Sunday, August 19, 2012

Fukushima Nuclear Situation “Deteriorating”

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Richard Wilcox, Contributor
Activist Post

Were it not for certain nuclear whistle blowers and outside, independent experts, the public would have to rely on the glib and technically inaccessible reports from Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) or the Japanese government.

Not that those reports are entirely without substance, but due to the incomprehensible technical jargon most people simply throw up their hands and hope for the best.

Luckily, in this day of the Internet we can learn a lot about what is going on thanks to independent researchers and writers.

To the extent that mainstream newspapers have covered the issue responsibly, and there has been substantive coverage, web sites like “”; “” and “” have served as information clearinghouses for mainstream news, academic studies and independent sources of journalism about the nuclear crisis in Japan.

Given this wide perspective, it is hard to see how any meaningful progress is being made at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP). This is the conclusion I drew, or anyone with reasonable skills of observation would have drawn, in April of 2011. The Japanese government kept telling us that “everything is under control” and there is “no immediate danger,” all the while, lying through their teeth about the reactor meltdowns.

Any intelligent layperson who considers the technical aspects of the disaster will be at a loss as to how the plant operators will be able to restore the cooling system, which may be badly damaged, to reactors that themselves may be unrepairable or in various states of melt-down. If the nuclear fuel in the reactors has melted through to the floor, what would be the point of setting up a cooling system to a dysfunctional reactor and a pool of melted fuel? No one in the government clearly answers these questions nor has the international community come forth with a possible solution. (1).

Credit must be given to the hard work of engineers and makeshift cooling systems were installed, but the state of the reactors is precarious--highly radioactive--and things have not gone smoothly for plant operators, Tepco. As for long term solutions, none are presented. We are supposed to believe that out of this gigantic mess of strewn rubble and constantly leaking pipes and cooling systems, progress is being made. At some level there is: as long as the melted fuel keeps cooling and there are no other major earthquakes, the level of radioactivity will naturally decrease. But this is a hypothetical, best-case scenario.

The fuel pools of Units three or four could collapse in another large earthquake and the highly radioactive fuel rods will not be removed until 2013 at the earliest-- putting the entire world in grave peril every second that ticks by.

Nuclear expert, Arnie Gundersen, recently stated regarding units 1 - 3 that they will “get to the point where they throw some concrete down on the top of it and come back in 300 years.” Gundersen thinks this may not even be cleaned up in “500 years!” (2) This bears repetition:


It’s no wonder nuclear watchdogs have created a special rating system for Fukushima-- putting it in a new category, above Chernobyl, as a no. 8 level nuclear disaster. Fukushima is a “[m]ulti-source major nuclear accident requiring international assistance and monitoring” (3).

A Few Quadrillion Becquerals Here, A Few Quadrillion There...

Meanwhile in Tokyo the Japanese government admits that the incineration of radioactive debris shipped from the tsunami disaster zone, from 2011 to 2013, will emit at least 2 billion becquerals of radiation into the air (according to my calculations) (4; 5). Yes, you read that correctly: TWO BILLION. Compared to the FNPP disaster that is not much at all, that number could end up being lower, or even much higher, depending on how much debris is burned, how radioactive it is, whether the equipment malfunctions, and so on. The curious point is that the Japanese government admits they are intentionally emitting radiation into densely populated urban environments.

Nominally, this policy is “to help the people in the Northeast” (or more likely to help their buddies in the incineration business). This is sheer insanity, but these are the times we live in, when even Japanese school children are being given pamphlets “full of misleading information and half-truths” about the safety of burning radioactive debris (6).

The government’s heartfelt concern for the inhabitants of the northeast is touching. But after 17 months there are still evacuees living in classrooms partitioned with cardboard (7) and rumors of many people dying from cancer due to radioactive fallout. This has gone unreported in the establishment press (8).

Meanwhile, the situation at the FNPP is still unstable. Tepco has admitted that,
a total of about 10 million becquerals per hour of radioactive cesium was being emitted from the No. 1 to No. 3 reactors as of June. That is about one-80 millionths of the level that was being spewed immediately after the accident (9).
This is down from a peak of thousands of trillions of becquerals at the time of the reactor explosions (10; 11). Measured as quadrillions or as petabecquerals (10 to the 15th power) (12), the radiation emitted was comparable to Chernobyl, being well over half if not roughly equivalent in volume (13). While the worst Chernobyl had to offer was pretty much over once it had blown its lid, Fukushima could still release vastly greater amounts of harmful radiation due to the nuclear fuel at the site.

