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Fukushima Radiation Spreads Worldwide


"California, Finland, Canada hit by radiation..And thyroid cancers are - mysteriously - on the rise..."


January 17, 2012  

Cancer Risk To Young Children Near Fukushima Daiichi Underestimated

video & transcript



TEPCO Cut Backup Power at Fukushima


"Tokyo Electric Power Co. disconnected an emergency power source at its Fukushima nuclear plant four months before the earthquake and tsunami in March last year wrecked the station, the Sankei newspaper said.

The backup would have provided power for transmitting temperature and radiation data from monitors near the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant's reactors and helped assess the severity of the situation, once the main supply was knocked out, the Sankei said.."

Fukushima Diary


"Ms Miwae, 79, grew this on her farm. It's 40 cm long. The bottom is split into 5 parts. She says she has been growing plants for decades but has never seen a Japanese radish like this..."


'The public shouldn't let a short-term incident undermine all the good work that has been done in the nuclear field. We have had 30 years of faultless activity..' Bruce Power


Japanese, Canadian and American Officials Have 'Betrayed' their Citizens By Hiding Radiation - Akin To Murder


"...Indeed, the core problem is that all of the world's nuclear agencies are wholly captured by the nuclear industry - as are virtually all of the supposedly independent health agencies. So the failure of the American, Canadian or other garments to test for and share results is making it difficult to hold an open scientific debate about what is happening..."



Japanese Government Kept Worst-Case Scenario Secret Post-Fukushima


"The content was so shocking that we decided to treat it as if it didn't exist', a senior government official said."


Fukushima Cover-Up Unravels: 'The Government Can No Longr Pull the Wool Over the Public's Eyes'

Too Much Radiation to Cover Up


"As I've pointed out since day one, the Japanese government and TEPCO have covered up the extent of the radiation released by Fukushima and its health effects on the Japanese and others - with a growing segment of the public and even many experts coming to believe that officials have understated or even covered up the true extent of the public health risk in order to limit both the economic damage and the size of potential settlements.."


Update 3 - Japan's Stricken Nuclear Operator Set for $13 Billion Bail-Out


"Japan is set to launch a $13 billion bail-out of the owner of its stricken Fukushima power plant after the utility dropped resistance to a public fund injection, sources said on Thursday, as the country debates the future of nuclear power. TEPCO's share price soared on the bail-out news, jumping as much as 8 percent in heavy trading.

One source said the financial institutions were likely to agree to keep TEPCO afloat and protect their already big exposures.."

business is business after all when all said and done..


Fukushima: A Nuclear War Without a War  -  by Prof Michel Chossudovsky


"The unspoken crisis of worldwide nuclear radiation.."

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Frozen Fukushima Leaking Water


"Up to 8.5 tons of radioactive water have leaked from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. TEPCO, the plant's operator, failed to winterize the reactor's cooling system, leading to fractures in its pipes due to frozen water inside.."


Fukushima Plant Temperature Rises


"Tokyo Electric Power Co injected boric acid into a reactor at its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to prevent an accidental chain reaction known as re-criticality after temperatures rose in the past week. 'It was too early to say the plant was safe in December. They declared cold shutdown even though nobody is sure about the location of melted fuel,' said Tetsuo Ito, the head of the Atomic Energy Research Institute at Kinki University in Western Japan.

'A similiar incident will probably occur again. Tepco is in a dilemma,' Ito said. As Tepco maintains water injection at a high rate, more radioactive water will be accumulated in the basements of plant buildings, he said. About 95,000 cubic meters, which is enough to fill 38 Olympic sized swimming pools, of highly radioactive water may still be in the basements..."


We May Yet Lose Tokyo...Not To Mention Alaska...And Now Georgia Too


"...With bitter debate raging in Japan, the US and elsewhere over the killing power of Fukushima's emissions, the certification of a new US reactor design may someday be remembered as a bizarre epitaph for the 20th century's most expensive failed technology..."


Canadian Government is 'Muzzling Its Scientists'


"Speakers at a major science meeting being held in Canada said communication of vital research on health and evironment issues is being suppressed...journalists were denied access to scientists working for the government agency Health Canada last year, when there was concern about radiation levels reaching the country's western coast from Japan following the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Ultimately, journalists obtained the information they sought from European sources..."


