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^ In a March 10, 2014, report, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation writes:

At the risk of losing his job if his identity is revealed, a man who worked at TEPCO's Fukushima plant for more than 20 years says the situation at the reactor is not under control and no-one knows how to fix the problem. "There are too many systems and they all have problems," he said.... It's made worse because all the experienced workers have reached their radiation limits, so TEPCO has to rely on staff that don't know the site and who aren't trained.... The whistleblower says mistakes are made weekly, and contaminated water leaks into the Pacific Ocean every day. "The other day when contaminated water overflowed from a tank, an alarm was ringing but they didn't go and check. I couldn't believe it. It was ringing for nine hours and they thought the alarm was out of order." The insider says the damaged reactors can never be decontaminated and that people should not be moved back into the no-go zone, a 20-kilometre exclusion area around Fukushima.

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^ February 6, 2014. From enenews.com: "TEPCO said Friday that it will review a 'massive' amount of radiation data it has collected at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant because readings may be lower than actual figures due to improper measurement.

"On February 6, TEPCO explained that they had 'underestimated all of the results of high-density all-beta, which [in fact] exceeded the upper limit of measurement.'" What this has meant in the past is that their measuring instruments couldn't go that high so they just wrote down the maximum number it could show.

As EXSKF reports, "All the high-density all-beta/strontium analyses done at Fukushima I NPP, including the analyses of all-beta/strontium in the RO (reverse osmosis) waste water, may be wrong."

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^ February 2, 2014. Harvey Wasserman lists 50 reasons to fear the worst about Fukushima. He includes some of the highlights of cover-ups of the effects of nuclear power radiation releases. If you still believe anything the government or media tell you, you need to read Wasserman's list.

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In a blog post, Arizona professor Majia Holmer Nadesan writes: "I concluded from my research on the ‘history of radiation’ that commonly used radiological and chemical dose models are invalid. Specifically, I found they lacked ecological validity because they were politicized from the start, failed to address bio-accumulation, failed to address bio-magnification, and failed to address transmission of genetic and epigenetic damage across generations." Read more. In her January posts, she describes current fuel pool emissions, explains why strontium is a huge problem for the Pacific Ocean, and discusses possible censorship of the Tepco live camera.

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^ December 24, 2013. Good site to keep up with radiation levels in your area (mostly U.S.): the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center.

According to the NETC site: "Netc.com is an Early Warning Radiation System that takes data from private and EPA networks and creates a NORM background radiation level for each 3000+ stations everyday. When the current radiation level increases over the background radiation level, a RADCON condition is set. The higher radiation level above the NORM background radiation the higher RADCON is set. This way we inform the public that there is an increase in radiation at the station. It is up to the public to take this information and try to find out where the radiation is coming from and what precautions they feel are needed. Read the Netc.com Forum or go to Health Effects links for some ideas on how to be prepared."

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^ November 19,2 2013. Tepco reports that it removed 22 fuel assemblies from the spent fuel pool of Fukushima Reactor 4, placing them into a transportation container, to be moved to the replacement storage facility. Tepco released a video of the fuel removal, done on November 18, 2013. In that video, shots of the transportation container have been electronically altered via pixilation in order to obscure the top and bottom of the container. In the past, Tepco has said that it has pixilated certain released graphics for "the protection of nuclear material."

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^ November 10, 2013. Fukushimafaq.info today made available a free briefing of selected excerpts from credible sources re the top issues surrounding the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster, complete with dozens of links to sources. Learn about the cover-ups (General Electric's massive culpability; Hillary Clinton's secret pact with Japan; how monitors in Japanese parks display artificially reassuring numbers). Learn how radiation from Fukushima is affecting the U.S., Canada, and Japan. See what top experts say about the problems at Fukushima and the upcoming fuel rod removals, and more. Includes the list of U.S. communities with nuclear power plants of the same flawed design as Fukushima, and an excerpt from the BBC saying that the really serious problem at Fukushima may be reactors 1, 2, and 3. Available as a pdf.

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^ November 8, 2013. Rupert Wingfield Hayes reports for the BBC that the fuel rod removal from Fukushima should perhaps not be our main cause for concern. He says, "...visiting the plant, it struck me that in our obsession with reactor four we may be missing the real story at Fukushima... As our bus left reactor four and drove along the sea front, I pointed my new monitor out of the window towards reactor building three. Suddenly the needle started to spike - 1,000 counts per second, then 2,000, 3,000, finally it went off the scale. There, outside the bus, just a few dozen meters away is the real dead zone, a place where it is still far too dangerous for anyone to go. No human has been inside reactor three since the disaster. To do so would be suicide. No-one knows when it will be possible to go in. When I asked the same experts how long it would be until reactors one, two and three could be dismantled, they shook their heads. When I asked them where they thought the melted reactor cores were, they shook their heads again. Tokyo Electric Power Company was happy to show us reactor four, but please do not ask what they intend to do with reactors one, two and three."

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^ November 4, 2013. Tepco has announced that it will delay beginning the removal of fuel rods in reactor 4 at Fukushima. The dangerous removal process was scheduled to begin November 8, but will now be delayed, perhaps two weeks, because the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization, a government-affiliated nuclear safety agency, called for Tepco to first do a trial run, to include moving the protective fuel cask from the reactor 4 storage pool to an unspecified other pool in an unspecified different but "more stable" building about 100 meters away.

According to The Kyodo News, the agency "has also urged Tepco to have its work evaluated by a group of Japanese and overseas experts formed by the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning, a Tokyo-based organization founded by Japanese government agencies, nuclear facility manufacturers and electric power companies."

There is speculation that the recent spate of earthquakes in the Fukushima area has made authorities more circumspect, as fuel rod removal, via remote-control crane, could be badly affected by sudden shaking. Of course, the earthquake risk to the structurally damaged fuel pool of reactor 4 is the reason the fuel rods are slated to be removed.

On November 1, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visited Fukushima Daiichi. In a statement, he said, "It is stunning that one can see firsthand the destructive force of the tsunami even more than two and a half years after the tragic events." According to Moniz, Tepco faces "a daunting task in the cleanup and decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi, one that will take decades and is being carried out under very challenging conditions. The TEPCO workforce is facing unprecedented challenges.... As Japan continues to chart its sovereign path forward on the cleanup at the Fukushima site and works to determine the future of their energy economy, the United States stands ready to continue assisting our partners in this daunting yet indispensable task."

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^ October 30, 2013. Japanese regulators approved the removal of fuel rods from a cooling pool at Fukushima's reactor 4 — although Japanese nuclear regulatory chairman Shunichi Tanaka said that it would be a difficult and dangerous process due to the debris in the pool deposited by previous explosions. Removal may begin as early as November 8.

"It's a totally different operation than removing normal fuel rods from a spent fuel pool," Tanaka said at a regular news conference. "They need to be handled extremely carefully and closely monitored. You should never rush or force them out, or they may break."

Tanaka said it would be a "disaster" if the fuel rods are damaged or break open during the attempted removal. "I'm much more worried about this than contaminated water," he said. article from ABC News.

