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Japan declares 'nuclear emergency' after quake - PART 2

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posted on Dec, 31 2014 @ 08:50 PM
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A signed copy for me too please! Add me to your list. Good to see you and Happy New Year to all. Your posts are appreciated.




posted on Dec, 31 2014 @ 10:07 PM
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Happy New Year!

As we have been Haarping on for over three years, there is no question that the most under-reported (and covered-up) disaster of our modern era has been the triple melt-throughs at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan that has been leaking hundreds of tons daily of radioactive water 24/7/365 into the Pacific Ocean since 11 March 2011, almost 1,400 days as of December 2014.

The vast majority of planetary citizens are completely unaware of the devastating disaster unfolding right before our eyes because it has been hidden (for 1,391 days - 3 years, 9 months, 20 days as of 31 December 2014) from the befuddled citizens by the very agencies designated to be our first line of defense - our "protectors".


We'll get back to the EPA/RadNet debacle shortly…Pop Quiz: 'radiation detectors' detect 'radiation' within: a. 100 miles b. 50 miles c. 25 miles d. 1 mile e. 100 yards f. 6 feet g. a scant few inches

And the two-point toss-up: How many of these critical instruments are there in the United States?



As Dr. Michio Kaku remarked regarding Fukushima Daiichi, "There is no protocol for what is happening now. They are making it up as they go."

In two minutes, the tsunami overwhelms Daini.


Which brings us to the other Fukushima nuclear power plant, Fukushima Daini, a sister plant about 7 miles to the south, which also suffered severe damage but escaped Daiichi’s fate. What TEPCO would like you to believe is that the tsunami caused the No. 2 plant’s seawater pumps, used to cool reactors, to fail. Of the plant’s four reactors, three were in danger of meltdown.

By a stroke of good fortune in this otherwise bleak situation, one external high-voltage power line still functioned, allowing plant staff in the central control room to monitor data on internal reactor temperatures and water levels.

Evidently, the StuxNet virus was not a factor at this inundated nuke.

However, this from a worker at Daini: “When we were evacuating the plant before the tsunami came, a (high radiation) alarm went off.”

Does anyone in their right mind believe that nuclear power plants can ever be designed, engineered or constructed to withstand 9.0 earthquakes followed by 50-foot-high tsunamis?
 
Such a display of so deadly a combination of ignorance and arrogance must represent the very height of hubris; particularly in view of the inevitable consequences which have manifested at Fukushima, how is it that so few saw this pre-ordained and disastrous outcome, except by willful blindness?

But we have said that from Day 1. Today is Day 1,391: 3 years, 9 months, 20 days.

In two minutes, the tsunami overwhelms Daini.


The Australian:

“Japan’s nuclear industry is desperate to avoid admitting the quake crippled the reactor as it would necessitate tough new measures to strengthen the remaining plants.”

Actually, IMHO, the truth about the nuke's #1 reactor being critically damaged by the quake before the tsunami hit is a revelation that, when proven, will torpedo Japan’s attempts to restart its 50 stalled nuclear reactors…which is a good thing.

Wiki

The Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant, is a nuclear power plant located on a 150 ha (370 acres) site in the town of Naraha and Tomioka in the Futaba District of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. The Tokyo Electric Power Company runs the plant.

All reactors in the Fukushima II Nuclear Power Plant are BWR-5 type with electric power of 1,100 MW each (net output: 1,067 MW each).

The reactors for units 1 and 3 were supplied by Toshiba, and for units 2 and 4 by Hitachi. Units 1–3 were built by Kajima while the unit 4 was built by Shimizu and Takenaka. The design basis accident for an earthquake was between 0.42 g (4.15 m/s2) and 0.52 g (5.12 m/s2) and for a tsunami was 5.2 m.

On March 11, 2011, a 9-meter-high tsunami struck the No. 2 plant, while the No. 1 plant was hit by a 13-meter-high tsunami.

According to the head of the plant, the plant was near meltdown.


