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7.7 Earthquake off Northern Coast of Japan, felt in Tokyo, no tsunami generated

A powerful earthquake has reportedly struck off the eastern coast of Russia, with the tremor felt as far away as Tokyo.

An initial report by the US Geological Survey put the quake magnitude at 7.7, with no tsunami generated.

The epicenter of Tuesday’s quake was in the Sea of Okhotsk, 100 miles east of Poronaysk, at 388 miles deep, according to the Associated Press.

 

Let us hope that the cooling pools at Reactor 4 in Fukushima are not disturbed, because all life on earth could be affected by such an occurrence – Iconoclast

Fukushima still ongoing. “Foggy emissions coming from the broken and crippled reactors.”

Source: Democratic Underground
Aug 5, 2012
RobertEarl

The good news is it hasn’t blown all to pieces, yet.

The bad news is that it could with an earthquake. The other day, and about once a week for months now, the Live Camera at Fukushima showed all kinds of foggy emissions coming from the broken and crippled reactors. Link to camera:
http://mfile.akamai.com/127380/live/reflector:52045.asx

At that link you can see the exposed yellow dome reactor in the background right. That is #4 reactor where after explosions and fires the top two floors were removed.

On the floor that the yellow dome is sitting is the fuel pool that rods must be removed from very carefully before the pool collapses. There are many tons of radioactive rods in that pool and they must be kept cool by staying in water.

One reason the building exploded and burned was that the pool did lose a lot of water after 3/11.

To the left of that yellow dome is the remains of #3. Not much has been done there since explosion and fire buckled the roof. I figure the fuel pool was blown up and so do many others. This was the place where they had lots of plutonium and the mess is now so dangerous they are staying away from it. Leaving it be.

Further to the left is #2. Robots were sent in there and never came out it is so radioactive, but the building is intact. It is believed that the core there has melted. Same with the next building #1. It did blow up and now has a ‘tent’ installed over it and the core in there has also melted and robots go in but never come out.

12 things the mainstream media is strangely quiet about right now

As the mainstream media continues to be obsessed with Anthony Weiner and his bizarre adventures on Twitter, much more serious events are happening around the world that are getting very little attention.  In America today, if the mainstream media does not cover something it is almost as if it never happened. Right now, the worst nuclear disaster in human history continues to unfold in Japan , U.S. nuclear facilities are being threatened by flood waters, the U.S. military is bombing Yemen, gigantic cracks in the earth are appearing all over the globe and the largest wildfire in Arizona history is causing immense devastation.  But Anthony Weiner, Bristol Palin and Miss USA are what the mainstream media want to tell us about and most Americans are buying it.

In times like these, it is more important than ever to think for ourselves.  The corporate-owned mainstream media is not interested in looking out for us.  Rather, they are going to tell us whatever fits with the agenda that their owners are pushing.

That is why more Americans than ever are turning to the alternative media.  Americans are hungry for the truth, and they know that the amount of truth that they get from the mainstream media continues to decline.

The following are 12 things that the mainstream media is being strangely quiet about right now….

#1 The crisis at the Fort Calhoun nuclear facility in Nebraska has received almost no attention in the national mainstream media.

Back on June 7th, there was a fire at Fort Calhoun.  The official story is that the fire was in an electrical switchgear room at the plant.  The facility lost power to a pump that cools the spent fuel pool for approximately 90 minutes.  According to the Omaha Public Power District, the fire was quickly extinguished and no radioactive material was released.

The following sequence of events is directly from the Omaha Public Power District website….

  • There was no such imminent danger with the Fort Calhoun Station spent-fuel pool.
  • Due to a fire in an electrical switchgear room at FCS on the morning of June 7, the plant temporarily lost power to a pump that cools the spent-fuel pool.
  • The fire-suppression system in that switchgear room operated as designed, extinguishing the fire quickly.
  • FCS plant operators switched the spent-fuel pool cooling system to an installed backup pump about 90 minutes after the loss of power.
  • During the interruption of cooling, temperature of the pool increased a few degrees, but the pool was never in danger of boiling.
  • Due to this situation, FCS declared an Alert at about 9:40 a.m. on June 7.
  • An alert is the second-least-serious of four emergency classifications established by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
  • At about 1:15 p.m. on June 7, FCS operators declared they had taken all appropriate measures to safely return to the previously declared Notification of Unusual Event emergency classification. (See first item above.)

But the crisis at Fort Calhoun is not over.  Right now, the nuclear facility at Fort Calhoun is essentially an island. It is surrounded by rising flood waters from the Missouri River.

Officials claim that there is no danger and that they are prepared for the river to rise another ten feet.

The Cooper Nuclear Station in Brownville, Nebraska is also being threatened by rising flood waters.  A “Notification of Unusual Event” was declared at Cooper Nuclear Station this morning at 4:02.  This notification was issued because the Missouri River’s water level reached 42.5 feet.

Right now the facility is operating normally and officials don’t expect a crisis.

But considering what has been going on at Fukushima, it would be nice if we could have gotten a lot more coverage of these events by the mainstream media.

#2 Most Americans are aware that the U.S. is involved in wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.  However, the truth is that the U.S. military is also regularly bombing Yemen and parts of Pakistan.  If you count the countries where the U.S. has special forces and/or covert operatives on the ground, the U.S. is probably “active” in more countries in the Middle East than it is not.  Now there are even persistent rumors that U.S. ground units are being prepared to go into Libya.  Are we watching the early stages of World War 3 unfold before our eyes in slow motion?