Japan's Nuclear Evacuees Denied Canadian Refuge  -  by Tom Godrey


"A Japanese woman who claimed exposure to radiation from damaged nuclear reactors has been denied refugee status in Canada almost one year after that nation was rocked by an earthquake and tsunami that left more than 100,000 people homeless. 'The claimant feared risks of exposure to radiation,' an IRB member said in a ruling. 'She was not convinced by the Japanese government's assurances of safety from radiation. The woman can still appeal her case to the Federal Court of Canada and that decision can still be appealed..."


Fukushima - 350 Times Maximum Annual Radiation Dose Permissable?  - by Bob Nichols


"Is a unsuspecting pubic being sacrificed?"

sure looks like it!


Face to Face With the Fukushima Disaster (Part 3)


talk with engineer Werner Simbeck about the latest goings-on in Fukushima

Face to Face With the Fukushima Disaster (Part 2)


Face to Face with the Fukushima Disaster (Part 1)




Corbett Report: Paul Gunter on America's Fukushimas (Podcast)


"Paul Gunter is the director of the Reactor Oversight Project at BeyondNuclear.org As a long time anti-nuclear activist, Gunter and Beyond Nuclear has been ringing the alarm bells around the GE Mark I Boiling Water Reactors in the US - reactors with the exact same flawed design as teh Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan - for decades. Now in the 'Freezing Our Fukushimas' campaign, Gunter and others are seeking to permanently suspend operations at all Mark I plants across the US.

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Japan Weighed Evacuating Tokyo in Nuclear Crisis


"In the darkest moments of last year's nuclear accident, Japanese leaders did not know the actual extent of damage at the plant and secretly considered the possibility of evacuating Tokyo, even as they tried to play down the risks in public, an independent investigation into the accident disclosed on Monday..."


Watching tonight's The nature of things - Journey to the disaster zone: Japan 3-11.  




The first half of the program was about the event - video from Tokyo, interviews with seeismologists, images of the tsunami, interviews from survivors. Then Fukishima. Then reflection, optimism, alternatives. Community-drive, small-scale alternative energy - geothermal, mobile water turbines, magic (magnesium injection cycle). Community radiation testing because communities trust neither the nuclear industry nor the government.

There has been a dramatic shift in perception regarding the safety and necessity of nuclear - will it translate to policy?

Suzuki concludes: If Japan can show there is a different way, that would be huge.  The Japanese anthrpologist he is speaking with agrees: Yes, that would be wonderful.


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I saw that show last week when it was first aired. I was, as usual, disappointed with Suzuki. Very thin on science and facts. I learned essentially nothing.

By contrast, PBS's Frontline this week had an excellent program on Fukushima. It was riveting and terrifying, and at the same time very informative. PBS knows how to do science programming in a way that Suzuki never dreamed of.


PBS Frontline Documentary on Fukushima: 'Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown'



That may be, M. Spector and NDPP (I assume you agree as you post the link), and I'll probably watch the PBS doc when I have some time, feel up to it.  Maybe I shouldn't have posted here, because it wasn't focused on Fukushima entirely.  What I liked about the Nature of Things program is that it was terrifying enough to prompt reflection and presents a way for people to act.  Because that's what we've got to do, right?  It's not enough to just be terrified. 

Maybe I'll have more to say after I've watched the PBS doc.

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NDPP wrote:

PBS Frontline Documentary on Fukushima: 'Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown'


Thanks for the link, NDPP. I would have posted it myself, but I assumed it wouldn't work for Canadian IP addresses. I see I was wrong.


Thanks for alerting us to it MS.

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Not to belittle the actions of many of the workers and others at the reactor site but those firefighters who ran the first hoses up to the overheating fuel rod pool saved the day for Japan and possibly a big chunk of the planet...

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That is so true. That's one of the "terrifying" things about that program.


..txs for the heads up!

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[url=http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/publications/Campaign-reports... Greenpeace report on the "Lessons from Fukushima"[/url]

... and an [url=http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/02/28-5]article about the report.[/url]


A Meltdown in Communications: Nuclear Disaster and Corporate Accountability


"A new report reviewed by the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation questions the safety of nuclear power, especially in the hands of private companies. In the wake of the Fukushima meltdowns, several European nations pledged to phase out nuclear power, but the US [and Canada] is still pursuing an expansion.."


Planetary Genocide: Fukushima One Year Later  - by Dr Ilya Sandra Perlingieri


"As we approach the tragic one year anniversary of Fukushima's multiple nuclear reactors' accident on March 11, that initially affected the entire Japanese population, we now know that this nightmare has engulfed all of us. This is the massive global poisoning of our only home - Mother Earth."

