Wednesday, May 18, 2011


FUKUSHIMA UPDATE 5.18.11



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“The fact that reactor three used MOX fuel has prompted a Russian Chernobyl expert to even assert that ‘(the) release of plutonium will contaminate that area forever and…is impossible to clean up.”  [emphasis mine - RB] 
via reddit
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[Surely officials of other nations would never do the same??]

   "Although the predictions sound eerily like the sequence of events at the Fukushima Daiichi plant following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the lawsuit was filed nearly a decade ago to shut down another plant, long considered the most dangerous in Japan...
   The lawsuits reveal a disturbing pattern in which operators underestimated or hid seismic dangers to avoid costly upgrades and keep operating." 

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Jinzaburo Takagi

(In case you thought that this was all so unexpected:)
   In 1995 Jinzaburo Takagi (1938~1995), who received the Right Livelihood Award "...for serving to alert the world to the unparalleled dangers of plutonium to human life,”
“blasted the government and power companies for ‘refusing to consider emergency measures in the event of an earthquake because they assume nuclear power plants will not break down in an earthquake and have stopped taking further steps at all.’
   He also argued that the Great Hanshin Earthquake was a wakeup call for getting nuclear power facilities ready for emergencies, such as being ‘attacked by a tsunami along with a quake.’
   ‘Discussions on the safety of nuclear power plants or disaster preparedness measures on the assumption of those situations occurring have been shunned, on the grounds that it is inappropriate to make such assumptions or such discussions have some ulterior motive,’ he said.
   The paper [Nuclear Facilities and Emergencies - with Focus on Measures against Earthquakes, 1995] cited Fukushima Prefecture's Hamadori coastal region as one of the areas with a concentration of nuclear facilities that could face a situation ‘beyond what has been imagined’ if a major earthquake strikes. The region is home to the Fukushima No. 1 and No. 2 nuclear power plants run by Tokyo Electric Power Co.
   Tsunami-hit Fukushima No. 1 is also referred to in the paper as an ‘obsolete [in 1995! - RB] nuclear power plant that raises the greatest concerns’ and requires holding concrete discussions on its decommissioning.”
[emphasis mine - RB]

Stated by an expert almost 20 years ago!

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I wonder if anyone else
thinks of this
profound infliction
from earth and sea
as partly a matter of
karma...
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(via Ken Elwood)

5 comments:

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Just now on tv they are talking about still looking for bodies, no word about your news that u have posted here... Seems as tho your government hides info like ours..

Elizabeth Westmark said...

It's distressing how quickly this continuing unfolding epic tragedy has faded from the 24/7 U.S. news cycle.

Antares Cryptos said...

Scientists knew, but no one would listen.

Tabor said...

Someday, down the road, when you find then there is a pause, I would like you to write personally about how you have changed (or not) through all of this as it affected those close to you.

Stefan said...

Yes. Someone did. But for a Buddhist this is, at the same time, almost too harsh a thought to think. And yet it is near by, almost natural. There also are very real and proven connections that can be seen as karmic in nature. The food chain, bio-magnification... all things are, after all, connected. Somehow.

Thank you for your Blog.