#3 The crisis at Fukushima continues to get worse.  Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, recently made the following statement about the Fukushima disaster….

“Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind”

TEPCO has finally admitted that this disaster has released more radioactive material into the environment than Chernobyl did.  That makes Fukushima the worst nuclear disaster of all time, and it is far from over.

Massive amounts of water is being poured into the spent fuel pools in order to keep them cool.  This is creating “hundreds of thousands of tons of highly radioactive sea water” that has got to go somewhere.  Inevitably much of it will get into the ground and into the sea.

Arnold Gundersen says that the scope of this problem is almost unimaginable….

“TEPCO announced they had a melt through. A melt down is when the fuel collapses to the bottom of the reactor, and a melt through means it has melted through some layers. That blob is incredibly radioactive, and now you have water on top of it. The water picks up enormous amounts of radiation, so you add more water and you are generating hundreds of thousands of tons of highly radioactive water.”

The mainstream media is not paying as much attention to Fukushima these days, but that doesn’t mean that it is not a major league nightmare.

Elevated levels of radiation are being reported by Japanese bloggers all over eastern Japan.  There are reports of sick children all over the region.  One adviser to the government of Japan says that an area approximately 17 times the size of Manhattan is probably going to be uninhabitable.

Of course the mainstream media has been telling us all along that Fukushima is nothing to be too concerned about and that authorities in Japan have everything under control.

If the mainstream media is not going to tell us the truth, how are they going to continue to have credibility?

#4 Members of Congress continue to mention Christians as a threat to national security.  For example, during a recent Congressional hearing U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee warned that “Christian militants” might try to “bring down the country” and that such groups need to be investigated.

#5 China’s eastern province of Zhejiang has experienced that worst flooding that it has seen in 55 years.  2 million people have already been forced to leave their homes.  China has already been having huge problems with their crops over the past few years and this is only going to make things worse.

#6 Thanks to the Dodd-Frank Act, over the counter trading of gold and silver is going to be illegal starting on July 15th.  Or at least that is what some companies apparently now believe.  The following is an excerpt from an email that Forex.com recently sent out to their customers….

Important Account Notice Re: Metals Trading

We wanted to make you aware of some upcoming changes to FOREX.com’s product offering. As a result of the Dodd-Frank Act enacted by US Congress, a new regulation prohibiting US residents from trading over the counter precious metals, including gold and silver, will go into effect on Friday, July 15, 2011.

In conjunction with this new regulation, FOREX.com must discontinue metals trading for US residents on Friday, July 15, 2011 at the close of trading at 5pm ET. As a result, all open metals positions must be closed by July 15, 2011 at 5pm ET.

We encourage you to wind down your trading activity in these products over the next month in anticipation of the new rule, as any open XAU or XAG positions that remain open prior to July 15, 2011 at approximately 5:00 pm ET will be automatically liquidated.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience complying with the new U.S. regulation may cause you. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our customer service team.

Sincerely,
The Team at FOREX.com

 

Apparently, Section 742(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act prohibits anyone “from entering into, or offering to enter into, a transaction in any commodity with a person that is not an eligible contract participant or an eligible commercial entity, on a leveraged or margined basis.”

So what impact is this going to have on the gold and silver markets?

Nobody is quite sure yet.

#7 All over the world, huge cracks are appearing for no discernible reason.  For example, a massive crack that is approximately 3 kilometers long recent appeared in southern Peru.  Also, a 500 foot long crack suddenly appeared recently in the state of Michigan.  When you also throw in all of the gigantic sinkholes that have been opening all over the world, it is easy to conclude that the planet is becoming very unstable.

#8 According to U.S. Forest Service officials, the largest wildfire in Arizona state history has now covered more than 500,000 acres.  But based on the coverage it is being given by the mainstream media you would think that it is a non-event.

#9 There are reports that North Korea has tested a “super EMP weapon” which would be capable of taking out most of the U.S. power grid in a single shot.  The North Koreans are apparently about to conduct another nuclear test and that has some Obama administration officials very concerned.

#10 All over the United States, “active shooter drills” are being conducted in our public schools.  Often, most of the students are not told that these drills are fake.  Instead, students often go through hours of terror as they think a hostage situation or a shooting spree is really taking place.

#11 NASA has just launched a “major” preparedness initiative for all NASA personnel.  The following is an excerpt about this plan from NASA’s own website….

A major initiative has been placed on Family/Personal Preparedness for all NASA personnel. The NASA Family/Personal Preparedness Program is designed to provide awareness, resources, and tools to the NASA Family (civil servants and contractors) to prepare for an emergency situation. The most important assets in the successful completion of NASA’s mission are our employees’ and their families. We are taking the steps to prepare our workforce, but it is your personal obligation to prepare yourself and your families for emergencies.

#12 Over the past week over 40 temporary “no fly zones” have been declared by the FAA.  This is very highly unusual.  Nobody seems to know exactly why this is happening.

So what do all of these things mean?

It would be nice if the mainstream media would examine some of these important issues more closely and do some honest reporting on them.

Perhaps you have an opinion on some of these issues.  Feel free to share what you think by leaving a comment below….

High levels of Cesium found in Fukushima beef

AFP
July 9, 2011

TOKYO — More than six times the legal limit of radioactive caesium has been found in beef from Fukushima prefecture, home to Japan’s crippled nuclear plant, according to an official statement.