The Unimaginably Unimaginable Danger Of Being (Nuked)

Although the government continues to dismiss the idea that the quakes themselves were the main cause of the nuclear meltdowns, while attributing the entire crisis to the “unforeseen” natural phenomenon of the tidal wave, they admit the quake caused “a 3-square-centimeter rupture in the piping of the emergency cooling system for the No. 1 reactor.” In addition, they note “the possibility that tremors from the earthquake created a tiny rupture of 0.3 square centimeter or less, which later grew larger when the reactor temperature and pressure rose and radioactive substances leaked from there” (14).

This is controversial given that independent scientists are not allowed to inspect the facilities and that witnesses saw the Unit 1 building collapsing before the tsunami arrived.
One worker, a maintenance engineer in his late twenties who was at the Fukushima complex on March 11, recalls hissing and leaking pipes. ‘I personally saw pipes that came apart and I assume that there were many more that had been broken throughout the plant. There’s no doubt that the earthquake did a lot of damage inside the plant,’ he said. ‘There were definitely leaking pipes, but we don’t know which pipes – that has to be investigated. I also saw that part of the wall of the turbine building for Unit 1 had come away. That crack might have affected the reactor’ (15).
In addition to the accumulation of evidence that the earthquake itself was a primary cause of the meltdowns (16; 17) -- something the industry does not want to admit -- there are other inherent flaws in the way nuclear power plants are built and operate. Gundersen points out that the service pumps failed because they were flooded by the tidal wave on 311.

These pumps send water from the ocean to cool the back up diesel generators (18). Gundersen (at 19:00 mark in audio): "There could have been 14 meltdowns and not three. If you look at the data, there were six units at Fukushima Daiichi [power station no. 1], there are four at Fukushima Daini [station no. 2], three at Onagawa and one at Tokai. The net affect is that there were 37 diesel generators between those plants. 24 of those diesels were knocked out by the tsunami. You need the diesels to cool the plant.”

This occurred because at FNPP no. 1 the tsunami flooded the actual diesel generators, but at the other plants the “tsunami knocked out the cooling water to the diesels, something called service water. So, Japan narrowly missed 14 meltdowns and not three because the cooling water to 24 of the 37 diesels was destroyed.”


Furthermore, it was sheer luck that there were not eight meltdowns, for another totally different, random, reason:
The plant manager at Fukushima Daini, which is six miles away from Daiichi, is quoted as saying that if the tidal wave happened on a Saturday his four units would have melted down too. He had a thousand people on site because it was a Friday, but if it happened on a weekend there would have been a skeleton crew there. The roads had been destroyed so nobody could have gotten in to help, and we would have had Fukushima Daiichi and Daini in meltdown conditions. What happened was almost unimaginably unimaginable.
To repeat: had the earthquake happened on a Saturday or Sunday there would have been eight instead of merely three meltdowns-- you can’t make this stuff up, folks.

The FNPP site is fraught with danger, with constant reports of highly toxic water leaking from this pipe or that, or this reactor or that. For example, water in Unit 2 turbine basement was found to have 47 million becquerals per liter (19). These sorts of conditions are common. Many engineers are “highly suspicious” of government assurances that things are going well. For example,

“Takahashi Kei, a former cooling system worker at the plant now working as a radiation survey volunteer, said the utility company’s executives are portraying the situation in the best possible light. ‘There are leaks everywhere, wreckage too. It’s not as simple as they portray,’ he said.”

Japanese nuclear expert, Hiroaki Koide, recently said that “The state of the reactors is still deteriorating” (20). Let’s repeat that for the audience at home:


This hardly sounds like a successful “cold shutdown” and tends to support Gundersen’s idea that the units 1 - 3 will have to be entombed in concrete (if not with Japanese parliament member’s tempura, leftover from their extravagant taxpayer funded banquets). Recently there is talk from engineers who have intimate knowledge of the FNPP situation, and even from the government, that Japan needs to recruit help from the international community of scientists and engineers (21; 22; 23). Hey! Good idea, let’s hope they don’t wait too long. After all, this disaster is not only Japan’s fault, but an international issue from start to finish.

The lesson yet to be learned is that nuclear power is inherently dangerous and that the consequences for humanity and the environment continue to be “unimaginably, unimaginable” in their size.

