Posts tagged ‘International Atomic Energy Agency’

March 27, 2011

Fukushima plant radiation emission reads 10 million times higher than normal

[Justin Bridge, Japan Nuclear Disaster News Contributor]

HuffPost World: On Sunday, one of the distressed reactors at Japan‘s troubled Fukushima plant showed radiation emissions of more than 10 million times higher than normal prompting workers to flee the plant.

What is clear is that following the authorities confirmation that at least one of the cores of the reactors had been breached, far higher levels of radiation than before are now escaping into the atmosphere and environment.

This incident has done nothing to pour cold water on a concerned international community which is becoming more irritated over the failure of the Japanese government to admit the magnitude of the problem and provide it with reliable data. There is concern that the Fukushima catastrophe is dire and will make Japan practically inhabitable for many years to come and cause high radioactive fallout to affect most countries of the world.

Our News Contributor in Japan has this to say: “The situation is far, far worse than the government is prepared to admit to. It’s all about ‘saving face’ now and are worried if they admit that they messed up, people and other countries will ask them for huge compensation.  Everyone can see that they screwed up badly – the plant is out of control, cooling it is something that hopeful dreams are made up of  as meltdown is well in process. They should come clean and tell everyone what the truth is so that people can get out, or protect themselves before its too late. As for me, I will be leaving Tokyo on Monday”.

March 26, 2011

Tokyo in danger as radioactive cesium found in the city’s water and food

[Japan Nuclear Disaster Contributor]

It would seem that, having restored its stricken nuclear plant’s power supply after a long and desperate battle, Japan could breathe a sigh of relief.

However, it is now obvious that the situation is far from resolved as the nuclear battle-field had left Fukushima boundaries a long  time ago and if nothing gets done quickly, all of Tokyo may become a radioactive quarantine zone.

That is because according to a recent report of  The Japan Times, radioactive iodine has been found in Tokyo water purification systems that far exceeds safe limits. In addition,  radioactive cesium contamination has also been found.  As a result, fruit and vegetables in Tokyo are now unsafe for eating as they mainly originate from the Fukushima prefecture and have been contaminated with radioactive dust emitting from the its nuclear plant melting reactors.

All the more, new dangers are coming out of the Fukushima plant. For example, on Wednesday all workers involved in repair work to the plant had to leave the site because of black smoke coming from it.

Representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency have confirmed that radiation is still steaming out of the plant and the authorities are unclear as to where it is coming from.

This portends not only a disaster of unfolding and apocalyptic proportions for the Japanese people, but also one for its food industry. Already, Japanese food imports are being banned in some countries – Italy has done so already while the EU, the US and a number of Commonwealth countries have started to screen Japanese food imports  closely.

[Japan News Contributor]

March 21, 2011

Japan nuclear disaster update – March 21 2011

BBC News: Japanese authorities have reported that electricity supply  is now operational at three reactors at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant which had been destroyed by fire and explosions follow the March 11 earthquake.

As the cooling systems are still not in operation, it is reported that the situation ‘remains very serious’ (IAEA).  That is because the fuel rods in all reactors appear severely damaged and most are still spewing out poisonous radioactive clouds into the atmosphere.

During the electricity restoration work, reactor number 3 had blown out radioactive smoke and some workers had to be taken away.

The official death toll from the twin disaster  is now at 8,450. However, thousands remain missing and unaccounted for.  There are high levels of radiation in food and water around the plant and further afield which has now spread to Tokyo and the government is advising people, especially those near the plant, not to drink tap water.

[Asia Contributor]

March 17, 2011

Full-scale meltdown in 48 hours for Japan – US, China & Asia in fallout fear

Fears are mounting in Asia, China and the US that Japan’s failure to give full details of the state of the Fukushima plant is indicative that the reactors are in full-scale meltdown.

AlterNet: Last ditch attempts by the Japanese authorities to use military helicoptors to douse the reactor’s raging fires are seen by international experts as nothing less than a ‘face saving’ gesture as things go beyond control for the authorities.

USA Today reports:  “The Japanese government‘s radiation report for the country’s 47 prefectures Wednesday had a notable omission: Fukushima, ground zero in Japan‘s nuclear crisis. Measurements from Ibaraki, just south of Fukushima, were also blanked out. Radiation experts in the USA say that the lack of information about radioactivity released from the smoldering reactors makes it impossible to gauge the current danger, project how bad a potential meltdown might be or calculate how much fallout might reach the USA.”

NHK English reports that temperatures in the reactors’ spent fuel cooling pools at Units 5 and 6 are rising which is indicative that damage has occurred to all 6 reactors and that even the last-ditch helicoptor cooling exercises will not prevent full-scale meltdown whereby massive amount of radioactive smoke is released.
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Time is critical as far as US officials are concerned and they fear that if the cooling situation is not contained in the next 48 hours, Japan will more or less cease to exist as a viable country.
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[Japan Contributor]