The situation at Fukushima is a strategic disaster. TEPCO was not prepared for the tsunami two years ago, and they still do not truly appreciate the magnitude of the situation. The amount of cesium remaining in each spent fuel pool is equivalent to the releases of hundreds of nuclear bombs. A spent fuel pool fire would risk contamination of the entire Northern Hemisphere. Yesterday’s power loss is further proof that the conditions at Fukushima Daiichi are still unstable, despite what TEPCO and the Japanese and US governments say.
Japan’s long war to “shut down Fukushima” will never end in near human lifetimes. The damage it has done, the waste it has created, the radiation released and still releasing, will travel around the world, leak into the ground and water, contaminate Japan, in human terms, forever.The fact that some of this contamination will be called “low” or “slow” will not lessen the pain and extent of this damage one bit.
The tanks from the cold war are leaking, the legacy of cancer from atomic testing is ongoing. Underneath its cracked sarcophagus Chernobyl is still happening. No nuclear accident ever really ends except, perhaps, in geological time frames. The waste and multigenerational mutagenic harm remain the legacy of the greed and hubris of the human race.
Dr Helen Caldicott
As cleanup continues two years after the deadly tsunami that struck Japan, a decision was made to preserve the memory of the miracle pine tree. The towering 88-foot tall pine tree was the last standing among a forest of 70,000 trees that were completely wiped out along the coast in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture. The tree survived for nearly 18 months after the tsunami but eventually died due to high levels of saline introduced into its environment, after which is was felled and giant molds were created to again form the trunk and branches as they stood when the tree was alive. The monument is set to be unveiled this week.
“There were 600 citizens on the street of Shinjuku calling for an immediate evacuation of the children” said a lawyer from the Collective Evacuation Trial Team. The power of the citizens is vital for the court to make a just and right decision to evacuate the children.”
“Safecast is a global sensor network for collecting and sharing radiation measurements to empower people with data about their environments.”
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(…) Whatever the governmental intention is, they are spreading radioactive material to all around in Japan, which leads to homogenization of the contamination level. It can increase the cancer rate, still-birth rate, abortion rate and the deformation rate equally in Japan so it would be difficult to prove it’s linked to Fukushima accident. (…)
“A film about place and memory, a farmhouse in Japan, and the lives of the people who called it home.”