Fukushima Meltdown - An Environmental disaster with no end?

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Over 6 years have passed since an underwater earthquake instigated a massive tsunami that in turn triggered the explosions at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The lack of media coverage would suggest the worst is over.........is it?

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Some of this information is a few months old however there is still significant amounts of radioactive material being leeched into the ocean at Fukushima so the information is valid.
You need to go and specifically look for news regarding Fukushima these days as the story is clearly not sexy enough for the mainstream news networks, you won't get this spoon fed to you along with the latest accusation against Trump or a story of some 'B' list celebrities sordid affair. No this is a real news story with no happy ending and therefore unlikely to ever get onto our screens any more. Well maybe a sensational headline regarding radiation levels but nothing in depth.

What is happening currently? What effect has there been on marine life?.

I've trawled through so many articles recently trying to get a concensus on the situation and it's harder than you'd think getting a clear picture as it is in no ones interest to paint a bleak picture, however there have been sensational headlines in recent months regarding radiation levels. Let's take a look at what mainstream and independent journalists are saying.

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This an article from the Guardian earlier this year called Fukushima nuclear reactor radiation at highest level since 2011 meltdown which is a sensationalist piece that had been picked up by many media outlets. Interestingly they amended the story 6 days later to account for the fact that the high readings were taken from an area closer to the reactor than previous readings, however still it doesn't make for happy reading. The article states.........

Extremely high radiation levels have been recorded inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, almost six years after the plant suffered a triple meltdown.

The facility’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said atmospheric readings as high as 530 sieverts an hour had been recorded inside the containment vessel of reactor No 2, one of three reactors that experienced a meltdown when the plant was crippled by a huge tsunami that struck the north-east coast of Japan in March 2011.

The extraordinary radiation readings highlight the scale of the task confronting thousands of workers, as pressure builds on Tepco to begin decommissioning the plant – a process that is expected to take about four decades.

Even if a 30-percent margin of error is taken into account, the recent reading, described by some experts as “unimaginable”, is far higher than the previous record of 73 sieverts an hour detected by sensors in 2012.

Tepco pointed out, however, that the camera had probed deeper inside the reactor than before and had focused on a single point. Radiation levels at other spots filmed by the camera are estimated to be much lower, it added.

A single dose of one sievert is enough to cause radiation sickness and nausea; 5 sieverts would kill half those exposed to it within a month, and a single dose of 10 sieverts would prove fatal within weeks.

Four decades to decommission! Is it just me or does that sound like a really long time?

I wonder how much more pollution will be spewed into the surrounding area during that time? I'm fairly certain the ecological damage won't really be measurable for years to come however there are some horrifying deformities that are being attributed to the leak which we'll look into shortly.
The story above was picked up by many news feeds and they all have their take on it. I want to look at the same story from the perspective of a number of independent journalists some more sensationalist that's the others.
The first comes from Micheal Snyder who runs a number of conspiracy websites however this article I found posted at Silver Doctors and he has gone for click bait sensationalism with his title Entire Northern Hemisphere In Great Danger As Fukushima Radiation Spikes To ‘Unimaginable’ Levels.

He states........

Because so much nuclear material from Fukushima escaped into the Pacific Ocean, there are many scientists that believe that it was the worst environmental disaster in human history, but most people in the general population seem to think that since the mainstream media really doesn’t talk about it anymore that everything must be under control.

Unfortunately, that is not true at all. In fact, PBS reported just last year that “it is incorrect to say that Fukushima is under control when levels of radioactivity in the ocean indicate ongoing leaks“. And now we have just learned that the radiation level inside reactor 2 is so high that no human could possibly survive being exposed to it.

According to the Japan Times, the level of radiation inside the containment vessel of reactor 2 is now estimated to be “530 sieverts per hour”…

He continues......

If this disaster was just limited to Japan, the entire northern hemisphere would not be at risk.
But that is not the case.
Most of the nuclear contamination from Fukushima ended up in the Pacific Ocean, and from there it was literally taken around the rest of the planet. The following was reported by PBS…

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More than 80 percent of the radioactivity from the damaged reactors ended up in the Pacific — far more than reached the ocean from Chernobyl or Three Mile Island. Of this, a small fraction is currently on the seafloor — the rest was swept up by the Kuroshio current, a western Pacific version of the Gulf Stream, and carried out to sea where it mixed with (and was diluted by) the vast volume of the North Pacific.
We don’t know if there is a connection, but it is extremely interesting to note that fisheries up and down the west coast of the United States are failing because of a dramatic decrease in fish populations. Just check out the following excerpt from a story that was posted on January 18th…
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today determined there are commercial fishery failures for nine salmon and crab fisheries in Alaska, California and Washington.