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[url=http://karlgrossman.blogspot.com/2012/03/nuclear-cover-up-more-extensive... Cover-Up More Extensive As First Anniversary of Fukushima Disaster Arrives[/url]
Karl Grossman, March 5, 2012

As the first anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster arrives, the cover-up involving nuclear power is more extensive than ever....

In recent weeks, for example, there’s been [b]the move to negate what has been the U.S. government’s benchmark analysis on the impacts of nuclear plant accidents.[/b] “Calculation Reactor Accident Consequences 2” (CRAC-2) was done for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories in 1982. It catalogues the impacts from a meltdown with a breach of containment at every nuclear plant in the U.S....

But in January, the NRC put out a report that it intends to replace CRAC-2 with that it titles the “State-of-the-Art Reactor Consequences Analyses” or SOARCA. SOARCA flatly dismisses the high casualty and damage figures of CRAC-2 (and the WASH-740 update before it). Using as models the Surry nuclear station in Virginia and the Peach Bottom facility in Pennsylvania, each with two nuclear plants, the NRC declared that the “risks of public health consequences from severe accidents” at a nuclear plant “are very small.”

The “long-term risk” of a person dying from cancer from a nuclear plant accident is less than one-in-a billion, says SOARCA. This is because “successful implementation of existing mitigation measures can prevent reactor core damage or delay or reduce offsite releases of radioactive material.”

Tell that to the people impacted by Chernobyl and Fukushima....

Then there’s [b]the attempt to cover up Fukushima impacts.[/b]

“Health impacts from the radioactive materials released in the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns will probably be too small to be easily measured,” began a New York Times piece by Matthew Wald last week. That was based on a [b]Health Physics Society[/b] program at the National Press Club.

[b]But the Health Physics Society is a booster of nuclear technology.[/b] It wasn’t supposed to be that. The health physics profession was founded in 1943 by Karl Z. Morgan, a physicist with an interest in the health effects of radioactivity.... He was the first president of the Health Physics Society. And he saw and protested the profession selling out.

“It is with much reluctance and regret that I now must recognize that [b]the U.S. profession of health physics has become essentially a labor union for the nuclear industry[/b] — not a profession of scientists dedicated to protect the worker and members of the public from radiation injury,” Dr. Morgan wrote in 1992....

[Epidemiologist Dr. Joseph] Mangano says that “the absurd belief that no one will be harmed by Fukushima is perhaps the strongest evidence of the pattern of deception and denial by nuclear officials in industry and government.”

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Fukushima one year later: http://www.pgs.ca


@ autoworker re above: looks like an interesting Sunday in Vancouver, some great folks presenting too.

The Dangerous Myths of Fukushima


"The myth that Fukushima radiation levels were too low to harm humans persists, a year after the meltdown. In their haste to choke off all consideration of harm from Fukushima radiation, nuclear plant owners and their willing dupes in the scientific community built a castle against invaders..

The pro-nuclear chants of 'no harm' and 'no studies needed' are intended to be permanent, as part of damage control created by a dangerous technology that has produced yet another catastrophe. But just one year after Fukushima, the 'no harm' mantra is now being crowded out by evidence - evidence to the contrary.."

Dr Christopher Busby Talks on Scientific Dishonesty and the Nukes-Are-Safe Scam (vid)



Radiation, Coverups and the Legacy of Fukushima  - James Corbett with Dr Helen Caldicott (and vid)


"One year on from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan's northeast, details continue to emerge about how the crisis was much worse than the government and TEPCO originally let on. Joining us to discuss the legacy of Fukushima is Helen Caldicott, a phyician, author and radio host who has spoken out for decades about the deadly effects of nuclear radiation."


..txs for the caldicott link. a stark reality that capitalism = insanity.

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Scientific American has an [url=http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=worlds-largest-movable-... article[/url] (with pictures) about current efforts to entomb the Chernobyl reactor. One can assume that similar methods will be required at Fukushima — similarly costing billions of dollars, emitting megatonnes of CO2 in its construction, and requiring replacement in another 100 years:

Imagine a metal arch taller than the Statue of Liberty. Now picture it sliding a distance of roughly three football fields, making it [b]the largest movable structure ever[/b]. Under this steel rainbow engineers are planning to entomb the site of the worst nuclear accident in history, the destroyed reactor at the Chernobyl power plant, using robotic cranes to dismantle the ruins and keep its deadly remains from poisoning the rest of the planet.