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Richard Wilcox has a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from a social science, holistic perspective. He teaches at a number of universities in the Tokyo, Japan area. His articles on the Fukushima nuclear disaster have been published at Counterpunch, Global Research, Dissident Voice, Activist Post, Zen-Haven, and His most recent interview with Jeff Rense is available at the website Many of his environmental articles are archived at:


1. Testimony from Japan: Evolving Coverup of a Nuclear Disaster

2. Arnold Gundersen with the latest on Fukushima, including the perilous worldwide consequences if reactor no. 4 collapses

3. Nuclear incident scales

4. My Opinion on Radioactive Disaster Waste

5. Radiation in Japan: Tokyo Will Burn Miyagi's Disaster (and Radioactive) Debris

6. Radioactive Disaster Debris: Kitakyushu City Educates Kids How Safe It Is to Burn the Debris

7. Over 200 Evacuees from Futaba-machi Still Live in Classrooms

8.`We receive tons of frightening information'

9. After 500 days, Fukushima No. 1 plant still not out of the woods

10. Fukushima-derived radionuclides in the ocean and biota off Japan
11. Scientists: Far more cesium released than previously believed

12. Becqueral

13. Chernobyl: Assessment of Radiological and Health Impact 2002 Update of Chernobyl: Ten Years On

14. GOVERNMENT PROBE: Reactor cooling botched at Fukushima No. 1, but not No. 2 plant

15. Meltdown: What Really Happened at Fukushima?

16. Report on Nuclear Disaster Holds Key to Reactors' Fate

17. July 6, 2012, Pacifica Radio Host Ian Masters and Fairewinds' Arnie Gundersen: Lessons Not Learned From Fukushima Daiichi

18. SolarlMG podcast with Arnie Gunderson- Aug 10/2012

19. Unit 2 water 10 times more radioactive than Unit 1

20. In Japan, a nuclear ghost town stirs to life

21. Retired Fukushima engineers to seek U.S. assistance

22. Fukushima Chief Yoshida on Video: We must bring foreign experts in to help

23. Japanese government strengthening international cooperation in nuclear decommissioning and decontamination


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Anonymous said...

I don't believe much of the speculation in this article. We need hard data and accurate numbers on Fukushima to have this situation assessed by independent scientists that have no political affiliation.

It appears to me from more informative articles that the radiation is contained to Japan. The hype from sites like continue to fear-monger their readers with exaggerated claims of radiation poisoning for distant countries.

If there were a true international court or a concerned organization on behalf of the general public like the United Nations, this would have been properly addressed and viable/safe solutions would have been identified.

But that's not the case, nor is it the case that any agency has the planet's best interest in mind. Its always a game of hide-and-seek with data and other news.

No one has a clue how bad it really is because of the limited access to the site itself, the unavailability of data or access to data, and the continued programs of disinformation by rogue governments around the world.

Unfortunately, its us against them. its really that simple. They do not have the best interest of the planet or its people at hand. They must be removed and replaced with independent logical-thinking individuals who have no bloodline ties to the current and past elitists.

Anonymous said...

Fukushima was fake... Pure and simple. It was engineered.

Please visit for your answers. Jim Stone has blown it wide open. Don't believe the MSM.

JCII said...

Tsunami bombs are a reality so was one used on fukushima? Many believe so. It is a FACT that man made earthquakes are possible (haarp, elf, etc). Noted missing from this article are reports that auto shut down failed because of israeli stuxnet virus type malfunctions. Only an ignorant idiot or a dishonest fool believes the official lie of 9/11. Baxter pharma tried to deliberately release live raw virus passed off as a "vaccine" & the bio-chemists were ordered to not test it & ship it out to the people, thank God some went against orders & risked getting fired or worse to test it & expose the plot.
Remember, Japan was suckered into attacking Pearl Harbor & was nuked twice AFTER they started trying to surrender.

LadyRavenhaire said...

Just before Fukishima happened; Japan,China, and Russia were in discussion about creating their own version of the Euro to get off the US $$. Right after Fukishima happened, the Japanese nixed the currency change & reaffirmed the use of the US $$. Just a little too coincidental for me.

As to JCII's comment on "vaccines": The Polio vaccine was known by the government & the manufacturer to contain SV40, which causes cancer and it was also known the virus becomes part of our ancestral DNA forever. This didn't stop them. As to more than 1/2 the US having genital herpes, wonder why its so prevalent? Yes, vaccines. I believe its the MMR vaccine that is responsible for it.

All of this related from Fukishima to vaccines to chemtrails. Max Weber at the turn of the century described Capitalism perfectly: An iron cage. All it cares about is the reproduction of profits & like a plane on autopilot justs keeps going & going without any thought whatsoever.

