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Two years later – Fukushima: Down the radioactive rabbit hole

Posted by seumasach on April 4, 2013

Christine Dillon Strickland

Europe Solidaire

5th March, 2013

It is so hard to believe that two years have passed since that fateful day when over twenty thousand men, women and children lost their lives in the mega tsunami that inundated the north eastern coast of Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake of magnitude 9.0. That same earthquake damaged the nuclear power facility owned by Tokyo Electric Power Company, Daiichi-which means Number One-, and it threatened many others. The number of lives immediately lost in that mega tsunami will pale when compared to the lives that will be cut short in the future because of this nuclear catastrophe. That number twenty thousand is small in comparison with the number who will be damaged by the radiation releases from this stricken melted down nuclear power plant. It is for these people that this journey began down the radioactive rabbit hole.

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US: Fukushima effects confirmed

Posted by seumasach on April 4, 2013

Almost third of US West Coast newborns hit with thyroid problems as a result of Fukushima

RT

3rd April, 2013

Researchers have discovered that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has had far-reaching health effects more drastic than previously thought: young children born on the US West Coast are 28 percent more likely to develop congenital hyperthyroidism.

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Eternity and the Truth of Nuclear Energy

Posted by seumasach on March 17, 2013

Alison Katz

Mieux Prevenir

Source: Independent WHO, published in the Tribune de Genève, 16-17 March 2013 (translated from French)

17th March, 2013

In nuclear energy and its catastrophes, two themes constantly return: eternity and truth.

I went to see the exhibition of photographs of Chernobyl by Pierpaolo Mittica at the Saint-Gervais Theatre [Geneva]. “It is estimated,” he writes, “that the most contaminated areas, which cover 260,000 square kilometers (nearly the size of Italy) will return to normal radioactivity levels in 100,000 years.”

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The biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident on the pale grass blue butterfly

Posted by seumasach on August 22, 2012

Nature

9th August, 2012

The collapse of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant caused a massive release of radioactive materials to the environment. A prompt and reliable system for evaluating the biological impacts of this accident on animals has not been available. Here we show that the accident caused physiological and genetic damage to the pale grass blue Zizeeria maha, a common lycaenid butterfly in Japan. We collected the first-voltine adults in the Fukushima area in May 2011, some of which showed relatively mild abnormalities. The F1 offspring from the first-voltine females showed more severe abnormalities, which were inherited by the F2 generation. Adult butterflies collected in September 2011 showed more severe abnormalities than those collected in May. Similar abnormalities were experimentally reproduced in individuals from a non-contaminated area by external and internal low-dose exposures. We conclude that artificial radionuclides from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant caused physiological and genetic damage to this species.

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Sellafield: The dangers of Britain’s nuclear dustbin

Posted by seumasach on July 11, 2012

RT

11 th July, 2012

Britain’s nuclear industry is again the center of controversy. The UK has the biggest stockpile of Plutonium in the world, but there are no definite plans for how to get rid of it – and the delays are costing the UK taxpayer billions.

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Fukushima reactor meltdown was a man-made disaster, says official report

Posted by seumasach on July 5, 2012

Guardian

5th July, 2012

Last year’s accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was a manmade disaster caused by poor regulation and collusion between the government, the operator and the industry’s watchdog, a report has said.

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Designed for disaster: San Onofre nuclear plant could become California’s Fukushima

Posted by seumasach on June 19, 2012

RT

19th June, 2012

A nuclear nightmare on par with the Fukushima disaster could have unfolded at a power plant outside of Los Angeles, California, federal regulators reveal to the Associated Press in a just-published report.

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Experts warn of possible catastrophe at Japan reactor

Posted by seumasach on June 13, 2012

The Hindu

13th June, 2012

Some nuclear experts are warning that spent fuel rods at a damaged plant in Japan could trigger a major catastrophe despite the government’s declaration in December that the emergency phase of the nation’s worst nuclear disaster was over.

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Fukushima fallout rivals Chernobyl

Posted by seumasach on June 13, 2012

14 000 Americans already died from Fukushima fallout?

Dr Mae-Wan Ho

ISS

11th June, 2012

A paper published online December 2011 in a peer-reviewed journal estimated that nearly 14 000 have died in the United States in 14 weeks following the arrival of the radioactive fallout from the Fukushima meltdown [1]. It noted that the estimate is comparable to the 16 500 excess deaths in the 17 weeks after the Chernobyl disaster. The rise in reported deaths after Fukushima was greatest among infants less than one year of age.

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Chernobyl deaths top a million based on real evidence

Posted by seumasach on May 27, 2012

Medical records from contaminated areas speak for themselves; doctors, scientists and citizens bear witness to the devastating health impacts of radioactive fallout from nuclear accidents Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

fully referenced and illustrated version of this paper is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here

ISIS Report

24th May, 2012

 Official denial by nuclear lobby

The Chernobyl disaster occurred on 26 April 1986at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near the city of Prypiat in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, and close to the administrative border with Belarus.  A sudden power output surge prompted an attempt at emergency shutdown; but a more extreme spike in power output led to the rupture of a reactor vessel and a series of explosions. The graphite moderator was exposed, causing it to ignite, and the resulting fire sent a plume of highly radioactive fallout over large parts of the western Soviet Union and Europe. From 1986 to 2000, 350 400 people were evacuated and resettled from the most contaminated areas of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. According to official post-Soviet data, about 57 % of the fallout landed in Belarus [1]. Chernobyl is widely considered to have been the worst nuclear accident in history and one of only two classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale, the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown in 2011 (see [2]Fukushima Nuclear CrisisSiS 50).

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Scientific and citizen forum on radio protection

Posted by seumasach on May 24, 2012

SCIENTIFIC AND CITIZEN FORUM ON RADIOPROTECTION Organised by IndependentWHO – Geneva 12­13 May 2012 PRESS RELEASE

Independent WHO

14th May, 2012

The “Scientific and Citizen Forum on Radioprotection: from Chernobyl to Fukushima”, organised by the collective ‘IndependentWHO – for the independence of the World Health Organisation(WHO)’, took place in Geneva on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May.

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