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    Morcheeba - Blood Like Lemonade (official) 
    The Music Video above might not have anything to do with the following post. But I feel a lot of people, especially in Japan have been made reluctant renegades!


    Democracy Now a daily independent global news hour with Amy Goodman & Juan González

    Video Transcript from 15:15 minutes in to 17:30 min

    Yukiko Kameya can never return home again
    Evacuated from Futaba, Japan. Can never return home.
    YUKIKO KAMEYA, Former Resident of Futaba, Japan (Evacuated From Town Near Fukushima): [Translated] When I fled from Futaba I could not even talk. I could not even have friends over or anything, but my people encouraged me to be standing here right now. Without any peoples help I could not be here. That's why I appreciate them and want to join them in their cause.

    Reporter: What is your message to the Japanese government and the world about nuclear power?

    YUKIKO KAMEYA, Former Resident of Futaba, Japan: I don't want anyone in the world to experiece what we have experienced, we have housing in Futaba but there is nothing there. Everything was robbed. All the furniture was brokened, I cant really go back there, we know it. We don't want anyone in the world to be in the situation that we are in. There are 59 children with thyroid problem, and there are hundreds more on the way. The real problem in Fukushima is children can not go out and play. They have to stay inside and this is not the way children should grow up. I don't want anyone in the world or Japan to experience this type of situation for children. So I want to stop Nuclear Facilities right now and I don't want them to be continued.

    Reporter: Do you think you will ever be able to return to your home?

    YUKIKO KAMEYA, Former Resident of Futaba, Japan: The Futaba where I live is not livable and the government say so. So I know we are never going back in my entire life. But for the Fukushima Prefecture it is still not safe, the radiation level is still very high. So I don't think it is safe and I don't think we will go back there.

    Reporter: And what is your assessment of how the government has handled the crisis?

    YUKIKO KAMEYA, Former Resident of Futaba, Japan: We expected our government to do a better job when this accident happened. But they don't really do what you want. They ignore all the problems we’re having. There are many young people between 15 and 19 in Fukushima who are in high school who have died suddenly. For example, this morning I saw an online story that a 17-year-old died from Leukemia. In the morning when his mother came to wake him up, he was found dead in bed. Everyone says this was caused by the radiation levels from the nuclear accident. But our government never recognized it, and there are 59 children with thyroid cancer, they’ll never recognize it as being caused by the radiation.

    Video Transcript from 21:45 minutes

    The following video transcript and article can be found at
    This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

    AMY GOODMAN: Music from the film Nuclear Nation: The Fukushima Refugees Story. This is Democracy Now!,, The War and Peace Report. This is the third day of our broadcast from Tokyo, Japan, and the final day. We are talking about moving in on the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. Nineteen thousand people died or went missing on that day, March 11th, 2011, and the days afterwards, when the earthquake triggered a tsunami, and three of the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant melted down.

    We’re joined right now by Futaba’s former mayor, Katsutaka Idogawa. For years, he embraced nuclear power. Now he has become a vocal critic. He is featured in the film Nuclear Nation.

    We welcome you to Democracy Now! And thank you for traveling two hours to join us here at the studios of NHK International for this conversation. Mayor, explain what happened on that day, special thanks to Mary Joyce, who is translating for you today, on that day, March 11, 2011, and the days afterwards, when you decided it was time for the thousands of people who lived in your town, Futaba, to leave.

    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] On that day, there was an earthquake of the scale of something we’d never experienced before. It was a huge surprise. And at the time, I was just hoping that nothing had happened to the nuclear power plant. However, unfortunately, there was in fact an accident there. And then I worked with the many residents, and thinking about how I could fully evacuate them from the radiation.

    AMY GOODMAN: You made a decision to evacuate your town before the Japanese government told the people in the area to do this, but not before the U.S. government told Americans to leave the area and other governments said the same.

    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] Yes, the Japanese government’s information to evacuate became much later than that, and my mistake at the time was initially waiting to hear that. If I had made the decision even three hours earlier, I would have been able to prevent so many people from being so heavily exposed to radiation; however, as a result of that, unfortunately, several hundreds of people were directly affected by this radiation.

    AMY GOODMAN: Where did you decide to move the whole town?

    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] I was originally thinking about this at the time of the earthquake on March 11 first. However, at first, I was waiting to rely on the government information to decide the timing for this.

    AMY GOODMAN: And so, you moved the town to a school in the outskirts of Tokyo, is that right? The entire town to an abandoned school? Explain how you set up your government, your whole community, in this one building.

    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] Right at the start, we were unfortunately not able to evacuate all of the residents, and some actually did remain within parts of Fukushima prefecture. And as a result of this, there was actually a gap created between those who were still remaining within the greater Fukushima prefecture area and those who evacuated to Saitama, outside of Tokyo. And the reason for this is we had no access to communication, to information, to mobile phones.

    AMY GOODMAN: And so, how long did people stay? How many people were in this school? And what role did the government play? How has the government helped the refugees?

    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] We were able to evacuate around 1,400 of the residents to Saitama prefecture, outside of Tokyo. So they were saved from the initial first exposure, the most serious exposure to radiation at the time. But many of them, unable to deal with the situation, gradually started to return to different parts of Fukushima prefecture.

    AMY GOODMAN: You have not returned back to your town?

    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] Yes, I am still living in evacuation away from the heavily radiated areas.

    AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about the meetings that you have had with the government? You have had a remarkable association of nuclear mayors in Japan, the mayors who live—who preside over towns that have nuclear power plants in them.

    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] From before the accident, we had always been strongly calling upon the government, and also TEPCO, to make sure that no accident was ever allowed to happen. And they were always telling us, "Don’t worry, Mayor. No accident could ever happen." However, because this promise was betrayed, this is why I became anti-nuclear.

    AMY GOODMAN: I want to go to a clip from Atsushi Funahashi’s new documentary film about the former residents of Futaba, where the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant is partly located. The film is called Nuclear Nation: The Fukushima Refugees Story. And we’re going to go to a part of the film that shows a part of this remarkable meeting of government officials with the atomic mayors, the nuclear mayors of Japan.

    BANRI KAIEDA: [translated] The future of energy production and Japanese energy policy is currently being debated, and this is something we’ve communicated to you. Regarding the details of this review, I believe it’s important to clearly define the terms as soon as possible. Thank you very much.

    MARC CARPENTIER, Narrator: The industry minister leaves his seat in the first five minutes.

    GOSHI HOSONO: [translated] The central and prefectural governments are working on the annual health check guidelines. Based on what we’ve researched until now, the impact of radiation on children appears negligible. However, we will endeavor to keep you apprised of any developments.

    MARC CARPENTIER: The nuclear crisis minister follows suit, citing official duties.

    CHAIRPERSON: [translated] And now, we’d like to open the floor for comments. Please raise your hands. OK, go ahead.

    MAYOR KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] I’m representing Futaba. I want to know why we’re being made to feel this way. It’s frustrating. What does the nuclear power committee think? When you came and explained it to us, you lied, saying it was safe and secure. But we, who trusted and believed you, can no longer live in our own town.

    AMY GOODMAN: That last voice was the mayor at the time of Futaba, Katsutaka Idogawa, who is with us today in our Tokyo studio. Futaba is where part of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is located. He was speaking, addressing this meeting of government officials and nuclear mayors from around Japan in August of 2011. You just heard, oh, the voices of Goshi Hosono, who was the nuclear crisis minister of Japan, and Banri Kaieda, a minister of the economy, trade and industry. And after each of them spoke, they politely took their leave of the room before the mayors could address them, so they did not hear the Futaba mayor’s statement about the lies from the government. Talk about that particular meeting.

    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] At the time, we were calling for a strong response and attention from the government since the disaster. However, they didn’t even try to listen to what we were calling for. And they continued to not even try to make efforts to fulfill their responsibilities or promise to us. And so, they continued to appear before us, those who were suffering directly from the disaster, but instead of listening to something which would maybe be difficult for their ears to hear, they would just leave the room, not even listen to us at all. And within those who were left in the room were some government officials, including some who were directly the ones who told me that no accident would ever happen. However, no matter what I would try to appeal and say to them, it would not have any effect, so instead I turned around and appealed and spoke to my colleagues, my fellow residents, and I tried to tell them what was really happening, the situation.

    AMY GOODMAN: Former Mayor Katsutaka Idogawa, you were a fierce proponent of nuclear power. You were pushing for two more reactors to be built even closer to Futaba than the others. You were proud of getting tens of millions of dollars for your town for hosting these reactors. How did you make your transition to being one of the most vocal government officials against all nuclear power?

    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] I had been supporting the nuclear power plants in our town on the condition that no accident, no disaster, would be allowed to occur. It was not necessarily that I was actually totally in favor of the nuclear power plants; however, the situation that was in places without the nuclear power plants there, our city would be losing the financial benefits and perhaps unable to go forward economically. The city was actually on the brink of bankruptcy beforehand. And so, in order to try and prevent the city from going into this kind of economic breakdown, I saw that building the new two reactors was perhaps the only way.

    AMY GOODMAN: I want to go to a clip, another clip of Nuclear Nation, that gives us a little background on the town of Futaba.

    MARC CARPENTIER: Futaba’s farming history goes back over a thousand years. In winter months, people had to leave town for work in the city. Reactors 5 and 6 came online in 1978 and ’79. Money flowed in from the government, and the townspeople found themselves with lots of extra cash. They built roads, a library, a sprawling sports center, and made major upgrades to the infrastructure.

    AMY GOODMAN: Nuclear Nation, talking about nuclear refugees, the nuclear refugees of Futaba. And we’re joined by the former mayor, who made the decision, on his own, right after the earthquake, to move his entire town, to evacuate it to Tokyo, being deeply concerned about the levels of radiation and feeling that the government was lying to them about the dangers in the area. This was a mayor, Katsutaka Idogawa, who was fiercely for nuclear power, was proud to be able to get two more reactors in his town to build the economy, to get tens of millions of dollars, and then turned around after the meltdown, after the earthquake, the tsunami and the ultimate meltdown of three of the six existing reactors.

    Mayor, right now, you are not the only one who turned around in office. Naoto Kan, the prime minister, also a fierce proponent, is now speaking out all over the world against nuclear power. But just this week, as we flew in to Japan, the government of Prime Minister Abe, the most conservative government since World War II, announced that it wants to build more reactors in Japan. How are you organizing? What are you doing now?

    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] Without being able to even deal with the consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the position to promote nuclear power still is something which is just unthinkable to me. And I believe it’s really important for the prime minister to look at what he’s actually been responsible for and have regret and really deal with what they have done, before they can actually go forward and do anything. And the disaster now is bigger than anything we can cope with. It’s a disaster on an international level, and huge consequences, so he needs to really recognize this.

    AMY GOODMAN: So who’s driving the push for more nuclear power? The country, already 30 percent dependent for its energy on nuclear power, had plans to make the country more than 50 percent by 2030. But after this catastrophe, who is pushing for these nuclear power plants?

    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] The nuclear power system is constructed to use huge amounts of public tax. And this is a very tasty, shall we say, position or situation for the large corporations. They were really behind this push. However, much public taxpayers’ money is being used behind this. And I believe it’s so important to prevent our taxes from being used for any of this kind.

    AMY GOODMAN: What has happened to the Fukushima refugees today?

    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] There are so many people who want to evacuate but don’t have the means to be able to actually do that and are still living in this situation, who want to do something, but they have no support. And another huge issue is those who are still forced to be living within the greater Fukushima prefecture area do not have access to full health measurements, health treatments, and the kind of support that they need. And they’re also told that any diseases or sickness that they have is not caused by radiation.

    AMY GOODMAN: You are traveling the world. Can you tell us the countries you’ve been to and why you’re speaking there?

    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] I’m working with people all around the world, speaking with people who are working against nuclear power in their own areas.

    AMY GOODMAN: You went to Finland?

    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] Yes.


    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] I went to Finland to speak with people who are working against the construction of nuclear power plants in their areas, because they knew our situation and what happened to us, and we’re trying to work together to prevent this from ever happening to them.

    AMY GOODMAN: In the United States, a nuclear power plant has not been built in close to 40 years, very much because of the anti-nuclear movement and the cost of what it means to build a nuclear power plant and what to do with the waste. But President Obama has talked about a nuclear renaissance and is pushing for the building of several new plants for the first time in decades. What message would you share with him?