The other BWR nukes in Japan are: Tokai Nuclear Power Plant, Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant,Higashidōri Nuclear Power Plant, A & B, Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant, Shika Nuclear Power Plant, Shimane Nuclear Power Plant, and Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant.


And all this as an introduction to our friend Miles O'Brien's investigative video tour of Fukushima Daini (another proud member of TEAM RABUN).

Return to Fukushima with Miles O'Brien
Published on Aug 6, 2014
Three years after the disaster at Fukushima, science correspondent Miles O'Brien returned to the Daiichi nuclear plant for an exclusive look at the site.

Follow Miles on a never-before-seen tour of Daiichi's sister site, Fukushima Daini, which narrowly avoided a meltdown during the Tohoku earthquake.

As the country debates turning its reactors back on, Miles asks: will Japan have a nuclear future?


We ask: will Planet Earth and humanity have a non-nuclear future, or, as some suggest, adapt (mutate) due to the elevated levels of radiation?

Peace Love Light
tfw
Liberty & Equality or Revolution


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posted on Jan, 1 2015 @ 12:38 PM
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Good one Thorfourwinds.

And thank you Ektar and DancedWithWolves. You got it.

Just had a 5+ hit offshore but too far to really feel much. It did remind me of the fact that we have in Humboldt County the world's first commercial nuclear reactor which is shut down, but spent fuel still on site. And the plant it right at the high tide mark, closer to ocean level than even Fukushima, and we now know that the Cascadia Subduction Zone can produce a mag 10 EQ.

And now after a couple years of research they have identified where the lock point is in the CSZ. Right underneath Trinidad.

However, I still believe that this next year is going to be a wonderful year with major accomplishments towards a toxic free world. And a betterment of societies worldwide.

I hope.

Happy New Year all.



posted on Jan, 1 2015 @ 12:44 PM
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originally posted by: Purplechive
TEPCO Diluted the Suppressant...

Sigh...they diluted the mixture with 100 parts per water instead of only 10 parts...



And in this article they state something that I really cant believe. They claim that the rad release from this episode was the worst release of all. I would seriously disagree with that. Or if that is the truth than they need to put their evac plan together ASAP and into action!

"NRA has issued an administrative order over the misuse of spray dust inhibitors. While the subject sounds benign, this corner cutting caused the massive release of contaminated dust from the plant that was the biggest release from the plant since the initial disaster."

www.fukuleaks.org...



posted on Jan, 1 2015 @ 08:22 PM
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Back in December 2012, we wrote that it was only a matter of time before Japan's criminal lying about the radioactive exposure in the aftermath of the Fukushima catastrophe caught up with it, as well as with countless numbers of people who would soon succumb to radiation induced cancers and other diseases.

US Sailors, Assisting With Fukushima Clean Up, Crippled By Cancer

US Navy Sailors Have Filed A Massive Lawsuit Against Tokyo Power For Radiation Lies

Here are some significant 2014 updates, in chronological order.

The first article is an excellent overview of the situation as of February 2014.

(photo: Nicholas A. Groesch)

Contamination of USS Ronald Reagan During Fukushima Response Underreported

6 February 2014
As was reported in 2011, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was exposed to radiation contamination from Fukushima during its earthquake/tsunami rescue operations—“Operation Tomodachi”–off the Japan coast.

The original coverage minimized the significance of the contamination, saying it was equivalent to an extra month’s background radiation.




This narrative was called into question as sailors who had served on the Reagan at that time filed suit, first in San Diego court and then against the Tokyo Electric Power Corporation or TEPCO, for damages relating to health problems they blamed on the contamination. Currently, there are more than 50 plaintiffs and their attorney says he expects the number to grow. Congress recently directed the Department of Defense to look into potential health impacts from exposure during Operation Tomodachi. Stars & Stripes reported the story with this arresting image of a line of sailors pushing soapy water across the Reagan’s flight deck.

First off, the adjective “potential” perhaps conveys a false idea of the level of confirmation that the Reagan was contaminated. The Reagan is nuclear-powered, and chock-a-block with radiation detectors. Indeed, the CBS report at the time acknowledged that the radiation detectors were triggered. So the radiation contamination was “actual” not “potential” unless one wants to engage in word-parsing that there were no radiation detectors on the surface of the flight deck, so there was no confirmation of radiation contamination in the particular locations where the sailors were pushing their brooms at that time.


