Posted by: Dr Churchill | January 1, 2014

A Fukushima New Year to You too

Just in time for the New Year the world has received another gift from the loving Nuclear Industry…

Plentiful Atmospheric Radiation coming your way all over the Northern hemisphere, compliments of TEPCO operators of Japan’s Fukushima reactor complex that went into meltdown… back in March of 2011.

The Fukushima nuclear disaster (福島第一原子力発電所事故) was a catastrophic failure at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant” on the 11th of March 2011. The failure occurred when the plant’s electricity generation failed, triggered by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and the tsunami that stopped the cooling mechanism of the nuclear reactor towers. They soon went into overheating and subsequent meltdown and then exploded. The electricity to the cooling units wasn’t restored for more than 9 days and during this time several reactors went into criticality = meltdown. The failed nuclear plant began releasing substantial amounts of Radioactive material, in the air, the sea, and the surrounding ground, beginning on 11th March, and ongoing to this day at various levels — thus becoming the largest nuclear incident of the world in recent memory and certainly equal and above with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986 [Ukraine], both meriting the highest Level of Emergency on the International Nuclear Meltdown Radiation Event Scale [Level 7].

Although at the time, no short term radiation exposure fatalities were reported by Japan — we now know that more than 300 people died immediately from radiation exposure and upwards of 1,600 deaths were related to the nuclear meltdown event of Fukushima. The government claims that the 1,600 people died due to evacuation conditions, when some 300,000 people were hastily evacuated from the area. In national statistics, approximately 18,500 people died due to the earthquake and tsunami, and as of August 2013 the approximately 1,600 – 1,900 radiation related deaths were listed as related to the evacuation conditions, because the government claims that the exact cause of the majority of these radiation-related deaths were unspecified simply because that would hinder the deceased relatives’ application for financial compensation. No word from Japan about the initial 300 deaths seen and adequately reported by the Environmental Parliament amongst others — people dead from exposure to immediate short term radiation releases…

After the earthquake damaged the reactors and the tsunami cut off the electrical power supply to the cooling systems, the plant emergency personnel sent many workers who struggled and failed to supply power to the reactors’ coolant systems and control rooms. Immediately thereafter, multiple hydrogen-air chemical explosions occurred from 12 March to 15 March. It is estimated that the hot zirconium fuel cladding-water reaction in reactors 1-3 produced 800 to 1000 kilograms of hydrogen gas each, which was vented out of the reactor pressure vessel and mixed with the ambient air. The gas eventually reached explosive concentration limits in units 1 and 3. Either piping connections between units 3 and 4 or from the zirconium reaction in unit 4 itself. Unit 4 also filled with hydrogen. Explosions occurred in the upper secondary containment building in all three reactors and ‘spent’ nuclear material fuel rods resting in coolant pools were thrown because of the explosions throughout the area — some as far as a few kilometres from the site. That is when the immediate exposure to radiation deaths occurred yet the government is shielding the Nucelar industry and TEPCo from compensation claims and the adverse effects of this knowledge becoming public.

TEPCO admitted for the first time on October 12, 2012 that it had failed to take stronger measures to prevent disasters for fear of inviting lawsuits or protests against its nuclear plants. There are no clear plans for cleaning up or decommissioning the plant, but estimates extend from fifty to a hundred years. We are eagerly awaiting for the decision to entomb the whole lot but not holding our breath for it either…

This year, on 22 July 2013, more than two and a half  years after the main Fukushima nuclear meltdown disaster, it was revealed that the plant had been leaking radioactive water constantly into the Pacific Ocean over the preceding two plus years since the disaster occurred. This had been denied by TEPCO at the time as always obfuscating the truth.

Yet this Independent non-governmental Radioactive Water Leaking into the Pacific Report, prompted the new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe to order the government to step in. On 20th of August, in a further incident, it was announced that 300 metric tons of heavily radioisotope-contaminated water was leaking daily from storage tanks of the cooling waters pumped in to wash and cool off the disaster area units.

On the 26th of August, the government took charge of emergency measures to prevent further radioactive water leaks.

Denial is not a mountain in Alaska but a state of affairs in the Nuclear industry of Japan. As an example it’s worth noting that a national program to develop robots for use in nuclear emergencies was terminated midstream this year, as a way of implying that they were unneeded. Japan, supposedly a leader in robotics, had none to send into Fukushima when the crisis began. Similarly, Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission said in its safety guidelines for light-water nuclear facilities that “the potential for extended loss of power need not be considered.”

Now at the turn of a New year 2014 – TEPCO – the stricken plant’s operator has issued a report regarding Fukushima Nuclear Plant that is expected to affect the entire Northern Hemisphere all over again.

According to the report released through ENENews, TEPCO has confirmed via camera surveillance, that nuclear steam has begun to pour out from Reactor 3, although they have “not been able to identify the reasons for the abnormal plant conditions.”

TEPCO is reporting that “radioactive steam has suddenly begun emanating from previously exploded nuclear reactor building #3 at the Fukushima disaster site in Japan.”

