“Nuclear power is one hell of a way to boil water.” — Albert Einstein
Fukushima Forum is a place for news and information about Fukushima and ongoing consequences to the world. We share the facts and name the lies, so people can make decisions with real data. We share hope wherever we find it.
As of June 2012, Fukushima — already the biggest disaster ever — is shaping up to be a nightmare of unimaginable devastation, first and foremost for the entire Northern Hemisphere.
Thousands of highly radioactive “spent” fuel rods are suspended in an exploded, cracked, leaning building 100 feet (30 meters) in the air. Nuclear experts such as Arnie Gunderson and Robert Alvarez say that, come the next big earthquake near Fukushima we’re at risk for 85 Chernobyls.
We fled our home on the West Coast of North America ahead of the worst disaster ever, and along the way we decided that people had a right to know about Fukushima.
After an arduous trip, we have landed in a safer place and are determined to help get the word out.
We discuss disasters at Fukushima and the radiation pouring around the globe by sea and air. Readers may not be used to the radical language we use but this is an extreme situation that warrants it.
Here are some of the topics we cover:
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Fukushima had three meltdowns in March 2011, which were finally admitted by officials months later. The U.S. “Environmental Protection Agency” announced after the meltdowns that radiation levels in the U.S. were so safe that they were going to stop monitoring.
Radiation has been pouring out for more than a year and it is spreading everywhere. One manifestation is radioactive buckyballs.
Much worse, after the next big earthquake near Fukushima, thousands of radioactive fuel rods will begin to burn into the air. Once this burning begins, it cannot be extinguished. The Northern Hemisphere will be uninhabitable for hundreds of years.
What may be the only possible solution has been dismissed by those in charge because it costs too much. » Read More »
Fukushima Forum received this comment from a Will Anderson on 29 June 2012.
In my opinion, Mr. Anderson acts a lot like a nuclear proponent, probably hired to disrupt.
Notice the slick name-calling. This is better crafted than our previous nuclear proponent.
You can read Mr. Anderson’s comment without editing… and my reply below:
Will Anderson: I’ve spent the morning perusing through this site, initially very worried. I sat thinking “Oh my god, why haven’t I heard about this?”
Rokko: Your initial reaction of “Oh my god” was correct in that this is a huge catastrophe and it warrants extreme action.
Will Anderson: But after reading the above post I am beginning to question Rokko’s legitimacy.
Rokko: You miss the point, widely, dude.
Will Anderson: I had never been aware of the existence of “Nuclear Proponents” or people having an “anti-nuclear” stance.
Rokko: Are you living in a cave? Claiming “never to been aware of the existence of ‘Nuclear Proponents’” etc is hardly believable. » Read More »
Nuclear Boy says he is not a liar.
Recently, Fukushima Forum received a lengthy comment from “KM” and I thought it useful to publish it as a post along with my reply.
KM’s comments get pretty ridiculous in light of known facts but make a useful example of how nuclear proponents use disinformation, half-truths, outright lies, name-calling, false arguments, petty compliments, divide-and-conquer techniques, and other tricks to try and mix up readers and shut down meaningful dialogue.
KM’s unedited comments are followed by my responses:
KM: I am most certainly NOT a nuclear proponent, but I sometimes have to wonder what one must do to “prove” that they are not a “nuclear proponent” on a website such as this one.
Rokko: Writing like a nuclear proponent using tactics like a nuclear proponent sure makes it difficult for you to appear otherwise.
KM: I will simply say this: Articles such as this one are ACTIVELY HARMING the antinuclear movement in Japan. Every time some idiot out there posts an article warning of apocalyptic dangers, and wringing their hands in terror at the “global catastrophe” that is supposedly “in progress “as we speak”, it sets back the efforts of those who are trying to promote real and meaningful progress on the anti-nuclear front in Japan.
Rokko: This is an example of using defamatory words and name-calling. KM says we are idiots wringing our hands over apocalyptic dangers, etc. setting back real efforts. It gets better…
There is so much bullshit flying around about the supposed dangers – usually from people who have not spent even 30 seconds actually researching the facts – that the nuclear industry in Japan inds it relatively easy to discredit mainstream anti-nuclear groups. After all, if 99 out of every 100 points of criticism printed in the global press turn out to be utterly baseless poppycock, it isnt very easy for the person with the one accurate criticism to get anyone to listen to them.
Rokko: Name-calling, dismissive overstatements, and false arguments are tools of nuclear trolls. KM is attempting to appear as some sort of antinuclear protector. You’ll see further on that KM is a somewhat crafty nuclear proponent. » Read More »
Fukushima Unit 4 plutonium fuel rods with debris
It’s difficult to assess the totality of the risk endured and risk still to be faced, not just by Japan, but also by North America, Europe, and Asia, from the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.
Huge amounts of radiation have already been released and are impacting us — and much more in the spent fuel pools hangs by a thread, an extinction level event in the making.
Add up all the radiation released so far and it’s a bundle. Fukushima #4 is the icing on the cake that will push us over the line.
Independent experts were already saying that radiation releases worldwide from military and other uses besides accidents and tests are already over the top… too much radiation is sticking around and it is very dangerous.
In addition to radiation, thousands of tons of mercury are burned into the air from burning coal to produce electricity. Hundreds more toxic chemicals pour into our air and water every day. The result is that we have poisoned the earth and ourselves and we are weakened.
Fukushima radiation spreading worldwide is already having impact with deaths rising rapidly in Japan and the U.S. » Read More »
Just because you cannot see radioactive particles does not mean that they aren’t incredibly deadly.
