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Fate of Japan and the whole world depends on No. 4 Reactor

Posted by seumasach on April 13, 2012

Fukushima Daiichi site: Cesium-137 is 85 times greater than at Chernobyl accident.

Akio Matsumura

Reader Supported News

11th April, 2012

Japan’s former Ambassador to Switzerland, Mr. Mitsuhei Murata, was invited to speak at the Public Hearing of the Budgetary Committee of the House of Councilors on March 22, 2012, on the Fukushima nuclear power plants accident. Before the Committee, Ambassador Murata strongly stated that if the crippled building of reactor unit 4 – with 1,535 fuel rods in the spent fuel pool 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground – collapses, not only will it cause a shutdown of all six reactors but will also affect the common spent fuel pool containing 6,375 fuel rods, located some 50 meters from reactor 4. In both cases the radioactive rods are not protected by a containment vessel; dangerously, they are open to the air. This would certainly cause a global catastrophe like we have never before experienced. He stressed that the responsibility of Japan to the rest of the world is immeasurable. Such a catastrophe would affect us all for centuries. Ambassador Murata informed us that the total numbers of the spent fuel rods at the Fukushima Daiichi site excluding the rods in the pressure vessel is 11,421  (396+615+566+1,535+994+940+6375).

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The dangerous myths of Fukushima

Posted by seumasach on March 13, 2012

Exposing the “No Harm” Mantra

Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman

Counterpunch

9-11th March, 2012

The myth that Fukushima radiation levels were too low to harm humans persists, a year after the meltdown.  A March 2, 2012 New York Times article quoted Vanderbilt University professor John Boice: “there’s no opportunity for conducting epidemiological studies that have any chance for success – the doses are just too low.”  Wolfgang Weiss of the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation also recently said doses observed in screening of Japanese people “are very low.”

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Fukushima and the Battle for Truth

Posted by seumasach on October 5, 2011

Paul Zimmerman
27th September, 2011
Fukushima’s nuclear disaster is a nightmare. Ghostly releases of radioactivity haunt the Japanese countryside. Lives, once safe, are now beset by an ineffable scourge promising vile illness and death.

Large sectors of the population are accumulating significant levels of internal contamination, setting the stage for a public health tragedy.

A subtle increase in the number of miscarriages and fetal deaths will be the first manifestation that something is amiss. An elevated incidence of birth defects will begin in the Fall and continue into the indefinite future. Thyroid diseases, cardiac diseases and elevated rates of infant and childhood leukemia will follow. Over the next decade and beyond, cancer rates will soar.

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Chernobyl-like radiation found in Tokyo

Posted by seumasach on August 18, 2011

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Japan: rice trading halted due to radiation contamination

Posted by seumasach on August 18, 2011

Alexander Higgins

8th August, 2011

Food riot fears strike Japan after rice trading halted due to radiation contamination

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US government considered evacuation of 90,000 US citizens in Tokyo

Posted by seumasach on August 18, 2011

EX-SKF

17th August, 2011

According to Kevin Maher, a US diplomat and the former director of the Japan Desk at the US State Department in Japan, the US government considered evacuating all 90,000 US citizens in Tokyo right after the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident.

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Radioactive “black rain” in Japan

Posted by seumasach on July 21, 2011

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Call for Chris Huhne to resign over Fukushima emails

Posted by seumasach on July 4, 2011

Guardian

1st July, 2011

A prominent Liberal Democrat has called for Chris Huhne to resign immediately as energy and climate change secretary after emails were released detailing his officials’ efforts to co-ordinate a PR response to the Fukushima disaster with the nuclear industry. Civil servants in the energy and business departments were apparently trying to minimise the impact of the disaster on public support for nuclear power.

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British government Fukushima cover-up

Posted by seumasach on July 1, 2011

 

 

Revealed: British government’s plan to play down Fukushima

Guardian

30th June, 2011

British government officials approached nuclear companies to draw up a co-ordinated public relations strategy to play down the Fukushima nuclear accident just two days after the earthquake and tsunami inJapan and before the extent of the radiation leak was known.

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Busby: Fukushima reactors a raging radioactive inferno

Posted by seumasach on May 18, 2011

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The nuclear environmental disaster of Fukushima Daiichi is just beginning.

Posted by seumasach on May 17, 2011

Serge Sargentini

Next-up

5th May, 2011

Contrarily to what we could think, the disaster of Fukushima Daiichi is just beginning: a new poisoning of the planet Earth is in progress. While many governments are finally becoming aware that the safety of the nuclear reactors cannot be reliable and are thus adopting a radical political change, on the other hand the Japanese people just begin to discover and to assess the extent of the environmental disaster of Fukushima Daiichi.

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