The meat was taken from one of 11 cows shipped to Tokyo from a farmer in Minamisoma city, according to the statement by the Tokyo metropolitan government released on Saturday.

The 11 cows all showed high levels of radioactive caesium, ranging from 1,530 to 3,200 becquerels per kilogram, compared with the legal limit of 500 becquerels, the Tokyo statement said.

It was the first time excessive levels of radioactive caesium have been found in meat, according to a Tokyo official.

Full article here

Media Silent About Plutonium Contamination of Japanese Rice

The Japanese Business Press reported on May 14 that a rice field more than 50 kilometers away from the Fukushima nuclear plant has tested for high levels of deadly plutonium. A “certain food manufacturing company” conducted the independent test that reported data different from data the Japanese government released, according to a translation of the news article.

Video of smoke rising from Fukushima nuclear reactor, images of damage

Fukushima results

Aerial Measuring Results. Fukushima, Japan

“The total area contaminated with radiation from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is estimated at about 800 square kilometers, or about 40 percent the size of Tokyo, according to a radiation map created by the science ministry and U.S. Department of Energy,” reports Asahi. “The report uses the same level of contamination (555,000 becquerels or higher of cesium-137) that was used to issue compulsory evacuation orders in the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986.” It is not likely the corporate media missed the news. Asahi has alliances with the International Herald Tribune, which is owned by the New York Times. According to the map above, about 800 square kilometers are contaminated with accumulated cesium-137 of 600,000 becquerels or higher per square meter.

 

“Worse than Chernobyl”

Prison Planet.com

Fukushima Ocean Contamination: Worse Than Chernobyl 200511top2

 

Scientists have discovered that the radioactive impact on surrounding oceans from the Fukushima nuclear disaster has already outstripped the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, meaning that the figure of nearly a million cancer deaths as a result of Chernobyl is set to be replicated over the coming decades.

When nuclear experts like Dr. Christopher Busby and Arnie Gundersen were warning that Fukushima could become “Chernobyl on steroids” in the early days and weeks of the disaster they were called alarmists by many sectors of the mainstream media.

However, within just two weeks of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that crippled the nuclear plant, the amount of radiation released from the facility already rivaled that of Chernobyl, the worst nuclear disaster up until that point.

Now new research conducted by Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, illustrates how Fukushima, which has already been dispensed with as a news story by the corporate media despite the crisis only escalating, has surpassed Chernobyl in its negative impact on the nearby seas and oceans

“When it comes to the oceans,”the impact of Fukushima exceeds Chernobyl,” said Buesseler.

“Levels of some radionuclides are at least an order of magnitude higher than the highest levels in 1986 in the Baltic and Black Seas, the two ocean water bodies closest to Chernobyl,” he added.

Buesseler has been awarded a rapid-response grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Ocean Sciences to study the oceanic data, a vital task given the fact that theEPA responded to the crisis by raising the safe radiation limit and figuratively putting its fingers in its ears.

Despite the fact that Fukushima has devastated the environment in a myriad of different ways, in addition to the fact that the long term impact won’t be known for years, self-proclaimed environmentalists like George Monbiot have revealed themselves as wolves in sheep’s clothing by completely dismissing the importance of Fukushima amidst their zeal to hype global warming and carbon taxes.

Even as the Fukushima crisis reached its height, Monbiot wrote a series of articles in the Guardian not only downplaying the severity of the situation, but brazenly proclaiming that Fukushima had made him “stop worrying and love nuclear power.”

Monbiot slammed those concerned about Fukushima for having “wildly exaggerated the dangers of radioactive pollution,” strange talk for a supposed environmentalist but unsurprising given that Monbiot is part of an elite that is hell bent on exploiting manufactured fears about global warming to push through a “planned-opolis” prison society wherein every single human activity will be tightly regulated and licensed by the state. In Monbiot’s world view, an environmental crisis only exists when it can be plundered for power and control.

“I have to say that I know George Monbiot and he doesn’t know anything,” Dr. Christopher Busby responded, adding that Monbiot’s claims were “total nonsense,” “tosh,” and that it was “criminally irresponsible for him to write what he writes given that he doesn’t know anything.”

The news that radionuclides now released from Fukushima have already had a bigger impact on surrounding oceans than Chernobyl counts as more egg on Monbiot’s face, but the real consequences for sea life and the wider threat to human health will only become clearer as cancers accelerate in the coming years.

Despite UN and World Health Organization studies that claim Chernobyl led to a maximum of 9,000 deaths and 200,000 cases of radiation sickness, more contemporary studies have shown that nearly a million people have been killed from cancers caused by the disaster over the course of the last 25 years.

The corporate media and faux environmentalists like Monbiot will continue to poo-poo Fukushima, but when people start dropping dead from an explosion of cancers over the next 30 years, it will be yet another reminder that burying your head in the sand is not a good way to prevent nuclear contamination.

 

Residents visit evacuation zone to retrieve belongings


KAWAUCHIMURA, JAPAN – Evacuees from Kawauchimura, Fukushima Prefecture – part of which is in the no-entry zone around the troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant – were allowed to briefly return to their homes to gather important documents and supplies on Tuesday.

The 92 villagers were the first evacuees to be given short home visits after they were forced to flee their residences within 20 kilometers (12 miles) of the crisis-stricken nuclear plant. The evacuees brought back items such as bankbooks and photographs and exited the evacuation zone in the evening.