But it looks pretty likely that there was contamination, for a key and dire reason: the Reagan had experienced a snow storm while it was near the Fukushima reactor, raising the possibility that the plume of radioactive material, instead of dispersing in the higher atmosphere, had been washed down—and all over the Reagan—by the precipitation. Indeed, a sailor who is suing for health-related issues stated that the snow “tasted metallic.”

Not exactly a good sign.


Which meant it is likely that radioactive particulate was all over the ship, and available to be inhaled. So it’s not like the crew simply experienced an increase in background radiation one might associate with a stay on the space shuttle or by standing next to a poorly shielded microwave; it is possible they were exposed to and inhaled radioactive particulate, which is universally acknowledged to be very bad for you.



(photo: navylive.dodlive.mil)




The Stars & Stripes photograph confirms that there was a concern over particulate contamination; otherwise they don’t send out the guys with the brooms. The likely contamination of the Reagan by particulate radioactive material raises another extremely expensive, difficult, and perhaps insoluble problem. I am not aware of current advances in decontamination but, unless revolutionary breakthroughs have occurred, complete decontamination of a vessel exposed to particulate radiation is impossible. In fact, the inability to decontaminate navy vessels guided the evolution of US military strategy.


Faced with the threat to its mission and relevance in the atomic age, in 1946 the US Navy conceived an experiment in decontamination, Operation Crossroads. We know it as the Bikini Atoll atomic test. A flotilla of derelict ships were anchored around the atoll and two nuclear devices were detonated—one, Able, an airburst, the second, Baker, under water—to see how the ships and a few head of livestock would do.

As expected, the livestock did not do well, but the ships did, riding out the shock wave with limited damage and raising hopes that, in a wartime situation, US Navy ships could be experience a nuclear attack, survive, be decontaminated, get a fresh crew, and return to action.

However, the decontamination exercise simply didn’t work. Months were spent trying to scrub down the ships and obtain an acceptable radiation level, but the contamination (particularly from Baker, which was a spectacularly dirty underwater shot and perhaps analogous to the messy meltdown and explosion at Fukushima) proved far too tenacious.



U.S. serviceman sprays the surface of an F/A-18C Hornet for potential radiation contamination on board the USS Ronald Reagan. (photo: Melissa Russell)

To be continued...



posted on Jan, 2 2015 @ 06:47 AM
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This is an amazing video...



- Purple Chive



posted on Jan, 2 2015 @ 01:19 PM
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More problems for poor eastern Ukraine. As if the US/fascist overthrow/coup of their duly elected president, and slaughter of civilians wasnt bad enough, now they face another Chernobyl. And once again there is the US causing the problem. The recent accident at the Ukraine nuke plant was caused by substituting American fuel rods for Russian ones. Now, if the accident involved fuel rods, WTF does that imply. An accidental release of rads from fuel rods could mean anything including a meltdown beginning. Since it sounds like they had made a transfer of rods in the reactor, and then the problem started, the problem could still be ongoing.

From ENE;

“Then the news came that Kiev had signed a new deal with America’s leading nuclear fuel producer, Westinghouse… This was done despite the fact that using US fuel rods was banned in 2012 due to dangerous incompatibility”



posted on Jan, 2 2015 @ 01:40 PM
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The Navy sailors should also be suing the US government/US navy. This is not just Tepco or the Japanese government this is many.......many people lying and covering up.



Thankfully for the PTB this happened in Japan because they rarely complain and trust what people tell them for the most part. If this had happened in the US this would look very different. The sailors being radiated really upsets me because I am sure they have detectors in the battle group this carrier belongs in.



posted on Jan, 2 2015 @ 03:15 PM
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As was reported in 2011 the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was exposed to radiation contamination from Fukushima during its earthquake/tsunami rescue operations—“Operation Tomodachi”–off the Japan coast. The original coverage minimized the significance of the contamination, saying it was equivalent to an extra month’s background radiation.

