bears a remarkable similarity to the title of a film starring Peter Sellers in which a series of predictable mistakes leads to a global thermonuclear holocaust.  Is there a satirical intent here?

howeird beale

Nah. Took a nap. Read the article. It's complete horseshit, and its not a Swiftian satire.

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

N.Beltov wrote:

The title of the article bears a remarkable similarity to the title of a film starring Peter Sellers in which a series of predictable mistakes leads to a global thermonuclear holocaust.  Is there a satirical intent here?


Only if someone rides a atomic bomb down to a target...Wink


N.Beltov wrote:

The title of the article bears a remarkable similarity to the title of a film starring Peter Sellers in which a series of predictable mistakes leads to a global thermonuclear holocaust.  Is there a satirical intent here?

We just have to make sure there's enough mine shafts:



Yes, it may be about to blow. We are not hearing this on mainstream news, but the Gaurdian, and the Health Ranger Mike [crazy guy] Adams, are reporting it:

   The reactor core has melted through the containment vessle.

Quote from the Gaurdian > http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/29/japan-lost-race-save-nuclear...

    "The radioactive core in a reactor at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant appears to have melted through the bottom of its containment vessel and on to a concrete floor, experts say, raising fears of a major release of radiation at the site."


Widening Global Implications Of Japan Nuclear Crisis  -  by Chris Talbot


"The nuclear crisis at Fukushima is looking increasingly open-ended as teams of workers battling in dangerou and often life-threatening conditions fail to stem the flow of nuclear radiation into the surrounding environment. The longer the crisis goes on, the greater and more complex its environmental, social, economic and political implications become.

Radiation levels in the seawater samples near the plant were 3,355 times the legal limit late Tuesday, according to the Japanese safety agency NISA. Three days before, they were 1, 850 times the limit. There is an exponential increase, and it points to a continuous flow of newly contaminated water from the plant.

The scale of the financial implications of the crisis are being compared by Bloomberg News to those of the crash of Lehman Brothers, which initiated the 2008 financial meltdown..."


The hard to get, wildly reviled by pro nukes, expensive book Chernobyl:  consequences of the catastrophe



all 349 pages. Just getting into it now, but wanted to post the link to it. Huge furor about this, much foot-stamping, no no no Chernobyl only killed 42 people etc.

howeird beale

thx margot. I'll check it out. i think at the tenth anniversary of Chernobyl I saw a documentary about it on CBC Newsworld or PBS. There was a shot of a plum tree growing through the fence of the exclusion zone, and the fruit was purple, and pink, and green, and blue, and translucent white, and yellow ... all on the same tree

dandmb50 dandmb50's picture

How does nuclear radiation affect animals?

Toronto, CANADA - Many of us are animal lovers, and we have heard very little about the affects of the nuclear radiation on the animal kingdom in Japan and near the Fukusima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The focus is centred on the residents, but what about the animals?


The devastation of the earthquake, tsunami and now nuclear radiation that hit Japan on March 11, 2011 has killed many and displaced thousands but we always seem to forget about the domestic pets and animals in the area. The nuclear radiation from the nuclear meltdown at Fukusima Daiichi, Japan affects those that have survived this tragedy and that means animals too. It is estimated there are 30,00 domestic pets affected by this and many residents are bringing them to the shelters with them. There was a YouTube video that can be seen below of one injured dog standing by and protecting his friend as rescuers come to save the two. Although many forget about the animal kingdom, animal lovers from all over the world have been concerned for the domestic pets and wildlife and how the radiation will affect them if they have survived this incident.

Dr Joanna Coote, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Toronto Humane Society took some time to explain how the radiation could have an impact on animals and wildlife that could have survived the tragedy.

"I guess it depends which animals you are referring to, so if we talk about dogs, cats, horses, cattle, pigs, goats, sheep those are all mammals, so the way that animals are affected by radiation will be quite similar to humans, they often worry about the cumulative radiation affect so that if you are exposed to certain levels of radiation over time they're worried that there would be a cumulative affect of radiation that can cause dangerous levels." said Dr. Coote.

"In animals they don't really have a prolonged exposure to radiation, because they have such a short lifespan relative to humans," she went onto say about farm animals, "If they are farming dairy, goats or chickens, it's the issue with, one, the actual exposure to radiation the way we get exposed in the atmosphere so there's that exposure and then there's the exposure they get from the vegetation that they are eating. And it's also in the water, the runoff and the rain."

"Birds and insects will be affected as well and they can spread the radiation as they fly miles from the danger zone but they have a very low life-span and then it becomes a problem for the food chain as the bird eats the contaminated insect or the bird eats a contaminated fish that's a concern and then flies miles away and then the bird gets eaten by another predator and the cycle continues"

Tokyo, Japan - "Japan National Police Agency, on Tuesday (March 16, 2011) said, dead and missing has exceeded 12,000 and is expected to go well beyond this figure. Out of this number 4277 are confirmed dead with 2282 injured from the tsunami and earthquake, not including any that may die from nuclear radiation.

