Friday, November 09, 2012

Fukushima - Fear the worst!

Fukushima Threatens

“Extremely low levels” of radioactive iodine have been detected in the air over all but one of China’s provincial-level regions, a daily statement issued by China’s National Nuclear Emergency Coordination Committeerevealed on 4/4/2011. Li Yuanping, a spokesman for the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, said that high levels of radiation have been found on people, planes, vessels and containers entering China from Japan.
In 10 Years, Peak Cesium Levels off West Coast Could Be 10 Times Higher Than at Coast of Japan, read the headlines in July 2012. It states that ocean currents bring Japanese radiation to the west coast of North America, and that—rather than adequate ocean dilution—there could be “pockets” and “streams” of highly concentrated radiation.
Joke F. Lübbecke of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and three scientists from the GEOMAR Research Center for Marine Geosciences poured tracer dye into coastal waters off of Fukushima, and monitored its progress as it traveled to the west coast of North America, to find out what might really happen. They have revealed their results in a new paperpublished in July, 2012 by the journal, Environmental Research Letters,that shows that the west coast of North America could end up with 10 times more radioactive cesium 137 than the coastal waters off of Japan itself.[1]
Though most of us continue to ignore the issue, the precarious situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan continues to worsen. Japanese official Mitsuhei Murata, the former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland, explained that the ground beneath the plant’s Unit 4 is gradually sinking, and that the entire structure is very likely on the verge of complete collapse.[2]
“If Unit 4 collapses, the worst-case scenario will be a meltdown, and a resultant fire in the atmosphere. That will be the most unprecedented crisis that man has ever experienced. Nobody will be able to approach the plants… as all will have melted down and caused a big fire,” said Murata during the interview. “Many scientists say if Unit 4 collapses, not only will Japan lie in ruin, but the entire world will also face serious damages.”
Unit 4 currently holds more than 1,500 spent nuclear fuel rods, and a collective 37 million curies of deadly radiation that, if released, could make much of the world uninhabitable. According to the Secretary of former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, the ground beneath Unit 4 has already sunk by about 31.5 inches since the disaster, and this sinking is taking place unevenly.
If the ground continues to sink, which it is expected to, or if another earthquake of even as low as a magnitude 6.0 occurs in the region, the entire structure could collapse, which would fully drain the cooling pool and cause a catastrophic meltdown and end life on earth as we presently know it.
Already life is changing, but quietly without most of us knowing it. We know the fish are not enjoying this human-caused incident as they are showing up contaminated with cesium radiation. Radiation is still leakinghigh amounts of radioactive cesium into the sea. Things are getting worse as Japan extends evacuation zonesto 30 km around all nuclear power plants. Scientists say that there is a 70% chance of a magnitude 7.0earthquake hitting Fukushima this year, and a 98% chance within the next 3 years. Given that nuclear expertArnie Gundersen says that an earthquake of 7.0 or larger could cause the entire fuel pool structure to collapse, it is urgent that everything humanly possible is done to stabilize the structure housing the fuel pools at reactor number 4.
Mr. Yastel Yamada, a retired engineer in Japan, says that the buildings of Units 1, 2, and 3 are not reinforced and cannot be so. Therefore, if there is a strong earthquake, the breakage can take place much easier in these units.
Smoking cigarettes in Japan will never be the same either with Above-Limit Radioactive Cesium Detected in Fukushima Tobacco (JIJI). Japan Tobacco Inc. said in October that radioactive cesium levels in dried tobacco leaves harvested this year in Fukushima Prefecture exceeded the limit set by the company of 100 becquerels per kilogram. Japan Tobacco will cancel the purchase of some 4.5 tons of the tobacco leaves found to be contaminated.
Fallout of radiocaesium released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant traveled around the world in only 21 days in 2011. Due to the nature of the rapid global air circulation system, the Fukushima radioactive plume contaminated the entire Northern Hemisphere during a relatively short period of time.
Americans got hit hard with radiation from Fukushima but your friendly medical establishment forgot to warn you about it. The Journal Environmental Science and Technology reports in a new study that the Fukushima radiation plume contacted North America at California “with greatest exposure in central and southern California”, and that southern California’s seaweed tested over 500% higher for radioactive iodine-131 than anywhere else in the U.S. and Canada.[3]
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The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, damaged by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 released large amounts of 131I into the atmosphere, which was assimilated into canopy blades of Macrocystis pyrifera sampled from coastal California. The specific activity calculated to the estimated date of deposition/assimilation ranged from 0.6 to 2.5 Bq gdwt–1, levels greater than those measured from kelps from Japan and Canada prior to the release. These 131I levels represent a significant input into the kelp forest ecosystem.
Special Note: Guatemalans fearing aftershocks huddled in the dark and frigid streets of this mountain town wrapped in blankets early Thursday, while others crowded inside its hospital, the only building left with electricity after a powerful earthquake killed at least 48 people and left dozens more missing. Crews worked through the night in San Marcos, searching rubble for survivors and more dead following the magnitude 7.4 quake that struck Wednesday near Guatemala’s border with Mexico.
This is the seventh 7.0+ magnitude earthquake to strike the planet in 90 days. Quakes are striking around the planet threatening populations and nuclear plants, which stupidly were built on fault lines. Fukushima is vulnerable if another large quakes strikes near there.
6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near Vancouver Island – November 8, 2012
California-Oregon Earthquake: 4.2 Quake Strikes Off The Coast –  November 8, 2012
4.2 magnitude tremor strikes Ottawa region of Canada –  November 7, 2012
3.3-magnitude earthquake rattles Santa Monica Bay –  November 6, 2012
Minor earthquake shakes New Jersey –  November 5, 2012
Haida Gwaii hot springs shut off by 7.7 magnitude B.C. earthquake – Posted on November 4, 2012
6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Mindanao region of the Philippines – November 3, 2012
Earthquake jolts Three Gorges Dam area in China – November 1, 2012

[1] Erik Behrens et al 2012 Environ. Res. Lett. 7 034004;
Received 16 April 2012, accepted for publication 11 June 2012  Published 9 July 2012

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