Nine municipalities are subject to the evacuation instruction, with about 27,800 households inside the no-entry zone. People who want to return home are given two hours at their residences to collect their belongings.

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Fukushima Reactor 4 “leaning” and in danger of exposing spent fuel rods

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxbm7iJTT8U&feature=player_embedded

Fukushima: Nuclear Apologists Play Shoot the Messenger on Radiation

Dr. Helen Caldicott
The Age
May 1, 2011

TWENTY-FIVE years after Chernobyl, many billions of dollars are at stake if the Fukushima reactor meltdowns cause the so-called “atomic renaissance” to halt or even slow down. This is evident from the nuclear industry’s vociferous attacks on its critics.

We see this especially in Australia, where the industry is conducting a whatever-it-takes propaganda campaign to ensure that nothing stands in the way of vast profits to be made from continuing to export uranium; from the plan to establish a radioactive waste dump at Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory; and from the industry’s desire to dot the continent with reactors.

Proponents of nuclear power – including George Monbiot, who has had a mysterious road-to-Damascus conversion to its supposedly benign effects – accuse me and others of ”cherry-picking” data and overstating the health effects of radiation. Yet by reassuring the public that things aren’t too bad, Monbiot and others misrepresent and distort the scientific evidence of the harmful effects of radiation exposure.

Their first piece of disinformation is to confuse the effects of external and internal radiation. The former is what populations were exposed to when atomic bombs were detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Internal radiation, by contrast, emanates from radioactive elements that enter the body by inhalation, ingestion, or skin absorption. Hazardous radioactive elements being released in the sea and air around Fukushima accumulate at each step of various food chains (for example, into algae, crustaceans, small fish, bigger fish, then humans; or soil, grass, cow’s meat and milk, then humans). Entering the body, these elements – called internal emitters – migrate to specific organs such as the thyroid, liver, bone, and brain, continuously irradiating small volumes of cells with high doses of alpha, beta and/or gamma radiation, and over many years often induce cancer.

Further, many remain radioactive in the environment for long periods, posing danger for future generations.

The grave effects of internal emitters are of the most profound concern at Fukushima – as indeed they continue to be at Chernobyl. It is erroneous and misleading to use the term ”acceptable levels of external radiation” in assessing internal radiation doses. To do so is to propagate inaccuracies and to mislead the public worldwide and journalists who are seeking the truth about radiation’s hazards.

Further, nuclear industry proponents assert that low doses of radiation produce no ill effects and are therefore safe. But, as a US National Academy of Sciences report concluded in 2007, no dose of radiation is safe, however small, including background radiation; exposure is cumulative, so that each dose (whether, for example, from a medical x-ray or from passing through the whole-body scanners soon to be introduced in Australian airports) adds to an individual’s risk of developing cancer during his or her lifetime.

Regarding Chernobyl, various seemingly reputable groups have issued differing reports on the morbidity and mortalities resulting from the 1986 radiation catastrophe. The World Health Organisation in 2005 attributed only 43 human deaths directly to the disaster and estimated an additional 4000 fatal cancers. In contrast, a 2009 report published by the New York Academy of Sciences comes to a very different conclusion. Its scientist authors estimated the number of deaths attributable to the Chernobyl meltdown at about 980,000.

Monbiot wrongly dismisses the report out of hand as worthless, but to ignore and denigrate an entire body of literature is arrogant and irresponsible.

Finally, there is widespread confusion about the roles of the World Health Organisation and the International Atomic Energy Commission. Monbiot expresses surprise that a UN-affiliated body such as WHO might be under the influence of the nuclear power industry, causing its reporting on nuclear power matters to be biased. And yet that is precisely the case.

In the early days of nuclear power, WHO issued forthright statements on radiation risks, such as its 1956 warning: ”Genetic heritage is the most precious property for human beings. It determines the lives of our progeny, health and harmonious development of future generations. As experts, we affirm that the health of future generations is threatened by increasing development of the atomic industry and sources of radiation.”

After 1959, the organisation made no more statements on health and radioactivity.

What happened?

On May 28, 1959, at the 12th World Health Assembly, WHO drew up an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency. A clause of this agreement says the WHO effectively grants the right of prior approval over any research it might undertake or report on to the IAEA – a group that many people, including journalists, think is a neutral watchdog, but which is, in fact, an advocate for the nuclear power industry. Its founding papers state: ”The agency shall seek to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity through the world.”

The WHO’s subjugation to the IAEA is widely known within the scientific radiation community, something which Monbiot chose to ignore. But it is clearly not the only matter on which he is ignorant, after his recent apparent three-day perusal of the vast body of scientific information on radiation and radioactivity. The confusion that he and other nuclear industry apologists sow about radiation risks is very similar to the way that the tobacco industry propounded misinformation and lies about the true effects of smoking.

Despite their claims, it is they, not the ”anti-nuclear movement”, who are ”misleading the world about the impacts of radiation on human health”.

Dr Helen Caldicott is the founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility and the author of seven books, including Nuclear Power is Not the Answer.

