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    Fukushima Disaster - Fallout

    The ongoing Fukushima disaster.

    It's known now that things are much worse than has been reported since the tsunami struck the nuke plant on March 11th. They still can't get near the exposed cores and fuel rods and continue pouring thousands of tons of water on the ruined facility in efforts to control the temperatures, resulting in continued mass contamination from radioactive runoff and steam, as well as from all the exposed cores and pools of spent fuel rods themselves.


    Reports emerging now of a dramatic spike in infant mortality deaths in the US.


    A 35% Spike in Infant Mortality in Northwest Cities Since Meltdown

    Is the Dramatic Increase in Baby Deaths in the US a Result of Fukushima Fallout?

    U.S. babies are dying at an increased rate. The recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicates that eight cities in the northwest U.S. (Boise ID, Seattle WA, Portland OR, plus the northern California cities of Santa Cruz, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, and Berkeley) reported the following data on deaths among those younger than one year of age:


    _ 4 weeks ending March 19, 2011 - 37 deaths (avg. 9.25 per week)
    _ 10 weeks ending May 28, 2011 - 125 deaths (avg.12.50 per week)

    This amounts to an increase of 35% (the total for the entire U.S. rose about 2.3%), and is statistically significant. Of further significance is that those dates include the four weeks before and the ten weeks after the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster. In 2001 the infant mortality was 6.834 per 1000 live births, increasing to 6.845 in 2007. All years from 2002 to 2007 were higher than the 2001 rate.

    Spewing from the Fukushima reactor are radioactive isotopes including those of iodine (I-131), strontium (Sr-90) and cesium (Cs-134 and Cs-137) all of which are taken up in food and water. Iodine is concentrated in the thyroid, Sr-90 in bones and teeth and Cs-134 and Cs-137 in soft tissues, including the heart. The unborn and babies are more vulnerable because the cells are rapidly dividing and the delivered dose is proportionally larger than that delivered to an adult.

    Data from Chernobyl, which exploded 25 years ago, clearly shows increased numbers of sick and weak newborns and increased numbers of deaths in the unborn and newborns, especially soon after the meltdown. These occurred in Europe as well as the former Soviet Union. Similar findings are also seen in wildlife living in areas with increased radioactive fallout levels.

    As of June 5, 2011, The Japan Times reported that radiation in the No. 1 plant was measured at 4,000 milliseverts per hour. To put that in perspective, a worker would receive a maximal “permissible” dose in 4 minutes. In addition there are over 40,000 tons of radioactive water under that reactor with more radioactivity escaping into the air and sea. Fuel rods are believed to have melted and sunk to the bottom of reactors 1, 2, and 3.

    Tepco, the corporate owner took more than two months to confirm the meltdowns and admitted lying about the levels of destruction and subsequent contamination, resulting in “Public Distrust.” Over 100,000 tons of radioactive waste are on the site.
    http://www.counterpunch.org/sherman06102011.html

    Related report from Philadelphia where infant deaths are up 48% since this ongoing disaster began.
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    Fukushima: It's much worse than you think
    Scientific experts believe Japan's nuclear disaster to be far worse than governments are revealing to the public.


    "Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind," Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Al Jazeera.

    Gundersen, a licensed reactor operator with 39 years of nuclear power engineering experience, managing and coordinating projects at 70 nuclear power plants around the US, says the Fukushima nuclear plant likely has more exposed reactor cores than commonly believed.

    "Fukushima has three nuclear reactors exposed and four fuel cores exposed," he said, "You probably have the equivalent of 20 nuclear reactor cores because of the fuel cores, and they are all in desperate need of being cooled, and there is no means to cool them effectively."

    TEPCO has been spraying water on several of the reactors and fuel cores, but this has led to even greater problems, such as radiation being emitted into the air in steam and evaporated sea water - as well as generating hundreds of thousands of tons of highly radioactive sea water that has to be disposed of.

    "The problem is how to keep it cool," says Gundersen. "They are pouring in water and the question is what are they going to do with the waste that comes out of that system, because it is going to contain plutonium and uranium. Where do you put the water?"