    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] The nuclear power disaster is not just of Fukushima. This is a disaster of all humanity, of the entire world. There is a Japanese saying, and its meaning is that, well, any kind of disaster, three times is the limit. And we have had the three large disasters: one in the United States, one at Chernobyl, and now Fukushima. The Earth will not be able to cope with any further nuclear disasters. For the children of the future, the future generations, I hope that we can stop this now.

    AMY GOODMAN: What is the alternative?

    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] Well, I’ve heard in U.S. there is shale gas, for example. But as well as other forms of energy, I believe it’s also very important now to look at how we can have lifestyles that rely less on energy, that use less energy more efficient in our homes and in our offices. And Prime Minister Koizumi is also suggesting this.

    AMY GOODMAN: Prime Minister Koizumi, very significant that a conservative former prime minister also came out against nuclear power.

    KATSUTAKA IDOGAWA: [translated] Even he looked at the actual situation. And I believe that Prime Minister Koizumi really visited places affected by nuclear power to really see what is happening, and he’s really speaking sincerely now.

    AMY GOODMAN: I want to thank you very much for joining us on Democracy Now!, Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of the town of Futaba, where part of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is located. The entire town was rendered uninhabitable by the nuclear meltdown. This is Democracy Now!,, The War and Peace Report. Stay with us. After break, crowdsourcing radiation monitoring. We’ll look at how a group called Safecast has helped Japanese civilians turn their smartphones into Geiger counters. Stay with us.

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    There may well be reason for Jonathan to think that "Alaska can run Nuclear Ractors on Bananas".
    The Plutonium Content in Bananas is soon so great that we may soon run our Nuclear Plants on Bananas
    Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins is a 24-year-old legislator representing Sitka in the Alaska House of Representatives, and in his newsletter we can read about his "expert" opinions on the Fukushima Radiation Fallout hitting Alaska. Talking to Dr. Ken Buesseler another leading expert on the matter.

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    Costa Rica Severe Genetic Mutations Sand Dollars Pacific Coast Sea Life Fukushima Radiation - Photo 1-2
    Severe Genetic Mutations Sand Dollars Costa Rica - Photo 1-2
    Hello everyone, a dear reader AWe from Costa Rica (Pacific Ocean Side) have just shared with us some of the horrors that she is witnessing first hand here on the Radioactive Chat.

    Washing up on the Coast, massive deaths and sickness of the sea life, fishermen and surfers with all sorts of health issues like chronic stomach pain, odd skin rashes & peeling..

    I decided it was best for you to hear this in her own words and show you the photos she sent that to me show nothing but massive genetic damage caused by the ongoing Fukushima disaster..

    The really sad part about all this to me is that this is genetic damage by radiation that can never be undone. Future generations wont see pretty sand dollars and amazing sea life. At this point in time the sea life is forever damaged, in the future however the sea life and everything affected will most likely be extinct.

    Costa Rica Severe Genetic Mutations Pacific Coast Sea Life Fukushima Radiation - Photo 1
    Costa Rica Severe Genetic Mutations Fukushima Radiation - Photo 1
    The photos shown have been scaled down 50% and I also tweaked the levels a bit to help with the presentation.

    But be sure to click on them to get a better look at the details.

    Severe Genetic Mutations Sand Dollars Costa Rica - Photo 2-1
    Mutated Sand Dollars Costa Rica - Photo 2-1
    AWe: Hola from Costa Rica...Pacific Coast side...honestly, seeing severe genetic mutations already.. lots of ecosystem devastation & very strange changes to say the least

    JD: Hola, nice to hear from you. Do you see mutations in vegetation? Or is it more in the sea life?
    8 Apr 14, 10:34 AM

    AWe: Thanks for the inquiry JD, seriously..we kind of need that, it feels like a hug. Pura Vida. Yes, we are seeing this a little in plant life (not food), & very strange things in the sea life.
    8 Apr 14, 12:41 PM

    AWe: I have detailed pictures. Now things are washing up that long time local fisherman cannot identify. LOTS of sand dollars & blowfish in particular. All the sand dollars have holes burned through them.
    8 Apr 14, 02:43 PM

    AWe: The snails aren't able to hold onto the rocks upside down anymore, they fall off?!? They have red sores or something & struggle until they die.
    8 Apr 14, 02:45 PM

    Costa Rica Severe Genetic Mutations Sand Dollars Pacific Coast Sea Life Fukushima Radiation - Photo 3
    Fukushima Radiation Damage - Photo 3
    AWe: The crabs are mutating in lots of ways, so many to even explain here in these few lines. Huge gross appendages, monstrous deformities.
    8 Apr 14, 02:46 PM

    AWe: Again, I have pictures of this. I just don't know where to send them or if they will even get there. I hope this is a secure chat line!! hahaha
    8 Apr 14, 02:48 PM

    AWe: The reason being, I have already lost my last computer & phone to software virus' after I started posting them up in December. Other things happened too.
    8 Apr 14, 02:49 PM

    AWe: Anyway, I am a real person & this is really happening to us. The surfers here are starting to feel ill in weird ways, & I searched for 5 hours yesterday to find 4 shells.
    8 Apr 14, 02:51 PM

    AWe: I haven't found something totally normal in about a month and a half. We lived in a pristine environment really, I can't even begin to describe. Entonces, gracias Radioactive Chat community!!
    8 Apr 14, 02:53 PM
    Costa Rica Severe Genetic Mutations Sand Dollars Pacific Coast Sea Life Fukushima Radiation - Photo 4
    Costa Rica Severe Genetic Mutations Sand Dollar Sea Life Photo 4

    JD: Well thank you so much for coming on here and talking because most people don't know what is really happening Awe :)
    8 Apr 14, 02:57 PM

    JD: You could send me pictures if you can and I'll post then on here for you
    8 Apr 14, 03:16 PM

    AWe: Ps.Just to be thorough, one small red crab species does not seem to be affected that much, & I forgot to mention our 7 month baby kittens have weird paws & exhibit behavior like squirrels & dogs...?
    8 Apr 14, 03:19 PM

    AWe: Ok!! My day has begun in the jungle here, so I have to tend to the chores & cannot stay online. However, later today I will compile them & send them off!! Thank you for the forum.
    8 Apr 14, 03:26 PM

    Costa Rica Severe Genetic Mutations Sand Dollars Pacific Coast Sea Life Fukushima Radiation - Photo 5
    Costa Rica Mutations Sand Dollars - Photo 5
    AWe: Well, now I am sending you part of the photo collection just to give you the heads up. I am worried this conversation will somehow be compromised before I can send them to you later.
    8 Apr 14, 03:31 PM

    JD: Thanks got the pics, I'll scale them down and try and post all pics. I'm no marine biologist but there is something very wrong with the cellular division on these sand dollars
    8 Apr 14, 03:47 PM

    AWe: I just need to be more precise on my previous explanations..especially if the scientific community ever reads this, because every detail counts. It's also very worth the risk to inform people.

    AWe:Also want to clarify that many numerous strange skeletons & unidentifiable parts of sea creatures wash up every day now. Also a massive amount of sand dollars & blowfish bones/skulls.
    9 Apr 14, 05:24 PM
    Costa Rica Severe Genetic Mutations Pacific Coast Sea Life Fukushima Radiation - Photo 1-1
    Costa Rica Fish death Sea Life - Photo 1-1

    AWe:Every single dead sand dollar washing up has holes in either the front, back, or both. It looks like the actual creature is melting out of its shell, or a reaction from the inside out.
    9 Apr 14, 05:27 PM

    AWe: Sand dollars are pearly white here, & these we are now finding contain various shades of purple & green. Usually containing both pigments, or just green & covered with hair sometimes.
    9 Apr 14, 05:31 PM

    AWe: Yes, their cell division is obviously weird & almost all are asymmetrical or mutated in some way. They are not forming perfectly & the two different types are now sharing unique traits w/ each other.
    9 Apr 14, 05:37 PM

    AWe: I first noticed the snails around the beginning of January. On a walk I would see many upside down & struggling. I would assist them, & later return to find more than before.
    9 Apr 14, 05:41 PM

    Costa Rica Severe Genetic Mutations Pacific Coast Sea Life Fukushima Radiation - Photo 2
    More Genetic Mutations Sea Life Costa Rica - Photo 2
    AWe:I have not seen one alive for at least a week. I have been searching hard as well, only to discover that the tide pools do not exist here anymore & it is just pools of foamy water containing no life.
    9 Apr 14, 05:45 PM

    AWe: Something is obviously going on with the shells & tide pools as well. I know the way they form is kind of a mystery, but these are not forming correctly at all. They form open already or just one side
    9 Apr 14, 05:47 PM

    AWe: Oh, I forgot to mention again that all the snails have red/purple sore on their bodies(usually white/clear), which I assume is the reason they could not hold onto the rocks while inverted.
    9 Apr 14, 05:49 PM

    AWe: The Fantasma crab seems to be the only one unaffected, or so it appears. Their population is rapidly multiplying. Another blue crab with spots is now growing orange claws & spikes on their head...?
    Costa Rica Severe Genetic Mutations Pacific Coast Sea Life Fukushima Radiation - Photo 3-1
    Costa Rica Pacific Coast Sea Life - Photo 3-1
    9 Apr 14, 05:52 PM

    AWe:Halloween crabs are growing larger than normal appendages, as are the other species which have one arm bigger than the other. Now I see them so pronounced that the crab just drags it around.
    9 Apr 14, 05:55 PM

    AWe:Also, strange things with their shells, eye color, color in general. Huge deviations concerning odd numbers of legs, more legs on one side, & hairy 'spider legs' becoming prominent features.
    9 Apr 14, 05:56 PM

    AWe: I am also very worried about the fishermen here. Everything from strange foot fungus that refuses to go away even after the nail is removed, to chronic stomach pain, odd skin rashes & peeling.
    9 Apr 14, 05:59 PM

    AWe: A lot of weird melted (emphasis on MELTED) plastic trash has been washing up in the tideline mixed in with all the dead ocean life. Massive amounts of trash have been washing up here since 2011.
    9 Apr 14, 06:00 PM

    Costa Rica Severe Genetic Mutations Pacific Coast Sea Life Fukushima Radiation - Photo 4-1
    Pacific Coast Sea Life Fukushima Radiation - Photo 4-1
    AWe: I have painfully decided to stop swimming or surfing anymore. I was also walking a lot in the water for research in the newly present foam & yellow brown bubbly water that is everywhere here.
    9 Apr 14, 06:02 PM

    AWe:Then the skin started peeling of my feet & I was getting horrible skin rashes. Not like cracked dry skin though, long sections were peeling off, exposing open layers underneath.
    9 Apr 14, 06:04 PM

    AWe: So, I hope those details are helpful in terms of the current state of the ocean here. I have left out many other details, although it is most certainly affecting the entire ecosystem. Gracias & thanks
    9 Apr 14, 06:05 PM

    Costa Rica Severe Genetic Mutations Pacific Coast Sea Life Fukushima Radiation - Photo 5-1
    Costa Rica Sea Life Fukushima - Photo 5-1
    The comment section below is now open for anyone, no need to register. Please Share!

    I would like to add that what AWe have been doing here is greatly appreciated, this is the kind of stories you wont get on the news. Big thanks!

    And I'm really hoping more people would join in and contribute if only a little bit in this effort, as summer approaches for the rest of us every little thing helps to spread the word. 

    Think about this, if you stand by and do nothing when a crime is committed you would be charged as an accomplice. And even if the main criminal (TEPCO) is not charged or convicted. You could be prosecuted!

    So don't just stand there, do something! Write something, paint something, sing something, record something, take a picture.. Anything!


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    It is a perfect area for biological studies because we see a lot of diversity of plants and animals, it is one of the hotter areas in the Chernobyl zone and so from our previous working now this level of chronic exposure is above that what most species will tolerate.

    This year we have been looking at these small rodents, we have been looking at spiders.

    Earlier this year we were here working with the birds, we find that the abundance of many species of birds are depressed in these areas of high contamination, leading to an overall decrease in the biodiversity on the order of 50 percent fewer species in hot areas than there should be if there wasn't radioactivity in the area.

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    There is a heavy steam event taking place at Fukshima reactor building 4 at this very moment!

    The livecam closest to the reactor building 4 is the only one that display the steam event taking place. The JNN livecam is currently offline showing a "green screen" and the Futaba traffic cam is not picking up anything. And the other livecam showing reactor buildings 1 and 2 does not pick up anything but a little bit of the ongoing radioactive releases.

    The forecast for the next few days and weeks for people living in the Northern Hemisphere will be radioactive rain with a tad of sunshine and airborne radiation.  

