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A. 11 Facts About The Ongoing Fukushima Nuclear Holocaust That Are Almost Too Horrifying To Believe
19 Aug 2013, TheTruthWins.com, by Michael Snyder
Pasted from: http://thetruthwins.com/archives/11-facts-about-the-ongoing-fukushima-nuclear-holocaust-that-are-almost-too-horrifying-to-believe
[Reactor #4, above]
Is Fukushima the greatest environmental disaster of all time? Every single day, 300 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima enters the Pacific Ocean. The radioactive material that is being released will outlive all of us by a very wide margin, and it is constantly building up in the food chain. Nobody knows for sure how many people will eventually develop cancer and other health problems as a result of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, but some experts are not afraid to use the word “billions”. It has been well over two years since the original disaster, and now they are telling us that it could take up to 40 more years to clean it up. It is a nightmare of unimaginable proportions, and there is nowhere in the northern hemisphere that you will be able to hide from it. The following are 11 facts about the ongoing Fukushima nuclear holocaust that are almost too horrifying to believe…
#1 It is estimated that there are 1,331 used nuclear fuel rods that need to be removed from Fukushima. Because of all of the damage that has taken place, computer-guided removal of the rods will not be possible. Manual removal is much riskier, and it is absolutely essential that the removal of each of the 1,331 rods goes perfectly because a single mistake could potentially lead to a nuclear chain reaction.
#2 According to Reuters, the combined amount of cesium-137 contained in those nuclear fuel rods is 14,000 times greater than what was released when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima at the end of World War II. Other estimates put this number far higher.
#3 Officials in Japan admit that 300 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima is entering the Pacific Ocean every 24 hours [300 tons per day x 7 day a week x 52 weeks per year].
#4 According to a professor at Tokyo University, 3 gigabecquerels of cesium-137 are flowing into the port at Fukushima Daiichi every single day…
Yoichiro Tateiwa, NHK reporter: [Professor Jota] Kanda argues government statistics don’t add up. He says a daily leakage of 300 tons doesn’t explain the current levels of radiation in the water.
Jota Kanda, Tokyo University professor: According to my research there are now 3 gigabecquerels [3 billion becquerels] of cesium-137 flowing into the port at Fukushima Daiichi every day. But for the 300 tons of groundwater to contain this much cesium-137, one liter of groundwater has to contain 10,000 becquerels of the radioactive isotope.
NHK: Kanda’s research and monitoring by Tepco puts the amount of cesium-137 in the groundwater around the plant at several hundred becquerels per liter at most. He’s concluded that radioactive isotope is finding another way to get into the ocean. He’s calling on the government and Tepco to identify contamination routes other than groundwater.
#5 According to Tepco, a total of somewhere between 20 trillion and 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium have gotten into the Pacific Ocean since the Fukushima disaster first began.
#6 Something is causing fish along the west coast of Canada to bleed from their gills, bellies and eyeballs. Could Fukushima be responsible?
#7 150 former sailors and Marines say that they now have radiation sickness as a result of serving on U.S. Navy ships near Fukushima and they are suing for damages.
#8 The Iodine-131, Cesium-137 and Strontium-90 that are constantly coming from Fukushima are going to affect the health of those living the the northern hemisphere for a very, very long time. Just check out what Harvey Wasserman had to say recently…[ http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/08/the-fukushima-nightmare-gets-worse.html ]
[Excerpt from Harvey Wasserman’s article: “…It is also unclear what will happen to the hundreds of tons of spent fuel perched precariously in a pool 100 feet in the air above Unit Four.
Sustaining that cooling system until the rods can be removed–and it’s unclear when that will happen–is a major challenge. Should an earthquake come before that’s done, and should those rods go crashing to the ground where they and their zirconium cladding could ignite in the open air, the consequences could only be described as apocalyptic….”]
Iodine-131, for example, can be ingested into the thyroid, where it emits beta particles (electrons) that damage tissue. A plague of damaged thyroids has already been reported among as many as 40 percent of the children in the Fukushima area. That percentage can only go higher. In developing youngsters, it can stunt both physical and mental growth. Among adults it causes a very wide range of ancillary ailments, including cancer.
Cesium-137 from Fukushima has been found in fish caught as far away as California. It spreads throughout the body, but tends to accumulate in the muscles.
Strontium-90’s half-life is around 29 years. It mimics calcium and goes to our bones.
#9 It is believed that the Fukushima nuclear facility originally contained a whopping 1760 tons of nuclear material.