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William Pesek: A Year Later, It's Whitewash for Japan Nuclear Disaster


"...Radiation is still venting into the air around Fukushima. Makeshift equipment, some held in place by tape, is keepting vital reactor systems operating. Is Japan's 3/11 history? Not unless we change the definition. Yet 12 months on, the Fukushima whitewash is in high gear.."

Fukushima Roulette - by John LaForge


"...Recalculated estimates of massive radiation releases are repeatedly doubled, tripled or quadrupled. The National Science Foundation has said, 'The release of radioactivity from Fukushima - both as atmospheric fallout and direct discharges to the ocean - represents the largest accidental release of radiation to the ocean in history..."


Fukushima: Dial M For Mass Murder



TEPCO: Less Than 2 Feet of Water Left in Fukushima Reactor


"NHK reports today that only 60 centimeters - or 23.62 inches of water still cover the number 2 reactor. There are other troubling data coming from Unit 4. For example, hydrogen levels with the reactor have increased 500% in the last two weeks. Temperatures have also fluctuated fairly dramatically within reactor 2 in recent weeks..."

Tokyo Soil - Blanketed With Fukushima Radiation - Would Be Considered 'Radioactive Waste' In the United States..


"We noted in August that some parts of Tokyo have more radiation than existed in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zones. There are indications that radiation levels are increasing in Tokyo. Nuclear engineer Arnie Gunderson took 5 random soil samples in Tokyo recently, and found that all 5 were so radioactive that they would be considered radioactive waste in the United States.."


Radiation Blowback: 10 Times Lethal Level Registered at Fukushima


"A recent examination at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant has revealed radiation leaks up to ten times the fatal dose. The news alarmed thousands of people who have been living in constant fear of radiation exposure for over a year. A recent study by psychiatrists at Fukushima Medical University found that almost a quarter of Fukushima's residents hospitalized after last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami were diagnosed with a 'psychiatric disorder' because of their fears over radiation.

TEPCO officials and Japanese authorities have been repeatedly caught lying about the real situation at Fukushima. Hence many locals live in constant stress over the possibility of radiation poisoning.."

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[url=http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/japan-in-uproar... in Uproar Over Censorship of Emperor's Anti-Nuclear Speech[/url]

The 78-year-old Emperor Akihito had insisted on attending the [March 11 tsunami/earthquake] memorial service, though he had been released from the hospital for heart bypass surgery less than a week earlier. While the emperor is technically just a figurehead, he is still deeply revered here. Many Japanese see him a source of guidance in times of political difficulty, which have been many in the last 20 years. His speech was highly anticipated. Unlike Prime Minister Noda, who never mentioned the nuclear crisis in his speech on the anniversary, the Emperor addressed it directly.

As this earthquake and tsunami caused the nuclear power plant accident, those living in areas designated as the danger zone lost their homes and livelihoods and had to leave the places they used to live. In order for them to live there again safely, we have to overcome the problem of radioactive contamination, which is a formidable task.

While this statement may seem more obvious than radical to outsiders, underneath the Imperial-grade Japanese understatement were two ideas that have become quietly explosive. [b]First, he seemed to suggest that the nuclear crisis is not over, a "formidable task" yet to be overcome. This noticeably contradicts the government's official stance that Fukushima has achieved a cold shutdown and, for all practical purposes, the crisis is over.  Second, it implies that it is not yet safe for people to return to areas stricken with high levels of radiation, at least not before the "formidable task" is "overcome." This, again, contradicts the government's position that it is now safe for people to return to almost all areas and that neither Tokyo Electric Power Company nor the national government are obliged to assist in long term evacuations.[/b]

It's impossible to say for sure whether the emperor intended to weigh in on two of the country's most sensitive policy debates. Either way, his words have struck Japan's national conversation with a weight that could only be delivered by the emperor himself.

"The emperor's words were like a knife to my heart." tweeted @shun1sta, in a string of comments typical of the public reaction. "He seemed in such pain as well... I can only imagine the determination he felt to say what he did." "It seems to me that the Emperor was doing the most he could do, despite the constraints of his position, to communicate his opinion on the nuclear matter." "Surely the government asked him not to mention the nuclear crisis. He must have fought hard to tell the truth."