Plutonium is a man-made element. It is an inevitable byproduct of a nuclear reactor fueled with uranium. During operation, some of the uranium atoms are transmuted into plutonium atoms.
Once separated chemically from the rest of the irradiated fuel, plutonium is a powerful nuclear explosive and is the backbone of the world’s nuclear arsenals. Plutonium is the primary explosive in nuclear warheads.
Plutonium Is Deadly in More Ways Than One
In his article, “Plutonium, anyone?” Gordon Edwards says the following:
A person who inhales just a few milligrams of plutonium — a barely visible speck — will die in a matter of months due to massive fibrosis of the lungs as delicate lung tissues, bombarded by alpha radiation, develop scar tissue , choking off oxygen to the blood. Death follows from a kind of internal asphyxiation.
A person inhaling a few micrograms of plutonium — 1/1000th of the amount described in the above paragraph — is likely to develop fatal lung cancer 10 to 20 years after exposure, as some of the cells damaged by alpha radiation begin to multiply uncontrollably.
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Infant mortality rates across the United States have increased by more than 35% since the Fukushima nuclear disaster, according to Dr. Leuren Moret, MA, PhD.
The International Journal of Medicine says more than 20,000 deaths in North America can be directly attributed to the release of radioactive material from Fukushima.
Looks like tomatoes?
How can we protect ourselves?
Dab drugstore Iodine on your skin regularly. This is the safest, cheapest, easiest, and most recommended method of Iodine protection for your body.
Food and water are likely to be highly tainted with radioactive particles, especially in Japan and the U.S. High levels of radiation have been detected across the U.S.
Water: The rainfall and snowfall are all radiated. Do not drink any water that has not been filtered. Tap water that flows from your faucet has NOT been treated to rid it of radioactive particles. » Read More »
Bowing Low to TEPCO
I cannot think of one thing better for the TEPCO owners to do than gut themselves for the atrocity they have committed.
They are men without honor. They are sub-human.
Need I Explain?
The owners of TEPCO, and indeed all nuclear proponents, have shoved poison with lies at humanity and now that is resulting in hundreds of millions of people dying long painful deaths, contracting deadly cancers, and breeding horribly mutated children.
I have seen photos of children from Chernobyl… too horrible to display. I cannot look at them without crying.
Now that fate is upon the entire world as Fukushima explodes and burns. Radiation is building up in many areas and it’s far from over. Nuclear disaster beyond belief. All built on lies, deception, grandiosity, greed, and omission.
What Monsters They Be
How can the TEPCO owners live with themselves?
I’m hoping to read in the news that each one has decided to have a little honor and kill themselves now.
That would only very slightly atone for the damage these creeps have done to us all.
Beyond TEPCO owners, the Japan government, the US government, and others are to blame. That’s for another post.
Please list the names of the culprits in the Comments below.
U.S. Death Rate Increase in One Year Since Fukushima
In Russia Today, TEPCO indicates that its Fukushima reactor has released more than four times
the amount of radioactive cesium-137 leaked during the Chernobyl disaster.
The method used to measure the damage seriously undervalues the hazard even further. This is just one more deception by TEPCO to downplay the real scale of the event. In reality, the amount of cesium-137 released at Fukushima is much higher than Chernobyl.
The report compares Fukushima with the Chernobyl accident of 1986, where it says 5,200,000 TBq of “radioactive substances” were leaked into the atmosphere.
500 Isotopes from Fukushima
The problem is that TEPCO only counts the amount of iodine-131 and cesium-137 leaked from the Fukushima reactor, and compares them to the whole range of isotopes that were discharged at Chernobyl.
When compared properly, the numbers tell a different story. Fukushima is far ahead its rival regarding the emission of cesium-137. » Read More »
Fukushima Reactor Unit 4 fuel rod cooling pool.
Four nuclear plants in Fukushima Daiichi were severely damaged, including three reactor core meltdowns, by a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami.
So why the fuss over the one that did not meltdown?
Here’s why: Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Number 4 reactor stores thousands of highly radioactive fuel rods. The likelihood these rods will burn presents a critical problem for the entire world.
Warning of the acute danger of Fukushima Unit 4, Murata said that the probability of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Fukushima within the next three years is 90%. “But Unit 4 reactor, which was substantially damaged by the tsunami and subsequent explosion will not survive a 7.0 magnitude earthquake,” he said.
Unit 4’s fuel pool stores more than 1,500 rods. The unit is too fragile to withstand another earthquake or a typhoon. Unit 4 building is in danger of total collapse.
If not constantly cooled the rods will ignite into an unstoppable fire that will spread huge amounts of radiation worldwide. » Read More »
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The emphasis of TEPCO has been shown to be public relations and profit. TEPCO has proven to not be competent and competence is what this unparalleled disaster requires.
The world seriously needs a full team of nuclear and other scientists to be engaged at Fukushima.
The fragility of Unit 4 to cyclones and earthquakes and the detection of gaseous fission products indicates the time remaining to take action at Fukushima is running out.
What Needs to Be Done:
The Japanese government must nationalize the reactors and take over TEPCO’s role in the fuel reclamation and stabilization process. Then they can take the following steps:
- It is important they expand the exclusion zone to at least 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the Fukushima plants until the nuclear cores are located and stabilized.
- Organize a group of international nuclear experts onsite and have them determine what is actually taking place so the appropriate steps can be taken.
- They need to find the nuclear cores by any means necessary » Read More »