    And remember scientists say one medium banana packs about 422 milligrams of potassium, about 11 percent of the 4,700 milligrams adults should aim to get daily. So don't go eating any bananas this week, the added potassium could kill you! That will be all for today's radioactive news.
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    Alright folks, this is a post that's been long coming. Like the earlier post made about the horrors seen on the beaches in Costa Rica by AWe this is another one showing us more pictures.. 60 Pictures to be exact so this is going to be a long post! Sorry if you have a slow connection, please let the page load, it might take some time to show all pictures.

    Velella Jelly Fish Mass death - Photo By Richard R Watson
    Velella Jelly Fish Mass death
    I'm sure you all have been following the news lately, and heard all the headlines about the mass amounts of dead fish and sea life washing up on the beaches on the west coast all the way up to Alaska. Well it's all the way down the coast too. Mexico have now banned Bluefin tuna fishing.

    But in case you have forgotten, before I start the post, here are a few of the most recent headlines (between the end of July to the start of August 2014) about the 2014 apocalyptic mass death of sea life in the Pacific Ocean happening as we speak..

    [VIDEO]“Mysterious die off of young salmon” in Pacific Northwest — “Healthy… and then they die” heading out to sea — “Far less plankton than normal. There are too many questions” Researchers now testing for plankton and Fukushima contamination off West Coast

    [VIDEO]Alaska: “Scientists alarmed by new mystery disease” 
    Pacific Northwest: “Alarming changes”  “Couldn’t believe my eyes” “Scientists really stumped… It’s kind of an alien thing” “Gotten much, much worse… a horror show… could wreak havoc on entire ecosystems from Mexico to Alaska”

    [Enenews]b278 trillion Bq of plutonium released from Fukushima reactors. Over 200 times higher than amount reported by Tepco “Highly radiotoxic when incorporated into human body” as it decays

    [VIDEO] Huge increase in dead and sick sea mammals on California coast. Unprecedented numbers, annual record broken in 7 months. Starving,drooling, brain damaged, suffering seizures. Sea lions ‘mysteriously’ vanishing on other side of Pacific. Experts: We don’t know what’s happening

    [Audio] Over 1,750 navy sailors suffer from ‘ill-defined conditions’ after exposure to Fukushima radiation while aboard USS Reagan.‘Significant increases’ in male infertility and child birth complications. Dozens have thyroid disorders, many spontaneous abortions. Veteran: ‘Extreme measures’ used to cover this up

    [VIDEO] Millions of fish dead at Oregon coast. “Craziest thing I’ve ever seen”.“You can’t blame people for being alarmed”. Aquarium: “It kind of looks like the apocalypse, especially big numbers, but this is a sign that anchovies are doing good"

    [VIDEO] Millions of fish found dead on California coast. 3 major fish kills in 2 weeks. Unidentified ‘goo’ floating nearby; Police clear out beach, call health officials to investigate

    “Worst he’s ever seen” says Alaska boat captain. Fishermen “talking about Fukushima, convinced it has something to do with it”. Salmon “not showing up,  many have lesions or worms and parasites”. Crabs “more easily damaged, a lot of dead catch” Herring, cod, halibut, pollock catches “dropping off cliff”.

    [VIDEO]Fukushima debris “waist high” on Canadian island; “Catastrophic death” trapped in nets, it’s horrifying; 15-mile long lines of floating trash. Journalist: Radioactive tsunami debris found far from Fukushima plant. Global concern over spread of contamination

    [VIDEO] Mounds of millions of jellyfish-like creatures wash up on Pacific beaches across multiple states.“They lined entire Oregon Coast”. Seen for first time in a great many years. Official: “They just covered the sea surface. as far as we could see”. Thought to mix with ones from Japan

    [VIDEO] CBS: This is really disturbing, sea stars dying by the millions on West Coast. Like the Black Death, only faster and deadlier. ‘Mystery plague’ affecting 20+ species. TV: Disappears from Orange County coast over 2 week period — Expert: “Largest epidemic ever in ocean. Something has changed in marine environment to lead to this”

    [Enenews] AP: Marine birds disappearing in Pacific Northwest. Significant ecological shift, crashes in many species. “Something’s happening on a big level, but what is it”. Herring problem may be far worse than revealed, result of contamination? Mexico suddenly bans bluefin tuna fishing, US may be next.

    Streamed live on 10 Aug 2014 
    The entire 200 kilometers we checked of Canadian Pacific Coast Line was devoid of all life , recovery is highly unlikely . This presentation will be followed tonight with a Q & A session at 8 pm pacific Canada time on this same site beautifulgirlbydana . Watch the live presentation Aug 10th 2014 at 1 pm BC Pacific time in Canada on beautifulgirlbydana

    So the main "theme" these so called "scientists" keep saying is that they don't know what the cause of this mass death could be.. They stand there acting stupid saying what it might be. But non of them dear to say the obvious, they wont for the life of them say the R-word. It's kind of sad that they choose to sacrifice the future health of their own offspring, children and grandchildren for a low income paycheck. Scientists, Doctors, Biologists, Politicians to name a few professions that are dealing with the problems all choose to do this.

    Studies show Doctors are the most trusted profession while politicians are the least trusted, however I strongly urge you all to treat these people as liars until they can even earn your trust. You should not respect any of these because most of them only do it for a paycheck.

    On with the pictures, the following pictures have been taken in Costa Rica 2014, and AWe will explain some of the things that we are looking at below. Clicking the picture give you the full size and also starts the picture "slideshow".

    Costa Rica Pacific Coast Mass Animal Deaths Fukushima Radiation - Choeradodis Acid Rain Photo 1
    Choeradodis Acid Rain Photo 1
    The praying mantis is like others we have seen..acid rain?

    Costa Rica Pacific Coast Mass Animal Deaths Fukushima Radiation - Choeradodis Acid Rain Photo 2
    Choeradodis Acid Rain Photo 2
    Now even plants, & new growth on them that is really messed up, with brown burned holes all over the ones that are in direct rainfall & not covered by big trees.

    Coenobita Clypeatus Photo 1

    Coenobita Clypeatus Photo 2

    Coenobita Clypeatus Photo 3

    Coenobita Clypeatus Photo 4

    Gecarcinus quadratus Photo 1

    Gecarcinus quadratus Photo 2

    Gecarcinus quadratus Photo 3

    Gecarcinus quadratus Photo 4

    Gecarcinus quadratus Photo 5

    Gecarcinus quadratus Photo 6

    Gecarcinus quadratus Photo7

    Gecarcinus quadratus Photo 8

    Gecarcinus quadratus Photo 9

    Pacific Blue Crab Photo 1
    Check out the crab who went to eat that blue exotic fish that washed up & was dying when I took the picture. I tried to move him but he just went below the sand.

    Pacific Blue Crab Photo 2
    Later on my rounds I found it dead next to the same fish.

    Pacific Blue Crab Photo 3

    Photo 1

     Another type of fish we have been seeing hundreds of, washed up...I don't know what it is but it is in the same numbers as the pez globo (puffer fish), which we found hundreds of too, & now scientists have officially stated that they are experiencing massive die-off from here to Colombia. The other two are more of the appendage & scales inside.

    Photo 1.1

    Photo 2.2

    Photo 2
     The two unidentifiable photos are half of a fish with some crazy scales that the vultures refused to eat. It was very strange & smelled really bad. I stuck a stick inside to open it for the picture and show that it was just an empty fleshy carcass that still had its scales & tail. I see a couple of vultures now but not many like before. The seabirds seem to be gone now too, & there is nothing alive down there except caracoles way far in the tide line & some Fantasma crabs.

    Photo 3

    Photo 3.3

    Photo 4

    Butterfly Photo 4.4
    Check out the size of the butterfly who had lots of trouble flying and gave was just walking around our patio?

    Butterfly Photo 5.5

    Photo 5
    A good picture of an example of all the weird fleshy pieces that just wash up. They are always shiny and glowing when I look at the pics later.

    Photo 6
    Here are more of those fish, notice the size of the cranial bone differs greatly. They all did. Mostly we found lots of different cranial bones, but these were ones we found as whole skeletons mostly. The one picture of just a bone is the head of another & a good example of what we find usually.

    Photo 7

    Photo 8

    Photo 9
    The skull is another fish we find all over now in large quantities. Same with the other skeleton, but we have no idea what it is.

    Photo 10

    Photo 11

    Photo 12
    Another deformed shell, another phot of the same species of crab you published in the article with more colors & mutations, the state of the tide pools & shells, a very scary unidentifiable sea shrimp?

    Photo 13

    Photo 14

    Photo 15
    These are all the strange body & skeleton of what we think is a deep sea grouper, but just a guess. The main issue is the appendage? That had scales INSIDE instead of outside, & no, it wasn't skinned & left inside out. Plus, the scales were enormous, i don't know if you can tell on film.

    Photo 16

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    Photo 24

    Then there were the multiple sets of jaws with teeth that looked very mutated. I don't know why kind of fish it is, so maybe it has 5 or 6 sets of jaws, but it was all messed up regardless.

    Photo 25

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    Photo 33

    Foam Rain - Photo 1
    The foam that is sometimes present after rain...the same appearance & strangely buoyant?? Stays around for days & is a very disturbing thought.

    Foam Rain - Photo 2

    Foam Rain - Photo 3

    Foam Rain - Photo 4

    Foam Rain - Photo 5
    So this ends the picture show for this time, I would like to thank AWe for sending these pictures in and I would like to add that I think some of these these things that are washing up on the beaches are deep sea fish. So this is my theory on why we are seeing this and you are all welcome to come on here and talk about it too.

    I think the radiation is collecting at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, and this is forcing deep sea fish in particular to start moving closer to the surface. However there is a problem, you see our human eye have a lens that acts much like an magnifying glass. And if you have ever been a child playing with a magnifying glass you know how easy it is to set things on fire on a sunny day. So what keeps our human eyes from being fried on a sunny day? Human eyes have a built in cooling system and this is what protects the cells that pick up light from around us from being fried. This allows us to keep seeing even after we have been exposed to very strong light sources in our daily lives.

    However deep down in the ocean there is very little light, and the animals deep down there have no need for this type of cooling system present in their eyes. So what happens when these types of deep sea fish are forced to come closer to the surface is they shortly go blind, get eaten or starve and die off.

    I really don't recommend anyone eating sea food from the Pacific Ocean anymore, the contamination is now so widespread that there is no guarantee what type of radioactive material you would be ingesting. 278 Trillion Bq Plutonium is not going to go away from the food chain in the history of mankind.

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    Due to Fukushima releasingthousands of tons of plutonium contaminated radioactive water, that have been flowing into the Pacific Ocean for over 3 years now at an rate of 3-400.000 Tones per day with no end in sight. Have lead to the Pacific Ocean and all sea life becoming exterminated. The horrors have been seen and documented and reported on all the way up to Alaska and down the Coast to Costa Rica.

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    Dana with the help of donations have now been able to make a video and been able to report on what is seen, or in other words not seen on a stretch of 200 kilometers of Coast Line. Having been a commercial diver, he know a great deal about the ocean and have the pictures to prove that the Fukushima Disaster have been far more deadly than any media or government have dared to say.

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    With things heating up with the conflicts in Ukraine and with the pressure from the US and Europe a Russian general has called for Russia to revamp its military doctrine, the military doctrine was last updated back in 2010, to clearly identify the U.S. and NATO allies as Moscow's enemy number one and spell out the conditions under which Russia would launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the 28-member military alliance.

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    "First and foremost, the likely enemy of Russia should be clearly identified in this strategic document, something absent from the 2010 military doctrine. In my view, our primary enemy is the U.S. and the North Atlantic bloc," General Yury Yakubov, a senior Defense Ministry official.

    The 2010 doctrine defines NATO expansion as a threat to Russian national security and reaffirms it's right to use nuclear weapons in a defensive posture, but stops far short of declaring NATO as Moscow's primary adversary and laying preemptive nuclear strike scenarios on the table, a posture unmistakably reminiscent of the Cold War.

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    Hi folks, if you have been following the chat recently then you might already know that AWe made a few comments to update us on the situation that we have been shown unfolding on the beaches of Costa Rica this past year. These latest pictures taken by AWe now show that all new shell growth is mutated.. And to make it clear, this is not some small insignificant mutations in the shells either. This is irreversible genetic damage. We can't fix this. And things will never be or look the same again because of Fukushima and the massive amounts of radiation that still to this day are leaking into the Pacific Ocean.