In recent years, each of these fisheries experienced sudden and unexpected large decreases in fish stock biomass or loss of access due to unusual ocean and climate conditions. This decision enables fishing communities to seek disaster relief assistance from Congress.
Things are particularly bad up in Alaska, and biologists are “stumped” as to why this could be happening…

In 2016, the pink salmon harvests in Kodiak, Prince William Sounds, Chignik and lower Cook Inlet came in woefully under forecast and stumped biologists as to why.

The estimated value of Kodiak’s 2016 haul was $2.21 million, compared to a five-year average of $14.64 million, and in Prince William Sound the ex-vessel value was $6.6 million, far less that the $44 million five-year average. The total state harvest was the smallest since the late 1970s.

Although state biologists weren’t ready to declare a cause for the poor pink salmon performance, the Commerce Department press release attributed the disasters to “unusual ocean and climate conditions.”
Further south, it was being reported last month that millions of dead sardines are washing up on the shores of Chile.

I could go on and on with a lot more examples like this, but hopefully you get the point.

Something really strange is happening in the Pacific, and a lot of people believe that there is a link to Fukushima.

Our planet is becoming increasingly unstable, and the Fukushima nuclear disaster is just one piece of the puzzle.

But it is definitely a very important piece. The nuclear material from Fukushima is continuously entering the food chain, and once that nuclear material gets into our bodies it will slowly irradiate our organs for years to come. The following is an excerpt from an absolutely outstanding opinion piece by Helen Caldicott that was published in the Guardian…

Internal radiation, on the other hand, emanates from radioactive elements which enter the body by inhalation, ingestion, or skin absorption. Hazardous radionuclides such as iodine-131, caesium 137, and other isotopes currently being released in the sea and air around Fukushima bio-concentrate at each step of various food chains (for example into algae, crustaceans, small fish, bigger fish, then humans; or soil, grass, cow’s meat and milk, then humans). After they enter the body, these elements – called internal emitters – migrate to specific organs such as the thyroid, liver, bone, and brain, where they continuously irradiate small volumes of cells with high doses of alpha, beta and/or gamma radiation, and over many years, can induce uncontrolled cell replication – that is, cancer. Further, many of the nuclides remain radioactive in the environment for generations, and ultimately will cause increased incidences of cancer and genetic diseases over time.

Are you starting to understand the gravity of the situation?

Sadly, this crisis is going to be with us for a very, very long time.

As you can see Snyder takes a seriously dim view of the situation and the figures regarding fishing along the whole western seaboard of both North and South America appear to back his views. He finishes the article with this statement.

A lot of people that end up dying as a result of this crisis may never even know that it was Fukushima that caused their deaths.

Personally, I am convinced that this is the greatest environmental crisis that humanity has ever experienced, and if the latest reading from reactor 2 is any indication, things just took a very serious turn for the worse.

There have been many examples since 2011 of how marine life have been affected by the release of radiation into the Pacific, fukushimawatch.com do a great job linking the latest news regarding the ongoing disaster. This recent article titled Mass die-off in the Pacific as hundreds of sharks wash up on the shores of San Francisco highlights the disturbing amount of mass 'die offs' that could be linked to Fukushima.

Ohia.org reminds us that sharks are both scavengers and super -predators, who greatly assist in keeping the ocean’s ecosystem balanced. Sharks eat fish that are the “weakest, sick or dead,” and also “maintain prey species diversity” by keeping other predator species in check. A decline in shark populations not only threatens fishery operations, but can also indicate deeper problems within our ecosystem. This may be the case in the waters of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Francisco, where for more than seven weeks, hundreds of Leopard sharks have been found dying, or dead, as reported by the San Francisco Gate.