It is rare for Emperor Akihito, an accomplished biologist and the world's leading authority on certain species of Gobi Fish, to publicly take sides on any subject other than biology. It is said that his love for the sciences is partly due to the ease in which his colleagues can disagree with him. The reverence he commands in other spheres is so strong that, [b]when it comes to politics, his opinion is considered a constitutionally guarded state secret. His normal silence only adds to the weight of his rare public statements on such matters.[/b]

So many Japanese were shocked when [b]TV media began cutting out the emperor's dramatic statement. Live daytime broadcasts of the event contained the whole speech and newspapers printed it in its entirety. But, by that evening, all of the major news programs aired edited versions of the speech without his nuclear comments, which also went unmentioned and undiscussed on the heavily watches news shows. The vast majority of Japanese, who don't watch TV news during the day, missed the comments entirely.[/b]


Fukushima: Radiation So High - Even Robots Not Safe (and vid)


Fukushima Day 389 - April Fool's Day (and vid)


Radiation facts with Dr Helen Caldicott: demo at the EPA


TEPCP Reports Another Radioactive Water Leak at Fukushima Plant


"Tokyo Electric Power Co. said as much as 12 tons of radioactive water leaked from a pipe at its crippled Fukushima nuclear station, the second such incident in 11 days at the same pipeline, raising further doubts about the stability of the plant. TEPCO has about 100,000 tons of highly radioactive water accumulated in basements at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station nearly 13 months after the March 11 quake and tsunami caused  a meltdown and the worst radiation leaks since Chernobyl.."


The Top Short-Term Threat to Humanity: The Fuel Pools of Fukushima


"The greatest single threat to humanity: fuel pool number 4.."

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<a href="http://phillyworkersvoice.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/the-fukushima-nuclear-disaster-one-year-later-socialist-action-april-2012/">Socialist Action</a> wrote:

To ensure that Japan can function at a “full-scale” economy, Secretary of State Clinton promised the prime minister that the U.S. would continue to support its enterprises and not reject contaminated products. Both Canada and the U.S. are accepting Japanese imports, and our governments conveniently halted all radiation monitoring last spring to keep the lines of commerce running smoothly as well as to maintain public ignorance of how much radioactivity is in the environment. There is also the concern for North American consumers of the radiation levels in our migratory fish, such as salmon and tuna.

The tsunami generated 25 million tons of debris, a good portion of which (a quarter to a third) was sucked out to sea at least 24 hours before the radiation releases from the nuclear power plant. The stuff has begun arriving on the Pacific Northwest Coast, cluttering beaches, creating navigation problems, and spreading plastics and other toxins an entire year ahead of the predictions. It is expected that some of it will join the Northern Pacific garbage gyre, where it will pollute the marine habitat for years.

The horrors of the Japanese nuclear disaster are due to decades of perpetuating the cruel myth of the “absolute safety” of nuclear power. The propaganda from both industry and one subservient government after the other was cranked out to get the Japanese people to accept the “peaceful use of the atom” after experiencing the devastation of the murderous atomic bomb blasts over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Consequently, just as with Big Oil and Big Pharma in the U.S., the nuclear industry has been allowed to write its own rules. In Japan, TEPCO executives, with a wink and a nod from corrupt agencies, chose to ignore 2000 years of earthquake evidence in the region, and then claimed that the magnitude 9.0 tremor and tsunami were “unanticipated” events. Both industry and government are guilty of collusion, lying to the public, incompetence, and criminal negligence.

The capitalist media and pro-nuke academics have chimed in, repeating ad nauseum that the radiation to which millions are exposed is no cause for alarm—when, in fact, there are no safe levels. All radiation is mutagenic and carcinogenic, and we are all exposed to background and medical radiation as well as that from the nuclear fuel cycle and weapons production. They have habitually lied about the dangers of atomic bomb fallout and the routine emissions of radioactive gases and tritiated water from the daily operation of nuclear reactors.


I still marvel at how closely most people cleave to the agenda of the mainstream media. If it ain't running on page one, it's as if it doesn't exist. Fukushima is a good example of this. There is no public monitoring or cautionary instructions. And Ontario is still 'Big Nuke' as if this never happened. This catastrophe just gets worse as the attention paid gets less. A hard (and radioactive) rain is going to fall on us all for this dangerous indifference..Indeed it already has.


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