I want to present a great article, from Richard Wilcox, who writes for the Activist Post website, at www.activistpost.com, entitled: "Fukushima Nuclear Situation "Deteriorating"", that is a definite must see by those who have been following this life threatening situation as closely as I have. First, here is that article for everyone to see for themselves, and I do have some of my own thoughts and comments to follow:
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Were it not for certain nuclear whistle blowers and outside, independent experts, the public would have to rely on the glib and technically inaccessible reports from Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) or the Japanese government.
Not that those reports are entirely without substance, but due to the incomprehensible technical jargon most people simply throw up their hands and hope for the best.
Luckily, in this day of the Internet we can learn a lot about what is going on thanks to independent researchers and writers.
To the extent that mainstream newspapers have covered the issue responsibly, and there has been substantive coverage, web sites like “enenews.com”; “fukushima-diary.com” and “rense.com” have served as information clearinghouses for mainstream news, academic studies and independent sources of journalism about the nuclear crisis in Japan.
Given this wide perspective, it is hard to see how any meaningful progress is being made at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP). This is the conclusion I drew, or anyone with reasonable skills of observation would have drawn, in April of 2011. The Japanese government kept telling us that “everything is under control” and there is “no immediate danger,” all the while, lying through their teeth about the reactor meltdowns.
Any intelligent layperson who considers the technical aspects of the disaster will be at a loss as to how the plant operators will be able to restore the cooling system, which may be badly damaged, to reactors that themselves may be unrepairable or in various states of melt-down. If the nuclear fuel in the reactors has melted through to the floor, what would be the point of setting up a cooling system to a dysfunctional reactor and a pool of melted fuel? No one in the government clearly answers these questions nor has the international community come forth with a possible solution. (1).
The fuel pools of Units three or four could collapse in another large earthquake and the highly radioactive fuel rods will not be removed until 2013 at the earliest-- putting the entire world in grave peril every second that ticks by.
Nuclear expert, Arnie Gundersen, recently stated regarding units 1 - 3 that they will “get to the point where they throw some concrete down on the top of it and come back in 300 years.” Gundersen thinks this may not even be cleaned up in “500 years!” (2) This bears repetition:
FUKUSHIMA’S ENVIRONMENT WILL NOT EVEN BE RESTORED IN 500 YEARS
It’s no wonder nuclear watchdogs have created a special rating system for Fukushima-- putting it in a new category, above Chernobyl, as a no. 8 level nuclear disaster. Fukushima is a “[m]ulti-source major nuclear accident requiring international assistance and monitoring” (3).
A Few Quadrillion Becquerals Here, A Few Quadrillion There...
Nominally, this policy is “to help the people in the Northeast” (or more likely to help their buddies in the incineration business). This is sheer insanity, but these are the times we live in, when even Japanese school children are being given pamphlets “full of misleading information and half-truths” about the safety of burning radioactive debris (6).
The government’s heartfelt concern for the inhabitants of the northeast is touching. But after 17 months there are still evacuees living in classrooms partitioned with cardboard (7) and rumors of many people dying from cancer due to radioactive fallout. This has gone unreported in the establishment press (8).
Meanwhile, the situation at the FNPP is still unstable. Tepco has admitted that,
a total of about 10 million becquerals per hour of radioactive cesium was being emitted from the No. 1 to No. 3 reactors as of June. That is about one-80 millionths of the level that was being spewed immediately after the accident (9).This is down from a peak of thousands of trillions of becquerals at the time of the reactor explosions (10; 11). Measured as quadrillions or as petabecquerals (10 to the 15th power) (12), the radiation emitted was comparable to Chernobyl, being well over half if not roughly equivalent in volume (13). While the worst Chernobyl had to offer was pretty much over once it had blown its lid, Fukushima could still release vastly greater amounts of harmful radiation due to the nuclear fuel at the site.
The Unimaginably Unimaginable Danger Of Being (Nuked)
Although the government continues to dismiss the idea that the quakes themselves were the main cause of the nuclear meltdowns, while attributing the entire crisis to the “unforeseen” natural phenomenon of the tidal wave, they admit the quake caused “a 3-square-centimeter rupture in the piping of the emergency cooling system for the No. 1 reactor.” In addition, they note “the possibility that tremors from the earthquake created a tiny rupture of 0.3 square centimeter or less, which later grew larger when the reactor temperature and pressure rose and radioactive substances leaked from there” (14).
This is controversial given that independent scientists are not allowed to inspect the facilities and that witnesses saw the Unit 1 building collapsing before the tsunami arrived.
One worker, a maintenance engineer in his late twenties who was at the Fukushima complex on March 11, recalls hissing and leaking pipes. ‘I personally saw pipes that came apart and I assume that there were many more that had been broken throughout the plant. There’s no doubt that the earthquake did a lot of damage inside the plant,’ he said. ‘There were definitely leaking pipes, but we don’t know which pipes – that has to be investigated. I also saw that part of the wall of the turbine building for Unit 1 had come away. That crack might have affected the reactor’ (15).
These pumps send water from the ocean to cool the back up diesel generators (18). Gundersen (at 19:00 mark in audio): "There could have been 14 meltdowns and not three. If you look at the data, there were six units at Fukushima Daiichi [power station no. 1], there are four at Fukushima Daini [station no. 2], three at Onagawa and one at Tokai. The net affect is that there were 37 diesel generators between those plants. 24 of those diesels were knocked out by the tsunami. You need the diesels to cool the plant.”
