Fukushima: Hanging by a Thread

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After writing my essay Radioactive Hell on Earth”—actually I wanted to change that title to “Fukushima on Steroids”—I see Christina Consolo’s essay Fukushima is Falling Apart”: Are you ready—it is becoming clear that we, our children and our entire civilization is hanging by a thread. It is a very sorry thing to report that we have literally shot ourselves in the foot with a big nuclear shotgun full of radioactive particles of the worst conceivable kind.

It has taken a year but finally “a U.S. Senator finally got off his ass and went to Japan to see what is going on over there. What he saw was horrific. Reactor No. 4 building is on the verge of collapsing. Seismicity standards rate the building at a zero, meaning even a small earthquake could send it into a heap of rubble. And sitting at the top of the building, in a pool that is cracked, leaking, and precarious even without an earthquake, are 1,565 fuel rods.” If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain, this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire that could wipe out most of the northern hemisphere; certainly it would be a massive civilization-breaking event.

After an onsite tour of what remains of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear facilities, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, sent a letter to Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki saying, “The scope of damage to the plants and to the surrounding area was far beyond what I expected. The precarious status of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear units and the risk presented by the enormous inventory of radioactive materials and spent fuel in the event of further earthquake threats should be of concern to all and a focus of greater international support and assistance.”

ImageFukushima Daiichi Reactor building 4 and exposed fuel pool
Image source: Asahi Shimbun

1,565 fuel rods translates into 460 tons of nuclear fuel stored in pool in a barely intact building on its third and fourth floors. If the storage pool breaks and runs dry, the nuclear fuel inside will overheat and explode. The worst-case scenario drawn up by the government includes not only the collapse of the No. 4 reactor pool, but also the disintegration of spent-fuel rods from all the plant’s other reactors. The wall of the south side is falling apart at reactor No. 4 and Dr. Helen Caldicott said she would evacuate her family from Boston if it did.

Consolo says, “If this pool collapses, as Senator Wyden is now saying too, we would face a mass extinction event from the release of radiation in those rods. This may be the most important thing you ever pay attention to for the sake of your family, friends, your neighbors, every one you know and meet, all of humanity.”

“Preliminary reports of soil contamination are starting to come in from the USGS, who has seemed reluctant to share this information. Los Angeles, California, Portland, Oregon and Boulder, Colorado so far have the highest radioactive particle contamination out of the entire U.S. Iodine, cesium, strontium, plutonium, uranium, and a host of other fission products have been coming directly from Japan to the west coast for thirteen months. Reports in the past week indicate the pollen in southern California is radioactive now too, and it is flying around, and if you live there and go outside, you are breathing it in. And so are your children,” continued Consolo.

Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo. In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks. As this has never been done before, the removal of the spent fuel from the pools at the damaged Fukushima-Dai-Ichi reactors will require a major and time-consuming reconstruction effort and will involve charting in unknown waters. Reports indicate that things are so hopeless at the plant that workers are not even working on weekends and certainly governments around the world have not gotten together in a desperate Manhattan Project[1] (in reverse) to save humanity.

Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear power industry executive, is claiming that the Fukushima nuclear disaster is already 10 times worse than the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown in the former Soviet Union. If that is true it’s already taps for a whole lot of men, women and children in the northern hemisphere with the absolute promise that the radiation will continue relentlessly through the coming years. It is sounding like nuclear hell coming to earth to teach us something about our arrogance, massive stupidity and pathetic weakness.

While our government would love us all to believe that the nuclear problems in Japan are under control, nothing could be farther from the truth. Engineers for Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) say readings of airborne radiation inside reactor No. 2 showed almost 73 sieverts per hour this week. To put that into perspective, exposure to that amount of radiation would kill a normal person within minutes. These levels are some of the highest readings since the beginning of the disaster and there is no one telling us that this nuclear contamination will lessen.

MOX Plutonium Fuel

The mixed oxide fuel (MOX) reactor[2], which burns with plutonium/uranium, is more deadly than those burning on uranium-enriched fuel, according to nuclear experts. The half-life of plutonium-239 in MOX is 24,000 years and just a few milligrams of P-239 escaping in a smoke plume will contaminate soil for tens of thousands of years. A single milligram (mg) of MOX is as deadly as 2,000,000 mg of normal enriched uranium meaning that one mg of MOX is basically two million times more powerful than one mg of uranium. If even a small amount of this potent substance escapes from the plant in a smoke plume, the particles will travel with the wind and contaminate soil for tens of thousands of years.