This narrative was called into question as sailors who had served on the Reagan at that time filed suit, first in San Diego court and then against the Tokyo Electric Power Corporation or TEPCO, for damages relating to health problems they blamed on the contamination.


(photo: Nicholas A. Groesch)

Currently, there are more than 50 plaintiffs and their attorney says he expects the number to grow. Congress recently directed the Department of Defense to look into potential health impacts from exposure during Operation Tomodachi. Stars & Stripes reported the story with this arresting image of a line of sailors pushing soapy water across the Reagan’s flight deck.



First off, the adjective “potential” perhaps conveys a false idea of the level of confirmation that the Reagan was contaminated. The Reagan is nuclear-powered, and chock-a-block with radiation detectors. Indeed, the CBS report at the time acknowledged that the radiation detectors were triggered. So the radiation contamination was “actual” not “potential” unless one wants to engage in word-parsing that there were no radiation detectors on the surface of the flight deck, so there was no confirmation of radiation contamination in the particular locations where the sailors were pushing their brooms at that time.

(photo: navylive.dodlive.mil)

But it looks pretty likely that there was contamination, for a key and dire reason: the Reagan had experienced a snow storm while it was near the Fukushima reactor, raising the possibility that the plume of radioactive material, instead of dispersing in the higher atmosphere, had been washed down—and all over the Reagan—by the precipitation. Indeed, a sailor who is suing for health-related issues stated that the snow “tasted metallic.” Not exactly a good sign.

Which meant it is likely that radioactive particulate was all over the ship, and available to be inhaled. So it’s not like the crew simply experienced an increase in background radiation one might associate with a stay on the space shuttle or by standing next to a poorly shielded microwave; it is possible they were exposed to and inhaled radioactive particulate, which is universally acknowledged to be very bad for you.



(photo: navylive.dodlive.mil)


(photo: fineartamerica.com)

On the military level, the takeaway was that surface vessels did not have a viable survivable role in a nuclear exchange. On the scientific level, the Bikini test—and the revelation that the radiation aftereffects of a nuclear attack could not be adequately remediated, no matter how much time and energy were expended—was an important factory in the growing anti-nuke orientation of many scientists who had willingly worked on the bomb during WWII.

In an indication of trends in decontamination technology, here is a photograph from 1946 of sailors trying to decontaminate one of the test vessels, the Prinz Eugen. Pushbrooms and soapy water seem to be a universal element in decontamination strategy, and it is unlikely that today there is any magic bullet that will allow a ship to be completely decontaminated.

A plaintiff in the TEPCO case claimed that the USS Reagan had been denied approval to dock in Japan or South Korea after contamination and had spent over two months at sea before returning to San Diego. One would expect those two months were spent in extensive and laborious decontamination efforts that got most of the radiation; but with particulate radiation you can never get it all, and there’s a chance that it can be ingested and cause serious illness.

There are some strikingly significant consequences to the probability that the USS Reagan can never be completely and demonstrably decontaminated. First, sailors may not be particularly enthusiastic about serving on the Reagan, especially since dozens of the crew are blaming their time on the ship for serious health problems. Second, if the contamination story gains legs in the popular media, the US disposition of forces in the Pacific is vulnerable to serious disruption.



The Navy has announced that the Reagan will replace the USS George Washington at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan. Post-tsunami, polls in Japan have demonstrated a predominant dislike for nuclear power in general and Fukushima radiation in particular, and it is unlikely to welcome it into a Japanese port aboard the Reagan.

This is a matter of concern to the Abe government, not for public hygiene reasons—the regime’s foot soldiers are busy trying to sell the local population on the lack of peril and even the health benefits of Fukushima radiation—but because the unconditional welcome that the Japanese government offers to US forces is a key component of its strategy to use an unbreakable alliance between the US and Japan to confront the PRC.

Abe already has enough problems trying to shove the Futenma base relocation down the throats of the resisting Okinawans; he does not need the additional headache of having to rebut the argument that the US alliance brings with it additional nuclear contamination. That is probably why, as CNN put it, “specific timelines are yet to be announced” for when the Reagan will actually show up at Yokosuka.

