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The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
The Fukushima nuclear disaster created a global fear of radiation exposure. The Japanese government boasted that their nuclear power plants were safe, that a nuclear accident would never occur. Their responsibility is huge...
Many people had long warned of precisely this situation -- the danger of a huge earthquake and of the problems facing suicide squads required to respond to such a major accident -- but these warnings were never taken seriously.
The attitude of promoting nuclear energy NO MATTER WHAT is one of the reasons why this tragedy has happened. To claim that this was "beyond expectations" is both immoral and criminal. They say nuclear power is the energy of a bright tomorrow. Maybe too bright...
The Aftermath of Nuclear Disaster in Japan
JUST IN: BBC confirmed that the Japan's nuclear crisis has just reaches the highest level, 7, raising the nuclear crisis meltdown to 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Horrible!
Despite such concern, Tepco, the operator of the plant, stated that radiation leaks are declining and that "the reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi power plant are moving toward stability." The power plant has sustained extensive damage after the 9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan just a month ago, causing a 10-meter tsunami in North-East, which left 13,000 people dead and 14,500 missing.
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Sky News reporting on the Tsunami that hit Japan on March 12 2011.
More than 150,000 people have been made homeless, but the "Black Friday" isn't over yet as the nuclear crisis meltdown still threatens the safety of the Japanese, if not immediately, surely on the long-term.
NISA (Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency) recently raised the crisis level at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to the maximum 7, as the impact of radiation leaks has been widespread from the air, vegetables and tap water. Even if the radiation leaks are about 10% of those which escaped from Chernobyl in Ukraine, the danger is obvious for people's health, even if the Japanese officials claim otherwise.
Reuters takes it even further stating that radiation leaks could eventually exceed those at Chernobyl. To give you the exact numbers, the nuclear plant at Fukushima leaked 630,000 terabequerels, while the release from Chernobyl was 5 million terabecquerels. Do you still think you're safe? Because, if you make a quick search on Google, you will learn that level 7 incidents signifies a "major accident", involving a massive release of radiation with widespread health and environmental effects.
In 1957, a level 6 nuclear crisis in Kyshtym, Russia, lead to hundreds of cancer cases and contamination over hundreds of km2, after an explosion in a waste tank. Same year in Windscale, UK, a fire in the nuclear reactor lead to 240 cancer cases. 1986, in Chernobyl, Ukraine, the explosion and fire in operational reactor lead to a possible 4,000 cancer cases and a post apocalypse landscape that stretched over thousands of km2.
Japanese officials have warned it will take months before the nuclear crisis meltdown is brought fully under control and have already started the evacuation of 70,000 people living in the 20km area around the damaged nuclear facility. Other 130,000 living between 20-30km from the nuclear plant have been asked to leave voluntarily or stay indoors.
Japan Nuclear Crisis News, December 18, 2011
Japan stated that Fukushima nuclear plant is now in a stable condition, achieving the "cold shutdown" stated. However, the facility still leaks some radiation, remains vulnerable to earthquakes and shows no prospect for cleanup for decades! People remain afraid of returning to homes near Fukushima plant.
Japan Nuclear Disaster News, November 2, 2011
Xenon -- a radioactive gas -- has been detected at Fukushima plant. Tepco confirmed that Xenon had been found in a filter in reactor 2, which was previously thought to be near a stable shutdown. Anyhow, the Japanese government and Tepco said they are on track to achieve a stable shutdown by the end of the year. Japan's science ministry says 10% of the country's surface area has been contaminated by radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. More than 30,000 km2 of Japan has been blanketed by radioactive Cesium.
Japan Nuclear Accident News, October 22, 2011
Fukushima Prefectural Assembly has adopted a petition to decommission all 10 reactors of Fukushima no. 1 and 2 nuclear plants. Fukushima victims are desperate, angry and homeless. More than 80,000 people were forced to leave their homes by the nuclear crisis, the world's worst nuclear disaster in 25 years, since Chernobyl. Women protested in Tokyo against nuclear policy and demanded better support for evacuees.
Japan Nuclear Crisis News, October 10, 2011
Since the start of the crisis at Tepco's Fukushima nuclear plant, hundreds of doctors and nurses have resigned and fled the hospitals, the prefecture suspending nighttime emergencies and other treatments. Residents near Fukushima mountains face nuclear recontamination every rainfall and some Japanese communities have been found to be radiation hotspots, with levels comparable to those found at Chernobyl. Many of those affected say they've had little help from the government as they struggle to come to terms with what's happened.
Japan Nuclear Disaster News, August 17, 2011
Excessive levels of radioactive Cesium were found in sludge in a ditch at a district court branch in Fukushima Prefecture, about 100 kilometers West of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Japan Nuclear Accident News, April 26, 2011
Two days ago, Japan's special advisor stated that the nuclear meltdown is finally receding, but could not say if the situation had been completely stabilized at the atomic plant. Fukushima workers have dumped thousands of tones of *low-level* radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean, since the disaster started. The contamination of the marine environment is likely to occur, to the concern of neighboring countries. Ironically, a banner at the entrance of Futaba, Fukushima, states: "Nuclear Power is the Energy of a Bright Tomorrow." A tomorrow maybe too bright for some...
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Shocking! Japan using Fukushima people as human guinnea pigs!!
Japan Nuclear Crisis News, April 23, 2011
Warnings of nuclear disaster not heeded, claims former governor of Fukushima province. The 71-year-old Eisako Sato said that, between 2002 and 2006, 21 problems at the Fukushima plant were reported to his office. "Those who say that nuclear power is dangerous, like myself, are treated as state enemies," he stated. Tepco was repeatedly asked what would happen if the back-up diesel generators also failed but they waived his concern away.
Japan Nuclear Disaster News, April 22, 2011
The Japanese government plans to widen the already established evacuation zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant. A $49 billion budget (4 trillion Yen) has been recently approved to help fund reconstruction, such as clearing the massive amounts of rubble and building temporary houses, at least 30,000 by the end of May. 130,000 people are still living in emergency shelters, 85,000 of them having fled their houses near the nuclear plant.
There is a wider 30 km evacuation zone, where people have been forced to leave, risking detention or 100,000 Yen fee if they fail to comply or return into the danger zone. Japan officials stated that the cost of rebuilding could raise as higher as 25 trillion Yen, while the area nearby the Fukushima nuclear plant may be uninhabitable for years, as a result of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl (1986).
As you can see, things are bad and the nuclear crisis in Japan posses a real threat on the public health on long-term. There are serious safety risks concerning living in or nearby the affected area for half a year or one year. We'll keep you updated on the current news about Japanese nuclear crisis, the second worse nuclear disaster in history.
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