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^ October 27, 2013. In her blog article, Animal Anomalies: Is the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster a 'Tipping Point'? Professor Majia Holmer Nadesan documents Fukushima's apparent effects on animals and humans via its ongoing emissions into air and water. She makes a well-documented case that the problems at Fukushima may be pushing the Earth toward a tipping point of disaster. Professor Nadesan also reports on Japan's state secrets law, currently awaiting signature, which would make the condition of the Fukushima disaster a state secret. She also writes:

"I’ve been blogging on the unceasing rise in radiation levels reported by Tepco since July 2013. July 2013 was the big event, which seemed to have precipitated the current downhill trajectory. Fission byproducts were detected from that event.

"Since then, the radiation levels in ground and ocean water samples have been rising, according to published Tepco reports.

"The rads are purportedly spiking to unprecedented levels.

"I believe that nuclear criticalities, not simply contaminated water spills, are contributing to the spiking levels.

"The crisis is this contamination is gradually destroying our atmosphere (via ongoing and voluminous steam emissions at the site) and, most of all, our Pacific Ocean. This situation has prevailed for over two years now.

"Many observers are starting to sound the alarm. The current escalation of alarming, mainstream media reports is noteworthy given the very clear efforts by governments to manage public representations of the scale of the disaster."

See also this October 18, 2013, interview with Professor Nadesan, Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk.

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^ October 25, 2013. In an article in Counterpunch called "The Global Threat of Fukushima: A Global Response Is Needed," Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers write:

"When we researched the realities of Fukushima in preparation for this article, words like apocalyptic, cataclysmic and Earth-threatening came to mind. But, when we say such things, people react as if we were the little red hen screaming “the sky is falling” and the reports are ignored. So, we’re going to present what is known in this article and you can decide whether we are facing a potentially cataclysmic event.

"Either way, it is clear that the problems at Fukushima demand that the world’s best nuclear engineers and other experts advise and assist in the efforts to solve them. Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds.org and an international team of scientists created a 15-point plan to address the crises at Fukushima.

"A subcommittee of the Green Shadow Cabinet (of which we are members), which includes long-time nuclear activist Harvey Wasserman, is circulating a sign-on letter and a petition calling on the United Nations and Japanese government to put in place the Gundersen et al plan and to provide 24-hour media access to information about the crises at Fukushima. [You can sign the petition here.] There is also a call for international days of action on the weekend of November 9 and 10. The letter and petitions will be delivered to the UN on November 11 which is both Armistice Day and the 32nd month anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that caused the Fukushima nuclear disaster. more

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^ October 29, 2013. In an article in Counterpunch, Harvey Wasserman says that, "The fate of the Earth may now hang at the mercy of a widely distrusted corporation and far-right government intent on blacking out that site." He calls on documentary filmmakers to step up and provide a balanced viewpoint against the nuclear industry propoganda films being made, such as the new one by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen. Wasserman writes:

"We are in desperate need of documentary filmmakers at Fukushima.

"The Japanese government is about to pass a national censorship law clearly meant to make it impossible to know what’s going on there.

"Massive quantities of radioactive water have been flowing through the site since the 3/11/11 earthquake/tsunami.

"A thousand flimsy tanks hold still more thousands of tons of radioactive water which would pour into the Pacific should they collapse.

"An earthquake and two typhoons have just hit there, flushing still more radioactive water into the sea.

"The corrupt and incompetent Tokyo Electric Power Company will soon try moving 400 tons of supremely radioactive rods from a damaged Unit Four fuel pool, an operation that could easily end in global catastrophe. The rods contain 14,000 times as much radioactive cesium as was released at the bombing of Hiroshima.

"Nobody knows the exact location of the melted cores from Units One, Two and Three or whether they are still fissioning." more

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^ October 28, 2013. "Most severe accident in the history of mankind." In this Huffington Post article, Former Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, explains how he came "so close" to having to evacuate 50 million people, including Tokyo, as a result of the nuclear accidents at Fukushima; he says his previous pro-nuclear views have been reversed 180 degrees:

"The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was the most severe accident in the history of mankind. At Unit 1, the fuel rods melted down in about five hours after the earthquake, and molten fuel breached and melted through the reactor pressure vessel. Meltdowns occurred in Units 2 and 3 within one hundred hours of the accident. At around the same time, hydrogen-air blasted in the reactor buildings of Units 1, 3 and 4.

"Each reactor building contains a fuel pool to store spent fuel. At one point, there was a possibility of meltdowns in those fuel pools as well. If a meltdown occurs in a fuel pool, which sits outside a reactor, a tremendous amount of radioactive material would be released directly into the atmosphere. The continuation of such a release could mean the realization of the worst-case scenario: a situation where 50 million people within a 250-kilometer radius of Fukushima, including Tokyo and its greater metropolitan area, would have to be evacuated. Fortunately, the situation was prevented from developing further thanks to the tireless self-sacrificing efforts of the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the Self Defense Forces, the firefighters and the police force to supply cooling water into the reactors and the fuel pools. Indeed, we were so close to seeing the worst-case scenario unfold. Had it reached the worst-case scenario, Japan would have had to suffer from long-term chaos and the tremendous amount of radioactive material released would have impacted other nations as well." more

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^ October 25, 2013. This article from Huffingtonpost:

"WASHINGTON -- A MoveOn.org petition penned by anti-nuclear activist Harvey Wasserman is asking the United Nations to intervene at the crippled Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan.

"A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan on Friday, prompting a fresh round of tsunami warnings at the nuclear site, which was ravaged in 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami caused flooding that led to a partial meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, leaving behind millions of gallons of radioactive water.

"'At Fukushima Unit 4, the impending removal of hugely radioactive spent fuel rods from a pool 100 feet in the air presents unparalleled scientific and engineering challenges," the petition reads. 'With the potential for 15,000 times more fallout than was released at Hiroshima, we ask the world community, through the United Nations, to take control of this uniquely perilous task.'"

"More than 100,000 people had signed the petition as of Friday afternoon. It's slated for delivery to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and President Barack Obama in early November."

You can sign the petition here.
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^ October 25, 2013. As if being battered by one, possibly two, typhoons isn't enough—Fukushima has just been hit by a large earthquake and, at one point, a tsunami warning that caused Fukushima Daiichi workers to be told to evacuate to higher land. The tsunami warning has apparently been called off. Some small tsunamis were reported (about 15 inches). The live camera at Fukushimi Daiichi apparently shook for an hour; viewers report various anomalies. From the Associated Press: "Oct 25, 2013 at 2:31p ET (h/t Anonymous tips): 7.3-magnitude quake rocks Japan [...] An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck early Saturday morning off Japan’s east coast, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Japan’s emergency agencies declared a tsunami warning for the region that includes the crippled Fukushima nuclear site. [...] NHK reported that Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima plant, ordered workers near the coast to move to higher ground." Related news. Photos of odd post-quake Fukushima.

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^ October 19, 2013. Professor Majia Holmer Nadesan offers documentation to support her observation that large lights appearing on the Fukushima live camera correlate to huge increases in radioactive releases, suggesting that criticalities and fires may be ongoing, and that the large lights are Brown's Gas burners, "probably aimed to reduce nuclear waste during large emissions."

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^ October 19, 2013. A new "super-typhoon" appears to be headed for Japan, expected to arrive around October 23. Hopes are that the winds will be reduced to 80-85 mph by then, but torrential rain is still expected. Rains from typhoon Wipha, a few days ago, caused beta-ray emitting radiation readings at Fukushima to rise by more than 70 times (7000%).

