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May 26, 2011

Earthquake of magnitude 5.9 shakes Fukushima region on May 24th 2011

[Sumi Aleksander, Japan News Contributor]

USGS: On Tuesday 24th May 2011, an earthquake of 5.9 magnitude struck the Honshu region which encapsulates the troubled Fukushima nuclear plant. No tsunami, or damage reports have been made.

The Honshu region is a notoriously unstable part of Japan and practically each day earthquakes at M4 to 6 strike the area.

An anonymous source at the UN has disclosed that it is looking into the Fukushima plant disaster to decide whether Japan was negligent in building the a nuclear plant in such an unstable part of the country and in that respect whether it should be made to compensate all countries that are now affected from serious radioactive contamination from the nuclear disaster that struck the plant.

May 17, 2011

Breaking News: Fukushima Nuclear Facility, an act of international terror by Japan

[Daisy Chung, Human Rights Contributor]

It seems from the conclusions of analyst, Paul Watson, that the Fukushima nuclear plant construction equates to nothing less than an act of terror by the Japanese government. 

That is because even before the nuclear plant was constructed at Fukushima, earthquakes had been striking the Honshu region, which encapsulates Fukushima, on a daily basis – some more severe than others. Therefore, the Japanese government which had been motivated by commercial greed, would have known that it was highly predictable that a disaster of the kind that struck the facility recently, due to seismic activity, was just a matter of time.

Despite knowledge of this highly likely disaster, no contingency plans had been made for this by the Japanese government to protect its citizens in such an event. Furthermore, in particular, it had known, even before constructing the plant that the nuclear reactor design was known to be susceptible to fracture and leakages under stress.

Today, the situation is far worse for the world and the Japanese people than it was at the start of the eventTEPCO now admits that the areas surrounding the Fukushima prefecture – up to 100 miles away, are severely contaminated. As a result, villages and towns are being evacuated and livestock is being culled on a daily basis.

Drinking water in cities as far away as Tokyo, now have radioactive contamination far above the safe limit and there is concern by international organisations that the radioactive pollution in the atmosphere in all of Japan now poses a serious risk for the health of the Japanese.  Additionally, the Pacific ocean facing the plant is now dangerously contaminated and the reactors in spiralling meltdown.   The international scale of Japan’s irresponsibility has been reflected in the radioactive contamination from the disaster  spreading beyond its shores to the USA, UK and most of Europe where risk-level radioactive substances from the plant have been found in milk and livestock.

However, despite it having no plan to contain the problem, the Japanese government has not been forthcoming in admitting the extent of the catastrophe and in fact has been working actively with media organisations to downplay the true scale of the horror it has perpetrated.

Japan, by its colossal act of horror brought about by its commercial greed, has perpetrated an act of pure evil upon its citizens  equivalent to that inflicted upon their people by the regimes in Africa and the Middle East, now under ‘people power’ uprisings which have international support.

It seems clear that Japan should be now brought to account by the UN for having inflicted this deliberate and unlawful risk deliberately upon its citizens and for endangering the world by its act of criminal terror in the construction of the nuclear plant in Fukushima despite the known and predictable risks of the disaster that struck the plant which has affected not only the Japanese, but the entire world.

May 4, 2011

Chernobyl revisited – Russia calls for new nuclear safety rules worldwide

[Valentin Pleschuk, Russia News Contributor]

BBC News: Following the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has called upon the international community to adopt a new set of international nuclear safety rules.

For the first time since 1986 when the disaster broke out, a Russian leader actually visited the devastated and highly contaminated area. The commemoration ceremony at the foot of the crippled plant was also attended by the president of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovich.

The proposal came amid massive protests in Germany, France and a number of eastern European states against the use of nuclear power in the context of the worldwide radiation spread threat from the now infamous Fukushima plant.

Today, I sent proposals to [world] leaders… aimed at guaranteeing the necessary development of nuclear energy in the world while preventing at the same time catastrophic global consequences [of accidents]…..in order for such tragedies never to be repeated we must all be honest, we must provide absolutely exact information about what is going on.”” Mr Medvedev said. 

