Posts tagged ‘Tokyo Electric Power Company’

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 14, 2011

Japan’s dishonourable TEPCO admits lying and confirms that the Fukushima plant did melt down

Telegraph.co.uk photo and primary news source, nuclear meltdown at Fukushima plant

[Source: Telegraph.co.uk; Photo: TEPCO]
[Fukushima News Contributor, Kimaz de Luca]

Telegraph.co.uk’s Julian Ryal reports that  the Tokyo Electric Power company (Tepco) despite earlier denials, have finally admitted this week that the Fukushima plant did suffer a grave meltdown which they still don’t know how to fix.

Tepco officials went into the No.1 reactor area last week and observed at first hand that a significant number of the core’s 13ft-long fuel rods had  surfaced and had melted. This means that heavily contaminated radioactive water is continuing to leak into the environment at dangerous levels.

Greenpeace analyst say that a considerable amount of lethal radioactive material has found its way into the sea and even seaweed 40 miles away from the plant now contains dangerous levels of  radiation. Some samples taken had more than five times the safe limit of iodine 131 and in excess of 20 times the safe limit of caesium 137.

It is feared that livestock in the vicinity of the plant and further afield has been gravely affected by the contamination. Also water levels in cities as far as Tokyo are said to be seriously contaminated with radioactive materials.

The Fukushima Prefecture is in the Honshu area of Japan which is the country’s most volatile for earthquake activity. Earthquake activity is experienced in the area each day and on average one earthquake of at least magnitude 5 (serious, according the United States Geological Survey (‘USGS’) strikes the area each week.  As a result, analysts are saying that it seems clear that TEPCO had acted totally irresponsibly to have built the plants in such a dangerous area in the first place.

For example, according to the USGC, today there was an M4.6 earthquake in the Honshu area which struck 63 miles from Fukushima – details as follows:-

Magnitude 4.6
Date-Time
Location 37.535°N, 141.116°E
Depth 22.8 km (14.2 miles)
Region NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances 57 km (35 miles) NNE of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan
63 km (39 miles) ESE of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan
67 km (41 miles) ENE of Koriyama, Honshu, Japan
238 km (147 miles) NNE of TOKYO, Japan
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 20, 2011

And finally, good news for Japan as Fukushima decontamination starts

[Sikura Kimoto, Japan News Contributor]

RT.com: It seems that the Fukushima crisis has somewhat abated as decontamination works have now been started at the hugely compromised plant.

At the moment, viciously toxic water at the basement of the plant is being moved to a recycling facility as fast as possible in order to avoid sea pollution and to enable the operator to close the whole complex down.

If the operation is successful (and the pumping works are expected to end  in around a month, as up to 67,500 tons of radioactive water have built up inside the buildings) workers will be able to enter the plant and restore the cooling systems. If cooling is not put back, a total meltdown will occur.

On Monday, the latest  robot-taken pictures and radiation measurements  inside the buildings were disclosed to the public. Levels at reactors 1 and 3 were still dangerously high – 50 milisieverts per hour (when the safe limit is an annual equivalent).

However, the plant operators, TEPCO, still has not abandoned hopes to find some less dangerous places within the  buildings.  It promises that as soon as its technicians are able to safely enter the plant,  new cooling facilities will be set up and reactors 1,3, and 4 will get covered in concrete so to achieve ‘cold shutdown‘ of the plant in nine months.

The Chairman of TEPCO, Tsunehisa Katsumata, as well as its president, Masataka Shimizu, have announced that because of the disaster they are likely to quit. However, there are likely to be criminal investigations of the plant operators over the incident, analysts are saying.

April 11, 2011

Fukushima deathtoll tops 28,000 as search continues for bodies

[Akito Sikomoto, Japan News Contributor]

RT.com: According to the Japanese Police Agency,the dead and missing from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan have now reached 28,000 and the figure is expected to go up.

A joint task force, involving more than 20,000 Japanese and American servicepeople, is carrying out intensive search exercises around the Fukushima and adjoining prefectures for bodies. So far 300 have been recovered.  In the meantime, however, radioactive waste from the plant continues to be dumped into the Pacific.

RT.com reports that around 8,900 tons of contaminated fluid was pumped from Fukushima yesterday with 200,000 tons more today.  Most of the disaster-affected Fukushima reactors are in a bad state and are still leaking radiation into the atmosphere and the sea. Furthermore,  in excess of 60,000 tons of radioctive waste water still needs to be pumped out from the facility before any kind of restoration work can be done on it.

To limit damage to the environment, the plant operators are planning to build a 120 meter wall into the sea to separate it from the plant. However,  analysts are saying that the plant is irrecoverable and even it was, it would not be prudent to re-commission  it in Fukushima which is a known earthquake zone.

There are also fears from the Japanese authorities that the amount of radioactive waste from the plant being dumped into the atmosphere and the Pacific will encourage countries that have been affected by the discharges to claim compensation, which could run into billions.