On Sunday (March 13, 2011), police chief of Miyagi, one of the prefectures hardest hit disaster, said the number of death toll is estimated at more than 10,000 in its own territory." Story from WorldNews
Ontario Veterinary College spokeman Barry Gunn said,

"There really isn't anybody that can talk about your questions clearly, in general, the assumption is that any threat would be the same as it is for people, these animals might be exposed to radiation from food or water, some of the nuclear isotopes have a short half-life, and caesium has a half-life of 30 years so they disappear soon after exposure and I suppose the caesium will be around for a while in the soil."

Animal support Groups and interesting LINKS ...

Japan Earthquake and Animal Rescue
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
Toronto Humane Society
Ontario Veterinary College Health Sciences Centre
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has committed $150,000
Health hazards if exposed to nuclear radiation, Great LINK about radiation affects

Daniel ... Toronto, CANADA



Radiation Experts Determine 200,000 Cancers Likely From Fukushima  Dr. Chris Busby



Fukushima: 1,000 Millisieverts Per Hour In The Air Inside Pit of Reactor Two


"According to the IAEA, the limit for public radiation exposure is 1 msv per year. At Fukushima, they're dealing with 1,000 msv/hour."

Panic Over Japan Nuclear Crisis Increases


"As Japan has been unable to stop the leakage of radiation into open waters, fear over the spread of radioactive contamination through seawater has increased.."




'No Safe Levels' Of Radiation in Japan  -  by Dahr Jamail


"...when dealing with long-lived radioactive materials, in addition to carcinogens there are intergenerational effects that include the mutation of the genetic structures of life. This is permanent and irreversible. Sullivan uses Fukushima reactor No. 3 as an example, because it is fueled with Mox fuel uranium and plutonium. Plutonium has a half-life of 24,000 years, which means it is carcinogenic and mutagenic for up to 250,000 years, or 12,000 human generations.

A radioactive half-life means that in this case, in 24,000 years, half of the ionizing radiation will have decayed, then in another 24,000 years half of that radiation will decay, etc..."


Japan's Tsunami Victims Left Struggling To Cope  - by John Chan


"...there are concerns in ruling circles that unrest could deepen..."


Glow Boys and Gamma Sponges: Fukushima's Suicide Squads  - by Richard D Hoffman


"The call them 'gamma sponges' and 'glowboys'. The teams are called 'suicide squads'. Now they're dropping like flies..."


Radioactivity In Sea Up 7,5 Million Times   - by Kanako Takahara


"Radioactive iodine-131 readings taken from seawater near the water intake of the Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant's No.2 reactor received 7.5 Million times the legal limit, Tokyo Electric Power Co. admitted Tuesday. The sample that yielded the high reading was taken Saturday, before Tepco announced Monday it would start releasing radioactive water into the sea, and experts fear the contamination may spread well beyond Japan's shores to affect seafood overseas..."


US Sees Array Of New Threats At Nuclear Plant


"Recent reports have discussed the possibility that Fukushima Unit 1 may be having a nuclear chain reaction...There is growing awareness that the risks of pumping water on the fuel present a whole new category of challenges.."


Watch the Expression Of the Tecpo Official


"If you think that dumping 11,500 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific is nothing to be concerned about, look at the facial expression of the Tecpo official announcing the procedure.."


Cumulative Low Level Doses Of Radiation Can Cause Big Problems


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Canada suspends mobile radiation measurements around Vancouver, BC "until further notice" as radioactive cloud looms (VIDEO)



Physicians have "deep concerns" about impact on Canada from Fukushima





From this thread


RT: Immeasurable Levels Of Radiation Reported At Fukushima Plant (and vid)


"The radioactive levels inside the plant have risen beyond the limit where it can be measured, NHK local television reported, quoting a plant's monitoring specialist..'


remind wrote:

Canada suspends mobile radiation measurements around Vancouver, BC "until further notice" as radioactive cloud looms (VIDEO)



The fixed point measurements for Vancouver are right here:



Increasing Fukushima Radiation Dangers  -  by Stephen Lendman


"So what to do, asked Adams. It you're the (EPA) one option remains: Declare radiation to be safe. As a result its Protective Action Guides (PAGs) are being revised 'to radically increase the allowable levels of iodine 131 to anywhere from 3,000 to 100,000 times the currently allowable levels.."



UPDATE, 3:15 pm, Thursday, April 7, 2011. Today’s earthquake (which we have seen variously reported as between 7.1 and 7.9 in magnitude) has knocked out power in some sections of northeast Japan. The single-unit Higashidori Boiling Water Reactor and the Rokkasho reprocessing plant have lost offsite power and are running on emergency diesel generators. Offsite power may also have been lost to the three unit Onagawa nuclear complex, although there is a report that power remains for the reactors themselves, but not for the fuel pools and that those are relying upon emergency diesel generators.



I hope all of you take the time to make a bug out bag. Something you can grab incase of emergency and go.

Some water, food, basic first aid supplies. Emergency blanket.  Map and compass. survival book. Phone card, some money. am/fm radio that works on a crank. Flashlight and batteries.


Pick some prearranged meeting places with your family so should anything happen you can meet there


I'm becoming worried of an impending Mount Fuji eruption...will need to look up where this one was centered


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