Summary of the Situation at Fukushima

Screen shot 2013-10-20 at 9.39.02 PMAugust 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.


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, fallout researcher Christina Consolo told RT.

Fukushima operator TEPCO wants to extract 400 tons worth of spent fuel rods stored in a pool at the plant’s damaged Reactor No. 4. The removal would have to be done manually from the top store of the damaged building in the radiation-contaminated environment.

In the worst-case scenario, a mishandled rod may go critical, resulting in an above-ground meltdown releasing radioactive fallout with no way to stop it, said Consolo, who is the founder and host of Nuked Radio. But leaving the things as they are is not an option, because statistical risk of a similarly bad outcome increases every day, she said.

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^ ‘Quite Something’: Extremely radioactive sample from Tokyo air filter — 150 times more uranium than expected, July 25, 2012.

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^ August 19, 2014. No One Wants You to Know How Bad Fukushima Might Still Be

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^ Reuters: Insight: After disaster, the deadliest part of Japan's nuclear clean-up

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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 Arnie Gundersen – Chief Scientist Fairewinds Energy Education.

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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.

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