Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What Happens if Fukushima Becomes Too "HOT" For Humans?

Enews has a disturbing report up from Bloomberg about very high radiation readings at Fukushima

Tepco’s own data are either “off” or are showing skyrocketing radiation levels, as observed by Moonkai at Enews:

TEPCO just posted that radiation last night was uP to 30.5 Sieverts. Then this morning at 336 sieverts then 351 sieverts at midnight around reactor 1. WHAT THE FXXX???

reactor 1 has a “CAM” row with D/W A & B –
A seems to be down, B reads 3.51E+02 Sv/hr with = 351 Sieverts/hr. (end quote from Moonkai)

MAJIA HERE: NO one can work near this type of radiation level

NHK is reporting on a meeting held to figure out how to de-commission Fukushima. The brief report seems very optimistic:

NHK Discussions begin on how to scrap Fukushima plant

A government-appointed panel has begun discussing the timetable for decommissioning the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

About 30 people, including members of the Atomic Energy Commission and officials from the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, took part in the panel's initial meeting on Wednesday.

Yuichi Hayase, who joined US researchers in studying the accident at Three Mile Island in 1979, briefed the participants on how that plant was brought under control.

Hayase explained that it took 11 years to extract all the fuel rods, as workers were coping with the world's first nuclear meltdown. It was also necessary to develop remote-controlled robots and technology to process contaminated wastewater.

MAJIA HERE: Fukushima seems so far gone I cannot imagine how many years it will take to extract its fuel rods if Three Mile Island took 11 years. Furthermore, one wonders how many INTACT fuel rods still exist at the plant?

If the rods are not intact, can they even be extracted? My guess is NO.

MEANWHILE Fukushima university plans to study the effects of low level radiation. Let us hope the person in charge of this study is the not the same person who said that the effects of radiation poisoning are only visited upon those who have a sour disposition

NHK: Hiroshima University to study low-level exposure

Hiroshima University is to launch a study focusing on the health impact of exposure to low-level radiation.

The university has set up a committee of about 40 researchers to apply their knowledge to support people affected by the Fukushima nuclear accident. The university has been providing medical care to atomic bomb survivors.

The committee has 3 main themes: analysis of the impact of low-level radioactive exposure on human genes; medical response to internal exposure and exposure during an emergency; and support for a health survey conducted by Fukushima Prefecture.

The university says that when cumulative exposure reaches 100 millisieverts, the chances of developing cancer are said to rise by 0.5 percent.

It also says there is not enough data available anywhere in the world about an exposure to radiation below that level.

MAJIA HERE: Of course there exists enough data on "low" level exposure to radiation after Chernobyl and in response to cancer clusters around nuclear plants. I've posted some of this research on this site. The issue is that this type of research has been deliberately ignored and censored to protect the nuclear industry and nunclear weapons production.

However, by conducting its own study, Japan can "hide" the true effects. Let us hope their study will not be directed by DR YAMASHITA, who previously was reported as heading at last 1 study on the effects of radiation on Fukushima residents. Here is a summary from Democracy Now:

AILEEN MIOKO SMITH: Yes, we’re very concerned that a health study is starting at the end of this month. This is concerning the effects of the Fukushima residents, on the prefectural citizens. It’s headed by a Dr. Shunichi Yamashita, who’s at the Atomic Bomb Research Institute…

He’s widely shown on national TV. He speaks widely in the prefecture, always saying there’s absolutely no concern with the levels of radiation in Fukushima. He says that mothers, even mothers exposed to 100 millisieverts, pregnant mothers, will not have any effect, health effect.

Remember the number 100.

Compared to that, the Soviet Union required a mandatory evacuation during Chernobyl at five millisieverts.

This doctor is quoted as saying, "The effects of radiation do not come to people that are happy and laughing. They come to people that are weak-spirited, that brood and fret."

This is a direct quote. And he’s heading the study. And so, the citizens in Fukushima are very concerned.(Japan Admits 3 Nuclear Meltdowns, More Radiation Leaked into Sea; U.S. Nuclear Waste Poses Deadly Risks (2010, June 3).

MAJIA HERE: In contrast, see these sources

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