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As it is the case with many topics, we are not being told the entire truth about the severity behind the Fukishima nuclear disaster. For a while now, reports about the continous impact of the Fukushima disaster have been circulating and coming through the mainstream media. A couple of weeks ago, we heard reports of …   Read More

As it is the case with many topics, we are not being told the entire truth about the severity behind the Fukishima nuclear disaster. For a while now, reports about the continous impact of the Fukushima disaster have been circulating and coming through the mainstream media. A couple of weeks ago, we heard reports of large tankers and objects appearing on the west coast of North America. A large 70ft long dock washed up in the coasts of Oregon reminding us of the fact the disaster is far from being over and the world has to yet reevalutate the consequences and impact of it. This is important because we have been told in the past that we would not see much debris showing up in the west coast until 2014, when news came out that there are 20 million tons of debris coming towards British Columbia reported to show up then. However, all over the west coast we hear reports of different items washing in the coast from glass beer bottles to motorcycles to cars. In countries like Peru, there are reports of mysterious cases of dolphins and pelicans washing up on the coasts. The pelican deaths reported at 1,200 and dolphins at 877. This is all very sad, as the impact of the tsunami that devasted the region of Fukushima which is, of course, very sad for the health of the oceans and the environmental. Another implication is the the cost to human life, add to all of this, the deaths caused by the tsunami and the earthquake that shook this part of Japan. What I want to discuss is the implication related to the spillage of radiactive materials by the reactors at Fukishima Dalichi nuclear plant. I was born in 1980, so by this I can honestly say I gained conciousness and gathered my memories to as far as 1987. At 7 years, old I was aware of the world events, one which was the existence of sad world event that was the Chernobyl spillage in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union. Why do I mentioned this? Because it gives us a good point of reference and comparison as it is a similar event and yet, as I will argue, of lesser impact. There are also similarities between the Chernobyl and the Fukushima disaster. It is now very much known that the Soviets did not reveal in truth the real severity of the disaster, as it was published by Los Angeles Times in 1992 where you can read how the Soviets withheld, misconstrued and lied about several topics.

“They invented different categories of truth: one for the East, another for the West, yet another for the International Atomic Energy Agency and quite another for us who in their view were not entitled to know anything at all.”

So, it is not new to know that governments can lie about the severity of an event and also to withheld the impact that those events may still hold. For example, it is very probable that you did not know that the radiactive materials that were buried in concrete known as the “crumbling sarcophagus” was designed to hold for a maxium lifetime of 20-30 years? This means that the impact of Chernobyl still goes on to this day, of course not to mentioned all of the cases of Thyrodid cancer and other radiactiactivity induced diceases that still afflict populations in the Ukraine and Belaraus. The point is it is now documented that governments can lie about a nuclear disaster and two that the effects of such events can be more severe than we know. The problem with radiactive spillage, as opposed to an oil spillage, is that it not can spread through ground, but also very much through water and air. And this is where the Fukushima disater is much more severe than Chernobyl. In fact the Internatioal Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has upgraded the Fukushima diaster at level 7 as their highest severity scale incident, the same grade than the Chernobyl incident. The organization uses a number of criter and indicators to assure the rating, however, I would suggest they create a higher level. As I was mentioning, radiactivity can travel through air and water. Three of the reactors at the Fukushima Dalichi nuclear plant became overheated due the malfunction of the cooling system due to the sysmic and water overflow from the sea. What the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) workers at the Fukushima Dalichi plant did was to use ocean water to cool down the reactors, and that seemed to “work” for a while until the word got out that thousands of tones of radiactive ocean water was being put back in the ocean. In fact, it is now know that about 11,500 tons of radiactive water have been released in the Pacific Ocean. Another 300,000 tons of less radiactive water had been previously been reported to have leaked or purposely pumped in to the sea. Water can be quatified, however when we talk about air, how can we predict that how much radiactive wind is contaminated with radiactive materials and how of the wind has been circulating around the globe. Now, I want you to remember for a minute that objects of the lenght of up to 70ft in lenght such as the tanker that washed up in Oregon on June 7 travel through the sea for thosands of miles reaching the coasts of North America, now wind travels faster than water does and certainly radiactive materials or particles can travel faster than a tanker, right? So how much radiactive material has already reach where? Is anyone talking about this? Should we believe that everything is already been “taken care of.” We know now that in Chernobyl, the wind blew about 70% of the radioactive materials mostly falling into Belarus. Even if we do not attribute much consequence to the damage through air currents, definitely there is an impact to ocean life. Let’s also not forget that products that are made in Japan from cars to green tea circulate the international trade as normal. It is also hard to imagine how residents in other “unaffected” areas in Japan continue to live the island as if everything was “fixed” however we will have to wait and see as radioactivity manifests in two ways: acute exposure, which is the high dose radiation over a short period of time, for this we can think of the “liquidators” who are the 25,000 soldiers, fire-fighters who were involved in the clean up and have died since the incident. The other is the long term exposure, which translates into lower doses of radiation that manifest into tumours, genetic mutations and damage to the immune system. In the case of Chernobyl, there is an aggregated pile of millions of people who to this day are afflicted by it due to a long term and slow exposure to radiation levels over decades. The number for Chernobyl is that of 5.5 million people, 1 million of whom are children. It is hard to imagine what numbers Fukushima will bring and harder even to demostrate how many cases of cancer we see growing year-by-year ,many whom are children, can be attributed to incidents like Chernobyl or of lesser nature that contaminate our earth, now we are adding a new threat that is the Fukushima, so what is the impact of it really? And what do we need to do? Some researchers are recommending avoiding all kinds of Japanese products altogether, that’s that we can do right now, but if we were being told the truth perhaps we can do more to avoid millions of deaths. The release of radiactive materials can be quantified and below is a breakdown of what we know so far:

Substance Chernobyl Fukushima Multiple Percentage
C-137 85,000
terabecquerels
360,000
terabecquerels
4.23
times
423%
I-131 968,000
terabecquerels
400,000
terabecquerels
.413
times
41.3%
C-137 + I-131
– Into Water
-n/a- 720,000+
terabecquerels
-n/a- -n/a-
C-137 + I-131
– Water and Air
1,053,000
terabecquerels
1,480,000+
terabecquerels
1.40
times
140%
Total Radioactive Substances 5,200,000
terabecquerels.
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Source: http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/04/24/why-fukushima-is-a-greater-disaster-than-chernobyl/

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