Ray Guilmette of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements said that plutonium “is thousands of times more radioactive than uranium,” if absorbed into the body.

Donald Olander, professor emeritus of nuclear engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, said that because plutonium decays quickly, it produces radiation that can kill cells in the body more quickly. But the plutonium itself would pose a severe threat only if it was involved in a violent reaction that turned it into dust particles that could be inhaled. No one knows the exact number but plenty of the fuel rods at risk are MOX, thus containing deadly plutonium. If that blows up then we might end up wishing we had had a nuclear war instead.

Limited Nuclear Exchange

If you want to know what this means from mainstream sources, tune into what International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and its U.S. affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) are saying would happen from just a limited nuclear war—forget about a full-scale meltdown of thousands of dirty nuclear fuel rods.

More than a billion people around the world would face starvation following a limited regional nuclear weapons exchange (such as a clash between India and Pakistan) that would cause major worldwide climate disruption, driving down food production in China, the U.S. and other nations, according to a major new report released by Dr. Ira Helfand, the author of Nuclear Famine: A Billion People at Risk. Helfand said, “The needless and preventable deaths of one billion people over a decade would be a disaster unprecedented in human history. It would not cause the extinction of the human race, but it would bring an end to modern civilization as we know it.”

The Dalai Lama summaries the situation saying, “We have degenerated into an insane society, unconsciously committing mass suicide by ecocide. Unrestrained corporate capitalism coercively and insidiously exploits vulnerable people and myopically plunders, depletes and corrupts finite planetary resources that sustain life. Billions of people suffer needless poverty, starvation and avoidable disease, while obscenely privileged corporate, political and religious plutocrats greedily acquire power and excessive material wealth far beyond their conceivable needs.”

Special Note: These subjects are covered in my Nuclear Toxicity Syndrome book as well as the second edition of my Iodine book (both published in 2011), which dive deeply into the issue and threat of radioactive iodine. Having lots of sulfur on hand as well as sodium bicarbonate, iodine, clay and magnesium is a good start for a radiation survival home pharmacy.


[1] The Manhattan Project was a research and development program, led by the United States with participation from the United Kingdom and Canada that produced the first atomic bomb during World War II with intent to end the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan_Project

[2] www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/03/15/mox-the-toxic-fuel-inside-japans-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-plant.html

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  1. Michael Cook May 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    RADIATION THREATENING ALL LIFE ON THE PLANET.
    If you wanted to destroy this world, whom and what would you use to do so? First you would need psychopath(s) like yourself to help you in doing so?
    Who fits such a profile?
    So then who is the most destructive creature on the planet, who has shown himself to be the greatest enemy of all the life support systems that make this planet inhabitable? WE ARE.
    That self destructive, warlike creature, power seeking, greedy monster called MAN.
    Now we have the whom, and the reality is, the “whom” was not hard to find, in fact he stood out from all else, with his self condemning CV in his hand, like the diseased, scarred, avaricious, suicidal, homicidal, monster that he is.
    What do we give such a pathological creature to carry out the ultimate destruction of all around him? Something that is greater than all other thing that he has used to exploit and abuse the planet and all life upon it?
    The power of the Gods, the nucleus of all creation, the mighty atom.
    Just like his profile, the FIRST thing he made were weapons of mass destruction, that many nuclear weapons were made that man boasts he could kill ALL of mankind hundreds of times over, and leave the planet a nuclear desert.
    They call their nuclear intent MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) How fitting, and typical off his psychopathic nature.
    To cover over his evil intent, he says he will use this most deadly material, a material that is harmful to all life for “Peaceful Purposes.” A material once unleashed can kill for millions of years. Who would use such a material for ANYTHING, knowing that it is deadly to ALL life?
    Only the psychopath.
    So now, man has weapons to kill all life on the planet many times over, and has built over SIX HUNDRED nuclear reactors all “AROUND THE WORLD” for peaceful purposes of course, to ADD to the killing potential of his already created nuclear arsenal. In addition to all that, he has nuclear waste by the thousands of tons to dispose of

    RADIATION THREATENING ALL LIFE ON THE PLANET.
    If you wanted to destroy this world, whom and what would you use to do so? First you would need psychopath(s) like yourself to help you in doing so?

    Who fits such a profile?

