The nuclear industry’s “lingering death” was further accelerated of late by new and on-going shutdowns. At Calvert Cliffs, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay, a control rod fell into the reactor core, shutting Unit 1, one of two reactors at the site where plans for a third reactor have stalled indefinitely. At the troubled Palisades nuclear power plant in Covert, Michigan, the reactor was idled on August 12 after a leak from a control rod drive mechanism inside the containment building. At the Millstone nuclear plant on the Long Island Sound in Connecticut, Unit 2 was shut down as water temperatures in the Sound soared above 75 degrees. Meanwhile, the Crystal River nuclear station in Florida, has been closed for three years and may never reopen, potentially costing ratepayers – or Duke shareholders – as much as $2.5 billion in repairs if attempts are made to fix the containment dome. The Progress Energy-Duke merger could spell the end of the combined companies‘ nuclear expansion plans in Levy County, Florida and at the North Carolina, Harris site. The two San Onofre reactor units remain shut near San Diego, due to steam generator flaws and malfunctions. And the Ft. Calhoun, Nebraska reactor has never been reopened since flooding devastated the site when the Missouri River crested and surrounded the plant in the summer of 2011, turning it into an atomic island [photo].
GLOBAL NUCLEAR SCENARIO – Jeff Wefferson
The scientist in me must insist that, all things considered, the global nuclear scenario in all its manifestations is unequivocally THE most dangerous threat to life as we know her that exists on this planet, qualitatively and quantitatively, by several orders of magnitude greater than even the astronomical threats from, for example, endocrine disrupting chemicals, electromagnetic pollution, or GE/GM organisms.
Contrary to popular belief, Fukushima is NOT ‘under control’; at least three molten reactor cores continue to eat their way down into the ground, nearing the subterranean water-table. Immeasurable quantities of hundreds of long-lived radio-active isotopes continue to be created from uncontrolled fissioning, released and dispersed into the sea and air. And Japanese officials are incinerating thousands of tons of radio-active debris, lofting the ash into the jet-stream.
CLUSTER OF QUAKES DIRECTLY BENEATH FUKUSHIMA
These could be the precursor events to the massive “hydro-volcanic” explosion predicted to occur when the three molten reactor cores hit the water table. Note also that the live on-site cameras were taken off-line immediately after these quakes.
IMPORTANT: Building Four, which has been toppling and on the verge of collapse for months now, may have gone down. This would be catastrophic, as the building contains/-ed another spent fuel rod pool containing hundreds of thousands of highly radio-active rods, with extremely high plutonium content. IF this pool has spilled, the amount of radio-nuclides entering the environment would increase astronomically.
IF a ‘hydro-volcanic’ explosion occurs, even more HIGHLY ASTRONOMICAL QUANTITIES OF RADIO-NUCLIDES will be blown sky-high, further into the atmosphere than any of the earlier Fukushima explosions. Radiation levels throughout the northern hemisphere would increase dramatically in a short period of time.
“…burning Fukushima’s radioactive rubble is the worst possible way to deal with the problem. That’s because incinerating it releases much more radioactivity into the air, not only magnifying the contamination all over Japan but also sending it up into the jet stream. Once in the jet stream, the radioactive particles travel across the Northern Hemisphere, coming back down to earth with rain, snow, or other precipitation.”
Textbook signs of acute radiation poisoning are already showing up in Alaska seal populations:
How about the people of Japan and the Fukushima that we aren’t seeing? All this is just the mere BEGINNINGS of what is in store for life as we know her. Bio-spheric radiation levels for longer-lived isotopes in the Pacific ocean should more than likely be measured in new units like the ‘EXA-BECQUEREL’, which is 10 to the 18th power Becquerels, or 10 to the 18th particle-decays.
The fundamental task of ALL organizations reporting on radiation levels is to give the impression that they are measuring the levels and informing us, but the reality is that 1) they ALWAYS under-report the levels by factors of thousands or more, and 2) they ALWAYS conclude that THESE ARE SAFE LEVELS OF RADIATION.
The entire ‘scientific edifice’ of a massive bureaucratic UN organization like the IAEA is built on the delusion and/or hoax that ‘safe levels of ionizing radiation’ exist. I just scanned over several dozen articles from their ‘library’ on radiation contamination in the ocean. Almost without exception, the pattern is identical in every article: yes, they admit that some radiation is in fact there, but no, it’s not at all dangerous or anything to be concerned about. It’s all at SAFE LEVELS.
This is the LIE of the EPOCH….just ask any biologist who worked on the Manhattan Project…or “UNSAFE AT ANY DOSE” DR. HELEN CALDICOTT
Its official! A building can be leaning and have bulging walls supporting a massive tank of liquid on the top floor, and still be secure from any earthquake! This means the world is safe!
The following is also well covered in this report.
