Despite the attempts of the Japanese Government, Tepco and others to contain the resulting radioactive waste from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown the situation is still dire for the Japanese people. The concern is extending across the Pacific as the radioactive outflow is being identified in the USA while other nations are choosing to halt imports of Japanese seafood and the like due to the detection of high levels of cesium-137.
It is important to review the information maturely as some of the evidence is proven and other evidence yet to be confirmed and linked to the Fukushima meltdown. While it is easy to respond with outrage we must remember that this occurrence was the result firstly of a natural disaster which nobody had control over. Secondly nobody really knows how to control and contain a spill of this magnitude.
It is certain however that the disaster will affect more than just Japan for a long time to come
Sobering thoughts – The Squinting Artist
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Like a slow-motion train wreck, the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster is still causing damage long after the world’s media has left the news story behind. “The world is closely watching whether we can dismantle the (Fukushima) plant, including the issue of contaminated water,” said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “The government is determined to work hard to resolve the issue.”
This is quite a change from previous statements the prime minister has made. In a speech Sept. 7 in front of the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires, Abe stated categorically, “Let me assure you the situation (the contaminated groundwater problem) is under control.” Six days later, Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant, disputed the prime minister’s claim at a meeting in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture. “We regard the current situation as not being under control,” said Kazuhiko Yamashita, a senior official at Tepco.
“The quantities of water they are dealing with are absolutely gigantic,” said Mycle Schneider, an independent consultant who has previously advised the French and German governments and has consulted widely for a variety of organizations and countries on nuclear issues. “What is worse is the water leakage everywhere else – not just from the tanks. It is leaking out from the basements, it is leaking out from the cracks all over the place. Nobody can measure that.”
It is clear that the repercussions from this disaster are far from over. There is evidence the radioactive water emanating from the plants starting two years ago has made its way into the ocean currents and will soon start to affect the ecosystems in North America as early as the spring of 2014. Some say it is already here. Reports are coming in that the North American food supply is already being affected by Fukushima.
Bluefin tuna caught off the San Diego coast is showing evidence of radioactive contamination. This is the first time that a migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity 3,000 miles from Fukushima to the U.S. Pacific coast. It is a nutrition source that accounts for approximately 20,000 tons of the world’s food supply each year.
There have been many other reports of fish and sea-creature populations dying in the Pacific. Also, there have been many discoveries of cesium–137 in high concentrations in seafood caught in the Pacific and sold in North America. There have also been many reports of unexplained deaths among wildlife:
- Vast amounts of sea stars are “melting” off the west coast of North America
- Killer whales are dying off the coast of British Columbia
- There is an epidemic of sea lion deaths due to starvation along the California coastline. The question is: why are they starving? Has the food chain been disrupted?
- Polar bears, seals and walruses along the Alaska coastline are suffering from fur loss and open sores
- Along the Pacific coast of Canada and the Alaska coastline, the population of sockeye salmon is at a historic low
- Something is causing fish all along the west coast of Canada to bleed from their gills, bellies and eyeballs
Experts have found very high levels of cesium–137 in plankton living in the waters of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the west coast, affecting the food chain in a process called “biomagnification”
As of now, there has been no direct correlation between these events and Fukushima, but the timing of the events and some contributing factors are giving scientists pause and are giving substance for calls for more studies. While the evidence may circumstantial at this point, it is enough for countries to take action. Due to radiation fears, Fukushima Prefecture fishermen have had to dump most of their catch. Two years into the nuclear disaster, South Korea still bans Japanese fish and seafood imports from eight Japanese prefectures. The ban covers an area of Japan that exported 5,000 metric tons of fishery products, or about 13 percent of the 40,000 total tons imported last year to South Korea.