According to some experts, it is possible that nuclear fuel that melted through the reactor’s pressure vessel and accumulated on the bottom of the containment vessel in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami may not be completely covered in the water.
TEPCO said the water temperature in the vessel remained relatively low within a range of 48.5 C to 50 C. The discovery of the unexpectedly shallow water level will not affect TEPCO’s judgment that the reactor is in a state of “cold shutdown.”
It is beyond sad watching Japan go under. This can happen to any nation and is a process happening to our nation. But Japan is the saddest fall from sitting on top of the world in 1989 to falling off the cliff today. Like with the former Soviet Union, it is one catastrophe after another. And like with the Soviet Union, nuclear power is one of the biggest deal breakers. It will wipe out the nation and leave significant parts toxic.
So, in the news this week is the bad news about Fukushima No. 2 reactor which has seen radiation level rise up to 73 sieverts per hour. The above graph shows the true water level of the lower containment vessel. The upper vessel is unknown and unknowable. The big drops in the graph illustrate an unknown crack in the vessel. There is definitely a sizable crack in the lower torus vessel.
For the last year, one earthquake after another has followed in the wake of the 3/11 quakes. Thousands of smaller quakes with fairly big ones every month or so. Recently, several 6.0+ quakes has shaken the nuclear power plants in Fukushima. Each quake dislocates things more and more, bit by bit. Instead of settling into a new status quo, the land is like jelly, in movement nearly all the time.
The political machinery which has driven Japan off the cliff remains paralyzed. Nothing is being done except to slip into catatonia. The ongoing public paralysis started when the housing and stock market bubbles both blew up in the early 1990’s. Like the US, Japan is run by its industrial/banking elites and they worked to save themselves, not the public or the nation. So, instead of fixing anything, they piled on the world’s biggest pile of debt compared to GDP.
The insanity of the Japanese nuclear energy/nuclear bomb position mirrors the US in both matters. Japan pretends to be anti-nuclear bomb while secretly having the US military park illegal nuclear missiles inside Japan as well as Okinawa. The Japanese cynically used the US nuclear umbrella while arguing with China over possession of various tiny uninhabited islands, for example, then would go off to international venues to talk about how they don’t use nuclear bombs.
The US goes on and on about nuclear bombs while allowing Israel’s Jews to accumulate a frightful arsenal of the same. Hypocrisy and lies pervade all discussions of nuclear things in general at the top. Nukes make elites powerful. They know this and love this. They use this all the time, too. Here is today’s Editorial in Mainichi news: Japan must take more active role in nuclear security
Japan barely left an impression at the Nuclear Security Summit held in Seoul on March 26 and 27. This is despite a major debate on the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, as well as a lively exchange about North Korea’s plans to launch a “satellite.”
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda arrived in Seoul on the night of the 26th and left less than 24 hours later. Perhaps distracted by the consumption tax issue back in Japan, he merely engaged in short “meetings” with other heads of state, including U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao.
How bizarre is that? True, Noda is just the latest of a rapidly spinning fraternity that moves in and out again from office as the door spins faster and faster. Soon, it will be ‘PM For The Day’ in Tokyo! North Korea is to not be allowed to defend itself. This is the general rule: all countries the US/Japan/NATO nations don’t want armed will be disarmed. Those they want to control will get ‘military aid’ which will lead to coups and military dictatorships of nations the imperialists want to control.
There’s a theory that the kidnappings of Japanese nationals by North Korean agents were conducted in preparation for attacks on Japanese nuclear power plants. The chance of Japanese nuclear plants being attacked by North Korean missiles, or of Japanese nuclear plants near the Sea of Japan — and therefore close to North Korea — being commandeered by North Korea must be anticipated and prepared for. North Korea is a threat not only for its nuclear program and missiles, but as a possible instigator of nuclear terrorism.
Who, pray tell, is polluting the air, land and sea of the Pacific Ocean area as well as the entire planet earth? JAPAN! Who is totally unable to stop doing this horror? JAPAN. Who is endangering everyone? JAPAN. So of course, the US and Japan try to get everyone hysterical about North Korea. This is insane, of course. If the US and Japan ceased threatening North Korea, they would back down. Like Iran, they must arm themselves because they are being threatened with a ‘Libya Solution’.
Here is more Fukushima news we don’t see much of in the US anymore: ‘Fukushima reactor in crisis again’ – The Times of India
Plant workers also reported fresh leaks of contaminated water from a water treatment unit.
So, not only is #2 about to blow up, everything is leaking like a sieve due to the many earthquakes and the degradation of all systems since nothing can really be fixed or repaired unless workers want seriously shorter lives. And where does this highly contaminated water go? Into the water table and the Pacific Ocean, naturally. The lack of interest of all international bodies to take Japan by the hand and punish it for doing this pollution is notable. Nothing is happening. We all get to stand around and gape. Worse, in the West, the media is keeping mum about all this or pretending it is under control.
Thank goodness for a man who is not in demand in NYC for news stories, he continues to talk about all this online: Tokyo Soil Samples Would Be Considered Nuclear Waste In The US on Vimeo
While traveling in Japan several weeks ago, Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen took soil samples in Tokyo public parks, playgrounds, and rooftop gardens. All the samples would be considered nuclear waste if found here in the US. This level of contamination is currently being discovered throughout Japan. At the US NRC Regulatory Information Conference in Washington, DC March 13 to March 15, the NRC’s Chairman, Dr. Gregory Jaczko emphasized his concern that the NRC and the nuclear industry presently do not consider the costs of mass evacuations and radioactive contamination in their cost benefit analysis used to license nuclear power plants. Furthermore, Fairewinds believes that evacuation costs near a US nuclear plant could easily exceed one trillion dollars and contaminated land would be uninhabitable for generations.
Arnie is definitely one of my heroes. He should get a Nobel prize! He should get a Presidential prize. Oh, he hasn’t murdered millions of people. Rats. All of Japan is being heavily polluted by Fukushima, the closer to the plant, the worse it is. Since radioactive waste is being shipped all over Japan and burned in a push to make all of Japan equally polluted…yes, this IS a government goal!!!! I kid you not!!!
Sigh…the government saw that people didn’t want to buy food made in the eastern half of the main island so they decided to make it all equally bad…this way, they can keep their trade surplus for the big export powers there by not importing food. This way, everyone is equally fucked in Japan. Then, they all are together in this matter. This suicidal solution is similar to WWII when the government decreed that everyone including children should die fighting or commit mass suicide. This mental conditioning is still there.
And they are using US to do this, too. US-Japan plan reportedly would spread Marines across Pacific – Pacific base relocation – Stripes: yes, the Japanese overlords want us to pour our military into Asia to fight their imperialist wars. This is much better than WWII when we fought them. Now we fight for the Japanese elites. Like Israel, they have a lot of power in DC which is why the US screams about China doing what Japanese elites have done to us for years while at the same time, protecting the interests of our Japanese rulers who are busy wrecking Japan.
The US citizens are in the same boat as the Japanese citizens yet both think they are sovereign people and both are very touchy and proud of being ‘superior’ while being ripped to shreds by internationalist elites. In Japan, they are fleeing. They are moving more and more industries offshore and their children go to foreign schools and they are now increasingly scared of even visiting Japan even as they work to spread the pollution everywhere, there.
Many things are coming to a head this decade. Our way out of this maze is difficult to find. Knowledge of who is doing what and why they are doing this is important but understanding how systems work (infinity is evil!) is important, too.
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