Saturday, May 28, 2011

Fukushima Ten Chernobyls Into the Sea?

What really pisses me off about the criminally, I was about to say negligent, but a much more sinister word is required to describe the actions of both TEPCO and the Japanese government, but whatever. The real pisser here is the way both parties are playing fast and loose with the welfare of the next generation, confirmed when you read things like this.

Nonetheless children have been observed attending schools while bulldozers were removing the radioactive soil from their playgrounds outside. Amidst global protests, the Japanese government has weakened (increased) the limits of allowable radiation exposures to children.

As I say. it's far from negligent, it's criminal. What chance do they have, poor little buggers?

The dire situation in Japan is the fundamental reason I cannot find the heart to currently blog, through my assistant Teddy, about the Japanese whaling industry. While I still feel the same animosity towards whalers and dolphin hunters, and shark finners, I mustn't forget those bastards, going so far as to say, if every boat in all three fleets went down with all hands, it would be a case for celebration not sadness, I cannot direct my ire at a nation facing doomsday. And it is, make no mistake about that.

Is Fukushima Now Ten Chernobyls Into the Sea?

.......New readings show levels of radioisotopes found up to 30 kilometers offshore from the on-going crisis at Fukushima are ten times higher than those measured in the Baltic and Black Seas during Chernobyl.

"When it comes to the oceans, says Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceonographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, "the impact of Fukushima exceeds Chernobyl."

The news comes amidst a tsunami of devastating revelations about the Fukushima disaster and the crumbling future of atomic power, along with a critical Senate funding vote today:

Fukushima's owner, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, has confirmed that fuel at Unit One melted BEFORE the arrival of the March 11 tsunami.

This critical revelation confirms that the early stages of that melt-down were set in motion by the earthquake that sent tremors into Japan from a relatively far distance out to sea.

Virtually all of Japan's 55 reactors sit on or near earthquake faults. A 2007 earthquake forced seven reactors to shut at Kashiwazaki. Japan has ordered shut at least two more at Hamaoka because of their seismic vulnerability.

Numerous reactors in the United States sit on or near major earthquake faults. Two each at Diablo Canyon and San Onofre, California, are within three miles of major fault lines. So is Indian Point, less than 40 miles from Manhattan. Millions of people live within 50 miles of both San Onofre and Indian Point.

On January 31, 1986, the Perry reactor, 35 miles east of Cleveland on Lake Erie, was damaged by an earthquake rated between 5.0 and 5.5 on the Richter Scale---orders of magnitude weaker than the one that struck Fukushima, and that could hit the sites in California, New York and elsewhere around the globe. much more


Anonymous said...

It's bad enough the feeling and the first time it hit, when you realize your parents have let the world all go to shit.

Himself said...

On our four and a half billion year old planet, it's almost beyond comprehension what we have managed to achieve in the last hundred years.

''As a species we are insane'' Captain Paul Watson