This isn’t the first time the Leopard shark has had a die-off. US.BlastingNews.com states that the Leopard shark had a population decrease in 2016, as well as in 2011, when a thousand dead leopard sharks perished and washed up on shore with scientists estimating those numbers might be much higher. This year’s die-off could be “in the thousands,” as well. According to Sean Van Sommeran, founder and executive director of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation, an education and shark research consortium based in Santa Cruz, California, this event could be “just the tip of the iceberg.”

The epicenter where many of the dead sharks have been found is Redwood City, California. This has led Van Sommeran to surmise that the cause of the deaths can be attributed to the closing of the Redwood City tide gates during low tide, which is done to prevent flooding during the rainy season. When the tide is low, however, the leopard sharks are making their way into the shallower waters to mate. When those flood gates close, the sharks get trapped and exposed to storm water runoff, which contains what Van Sommeran calls “extra crud going into the watershed.” The water inside the gates becomes stagnant and creates a toxic environment in which the shark cannot survive. When the tide gates are reopened, those rotting carcasses of dead sharks are released into the waters and then contaminate others. Here’s a brief synopsis of the current explanation of this year’s die-off, which is still in progress:

But is stagnant water inside a flood gate the only explanation for what could be thousands of more deaths? Certainly not, according to AllNewsPipeline.com, which explains that in the six years since the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, there have been “mass deaths throughout the Pacific Ocean and the West Coast,” starting with one-celled organisms and smaller creatures, then moving on to the tuna fish and now up the food chain to an important ocean predator.

There have been other instances of different species of West Coast sharks dying from unusual circumstances. Unknown microorganisms were discovered in a Great White Shark that perished due to multiple organ failure. Other sharks off the west coast have died from unknown pathogens and shared brain infections across species. Could this possibly have anything to do with the plumes of radiation from the Fukushima meltdown that have been detected on Oregon’s shores? According to this broadcast of the TRT World program called Insight, it will take 100 years for a clean up of the radiation, if indeed there can even be a clean up at all. Perhaps the question will eventually be, will any sea life survive?

Concerns about mass die-offs and mutations due to Fukushima are quite a big subject and when you start looking for the information there is plenty out there. Whether it can all be attributed to the reactor meltdown is up for debate but there are many examples that have been found in recent months.

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OAA Fisheries, Apr 2, 2015: Here is an unusual sea star collected during last year’s bottom trawl survey on the chartered West Coast fishing vessel.
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium – Local Environmental Observer, Jun 21, 2015: Deformed fish – Tununak, AK… I caught a halibut with… part of its nose and upper lip part appears missing… [Dr. Ted Meyers, State Fish Pathologist said] “The abnormality appears to be an upper and lower jaw deformity, and possibly a deformity of the eyes… The right eye is sunken and has thickened peri-orbital tissue, likely another developmental anomaly. Most likely the jaw deformity is congenital, possibly occurring during embryogenesis… Eye deformities are usually congenital as well.”

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium – Local Environmental Observer, Feb 27, 2015: Deformed fish – Toksook Bay, AK… This is blackfish that has either a growth or dislocation on the left side of the fish. It looks more like a growth to me. There’s small tannish colored on top of the bump. On top of the head is white-ish colored streak… LEO Comment: … this is probably not cause for concern, although certainly worth posting as a LEO observation. If however, you observe several fish with the same condition, we begin to question if there is some kind of illness or environmental cause that would require further investigation… [Dr. Ted Meyers said] “This fish looks like a developmental deformity… There could be a neoplastic growth underneath the tissues causing the linear deviation but more likely there was either a defect during embryogenesis or a traumatic injury early after hatching…”

The Marine Mammal Center, Apr 2012: A modern day health problem! Congenital defects in elephant seals, such as spinal deformities and cleft palates… [A]n elephant seal pup, has... a deformity, or birth defect, which gives her a “hunchback”… why are elephant seals so prone to birth defects? The answer may lie with this pinniped’s brush with near extinction hundreds of years ago… potentially causing the present-day problems of congenital defects such as cleft palates, spinal deformities and heart, brain and eye deformities… researchers plan on comparing the spines of these and other recent patients…

SF Chronicle, Apr 19, 2012: With her dewy brown eyes, velvety fur and glossy whiskers, TVA is a lovely specimen of an elephant seal. Except for the hunchback. The month-old pinniped [was] rescued in… Marin County… [She] has an extra vertebra in her spine, bulging into a pronounced hump… Several of her compatriots at the center also have birth defects – cleft palates, scoliosis, extra brain lobes… Scientists are seeing signs of weakened physiologies – specifically, emaciation – this spring at the Marine Mammal Center. (CAPTION: … Many of the baby elephant seals that turn up at the Center all have the same defect – curvature of the spine.)