    So then who is the most destructive creature on the planet, who has shown himself to be the greatest enemy of all the life support systems that make this planet inhabitable? WE ARE.
    That self destructive, warlike creature, power seeking, greedy monster called MAN.
    Now we have the whom, and the reality is, the “whom” was not hard to find, in fact he stood out from all else, with his self condemning CV in his hand, like the diseased, scarred, avaricious, suicidal, homicidal, monster that he is.
    What do we give such a pathological creature to carry out the ultimate destruction of all around him? Something that is greater than all other thing that he has used to exploit and abuse the planet and all life upon it?
    The power of the Gods, the nucleus of all creation, the mighty atom.
    Just like his profile, the FIRST thing he made were weapons of mass destruction, so many nuclear weapons were made that man boasts he could kill ALL of mankind hundreds of times over, and leave the planet a nuclear desert.
    They call their nuclear intent MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) How fitting, and typical of his psychopathic nature.

    To cover over his evil intent, he says he will use this most deadly material, a material that is harmful to all life for “Peaceful Purposes.” A material once unleashed can kill for millions of years. Who would use such a material for ANYTHING, knowing that it is so deadly to ALL life?

    Only the psychopath.

    So now, man has weapons to kill all life on the planet many times over, and has built over SIX HUNDRED nuclear reactors all “AROUND THE WORLD” and more are being built, for “peaceful” purposes of course, to ADD to the killing potential of his already created nuclear arsenal. In addition to all that, he has nuclear waste by the thousands of tons to dispose of, which in turn pollutes as it is being transported. They bury it in caves, have dropped it to the bottom of the oceans, it is contained in containers which in themselves have limited life spans of containment as they rust and disintergrate. But they hope that future generations will deal with their future problem. Then there are the enormous amounts of water that these reactors need to keep them cool, that is why most, if not all are built next to the sea, or on rivers for the prodigous amounts of water that these nuclear reactors need to keep them from going into meltdown.

    There are literally hundreds if not thousands of nuclear facilities all around the world, where they are experimenting with nuclear materail to make bigger and better bombs, and others are experimenting with nuclear materials for more “peaceful” purposes. All these facilities leak radiation, and have nuclear waste to dispose of. They all contaminate the areas in which they exist. Showing how widespread radiation pollution is. Governments will tell you about the weather, and if there is a danger of some harmful bug on the loose, but they will not let the people know the radiation levels that are the most deadly threat of all to mankind. ALL the governments do that, that

    RADIATION THREATENING ALL LIFE ON THE PLANET.
    If you wanted to destroy this world, whom and what would you use to do so? First you would need psychopath(s) like yourself to help you in doing so?

    Who fits such a profile?

    So then who is the most destructive creature on the planet, who has shown himself to be the greatest enemy of all the life support systems that make this planet inhabitable? WE ARE.
    That self destructive, warlike, power seeking, greedy monster called MAN.
    Now we have the whom, and the reality is, the “whom” was not hard to find, in fact he stood out from all else, with his self condemning CV in his hand, like the diseased, scarred, avaricious, suicidal, homicidal, monster that he is.
    What do we give such a pathological creature to carry out the ultimate destruction of all around him? Something that is greater than all that has gone before, something that supercedes his previous puny efforts at global destruction?

    THE POWER OF THE GODS, THE NUCLEUS OF ALL CREATION, THE MIGHTY ATOM.

    In keeping with his destructive profile, and upon coming into possession of the power of the God’s, the FIRST thing he made were weapons of mass destruction, so many nuclear weapons were made that man boasts he could kill ALL of mankind hundreds of times over, and leave the planet a nuclear desert.

    They call their nuclear intent MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) How fitting, and typical of his psychopathic nature.

    To cover over his evil intent, he says he will use this most deadly material, a material that is harmful to all life for “Peaceful Purposes.” A material once unleashed can kill for millions of years. Who would use such a material for ANYTHING, knowing that it is so deadly to ALL life?
    Only the psychopath.