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^ October 3, 2013. Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen provides a video slide show of the various structures at the Fukushima site, with a brief discussion of the problems they're facing. A transcript of the video narration is also provided.

^ August 17, 2013. "Even the tiniest mistake during an operation to extract over 1,300 fuel rods at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan could lead to a series of cascading failures with an apocalyptic outcome." See this excellent summary of the current situation at Fukushima.


^ July 18, 2013. Arnie Gundersen interview, "Forty Good Years and One Bad Day":

" The condition of the site right now is precarious. As long as there’s no earthquake, it’ll be okay. But that’s a big if where you’re sort of counting on an earthquake not occurring in a country that’s prone to earthquakes. And by an earthquake, I’m talking about a Richter 7 at or near the site. Now there’s three problems with the site right now. The first is the enormous amount of water that’s stored on the site in hundreds of tanks. Tokyo Electric isn’t letting us know exactly what the radioactive material is in those sites but there’s so much radiation in those tanks, we do know that the exposure to people who are outside of the plant boundary is very, very high.... more"

^ July 18, 2013. Alarm as steam rises from Fukushima No. 3 reactor — Concern about uncontrolled chain reaction — Contains highly lethal MOX fuel — Tepco: “We don’t believe an emergency situation is breaking out.”

^ June 30, 2013. Arizona professor Majia Holmer Nadesan began taking a break from blogging as of July 2013, to concentrate on other work. Her blog archives remain the best source of insightful examination of the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi. Here is a lengthy excerpt from her summary of June 30, 2013:

"I believe that fires occurred at the plant in the winter of 2011-2012 as Tepco announced ‘cold shutdown.’ I have evidence from the webcams and from photographs of major structural changes (damage) occurring in building 4 sometime between June 2011 and March 2012. link

"Based on over two years of daily observation, I believe that sub-criticalities are increasing in frequency, duration, and emissions, beginning in the late spring 2013. See my discussion here

"See the daytime steam eruption here

"Higher radiation readings have been detected in many areas of Fukushima, adding more support for my contention that conditions at the plant are NOT stabilizing. For example, strontium levels are rising in ground water (for citations see here).

"Atmospheric levels appear to be rising, based on Fukushima Diary’s coverage of Tepco data and press releases, Japanese media coverage of Daiichi, worker tweets, and citizen monitoring (link)

"Furthermore, the plant has looked extra steamy and ‘hot’ on the webcams. The episodic steam-event emissions are uneven in heat and density. Some emission plumes are 'thicker' than others. So, we see patterns on the TBS cam of striated bands of steam. See them here

"The element composition may play a role in dictating the striation of the hot steam. Blackout events visible on the TBS cam seem to occur immediately after heavy steam emission events. Perhaps the blackout events on the TBS cam can be explained by the subsequent diffusion and settling of the striated bands of radioactive steam? Loss of heat would cause heavier radionuclides to fall unless they are swept up and out by the heat and coastal winds.

"Meanwhile, the ocean is dying as the 800 tons of radioactive water produced at the site everyday ‘seeps,’ ‘spills,’ and gushes into the ocean. (This number is from Tepco’s estimates for water injections and from contamination of ground-water seepage).

"Other strange phenomena have also been sighted.

"Tepco has publicly asserted water must be continuously injected at the site to prevent nuclear fires.

"(source R. Yoshida 21 May 2013 ‘Fukushima No. 1 Can’t Keep its Head above Tainted Water’, Japan Times )

"How long can work at Daiichi proceed under these atmospheric conditions? Yet, Japan, North America, and China are going to get severely hammered by radiation if Daiichi falls entirely. Daini, six miles away, and Tokia would fall next."

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^ June 28, 2013. Horrifying video of Fukushima early morning June 29 (Japan time). What is it? Majia posts some scary screenshots of a new kind of spiderweb event currently happening at Fukushima Daiichi -- neutron rays? See her posts via above link: What is IT?; Could these be neutron rays?; What is HAPPENING at Fukushima Daiichi??? You can follow the comments of Fukushima live camera watchers here.

^ June 25, 2013. Arizona Professor Majia sums up recent activity at Fukushima Daiichi.

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^ May 24, 2013. There are two (poor-quality) live cameras pointed at Fukushima. One, the TBS camera, appears to have been turned off now. From the blog of Majia, professor at Arizona University:

There is a REASON the TBS cam is down. People in Japan should try and contact TBS JNN and ask that the camera be turned back on.

"It is my belief that two phenomena are visible on the TBS cam, which are not as visible on the Tepco cam:

1. The 'gaseous flame' from unit 3 is not as visible on the Tepco cam, although a trail of yellowish emissions can be seen on the Tepco cam from the same location as the 'flame' visible on the TBS cam....

2. The TBS cam's panoramic view allows us to see the major steam releases that are coming from the plant grounds. I believe some of the emissions are coming from sub-criticalities in the heavily contaminated water storage pools. Water is a great moderator....

"Even without the webcams, we can be assured that atmospheric and ocean releases are going to continue unmitigated for the rest of our lifespans.

The only remaining unknown is whether Tepco will lose control of cooling at the site necessary for preventing a nuclear fire, which could result in the loss of cooling control at other plants as well, including Daini and Tokai.

Let us hope that Tepco and the brave Fuksuhima warrior-plant workers are able to prevent an all CONSUMING nuclear fire."

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^ April 29, 2013. The New York Times reports on the "alarming reality" at Fukushima.

Groundwater is pouring into the plant’s ravaged reactor buildings at a rate of almost 75 gallons a minute. It becomes highly contaminated there, before being pumped out to keep from swamping a critical cooling system. [...]

That quandary along with an embarrassing string of mishaps — including a 29-hour power failure affecting another, less vital cooling system — have underscored an alarming reality: two years after the meltdowns, the plant remains vulnerable to the same sort of large earthquake and tsunami that set the original calamity in motion. [...]

“Tepco is clearly just hanging on day by day, with no time to think about tomorrow, much less next year,” said Tadashi Inoue, an expert in nuclear power who served on a committee that drew up the road map for cleaning up the plant. [...]

Full article. See also NYTimes: Fukushima plant unstable says official, concern another accident can't be prevented -- "Vulnerable... Very dangerous."

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^ April 25, 2013. Fukushima update

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^ April 5, 2013. According to ABC San Diego: Two years later, the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan may be affecting the health of young children in San Diego. [...] In a study of states in the West Coast and in the Pacific, infants born soon after the nuclear disaster were 28 percent more likely to develop congenital hypothyroidism, which can lead to stunted growth. In California, that number jumped to 39 percent.

MSN, April 5, 2013: It’s already well known how devastating the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown was for Japan — dramatic spikes in radiation-related illnesses, an increase in likely cancer deaths over the next several years, and pollution which may never truly be cleaned up. A new study suggests what many worldwide have feared — that the devastation from the traveling radiation has in fact sickened infants in other countries, including babies born shortly after the incident in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California. The study, conducted by scientists with the Radiation and Public Health Project, found that babies born shortly after the incident were 28 percent more likely to suffer from congenital hypothyroidism than were children born in those states during the same period one year earlier.

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^ April 5, 2013. Majia's blog has been following the live cameras of the Fukushima nuclear disaster site closely. Read today's post about pink fog, and see her other recent articles for more looks at emissions and anomalies.