Although the full content of the proposals is unknown, one of the conditions of the programme, accentuated by Mr. Medvedev publicly, is enhanced openness and speedy information exchange between world governments and the population, as well as between countries’ governments themselves.

The ceremony was held in absence of Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus which was most grievously affected by the Chernobyl disaster, after being suggested as an unwelcome guest at the Chernobyl conference, by the president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso.

April 30, 2011

Two hundred and thirty nine earthquakes struck the world today with most intense (M4-M6) in Japan and South America

[Edwin Crowel, Natural Disaster Contributor]

According to the US Geological Survey, two hundred and thirty nine earthquakes shook the world on Saturday 30th April 2011.

The most intense of them, between M4 and M6 – indicated in blue on the picture, struck Japan, the Pacific area, the USA and South America. No tsunamis, or damage reports have yet been made.

Earthquake in Japan

In the past few days, Japan was struck by more than 12 earthquakes at intensity M4-M5. Most occurred in proximity of the Fukushima prefecture. The area, and Japan in particular are notoriously unstable parts of the world for earthquakes which strike on more, or less, a daily basis – some earthquakes being more intense than others.

Analysts are commenting that having regard to Japan’s geological instability, it was a supreme act of recklessness for the nuclear facility in Fukushima with its known vulnerabilities to this kind of natural disaster, to have ever been commissioned.

April 28, 2011

For ‘rocking’ Japan, its business as usual as 7 earthquakes at M4.4 to M5.8 strike in the past two days

[Jana Tinaki, Earthquake Japan Contributor]

The US Geological Survey reports that the following earthquakes struck Japan over the past two days. No damage, or Tsunami has been reported.

In the preceding Easter holiday weekend, Japan had been struck by not less than 9 earthquakes of the same magnitude.

MAG     UTC DATE-TIME          LAT          LON          DEPTH    REGION

4.6     2011/04/28 14:04:41        37.237     142.658      30.4       OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU
5.8     2011/04/28 09:27:48        37.492     141.652      48.9       NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU
4.9     2011/04/28 01:44:46        38.663     141.789      35.8       NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU
4.9     2011/04/28 00:02:25        36.787     142.501      34.1       OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU
5.1     2011/04/27 21:45:03        38.170     141.778      53.3       NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU
5.1     2011/04/27 21:42:50        36.738     142.685      31.9       OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU
4.9     2011/04/27 16:03:29        26.685     143.680      10.0       BONIN ISLANDS

April 21, 2011

Fukushima plant operators facing huge domestic and foreign compensation claims

[Akito Sikomoto, Japan News contributor]

Fukushima Plant Operator to Compensate Residents

According to RT.COM, the Fukushima plant operator, TEPCO, is making compensation payments of up to $12,000 to each of the the 50,000 or so families living in the 30km evacuation area around the crippled nuclear facility. It also plans to disperse a radiation-absorbing substance on the facility’s coastline.

The total amounts to be given in compensation to the families are still under review, but is likely to be to the tune of millions. The majority of those who had to feel the troubled zone are still living in emergency centres and have lost their employment as a result.

RT.COM – Highly Toxic Radioactive Material still being dumped into the sea at ‘catastrophic’ levels – compensation claims likely

TEPCO reports that in six days of this month, more that 20,000 times the allowable limit of radioactive matter has been dumped into the sea from the damaged plant amounting to more than 520 tonnes of toxic radioactive water.

As the toxic sea-borne contamination from Japan has reached countries as far away as Germany and Ireland and is likely to cause incalculable damage to the Pacific Ocean‘s sea life, analysts are saying those sovereign nations that are already affected by the toxic waste reaching their shores – USA, Malaysi, Thailand, UK – are taking legal advice in respect to taking legal action against Japan for the contamination as this increases. If this happens, it is feared, due to possible size of the compensation claims, it is likely that Japan will cease to exist as a country.

April 19, 2011

Dominica historian and social scientist, Dr. Lennox Honeychurch, achieves $500,000 award for excellence

[Dr. Edward Lestrade, Dominica News Contributor]

DA Vibes Newspaper: At a well-attended ceremony in Trinidad  on the 9th of April 2011, Dr. Lennox Honeychurch, a distinguished Dominica-born historian and social scientist, was awarded the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Award for Excellence which carries a $500,000 prize.