Read more:
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/nuclear-apologists-play-shoot-the-messenger-on-radiation-20110425-1du2w.html#ixzz1L11iXRIE

 

Updated Nuclear Weather Forcast

Fukushima Exposure Levels Going Up Everywhere

Mark Sircus, Contributing Writer
Activist Post
April 16, 2011

“Radiation is continuing to leak out of the reactors, the situation is not stable at all, radiation continues to leak,” says Dr. Michio Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York and top graduate of Harvard. “We are looking at a ticking timebomb. It appears stable but the slightest disturbance, a secondary earthquake, a pipe break, evacuation of the crew at Fukishima  could set off a full scale melt down at three nuclear power stations–far beyond what we saw at Chernobyl.”

Aftershocks rattling Japan after the nation’s record quake on March 11 may continue for at least six months, increasing the risk of damage to a crippled nuclear plant at the center of the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. “Aftershocks as big as magnitude-7 are likely to continue hitting in eastern and northern Japan for at least six months,” said Teruyuki Kato, a professor at the University of Tokyo’s Earthquake Research Institute.
This is the main scientist to listen to and it’s worthwhile to watch his most recent statements on the video. Radioactive contamination from the Fukushima power plant has been carried around the world and far out to sea and if current estimates and the situation do not worsen we already will have 10 percent of Chernobyl’s radiation spreading around the globe and it looks like each and every month we will see another 10 percent of another Chernobyl’s worth of radiation released to contaminate the world further. Dr. Kaku says his family is already leaving Tokyo because they don’t believe the statements of the Japanese utility because they have consistently low-balled the dangers, as has everyone else.

Dr. Chris Busby, another physicist says there is a rage in the people in Tokyo and he now predicts based on his calculations that 800,000 people out of about 8 million who live within 200 kilomters of the plant will contract cancer if they are not moved out. Dr. Kaku still advises entombment in a giant slab of concrete, with 5000 tons of  cement, sand and boric acid but if that ever happens it will be months away and take a huge effort that would take many more months.

Dr. Kaku says that the, “Tepco utility people are outclassed and overwhelmed and should be removed from their positions. They are “making it up as they go along,” he says of the efforts of engineers to get this disaster under some control” He too says, “We would see increases in leukemias and thyroid cancers from the massive amounts of radioactive iodine being released.”

The operator of Japan’s tsunami-flooded nuclear power complex was seeking ways Thursday to pull damaged spent fuel rods out of a storage pool at one of its reactors, citing surging radiation and elevated temperatures as worrisome signs.These two physicists are the men to monitor if you want a real assesment of the level seven nuclear disaster. With each passing week the words “safe”, “low levels”, “not harmful” will all lose their meaning as the more massive amounts of radiation are released. Six months from now it will be a different world with several open fission processes happening in multiple reactors.

 

“This accident has already released something on the order of 50,000 trillion becquerels of radiation. You do the math. That puts it right smack in the middle of a level 7 nuclear accident,” said Kaku.

NISA and Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC) estimate that 370,000 – 630,000 terabecquerels of radioactive materials have been released from Units 1, 2 and 3. One terabecquerel equals one trillion becquerels.

Br. Busby, who is Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk, calculated two weeks ago radiation levels two weeks ago. “Since the official International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) figures for the Fukushima contamination are from 200 to 900kBq.sq meter out to 78km from the site, we can expect between 22% and 90% increases in cancer in people living in these places in the next 10 years. The UN definition of radioactively contaminated land is 37kBq/sq metre.  Since the IAEA data show that these levels of contamination, from 200,000 to 900,000 disintegrations per second per square meter, exist up to 78km from Fukushima, we can already calculate that the contamination is actually worse than Chernobyl, not 1% of Chernobyl. For the area defined by a 78km radius is 19113 sq km compared to the Chernobyl exclusion zone of 2827 sq km. About seven times greater.”

In the next month we will see a repeat or perhaps an intensification of the radiation being put out into the environment—as the melting nuclear materials continue to break through barriers. Radiation emitted will continue for an indeterminate period – at least months, maybe years—many many years.

Raw fission in the open environment is a possibility that humanity is going to have to learn how to live with. If the worst case happens—as is happening—then it will be open hunting season on everyone in the nuclear power industry as well as on politicians who have allowed them to be swayed, pressured or bribed to swear to the safety of nuclear insanity. This could be the fire pit of hell brought to earth that will finally expose the toxic monsters of the modern world for who and what they are. Making money as they have done and continue to do through the massive use of poisonous substances, nuclear or chemical, they have compromised their souls and their right to exist among more sensitive compassionate beings.

There is nothing more urgent in the field of medicine then us getting a handle on the best ways to eliminate heavy metals, radiation contamination and other toxic poisons from the body. The most obvious way of course is to reduce exposure. Sometimes to avoid toxic exposure we have to move out of a moldy house, out of a city heavily laden with air pollution or even out of a country if one plans on living a long and healthy life. If humans keep up with their intense poisoning of this  planet it might mean going off the planet or burrowing deep into the ground.

Avoiding exposure is not always possible when it
comes to nuclear radiation, mercury and microwaves.

The Japanese government is making a fatal mistake leaving millions of citizens too close to the exposure of the badly leaking atomic plant. Their direction to just stay indoors is not an effective and certainly not a permanent way to avoid exposure. It is understandable why they would resist removing millions from their homes but in this case it is the only way to avoid exposure and resultant radiation sickness.

How secure should we feel about the evolving situation? Dr. Kaku couldn’t make it any more frank when he said, “Fukushima is about as stable as “hanging by your fingernails off a cliff, and they’re beginning to break one by one.”