So there are a number of anomolies appearing across the Pacific. I'm not going to labour the point of much however there are one or two more examples I'd like to show you, one which is a direct result and one that is normal but weird.
The first is from this article from allnewspipeline.com which shows a two headed, two tailed whale washed up in Baja.

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This may well be the first reported case of conjoined twins in grey whales and nothing to do with Fukashima but the timing and location are suspicious.

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The following picture was reported originally as an example of what pollutants from Fukushima was doing to the fish population however it is not a deformity it is just a rather large ugly ass Wolf Fish!!! Our Oceans produce enough weird and wonderful creatures without the need for us to keep polluting it.

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Finally onto a journalist that decided to dig into the latest figures, ignore the hyperbole from the mainstream media outlets and attempt to break down the most recent data from Fukushima to make it more understandable to those of us who aren't in the scientific community.
The final article is from voices.nationalgeographic.org and comes across a lot less sensational than others. The author is Ari Beser, who interestingly is the grandson of Lt. Jacob Beser, the only U.S. serviceman aboard both B-29s that dropped atomic bombs on Japan during World War II!

After looking at the same information that was released and reported on by the MSM and shown in the Guardian article above he has formed a slightly more positive opinion.
The question and answer section at the end is quite revealing....

Why does the world’s media claim a spike in the radiation, but Safecast is telling people that perhaps it’s not as bad as it seems. What makes you sure of this?

There’s no simple answer for why the findings were misrepresented in the media. TEPCO probably should have stated more clearly that they were measuring these high-radiation areas for the first time, not that radiation levels were rising. Some media posted alarming headlines about rising radiation levels, but their stories were actually pretty factual. Other media have a business model that uses “clickbait” and alarmism intentionally, regardless of fact. This time all these factored into the misreporting. Safecast has a network of real-time radiation sensors in Fukushima, including several within a few kilometers of the Daiichi plant. None of these have showed a spike in radiation, and no other official or independent monitoring has either.

Where are these high levels coming from?

Highly radioactive molten fuel almost certainly dropped to the 7m [23-foot] thick concrete floor of the reactor building beneath the RPV in March 2011. TEPCO believes that it is now covered by about 30cm [a foot] of water, which is being constantly purified and recirculated. It seems to be a very safe presumption that high radiation levels are from this core material, which has likely solidified.

Is the radiation contained? From where is the radiation still leaking?

It’s not fully contained, in that some of the recirculated cooling water, which becomes contaminated by contact with the core material, leaks out of the building, presumably through cracks in the basement walls of the reactor. Lots of measures have been taken to try to contain and minimize this, but none have been fully successful yet. Many of the steps being taken now are to prepare for locating and closing these leaks. This will be several years in the future at best, however.

Why has it taken so long to reach this hole? How do you imagine it can be dealt with finally and totally to decommission the plant?

In order to insert the telescoping arm and the robot, human workers need to have access to the maintenance opening. That area has high radiation as well — though not as high as inside the reactor. It took TEPCO much longer than initially estimated to decontaminate these areas sufficiently to allow the workers to perform their tasks with minimal risk. TEPCO and its partners have suggested several approaches for removing the melted fuel and dismantling the building, all of which rely heavily on developing new remotely operated and robotic technology. Again, this process will take decades.

Why is third-party citizen science reporting more believable than government information?

We believe that groups like Safecast can function independently of either pro-nuclear or anti-nuclear bias, which government agencies in Japan and abroad have not been able to fully free themselves from. Certainly governments are perceived by many as biased even when their information holds up. Our model depends on citizens themselves taking measurements and reporting them, so they can have full confidence in their data and in the system itself. We think our model can be widely adopted in other areas as well, from environment to food safety to supply chains. They key is the openness of the entire system.

In the era of fake news and misinformation, what can people do to verify these results for themselves?