Lennox was born in Dominica in 1952 and attended the St. Mary’s Academy secondary school. I attended the school with him and knew him then as one of the most popular, participative and studious members of the school.

Later on in life, Lennox won a scholarship to Oxford University and there he gained a D.Phil (Doctor of Philosophy) at the university’s  St. Hughes’ College. Thereafter, he could have gone anywhere in the world to further his career, but instead,  chose to return to his cherished island home country of Dominica, which he has served tirelessly and with great enthusiasm for all of his life thus far.

I met Lennox a few years ago in his birth town of Portsmouth where he was lecturing overseas students on the rich cultural heritage of Dominica. Then, his enthusiasm and eloquence in respect to all matters concerning Dominica were visible aspects of his delivery and had kept his audience practically spell-bound.

Lennox, in his acceptance speech, is quoted by DA Vibes newspaper as saying that instead of choosing to emigrate to more developed countries: “to wake at 6 am, in the cold, and then to take the subway in New York, or the Tube in London, to get to work”, Caribbean people should, like him,  opt to stay at home to realise, as he has done, the potential of their islands.

Lennox has authored many books, of which: ‘The Caribbean People’ is the most popular in the region.

The Anthony N Sabga Foundation is unique in the Caribbean and serving to promote excellence in the arts, sciences and public/ civic contributions, it give annual/ bi-annual prizes for those it considers to be meriting in the fields.  The foundation is owned by the ANSA McAL Group of companies. Since 2006 the awards have been given twice yearly, but this year was the first time the awards were made yearly.  According to the Foundation, the move was principally a function of the current world recessionary climate and also to allow it to devote more time to finding deserving candidates.

My personal congratulations to Lennox is: “Well done Lennox, a prize extremely well-deserved for all you are doing for Dominica”.

April 13, 2011

Journalist takes a video trip to the heart of Fukushima

[Atoshi Jito, Japan News Contributor]

RT.COM: Armed with a video camera and geiger counter, journalist Tetsuo Jimbo, chief editor of http://www.videonews.com went on an adventure of his life deep into the Fukushima facility to get a first hand view of the catastrophe.  He trip went to around 1.5 km of the plant.

He reports the scene at Fukushima as being eerie – no traffic lights, no one about, only dogs and cows walking aimlessly around.

The roads were badly damaged by the earthquake, rubble and debris coming from tsunami left as they were…..you don’t feel a thing even when the radiation level is high. You don’t smell anything, you don’t feel any heat, it doesn’t hurt. That is the scary thing about radiation – you don’t know if it’s there unless you have a Geiger counter on you,” he said.

Tetsuo says that throughout his visit radiation levels had remained quite low and noted that in some places further from the plant, levels had turned out to be far higher.

Click on the picture to read more and to view the video..

April 7, 2011

Japan in yet another earthquake/ tsunami scare

Japan Earthquake 2011

News & Photo: AP/The Huffington Post

[Peter Hoffman, Japan News Contributor]

  Huffington Post: The Japanese meteorological agency said today that a 7.4 rated earthquake shook the northeastern coast of Japan. No damage, or tsunami has been reported.

April 6, 2011

Fukushima No.1 Plant in imminent radioactive explosion

[Korin Whitehoff, Fukushima News Contributor]

 RT.COM: It looks like there will be another explosion at the Fukushima plant, this time at the No.1 reactor as hydrogen pressure mounts up in the reactor which is highly likely due to its damaged core.  The authorities are reported to be preparing to put nitrogen into the casing of the reactor so as to contain the site in the event of a hydrogen explosion.  However, this procedure is not without its own dangers as it will most likely cause the discharging of radioactive matter outside of the plant as well.

In the meantime, Japan’s woes continue as ‘immeasurable levels’ of radiation are reported at the Fukushima plant and more than 15,000 tons of dangerous radioactive materials have so far been discharged into the Pacific Ocean.
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Country analysts are saying that it is highly likely that those countries that have been and will be affected by the radioactive fallout from the site will begin compensation claims against Japan.
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