^ March 27, 2013. Smoke at Fukushima today.

^ March 23, 2013. According to Majia's Blog, Fukushima does not seem to be cooling off despite officials' reports that they have fixed cooling problems related to loss of electrical power last week. "If those pools erupt into flames we are looking at nuclear dominoes that will destroy the northern hemisphere."

^ March 18, 2013. According to Fukushima-Diary.com, "Over 3 hours before this post, Fukushima plant lost power. (19:00 of 3/18/2013) The coolant system of the spent fuel pools of reactor 1, 3 and 4 has been out of operation for over 3 hours already. Seismic isolation building has lost power too. Tepco is still investigating the reason."

^ March 17, 2013. According to Majiasblog.org, "Purplish emissions are visible from unit 3 (and now 4), as well as heavy emissions from common spent fuel pool area on far left side of screen. TBS cam is showing NOTHING."

^ February 16, 2013. Something's burning at Fukushima. Majia's Blog

^ January 1, 2013.

^ December 31, 2012. After three M5 earthquakes near Fukushima, Tepco says that Fukushima reactor 2 is experiencing "rapid increase of temperature, it went over 100 degrees C at 5:00 of 12/26/2012. It’s 152.1 degrees C at 11:00 12/30/2012." There were numerous reports that reactor 2 was glowing blue-green yesterday. Also see videos here and here.

^ December 29, 2012. "Another M5 quake hits near same spot off Fukushima — Third in region over last 15 hours"

^ December 29, 2012. M5 earthquake hits Fukushima. See video of Tepco camera shaking.

This December 20, 2012, post from Iori Mochizuki of Fukushima-Diary.com offers 3 facts to support the "hypothesis that the scattered and fractured nuclear fuel is now every part of PCV, RPV, and even to reactor buildings, and they are in the individual stages of nuclear reaction." RPV is reactor pressure vessel, and PCV is pressure containment vessel.

^ December 11, 2012. From Iori Mochizuki of Fukushima-Diary.com: Murata ex-Japanese ambassador, “Coolant system of reactor4 was broken 12/8~12/11, concrete base is terribly deteriorating.” Mass media knew but did not report it at all.

^ December 8, 2012. Fires at Fukushima? Scary happenings at Fukushima, post-7.3-earthquake. The black "smoke" in this video appears to be a digital mask, inserted over the supposedly "live" Tepco video, to hide something scarier — although it does not hide it completely. Japan is on alert for the possibility of an 8.0 earthquake within the next few days.

^ December 7, 2012. A good summing up of the situation at Fukushima. See the comments section.

^ December 7, 2012. 7.3 earthquake hits off the coast of Fukushima, more expected.

^ November 28, 2012. "Radiation levels in Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3 more than doubled in many locations since measured last year. TEPCO announced that the robot used to enter the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Reactor Building measured radiation levels up to 4,780 mSv per hour, nearly three times the 1,300 mSv reading taking in the same location last year on November 14th, 2011."

^ November 27, 2012. Tepco released reports showing that "radioactive density" of seawater had increased at 12 of 21 locations (57%) from early September to mid-October. Measurements were taken "offshore of Miyagi to offshore of Fukushima."

^ November 24, 2012. Just a reminder that heavy emissions continue from Fukushima day in and day out.

^ November 9, 2012. Seven earthquakes magnitude 4 or more at Fukushima since yesterday, including a 5.5.

^ October 28, 2012. Steam or smoke rising from three locations at Fukushima today.

^ October 24, 2012. Twelve earthquakes near Fukushima today.

^ October 23, 2012. Another criticality? Arizona Professor Majia reviews evidence of the serious Fukushima-related events of the past week. The above photo shows a large deep fissure in the ground going right up to the reactor 1 building.

^ October 18, 2012. Fire at Fukushima affects 4000 square feet near reactor buildings.

^ October 15, 2012. Real-time radiation monitoring charts from numerous U.S. cities.

^ October 6, 2012. Majia's Blog: Fukushima looks very radioactive today.

^ October 5, 2012. These are the people with the fate of the world in their hands. Transcript released, shows that on 3/13/11 Tepco employees couldn't figure out how to negotiate the corporate bureaucracy in order to get money to buy batteries to avoid nuclear reactor explosion. "Tepco had no cash to buy batteries, went to a DIY store but it was closed. Reactor3 exploded the next day."

^ October 5, 2012. Super-bright flash at Fukushima, at 1:39 into the video — a few frames before the video stops, with Tepco claiming a camera malfunction.

^ October 1, 2012. Three earthquakes hit Fukushima within 2 hours: M5.2, M4.4 and M4.4. Also, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit offshore of Iwate, north of Fukushima.

^ September 30, 2012. Storm warnings at Fukushima, including storm surge, high waves, tornadoes, and 8 inches of rain.

^ September 29, 2012. Two typhoons are predicted to go near Fukushima about October 1, 2012, Japan time. (Japan time is 26 hours ahead of U.S. central time, so when it's 3 a.m. October 1 in Japan (when first typhoon is predicted to hit Fukushima), it is 1 a.m. September 30 in Chicago.) Also see Fukushima Diary. Also see weather page in Japanese.

^ September 26, 2012. Fukushima emissions are worsening.

^ September 22, 2012. A 25-foot steel beam weighing over a thousand pounds was accidentally dropped into the spent fuel pool of reactor 3 during remote-controlled debris removal. "According to TEPCO, the accident happened at 11:05AM on September 22 when [the crane operator] tried to grab a piece of debris, an H steel lying next to the Spent Fuel Pool on the 5th floor of Reactor 3 building and failed. The H steel slid into the Spent Fuel Pool."

^ September 21, 2012. Today's Fukushima anomalies include strange patches of green light and billowing smoke.

^ September 20, 2012. Explosion at Fukushima shown on Tepco live camera. Watch lower left of screen starting at about 0:29 on the video. Also see this zoomed-in version.

^ September 20, 2012. More anomalies on the live camera from Fukushima, including lightning-like emanations (starting at about 1:22 on the video). See also Majia's blog.

^ September 17, 2012. Impressvive super-bright flash at Fukushima fills the screen (at 1:43 in the Tepco live camera video). See also videos from September 19, 2012, showing massive emissions: 1 2 3. Follow the comments of live camera watchers here.

^ September 13, 2012. New photos of the reactor 3 spent fuel pool are pixellated so as to obscure water surface.

^ September 4, 2012. Smoke from Fukushima.

^ September 4, 2012. "Serious flashing" on live camera.

^ ~August 24, 2012. Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen interviewed by Dr. Helen Caldicott re current situation at Fukushima Daiichi.

^ August 30, 2012. Tepco releases poorly Photoshopped photo of reactor 4. It's hard to know what to think when presented with this level of incompetence. Click image above to see close-up of Photoshopped area.

^ August 31, 2012. .Fukushima hit by two quakes, 4.4 and 4.5, an hour apart.

^ August 31, 2012. Cooling system pipes clogging? "TEPCO facing difficulties in water injection at Daiichi plant ... on Friday continued to face difficulties in controlling the amount of water being injected into the three crippled reactors at the plant [reactors 1, 2, and 3, shown right to left in photo above], which is critical to keeping the melted fuel inside cool. The amount of water injected into the reactors dropped below the minimum required level twice on the previous day. Workers have operated valves to increase the coolant, but the water flow is falling from time to time compared with the initially set level. Tokyo Electric Power Co. has yet to nail down the cause, but it suspects something may be stuck inside the pipes, hampering the flow of water."

