Thursday, June 16, 2011

Gunderson: Fukushima Disaster Worst Industrial Catastrophe in Human History

Hat tip Enews

Fukushima: It's much worse than you think: Scientific experts believe Japan's nuclear disaster to be far worse than governments are revealing to the public.
Dahr Jamail
"We have 20 nuclear cores exposed, the fuel pools have several cores each, that is 20 times the potential to be released than Chernobyl," said Gundersen. "The data I'm seeing shows that we are finding hot spots further away than we had from Chernobyl, and the amount of radiation in many of them was the amount that caused areas to be declared no-man's-land for Chernobyl. We are seeing square kilometres being found 60 to 70 kilometres away from the reactor. You can't clean all this up. We still have radioactive wild boar in Germany, 30 years after Chernobyl."
MAJIA HERE: Also see this RT interview with Dr. Robert Jacobs, Professor of  Nuclear History at the Hiroshima Peace Institute
Dr. Jacobs discusses how Tepco "managed" the media and public opinion by slowly releasing as "news" over 3 months information that they had since the first days of the disaster. Jacobs also discusses the psychological impact of the disaster on Japanese from afflicted areas, who are now being discriminated against in other areas of Japan because of fears that they are "contaminated."
Both Jacobs and Gunderson have discussed at some length the treatment of Japanese children in this disaster. I am pasting a summary paragraph I wrote on the children's plight here:

In April Japan’s government increased the safe exposure for children from 1 millisievert a year to 20millieseverts a year, which is the level recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection for nuclear plant workers (McCurry, 2011 “Fukushima Effect.). This decision caused Japan’s Prof. Toshiso Kosako, who was temporarily appointed to the government’s nuclear advisor to resign in protest over the “intolerable” new level (McCurry, 2011, “Fukushima Effect”). In areas of Fukushima prefecture not evacuated, parents and teachers voluntarily removed the topsoil from contaminated school years even though officials declared the soil contamination levels “safe.” Japanese school children 37 miles from the stricken Fukushima plant were given radiation meters fully 3 months after the crisis began (Ogura, 2011). Children in affected areas are to be given radiation badges that will be read monthly by “authorities” for their radiation exposure, but not until September. Children, who are ten to a hundred times more vulnerable to the detrimental effects of ionizing radiation are being sacrificed by the Japanese government and Tepco in order to promote the illusion of normality and security. Japanese parents and teachers are furious, as well they should be.
The Japanese blogger Ex-SKF translated a newspaper report on June 15 addressing inexplicable illnesses in children living within 50 kilometers of the plant:

Tokyo Shinbun (paper edition only, 6/16/2011) reports that many children in Koriyama City in Fukushima Prefecture, 50 kilometers from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, are suffering inexplicable nosebleed, diarrhea, and lack of energy since the nuke plant accident. (Ex-SKF

McCurry, Justin (2011, June 1). Fukushima effect: Japan schools take health precautions in radiation zone,
Ogura, Junko (2011, June 14). Japan to hand out radiation meters to kids near crippled plant. CNN.

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