This occurred because at FNPP no. 1 the tsunami flooded the actual diesel generators, but at the other plants the “tsunami knocked out the cooling water to the diesels, something called service water. So, Japan narrowly missed 14 meltdowns and not three because the cooling water to 24 of the 37 diesels was destroyed.”
This bears repetition: JAPAN NARROWLY MISSED 14 NUCLEAR MELTDOWNS
Furthermore, it was sheer luck that there were not eight meltdowns, for another totally different, random, reason:
The plant manager at Fukushima Daini, which is six miles away from Daiichi, is quoted as saying that if the tidal wave happened on a Saturday his four units would have melted down too. He had a thousand people on site because it was a Friday, but if it happened on a weekend there would have been a skeleton crew there. The roads had been destroyed so nobody could have gotten in to help, and we would have had Fukushima Daiichi and Daini in meltdown conditions. What happened was almost unimaginably unimaginable.To repeat: had the earthquake happened on a Saturday or Sunday there would have been eight instead of merely three meltdowns-- you can’t make this stuff up, folks.
The FNPP site is fraught with danger, with constant reports of highly toxic water leaking from this pipe or that, or this reactor or that. For example, water in Unit 2 turbine basement was found to have 47 million becquerals per liter (19). These sorts of conditions are common. Many engineers are “highly suspicious” of government assurances that things are going well. For example,
“Takahashi Kei, a former cooling system worker at the plant now working as a radiation survey volunteer, said the utility company’s executives are portraying the situation in the best possible light. ‘There are leaks everywhere, wreckage too. It’s not as simple as they portray,’ he said.”
Japanese nuclear expert, Hiroaki Koide, recently said that “The state of the reactors is still deteriorating” (20). Let’s repeat that for the audience at home:
This hardly sounds like a successful “cold shutdown” and tends to support Gundersen’s idea that the units 1 - 3 will have to be entombed in concrete (if not with Japanese parliament member’s tempura, leftover from their extravagant taxpayer funded banquets). Recently there is talk from engineers who have intimate knowledge of the FNPP situation, and even from the government, that Japan needs to recruit help from the international community of scientists and engineers (21; 22; 23). Hey! Good idea, let’s hope they don’t wait too long. After all, this disaster is not only Japan’s fault, but an international issue from start to finish.
The lesson yet to be learned is that nuclear power is inherently dangerous and that the consequences for humanity and the environment continue to be “unimaginably, unimaginable” in their size.
1. Testimony from Japan: Evolving Coverup of a Nuclear Disaster
2. Arnold Gundersen with the latest on Fukushima, including the perilous worldwide consequences if reactor no. 4 collapses
3. Nuclear incident scales
4. My Opinion on Radioactive Disaster Waste
5. Radiation in Japan: Tokyo Will Burn Miyagi's Disaster (and Radioactive) Debris
6. Radioactive Disaster Debris: Kitakyushu City Educates Kids How Safe It Is to Burn the Debris
7. Over 200 Evacuees from Futaba-machi Still Live in Classrooms
8.`We receive tons of frightening information'
9. After 500 days, Fukushima No. 1 plant still not out of the woods
10. Fukushima-derived radionuclides in the ocean and biota off Japanhttp://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/03/26/1120794109.full.pdf+html?with-ds=yes
11. Scientists: Far more cesium released than previously believed
13. Chernobyl: Assessment of Radiological and Health Impact 2002 Update of Chernobyl: Ten Years On
14. GOVERNMENT PROBE: Reactor cooling botched at Fukushima No. 1, but not No. 2 plant
15. Meltdown: What Really Happened at Fukushima?
16. Report on Nuclear Disaster Holds Key to Reactors' Fate
17. July 6, 2012, Pacifica Radio Host Ian Masters and Fairewinds' Arnie Gundersen: Lessons Not Learned From Fukushima Daiichi
18. SolarlMG podcast with Arnie Gunderson- Aug 10/2012
19. Unit 2 water 10 times more radioactive than Unit 1
20. In Japan, a nuclear ghost town stirs to life
21. Retired Fukushima engineers to seek U.S. assistance
22. Fukushima Chief Yoshida on Video: We must bring foreign experts in to help
23. Japanese government strengthening international cooperation in nuclear decommissioning and decontamination
NTS Notes: I have always wondered why our governments and media are clamoring for war against the innocent nation of Iran, when we have a truly life threatening situation going on right now in Japan? It is no wonder that viewers are turning off the mainstream media and getting their real news via the internet....
I do agree with most of Richard Wilcox's conjectures presented here. However, what is missed is the fact that the entire Fukushima disaster was most probably orchestrated by criminal Jewish interests via their insidious Stuxnet computer virus that crippled the Siemens Safety systems at the Fukushima plant. That crippling prevented water from entering the containment cells of the reactors, and thus triggered the meltdowns of three reactors as a result.
Never the less, we still have a deadly situation going on right now, and there are still no concrete plans to alleviate the situation, in spite of the false claims from governments and media that all is well at this crippled facility!
As more information does become available about this still ongoing disaster, I will continue to bring forward that information when ever possible... Stay tuned...
More to come