^ August 30, 2012. "The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said Thursday that the amount of water injected into the crippled Nos. 1 to 3 reactors temporarily dropped below the level regarded as necessary to keep the fuel inside cool... The utility known as TEPCO noticed that the three reactors were not getting enough water injection at 3 p.m. Thursday. Workers operated valves to increase the water volume and they confirmed at about 4:30 p.m. that it recovered to the necessary level."

^ August 29, 2012. USGS Info re Latest Intense Earthquake near Fukushima Daiichi. For reports from Japan, see Fukushima Diary.

^ August 29, 2012. Intense 5.7 Earthquake Hits Neighboring Prefecture.

^ August 29, 2012. Disturbing "rainbow-colored" events/emissions at reactor 3.

^ August 25 (August 26 in Japan), 2012. Intense 5.1 earthquake hits near Fukushima Daiichi, hours after 5.9 in Hokkaido. The live camera was shaking.

^ August 25, 2012. Earthquake rated 5.9 hits Hokkaido. No word yet about effects on Fukushima Daiichi.

^ August 24, 2012. Fukushima Criticality Yesterday? Picture from the live camera of Fukushima Daiichi (above) showed massive smoke. A bright flash (at 1:07 in footage) amid massive smoke. See Majia's blog for supplemental information.

^ August 22, 2012. Storm surge advisories for Fukushima Daiichi (Okuma-machi and Futaba-machi). What is storm surge?

^ August 21, 2012. Majia's Blog says, "Very Ugly Fukushima Emissions: Must-Watch Short Video of Emissions" for August 21.

^ August 19, 2012. Japanese nuclear expert Hiroaki Koide recently said that "The state of the reactors is still deteriorating." Richard Wilcox: "The fuel pools of Units three or four could collapse in another large earthquake and the highly radioactive fuel rods will not be removed until 2013 at the earliest — putting the entire world in grave peril every second that ticks by."

^ August 13, 2012. Disturbing, super-fast flashes of red light at Fukushima Daiichi, from around 23:28 to 24:00 on the video time stamp.

^ August 12, 2012. Majia's Blog speculates that many of the unprecedented numbers of cases of heat stroke in Japan this summer are "actually radiation poisoning or exacerbated by radiation exposure".

^ August 11, 2012. Tepco camera, emissions from Fukushima, happening under cover of darkness as so often is the case. There are also odd black "shadows" in this video clip.

August 12, 2012. Very shallow, intense 4.2 quake hits Fukushima prefecture.

^ "Five quakes M4 and above hit Fukushima in last six days", August 12, 2012.

^ Helen Caldicott interviews Arnie Gundersen, includes his latest status reports on the Fukushima reactors, July 27, 2012.

^ August 6, 2012. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has advisories for heavy rain, flood, storm surge, thunderstorm, and dense fog.

^ August 3, 2012. Note from Majia's blog: "Fukushima Emissions Look Alarming on Tepco Webcam — What is happening at the Fukushima plant? The Tepco webcam has been moved and is now focused on the plant from a different angle. I've been watching from the new view all day. What I've seen has been some alarming convergence of gas-steam-smoke for the last 12 hours."

^ August 2, 3, 5, 2012. Storm surge advisory for Fukushima coast. What is storm surge?

^ Click photo above to enlarge. August 1, 2012. With less than 24 hours' notice, Tepco is moving its live camera of the Fukushima nuclear reactors so that reactor 1 — and much else — is hard to see. Reasons are unclear: "In response to the request from viewers and considering the progress of the cover installation for fuel removal at Unit 4". Also it's unclear why they can't keep the old camera in place and add another one.

^ TEPCO cheating on radiation levels by using “improved” monitoring posts. "On July 17, 2012, the Japanese TV morning news show 'Tokudane' reported that 31 out of 38 monitoring posts in 6 cities in Fukushima showed far lower radiation levels than the general actual levels for the areas where the monitoring posts are in. They measured the radiation levels with Professor Kato of Tokyo Metropolitan University. When they use a survey meter and walk a few steps away from the monitoring posts, the radiation levels shoot sharply up.... Professor Kato says that such monitoring posts have been set up on decontaminated spots."

^ Fukushima workers are disappearing. Photo of reactors 4 and 3, left to right, above (click photo to enlarge).

^ Media tour, above. Arizona Professor who writes Majia's Blog says: "I'm near the completion point for my book on Fukushima... I think I have a pretty clear idea of what is going on at the plant based on news reports in the Japanese media reports, Internet-based alternative news, academic research and my personal webcam watching.

"This is what I think is happening (roughly): I've thought there was no one at the plant for a long time (others have thought the same). I think workers go there only for absolutely critical tasks (who knows how that is decided) and for photo ops… Most of the cranes are remotely activated.

"I believe they are throwing fuel into the ocean. It is the least expensive way of doing anything at all and it will effectively endanger the pacific coast of N. America.... Apparently the rest will be allowed to fission away on the surface of the earth until exhausted…."

^ July 24 and 25, 2012. Storm surge advisories for Fukushima coast.

^ July 23, 2012. "A death star on the face of planet Earth." Fukushima radioactive steam/smoke emissions continue.

^ July 18, 2012. Various Fukushima webcams continue to show strange emissions and lights.

^ July 19, 2012. M4.5 quake hits Fukushima — Third M4 in last 24 hours.

^ July 19, 2012. TEPCO removes two unused fuel assemblies from reactor 4 as test.

^ July 18, 2012. Not clear if it's two fuel rods or two fuel assemblies that were test-removed from Reactor 4, reports vary, people tend to use the terms interchangeably (each fuel assembly actually contains about 50 to 80 fuel rods), very little information being released. Rods/assemblies being targeted are unused fuel, thus less radioactive than spent fuel that makes up most of reactor 4's fuel rods. Reportedly, TEPCO will "scrutinize" the rods to see "how they have been affected by a hydrogen explosion at reactor 3 and the use of seawater to cool the fuel assemblies."

Some reports say the relatively less radioactive "fuel units" are being removed not as a test preparatory to removing more fuel, but in order to see how damaged the fuel units are are, and that no large-scale fuel removal is being contemplated until December 2013 or later.

^ Click picture above to see article. July 13, 2012. "Fuel rods to be removed from No. 4 fuel pool — Concerns about sea water damage — Special container so fuel doesn’t going critical — Test date not revealed ‘for security reasons’". TEPCO has been faulted for moving too slowly to begin removing fuel rods from damaged structures — too slow by a decade or more — and has moved up timetable due to pressure from Japanese crisis minister and safety regulators, and due to international alarm, concerned with the buckling reactor 4 building, and projected effects of future seismic activity. The test, of which TEPCO refuses to say the date, will reportedly involve 2 fuel rods. According to the New York Times, the reactor 4 building contains 1,331 spent and 204 unused nuclear fuel assemblies, and each assembly contains approximately 50 to 70 rods, meaning there are at minimum 66,550 fuel rods at reactor 4. As of March 29, 2012, TEPCO's plans for removing fuel from reactor 4 were extremely different from what they are currently doing as Plan B. Desperate times call for desperate measures? Photo above shows reactor 4 building on May 26, 2012.