This image provided by the U.S. Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan
underway in the Pacific Ocean March 12, 2011 enroute to Japan
to render humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. AP


Third, the most logical way to deal with this issue once and for all would be to scuttle the USS Reagan in some conveniently deep marine trench and hope that the radioactive particulate will disperse sufficiently on the seabed and in the food chain to make the risk acceptable. After all, the Russians have been doing it for decades. However, one might imagine the US Navy is loath to scuttle a $6 billion ship that is also the symbol and instrument of US military hegemony in the Pacific in order to prevent a few dozen potential premature cancer deaths.




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posted on Jan, 2 2015 @ 05:25 PM
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A plaintiff in the TEPCO case claimed that the USS Reagan had been denied approval to dock in Japan or South Korea after contamination and had spent over two months at sea before returning to San Diego. I would expect those two months were spent in extensive and laborious decontamination efforts that got most of the radiation; but with particulate radiation you can never get it all, and there’s a chance that it can be ingested and cause serious illness.


USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is homeported in San Diego and undergoing a Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) maintenance period at Naval Base Coronado.

Maybe the Defense Department has decided that the best defense is a good offense, and instead of giving credibility to Japanese nuclear anxieties, it’s just going to say, "The ship is clean, here’s the ship, it’s not going anywhere else."


At 100 meters away it (the helicopter) was reading 4 sieverts per hour. That is an astronomical number and it told me, what that number means to me, a trained person, is there is no water on the reactor cores and they are just melting down, there is nothing containing the release of radioactivity. It is an unmitigated, unshielded number… The transcript then contains discussion of health impacts that could come within a matter of "10 hours. It's a thyroid issue."

Tepco and the Navy contend the Reagan did not receive a high enough dose to warrant serious concern. But Japan, South Korea and Guam deemed the carrier too radioactive to enter their ports.(Confidential communication, Sept. 17, 2012).


So, the prediction is that the preferred strategy of the US Defense Department and the Abe government will be: first, don’t acknowledge there’s a problem, followed by the usual stonewalling, modified hangout, and suppression of negative information—information like this from Stars & Stripes:



Sailors who were onboard the Reagan have claimed that they were drinking contaminated desalinated seawater and bathing in it until the ship’s leadership came over the public address system and told them to stop because it was contaminated. They claim the ventilation system was also contaminated. Furthermore, some claim they were pressured into signing forms confirming they had been given iodine pills when none had been provided.


Given the stakes involved—not just the $6 billion aircraft carrier and the health of its crew, but also the implications for the Abe government and the US-Japan alliance if the Ronald Reagan story gets out of hand—it will be interesting to see how the media covers this story.


(photo: navylive.dodlive.mil)



posted on Jan, 2 2015 @ 07:35 PM
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(Update) In 2013, Japan Focus published two superb pieces by investigative reporter Roger Witherspoon on the US military’s response to radioactive contamination during Operation Tomodachi.

His interviews with servicemen and women who served on the Reagan–and in many other locations and capacities during the relief operation, describe the harrowing circumstances of trying, sometimes unsuccessfully, to predict and dodge the Fukushima plume and deal with onboard contamination of people as well as equipment.

Witherspoon’s account begs the question of why the Department of Defense saw fit to discontinue the Todomachi Medical Registry, which would have established baseline data for exposed personnel and monitored them for health problems.

Here'a a little-known follow-up to the USS Reagan Fukushima 'rescue fiasco' and subsequent filing of numerous sailors' lawsuits.

Hanford takes this fiasco a step further by implicating the military in nuclear skullduggery with the knowledge recently coming to light that hundreds of Navy reactors have been dumped at Hanford along with the contaminated equipment removed from the USS Ronald Reagan after the Fukushima contamination.



Despite its bloated defense budget, the Pentagon is continually misappropriating the fiscal resources of the DOE, which, by law, must dispose of nuclear-contaminated military hardware. Funds that could otherwise be allocated to replacing the storage tanks at Hanford are being spent on burying submarine reactors.

