Radiation Threat in Japan
Post Date 19 March 2011: The good news is that the nuclear crisis in Japan has caused a new concern about existing nuclear plants around the world.
On the other hand, it is alarming to hear just how many nuclear plants there are in the world. The Japanese earthquake/tsunami/nuclear crisis events have highlighted the international problem of nuclear power plants and the danger they pose to our own human existence. Now we are alerted to the fact that there are literally thousands of these dangerous power stations all over the world.
China, who also suffered a devastating earthquake very recently, one which destroyed a village near the Burma border, has reported that it has halted the work on 27 NEW nuclear power plants which it is building. China is reported by BBC as anticipating the building of 100 more NEW nuclear reactors in the next few years.
China also is earthquake prone. God forbid – the Chinese nuclear plants alone will be enough to wipe out the lot of us, if there should be a melt down which has a chain reaction due to ‘an act of God’.
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel has announced that Germany has ceased operations at seven of its old nuclear power plants.
Switzerland has stopped work on its new power plants which it is building, so that it can reassess the situation.
Let’s pray that no more nuclear power plants get built, and that existing nuclear plants get taken down all over the world.
Of Nuclear Power Reactors: Take them down. Take them down. Go for the alternatives – solar power, and wind power. The earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan which have killed so many people and ruined their lives, have shown us what their damage can do on nuclear power plants. Now, those who have survived in Japan have not only to suffer the loss of their loved ones, their towns, their homes, their jobs and their cities, but they also have to worry about the effects of radiation which could potentially kill the whole population of Japan. Nuclear fall out threatens to invade much of the world.
This radioactive nuclear fallout from Japan will cause cancer and much degenerative disease all over the world, not just in Japan. It is NOT true that only people in Japan and nearby neighbouring countries will be affected. The air that we breathe does not stay in the one place, as some experts would have us believe.
A NEW PLAN; Rethink our throw-away mind-set which requires that millions of new cars, and other commodities, be made each year, whilst millions of other good cars are trashed to make way for new cars. Making cars – making anything – requires large amounts of energy. We need to conserve our energy supplies – domestic use should come first in the new plan. Anything left over from all our solar panels etc could then be allocated to industry.
Fukushima Reactors Spilling Radiation
The BBC through the night in New Zealand has given us some new insights on the situation at the volatile Fukushima nuclear power plant. Reporter Steve Marshall, who is now in Hong Kong, away from the danger zone in Japan, spoke to us. We also had a report from Tim Wilcox, who spoke live from Tokyo.
It seems, according to general reports, that the government has not given the public too much information on the state of affairs at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Official reports often conflict. The government has lost credibility with the public because of its blase attitude,, considering that there is obviously a crisis right now with their nuclear plants at Fukushima.
The government has been criticized for not facilitating a plan for the people in the event of a nuclear disaster.
The government has been saying that the ‘situation is under control’, taking the attitude that there really is nothing to worry about. It has simply been telling people around the exclusion zones, to ‘stay indoors’. At the same time, it has evacuated around 200,000 people out of the area, just in case, which of course has indicated that the situation is far more serious than what they have indicated.
Our newspaper here had the heading “Does the government really know what is going on?”
Well, it is possible that they do NOT really know the real extent of the damage, or how likely it is that the situation will be contained, because they may not have been enlightened by the managers of the Fukushima Power Plant.
The mangers of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant have a history of giving out misleading information. In 2005, 11 radiation leaks occurred which they failed to report to government authorities.
In 2007, they were accused of false reporting.
In 2009, two of their workers died as a result of radiation exposure.
Simply ‘staying indoors’ will not do you much good if the reactors actually blow up, or melt down entirely: If this happens, then you will be a goner, as you won’t be able to go outside to get away, as you will get zapped by the radioactive fallout. And nor will you be able to escape the radiation if you stay inside, as it will seep through the cracks into your house and pollute the air you breathe. Death will be the result if this happens.
Of course, there is a chance that the workers at the nuclear plant will manage to cool the systems down, in which case, they will divert a potential death sentence for many people. However, the radiation which has already escaped into the air will still threaten the health of the population:
There is no way of knowing just how bad these levels are, as the situation is changing all the time, and the authorities are not giving out any information on the radiation levels, or whether things are improving or getting worse. So people cannot make an informed decision on whether it is safe to stay.. One thing is certain – it is better to be out of the danger zone, no matter what the level of radiation. Leaving is by far the best thing to do.
Workers at the nuclear plant were pulled out two days ago, as radiation levels are so dangerously high. The government has said that the radiation levels have reduced, but at the same time they raised the ‘safe’ level of radiation, and have now sent their workers back into the nuclear reactors to try and prevent total melt down. The higher ‘safe’ level of radiation allows their nuclear plant workers to stay inside the complex for a longer time.
These workers are putting their lives at enormous risk, and the reality is that they will be affected for life, despite all their protective gear. They have been likened to the Samarai Warriors who put their lives at risk for the good of their country and the benefit of their fellowmen.
The radiation level at present is the equivalent of 10,000 X Rays an hour – The nuclear plant workers can only stay inside the plant for about 15 minutes, otherwise there are likely to be fatalities on the spot.
The aim right now is to get new electricity lines into the nuclear plant, so that the cooling system can be restored. Until this is done. the plant is in considerable danger of complete melt down.
American Military has said their personnel must not get closer than 80 ks of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, whereas the Japanese government says 20 ks is OK. (Actually, this was reported to be 30 ks a few days ago)
Meanwhile, helicopters have resumed their task of pouring tonnes of sea water over the nuclear reactors. It is difficult to know, though, whether this is effective. All six reactors are reported to be ‘in trouble’.
People in Japan are seriously worried about the possibility of a major nuclear disaster, but their immediate survival over-rides the nuclear concerns. Food has run out, and many people are hungry. Many supermarkets in Tokyo have not opened, as their shelves are bare.
People are under enormous pressure. The hunger problem, compounded with the trauma people are experiencing, is having a serious effect on people. Police have been active in sorting out scuffles around Tokyo.
This is a disaster of epic proportions. Millions of people are affected by the earthquke/tsunami disaster of a week ago. Now – no food – no water – the threat of a nuclear explosion which could kill everybody – and the threat of another earthquake and tsunami.
People in Tokyo are expecting another, bigger earthquake, which will be followed by a massive tsunami if the earthquake does hit.