    So now, man has weapons to kill all life on the planet many times over, and has built over SIX HUNDRED nuclear reactors all “AROUND THE WORLD” and more are being built, for “peaceful” purposes of course, to ADD to the killing potential of his already created nuclear arsenal. In addition to all that, he has nuclear waste by the thousands of tons to dispose of, which in turn pollutes as it is being transported. They bury it in caves, have dropped it to the bottom of the oceans, it is contained in containers which in themselves have limited life spans of containment as they rust and disintergrate. But they hope that future generations will deal with this deadly stored waste, left behind by their forefathers.
    Then there are the enormous amounts of water that these reactors need to keep them cool, that is why most, if not all are built next to the sea, or on rivers, for the prodigous amounts of water that these nuclear reactors need to keep them from going into meltdown is awesome. That is why if the national grid was to go down because of breakdown in law and order, it would only take hours for a reactor to go into meltdown and radiate far and wide. In the event of even a limited nuclear war, it is reasonable to believe some reactors would be damaged beyond recovery. ONE exposed reactor can devastate the planet. Most people have been conned into accepting, or have had no choice in the matter, as this lethal energy source has been imposed on the many by the few, whose sole goal is profit. No sane mind knowing the full potential of what they are dealing with would consider for a moment such a deadly energy source.When in fact it is a weapon of mass destruction, whether as propagated for war or for peace, there is no benefit from it only disaster. People have not considered or thought through what man has unleashed upon the human family, this deadly radioactive plague lying in wait, was created through the greed of man, and in their greed are willing to put all life at risk.

    This is a TRILLION dollar business, those few that control it are not going to give it up. There are literally hundreds if not thousands of nuclear facilities all around the world, where they are experimenting with nuclear material to make bigger and better bombs, and others are experimenting with nuclear materials for more “peaceful” purposes. All these facilities leak radiation, and have nuclear waste to dispose of. They all contaminate the areas in which they exist. Showing how widespread radiation pollution is. Governments will tell you about the coming weather, and if there is a danger of some harmful bug on the loose, but they will not let the people know what the radiation levels are, which are the most deadly threat of all to mankind. ALL governments do that, demonstrating a global cover up, exposing them for the villains they are.

    Depleted Uranium is another avenue of the nuclear industry, it is a nuclear waste that is being used to make all kinds of ammunition as used by the military. Rockets, missiles, bombs, etc. For Depleted Uranium makes metal extremely hard so that it penetrates tanks, and most fortified military establishments, that is why their bunker busting bombs are all made of it. The pollution it creates is enormous as all these munitions on impact dissolve at extreme temperatures burning there way through metres of concrete and steel, and thereby turn back into nuclear particles spreading radiation poison wherever they are used. That is why the Middle East is highly irradiated, and birth defects are widespread, as are US soldiers returning home suffering many sicknesses as a result of using Depleted Uranium ammunition. This new or not so new nuclear military avenue of destruction is used widely by an ever uncontrollable power structure that rules this world.

    We have many nuclear powered warships and submarines navigating constantly all the oceans of the world, even some of the merchant fleet are nuclear powered, spreading their nuclear poison into every nook and cranny that is this earth. We are increasingly seeing more nuclear accidents, many others are covered up by the powers that be, as they try to keep the lid on an ever growing global problem, and as they seek to protect big business interests, showing where their loyalty lies.

    We as normal human beings seek justice, especially when someone has committed depraved and sadistic crimes that have resulted in the torturous deaths of many people. Their trials usually make international headlines, and any “normal” human being would not cry away from wishing the death penalty on such sadistic murderous individual(s). We have a global sadistic ruling murderous gang of serial global killers, who have killed untold MILLIONS around the world and are making the lives of billions more increasingly oppressive. People must realise you cannot confront the Devil with an olive branch, those that rule have already saturated the planet with deadly nuclear material, for anyone to think they can stop these people are fools, THEY own this planet, THEY have taken control of a world.
    There are those who believe they can change all this, they are but followers, not leaders, for if they had anything of any substance or any discernment in the first place they would not of let those psychopaths get this far.
    Those do-gooders trying to tell us as to what to do NOW, are acting after the fact, and are deceiving themselves and those who listen to them. They act out of their passion as brought about through the global nuclear threat, words of desperation are their cries. Their ignorance of human behaviour is abyssmal to say the least, and infantile in its reasoning, that is why we have the world that we have.

    A profound comment made on one site I quote here.

    “If I were an alien from another galaxy or dimension and observed this planet and its occupants, my report would be one where this planet should be avoided at all costs, quarantined, alienated, for if these people were allowed to break out of their self imposed evil incarceration they would pollute a universe. My conclusion, eliminate them all. A super nova is required to save all else.”

    In conclusion, it is for each individual to consider all around them, and act in the way they think is best for them and their families, for the evidence is overwhelming of the already serious global problems increasing in their intensity, leading to who knows where. Our life is in the palm of our hand, sometimes that is taken from us by outside forces, but most of the time we have the power to do something as regards that life that we have. Lets hope we act wisely in doing so.

  2. End time servant April 30, 2012 at 3:54 am - Reply

    We are getting punished for sins of the elite and there minions and it’s going to get worse daily thru this planned supposed accident

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