    Even though the plant is now shut down, fission products such as uranium continue to generate heat, and therefore require cooling.

    "The fuels are now a molten blob at the bottom of the reactor," Gundersen added.

    "TEPCO announced they had a melt through. A melt down is when the fuel collapses to the bottom of the reactor, and a melt through means it has melted through some layers. That blob is incredibly radioactive, and now you have water on top of it. The water picks up enormous amounts of radiation, so you add more water and you are generating hundreds of thousands of tons of highly radioactive water."

    "We have 20 nuclear cores exposed, the fuel pools have several cores each, that is 20 times the potential to be released than Chernobyl," said Gundersen. "The data I'm seeing shows that we are finding hot spots further away than we had from Chernobyl, and the amount of radiation in many of them was the amount that caused areas to be declared no-man's-land for Chernobyl. We are seeing square kilometres being found 60 to 70 kilometres away from the reactor. You can't clean all this up. We still have radioactive wild boar in Germany, 30 years after Chernobyl."

    Japan's Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters finally admitted earlier this month that reactors 1, 2, and 3 at the Fukushima plant experienced full meltdowns.

    TEPCO announced that the accident probably released more radioactive material into the environment than Chernobyl, making it the worst nuclear accident on record.

    Meanwhile, a nuclear waste advisor to the Japanese government reported that about 966 square kilometres near the power station - an area roughly 17 times the size of Manhattan - is now likely uninhabitable.


    Gundersen points out that far more radiation has been released than has been reported.

    "They recalculated the amount of radiation released, but the news is really not talking about this," he said. "The new calculations show that within the first week of the accident, they released 2.3 times as much radiation as they thought they released in the first 80 days."

    According to Gundersen, the exposed reactors and fuel cores are continuing to release microns of caesium, strontium, and plutonium isotopes. These are referred to as "hot particles".

    "We are discovering hot particles everywhere in Japan, even in Tokyo," he said. "Scientists are finding these everywhere. Over the last 90 days these hot particles have continued to fall and are being deposited in high concentrations. A lot of people are picking these up in car engine air filters."

    Radioactive air filters from cars in Fukushima prefecture and Tokyo are now common, and Gundersen says his sources are finding radioactive air filters in the greater Seattle area of the US as well.

    The hot particles on them can eventually lead to cancer.

    "These get stuck in your lungs or GI tract, and they are a constant irritant," he explained, "One cigarette doesn't get you, but over time they do. These [hot particles] can cause cancer, but you can't measure them with a Geiger counter. Clearly people in Fukushima prefecture have breathed in a large amount of these particles. Clearly the upper West Coast of the US has people being affected. That area got hit pretty heavy in April."




    A problem of infinite proportions

    Gundersen pointed out that the units are still leaking radiation.

    "They are still emitting radioactive gases and an enormous amount of radioactive liquid," he said. "It will be at least a year before it stops boiling, and until it stops boiling, it's going to be cranking out radioactive steam and liquids."

    Gundersen worries about more earthquake aftershocks, as well as how to cool two of the units.

    "Unit four is the most dangerous, it could topple," he said. "After the earthquake in Sumatra there was an 8.6 [aftershock] about 90 days later, so we are not out of the woods yet. And you're at a point where, if that happens, there is no science for this, no one has ever imagined having hot nuclear fuel lying outside the fuel pool. They've not figured out how to cool units three and four."


    His assessment of solving this crisis is grim.

    "Units one through three have nuclear waste on the floor, the melted core, that has plutonium in it, and that has to be removed from the environment for hundreds of thousands of years," he said. "Somehow, robotically, they will have to go in there and manage to put it in a container and store it for infinity, and that technology doesn't exist. Nobody knows how to pick up the molten core from the floor, there is no solution available now for picking that up from the floor."

    Gundersen believes it will take experts at least ten years to design and implement the plan.

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    So basically, the safest place to be now is on the International Space Station and not on earth?

    Seriously, this is some really scary shit and something OUR government needs to inform all of us About, daily! But, it's funny, haven't really seen or heard to much out of Washington DC speaking of any of this since the quake.

