Headf**k is the word.
The impact over ours and future generations seems unavoidable. The challenge is dealing with that knowledge and the implications. How does one assimilate something like this ? incorporate it into ones lifeplan.
Acceptance of the transitory nature of life.
40 tons of plutonium sheesh..
I came across the blog, not sure how. very interesting commentary, and worth a look for sure. there is more than this one article on the blog about Fukoshima:
also worth taking the time to look at this:
A little controversial, but just one mans experience.
As a resident of Japan, I try and remember the following;
1. "don't attribute to malice, that which is easily explained by stupidity"
2. "it isn't illegal to be stupid"
also for the record a member of my family has a PhD in nuclear chemistry who is telling me that the amounts of radiation are not dangerous, however on a recent trip home to the USA I told my sister not to bring her kids to visit me any time soon and that a vacation outside Japan is preferable.
I reckon why tempt fate ?
and the situation is actually much worse than the radiation. Japan had 3 disasters each of which would be a game changer. The earthquake alone would be enough to affect things, the Tsunami on top of that has basically subjected the entire population of Japan to PTSD and the nuclear issue is just icing on the cake.
We are talking about 120 million people living in an area the size of Montana. Further more than 50% of the land is mountainous so the people are concentrated in an even smaller area. Fukushima is prime real estate and will not be abandoned, so the plan is to "remove" the polluted top soil. Yet the contaminated area is the size of Connecticut ! Imagine moving a Connecticut sized area up to 1 meter in depth. Yet there are no government criteria about how to handle or store the land when its removed.
My guess is the contaminated land will be dumped in the ocean, because right now it is being stored in plastic bags which is a joke. Perhaps it can be dumped somewhere like Mauritania, which simply shifts the responsibility elsewhere, but that wouldn't be the first or the last time something like that happened. The entire area has to be "cleaned".
I have no doubt that Japan will eventually rebuild and will return to a "normal" life, while at the same time there is a massive experiment going on that is subjecting the population, especially the younger ones to higher doses of radiation. This will mean Thyroid therapy on a regional level. The government will then have huge volumes of data on what happens to people after such kinds of exposure. It will be categorized and cataloged, databased and available for study, so in this aspect its an opportunity for future generations to learn about these kinds of problems.
Finally I would like to point out that during the 50s and 60s the Americans, French and Russians among others were "testing" atomic weapons in the atmosphere. Now they are testing them "underground". There is no excuse for such criminal activity. I suggest you take up the issue with your government. Why are we continuing to poison our land water and air with these weapons ?
Fukushima is a terrible situation, believe me I am much closer to the problem than most people. I experienced a change in my lifestyle as a result. But people consume energy and energy comes from nuclear reactors so the potential for future problems is going to INCREASE not decrease.
As a result we consume less electricity than before. We cut our driving to once a week. We changed our heating system to Nat Gas. Do what you can to mitigate the problem rather than contribute to it. Especially in North America which is 5% of the worlds population but consumes 25% of the worlds energy.
The nuke reactor accident was blogged live by me on this webpage:
Note my entry on March 11, 2011 at 9:58 PM
What was more interesting was pulling the chart TF did on that day.
The gold and silver charts look strangely reminiscent of the charts over the past few weeks.
I was rereading that thread and I think it's got to be one of the greatest done in blogging.
We were all over the Fukushima story and way before CNN.
Remember that Bob Pisani...because I know you're reading this blog with Carlos and Becky.
We were all over the biggest story in energy in the last generation while your CNBC crew were asleep in Hoboken NJ.
I purchased a Radex 1503 on ebay for 155 dollars. Reads out in microsieverts and the other unit I can't spell the name of right now. I highly recommend it. I use it to test food if its from asia (no hits yet) and I also check around my house from time to time. My house has higher readouts than when sitting in my car which is concerning (.12 microsieverts per hour) while its usually half that while driving to work
Best to know whats what..
The mother of all Fuk-u threads here..
Jim Stones pictures have been available online here from the day they were taken.
with more along the timeline here..
Below you can see the lid shaped hole in the generator building adjacent to reactor three which possibly was made by the reactor lid when it fell back to earth. If one watches the vid of R3 going pop the reactor lid is clearly visible flying up and then back down to the left of the main column. This gets very little discussion from April onwards.. As does the missing plutonium.. Also of note are the countless mangled fuel rods scattered across the site..
so regardless of the stuxnet there would appear to be far more to the incident than was reported.
ARE WE ALL IN DENIAL.
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Hi-Res Photos
Well, I have been following the developments after the Fukushima disaster so am aware of the large amount of coverup that is going on and that the situation really is horribly bad, but all that talk about Iran and Israel is crazy.
These old nuclear plants are not very safe at all and that has been known for very long time.
If you have the time and interest please download this free documentary series and watch the episode called "A is for Atom". You will see interviews with people who designed these nuclear plants. They knew that they never could guarentee that these plants where safe, but plenty of money had been invested into the nuclear technnology so they pushed ahead and built nuclear plants anyway.
We live in the age of disinformation & propaganda.
I always try to find multiple sources that verify information that is unusual or strange before I commit myself into believe something.
I have been following the Fukushima disaster rather closely and I have not come across anything that verifies what Jim Stone writes.
Also what he writes about stuxnet is simply impossible. What stuxnet does is extemly specific; it was designed to stealthily sabotage uranium enrichment in Iran and it cannot be used for anything else. You cannot install stuxnet on any random hardware and take control over it.
"I already question what type of moron puts a fuel storage pond on top of the reactor, and why there is no contingency for a total power loss. Incredible negligence."
Human greed & stupidity seem to have no limitations...
Start by watching the "A is for Atom" episide; some of the other episodes are intersting too, but some are rather boring. These documentaries where made by a man named "Adam Curtis". If you find that you like the documentaries you can find a few more of his documentaries at www.archive.org (also free & legal). I recommend the first parts of the series "Century of the Self".
Why the storage pool in the reactor building?
1. Japan needed to put the spent fuel rods somewhere.
2. Japan could not send the spent fuel rods back to the USA. (you would think the USA would take the spent fuel rods back since the USA sold the Uranium to Japan in the first place!)
3. Japanese officials could not bury the spent fuel rods in Japan because no prefecture wanted the nuclear waste facility in their area (NIMBY).
More importantly, I also have not seen good reporting on the spent fuel plutonium... accounting for those rods should be a IAEA function.
Anyone like the smell of plutonium in the morning?