The corporation is not clear on the details of the sudden change at Reactor 3 because of “lethal radiation levels in that building” that do not allow close observation…

Summations from experts conclude that this may “be the beginning of a ‘spent fuel pool criticality (meltdown)’ involving up to 89 TONS of nuclear fuel burning up into the atmosphere and heading to North America.”

Steam has been viewed coming from Reactor 3 by all independent observers internationally.

The photographic analysis from aerial imaging and satellite reconnaissance, suggest that the steam is “coming from what’s left of the fifth floor of the exploded reactor and destroyed building.”

TEPCO has admitted that “they do not know why this steam is being generated, yet they matter-of-fact revealed three days ago on December 28th, that the radiated steam was first spotted on December 19th for a short period of time, then again on December 24th and again on December 25th.”

The record shows that “pellets of radioactive fuel, ejected, when the reactor exploded more than two and a half years ago — went into the spent nuclear fuel cooling pool located above the reactor and now they may have begun melting down so seriously they are boiling off the water in the spent fuel pool.”

Should this be the case “the situation could escalate rapidly out of control.”

ENENews is warning of preparatory measures that should be taken by those living on the West Coast of America because after the “releasing 89 tons of deadly radioactive fuel directly into the air”, it would be a matter or 2 to 3 days before the deadly material would fly over North America “by [the] levels of airborne radiation and ‘hot particles’ which could cause grave danger to human health and even death through increased exposure to nuclear radiation.”

Nuclear Radiation professionals are issuing a major alert for the West Coast of the US about the radiation that could probably reach them in a massive way, within the next three to five days.

Two possibilities are expected according to experts: One possible event is that pellets of radioactive fuel, ejected when the reactor exploded, have mixed together and “mini” meltdowns are taking place with those small clumps of pellets. This would not be a horrific problem and may be manageable. Or it could be a second devastating possibility, that pellets of radioactive fuel, ejected when the reactor exploded, went into the spent fuel pool located above the reactor and have begun melting down so seriously they are boiling off the water in the spent nuclear fuel pool.

Since steam is visible today, experts believe that Scenario number two above, is the most likely scenario and if so, it would be an absolute nightmare – WORSE than the original Fukushima disaster! The Spent Fuel Pool was situated on the fourth floor above nuclear Reactor No3, and if this is the source of the steam, the situation could escalate rapidly out of control.

Tepco: Dec. 27, 2013: At around 7:00 am on December 27, and confirmed by the camera that from Unit 3 reactor building, 5th floor near the center, steam is generated. Have not been identified abnormal plant conditions of 54 minutes at 7:00 am the same day, the indicated value of the monitoring post (meteorological data of 50 minutes at 7:00 am, 5.1 ℃ temperature, 93.1% humidity).

SOURCE: Tepco (July 24, 2013)

Tepco: Dec. 25, 2013: At around 7:00 am on December 25, and confirmed by the camera that from Unit 3 reactor building, 5th floor near the center, steam is generated. Have not been identified abnormal plant conditions of 8:00 am the same day time, the indicated value of the monitoring post (meteorological data of 50 minutes at 7:00 am, 2.8 ℃ temperature, 76.7% humidity).

Tepco: Dec. 24, 2013: At around 7:00 am on December 19, and confirmed by the camera that from Unit 3 reactor building, 5th floor near the center, steam is generated. Have not been identified abnormal plant conditions of 55 minutes at 7:00 am the same day, the indicated value of the monitoring post (meteorological data of 40 minutes at 7:00 am, 5.6 ℃ temperature, 93.7% humidity). Then, in 58 minutes around 7:00 am December 24, steam is no longer observed. It should be noted, have not been identified abnormal plant conditions in a 3-minute time at 8:00 am the same day, the indicated value monitoring posts, etc. (meteorological data of 50 minutes at 7:00 am, 4.1 ℃ temperature, 74.9% humidity).

Tepco has reported seeing steam at the Fukushima Unit No. 3 Reactor Building continuously in the early months since the disaster in 2011 and certainly many times before and almost everyday from September 13-18 in 2013. Prior to September 13, no steam had been observed for over a month — since August 7th):

Again 3 months ago: Steam observed 5 of previous 6 days at Fukushima Unit 3; Lasted for 24 hours straight at one point — Nuclear Expert: There could be pockets of corium still in molten state; Nobody quite understands what’s going on…

Yours,

Pano

PS:

For all of you living in Japan and on the west coast of North America — the news is clear. Protect yourselves. You and your families should IMMEDIATELY begin preparing for another possible onslaught of dangerous atmospheric radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster site, and the rest of the country should follow suit, because the entire United States will be polluted from the radiation cloud in the next two weeks when the atmospheric wind currents bring the radiation Eastwards.

My New Year’s gift to You is simple: IODINE

Please Remember to take your Iodine tablets to fill up your thyroid with good iodine so it doesn’t fill up with the irradiated iodine from your water, your food, and from the air you breath…

Don’t forget the all benevolent rain – unfortunately – brings it down to your air, food, and water supply.

Take care and heed the precautions.

Aerial Image of Fukushima showing steam escaping the plant reactor #4


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