AHA! At last, the submarine graveyard has been unearthed (pun). It appears Hanford, along with the continuing mess known as WIPP, have become 'substitute Yucca Mountains.'

Anybody want to hazard a guess as to where the 10,000 tons (annually) of high-level radioactive spent fuel from Navy nuclear assets are currently stored?

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is facing a radioactive mess of waste, fraud and mismanagement at every level. Could it be that an end to nuclear tyranny is directly linked to the revival of genuine democracy?

And what happened to that $25-30 Billion Nuclear Waste Fund that the commercial nuclear reactor utilities have been paying every year for decades? You remember, the one to fund the 'final resting place' for the few hundred thousand tons of high-level waste right here in America?

You remember, the 'sister' to the one that appears each and every month on your electric bill?



We also notice an "Environmental Compliance Cost" that is added to this travesty.


Environmental Compliance Cost Recovery or ECCR is part of each rate designed to recover costs associated with the environmental controls mandated by state and federal regulations. This tariff was put in place on January 1, 2008, and is a percentage of the customer's bill.

And this:



Egad! …paging through my bill…

Do you have an "AMI"?

Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is an architecture for automated, two-way communication between a smart utility meter with an IP address and a utility company. The goal of an AMI is to provides utility companies with real-time data about power consumption and allow customers to make informed choices about energy usage based on the price at the time of use.


Evidently, it was installed (without my knowledge) and we find this is interesting:


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posted on Jan, 2 2015 @ 07:37 PM
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Enough!

The Nuclear Cartel - a deadly sinister and cynical force within America’s political establishment, economic and scientific elite - is desperately trying to prevent aware Americans from recovering this nation’s foundational values of civic duty, ethical responsibility and common sense and are taking this nation down the path to Hell with the unsolvable nuclear waste conundrum.

This travesty must be understood as to the possible ELE implications and dealt with immediately. May we postulate that there are now two broad paths before us: the unsustainable nuclear train wreck that is currently forced upon us which will ultimately lead to worldwide disaster and the sustainable one we must strive for which can lead to life and prosperity for all in a nuclear-free world.

Unfortunately continuing government cover-ups, intelligence agency sabotage, nuclear industry greed, national media collusion and suppression, and malevolent special interest group agendas continue to exasperate existing problems and create new ones rather than provide solutions. If permitted to continue unabated, the ultimate end game is a dead planet.

2015, a new year, a new beginning.

We, the people, must also strive for deeper insights into ourselves and each other, as well as the mutual recognition of our shared past, current mutual interests and common future. In so doing, we will be poised for a major leap in the evolution of humankind which will be used to literally save the world from the continued nightmare of nuclear energy.



With great respect,
Peace Love Light
tfw
Liberty & Equality or Revolution




posted on Jan, 2 2015 @ 11:44 PM
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I presume when you say Hanford you refer to the facilities in Washington State. I live in a small community in southern British Columbia that is directly in the prevailing wind path of Hanford and when I worked in the hospital years back heard some nurses commenting on how after Hanford released a plume (decades ago) there was a noticeable rise in people coming down with some neurological disease. I can't recall what disease they likened it to, I want to say Parkinsons but honestly don't recall that detail. My family doctor used to head a physicians group to try and address Hanford concerns, but of course its technically in a different country even though it's only a few hundred miles away as the crow flies.

TPTB include the nuclear industry and as disheartening as it is to realize their ultimate destruction of all life it is even more disheartening to look around and see that most people remain completely oblivious from being dumbed down, brainwashed and put to sleep. We have obvious answers and solutions, why don't they? I believe its because all this pollution and devastation is by design and not incompetence. How could it be otherwise when its so pervasive and continues to repeat itself over and over with options all around?

It is not about money though they'd have you believe it is. It is not about power as they already have it all. It is about control in whatever direction they want to take it - and unfortunately it looks like they want to control who and how much survives.