There’s no substitute for doing the homework, becoming technically and media-literate, and informing oneself. Radiation issues are largely scientific, but as we’ve seen in the current political situation in the U.S., other issues are ripe for abuse and manipulation as well. We encourage people everywhere to be skeptical and to become skilled at fact-checking. This is only possible with adequate education.

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Final thoughts......

It would appear that the Fukushima problem is one that is going to be with us for a very long time. Not only because the experts agree that the repair and clean up will take at least 40 years but also due to the on going effect the radioactive materials are having on the Eco-system of the Pacific Ocean.
I certainly don't subscribe to the 'end of the world' scenarios put forward by some commentators however I don't think burying the story will help. The World should be told what the true facts are in order to be able start dealing with them. If the authorities carry on withholding the true scale of this disaster I don't see any way it will ever be dealt with properly. The health of the people who live in the immediate vicinity is an obvious concern however if this leak isn't repaired soon and the meltdown stopped it does have the potential to affect millions more around the Pacific rim. The Pacific Ocean is the world's largest ocean, we must do everything we can to protect it and the life within. To do that we must know the truth.
I'm going to finish this post with a video from Anonymous who take a very fatalistic stance when it comes to this disaster.

Lets hope for all our sakes they are wrong!

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Thanks for taking the time to research and share such a comprehensive and balanced post. Like you say it's really difficult to find a balance in this topic, but you certainly seem to have struck it. Personally I feel this is going to be a disaster that returns to haunt us and one that we won't understand the full ramifications of until a a later date. Why they would choose to build this on a fault line and active tsunami area is beyond me, but I guess they rolled the dice with the law of averages. I've been keeping an eye on this but the way you've collated the information is invaluable. Thanks for sharing @tremendospercy

Thanks for reading and the awesome comment buddy.
I'm convinced there is way more to this story than they've told us so far. It's not really something you can cover up for ever as the problems become self evident. I believe the planet is tougher than we give it credit for however humans aren't so while I feel the planet will recover in time the poor souls who are poisoned thought the food chain or directly through contamination won't be so lucky.
Thanks as always dude.

Yeah there a lot of folks who say that this is no big deal, yet, just the media silence on the matter lets me know that is probably is a pretty big fucking deal...between this and the massive "spill" (I think definitely on purpose!!) in the Gulf of Mexico we are causing damage that will not easily be undone.

There are many who think it is a massive problem and will continue to be until it is sorted, sadly some are too vociferous in trying to get the message out, people shut down and don't listen.
You're right about other damage being done elsewhere too, I go to the Gulf coast of Florida 2 out of every 3 years and the 'red tides' are getting worse. At first they only affected my father in law but now it bothers all of us who go. That is just one of the environmental problems caused by agents used to clean up the oil spills. I dread to think what else is happening.
Thanks as always babe.

Thank you for spreading the word!

Its sad to see all this damage to the oceans, nature and earth overall. We live in a crystal bowl and we cannot escape from it, yet. I hope we will start helping mother nature heal its wounds and I hope future generations will live in a better place. Good post as always @tremendospercy @OriginalWorks

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Thanks so much for reading and the kind words Roberto.
I believe the planet is hardier than we give it credit for hopefully it will put right the damage in time.

That's true, I just hope it will not be too late for us.

This deserves some attention. Upvoted and resteemed...

That's very kind @katesmith
Thank you for reading and resteeming.

I got a cold chill when I passed by the television and they were reporting the story. The chill lasted roughly ten days.

I knew this was going to be worse than what they'd let on...

This is really scary. I'm on the West Coast...

The damage hasn't just been on the fish life either. Birds have been affected greatly too, I read some figures on pelican birth rates and abnormalities and it was startling. I was going to add it to the post but it would have made it a lot longer and I think I made my point already. It's a fucking disaster that is being ignored, won't go away on its own and will take decades to clear up if ever.
Thanks for reading and commenting babe.

There was a huge increase in the number of human infants born in CA, OR and WA along the coast in the months following, bunnies all over jpamn born without ears, etc...

Thanks for reporting the truth.

Crazyness!

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That is fucking hilarious dude.
That fish is on the menu in many Japanese restaurant these days I would imagine. 😂

Things like this are kept hidden for some reason... Mass fear perhaps? I don't think so.... Things like this ( post) Need to see more light! Not those fish btw... Please keep them away from me. I don't eat seafood bust still...