Radioactive Iodine -131

China’s Ministry of Health said today April 13, that radioactive isotope iodine-131 had been detected in various kinds of vegetables in 12 provincial regions. The radioactive isotope was found in spinach, asparagus, lettuce, cabbage, Chinese cabbage and other vegetables in Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shandong, Henan, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan, according to a statement from the ministry.

The risks associated with iodine-131 contamination in Europe are no longer “negligible,”according to CRIIRAD, a French research body on radioactivity. The NGO is advising pregnant women and infants against “risky behavior,” such as consuming fresh milk or vegetables with large leaves. In response to thousands of inquiries from citizens concerned about fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Europe, CRIIRAD has compiled an information package on the risks of radioactive iodine-131 contamination in Europe.

After the radioactive cloud emanating from Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant reached Europe in late March, CRIIRAD, a French research body on radioactivity, an NGO, said it had  detected radioactive iodine-131 in rainwater in south-eastern France.  In parallel testing, the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), the national public institution monitoring nuclear and radiological risks, found iodine 131 in milk. In normal times, no trace of iodine-131 should be detectable in rainwater or milk. Radiation monitors in Canada, in Ontario, New Brunswick and British Columbia have also detected radioactive iodine.

In the United States EPA data show rising levels of Iodine-131, Cesium-134, and Cesium-137 up to 300% of maximum limits. Hawaii milk samples showed radiation 800% above normal for Cesium-134, 633% for Cesium-137, and 600% for Iodine-131. Water contamination measured over 20 times acceptable levels. Mainland amounts are also rising, including in air, soil, grass, milk, spinach, strawberries, and other foods.

Milk is especially important as it suggests the health of the entire food supply because cows eat grass. When  grass is contaminated, so is everything grown in the same soil.

At least 14 US cities reported unsafe radiation amounts in drinking water. However, EPA is only testing for Iodine-131, not Cesium, Uranium or Plutonium, all emitted from Fukushima. Several radiation monitoring stations throughout Spain have recorded increases in the concentration of iodine and cesium in the air coming from Japan. Same goes for France.

One does not want to wait for the medical authorities on the iodine issue. One has to act quickly to protect their thyroid and the thyroids especially of children. A major cloud of radioactive Iodine 131 has recently passed over South Korea and is now passing just about everywhere else in the northern hemisphere.

Medical and health authorities, it seems, want all pregnant women, babies and children to be unduly exposed to radioactive iodine just because of their phobia and medical conditioning against nutritional iodine supplementation. The entire contemporary medical establishment is abandoning its fundamental mission and pledge to protect the public and their patients against harm when medically possible.

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We have lots of information from Russia about the use of iodine to protect the thyroid. In Poland the use of iodine dosages was found to highly protect children’s thyroids from cancer. The risk for cancer of the thyroid is much greater in children requiring much lower exposure to I-131 than it does for adults. Same goes for pregnant women or lactating women.

It is a good time to remember Dr. Jeff Patterson’s words, former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “There is no safe level of radionuclide exposure, whether from food, water or other sources. Period! Exposure to radionuclides, such as Iodine-131 and Cesium-137, increases the risk of cancer. For this reason, every effort must be taken to minimize the radionuclide content in food and water.”

Personal Note: In the next 48 hours I will submit to my staff a 2nd edition of my iodine book, which will be strongly oriented to the entire issue of iodine as an essential nutrient to protect from radioactive iodine contamination of the thyroid and other glands that have a large uptake of iodine under normal conditions. The situation is guaranteed to get worse so do not wait for the medical authorities on the iodine issue. For parents waiting means vastly increasing the chance of watching your children die of thyroid cancer! Do I need to say that any stronger?

It is not a good time to be caught like deer in the headlights nor have our heads stuck in the sand about iodine or anything else that affects our survival. The essential action is to get iodine into our bodies and it does not have to be “potassium iodide.” It can also be in the form of Nascent Iodine, which is a 2% formulation based on and old Edgar Casey type that breaks molecular iodine into its I¹ atomic structure. It is the iodine I personally use for myself and my children and is ideal for iodine sensitive people with pre-existing thyroid conditions meaning it is the easiest iodine to administer, though not the cheapest to use.

There are other forms in both tablet and liquid, even the ones that can be used topically are effective in reducing people’s vulnerability to radioactive iodine. (Do NOT drink topical antiseptic iodine products such as Betadine — these products are not suitable for human consumption. They are povidone-iodine mixtures.)

I have to be honest and tell you it’s a great time to be living in the southern hemisphere. The radiation levels down here will be much delayed and much reduced and the deep valley where my Sanctuary is being finished feels very protective because it is ringed with mountains.

I just spent the first few nights at my Sanctuary center deep in the interior of Brazil and the construction men are still running all over the place. I can’t wait to open Sanctuary to the world but am not so sure there will be much of a world on its feet in just a few months’ time as the financial world careens out of control. I listened to an excellent video last night that predicts that when the next earnings reports of major corporations come out in July it will be curtains for the stock markets as the nuclear disaster is taking the real economy, and thus earnings, down like a rock.

It was such a pleasure to feel the magic of being surrounded by Nature, hearing the rivers flowing around Sanctuary. No Internet, so great to be away from all the bad news and able to concentrate on finishing my manuscript for the Radiation Toxicity Syndrome book. It is an overwhelming challenge that is taking me, according to my assistant Claudia, too much time so I will come out first with the iodine book focused on the radioactive issue.