#10 It is being projected that the entire Pacific Ocean will soon “have cesium levels 5 to 10 times higher” than what we witnessed during the era of heavy atomic bomb testing in the Pacific many decades ago.
#11 According to the Wall Street Journal, it is being projected that the cleanup of Fukushima could take up to 40 years to complete.
Sadly, the true horror of this disaster is only starting to be understood, and most people have absolutely no idea how serious all of this is. What fallout researcher Christina Consolo told RT the other day should be very sobering for all of us…
1) We have endless releases into the Pacific Ocean that will be ongoing for not only our lifetimes, but our children’s’ lifetimes.
2) We have 40 million people living in the Tokyo area nearby.
3) We have continued releases from the underground corium that reminds us it is there occasionally with steam events and huge increases in radiation levels.
4) Across the Pacific, we have at least two peer-reviewed scientific studies so far that have already provided evidence of increased mortality in North America, and thyroid problems in infants on the west coast states from our initial exposures.
5) We have increasing contamination of the food chain, through bioaccumulation and biomagnification. 6) And a newly stated concern is the proximity of melted fuel in relation to the Tokyo aquifer that extends under the plant.
7) If and when the corium reaches the Tokyo aquifer, serious and expedient discussions will have to take place about evacuating 40 million people from the greater metropolitan area. As impossible as this sounds, you cannot live in an area which does not have access to safe water.
8) The operation to begin removing fuel from such a severely damaged pool has never been attempted before. The rods are unwieldy and very heavy, each one weighing two-thirds of a ton. But it has to be done, unless there is some way to encase the entire building in concrete with the pool as it is. I don’t know of anyone discussing that option, but it would seem much ‘safer’ than what they are about to attempt…but not without its own set of risks.
9) And all this collateral damage will continue for decades, if not centuries, even if things stay exactly the way they are now. But that is unlikely, as bad things happen like natural disasters and deterioration with time…earthquakes, subsidence, and corrosion, to name a few. Every day that goes by, the statistical risk increases for this apocalyptic scenario. No one can say or know how this will play out, except that millions of people will probably die even if things stay exactly as they are, and billions could die if things get any worse.
10) The area immediately around Fukushima is already permanently uninhabitable, and the truth is that a much wider area of northern Japan should probably be declared off limits for human habitation.
11) But this just isn’t about Japan. The cold, hard reality of the matter is that this is truly a disaster that is planetary in scope. The nuclear material from Fukushima is going to be carried all over the northern hemisphere, and countless numbers of people are going to become seriously ill as a result.
12) And remember, this is a disaster that is not even close to being contained yet. Hundreds of tons of radioactive water continues to enter the Pacific Ocean every single day making the disaster that we are facing even worse.
May God have mercy on us all.
B. Fukushima Ground Turning to QUICKSAND, Buildings May Topple update 8/13/13
14 Aug 2013, SmashPipe.com, by MsMilkytheclown, Source: BBC News Date: August 6, 2013
Pasted from: http://smashpipe.com/nonprofit/?f=gCf4MkD4qm4#play/gCf4MkD4qm4
See 14 minute update news report of the crisis at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gCf4MkD4qm4
They are turning ground into quicksand at Fukushima plant — Engineers warn reactor units may topple.
Thom Hartmann, Host: So what’s the fate and future Fukushima first of all?
Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear: […] In the context of what’s going on now with the groundwater flooding of the site — because one of their mitigation measures which is pretty not very well thought out, was building a seawall by freezing the ground — and guess what? The groundwater is piling up behind the seawall. […] by backing up the water under the entire site, they are turning the ground into quicksand. And that’s causing less stability — more instability. There are structural engineers and nuclear engineers warning that may be the final straw that’s needed to topple not only Unit 4, but perhaps some of those other destroyed units with their high-level radioactive waste stored in pools fifty feet up in the air.[…] If that [Unit 4] pool goes down — enough of that fuel is still in there — it’ll be on fire […]
Hartmann: And the prevailing winds and the prevailing ocean currents take water from the coast of Japan where?
Kamps: To North America. Within days of the Fukushima Daiichi catastrophe beginning, we were getting fallout coming down in rain in the United States — not in insignificant quantities. And also, of course, the seafood. Not only does the ocean’s currents bring the radioactivity this way, but also the sea life itself. The blue fin tuna migrated from Japan to North America and carried the radioactive cesium in its flesh over here.
Japan Official: Fukushima reactor buildings could “topple” — Tepco’s work to change flow of groundwater can form pools below surface that soften the earth.
