Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fukushima Summary

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3 Core Meltdowns and 3 Breeched Primary Containment Vehicles: Unprecedented Radiation Releases into Ocean and Ongoing and Uncontrolled Releases Into Air

In March there were 2 hydrogen explosions (at units 1 and 2) and 1 probable nuclear explosion (at unit 3). http://fairewinds.com/content/gundersen-postulates-unit-3-explosion-may-have-been-prompt-criticality-fuel-pool?

All three units—1, 2, and 3—are in various states of meltdown and have core containment breeches as there are holes in the bottoms of these units’ primary containment vessels (http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/17_34.html ; http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703509104576325110776621604.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_News_BlogsModule; http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703509104576325110776621604.html)

Unit 1fuel rods completely melted and melted core may be melting through secondary containment (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/video/2011-05/17/c_13878946.htm and http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2011/05/16/was-fukushima-a-china-syndrome/)

Re-criticality (or fission) occurred at the plant after the March explosions.

Radiation continues to be released at the plant continuously and spikes in releases continue to occur as well (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-27/tokyo-water-radiation-falls-to-zero-for-first-time-since-crisis.html)

The possibility still exists for more hydrogen explosions (Gunderson http://fairewinds.com/; see also http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/13/fukushima-reactor-meltdown-flooding-warning)

Reactor 3 is particularly at risk—its temperature has been rising (http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/10_28.html to reactor 3 temp: http://atmc.jp/plant/temperature/?n=3) ; link

Reactor #1 building is too radioactively hot to operate within by workers. This will slow work to stop radiation releases. (http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/10_02.html)

Just by opening the door the for unit 1, 500 million becquerels of radioactive substance were released last week (http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110509x2.html)

Radiation is being deposited throughout the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in the US and Canada (http://zardoz.nilu.no/~flexpart/fpinteractive/plots/?C=M;O=D)

Radiation is bio-accumulating in our food, as illustrated by this post: "Radioactive Strontium Found in Hilo, Hawaii Milk"
(http://blogs.forbes.com/jeffmcmahon/2011/04/27/radioactive-strontium-found-in-hilo-hawaii-milk/ ; http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/51585989-82/nuclear-radiation-scientists-bullets.html.csp ; http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/node/2525 )

Based on the cancers covered in the Downwinders’ settlement we can expect the following:

The following are Primary cancers that are covered under this program: Bile ducts, Bladder, Brain, Breast(male and female), Colon/Rectal, Esophagus, Gall Bladder, Leukemia’s(other than CLL or chronic lymphocytic leukemia), Liver(except if there is evidence of cirrhosis or Hepatitis B), Lung, Multiple Myeloma, Nasal Pharynx, Lymphomas(other than Hodgkin's disease), Ovary, Pancreas, Salivary Gland, Small Intestine, Stomach and Thyroid


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