The Wall Street Journal just reported that TEPCO doesn’t have a plan to deal with the collapse of Spent Fuel Pool 4 at the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan. Yet a host of scientists, nuclear experts and researchers, say we facing a situation right now that is so serious that it literally threatened our very existence, for the entire Northern Hemisphere is at risk of becoming largely uninhabitable if the building collapses.
According to U.S. Army General Albert Stubblebine of the Natural Solutions Foundation, the situation is extremely serious and poses a significant danger to our entire civilization. Since TEPCO and the Japanese government have refused the entombment option (as the Russians did with Chernobyl) the world is at the mercy of nature. A mistake here would cause the deaths of tens of millions of people across the globe. Read report here.
When the highly radioactive Spent Fuel Rods are exposed to air, there will be massive explosions releasing many times the amount or radiation released thus far. Bizarrely, they are stored three stories above ground in open concrete storage pools. Whether through evaporation of the water in the pools, or due to the inevitable further collapse of the structure, there is a severe risk. United States public health authorities agree that tens of thousands of North Americans have already died from the Fukushima calamity. When the final cataclysm occurs, sooner rather than later, the whole Northern Hemisphere is at risk of becoming largely uninhabitable.
The Japanese ambassador Murata wrote to UN Secretary General: ‘It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on No. 4 reactor’. Before the Committee, Ambassador Murata strongly stated that if the crippled building of reactor unit 4 (with 1,535 fuel rods in the spent fuel pool 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground) collapses, not only will it cause a shutdown of all six reactors but will also affect the common spent fuel pool containing 6,375 fuel rods, located some 50 meters from reactor 4. In both cases the radioactive rods are not protected by a containment vessel; dangerously, they are open to the air. This would certainly cause a global catastrophe like we have never before experienced. He stressed that the responsibility of Japan to the rest of the world is immeasurable. Such a catastrophe would affect us all for centuries. Ambassador Murata informed us that the total numbers of the spent fuel rods at the Fukushima Daiichi site excluding the rods in the pressure vessel is 11,421.”
And this is what Mr. Robert Alvarez, US reactor pools expert, had to say: “In recent times, more information about the spent fuel situation at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site has become known. It is my understanding that of the 1,532 spent fuel assemblies in reactor No. 304 assemblies are fresh and unirradiated. This then leaves 1,231 irradiated spent fuel rods in pool No. 4, which contain roughly 37 million curies (~1.4E+18 Becquerel) of long-lived radioactivity. The No. 4 pool is about 100 feet above ground, is structurally damaged and is exposed to the open elements. If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.
The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors. 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 re-construction effort and will be charting in unknown waters. Despite the enormous destruction cased at the Da–Ichi site, dry casks holding a smaller amount of spent fuel appear to be unscathed.
You may also read Dr. Michio Kaku who stated “People don’t realize that the Fukushima reactor is on a knife’s edge; it’s near the tipping point. A small earthquake, another pipe break, another explosion could tip it over and we could have a disaster much worse, many times worse than Chernobyl. It’s like a sleeping dragon.” Full text here.
He also said on the 28th that, “Radiation levels are 1,000 milliseverts/hour. This means that workers will come down with radiation sickness with only 15 minutes of exposure. Some workers will die after 6 hours of exposure. The meaning of all this is: if radiation levels continue to rise, and workers are forced to evacuate, the accident will be in free fall.” Dr. Kaku called for an immediate entombment of the plant after the disaster began. Now it might be too late for that and will take too long to do it.
Also an independent report from Fairwinds.
Nearly all of the 10,893 spent fuel assemblies sit in pools vulnerable to future earthquakes, with roughly 85 times more long-lived radioactivity than released at Chernobyl, still sit in pools vulnerable to earthquakes.
Several pools are 100 feet above the ground and are completely open to the atmosphere because the reactor buildings were demolished by explosions. The pools could possibly topple or collapse from structural damage coupled with another powerful earthquake.
The loss of water exposing the spent fuel will result in overheating and can cause melting and ignite its zirconium metal cladding resulting in a fire that could deposit large amounts of radioactive materials over hundreds, if not thousands of miles.
Read full article here.
1,565 fuel rods in the Fukushima plant 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.
If this pool collapses 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. A host of 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.
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.
The data collected Tuesday showed the damage from the disaster was so severe, the plant operator will have to develop special equipment and technology to tolerate the harsh environment and decommission the plant, a process expected to last decades.
The other two reactors that had meltdowns could be in even worse shape. The No. 2 reactor is the only one officials have been able to closely examine so far.
Tuesday’s examination with an industrial endoscope detected radiation levels up to 10 times the fatal dose inside the chamber. Plant officials previously said more than half of the melted fuel has breached the core and dropped to the floor of the primary containment vessel, some of it splashing against the wall or the floor.
For interesting article click here.
A changing climate isn’t just about floods, droughts and heatwaves. It brings erupting volcanoes and catastrophic earthquakes – Bill McGuire.