^ Click images above to see videos. A huge flash at Fukushima on July 9, 2012, was shown by TBS News live camera. TEPCO's camera did not show the flash but showed new, odd sustained burning at lower right starting at the time of the flash.

^ Click above to read report, including findings that the Japanese government failed in its duties to protect the Japanese people.

^ Click picture above for video footage (from TEPCO's camera) of radioactive smoke/steam pouring from Fukushima on July 8 (?), 2012. Here's another version from July 8, 2012. Here's a similar video from July 9, 2012.

^ Photo of Fukushima reactor 4, taken July 5, 2012. The comments section (if you click on the above photo) has much useful information to make sense of what you are seeing in the picture, as well as info on the problems in the spent fuel pool, the machinery pool, and reactor 3. Also see Yoshi Shimatsu's 7-7-12 overview of the damage to reactor 4 building shown by this photo. "The rate of soil loss under the structure is still the determining factor leading to a final collapse, and this problem of soil sinkage effects the entire Fukushima No.1 plant site, which rests on landfill compromised by quake-caused liquefaction, erosion by the tsunami, incessant water leakage and melt-through of escaped nuclear fuel." Note that although the Reactor 4 spent fuel pool was braced from below last year, Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator and engineer, says: "And if I put a steel pillar, what have I mounted this steel pillar to, what am I transferring the load to? Something that’s also flimsy? So yeah, that’s great, I go ahead and I’ve got this steel pillar here. Is it going to just punch through the floor and through cracks and everything else?"

^ The above video from June 26, 2012, shows remote-controlled cranes dismantling the top of the reactor 4 building.

^ "Plutonium and the End of Humanity," Mark Sircus, 7-2-12. "According to the Nuclear Information Resource Center (NIRS), this plutonium-uranium fuel mixture is far more dangerous than typical enriched uranium—a single milligram (mg) of MOX is as deadly as 2,000,000 mg of normal enriched uranium. On March 14, [2011], Unit 3 of the Fukushima reactor exploded, sending a huge smoke plume into the air. This particular reactor, of course, contains the rods fueled with MOX."

^ Video of huge bright unexplained flash at Fukushima, July 5, 2012. Lightning can be seen in the distance, but this seems to be something else altogether. Useful comments.

^ Click picture above for article. "Fukushima: West Coast cesium slam ahead, hair falling out, Tepco data flaw."

Fukushima FAQ

What Led to the Current World-Threatening Problems at Fukushima?

On March 11, 2011, the nuclear reactor complex Fukushima Daiichi, located on the eastern Japanese coast, sustained massive damage from an earthquake and tsunami, resulting in huge and continuing releases of radiation into air, water, and earth. Power loss (including failure of back-up power) led to loss of cooling for radioactive fuel, accompanied by a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns, and releases of tons of radioactive materials that continue today such as plutonium, uranium, iodine-131, cesium-137, and strontium-90. (see also fukushima-update-how-much-threat, meltdown.) In addition to the nonstop continuing radiation releases from Fukushima, and the various critical problems threatening to release massive radiation, Japan is incinerating huge amounts of radioactive debris, and planning to continue through at least March 2014. (see also incinerator workers suffer cardiac arrest.)

The March 11, 2011, disaster spent a week or so as front-page news, and then the media (especially in Japan and in English-speaking countries) put out the word that things were under control at Fukushima — and dropped the crisis reporting, shifting what little coverage ensued to the effects on Japan, how Japan was restarting its affected industries (supposed return to business as usual), articles on what nuclear lessons were to be learned “post-Fukushima”, statements that the U.S./world is so safe from Fukushima radiation that no monitoring is necessary, that okay so the reactor 4 building is buckled and tilted — it’s perfectly safe — and okay so the ocean has 50 million times more radiation than usual — it’s not a problem. Do an internet search for the word “Fukushima” plus the name of any of the standard news outlets — including NPR, BBC, WSJ, NYT, CNN, HuffingtonPost — to see how, after the first week or so, they directed your attention away from the disaster unfolding at Fukushima. Continue reading this FAQ to learn what has really been happening.

Since the Fukushima accident, Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power Company), the Japanese government, and various shady corporate, political, and underworld partners have been wrestling, mostly in private, with an almost impossible array of problems at Fukushima Daiichi, trying, in their fashion, to avert massive disaster on many fronts. Their actions have been colored by self-interest — such as avoiding liability and not wanting to spend money to fix the problems — as well as by callous incompetence and by the requirement that the full extent of the looming disasters be hidden from the public (frequent lies and more lies), for fear of crashing economies worldwide (Tokyo is the third-largest financial power on Earth) — and so as to avoid creating unrest among people facing, or already experiencing, irradiation.

Tepco’s plan for dealing with the ongoing crisis calls for beginning to remove spent fuel in 2014 (or maybe November 2013), and beginning to remove the melted fuel inside the reactors within 10 years or so of the accident, with an estimated 30 to 40 years needed to finish “clean-up“. (see also Tepco status reports.)

Fukushima Daiichi sits on a fault line, and sits directly on the Pacific Ocean coast, protected from tsunamis by only a few bags of rocks. Japan is located in the Ring of Fire and is very seismically active. Numerous earthquakes have occurred in the area of Fukushima Daiichi since March 11, 2011, some of which are thought to have further damaged the facilities. The Wall Street Journal reported in January 2012 that, according to Japanese scientists, seismic activity was picking up a great deal and Tokyo (212 km/131 mi from Fukushima Daiichi) has a 70% probability of being hit by “the big one” by 2016. There is great concern that various Fukushima reactors, especially reactor 4, could not survive another earthquake. In addition, Japan experiences frequent typhoons, with hurricane-force winds and torrential rain (bringing ground liquefaction, landslides, and storm surge). (see also Tepco pumping groundwater.)

The most pressing systemic problem at Fukushima — ongoing since the earthquake and into the foreseeable future — is the need to constantly keep the nuclear fuel cool despite the devastated conditions of the reactors and their cooling systems. Once fuel rods get too hot, they start burning, sending clouds of radioactive ash and dust into the air. Kirk James Murphy, writing on March 15, 2011, explains:

Translation for laypeople: Without enough water to cover them, the fuel rods will keep on igniting, just like trick birthday candles keep re-igniting after we blow them out. Just like trick birthday candles, the only way to put out the fuel rods is to put them under water. That’s why even after Monday’s reactor 4 spent fuel rod fire was quenched, the spent fuel rod pool caught fire again this afternoon.

Unlike trick birthday candles, the spent fuel rods burn hot (3300 degrees F) enough so that the radioactive material in the rods is aerosolized: carried into the atmosphere in clouds of hot smoke. And unlike our trick birthday candles, the spent fuel rods in reactor building 4 are four stories off the ground – just like the other five reactor spent fuel pools at Fukushima. And unlike our trick birthday candles, right now the radioactivity around the spent fuel rods is so high that no one can approach them to put out the fire….

(see also National Geographic video explanation.) As they burn, they release “large amounts of radioactive cesium-137, a very toxic, long-lasting, aggressively penetrating radioactive element with a half-life of thirty years. When cesium-137 it enters the environment, it essentially acts like potassium and is taken up by plants and animals that use potassium. (For the record, that includes you.)” There are an estimated 4,277 metric tons of nuclear fuel at Fukushima Daiichi (24 more times than at Chernobyl), including 66,550 fuel rods in a pool located in a buckled building (reactor 4), suspended 30 meters (100 feet) up in the air. Based on U.S. Energy Department data, Fukushima has an estimated 11,138 fuel assemblies on-site, and each fuel assembly contains about 50 to 80 fuel rods, for a minimum total of more than half a million fuel rods.

