Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Japan: Updates

It is beginning to look like the nuclear situation in Japan is truly worsening. The difficulty is in attempting to filter out the sensationalism in reporting, but even with such filters it is getting harder and harder to deny that their may be significant problems:

The Nuclear Crisis in Japan

27 Signs That The Nuclear Crisis In Japan Is Much Worse Than Either The Mainstream Media Or The Japanese Government Have Been Telling Us

In fact, it just seems to get worse with each passing day. Radiation levels are now incredibly high at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex and the radiation cloud is starting to spread. Radiation levels in Tokyo are already 10 times above normal levels, and there are reports in the international media that some people have begun to flee the city.

There are over 12 million people in the city of Tokyo alone. If this nuclear crisis continues to get worse it could potentially end up killing more Japanese than the tsunami just did.

Posted below are 27 signs that the nuclear crisis in Japan is much worse than either the mainstream media or the Japanese government have been telling us. When you take all of these clues and you put them together it really does paint a frightening picture....

This list is pretty impressive when put together. A few of the more significant points:

#2 Andre-Claude Lacoste, the head of France's Nuclear Safety Authority, says that the containment vessel surrounding the No. 2 reactor at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex is "no longer sealed".

#3 Radiation levels in Tokyo are already 10 times above normal levels.

#5 Radiation levels in one city north of Tokyo, Utsunomiya, were recently reported to be 33 times above normal levels.

#6 Radiation levels in the city of Saitama have been reported to be 40 times above normal levels.

#12 The USS Ronald Reagan recently detected significant levels of radiation 100 miles off the Japanese coast.

#14 The French embassy in Tokyo is advising French citizens to leave the city.

#15 The German embassy in Tokyo is advising all German citizens to leave the country entirely.

#16 German technology company SAP is evacuating their offices in Tokyo.

U.S. Officials Alarmed By Japanese Handling of Nuclear Crisis

U.S. officials are alarmed at how the Japanese are handling the escalating nuclear reactor crisis and fear that if they do not get control of the plants within the next 24 to 48 hours they could have a situation that will be "deadly for decades."

The Japanese have evacuated most of the reactor personnel from the Fukushima nuclear complex and are rotating teams of 50 workers through the facility in an attempt to cool it down.

The U.S. official says experts believe there is a rupture in two, maybe three of the six reactors at the Fukushima power plant, but as worrisome is the fact that spent fuel rods are now exposed to the air, which means that substances like cesium, which have a long half-life, could become airborne.

"There is talk of an apocalypse and I think the word is particularly well chosen," European Union's energy commissioner G√ľnther Oettinger said today, according to various reports. "Practically everything is out of control. I cannot exclude the worst in the hours and days to come."

Nuclear Crisis: NBC Says Spent Fuel Pool at Unit Four Lost Massive Amounts of Water; Japan Disputes Claims

America's top nuclear official told Congress today that the pool cooling spent fuel rods at the crippled Japanese nuclear complex had lost most of its water or all of its water, a potentially catastrophic situation.

"We believe at this point that unit 4 may have lost a significant inventory, if not lost all of its water," Jaczko told a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "What we know at unit three, and again our information is limited, what we believe is that there is a crack in the spent fuel pool for unit three as well, which could lead to a loss of water in that pool."

Radiation levels have risen rapidly at the plant and there is a fear that the situation is heading for the worst. If levels continue to rise the doses emergency workers experience near the reactors could be lethal. One U.S. Official told ABC News that "it would be hard to describe how alarming this is right now" and that a suicide mission might not even be enough to avert disaster.

Surging radiation levels temporarily halted work to cool the troubled reactors at the plant earlier today, raising worries that officials are running out of options to stabilize the escalating catastrophe.

The last step in a nuclear meltdown is the breaching of the containment vessels. The fact that at least two containment vessels are damaged makes nuclear experts nervous.

"We have cracks now, cracks in the containment vessels...and if those cracks grow or if there's an explosion, we're talking a full blown Chernobyl, something beyond Chernobyl," Kaku said.

Shock Begins To Turn To Anger In Japan

We can only pray at this point - that the nuclear crisis can somehow be averted. A lot of lives are at stake and there is no telling what the possibilities are, either for disaster or repair as this crisis represents an unprecedented situation.


Anonymous said...


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The EU and Recent Events in the Southern Mediterranean

- INSS By ~Shimon Stein

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The historic events underway in the Middle East took the European Union, along with many other elements and observers, by surprise...ramifications of possible changes on Israel’s relations with the EU.


The intention is to have concrete proposals formulated by April 2011, when a comprehensive examination of the ENP will take place.


Thus, negative ramifications for the Israel-EU relationship may be in store.


Note: April 2011 would technically qualify as "in the midst" of the 7-year European Neighbourhood Policy Instrument (ENPI), 2007-2013. Fwiw.

Caver said...

You're on. I worked for many years in the field of designing, building and testing nuclear reactors and sub systems, and I'm totally confused half the time.

The reporting is so sloppy they're trying to mix attention grabbing terms with the real nuclear lingo and butchering it badly....leaving the reader totally confused as to what is happening. Mix this with what appears a deliberate attempt by the power companies and then the government's attempt to downplay the seriousness and its a pretty botched and blurred picture of actual events "on the ground".

What is coming into sharper focus is that the event is serious and capable of producing very high levels of radioactive contamination with significant half-lifes that are released into the, water, and air.

None of that is good but for long term hazard the specific contaminant and its initial strength and half life are keys to its potential harmful effects long term.

These folks certainly have been hit with a nasty combination of punches with at least one or two more to and food/disease.

Right out of the pages of prophecy........currency, famine, pestilence, volcanoes, rushing of the waves, .......and on and on.

Scott said...

Caver - I'm glad it isn't just me who is confused by the various reports coming out. Thanks for the insight - and if you get some information that seems significant to you, please let us know.


Thanks for that - I'm going to check out those articles asap.

Anonymous said...

It almost sounds like you are happy that Japan is having a rough time.