Even recently as radiation was raining down on the United States and Canada in the form of fallout, and water and food are having radiation levels measured at hundreds of times normal, the mainstream media and the governments were still saying that the disaster at Fukushima was no cause for concern, and that on the international scale of nuclear disasters, it only measured a "5", while the disaster at Chernobyl is the highest rating ever at a "7".
Well, it seems that finally some real semblance of truth is finally coming out of Japan, because according to this article from the Japanese news services, officials have finally raised the level of the disaster at Fukushima to the same level as Chernobyl! Here is that article, and I have some notes to follow:
Japan to raise Fukushima crisis level to worstThe Japanese government’s nuclear safety agency has decided to raise the crisis level of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant accident from 5 to 7, the worst on the international scale.
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency made the decision on Monday. It says the damaged facilities have been releasing a massive amount of radioactive substances, which are posing a threat to human health and the environment over a wide area.
The agency used the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, or INES, to gauge the level. The scale was designed by an international group of experts to indicate the significance of nuclear events with ratings of 0 to 7.
On March 18th, one week after the massive quake, the agency declared the Fukushima trouble a level 5 incident, the same as the accident at Three Mile Island in the United States in 1979.
Level 7 has formerly only been applied to the Chernobyl accident in the former Soviet Union in 1986 when hundreds of thousands of terabecquerels of radioactive iodine-131 were released into the air. One terabecquerel is one trillion becquerels.
The agency believes the cumulative amount from the Fukushima plant is less than that from Chernobyl.
Officials from the agency and the Nuclear Safety Commission will hold a news conference on Tuesday morning to explain the change of evaluation.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 05:47 +0900 (JST)
NTS Notes: Ok, readers.... A reality check... The disaster at Fukushima is far far worse than the Chernobyl disaster. At Chernobyl they had one reactor explode, while at Fukushima we have up to 3 reactors in full meltdown, and releasing radiation at levels that far exceed the disaster at Chernobyl.
One major factor that is being suppressed by the media is the fact that Fukushima had MOX fuel stored at reactor #3, which is Uranium Oxide mixed with PLUTONIUM! What they are still not telling the general public is that with the ongoing fire at reactor #3 at Fukushima, this Plutonium is being released into the environment. Plutonium is 2 million times more deadly than Uranium, and at a strength of only 2 micrograms it KILLS people! There are literally tons of MOX fuel rods stored at reactor #3 that are right now releasing their deadly cache of Plutonium into the environment. This Plutonium will make most of northern Japan uninhabitable for thousands of years, and we still do not know what the full result of the Plutonium fallout will do over most of the Pacific Ocean, if not the west coast of the United States and Canada....
We definitely have not heard the last of this disaster, and I will say it now... When everything is finally said and done, this disaster will be many times worse than what happened at Chernobyl. Again as I said before, we can hope for the best, but make plans for the worse....
More to come