Is it even possible people would protest en masse in North America? Canada's population is so spread out - my tiny city often has protests but I don't see what differences it makes. If there were thousands, millions, would they have to concede? Global petitions? Billboards? The hardest question is "What do we do about it?" I'm all for standing up, is just the logistics escape me.


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posted on Jan, 3 2015 @ 11:46 AM
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From a recent TEPCO press release;

"TEPCO has been tackling initiatives to double its productivity and to win in the competitive environment as well as fulfilling its commitment towards Fukushima revitalization."

What the hell is meant by Fukushima revitalization. Are they going to try and get units 5 and 6 up and running?



posted on Jan, 3 2015 @ 03:49 PM
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Regarding the earthquake and the damage it did prior to the tsunami:


Earthquake main reason for failures?

Meanwhile, evidence is growing that Unit 1’s meltdown was initiated by the earthquake and only exacerbated by the ensuing tsunami. Bloomberg reports that a radiation alarm inside Unit 1 went off before the tsunami even arrived, indicating coolant already had been lost and fuel melting had begun. If true, this could also require a reassessment of how quickly reactors can melt down. Tepco said May 16, that radiation levels inside Unit 1 were measured at 300 MilliSieverts/hour within hours of the earthquake - meaning that fuel melting already had begun. For melting to have begun that early, coolant must have been lost almost immediately. It’s now believed that fuel melted and dropped to the bottom of the containment - melting a hole into it, within 16 hours. Most likely, a major pipe carrying cooling water to the core was damaged by the earthquake, which should lead to a new evaluation of the ability of key reactor components to withstand seismic events.

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Radiation leak before Tsunami?

Only a few days after the revelations about the failure of the cooling before the tsunami hit the plant, another revelation, with possible grave consequences, hit the media. A radiation monitoring post on the perimeter of the Daiichi plant about 1.5 kilometers from the No. 1 reactor went off at 3:29 p.m., minutes before the station was overwhelmed by the tsunami that knocked out backup power that kept reactor cooling systems running, according to documents supplied by the company. The monitor was set to go off at high levels of radiation, an official said.

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“We are still investigating whether the Until recently Tepco said the plant stood up to the magnitude-9 quake and was crippled by the tsunami that followed. This early radiation alarm has implications for other reactors in Japan, one of the most earthquake prone countries in the world, because safety upgrades ordered by the government since March 11 have focused on the threat from tsunamis, rather than earthquakes.

So it's becoming more and more clear that, contrary to earlier assumptions, the reactors were already severely damaged by the earthquake before the tsunami hit the reactors. And that is despite the fact that the earthquake "did not exceed design base values significantly", according to an important Dutch nuclear lobbyist of the Technical University Delft Jan Leen Kloosterman, before news of damage before the tsunami even hit the reactors became public. He put it this way in a meeting on May 13: "If seismic data can be confirmed, practically all damage at Fukushima-Daiichi would have to be contributed to the tsunami." That would suit them well. Gunderson: "This wasn't, at Fukushima, that big an earthquake. It was, out at sea a nine, but by the time it got to Fukushima, they should have been able to ride out that storm, at least the seizmic issues of it. But what that says is that what we have been relying on in analyzing these plants may not be working. Two out of the four plants developed cracks from an earthquake and they should have been able to get through this."

On May 24, Tepco confirmed finally what everybody except Tepco and the international pro-nuclear community already knew: that fresh data from Units 2 and 3 indicate that fuel rods in those reactors are “in a similar state as that in reactor number 1”. That is: fallen into a lump at the bottom of the pressure vessel. Three melt downs confirmed.
all emphases mine.

THREE MELTDOWNS AT FUKUSHIMA; EVIDENCE OF SEVERE DAMAGE BEFORE TSUNAMI HIT REACTORS direct pdf link.

As to the earthquake itself:


Large offshore earthquakes have occurred in the same subduction zone in 1611, 1896 and 1933 that each produced devastating tsunami waves on the Sanriku coast of Pacific NE Japan.

That coastline is particularly vulnerable to tsunami waves because it has many deep coastal embayments that amplify tsunami waves and cause great wave inundations.



