To help answer the question on how bad this situation truly is, or how bad it may become, I want to turn to an important article, courtesy of the website: Gizmodo, at www.gizmodo.com, where European nuclear officials are now saying that what we have been told by the Japanese nuclear officials, and the controlled media, about the situation at Fukushima, is nothing but absolute lies, that the situation is actually "Out Of Control", and that a very apocalyptic situation may be occurring. Here is that article for my own readers to view and ponder:
The European Union's energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger said today that the Japanese nuclear disaster is a lot worse than what Japan is declaring. In fact, he believes it could be an apocalypse:
There is talk of an apocalypse and I think the word is particularly well chosen [...] I hope that it doesn't happen, but we can't rule out that the worst case scenario [a complete meltdown a la Chernobyl] happens in the next few hours or days.The European view on the subject is way darker than what the IAEA, the Japan government and most of the United States' media is portraying.
Oettinger said that the situation is "almost completely out of control" and that it's only going to get worse as workers get evacuated. Nuclear emergency experts believe that you can't keep the situation from escalating without enough personnel on site, pointing at the 50 engineers now at the nuclear complex. Spanish radiobiology scientist Eduard Rodríguez-Farré says that Fukushima is like a "slow-motion camera Chernobyl". According to him, the situation is now "running wild."
Let me say that the possibility that the development of this accident into one like Chernobyl is very unlikely [...] there is no chain reaction going on.
Chernobyl veteran slams Japan, IAEA
After Chernobyl all the force of the nuclear industry was directed to hide this event, for not creating damage to their reputation. The Chernobyl experience was not studied properly because who has money for studying? Only industry. [...] The Japanese were very greedy and they used every square inch of the space. But when you have a dense placing of spent fuel in the basin you have a high possibility of fire if the water is removed from the basin.
Update: The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)-the company that runs the Fukushima nuclear plants-says that 70% of the fuel rods have been damaged on the reactor 1 and 33% have been damaged on reactor 2. "The reactors' cores are believed to have partially melted" according to the Kyodo News agency.
Update 2: Kyodo News agency is reporting now—11:31PM ET—that all workers have been evacuated. Reactor 3 vessel is probably damaged and radioactive steam may be leaking right now. A new cloud is now rising from the plant.
NTS Notes: Yes, the situation in Japan is indeed dire. I for one do not see this situation as "apocalyptic", but the eventual result by the total destruction of this nuclear facility and its unleashing of nuclear fallout and radiation based on its usage of Plutonium MOX fuel rods will be absolutely devastating to the Japanese nation.
We can only hope now that the latest desperate attempts at shutting down the last reactors in this facility are successful. If that fails, I do fear that this nuclear tragedy will turn out to be worse than what happened in Chernobyl, Ukraine, back in 1986.
More to come