I remember when chernobyl happened and we could not eat food from the lands here in the Netherlands because of the clouds!

Funny you should mention Chernobyl, I was still living with my parents back then and me and my Dad built a fish pond in the garden a couple of years before. A week after it happened all bar 3 or 4 of our fish were dead. That thing spread for a long way, I think Fukushima is worse than anyone is saying in the mainstream. I understand that the authorities don't want to alarm the public however it is too important to ignore. It isn't going to go away on its own.
Thanks for reading and commenting babe.

Oh if there is something that makes me really angry its this story !! Look up Stuxnet virus, Israeli created virus designed to cripple cooling sytems of nuclear stations of Iran ! Seems somehow after this earthquake, possibly Haarp induced as Haarp axctivity was measured to have a huge peak just before this huge earthquake and subsequent tsunami !! Then Fukashima plant was damaged but still working until for some mysterious reason there was a failure in the system controlling the cooling tanks where all the used rods are kept !! Stuxnet as i recall from an article i read a few years back was the likely candidtqate for this !! This is the end of our enviroment if allowed to continue and with Tepco showing nothing more thaqn incompetence this is the likely scenario !! Last i heard they were admitting that they could not do anything with all the contaminated water stored on site, so they decided the best option was to drop it all in the pacific ocean !! What indeed will we do when radioactivity levels in our rain coming from oceans is so high itsa not safe do drink ? The rivers and land will die with it and so growing crops that are safe to eat will be near on impossible ! Fukashima is the slow destruction and death of our enviroment that the press will not cover or touch !! (( good you bring it to light for the community of steem, good factual post as ever, great work @tremendospercy )

Thanks for the kind words and the great comment buddy. I've read a number of articles and seen quite a few videos suggesting it was a coordinated attack on the Japanese with many theories being postulated from mini underwater nuke to HAARP. Whatever the cause the Japanese changed a number of economic policies after including investing over $1trillion of Japanese pension fund money into US treasuries! Perfect timing to bail out Federal debt and keep the economic Ponzi scheme going a bit longer.
Whatever happened the main concern needs to be stopping the environmental damage. If this was a deliberate attack the kind of people who would be capable of it would never end up in court, they're too powerful.
Thanks again dude.

Well seeing as we already 5 years on and still no serious plan or intervention by anyone I am afraid this problem will just go on irreversably destroying this planets enviroment to a point where life will no longer be possible !!

"“The decision has already been made,” said Takashi Kawamura, chairman of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). Debate has raged over the disposal of almost 777,000 tons of waste containing tritium.

However, Tepco need to wait for the government’s final decision to release the water into the sea. “We cannot keep going if we do not have the support of the state,” Mr Kawamura said in a Japan Times report. "

The insanity of this thing is beyond words really (

Insanity is right dude.
There was so much I could have put into the post, it's knowing where to end. It's almost as if someone wants it to be a problem . The ineptitude shown so far is epic. Thanks buddy.

They dont want it to end, its was the plan with Fukashima to kill the planet !! Its clear, the Russians did a pretty good job of dealing with Chernobyl, but Tepco a Japanese mafia run company is on the payroll and you can bet your bottom dollar they will do nothing at all (

Just as well I've got a shitload of Potassium Iodide in my preps then eh?

yeah sure a good thing to have, I have heard Himalayan salt is a very good source too which helps to reduce the fallout in your body !! But i prefer more a cuppa tea me ))

Thank you for this intelligent analysis.

Thank you for taking the time to read it 😉

I think I sat here with a look of surprise and a mouth wide open the entire time. It's crazy there is not more coverage on these events. I appreciate this article as it raises awareness and really shows the full gravity of what this disaster has caused and can cause in our near future.

Thanks so much for the kind comment and for reading Nursey 😘

I am a retired professional having spent almost my working life operating and maintaining nuclear power plants. Most but not all of the people that write articles and speak on this disaster are anti nuclear power activists who know just enough to write an informative sounding piece that they can profit off of in some way. But the truth is that they are right whether they actually know what they are talking about or not. But most of them do not know or understand where the real danger lies and what the real threat is. Sure there were reactors that melted down, and at least one of them breached the containment and part of the core has been lost into the soil under the facility and is leaching large amounts of contamination into the ocean. But the real threat that is a disaster yet to occur concerns the Spent Fuel Pools located at the facility.