The M 7.6 subduction earthquake of 1896 created tsunami waves as high 38 m and a reported death toll of 27,000.

The M 8.6 earthquake of March 2, 1933 produced tsunami waves as high as 29 m on the Sanriku coast and caused more than 3000 fatalities. Unlike the recent magnitude 9.0 earthquake, the 1933 earthquake did not occur as the result of thrust faulting on the subduction-zone plate interface, but rather within the Pacific plate just seaward of the Japan Trench.


It was a natural occurrence which was exacerbated by human greed and ignorance.



posted on Jan, 5 2015 @ 08:44 AM
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originally posted by: zworld
From a recent TEPCO press release;

"TEPCO has been tackling initiatives to double its productivity and to win in the competitive environment as well as fulfilling its commitment towards Fukushima revitalization."

What the hell is meant by Fukushima revitalization. Are they going to try and get units 5 and 6 up and running?
It's possible, but I wouldn't say it's a smart move, if only for the serious health risks any long-term plant personnel would likely endure to keep it's undamaged reactors operational.

In my opinion, they're better off doing what cleanup they can, then shuttering the whole damn site.



posted on Jan, 6 2015 @ 10:19 AM
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originally posted by: ScientificRailgun


In my opinion, they're better off doing what cleanup they can, then shuttering the whole damn site.


If my analysis of a weapons factory under Fukushima is true Railgun, and Im now 100% sure of it as all data points to that being true, and this is included with the corium loads running rampant, then Fukushima can never be cleaned up and will bleed toxic radioactive waste into the ocean and air for thousands of years in ever increasing amounts.

heaven help us should the world go through another Fukushima anywhere at anytime.



posted on Jan, 6 2015 @ 10:26 AM
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From ENE this AM:

"Record level of “flesh-eating bacteria” cases in Japan — Spike began around 2011 Fukushima disaster — Now at 400% normal rate."

Seems likely to be a radiation related occurrence. wonder what the Japanese govt thinks of these headlines in Japan. No doubt trying to come up with a rational for the spike other than Fuku.



posted on Jan, 7 2015 @ 10:17 AM
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This to me has always been my primary concern. Our energy infrastructure is teetering on the brink. Without it we are doomed, since all nuke plants depend on it to keep from going ballistic. Below is link to Guy's video;

arctic-news.blogspot.com...

"Guy McPherson is convinced that humunity will go extinct soon. Guy estimates that it will happen between 5 and 20 years time.

In the video below, Guy discusses a chain of events causing several degrees warming within a few years time, including failure of the electric grid......and failure to maintain nuclear power plants cooling, causing them to melt down."

It wont take many more nuke plant failures to ensure extinction, yet we continue to build more. And the definition for insanity is......
edit on 7-1-2015 by zworld because: (no reason given)



posted on Jan, 7 2015 @ 10:24 AM
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AND NOW FOR SOME GOOD NEWS WITH A SHOUT OUT! YEAH...

www.japantoday.com... m_source=jt_newsletter_2015-01-07_PM

Restart of Japan's largest nuclear plant still in doubt

By Kentaro Hamada

National Jan. 07, 2015 - 05:20PM JST ( 15 )

NIIGATA CITY —

The influential governor of Niigata Prefecture on Tuesday rebuffed pleas by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) to restart the world’s largest nuclear plant, saying the utility had not atoned for the disaster at its Fukushima nuclear plant in 2011.

Gov Hirohiko Izumida is a staunch critic of TEPCO and has veto power over the operation of the company’s Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear station, a seven-reactor facility on the coast.

“TEPCO has not been proactive in investigating the cause of the Fukushima accident,” Izumida told TEPCO president Naomi Hirose during their first meeting in almost a year.

A massive earthquake and tsunami set off triple nuclear meltdowns at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi plant in March 2011, triggering the nuclear crisis.

All 48 of Japan’s reactors remain offline as reactors face checks from a nuclear regulator set up after the Fukushima accident.

TEPCO was nationalised to deal with the cleanup of the Fukushima plant. The company has applied to restart two reactors at Kashiwazaki Kariwa, but there is no start date.



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