    In case you missed the chat, this is what AWe said earlier.

    AWe: Update from Costa Rica: All new shell growth is mutated. Hermit crab shells are neon orange & green, while their bodies are turning orange or blue. Many sharks now, & even empty boats washing up.

    AWe: Barnacles are the only creature surviving in the tide pools anymore. Crabs are dying within hours of eating fish that washes up, & everything is glowing strangely when I photograph them as they die.

    AWe: Also, my heart is broken from documenting this firsthand. Ending the study because my hair is starting to fall out & my skin is sparkling. Baking soda works well to neutralize this reaction.

    These are the pictures sent in by AWe.

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    Costa Rica Pacific Coast Mass Animal Deaths Fukushima Radiation - Coenobita Clypeatus Hermit Crabs Photo 1

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    Costa Rica Pacific Coast Mass Animal Deaths Fukushima Radiation - Coenobita Clypeatus Hermit Crabs Photo 2

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    Hi again folks,

    In the latest post by AWe seen here ☢ [PHOTOS] Mutated Hermit Crab Shells on Costa Rica Beaches ☢
    We got to see pictures of some pretty extensive damage that radiation have already done to crab shells on the beaches of Costa Rica. And this next set of pictures sent from AWe seen below does not look any better, but in all this hardship it seems like someone is looking out for us and the many people affected by this disaster.. This is what AWe had to say..

    AWe More affected hermit crabs)= etc. 12.11.2014

    Well...., I have stopped going down everyday to do the study for reasons I explained....however, you know my boyfriend is a surfer, so I go down with him sometimes & take pictures still.....yes, he does fully realize, but he just doesn't care anymore. If everything is going away here, then he is okay with going away too. A lot of local surfers feel like that. Its just not possible for us monetarily either. We have big dreams about catching the hugest wave ever & just melting in it, although after all my research, I know that suffering & strange illness come into play, & that kind of a scenario isn't plausible. I can see his point too. I don't really want to live here on Earth if everything dies anyway...just trying to survive in a broken ecosystem? No gracias. Better to sing your death song strong. We have all done our best to mend the broken circle, sometimes to a heartbreaking level of no avail.

    Today, I wanted to send you the latest. Our plants are all showing signs, but a few look like they have been taking on a lot of acid rain lately. Twisted leaves & deformed leaves. Many brown spots & discolorations. It"s not even difficult to find something strange on the beach anymore, & these pictures are just of the first bunch of hermit crabs I observed immediately today. Its happening in our house now too, as the tiny mangrove crabs that lived in our house have recently bubbled up & all died in the same manner as the beach crabs..!): Even our favorite two))=, whom I let live in one of the showers because I know they are an endangered species. I am also certain that they never had orange legs before. We are only 300 meters from the coastline, which is also an important note in which I have never previously added. Yes, that means the mangrove crabs are probably going extinct, with a lot of other species (too many insects to name) that would honestly take pages to describe..... & its in our water now...we are fully immersed. Some independent observations: Every morning there used to be a layer of bugs & jungle with so much life dancing around..., tons flying to the windows at night....., always drawn by the light, & frantically flying everywhere.

    Now, our window wells etc. are so clean & devoid of insect life that I can't even believe it. The jungle is almost quiet at times...quiet!?! The spiders are making asymmetrical webs, & the webs are all yellow tinged.. like pollen....although, it is not pollen. Our cats have missing patches of fur now & seem kind of ill & without energy. The hermit crabs are evolving at tremendous rates....I have a new classification for some I like to call..."the climbers". I refrain from venturing into "climber' territory unless I see one one the edge that knows me, because at least half become fearful & drop to the ground from their elevated positions on logs & baby coconut sprouts. I don't want to disturb their efforts, as it seems difficult & want them to have some much needed rest. Obviously, they are ground dwellers who will occasionally get up to elevation in roots..however, the climbers sit up & open in their shells, clinging to a good balance point. It is really amazing to watch the adaptation unfold. I even went down once at night to observe the mass shift they are making to snail shells.

    There are only a few number of those now, as they are huddling together in groups & in hidden sections of tide pools, seemingly dying very rapidly from pH & a myriad of other factors previously described. I really need to mention something very important to you. Granted, our house happens to be in the center of an ancient ring of indigenous stone balls, (which we just found out!) but the ufo activity here has been off the charts. One night they were right on our patio. The security guy for the residential area is our friend, & came over the next day saying everyone was calling & asking about the blinding lights happening all night long... & our neighbor was so scared that she has since moved. I wanted to go out & communicate with them, but my boyfriend was really scared, lights were shooting in our rooms from every angle, & wanted me to stay inside with him. Next time I am going though, for sure. Inexplicably, the next day we all felt better. My roommates wrenching stomach pain has subsided, & so has my boyfriends. <3 All my strange skin patch issues cleared up & parts of my hair that fell out are growing back. I was also having my cycle every couple of weeks (yes, I know), & since their visit, I am on a normal full moon schedule now! Which hasn't been in sync for a few years now, although I was always solid full moon since age 14. I don't know, but I figured you may appreciate this fact as well. I can't explain it.

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    Costa Rica Pacific Coast Hermit Crabs Photo 9
    There is a portrait included (Costa Rica Pacific Coast Hermit Crabs Photo 9)(=, & although his only visible problem is that he lives in a snail shell, I did a series of portraits of the last remaining animals & I thought you would appreciate having it. Thanks for everything, AWe

    Plant & mangrove crab in our house

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    Costa Rica Pacific Coast Acid Rain - Photo 1
    (Note from JD: I was unable to find the name of this particular red flower from Costa Rica so if anyone know please share it in the chat. And I also tried to upload the second picture taken of this flower, however for some reason unknown blogger would not let me at this time)

    I am sorry to not know the real name for this plant..its very simple and just grows leaves on a stalk without flowers. I wish we would have noticed it growing, but we still can't believe it did this. Somehow it twisted all into itself & are watching it everyday to see what it does.

    This is an example of one of many mangrove crabs that died in our house just recently. They would sit there bubbling for hours until they died.

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    "There is no safe level of radiation. Nuclear technology... poses an ongoing threat to public health."
    There is no safe level of radiation
    The Daily Mail reports that Radiation released from the Cumbrian Nuclear Plant have been found 80 miles away across the border. Traces of radiation were found in fruit, potatoes and vegetables near to Dounreay nuclear power station in Caithness, in the far north-east of Scotland

    Nuclear waste released from the Cumbrian reprocessing site has made fish and shellfish caught off the Dumfriesshire coast slightly radioactive.

    And fish-fans in Dumfriesshire have the highest exposure to nuclear radiation of anyone north of the Border.
    Despite Sellafield nuclear station being situated 80 miles away, the new report reveals that the nuclear power station is still having an impact on Scotland.

    And although the levels are within safe EU limits, Sellafield and Scottish nuclear power stations have infiltrated the food chain here.

    Dr Richard Dixon, director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said:"There is no safe level of radiation. Nuclear technology... poses an ongoing threat to public health."

    Traces of radiation were found in fruit, potatoes and vegetables near to Dounreay nuclear power station in Caithness, in the far north-east of Scotland.

    Whilst in Chapelcross, in Dumfriesshire, nuclear radiation has made its way into the milk.

    Where as at Faslane, near Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, the destination of Britain's nuclear submarines where liquid radioactive waste is discharged into the Gareloch, beef has been revealed to contain a small amount of radiation.

    The Radioactivity in Food and the Environment (RIFE) report by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa)- the Environment Agency and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) - has revealed the true extent of radiation exposure in the new report.

    A spokesman for the FSA in Scotland said: "There are low levels of radiation present naturally in the environment.

    "Then there are nuclear sites which discharge material as an aerial discharge into the air or liquid discharge into the sea. The discharge from the sea is more likely to affect fish and aerial discharge will get into the land.
    "These are, however, very small levels of no concern to anybody."

    The findings also reveal the type of person likely to have been exposed to the highest dose of radioactivity in 2013 and showed that in Scotland, those susceptible to the highest dose would be an adult eating fish caught off Dumfriesshire.

    They would have consumed 0.44 MILLISIEVERTs - around 4 per cent of the EU safe limit, whilst close to Dounreay adults who consume green vegetables will get the most radiation.

    The unborn children of pregnant women living within 550 yards of the Hunterston B site, in North Ayrshire - one of Scotland's two working nuclear power stations -would received the highest dose there.

    Dr Richard Dixon, director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: "There is no safe level of radiation. Nuclear technology... poses an ongoing threat to public health."

    A spokesman for Dounreay Site Restoration said: "The levels of radioactivity found in the vicinity of Dounreay are within the limits laid down in law."

    A Scottish Government spokesman said: "There are stringent regulatory regimes in place for protecting the public and the environment from radiation."

    The 2014 RIFE Report show doses received by members of the public living near sites, and across Scotland, were well within legal dose limits."

    It should be made clear that after Fukushima the EU and US raised the maximum legal radiation dose limit.


    In the US according to PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the new standards would result in a “nearly 1000-fold increase for exposure to strontium-90, a 3000 to 100,000-fold hike for exposure to iodine-131; and an almost 25,000 rise for exposure to radioactive nickel-63” in drinking water.

    EU ordinance 297/2011 raises the Maximum Levels of radiation and radioactive isotopes for food and feed to rather serious levels. In some cases, such as the case of Cesium-134 and Cesium-137, the levels are actually twice the amount of previously acceptable levels.Many of these increases are allowed in products such as infant formula and baby foods.

    It should be noted that so far the new EU changes only apply to food imported from Japan. The justification behind this is that in the event of a nuclear emergency the traditional levels of acceptable radiation should be ignored so as not to cause a food shortage as a result of legal constraints.

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    Fukushima Reactor 2 Melted Nuclear Core Video Corium China Syndrome
    Fukushima Reactor 2 Melted Nuclear Core China Syndrome
    This is a video showing the boiling / melting reactor core from Fukushima reactor 2. The corium is seen as a orange and sometimes light pink blob in the video taken.

    I would like to thank FC in the chat for bringing this video to my attention and Nowi See on youtube who found it in the TEPCO archives and uploaded it to youtube.

    Published on 27 Jan 2015 by Nowi See on youtube. You can also find the video in the TEPCO website archives if you like.

    "This is the radioactive sludge and toxic water that they pretend they're doing something about. 40 minutes in underwater hell."

    The Daiichi complex in Fukushima, Japan had a total of 1760 metric tons of fresh and spent nuclear fuel on site last year, according to a presentation by its owners, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco).

    The most damaged Daiichi reactor, number 3, contained about 90 tons of fuel, and the storage pool above reactor 4, which the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) Gregory Jaczko reported had lost its cooling water, contains 135 tons of spent fuel.
    1. The amount of fuel lost in the core melt at Three Mile Island in 1979 was about 30 tons.
    2. The Chernobyl reactors had about 180 tons when the accident occurred in 1986.
    Going by the reported amount Fukushima has nearly 10 times more nuclear fuel than Chernobyl.

    It also means that a single spent fuel pool at reactor 4 has 75% as much nuclear fuel as at all of Chernobyl.

    But in reality it gets much worse than that..

    Tepco very recently before the disaster transferred many more radioactive spent fuel rods into the storage pools. According to Associated Press, there was at the time of the earthquake and tsunami some 3,400 tons of fuel in seven spent fuel pools plus 877 tons of active fuel in the cores of the reactors.

    This all totals up to 4,277 tons of nuclear fuel at Fukushima at the point of the disaster.

    Which would mean that there was almost 24 times more nuclear fuel at Fukushima than Chernobyl at the time when it went full meltdown only hours after the earthquake struck the plant..

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    It wasn't an international group of mad scientists back in 1995 that announced that they will go ahead with plans to activate their latest world-destroying device and try to create miniature black holes that could consume the entire earth and spell the end for civilization. Unlike CERN (Central Evil Research Node) "please correct me if I got the name wrong in the chat", with their Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

    Rocket fired at Northern Lights Norwegian rocket incident
    Rocket fired at Northern Lights Norway
    Back in 1995 the experiment that almost ended our civilization was something quite the opposite and the scientists had no idea that their experiment could spell the end of civilization.

    On Jan. 25, 1995, Norwegian and American researchers fired a rocket into the skies of northwestern Norway to study the Northern Lights. But the four-stage rocket flew directly through the same corridor that American Minuteman III missiles, equipped with nuclear warheads, would use to travel from the United States to Moscow.