These large swimming pool like containers are normally kept in a very controlled and monitored environment, and that was all wrecked during the initial phases of this disaster. Fuel was never supposed to be stored long term at these nuclear plants, it was much too dangerous for that. This was just supposed to be short term storage until the world found a final solution for its disposal, but that solution has never come. So when the temporary storage pools became full of fuel, they simply built more of them, or expanded the existing ones.

Now every nuclear power plant in the world is home to the most deadly toxins in the world, and if not contained and cared for properly they will poison the planet. If those fuel cells are are not cooled, or if the water drains out of them, then their will be a big fire similar in nature to burning magnesium that will send giant billows of those deadly toxins high into the atmosphere. One small particle is enough to kill you in time, and it will fall to earth wherever the rain and wind takes it.

The problem at Fukushima is that these pools were severely damaged and the building infrastructure and support around them was compromised or destroyed. The fuel is too damaged, to heavy, and too radioactive to remove from the pools and be transferred to another location. Thus all of those deadly toxins are still sitting there poised precariously on top of a decaying pile of scrap. If a big enough hole develops in the pool due to corrosion or some further damage, then the water will drain out and the fuel will catch on fire. If another earthquake occurs and the ground shifts significantly then the pools may turn over and spill out its deadly contents, and it will burn wherever it lands.

At the moment there is not much that they can do for either the melted cores or the spent fuel except try to contain them as much as possible and try to build infrastructure around them. In order to return the area to any kind of a safe condition they are going to have to invent giant shielded robots that are strong enough to handle many tons of weight. How they will stabilize the ground underneath them so that they can work is beyond the scope of my imagination. It is my impression that this is their long term goal though, they simply are trying to stabilize the fuel pools as best they can, build infrastructure around them, and wait on technological advances that will allow them to remove the fuel to a safer location.

I don't recommend that anyone move to Japan any time soon, and if you visit I would steer clear of that area.

It's great to have a commenter who is aware of and understands the technical issues. The point of the post was to remind people that this disaster is still ongoing and likely will be for decades. As you say another earthquake would be catastrophic, possibly meaning a massive area would need to be evacuated for generations.
I spent time in Japan during the 1990s and they are a uniquely proud and brave people, they won't want to walk away from the problem and I fear many are going to suffer and die trying to sort it out. Fukushima is a global disaster and the whole world should be getting together to come up with a solution, it's in all of our interests. If the Pacific Ocean is damaged so much the fish are inedible then the whole of the Pacific rim is in more trouble than we can even imagine. Thanks for your great insight and comment.

The fact that it is a global disaster that required a united effort of the worlds citizens to combat is exactly what I preached from day one. I mouthed off on forums and to anyone who would listen. But sadly the Government of Japan and the management of TEPCO decided to try and contain the problem themselves and hide the severity and danger involved, God will judge them for this. They also disgraced the great heroes that stayed at the plant throughout the disaster and fought to prevent total destruction and a complete loss of Japan from being a Country. These men and women never got the recognition that they deserved and were likely outcast, their bodies damaged and ill for the rest of their life because of the things that they suffered through and the battles that they fought to save what they could. I am a nobody, just a trained operator and maintenance man, but I've been outraged and very sad all these years because the people who are somebody and leaders in the industry have never spoken out or demanded action. The silence from the nuclear community has been deafening! It is because they are afraid, and the truth is one day going to catch up with them.

Well said, a number of American sailors have lost there lives too. It's a disgrace as you rightly state.

What a bloody mess mate and I knew after a few days of the event taking place that it would turn out to be a never ending story. What a mess TP!! :-(

It truly is buddy.
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Hmm. Interesting. Those pictures are quite disturbing. Glad I don't eat things that come from the sea!

I assume you mean you're glad you don't 'eat' things that come from the sea.
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Yes. Edited.

Very thorough, good article without the usual sensationalism that follows this topic.

Thank you for saying so that's very kind.

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Yet another stellar post! I always enjoy your wait-and-see stance, as it provides a foothold for either POV to shine through. This is such a scary situation and might not truly pop its head up for generations to come. The scariest possibility out there might just be mass sterilization of the Human Race through compounded irradiation.

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I am still amazed at most peoples' response at the mention of the Fukushima Disaster.... "What's Fukushima?"