According to Robert Alvarez, former Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security and the Environment at the U.S. Department of Energy, “Based on U.S. Energy Department data, assuming a total of 11,138 spent fuel assemblies are being stored at the Dai-Ichi site, nearly all of which is in pools, they contain roughly 336 million curies (~1.2 E+19 Bq) of long-lived radioactivity. About 134 million curies is Cesium-137 — roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at the Chernobyl accident as estimated by the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP)…. Many of our readers might find it difficult to appreciate the actual meaning of the figure, yet we can grasp what 85 times more Cesium-137 than Chernobyl would mean. It would destroy the world environment and our civilization. This is not rocket science, nor does it connect to the pugilistic debate over nuclear power plants. This is an issue of human survival.”

Fukushima’s caretakers have been cooling the fuel rods by pumping in ocean water, which had never been done before anywhere, and which is having some unappealing effects, such as uranium buckyballs that have been rising in sea mists on the U.S. west coast. (see groundwater radiation, groundwater wells, strontium-90 releases.)

Since the March 2011 disaster, Fukushima has experienced repeated and continuing criticalities, meltdowns, releases of radioactive steam and smoke, flashes of light, intense light in reactor sections for long periods of time, failures of cooling systems, fires….

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^ August 27, 2013. Excellent video summary of the Fukushima situation from Thom Harvey's EcoReview. Topics covered: Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Meltdown: What has happened, is happening, and likely will happen, and what options there are to remedy this cataclysmic event. Guests: David Pu’u - CDO Blue Ocean Sciences; Eddie Leung - CEO of Secured Environment; Dr. Andrea Neal CEO – Ocean Lovers Collective; Phone Guest
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^ "Experts Warn of Another Disaster Awaiting at Fukushima" video from ABC Australia, June 25, 2012. When another large earthquake hits near Fukushima, it will be "the end of Japan" and a disaster of international dimensions. Transcript.

^ "U.S. Army General: The Whole Northern Hemisphere Is At Risk Of Becoming Largely Uninhabitable", May 25, 2012.

^ 28 Signs that the U.S. West Coast Is Being Fried with Nuclear Radiation from Fukushima

^ Japan’s former Ambassador to Switzerland, Mr. Mitsuhei Murata, warns that Fukushima has the potential to destroy the world, the environment, and our civilization and the nuclear fallout may take 50 years to contain.

^ NASA animation showing jetstream for North America. Higher-level winds and incidence of rainfall are also critical components determining where fallout will come to Earth. The Northern and Southern hemispheres have largely separate jetstreams, so predictions are that the Southern hemisphere will be much safer — although the quantity of radiation expected to be released into the air will also devastate the Southern hemisphere. And then there are radioactive ocean currents and the their radioactive buckyballs to consider, among many other effects. Antarctica is safest.

^ The damaged reactors at ocean-side Fukushima are being "protected" from tsunamis by “a small, makeshift sea wall erected out of bags of rock” according to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden after his visit to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. See more of Senator Wyden's comments.

^ A peer-reviewed report published in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services shows 14,000 excess deaths — mostly infants — in the United States in the 14 weeks after the Fukushima meltdowns. The three meltdowns continue to emit large quantities of radiation, unstoppably, and Japan is also incinerating huge quantities of radioactive debris, blanketing the world and especially the West Coast of North America with radiation. Fukushima continues to pour highly radioactive water into the ocean with no end in sight.

^ Dr. Helen Caldicott video, mostly re medical implications of Fukushima, 3-23-12. "We're talking about a disaster of unbound proportions.... They don’t know how to clean it up. It’s not in cold shutdown. The corium — the mass, hundred tons of melted uranium lava — is laying on the floor of the containment vessels. It hasn’t finished and will never finish. I think it means the end of Japan financially."

^ 28 Signs that the U.S. West Coast Is Being Fried with Nuclear Radiation from Fukushima

^ Interview with nuclear engineer. German TV: March 28, 2012. Armageddon if Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 collapses and melts down — Could change the world — Most likely consequence is that reactors 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 get out of control.

^ From How to Survive a Major Nuclear Release: "One of the mantras of radiation protection is 'distance, shielding and time.' This mantra relates to fixed sources that pump out radiation that can't be internalized. An airborne nuclear release, on the other hand, can easily cause radioactive sources to enter the body. Sometimes you'll hear so-called experts say that a 'beta particle' can't hurt you because it can be stopped by the epidermis - your skin. But beta particles that enter your body aren't stoppable - your cellular tissue is not strong enough to block it. So, remember - when it comes to internalized radioactive poisons, you can't safely shield them from decaying within you and irradiating you, nor can you distance your cells from the ionizing energies, nor can you stop or alter 'time' as radiation decays millisecond by millisecond in your body, increasing your cumulative dosage, which in turn increases your chances of cancer and genetic damage. 'Distance, shielding and time' as advice only works with external sources of radiation, not internal ones."

^ Illustration in English and Japanese gives an idea of effects of radioactivity.

^ From summary by Matthew Penney of an article by Nishio Masamichi, radiation treatment specialist and director of Hokkaido Cancer Center, published in Japan's leading business journal Toyo Keizai, June 27, 2011: "The release of data from the expensive SPEEDI system, was delayed until March 23. This delay resulted in unnecessary radiation exposure. 'It is only conceivable that the high rate of radiation released was not reported because of fears of a panic'....

"Former Minister for Internal Affairs Haraguchi Kazuhiro has alleged that radiation monitoring station data was actually three decimal places greater than the numbers released to the public. If this is true, it constitutes a 'national crime', in Nishio’s words. He follows with, 'Giving us the truth once is much more important than saying "hang in there Japan!" a million times'....

"According to Japanese law, the rate of radiation exposure permitted for ordinary citizens is 1 mSv / year. This has been raised to 20 mSv / year in a 'time of crisis'. Such a dramatic increase in permitted exposure is akin to 'taking the lives of the people lightly'. Nishio believes that 20 mSv is too high, especially for children who are far more susceptible to the effects of radiation....

"Even more important than a permitted 20 mSv exposure rate, however, is the lack of adequate provision for measuring internal radiation exposure among the Fukushima population."

^ See this collection of high-quality Fukushima-related photographs.

^ "Where Do I Go If Fukushima Blows?" May 25, 2012. This map shows predicted fallout patterns in a nuclear war between the USSR and USA, so does not reliably predict Fukushima fallout, but may provide some insight as to where relatively safer areas are likely to be. Very generally, the further south, the better.

^ Fukushima-diary.com has many photos of mutated fruits and vegetables in Japan, including this canola plant, posted May 17, 2012.

Harvey Wasserman: "Hold that 'Hot' Fukushima Sushi!", radioactive tuna in California, June 2012.

^ Michel Fernex: "Fukushima: precious time has been lost". June 7, 2012. "In equal doses, external radiation is ten to a hundred times less damaging than chronic internal radiation, which essentially results from the oral absorption of radionuclides. These concentrate in organs like the thymus, the endocrine glands, the spleen, the bone surfaces and the heart....