I think it’s a great time to take a vacation from the north or at least get the women and children out of harm’s way. It’s simply not a good time to be gambling with the safety of our loved ones—with the possibility of a greater explosion at the Japanese nuclear power station with a resultant massive release of radiation that travels far and wide across our planet. Men and professionals particularly have to sometimes stand their ground and even sacrifice their lives like the men are doing at the nuclear plant but we don’t have to risk our children.

Many of the men in the Titanic had to encourage their women and children to get on the lifeboats without them. But in this case, if a miracle happens and there is no worse-than-imaginable-case scenario, and all-clear sirens sound, then families can be reunited. The next few weeks or months will tell us a whole lot about our futures.

Dr. Mark Sircus is a natural health expert and self-sufficiency advocate.  He is the author ofseveral must-read books including titles such as Survival Medicine For the 21st Century,Winning the War on Cancer, and Humane Pediatrics.  You can find all of Mark’s informative articles at his website IMVA

 

Fukushima raised to level 7 Chernobyl event, Japan admits more radiation escaped than we were told

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles…)

(NaturalNews) The title of this article probably should have been “TOLD YA SO.” After all the downplaying, all the denials, all the disinfo and deceptions by both the nuclear industry and the mainstream media, it finally emerges that the amount of radiation released by Fukushima was far, far higher than what we were told. How high? So high that the Fukushima catastrophe has now been raised from a level 5 event to a level 7 event on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (http://www-ns.iaea.org/tech-areas/e…). They just skipped right over level 6 because they know even a 6 would be laughable at this point.

A level 5 event is an “accident with wider consequences.” A level 6 event is a “serious accident,” and a level 7 event is a “major accident.” If you really do the math, however, Fukushima should be alevel 28 eventbecause there are four reactors each at level seven (4×7 = 28). Chernobyl only had one reactor, and it stored far less fuel than any one of the Fukushima reactors.

The amount of releasedradiationrequired to quality for a level 7 event is “several tens of thousands of terabecquerels.” For example, 50,000 terabecquerels.

How much radiation has already been released from Fukushima? 500,000 terabecquerels— and that’s just from iodine-131 and doesn’t even count the other isotopes that are also being released (http://apnews.myway.com/article/201…). In other words — and here’s the real shocker — the amount of radiation released from Fukushima is over TEN TIMES the amount needed to qualify for a level 7 event!

With the arrival of this new designation, Fukushima is now OFFICIALLY a Chernobyl-class event, and nuclear officials are now openly and publicly admitting that the total radiation release from Fukushima could soon exceed Chernobyl — although they’re desperately trying to claim it somehow won’t, if only due to the power of their own imaginations.

Meanwhile, we’re being treated to an ever-expanding lesson in the table of elements as yet more radioactive materials are being detected in the Fukushima releases. Today, strontium was found in the soils near Fukushima, adding to the impressive list of other elements that were blown into the environment by the explosions there: Plutonium, Iodine and Cesium. (BBC)

If only Fukushima had blown gold out of its core, Japan might actually have a way to pay for all this, by the way. But sadly, the byproducts of nuclear fission are not the precious metals we would all wish for. Rather, they are the radioactive elements determined by the laws of physics — the very same laws of physics that the nuclear industry once thought it had smugly conquered.

Murphy, that clever little bastard, seems to crop up everywhere these days.

Far worse than we were originally told

With this new designation of a level 7 event, the massive cover-up has melted down. Although Japan has tried desperately to withhold radiation data, shut off the gauges, explain away the extremely high sensor readings and assure everybody that it was only a “miniscule” amount of radiation being released into the environment, the sad but undeniable truth of the matter is that Fukushima is a global-scale nuclear disasterthat’s now unleashing radiation across the world that’s showing up in our milk and food.

The excuse behind raising the event to level 7 right now instead of earlier is laughable but predictable: Authorities claim they just didn’t know how to measure the radiation!

“Our preparations for how to measure (the radiation leakage) when such a tsunami and earthquake occurred were insufficient and, as a result, we were late in disseminating information internationally,” said a senior official working for Prime Minister Naoto Kan. (http://www.cnbc.com/id/42542704)

In other words, the nuclear industry didn’t know how to measure radiation, they claim, and even when they did figure out how to take measurements, they withheld the resulting data.

The clever disinfo campaign marches on. NISA is now saying that the radiation released into the atmosphere is only 10 percent of Chernobyl’s release. But what they don’t readily admit is that they’re releasing massive quantities of radioactive water into the ocean, and that doesn’t count as “atmosphere,” you see.

They also don’t want you to remember that Fukushima is engage in an ongoing release of radiation with absolutely no end in sight. It is only a matter of weeks, in other words, before Fukushima does exceed the total Chernobyl release levels.

How do we know that? For one, that same senior official quoted above also says the Japanese government is now telling TEPCO to “set target dates for when it would halt the radiation leakage as well as restore the cooling systems” (http://www.cnbc.com/id/42542704).

Set target dates? It’s like being stuck in a bureaucratic nightmare. Let’s all have a committee conference, and we’ll put together an “actionable game plan” so that we can “accentuate our positive accomplishments” while we all “facilitate going forward with team players” and other such nonsense corporate speak that often flows from the mouths of business suit morons who have no idea what to do but somehow want to take credit for it.

If there’s a target date to set for halting the radiation, it should be TODAY. If there’s a target date to restore cooling to the spent fuel rods, it should be YESTERDAY. Does anyone really believe these are things to be slapped onto a calendar like your best friend’s birthday?