    The rocket's speed and flight pattern very closely matched what the Russians expected from a Trident missile that would be fired from a US submarine and detonated at high altitude, with the aim of blinding the Russian early-warning system to prepare for a large-scale nuclear attack by the United States. The Russian military was placed on high alert, and then President Boris Yeltsin activated the keys to launch nuclear weapons. He had less than 10 minutes to decide whether to issue the order to fire.

    Yeltsin left the Russian missiles in their silos, probably in part because relations between Russian and the United States were relatively trusting in 1995. But if a similar incident occurred today, as US arms expert Theodore Postol warned recently, it could quite possibly lead to nuclear catastrophe.

    For more on this topic visit the following links:
    Read about the 1995 Norwegian rocket incident

    Nuclear Specter Returns: 'Threat of War Is Higher than in the Cold War'
    By Markus Becker in Munich

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    It has now been 4 years since the Fukushima disaster and now finally after 29 years the biggest engineering project in history, is entering it's final construction phase. The giant steel arch of Ukraine have been built to seal off nuclear fuel buried inside reactor four which blew up in 1986. It has taken 29 years and 40 countries to acquire the money to make such a engineering project.

    2.15 Billion Euro Chernobyl Arch is big enough to house the Statue of Liberty
    Big enough to house the Statue of Liberty
    The huge steel arch will entomb Chernobyl's reactor four, and slash the risk of another radioactive disaster. Standing 360 feet (100 meters) tall, and 843 feet (260 meters) wide, the arch is held together by 680,000 bolts. Built by 500.000 workers the giant radioactive arch of Ukraine is big enough to house the Statue of Liberty.

    The shelter, will house the nuclear reactor damaged in the 1986 disaster, and the old concrete structure built to cover it which is approaching the end of its life.

    The safe confinement is expected to reduce radioactive emissions drastically.

    But the 30-kilometre exclusion zone will remain contaminated.

    “The area of exclusion zone will not be free of nuclear waste because there is the intention to have the nuclear waste storages in the exclusion zone, so there will be a permanent waste management operation,” said Vince Novak, Director of Nuclear Safety at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD).

    Once ready, the shelter will be pushed onto rails to cover the reactor. It is hoped to become operational by the second half of 2017.

    Experts say it will be another 300 years before it’s safe to live in the area.

    “The ark is protecting the sarcophagus where there’s a lot of nuclear and toxic waste. It will be safe to live here after at least 10 radioactive half-lives have passed. An average radioactive half-life lasts 30 years,” said Volodymyr Verbytskyi, an engineer controlling the exclusion zone.

    So the immediate area will remain a ghost town.

    The cost of the shelter is 2.15 billion euros.

    The EU, members of the G7, Russia, Switzerland and other countries are all donors with the EBRD contributing 675 million euros.

    Watch the video

    Euronews correspondent Sergio Cantone reports from Chernobyl:

    “So the construction of the sheltering structure continues according to schedule. The biggest problem will come afterwards and it’s about removing all the radioactive elements in reactor number 4. At the moment a technical solution seems still to be a long way off.

    So just like Fukushima there is no technical solution to the continuing contamination of the environment by "super safe" nuclear power.

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    Hello everyone,

    This is a good hour and a half long youtube video called "Fukushima Simplified 2015" that is well worth the watch. 

    Cutaway of Fukushima Reactor Damages "Fukushima Simplified 2015"
    From video at 4min picture showing cutaway of Fukushima reactor damages
    Make sure to check out the Youtube channel for more Fukushima videos too.


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    Keiko Ogura felt the explosion of the world's first atomic bomb in her own body. She tells her story so that no one else ever should have to go through the same thing.

    Keiko didn't go to school on August 6 with the other students because her father felt that something bad was about to happen that day. I was unhappy as all my classmates had gone, she recalls. She had celebrated her 8th birthday two days before.

    Keiko Ogura age eight the year after Hiroshima
    Keiko Ogura the year after Hiroshima
    I remember everything clearly as if it had happened yesterday. I stood on the street near our house when a blinding flash suddenly appeared in the sky. I was thrown to the ground and lost consciousness, says Keiko Ogura on the phone from Hiroshima where she has lived all her life. Keiko was a second grade elementary school student, the bomb exploded at 8.15 a.m.

    She does not know how long she was unconscious, but when she woke up the whole world was black and from the sky came a black rain. I couldn’t breathe, couldn’t stand, there was debris falling on me and all over and I couldn’t hear anything.

    “When I went home, it was smashed and some of it had blown up, I could see the ceiling and tiles gone and hundreds of pieces of window glass on the wall. My father was lucky. He was between the open glass doors and the pantry and he was alright. My sister and brother were bleeding from the head, but it wasn’t serious. When I stepped out, I saw black rain, what’s this I thought - it was charcoal colour and it was very sticky and I touched it,” she narrates.

    National Georgraphic Channel Reenactment
    National Georgraphic Channel Reenactment
    There was a complete calm around. The house was 2.4 kilometers from the place where the atomic bomb was dropped. I strongly remember all the terrible smells that hovered in the air during the following days. At first there was the smell of burnt hair which was then mixed with the smell of burned bodies.

    Near our home was a Shinto shrine that was made to a first aid station. Therefore it came injured people to our area and I saw hundreds of sick and dying people. They were walking like ghosts. I only saw dark figures who stretched out their arms and legs. Many people's skin was severely burned.

    The family miraculously survived

    Keiko saw how skin hung from human body parts and especially from the fingers. They were swollen due to radiation damage.

    Some people were completely soaked in black rain and developed health complications and diseases. Some foreigners died. 25,000 including Koreans, Chinese, Japanese, Americans, foreign students and around 10 American prisoners. It was one of the reasons Hiroshima was chosen - it had few prisoners at that time in the city, she says.

    It was horrible

    “In Ushita where I lived, each home was an air raid shelter. Usually in the mornings there is an air raid warning but on that day August 6, 1945, there was a warning but no air raid.” Strangely, the night before, Keiko says people couldn’t sleep as they kept going in and out of air raid shelters after the sirens kept blaring. B-29s appeared above Hiroshima accompanied by air raid sirens. “We went home and tried to sleep. All the time we kept wondering why no air raid despite the siren. On August 6 there was one air raid warning. We thought Hiroshima would be skipped. We had heard that Tokyo and Kobe were destroyed, maybe God decided to spare our city. That morning people didn’t worry why there was a warning and no raid,” she says.

    Hiroshima on the morning of August 6, 1945. Photo: EPA / Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
    Hiroshima on the morning of August 6, 1945. Photo: EPA / Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
    It was a miracle her own family got saved. No family member died that day 70 years ago when an unprecedented terror spread out over the world.

    Keiko's father began working at the crematoria in which the bodies were burned. He burned hundreds of bodies the days after the atomic bomb fell.

    “After the bombing, everyday someone died, they didn’t have any scars but they died, we were wondering if it was poison gas, we didn’t know then that it was radiation,” she says. Now the survivors “the hibakusha” as they are called, fall into four categories. Keiko says those who helped in cremating bodies also became sick. “Everyday I saw lines at the cemetery, of people to be buried and we wondered who would be next. One of my friend’s who was living out of the city, was exposed to radiation when she came here and fell sick and her younger brother died after a six-hour exposure in Hiroshima."

    People told me that all of Hiroshima had been destroyed. Our own house was full of broken glass but the walls were still standing.

    A few days after Keiko began to do short trips to the horrific battlefield.

    When someone died, we said that they died of "the light"

    A special memory from the day after

    “There was a bad smell, their hair and flesh were burnt and they were lying down, squatting and suddenly someone grabbed my ankle, and asked for water. Till then everyone was silent but suddenly there was a cry for mizu or water. Some thanked me after I got water for them but to my horror some died. It is said that people shouldn’t be given water when in shock, but I didn’t know that as a little girl. I ran home and got it from the well. I was shocked and I thought there was some poison. My father said you shouldn’t give people water and I kept silent. Keiko thought she killed people by giving them water. She was so scared that she did not tell anyone about the water until decades later, when her father had passed away. That became my trauma. I had nightmares and I cried. It took me a long time to recover,” she explains.

    Typical symptoms of radiation injuries include high fever, loss of appetite, bleeding and hair loss. Keiko had almost no symptoms at all except that she got nosebleeds.

    I could not connect the bleeding with the atomic bomb until decades later, when I heard that it was common among the children who lived near the area affected by the nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

    She also suffered from anemia, but otherwise her health has been good.

    But the most fearful thing for her was that babies were born with deformities, with microcephaly or small heads. Keiko later met a girl in her forties who was like a three-year-old. She wouldn’t say anything and watched TV all day, and could recognise only the faces of movie stars. People were worried about having handicapped children.

    Many children died, many were orphaned or maimed. By the end of 1945, the number of dead had risen to 140,000,” she adds.

    Her brother was behind Hiroshima station working to break down houses and clear fire lanes among the debris. He and others had heard the sound of the airplane - there were three planes - but from one he saw a tiny black thing (the Americans called it Little Boy) that was released. As the planes turned, the black dot exploded and they were all thrown to the ground unconscious. “There were people lying on the ground all over and my brother’s classmate was so severely burnt that he took off his shirt and all of them had severe burns as they tried to go home. There were so many dead bodies on the road. He decided to climb up the hill and go another way to avoid the bodies. My brother said the cloud was like ice cream, and he saw the whole city destroyed. It was my brother who came and told us the whole city was burnt,” Keiko says.

    We did not understand what had happened. No one spoke to us about the atomic bomb. We thought that tens or hundreds of bombs were detonated. Only much later did we realize that our city had been destroyed by the force of a single bomb.

    Right after the bombing, the question was how to overcome it and not think of revenge, she says. There was nothing to eat, everyday was so hard, everyday people died. “Right after the bomb our thoughts were - how could we overcome it? What can we eat? Nothing was there. Some vegetables and rice. We caught grasshoppers or insects and ate them after cooking. Everyday was so hard and we were so afraid of dying.”

    Shame joins Hiroshima and Fukushima

    Many so-called "hibakushas", those who survived the atomic bomb, has for decades kept secret where they were when the bomb detonated.

    We were afraid of discrimination. For example, no one wanted to marry someone who had been near the site where the bomb struck. Maybe one feared that there would be something wrong with the descendants, the now 78-year-old Keiko wonders.

    Survivors are seemingly okay but get easily tired, didn’t have 100 per cent energy. We used to think survivors are lazy, they catch a cold easily, develop stomach ache, she says. “People are worried about getting married or getting jobs. The first thing I was asked by a young man from Tokyo whether I was from Hiroshima and exposed to radiation. There was denial too. Most people didn’t want to admit to being survivors, “she points out.

    Keiko says she was also stunned by the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011.

    The people in Fukushima have the same fate as us. People are afraid of them and they are discriminated against in Japanese society. People begin to distort the truth, telling lies about the past and keeping secrets about disabled children who are born.

    Photo: Keiko Ogura
    KeikoOgura - Photo:KeikoOgura

    Because the atomic bomb have so much association with secrecy and shame, Keiko Ogura have decided to tell her own story to the world. She has devoted her life to preserving the historical memory and are grateful to all who would listen to her story.

    “Survivors at first hated America, especially the President of the USA for ordering the bombing, but there was guilt too that we couldn’t save our children. There was always regret. Why did I survive many people wondered but later we felt hope when elementary school children visited us and wanted to hear our stories. For the first time, people felt hope that they had survived. There was a feeling that before we all died our stories would be told to the world,” she adds.

    She tells of the shock when she heard that the United States continued it's nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean even in the 1950s. There, began her work for peace.

    Among other things, Keiko founded a small group of hibakushas, the Hiroshima Interpreters for Peace, who tries to explain to the world what happened in Hiroshima 70 years ago.

    So that no one should have to experience the same thing.

    Keiko confessed that the people she loved most in the world were teachers and the media. “They conveyed our stories. One time I was on TV and my son’s friend said he didn’t know I was a survivor. The only time I didn’t like the media was when I went to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. in 2003. I was supposed to work as an interpreter. I started to cry. I didn’t want to see the Enola Gay, the B-29 which dropped the bomb. They took pictures of me crying and everyone in Japan saw it,” she says regretfully.

    That’s the dilemma of the survivors. Without staying on the story, the world wouldn’t be better but then they will be identified as survivors. Keiko, like other survivors, was afraid of the stigma but she was clear on one thing - “If we think of revenge, the world will be unhappy. This is my message.”