"Bandajevsky showed in autopsies conducted after Chernobyl, that concentrations of Caesium 137 are twice as high in children’s organs than in those of adults, having lived in the same areas. The highest levels measured in tissue were in the pancreas and thymus of new born children and in breast fed infants (Bandazhevsky, SMW 133: p.488-490, 2003)....

"What genetic damage has been done to the population following the accident at Fukushima? Are the alterations already recorded in the cells of those workers who have exhausted themselves, over the last year, in an effort to reduce the dissemination of radionuclides into the environment. What about people who inhaled radioactive material and ate contaminated food? Has this induced genomic instability? And the children that have been born since, or who will be born to fathers or mothers who have been irradiated. Have they inherited the fragile genomes of their parents? Are they, perhaps, going to be even worse affected than their parents?

"In fact, researchers have been surprised to find that genetic damage, and above all perigenetic damage, which is responsible for genomic instability, to descendants is far worse than to parents; and this risk increases from one generation to the next. R.J.Baker and his colleagues, studying the DNA of genes transmitted from mother voles to their babies [near Cherynobyl], found levels of mutation, from generation to generation, reaching 100 times higher than anything we have previously encountered up to now in the animal kingdom....

"The genetic effects observed in both humans and rodents has led Professor Hillis, at the University of Texas, to conclude in his editorial in the review Nature, 25th April 1996: 'We know today that the mutagenic effect of a nuclear accident can be far more serious than we ever suspected, and the eucaryotic genome can present levels of mutation that, up to now, would not have been considered possible.'"  


^ May 7, 2011. Japanese politician: It's Time to Tell the Truth. Video and transcript.

^ Hiroaki Koide, Kyoto University Nuclear Reactor Laboratory: "Due to the fallout from Fukushima, in the extensive area covering Tohoku and Kanto, the levels of cesium radiation exceed the standard of radiation controlled area (40.000 Bq/m2). The government are aware they abandoned the people in the contaminated areas. At the moment, more than one million people including children are forced to live in the areas. As I reported, some substances (or living beings) that have high concentration of Cesium are scattered as 'micro hot spots' everywhere in these areas." July 12, 2012.

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60 Minutes Australia: Fukushima will impact all of humanity

Russian media: Over a third of Fukushima children at risk of cancer.

Record high radiation levels detected at Fukushima reactor 1, July 3, 2012.

"NY Times: Computer worm used by U.S. to attack nuclear facilities ‘had broken free, like a zoo animal that found the keys to the cage’ — In 2010 ‘it began replicating itself all around the world’", June 1, 2012.

"Gundersen: If in Oregon, Wash., Calif. you need to demand officials test how Fukushima fallout has affected rivers and fish — Significant radiation hit west coast and settled in on Cascades"

BBC VIdeo: Inside the Meltdown, February 2012.

"Minamisoma Official: Highly contaminated black algae observed everywhere — due to bioaccumulation"

Wall Street Journal Fukushima Watch: Highlights of Tepco video of officials 'dealing with' nuclear accident in March 2011, recently released, August 6, 2012.

National Resources Defense Council: "What if the Fukushima nuclear fallout crisis had happened here [U.S.]?"

Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commision Report, Executive Summary

"Professor in Japan Blasts Government, Tepco: 'These are lies, they’re absolutely lies'"

Wikipedia article: "Corium, also called fuel containing material (FCM) or lava-like fuel containing material (LFCM), is a lava-like molten mixture of portions of nuclear reactor core, formed during a nuclear meltdown, the most severe class of a nuclear reactor accident."

Cesium implicated in heart attack death and injuries at radioactive debris incineration site.

Nature International Weekly Journal of Science: Fallout forensics hike radiation toll: Global data on Fukushima challenge Japanese estimates, October 25, 2011.

Excerpt from Statement of Ira Helfand, MD, Physicians for Social Responsibility: "Unfortunately, there are a number of radioactive elements produced in large quantities in a nuclear reactor that are biologically active—they are actively taken up by the body and incorporated into our tissues. Iodine-131 is concentrated in the thyroid gland and causes thyroid cancer. Cesium-137 behaves like potassium. It is absorbed and distributed throughout the body. Cesium-137 has a half life of 30 years, and causes many different types of cancer. Strontium-90 is chemically similar to calcium. It is deposited in bone and, with its 29 year-half life, continues to irradiate bone and bone marrow for decades. It causes bone cancer and leukemia. Plutonium-239 with a half life of 24,200 years, is intensely carcinogenic if inhaled and causes lung cancer in microscopic doses." October 21, 2011.

PDF re Birth Defects: Expert's Statement from Eisuke Matsui, Director, Gifu Environmental and Medical Institute: "In this chapter, various kinds of potential health damage (late damage) are predicted in Koriyama City based on health damage surveys conducted in equally contaminated territories in Belarus and Ukrania after Chernobyl accident as in Koriyama City after Fukushima accident."

Majia's Blog: "All Hell Has Broken Loose at Fukushima Since Tepco Went on Vacation", May 26, 2012

New York Times: Fukushima vs. Chernobyl: How Have Animals Fared? "Contaminated areas of Chernobyl and Fukushima are unlikely to be hospitable habitats for years to come. In Chernobyl, for example, the amount of americium-241, a highly radiotoxic isotope if ingested, is actually increasing as its parent nuclide, plutonium, decays. Radioactive materials like cesium are brought back to the surface soil each year by plant growth and pollination." August 11, 2012

"Hot Particles and Measurement of Radioactivity", May 8, 2012.

Many Japanese disaster survivors are dying from "fatigue" — "Bura Bura disease"?

"The nuclear accident at Fukushima was a preventable disaster rooted in government-industry collusion and the worst conformist conventions of Japanese culture, a parliamentary inquiry concluded Thursday. "

"Fukushima is falling apart — are you ready?" June 2012.

Scientific American: "Nuclear Experts Explain Worst-Case Scenario at Fukushima Power Plant", March 12, 2011.

Interesting Early Information: New York Times: "With Quest to Cool Fuel Rods Stumbling, U.S. Sees ‘Weeks’ of Struggle", March 17, 2011.

"Dr. Miura, the director of Iwase general hospital conducted health checkup for people in temporary dwellings in Sukagawa city Fukushima. The result showed 6 in 10 children under 12 years old have diabetes." May 16, 2012.

National Geographic: Mt. Fuji Overdue for Eruption. Mt. Fuji erupts on average every 30 years, but has not erupted since 1707, stirring up concerns that it may be building up explosive force. " Volcano expert Shigeo Aramaki says, "in the last 300 years there has been no eruption. With the past level of activity in mind, you cannot deny that 300 years of repose is pretty long—too long." July 2006.

"Japanese professor warns of high probability of eruption of Mt. Fuji within 3 years." Professor Emeritus Kimura from Ryukyu University: 34-kilometer-long fault found under the volcano, fumarole emissions, huge bubbling holes in ground. May 21, 2012.

Index of Tepco press releases

New York Times Current Overview of Japan, includes Fukushima status reports, August 10, 2012.

"Deadly Silence on Fukushima", May 11, 2011.

Satellite pictures of Fukushima Daiichi, extensively notated in Japanese.

"Forest near Fukushima nuclear plant turning into high-radiation jungle", August 17, 2012.

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