Oh, and by the way, we’re now supposed to believe the Japanese government is telling us the truth from here forward, I suppose. Sure, they lied about the radiation releases in the past. They downplayed the seriousness of the event; they withheld data and explained away the broken gauges as flukes. But now they’re suddenly going to be up front with all of us and tell us the truth, you see. Now we’re going to get honest and accurate information out of Japan, if you can believe that.

Still, nuclear industry shills can’t help themselves from continuing to downplay the situation. “Judging from all the measurement data, it is quite under control,” says Hironobu Unesaki, a nuclear physicist at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute (http://apnews.myway.com/article/201…). He also said that raising Fukushima to a level 7 event was no cause for worry, and that “…it doesn’t mean that a significant amount of release is now continuing.”

It seems that Unesaki didn’t receive the memo that says, “Stop lying to the public.”  He’s still operating from the previous official memo which instructed everyone to, “Deny and Downplay.”

Remember when Fukushima was only a level 4 event and all the nuclear industry experts and government experts were saying “this is nothing like Chernobyl?” Then it was raised to a level 5 event and they repeated, “It’s still nothing like Chernobyl.” And now with the official designation at level 7, they’re screaming, “We swear! It’s nothing like Chernobyl!”

Except that it is. It’s a lot like Chernobyl. All the elements are the same, after all: The toxic iodine-131 and cesium-137 being released into the environment. The strange but persistent government cover-ups. The lying to the public. The downplaying of the human fatalities caused by the event. The outrageous ineptitude of the nuclear industry “experts” who told us these power plants were safe.

It sound almost exactly like Chernobyl, come to think of it. And if you read the news archives from 1986, you’ll find extremely harsh words from the USA condemning the Ukranian officials for withholding data and downplaying the situation there. And yet, just 25 years later, the tables are turned. Now Japan and the USA are in full-on cover-up mode, playing the part of the Soviet officials who lied to their own people about the severity of the disaster.

If there’s one thing we’ve all learned from history, it’s that you can always count on your government to lie to you in times of trouble. At precisely the moment the People need honest, accurate information about the severity of a disaster or crisis, government leaders will take to the podium and calmly announce that everything is fine and people should take no precautions whatsoever. And then immediately after these speeches are given, they scurry off to their underground command bunkers.

Here’s a video of Obama telling Americans there’s no problem with the radioactive fallout from Fukushima. It’s hilarious (in a sad sort of way): http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=61EFA…

 

Japanese Nuclear Crisis Upgraded to Chernobyl Level

From the Wall Street Journal:
The Japanese government raised its assessment of the monthlong crisis at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to the highest severity level by international standards—a rating only conferred so far upon the Chernobyl accident.

Japan’s nuclear regulators said the plant has likely released so much radiation into the environment that it must boost the accident’s severity rating on the International Nuclear Event scale to a 7 from 5 currently. That is the same level reached by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the former Soviet Union, which struck almost exactly 25 years ago, on April 26, 1986.

“Based on the cumulative data we’ve gathered, we can finally give an estimate of total radioactive materials emitted,” Hidehiko Nishiyama, spokesman for Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, said at a press conference Tuesday.
Read More: Wall Street Journal

 

Radiation Detected In Drinking Water Across The U.S.

 

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Jeff McMahon writes for Forbes:

Radiation from Japan has been detected in drinking water in 13 more American cities, and cesium-137 has been found in American milk—in Montpelier, Vermont—for the first time since the Japan nuclear disaster began, according to data released by the Environmental Protection Agency late Friday.

Milk samples from Phoenix and Los Angeles contained iodine-131 at levels roughly equal to the maximum contaminant level permitted by EPA, the data shows. The Phoenix sample contained 3.2 picoCuries per liter of iodine-131. The Los Angeles sample contained 2.9. The EPA maximum contaminant level is 3.0, but this is a conservative standard designed to minimize exposure over a lifetime, so EPA does not consider these levels to pose a health threat.

The cesium-137 found in milk in Vermont is the first cesium detected in milk since the Fukushima-Daichi nuclear accident occurred last month. The sample contained 1.9 picoCuries per liter of cesium-137, which falls under the same 3.0 standard.

Radioactive isotopes accumulate in milk after they spread through the atmosphere, fall to earth in rain or dust, and settle on vegetation, where they are ingested by grazing cattle. Iodine-131 is known to accumulate in the thyroid gland, where it can cause cancer and other thyroid diseases. Cesium-137 accumulates in the body’s soft tissues, where it increases risk of cancer, according to EPA.

Airborne contamination continues to cross the western states, the new data shows, and Boise has seen the highest concentrations of radioactive isotopes in rain so far…

For more information, see original article.

 

Inside report from Fukushima nuclear reactor evacuation zone

Videonewscom
April 8, 2011

Fukushima, Japan – The Japanese government has issued the evacuation order on March 12 for the residents living within the 20 kilometer radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Since then, residents have left their homes, and the “no man land” has been out of touch with the rest of the world.

A Japanese journalist, Tetsuo Jimbo, ventured through the evacuation zone last Sunday, and filed the following video report.

He says that, inside the evacuation zone, homes,building, roads and bridges, which were torn down by Tsunami, are left completely untouched, and the herd of cattle and pet dogs, left behind by the owners, wonders around the town while the radiation level remains far beyond legal limits.

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