The idea that a changing climate can persuade the ground to shake, volcanoes to rumble and tsunamis to crash on to unsuspecting coastlines seems, at first, to be bordering on the insane. How can what happens in the thin envelope of gas that shrouds and protects our world possibly influence the potentially earth-shattering processes that operate deep beneath the surface? The fact that it does reflects a failure of our imagination and a limited understanding of the manner in which the different physical components of our planet – the atmosphere, the oceans, and the solid earth, or geosphere – intertwine and interact.
If we think about climate change at all, most of us do so in a very simplistic way: so, the weather might get a bit warmer; floods and droughts may become more of a problem and sea levels will slowly creep upwards. Evidence reveals, however, that our planet is an almost unimaginably complicated beast, which reacts to a dramatically changing climate in all manner of different ways; a few – like the aforementioned – straightforward and predictable; some surprising and others downright implausible. Into the latter category fall the manifold responses of the geosphere.
I have been taken to task for my previous report on Fukushima being unbalanced, and in particular I was urged to “moderate the rhetoric and support your arguments or people will think you are just scare-mongering”. Here is support from Japan’s own regulatory body that “Based on the quantity of heat, it is equivalent to 29.6 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs, and, based on the amount of uranium, it is equivalent to 20 bombs. What is more frightening is that, based on our current knowledge, the residual amount of radioactivity of the Hiroshima bomb decreased to 1/1000 one year later, but at Fukushima the residual activity will decrease to only one-tenth one year later.”
I have collected a lot of information here, enough to give you an understanding of this situation!
Primary action: agitate to close all nuclear plants and replace them with geothermal power sources. Agitate to have the truth revealed and to test food from contaminated sources like Japan, northern fisheries and California.
Please, somebody, tell me I don’t have to be worried.
As far as I am aware since the middle of April no evidence has been available on the web for the movement of radioactive material around the globe. Up to then it was concentrated in the northern hemisphere, and looks like a permanent cloud of censium, iodine and so on.
The following quotation comes from NAS report: “the prevailing scientific view is that there’s no threshold below which radiation exposure is safe—in other words, that all radiation, including the ever-present background radiation, is a potential health risk—and that the risk decreases linearly, so that even decreasing a radiation dose by 99 percent still leaves 1 percent of the risk. According to this “linear, no-threshold” model of radiation risk, a given amount of human radiation exposure will produce the same number of cancers, no matter how many people it is distributed among.
In 2006, the National Academy of Sciences concluded, in the final paragraph of its 323-page report (1) on the biological effect of ionizing radiation, that current scientific evidence “is consistent with the hypothesis that there is a linear, no-threshold dose-response relationship between exposure to ionizing radiation and the development of cancer in humans.” (2)
Dr Tatsuhiko Kodama speaking to the Japanese Parliament a few weeks ago.
And his actual speech with translation
Foundations cracking and radioactive core is moving underground (a new one in video)
IUS report on continued avoidance of the problem for the world of continuing emissions
Impact on children, along with a government proposal to avoid action by raising the permissible level of exposure to avoid dealing with the problem!
And a powerful on-site report. Its long but should be seen by all who are concerned
Continuing discharge at extremely high levels
Readings from rain deposits in Canada,
Though current testing is playing this down
And the movement of radioactive plumes around the globe during the first three weeks, and still continuing
Up to 9 April this European study with actual radiation levels globally
And during the month of May halfway down the page
Fukushima is emitting vast quantities of radio active material, both into the air and into the water, AND that this plant will continue to do so for the next 30 years. It seems there is no way to stop this.
In addition, every earthquake since March has destabilised the foundations of the plants, opening large cracks through which the molten core is settling deeper into the earth and affecting both the water tables and the oceans.
The radio active material will affect all imports from Japan and much of the fish we eat if trawled in the northern waters. After a while it will drift down to Australia as the radioactive material is carried around the world by air and sea currents.
There is no escape from some level of poisoning for any of us, though I am told that regular doses of Sea Kelp can help minimise the impact of radiation on the body.
Who now needs global warming?
For basic data
Last month, for example, hot celsium was found nearly doubled over a five-day period.
For current reports you can check into
And in particular
In a time of deceit telling the truth is revolutionary.
Fukushima radiation taints US milk supplies at levels 300% higher than EPA maximums.
Rainwater samples taken in San Francisco April 6 measured an increase of 18,100% above Federal standards and included measures of radioactive caesium and Tellurium-132. The west coast Canadian city of Vancouver suspended all mobile radiation testing until further notice after levels of 10,000% safe levels of Iodine-131 were detected.
The results of this study suggest that limiting warming to roughly 2°C by the end of this century is unlikely since it requires an immediate ramp down of emissions followed by ongoing carbon sequestration in the second half of this century.
Food prices: World Bank warns millions face poverty from a lethal combination of higher oil prices, land degradation and increased population.
Next Mass Extinction an Eyeblink Away: Scientists say that life on Earth is hurtling towards extinction levels comparable to those following the dinosaur-erasing asteroid impact of 65 million years ago, a rush to our extinction propelled by our own activities.