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Endless Fukushima catastrophe: Many generations’ health at stake

Dr Helen Caldicott is one of the most articulate and passionate advocates of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises.

September 13, 2013 09:33

Bio-accumulation of radioactive elements around Fukushima will devastate many future Japanese generations, while the Pacific Ocean is also being contaminated by leaking radioactive water. Yet there is still no good solution from the Japanese government.

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Mark Slatem 26.09.2013 13:40

Its also very difficult for the average person to perceive what exactly radiation is and why it is so incredibly dangerous to life on earth. I recently wrote a blog post on this explaining the science behind Nuclear power stations, radiation and our so called friend the Uranium atom in the context of Fukushima.

 

Kaleilw 24.09.2013 00:56

"Luckily the wind was blowing east across the Pacific in the first several days, taking 80 percent of the fallout with it - much of which was deposited in the Pacific Ocean" First of all, there is nothing "lucky" about this incident. Second, as if 80% of the radioactive fallout ending up in the Pacific Ocean is a good alternative. Helen Caldicott, I respect you for your knowledge on all things nuclear, but you need a lesson on the importance of marine food webs.

 

jerry positeri 17.09.2013 14:43

My concern is that the Santa Cruz Ca. harbor was one of the few harbors that was hit by the tsunami could have radioactive material move into the area. The wharf as well as boats were damaged. I would hope that the Santa Cruz area would monitor the current from the area for radiation. Although the tsunami was moving at a pace of a commercial jet plane 400 mph the wave hit us at the actual time a passenger plane would have arrived in Santa Cruz 11 hours. Although it would take sometime to arrive currents seem to move in a pattern.

 

Brigitte Van Gerven 16.09.2013 09:39

Humanity is fooling itself regarding the safety of nuclear energy. Especially those working in the nuclear industry have to fool themselves into thinking it is all safe and nothing can happen. They simply couldn’t live with the full realization of everything that could go wrong. And that is also the main reason why there seem to be no decent emergency plans, no what-if scenarios. The lack of an emergency plan is what struck me most when watching the Fukushima disaster on the news – how improvised and inadequate were all the actions taken by TEPCO! The cause is psychological repression on a massive scale.

 

Bruce McAlevy 15.09.2013 22:41

The only solution to this is to use nuclear devices and drop the whole complex into the 7000 meter deep trench off the coast of Japan. This idea was briefly considered and rejected. There is no technology that exists to deal with this situation. The nuclear industry plan was redundant levels of containment and cooling systems, all failed in this situation, to never allow fuel into "the wild."

 

Alex Ikonomidis 15.09.2013 16:42

The high-tech Japanese have builted a nuclear site on top of an old river. How stupid can they be.

 

Davis-Guess Wendy 15.09.2013 08:12

In the very least, a retainer wall should be constructed in the ocean. An attempt to grab the contaminants by contructing this wall in this ocean should have begin in March 2011. What is the problem? Fear of being exposed? Send death row prisoners there to do it. A global panel should have been formed and every minute devoted to this. Truly baffling. I try not to think about it but take iodine now. I'd move if I could afford to (California). Am glad I have no children. They have been cheated out of a life worth living.

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