[…] as [Tepco] prepares this week to start work on a new set of measures that would ring off and cap the area where the most highly contaminated water has been found, some experts and regulators are saying that the battle to completely contain radioactivity to the site of one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents may be a losing one. […]It’s preparing to extend the underground hardened-earth barrier in a ring around the most heavily contaminated section of coastline, in hopes of heading groundwater off before it can flood in. Tepco is also proposing to cap that ringed section with gravel and asphalt, so nothing gets out. The operator is hoping to get an initial ring of hardened ground done by October. […]
But there’s a risk to changing the flow of groundwater in the ways that Tepco is considering, said Tatsuya Shinkawa, nuclear accident response director of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, at a news conference last month. The water could pool dangerously underground, softening the earth and potentially toppling the reactor buildings, he said. […]
BBC: Water crisis at Fukushima has only just begun — “Plant sits smack in the middle of an underground aquifer” — It’s rapidly being overwhelmed deep beneath ground.
C. Fukushima Radiation 18 Times Higher Than Previous Highest Measurement
1 September 2013, The Daily Sheeple, by Chris Carrington
Pasted from: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/fukushima-radiation-18-times-higher-than-previous-highest-measurement_092013
[Fukushima water tanks. Photo Sky News]
The problems at Fukushima, overshadowed by the Middle East Crisis, continue to grow. A staff member has reported that a pipe connecting two coolant tanks was dripping highly radioactive water. The pipes had been patched up with tape.
[Can you imagine any national government wanting to tell its people that the most professional fix to a truly global crisis might rely on defective equipment and the resultant “out of control after effects” being temporarily repaired with (duct) tape? Mr. Larry]
The readings around the pipe which is one of four new ‘hotspots’ at the site were 1,800 millisieverts an hour. That’s enough to kill an exposed human in four hours.
This comes just a week after TEPCO admitted that 300 tonnes of toxic water had leaked from one of the huge tanks and had most likely seeped through the ground and into the ocean. The spill was categorized a level 3 event, the most serious since the original meltdown.
[Have you been hearing much about the absolutely terrible problems continuing to play out at the Fukushima site? No? No wonder, these discussions don’t play well politically on a national or international level; fear is not good for business; questions about another earthquake, or of the rods support building collapsing are legitimate safety concerns; “Fukushima” provides questions that leaders can’t answer and unlike sheep, people can get quite ornery when they feel their families are threatened while someone has withheld critical information.
A truly massive and long lived global crisis is brewing at Fukushima.
As an absolute minimum preparation, please buy a packet of Potassium Iodide tablets for each member of your family, also a couple large bottles of Tums (calcium) keep them on hand. (see KI package at left). Think about it.
KI (potassium iodide) is a salt of stable iodine that can help block radioactive iodine from being absorbed by the thyroid gland, thus protecting this gland from radiation injury. The thyroid gland is the part of the body that is most sensitive to radioactive iodine.
And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
Concept: The Third Judgment carries with it an interesting explanation. God will destroy the only remaining sources of water, the rivers and fountains or springs of the deep, by letting them turn to “blood”.
Unless God provides water from another source or human engineers, can by some process, turn this highly radioactive water into pure water, Japan, followed by the world will be in a state of economic disarray and confusion, seeking safety and this necessity of life.
The ancient concepts of Man paying for his ill-conceived deeds is relevant, because what lurks quietly with little news coverage within the ruins of Fukushima, is a tragedy beyond what we can comprehend. Sometimes, God uses wars to bring His will about. This ongoing disaster no doubt could do away with a very large number of people, Japanese people at first, then damage the oceans beyond our wildest dreams and destroy both wildlife and land habitats in a scope that would pale even the least Earth friendly amongst us.
In even a modest scenario, events would play out slowly over the coming years, the results of increasing radioactivity, the beach clean-up of birds-fish-mammals, results of environmental and medical studies, increasing disease rates and all that follows slow radioactive poisoning in Japan and on the west coast of North America (Canada, USA and Mexico).
In the meanwhile, let our minds remain busy with concern over political “personalities”, national budgets that are out of control, the specter of a collapsing US dollar-global currencies, and of wars and rumor of wars. What lies in Fukushima is more dangerous than a major VEI-6.4 volcanic eruption and the ensuing “year without a summer”. If Murphy’s Law aggregates the vectors of all the hazards currently in play and focuses them into a narrow couple year period, we could have a real roller coaster ride. Remember the old saying, “When it rains, it pours.”