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    Iam thinking the fallout from 3 meltdowns is worse than Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined? So much for automatic shut down devices. The oil rig in the gulf was supposed to have a blow out shut off device too. I think of all those people and kids who will get cancer the next 5 years. Plus dont we have about 25 thousand troops there helping out? This is the end for nuke power.
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    Wow that is pretty bad. So much for public trust. Telling people after the fact is worse. And something of this magnitude???? It's sickening.

    Pretty scary. Wonder why the news aren't picking up on all this......
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    Quote Originally Posted by smithjc View Post
    Wow that is pretty bad. So much for public trust. Telling people after the fact is worse. And something of this magnitude???? It's sickening.

    Pretty scary. Wonder why the news aren't picking up on all this......
    It's the "change" that the majority voted for a couple years ago. Nothing a few trillion dollars of our tax money can't fix. Or, it's all Bush's fault! Take your pick! I might just start drinking again!
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    Ok I think I'll join you b/c a nice cold Michelob sounds pretty neato right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smithjc View Post
    Wonder why the news aren't picking up on all this......
    It's old news now...

    Something more sensational is out...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BREW CREW View Post
    It's the "change" that the majority voted for a couple years ago. Nothing a few trillion dollars of our tax money can't fix. Or, it's all Bush's fault! Take your pick! I might just start drinking again!
    Are you kidding? I am no fan of Obama, but c'mon, Bush wouldn't have done a damn thing different.
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    So basically, the safest place to be now is on the International Space Station and not on earth?

    Seriously, this is some really scary shit and something OUR government needs to inform all of us About, daily! But, it's funny, haven't really seen or heard to much out of Washington DC speaking of any of this since the quake.
    Blame the US?

    In reaction to the Fukushima catastrophe, Germany is phasing out all of its nuclear reactors over the next decade. In a referendum vote this Monday, 95 per cent of Italians voted in favour of blocking a nuclear power revival in their country. A recent newspaper poll in Japan shows nearly three-quarters of respondents favour a phase-out of nuclear power in Japan.

    Why have alarms not been sounded about radiation exposure in the US?

    Nuclear operator Exelon Corporation has been among Barack Obama's biggest campaign donors, and is one of the largest employers in Illinois where Obama was senator. Exelon has donated more than $269,000 to his political campaigns, thus far. Obama also appointed Exelon CEO John Rowe to his Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future.

    Dr Shoji Sawada is a theoretical particle physicist and Professor Emeritus at Nagoya University in Japan.
    He is concerned about the types of nuclear plants in his country, and the fact that most of them are of US design.

    "Most of the reactors in Japan were designed by US companies who did not care for the effects of earthquakes," Dr Sawada told Al Jazeera. "I think this problem applies to all nuclear power stations across Japan."

    Using nuclear power to produce electricity in Japan is a product of the nuclear policy of the US, something Dr Sawada feels is also a large component of the problem.

    "Most of the Japanese scientists at that time, the mid-1950s, considered that the technology of nuclear energy was under development or not established enough, and that it was too early to be put to practical use," he explained. "The Japan Scientists Council recommended the Japanese government not use this technology yet, but the government accepted to use enriched uranium to fuel nuclear power stations, and was thus subjected to US government policy."

    As a 13-year-old, Dr Sawada experienced the US nuclear attack against Japan from his home, situated just 1400 metres from the hypocentre of the Hiroshima bomb.

    "I think the Fukushima accident has caused the Japanese people to abandon the myth that nuclear power stations are safe," he said. "Now the opinions of the Japanese people have rapidly changed. Well beyond half the population believes Japan should move towards natural electricity."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Are you kidding? I am no fan of Obama, but c'mon, Bush wouldn't have done a damn thing different.
    No, I wasn't kidding. I think you took it that I supported Bush too... I really didn't like either of them... If I ever do like a president and what his/her administration does, I will be very vocal about it.
    Just go for it!

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    Fukushima Radiation Affecting Americans And There’s No Way To Stop It

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    Here's another article... scary shit...

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/...radiation.html
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