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    The beast likely weighed 150 - 200 pounds and around 24 feet long when it was alive, said Annie MacAulay, a marine biologist and president of Mountain and Sea Educational Adventures, who dissected it Monday.

    The one found Monday had an empty pocket in its stomach, which MacAulay said could mean it recently stopped eating, a potential sign of distress or sickness.

    Scientific Guesswork.. Sick, Disoriented, Distress, underwater seismic activity.. Let me guess..
    Stunned Scientific Guesswork.. Sick, Disoriented, Distress, underwater seismic activity.. Let me guess..
    Scientists have guessed that a handful of oarfish that have washed up on California’s coasts in recent years were sick, disoriented because of a storm or even responding to underwater seismic activity.

    Below is a few headlines found at enenews covering the scientific mystery for marine biologist
    Post can be found here

    Please note that bluetick on enenews also commented on the mystery having 30 years of experience:
    i find it interesting after being on the water fishing for 30+ years that nothing in a starving ocean ate so much as even a nibble off of the huge fish…in most cases i can toss a bait fish over board and its gone in a couple mins at most. maybe just a fluke or maybe a dieing ocean….maybe they dont taste good…
    Los Angeles Times, Aug 17, 2015 (emphasis added): Biggest oarfish seen at Catalina Island in years washes ashore… marking a rare sighting of the deep-sea creature… [It] was 24 feet long when it was alive, said Annie MacAulay, a marine biologist… its tail [was] severed off — which oarfish have been known to do to shed weight and save energy, she said… The one found Monday had an empty pocket in its stomach, which MacAulay said could mean it recently stopped eating, a potential sign of distress or sickness… a handful of oarfish [have] washed up on California’s coasts in recent years.

    New York Daily News, Aug 17, 2015: Stunned scientists fished for clues Monday to explain the origin of the giant oarfish that washed up on the shores of Catalina — the third massive marine oarfish found on the island in two years’ time [see articles below for additional finds]… The sleek silver fish was missing its pectoral fins and tail… perplexed researchers are looking for a reason why. Dr. Misty Paig-Tran from California State University Fullerton collected tissue samples… to determine whether it had any toxins in its system. But questions still remain as to why these fish are dying… The conservationist also speculated that water pollution could be to blame.

    OC Register, Aug 19, 2015: This is the third oarfish to be documented on the island [since] 2013… MacAulay said the animal didn’t come to shore because of an illness or shark attack. When she dissected the fish, she discovered a belly full of krill…“It’s very strange, and the other one in June was the same,” she said.

    Gazettes (Long Beach), Aug 19, 2015: MacAulay said this is the third such creature to wash up on the island in the past two years…. Before then, MacAulay said she isn’t aware of any others… … Sightings are extremely rare. Those that come near the shore are usually distressed.

    AP, Aug 19, 2015: Residents of Santa Catalina Island have found a second sea monster on their shores in just three months… {MacAulay] says to see two in a three-month period after never seeing one her entire career is incredibly exciting.

    Mountain and Sea Educational Adventures, Aug 17, 2015: Unbelievable! The second oarfish that we found washed up on the shores of Catalina Island.
    MacAulay: “You’re lucky to see one oarfish in your lifetime, so to see 2 within 3 months… I’ve been working on this island for 17 years and I had never seen any until June.”
    MacAulay: “I’ve been working here for more than 20 years out on the water and I’ve never seen one… three have been found so recently… it is sad.”
    MacAulay: “It’s so unusual that all these years I don’t see any oarfish, and then have seen two in the last few months.”
    MacAulay: “To see two of them in a three-month period when I’ve been working on the island for 20 years and in marine biology for almost 30 years… of course (I’m) very concerned because… for some reason they’re dying.”

    San Diego Reader, Jun 30, 2015: First-ever oarfish caught on rod… That it was in shallow water for an oarfish gives the implication that it was unhealthy… crew tried to gaff and raise the 20-foot fish to the boat. The soft flesh only tore, and they had to give up…

    Pete Thomas Outdoors, Jul 8, 2015: The bizarre catch… was snagged and barely alive… a crewman attempted to collect it with a gaff, but the flesh was too soft for the gaff to hold… for some reason Catalina has become a hot spot for sightings.

    Bruce Smith, captain of sport fishing boat, Jun 29, 2015: “We caught an oarfish… at Catalina… in shallow water like 5 fathoms [30 feet]… It was pretty much dead… I know they washed up on the beach here a couple times… It was very surprising, it’s a once in lifetime thing.”

    Los Angeles Times, Jun 3, 2015: Rare oarfish found dead on Catalina… The first sighting of a live oarfish was only recorded 2001, when one was caught on film by the U.S. Navy…

    Los Angeles Times, Oct 10, 2013: 2 giant oarfish wash onto California coast, making scientists curious — It’s been the week of the oarfish along the Southern California coast. A 14-foot oarfish carcass was discovered Friday by a snorkeler off the beach in Oceanside. Earlier in the week, an 18-foot oarfish was found dead off Catalina Island.

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    Hi everyone,

    This is a heads up, I would like to bring to your attention a "security hole" that have been found over at in their comment section. It seems that if you make a comment on their site then your email address is also going to be stored on the page you made that comment on.

    And because of this, anyone that would want to get hold of the email address you used to make the comment with on Enformable is going to be able to find it.

    Now there is also those of you that use a service called Gravatar (it's what connects a picture / avatar with your email address) and that service too can be compromised to get hold of your email address, but that takes some extra manual work. However Gravatar is also used by the comment section that Enformable and many others use on their sites.

    Example of gmail address of commenter displayed in source code on Enformable

    So what can you do to protect your email address when commenting on the internet? Well personally I can tell you right now that any form of protection is eventually going to fail.

    So looking at the enformable comment section they have the following rules.

    On their comment section when commenting it says that:
    "Your name is required" and "An email address is required"

    However it does not say it needs to be an valid email address, so for now I would simply use an made up email address, or you can create a "junk email address" that you only use for commenting.

    I'm giving you these two options in this matter because I really don't think that enformable would change their comment section to a better more secure one. And this is simply because by doing so it is most likely that in the process they would also loose all the comments that have been made. And I don't think enformable would do that. But perhaps if more people put this to light they will make the necessary changes to protect email addresses.

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    Bags full of radioactive dirt and debris are still visible 5 years after the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.

    Ahead of the anniversary on March 11th reporters visited a town 20 kilometers away. The first in the area to fully re-open.

    Bags full of Radioactive Dirt and Debris - Fukushima 2016
    But for some of the few residence who have returned to Nahara there's little hope for the future of the town. This Buddhist priest says after coming back I knew I would see the end of this region, this town. It became an environment where people could not live safely and comfortably ever again he says.
    Buddhist priest Tokuo Hayakawa living in Nahara, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
    It's reported less than six percent of residents have returned. Locals say the future will depend on young people returning and so far there is only a handful amid lingering fares about radioactivity. However authorities maintain the presence of radiation has now dropped to levels below what's considered safe.

    Watch the video on Youtube

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    The robots sent into the nuclear power plants to find highly radioactive fuel at Fukushima's nuclear reactors have all “died”. The subterranean "ice wall" around the crippled plant meant to stop groundwater from becoming contaminated has yet to be finished with some experts saying they have little hope in it ever being finished.

    And authorities still don’t even know how to dispose of the highly radioactive water stored in an ever mounting number of tanks around the site that are now starting to leak more and more. The authorities ongoing solution to the radioactive water problem to try and cool the reactors have so far been to dump it all into the Pacific Ocean.

    Fukushima No Place for Man or Robot
    Fukushima No Place for Man or Robot

    Five years ago, one of the worst earthquakes in history triggered a 10-metre high tsunami that crashed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station causing multiple meltdowns. Nearly 19,000 people were killed or left missing and 160,000 lost their homes and livelihoods.

    Today, the radiation at the Fukushima plant is still so powerful it has proven impossible to get into its bowels to find and remove the extremely dangerous blobs of melted fuel rods. The radiation is so powerful that experts can only guess at what depth the melted corium fuel now is located.

    So far the official reports are that the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), has made some progress, such as removing hundreds of spent fuel roads in one damaged building. But the technology needed to establish the location of the melted fuel rods in the other three reactors at the plant has not been developed.

    “It is extremely difficult to access the inside of the nuclear plant," Naohero Masuda, Tepco's head of decommissioning said in one interview. "The biggest obstacle is the radiation.”

    The fuel rods melted through their containment vessels in the reactors, and no one knows exactly where they are now. This part of the plant is so dangerous to humans, Tepco has been developing robots, which can swim under water and negotiate obstacles in damaged tunnels and piping to search for the melted fuel rods.

    But as soon as they get close to the reactors, the radiation destroys their wiring and renders them useless, causing long delays, Masuda said. 

    Each robot has to be custom-built for each building.“It takes two years to develop a single-function robot,” Masuda said.

    Irradiated Water

    Tepco, which was fiercely criticized and still is for its handling of the disaster, says conditions at the Fukushima power station have improved dramatically. Radiation levels in many places at the site are now as low as those in Tokyo. But words like those do not speak much comfort for a disaster site know as being one of the worst nuclear disasters since Chernobyl in Ukraine 30 years ago,

    More than 8,000 workers are at the plant at any one time, according to officials on a recent tour. Traffic is constant as they spread across the site, removing debris, building storage tanks, laying piping and preparing to dismantle parts of the plant.

    Much of the work involves pumping a steady torrent of water into the wrecked and highly radiated reactors to cool them down. Afterward, some of the radiated water is then pumped out of the plant and stored in tanks that are proliferating around the site while the rest of the radioactive water is flushed out into the Pacific Ocean.

    What to do with the nearly million tonnes of radioactive water is one of the biggest challenges, said Akiro Ono, the site manager. Ono said he is “deeply worried” the storage tanks will leak even more radioactive water into the sea - as they have done several times before - prompting strong criticism for the government.

    The utility has so far failed to get the backing of local fishermen to release water it has treated into the ocean.

    Ono estimates that Tepco has completed around 10 percent of the work to clear the site up - the decommissioning process could take 30 to 40 years. But until the company locates the fuel, it won’t be able to assess progress and final costs, experts say.

    The much touted use of X-ray like muon rays has yielded little information about the location of the melted fuel and the last robot inserted into one of the reactors sent only grainy images before breaking down.

    The Great Ice Wall

    Tepco is building the world’s biggest ice wall to keep groundwater from flowing into the basements of the damaged reactors and getting contaminated.

    First suggested in 2013 and strongly backed by the government, the wall was completed in February, after months of delays and questions surrounding its effectiveness. Later this year, Tepco plans to pump water into the wall - which looks a bit like the piping behind a refrigerator - to start the freezing process.

    Stopping the ground water intrusion into the plant is critical, said Artie Gunderson, a former nuclear engineer.

    “The reactors continue to bleed radiation into the ground water and thence into the Pacific Ocean,” Gunderson said. "When Tepco finally stops the groundwater, that will be the end of the beginning.”

    While he would not rule out the possibility that small amounts of radiation are reaching the ocean, Masuda, the head of decommissioning, said the leaks have ended after the company built a wall along the shoreline near the reactors whose depth goes to below the seabed.

    “I am not about to say that it is absolutely zero, but because of this wall the amount of release has dramatically dropped,” he said.

    Japan faces 200-year wait for Fukushima clean-up
    The Times of London, Mar. 27, 2015
    The chief of the Fukushima nuclear power station has admitted that the technology needed to decommission three melted-down reactors does not exist, and he has no idea how it will be developed. 
    In a stark reminder of the challenge facing the Japanese authorities, Akira Ono conceded that the stated goal of decommissioning the plant by 2051 may be impossible without a giant technological leap. 
    “There are so many uncertainties involved. We need to develop many, many technologies,” Mr Ono said. 
    “Forremoval of the debris, we don’t have accurate information (about the state of the reactors) or any viable methodology…
    Japan may be obsessed with robots
    The Telegraph(UK), Mar 26, 2015
    But it is a British company that has solved the “impossible” problem of visualising the radiation leaks inside the crippled reactor buildings at Fukushima.
    State-of-the-art British imaging technology has been deployed at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to overcome problems that Japanese engineers declared to be insurmountable… 
    The system is able to create a real-time, three-dimensional image of the area being surveyed and identify “hot-spots” of radioactivity. More than four years after… radiation levels within the structures remain too high for humans to enter. 
    That has severely hampered efforts to clean up the site. Experts have already estimated that process will take three decades but progress to date has been slow. TEPCO was only able to confirm on Thursday(Mar 2015) previous suspicions that nearly all the fuel from the No. 1 reactor at the plant has melted and fallen into the containment vessel. 

