Fukushima Meltdown | 2011 A radioactivity event that will continue for decades
Permanent Nuclear Exclusion Zone
Original 9.0 earthquake tsunami, earthquake, reactor meltdown March 2011
70,000 residents of Fukushima Prefecture permanently evacuated from a 12 mile exclusion zone and scattered around Japan
Disabled Daiichi reactors continue to generate massive amounts of radioactive water which is flowing into the Pacific Ocean.
TEPCO has admitted it has no idea to handle the crisis
On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of Japan, generating a tsunami that laid waste to the northeast coast. The quake generated a world class tsunami wave, which hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and shut down the back-up generators, disabling the reactors cooling systems. The subsequent meltdown, explosions a radiation releases created a nuclear disaster second only to Chernobyl. It is worth noting that the TEPCO engineers had previously rejected criticism that the plants were located in a seismically active area. The plant was rated to withstand a 7.8 event. Ooops.
The Fukushima Daiichi plant has leaked radiation into air, soil and the Pacific Ocean ever since. The number of the dead and missing stands at over 28,000.
Nuclear experts say it will take decades before there is any possibility for the return of the thousands of residents who were forced to leave their homes within the 20-kilometer evacuation zone around the crippled plant. Most of them will be dead by then.
The Japanese government and TEPCO began lying about the severity of the Fukushima Daiichi reactor disaster before the fallout started to fall. Now the truth has begun to emerge as refugees from the 12 mile exclusion zone around the disable nuke begin to understand they will not be returning to their villages. The area includes five towns, two cities and two villages. These towns, by government decree, no longer exist in the official sense. Since the nuke up in March 2011, approximately 70,000 displaced citizens are scattered around Japan with no hope of permanent return in the near future. Radioactive cesium has rendered the area uninhabitable.
This doesn't mean that the residents have not returned at all. The former residents are periodically bussed into town wearing hazmat suits and are permitted to check on their homes and retrieve personal items. However, two years after the event, TEPCO reports that the reactors are not remotely cool enough to begin remediation. In the meantime, municipal offices in exile have been established around Japan in an effort to keep a semblance shadow town governments in place. How long until this effort no longer makes sense is anyone's guess.
RADIOACTIVE TUNA, MUTATING BUTTERFLIES AND OTHER EARLY EFFECTS "This time no one dropped a bomb on us...We set the stage, we committed the crime with our own hands, we are destroying our own lands, and we are destroying our own lives."
It will be decades before the scale and extent of the Daiichi reactor meltdown are really known. Not least amongst the challenges is the fact that most of the authorities involved have been lying their asses off from the beginning, seemingly with the passive assistance of the U.S. Government. However, we can provide some representative snap shots based on the first couple of years. MARCH 2015: According to Shunichi Tanaka (Chair of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority), the past year has not seen much improvement in the situation four years after the disaster. "There have been quite a few accidents and problems at the Fukushima plant in the past year, and we need to face the reality that they are causing anxiety and anger among people in Fukushima," Tanaka said. Leading the parade of screw ups is the rapid accumulation of 30 million tons of radioactive waste stuffed into plastic garbage. For all the world it looks like an apocalyptic trash pickup day, except no one can figure out how to pick it up of where to put it. There is talk of building a new facility after while, but it would appear that will require confiscating the land of the people who used to live there.
APRIL 2013: RADIOACTIVE STORAGE TANKS LEAKING...AGAIN Radioactive water used to cool the dead nukes leaks from storage units as TEPCP runs out of storage space. About 400 tons of radioactive water are produced by the spent fuel cooling operation each day, with the contaminated water stored in temporary tanks and pools. On April 9 about 120 tons of radioactive water leaked from one of the seven underground storage pools. Bad liner. These are the engineers who reassure us rubes and keep us calm, When TEPCO tried to pump the water to another pool, a second leak was discovered, though only about 3 quarts of water were released.
"While Chernobyl was an enormous unprecedented disaster, it only occurred at one reactor and rapidly melted down. Once cooled, it was able to be covered with a concrete sarcophagus that was constructed with 100,000 workers. There are a staggering 4400 tons of nuclear fuel rods at Fukushima, which greatly dwarfs the total size of radiation sources at Chernobyl." ( Extremely High Radiation Levels in Japan: University Researchers Challenge Official Data, Global Research, April 11, 2011)