Andrew said...

Get on Keshe Foundation and make this information known - Dr Keshe is a 40 year nuclear engineer with a new technology which he has offered to the Japanese that he states can clean up the radiation in a year.
A global reveal of the technology is planned for 21st September. Patents have been registered to the citizens of the world. Iran have publicly begun their space program on the back of this technology. Dr Keshe's stated aims are the betterment of the whole world.

Anonymous said...

The first commenter says the article is all speculation but does not provide an example. There are over 20 footnotes! I hate speculation. I agree some sites hype the danger, that is part of what the internet does unfortunately. I don't do that but quote what other experts say. Of course they could be wrong, it is their opinion. As for the other nonsensical comments here, makes one wonder why there are comment sections, or the level of intelligence of the average reader (or disinformation artist trolling the net).

Richard WIlcox

Anonymous said...

Thank you Richard Wilcox for posting such astute and well researched commentary. I, for one, have sincerely appreciated your comprehensive perspective as well as the many links to equally credible researchers. In particular, Arne Gunderson is nuclear savvy and impeccably trustworthy. Thus, naysayers be damned because where I live in the PNW, 5000 miles east of Japan, facts confirm how there were no less than 1400 recorded [reported as 'spiked'] infant mortalities with spontaneous birth [unnatural abortion], premature birth and/or live birth with defect by April 2011. The former nuclear insider and equally esteemed whistle blower in Lauren Moret has asserted that the Fukishima radiation cloud reached the West Coast on the Jet Stream by March 18, 2011, or just one week following the catastrophe. Interestingly, the president and his family left for the southern hemisphere and a letter was issued to the medical communities that they should not use Iodine-related diagnostics which would be about over exposure. As many know, infants are most vulnerable due to their more rapidly growing cells and when the maternal host is exposed to radioactive isotopes, this can be fatal or highly damaging to the fetus. Secondly, from the myriad of health sites I follow, it has been recently reported that by one year post Fukishima [by May 2012] up to 35% of Japan's monitored children have been found with cysts or other unnatural development on their thyroid glands. Again, due to the faster growing cells which, for me, glaringly indicates there is both increased and unsafe levels of radiation in their environment. This is happening because they and their families have not been properly protected due to governmental deceit since by edicts of the Precautionary Principle, they should have been evacuated to far more than only 12-20 miles beyond such now disturbingly activated nuclear site. This is morally outrageous since common [intuitive] sense assures that the soil, water, and air are being steadily contaminated when we also know the spewing of radiation and other chemicals is still prevalent. Once again, the noble and stalwart Japanese People are being utilized like proverbial guinea pigs and among those most vulnerable, it is their precious children who are compelled to suffer by revealing the absolute Truth of the matter which for those of us who feel both the empathy and compassion, is so tragically akin to that tell-tale, often doomed, Canary in the gold mine.

Anonymous said...


Enenews had to shut up about the polar bears and seals after the DNR stated in no uncertain terms that they had observed that disease years ago, before Fukushima.

People are more susceptible to radiation than butterflies and caterpillars, that story is B.S. as well. Nothing on ENE news withstands even the thinnest scrutiny.

Anonymous said...

Regarding dead LEMMINGS, that's "deformed lemons" you idiot!

Seriously, someone kindly pointed out to me that I have been misspelling "becquerels" which uses an "e" and not as I misspelled the poor old French chap, as "Becquerals", but then us Amerikans ain't too smart sometimes is we. Ummm.

Also, remember that Arnie Gundersen is with an "e" as well and not an "o"! If those are my biggest mistakes I should probably be thrown out of the academy. I recall some twit I used to work with, and this always stuck in my craw. Because of the typos in some firebrand article I wrote criticizing the awful state of the Japanese education system, he attacked me for my typos and not for the content. So never give your enemies any scrum room. Actually at the same pretentious "university" I work at, another chap asked me why I even write these articles if they are only going to be on the internet? Would have decked the guy but that is not good form and also he could have gotten me fired. Interestingly the foolish professor did not know that Japanese university journalism BLATANTLY CENSOR anything about Fukushima. I know this from personal experience.

Thank you, I feel better now.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, the above comment "Regarding dead LEMMINGS,....from personal experience" should have been signed by me, Richard Wilcox (with an "a", "i" and "o"). Sayanim and U of C Berkeley nuke researchers can kindly retire to your yeshivas.

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