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    Japan's minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Toshiaki Endo wants qualifiers to be held in Fukushima Japan. 

    Japans 2020 Olympic Minister Toshiaki Endo
    Japans 2020 Olympic Minister Toshiaki Endo
    The proposal is for Fukushima to host 5 new Olympic sports including Baseball and Softball.

    Toshiaki Endo says "I think disaster hit regions can host a number of qalifiers, these could be based in Fukushima."

    "If qualifiers can be held in other regional areas as well, the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics will be an event for all of Japan."

    Also in the video
    I'm going to bring to light the Monju Fast Breeder Reactor Troubles before I give you the normal Fukushima update tonight. Today's Headline News from NHK .

    Fukushima Radioactive Headines Sep 30th 2015 Dana Durnford Radioactive Heartless Monster I mean IAEA hates Japanese.

    Up To 100% of No. 2 Reactor Fuel May Have Melted A group of researchers says it is highly likely that 70 to 100 percent of fuel has melted at one of the Fukushima Nuclear Reactors.

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    This is supposedly a declassified CIA video briefing made for President Reagan on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, dated late April or early May 1986.

    1986 CIA Historical Chernobyl Briefing for Ronald Reagan
    Declassified CIA Historical Chernobyl Briefing
    Somehow all this sounds strangely familiar, it's almost a mirror of a current ongoing disaster...

    However the actual cause and events described in this briefing was far from the truth at the time to what was really going on at the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant.

    The video was declassified and released 2 Nov 2011 at the "Ronald Reagan, Intelligence, and the End of the Cold War" symposium at the Reagan Presidential Library.

    From symposium notes:"This was the first time the Agency used videos on a regular basis to deliver intelligence to the policymaker, and this collection marks the first substantial release of such material in one of the CIA's historical collections."

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    30 years after the Chernobyl disaster it's shadow still lies heavy over Belarus. No other country was hit so hard. 70 percent of the radioactive fallout landed there, and one in five residents suddenly found themselves on poisoned land. Entire villages were buried in the ground to prevent people from returning. The disaster destroyed an entire rural culture.

    Chernobyl Radiation Warning Sign
    Chernobyl Radiation Warning Sign - Photo by Beatrice Lundborg

    Anna-Lena Laurén and Beatrice Lundborg
    Text and Photo by Anna-Lena Laurén and Beatrice Lundborg
    The following text originally written by Journalist Anna-Lena Laurén have been translated from Swedish to English.

    It is important to look for the apple trees. Where there's apple trees, there have once been a home.

    Buried under the soil, overgrown with hazel bushes and newly planted pines.

    The only thing that stands upright in this former village is a silver statue of a Soviet soldier, he stands at attention at the entrance as a kind of absurd symbol of a past buried under last year's dry leaves and pine plantations.

    Chernobyl Apple Trees
    Chernobyl Apple Trees - Photo by Beatrice Lundborg
    Sometimes you find small hills in the countryside. There lies the demolished remains of a house. Or "chutar", as they say in these parts - a Belarus peasant cottage with spacious porch, worn stairs and ornate window frames.

    I try to imagine how it once was out here. The cottages, barns, sheds. The sandy village road, which continues to the cemetery a short distance away. The graves are still there and every year villagers from Starinka gather there in early May to celebrate radunitsa, the Orthodox Church holiday when honoring their dead by eating and drinking on the grave yard. Sometimes even dance and sing to. Fistfights also occur. This is a region where the relationship with the ancestors and family's land is concrete and tangible, the ground and the trees are considered to be inspired, to leave them is like leaving a man. Not to speak of burying them.

    "I'll tell you how our grandmother said goodbye to our house. She bowed to the barn. She went around and bowed to every apple tree. And when we left our home our grandfather took off his hat."
    From: "Pray for Chernobyl" By Svetlana Aleksijevitj

    In hundreds of Belarusian villages the farming community survived and remained well into the 1980s, despite the forced collectivization. Many had never left their home and among the elderly, it was still not unusual to not be able to read and write. April 26, 1986 catapulted this archaic society into the atomic age when the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded two hundred kilometers to the south.

    The wind was blowing to the north and 70 per cent of the radioactive fallout ended up in Belarus, a country with more than ten million inhabitants. Over two million people were exposed to radioactive fallout, over twenty percent of the country's territory were soiled. There was no other country than Belarus that was proportionally hit so hard by the Chernobyl disaster.

    In the buried village of Starenka where we now are the measuring instruments, known as a dosimeters, are showing that the dose is 3.2 microsieverts per hour. As a comparison, the Japanese authorities after the Fukushima accident evacuated residents from areas with a radiation higher than 3.8 microsieverts per hour. In Sweden it is considered 0.1 to 0.3 microsieverts per hour to be normal background radiation. In Belarus levels seen at 0.2-0.4 are now normal, according to our local guide.

    Starenka located in the so-called "zone", 600-kilometer-wide area affected by radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl disaster. Here on the Belarusian side, where most of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is located a total of 70 villages have been buried.

    The area is in turn subdivided into several zones. On the map it looks like a patchwork quilt. In the deep red zone, nothing appear at all, the radiation level is too high. In the red zone the levels are so high that no one is recommended stay there, but many have returned. In a third zone, the authorities have declared safe even when the radioactivity is elevated. The authorities say they monitor the situation. The fourth zone is located at the tip and have slightly elevated radioactivity.

    South Belarus Towns Deserted
    South Belarus Towns Deserted - Photo by Beatrice Lundborg

    "During the war, every fourth Belarusian died, today every fifth now live on contaminated land."
    From: "Pray for Chernobyl" By Svetlana Aleksijevitj

    Shortly after the disaster, thousands of evacuated people chose to move back to the zone. They simply could not stand to not live in their own homes and villages. One of those who from the beginning refused to move is 63-year-old Nina Perevalova that we found in the abandoned village of Dubna. Like many other older people who have chosen to stay in the empty villages, she believes that the evacuation was unnecessary.

    Nina Perevalova
    Nina Perevalova - Photo by Beatrice Lundborg

    Everyone that left these parts have died. They were promised compensation and went away. They saw it as an opportunity to make money. But they were not happy in their new home and now most of them are dead. We who stayed are still alive on the other hand.

    Nina Perevalova goes back and forth between the cabin and the hen house, cattle shed and pigsty. She's practically wearing galoshes, woolen sweater and a green jacket. Red plaid skirt, purple scarf on the head. Actually, she has no time to talk to us, she has chores to attend to and sticks hear head into the cabin and commands her husband to come outside.

    Nina Perevalova
    Nina Perevalova Photo by Beatrice Lundborg

    Kolja! Come out, we've got guests!

    Mykola Nikitenko, 58, an unemployed tractor driver. Sometimes he works as a day laborer on construction sites, otherwise he lives off the garden, his pets and his wife's pension. He does not regret the decision to stay, even though they have been left alone in the village.

    Here lived some fifty families before the disaster. We had a private shop and nearby there was a collective farm where a large part of the inhabitants worked. Over there was a road... and that's where one of his neighbors had his garden, Nikitenko said, pointing to an overgrown field.

    Mykola Nikitenko
    Mykola Nikitenko - Photo by Beatrice Lundborg
    Of fifty households there remains only three. Four, five buildings remain, the rest ageing slowly but surely. Houses leaning and gray are the remains on both sides of the village road, they resemble old people who rely on a cane. The logs are gray with age, many houses have no roofs. Others have already fallen over and lies helpless on the ground, eventually becoming the piles of boards where people provide themselves with firewood.

    The remaining houses have tin roofs that often goes almost to the ground. They look ancient, part of the landscape, brown and gray with beautiful, ornate window frames painted in bright green or sky blue. Nina Perevalovas and Mykola Nikitenkos house is simple, run-down and poor but impeccably well maintained - from the house to the roost to the pigsty and the sheep house is neat and tidy, everything has its place.

    Birdsong sounds everywhere and hazel thicket have small green leaves. Up in a telephone pole there are birds. It is now spring, intense spring. Around one of the fallen houses small white and gray kids are leaping up and down of what is left of the timber wall. Nina Perevalova speak with them. She talks constantly with all their animals and calling them by name - pig named Vaska, the fearless gray hen Sivka and favorite price Gorka.

    Fallen Houses
    Fallen Houses - Photo by Beatrice Lundborg

    This is my baby. Gorka, my little man .... Gorka my golden boy, says Nina Perevalova and scratches a kid area behind the ear.

    Then she looks up.
    I drink goat milk, gathering berries and mushrooms in the forest, growing in the kitchen garden. We have pigs and chickens. We are doing well. Only sore legs. Maybe it has to do with Chernobyl, what do I know? Everything was better and everyone was happier when we did not know anything about this radiation!

    She invites us in the hall and pours fresh goat milk in a tin mug. I drink a sip, it tastes good. Then I set the cup back on the table. Our instruments have shown the normal radiation levels in this village, but I can not bring myself to drink up. After reading about how tired these villagers are and other precautions I feel ashamed before Nina Perevalova, but she says nothing. By all accounts, she is accustomed.

    When they last came here and measured how much radiation we have in the body, I had exceeded the norm. My husband had however completely normal levels. He drinks horilka (moonshine). It is said to be good against radiation.

    Natalia Krivosjejeva
    Natalia Krivosjejeva - Photo by Beatrice Lundborg

    "I want us to move. But my husband a lumberjack refuses."

    A dozen kilometers further away is Sytjyn, another village which was evacuated after the disaster. A few years later, people began to move back and for two years life started to return and the village was rebuilt. But then it was emptied for the second time when unemployment drove people to move away. Today, all the houses are deserted - all but one with intense cobalt blue paint and a handrail made of birch trunks. It houses the unemployed postman Krivosjejeva Natalya, 40 years.

    I was ten years old when they evacuated us to a neighboring village, Maksimovskij. But it never felt like home there. The worst thing was not even the horrible, crude damp apartments, but we were shunned by locals. They called us "Chernobyltsi" and felt that we were a health risk. They did not talk to us. We had a serious food shortage in Belarus and they were furious at having to share the bread shipments with newcomers. Their disdain I will never forget, says Natalia Krivosjejeva and wipes away a tear.

    Eight years after the evacuation, she returned as a newlywed to Sytjyn. The only thing which by then remained of the family's house was a bare stone base.

    - The house had been newly built, it was valuable and was simply stolen, dismantled piece by piece. We moved into the empty library instead and I got a job as a postman in the neighboring village. But now my employment have been revoked and we are the last family who still live in this village. It's very sad to be a young person that does not have someone to talk to! I want us to move. But my husband is a lumberjack and refuses, Natalia regrets.

    Natalia Krivosjejeva
    Natalia Krivosjejeva - Photo by Beatrice Lundborg

    She is angry with herself because she and her husband have been waiting too long with the decision to leave.

    All the other returnees have left our village. There are no buses here anymore, the line has been completely unprofitable. We can not afford a car, we can not even afford to have a pig for it needs food! We have no electricity or water, I wash clothes by hand. Look at my hands! says Natalia Krivosjejeva and holds out her rough hands.

    Natalia does not think very much about the radiation. She and her husband live of their garden and self-catering, like most others in the zone. According to the dosimeters the radiation is at a normal level next to the house, but if you drive a few kilometers away then the radiation is significantly higher. Also, if you live in an area that is permitted in the zone, then some contaminated areas can lie next to you because the zones merge into one another.

    Dead towns
    Dead towns - Photo by Beatrice Lundborg

    "They told us that we could drink the milk of our cows and eat vegetables that we grew. We did this for three years. Then they announced suddenly that we could not eat or drink anything."

    Some seventy kilometers further away is a small community with the optimistic name Majsk. The houses there do not resemble the old Belarusian peasant cottages. They are white, modern two-story-straight rows, surrounded by square, fence enclosed gardens. Majsk is one of the villages that was rebuilt on a so-called safe area, which residents themselves scoff at.

    Look how it's burning over there on the other side of the field. That area is radioactive, there we can not go. But every spring and summer fires occurs and the radioactivity spread. We must not go into the woods and pick berries and mushrooms. Everything is dangerous. We are completely surrounded by radioactive areas, we are like on an island. What life is that? exclaimed Olga, a thirty year old art teacher who is about to rake the yard.

    Her mother glares angrily at us.

    We have received orders not to speak to journalists! We are just to keep our mouths shut. I worked at the collective farm in the four years after the disaster. I stood in the field and sowed and breathed in the dust, breathing in all that came out of the earth. Then it turned out that the area was one of the worst polluted by radiation and we moved here. Have we received any compensation? No. Because now we all live in a safe area!

    She stops to rake and goes off furiously toward the potato patch behind the house.

    All residents of Majsk originally came from a village named Tjudjany, an area the Soviet authorities first considered as safe. Therefore, the inhabitants were sent back home after the first evacuation, just four years later they were evacuated again to the newly built city Majsk - which turned out to be completely surrounded by radioactive soil.

    They told us that we could drink the milk of our cows and eat vegetables that we grew. We did this for three years. But then they announced suddenly that we can't eat or drink anything. Clearly many are furious, but what good did it do? Now we live in an ill-chosen location, but what should we do? Where are we moving? Chernobyl has destroyed our lives, says Olga in the same tone as stated by many others I encounter.

    People here often don't even regret it happened. They simply state it.

    Olga say they have health problems, particularly pain in the joints. It's one symptom that is common among people who live in or near the radioactive zone.

    But you can not prove that it has to do with Chernobyl. My children go to school here, they get iodine tablets, and free trips to a sanatorium twice a year. It's the only compensation we get to live next door to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, says Olga, who do not want to be photographed or say his real name.

    On the other side of the field is a memorial with a small plaque:

    "Here stood the village Tjudjany, with 137 families and 323 inhabitants. Buried in 1999. "

    Pavel Moisejev
    Pavel Moisejev - Photo by Beatrice Lundborg
    Our institute has absolutely no interest in concealing the presence of cancer, the opposite. We need all the resources we can get.

    Thyroid cancer has soared in Belarus since the Chernobyl disaster. According to Pavel Moisejev leading the State Institute for Cancer Control in Belarus, the figures are quite clear. In 1990, the number of thyroid cancer cases in Belarus was 1.2 per 100 000 inhabitants, in 2014 it was 18.3. It is mainly children who are affected - and especially girls.

    Large amounts of radioactive iodine was released into the atmosphere after the disaster. It affects the thyroid. For some reason, girls and women are more susceptible to radioactive contamination. We have not found an explanation for this. Luckily thyroid cancer is usually curable if detected in time, says Pavel Moisejev.

    He receives us at the State Belarusian Center for Cancer Research located in Lesnoj, a leafy suburb of Minsk. Here is the country's largest cancer hospital with 832 hospital beds, all of which are occupied when we visit the center. It is not only thyroid cancer that is increasing in Belarus - all forms of cancer has become more common. But according to Pavel Moisejev there is no scientific evidence of a Chernobyl connection, except in the specific case of thyroid cancer.

    Moisejev is aware that many belarusians have stopped believing the authorities regarding Chernobyl. He raises his hands.

    Guess if I constantly hear that ... I'm just saying what we on a scientific basis can establish! Our institute has absolutely no interest in concealing the presence of cancer, the opposite. We need all the resources we can get. Belarus is undergoing an economic crisis, but we have just built two new research centers and is building a new clinic. The construction will be completed, despite the fact that the state has much less money now. Today we have the resources in a completely different way than before. Our research is the best among all former Soviet countries.

    While Moisejev notes that all diseases from Chernobyl's wake are still not known. As for metals like cesium and strontium with thirty years half life.

    Radioactive iodine, cesium and strontium were released in large quantities. We do not yet know what consequences it can have - perhaps we'll know in 20, 30 or 50 years.

    Only time will tell.

    A person who has devoted his life to researching the consequences of the Chernobyl are Juryj Bandazjeŭski. He founded the country's first Chernobyl Institute in Gomel in 1989, one of the largest cities next to the so-called zone. Bandazeŭvski criticized the authorities for not taking the implications seriously and was jailed in 2001, accused of taking bribes from students. Amnesty International considered that the charges were fabricated and appointed Bandazjeŭski a prisoner of conscience.

    Four years later he was released and Bandazjeŭski received temporary asylum in France. Today he is researching in Ukraine and I interview him on skype.

    Since 2014, we examine children in two regions outside Kiev where there was radioactive fallout, Ivanovskij and Poleskij. Every year we have investigated 4000 children aged between 3 and 17 years. Their general health is poor, 80 percent have various types of heart problems. The mortality in both heart disease and cancer is very high in this area, especially among young working-age people, says Bandazjeŭvski.

    He would not comment on the situation in Belarus, because he can no longer work there. What he does want to make clear is that the EU - which admittedly is funding his research - have not taken the consequences of the Chernobyl seriously. Ukraine does not have the resources to invest in research and Belarus is a dictatorship, critical researchers run into major problems.

    Research funding should be earmarked for each region and are not be given as lump sums to various authorities. Actually, there should in general not live any children in these areas. We can only imagine the long term effects on their health, and we need much more research. This requires, in turn, more resources to investigate each child individually and accurately determine which factors are interrelated, says Juryj Bandazjeŭski.

    Accurate knowledge of how things fit together is something that Chernobyl disaster victims have pondered much over the past thirty years. At first they believed the authorities - which then turned out to lie systematically. Then they started to draw their own conclusions, which in turn led to hysterical rumors.

    Today many victims fell a strong sense of still being deceived. They still do not know exactly how polluted the land is, or how sick they are. One only guess and wonder.

    Mykola Rasiuk and wife Valentina
    Mykola Rasiuk and wife Valentina - Photo by Beatrice Lundborg

    Mykola Rasiuk was thirty years old when he drove along the road that is still called "Road of Death" - the road that led out from Pripyat, a model Soviet town next to Chernobyl in the current Ukraine.He drove past the nuclear power plant that was in flames. Above it hovered raspberry-colored clouds. People opened the windows, watched and admired.

    When we arrived at the ferry a lot of fish had lost their ability to swim and floated up on the beach. People were fishing with their bare one understood how dangerous it was. We drove on to dacha and suddenly I was hit by a terrible headache. I stepped out of the car and vomited, and when we arrived, I drank a liter of vodka. Since then I have been living. But many of my friends and relatives are sick or dead, says Mykola Rasiuk.

    His wife Valentina Rasiuk worked in a factory that made radios in Pripyat, Mykola worked as an electrician. Pripyat was founded next to the brand new Chernobyl nuclear power plant. It had been built in 1977 and was considered to be the safest in the world. When the accident occurred, very few understood that the whole area had become dangerous to live in.

    I was worried for my relatives and friends who worked at the nuclear plant, that they had been injured during the accident. Not for one second I thought of the radiation. It was only when we came to the relatives of Kiev we understood what it was about. They said we would take iodine - something that we had not even heard of. The authorities did not even tell us that the children should not play outside! said Valentina Rasiuk.

    Mykola Rasiuk
    Mykola Rasiuk - Photo by Beatrice Lundborg

    From Ukraine the Rasiku family decided to move back to their home country Belarus.

    When we got to Mogiljev people said to us that we had five years to live. How would you take it? I thought mostly about the children, I wished that the kids could grow up and become adults, says Valentina Rasiuk.

    The children survived. By now the couple have lived in Mogiljev for over twenty years. Both their parents were however left in the so-called zone and died early.

    Each anniversary of Chernobyl the city authorities make a speech. It's always about the same thing - the heroes who saved us from danger. Never about how many people got sick and died or had their lives ruined. I have requested the floor several times, I have tried to share Svetlana Aleksijevitjs "Prayer for Chernobyl" - but they throw me out by force and now they won't even let me in at the memorial, said Mykola Rasiuk.

    The State Institute for Cancer Research in Minsk says that it is not possible to establish any link between the Chernobyl disaster and any other cancer than thyroid cancer. Rasiuk just scoff when I say it.

    We who have our roots in the zone have our own statistics. Every spring we go back to our home village to honor our dead on radunitsa. We meet, eat, drink and remember. We count how many are there and how many people have died. We look for ourselves what's really is going on.

    Before the interview ends Rasiku pours Belarus balm, traditional herb liqueur in small crystal glasses. He raises his glass.

    Cheers we are alive anyway.

    Photo by Beatrice Lundborg

    Chernobyl radiation map 1996
    Chernobyl radiation map 1996

    Please note that the towns named in this story can no longer be found on google maps due to the areas being too radioactive for humans.

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  • 05/29/16--08:38: [ART] What's Next Fukushima
  • Some nice looking art made by paintedtrains displaying tsunamis and the most recent nuclear disasters with the words "What's Next?".

    Fukushima Art by paintedtrains
    Art by paintedtrains - For more go to Instagram @paintedtrains

    paintedtrains on Instagram

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    The Chinese Embassy in Japan have issued a radiation warning over Fukushima radiation last Sunday, February 2017 causing some panic in China. But in Japan, everything went on normally, tourists and residents remain largely unaffected by the radiation matter.

    In recent years, as the popularity of Japan as a tourist destination increases, Chinese people have
    developed a love-hate relationship with their neighbor. Any political rift or societal change between the two countries can cause large-scale effects

    Fukushima China Syndrome
    Fukushima China Syndrome
    An update of an old issue in Japan has sent ripples across the East China Sea to shake China. After Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) announced it's latest analysis of the inside of its crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima that showed the radiation level there has seemingly now risen from 73 sieverts per hour to 530 sieverts.

    A lethal radiation dose is considered to be around 10 sieverts exposure for only a few minutes!With a slow death to follow from radiation sickness..

    However the news of Fukushimas deadly 530 sievert radiation record that might I add puts the 1986 Chernobyl disaster to shame have been traveling fast on the Chinese Internet.

    Last Sunday, the Chinese Embassy in Japan issued a safety warning in reaction to this announcement, telling Chinese citizens to manage their travel plans to avoid potential radiation risks that may come if nuclear material leaks out into the surrounding environment. The warning caused even more discussion and when rumors started spreading, many Chinese became worried, some even canceling their trips to Japan.

    Business as usual

    A couple of weeks after the news came out, people in Japan seemed as calm and reserved as ever. There are still many Chinese tourists on the streets and in shops. According to Chinese tourism agencies, their business has been basically unaffected.

    The director of a large Chinese travel agency told the Global Times last Sunday that Fukushima wasn't a regular travel destination for Chinese tourists anyway, and the company doesn't offer any travel packages there.

    Li Dan, manager of a branch of the Beijing-based Tianping International Travel Agency, said that there haven't been any tour groups traveling to Fukushima since the 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami. She also said that even tourists who travel independently do not usually go to Fukushima.

    Last week, Will Davis, a member of the American Nuclear Society, refuted claims that radiation levels are soaring at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant as "demonstrably false." In a post on the society's blog, Davis wrote that the readings have not changed and that TEPCO's reported 530 sieverts per hour estimate was not "unimaginable" or particularly worrying.

    His argument is that rather than a real increase from 73 to 530 sieverts, the 530 reading is simply a more accurate estimate of the radiation level at a particularly affected area that has remained relatively unchanged over the past few years.

    Compared with China, news of the radiation levels in Fukushima has not generated much discussion in Japan. The responses from the media or public to the Chinese safety alert are also few.

    For people living in Tokyo, three hours' drive from Fukushima, life has continued as usual. While they feel a little concerned whenever such reports come out, they are not actively worried in their daily lives, several Japanese white-collar workers said.

    For people trying to get their lives back to normal in the affected area, their biggest headache and frustration is the bad reputation and rumors that dog their agricultural products.

    In supermarkets, consumers who are concerned about radiation contamination choose more expensive products from different areas over cheaper product from Fukushima. Local residents, NGOs and governments are still working to scrub the stain off the reputation of food produced in Fukushima.

    "I am concerned about the long-term effects on our bodies," said Zhang Chen, a sociology student at Sophia University of Tokyo. "Even if they were to call off the alert, I would still be worried." Despite these concerns, she said she would continue to stay in Tokyo for the time being and try finding a job in Japan.

    Meanwhile, several Chinese residents in Japan the Global Times interviewed expressed their faith that the Japanese government and media would keep people accurately updated on the Fukushima situation and any potential dangers.

    Zhao Xue, a Chinese woman who works for a Japanese company in Tokyo told the Global Times she hasn't seen much focus in the newspaper headlines concerning this matter, the big stories recently are Trump and Toshiba's financial problems.

    "Why would we panic over something like this? It's an updated version of old news," she said.

    Others said as long as one stays out of the evacuation areas the Japanese government designated around the nuclear power plant, one has nothing to worry about. Besides, Tokyo is more than 300 kilometers from Fukushima and as so little radiation can reach there, there's nothing much to do besides go on with one's daily life.