Global leaders are suspiciously silent over a situation which could realistically be a global extinction event. The ongoing vulnerability of the Fukushima reactor housings, particularly Reactor 4, are on the verge of total collapse. If the roof of Reactor 4 collapses, it might well be the straw that broke the camel's back--and humanity's as well. The resulting global gusher of radiation put most of the world's human and biological populations at risk.
Doomsday is real and its name is Fukushima.
[T]he Reactor #4 building is on the verge of collapsing. Seismicity standards rate the building at a zero, meaning even a small earthquake could send it into a heap of rubble. And sitting at the top of the building, in a pool that is cracked, leaking, and precarious even without an earthquake, are 1565 fuel rods (give or take a few), some of them “fresh fuel” that was ready to go into the reactor on the m orning of March 11th when the earthquake and tsunami hit.
If they are MOX fuel, containing 6% plutonium, one fuel rod has the potential to kill 2.89 billion people. If this pool collapses, as Senator Wyden is now saying too, we would face a mass extinction event from the release of radiation in those rods. Readmore
Tons of radioactive water have already leaked through broken pipelines, spilling radiation into the water. Airborne radiation has reached the West Coast of the United States, endangering both human health and the nation's food supply.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said as much as 12 tons of radioactive water leaked from a pipe at its crippled Fukushima nuclear station, the second such incident in 11 days at the same pipeline, raising further doubts about the stability of the plant.
Part of the water may have poured into the sea through a drainage ditch, Osamu Yokokura, a spokesman for the utility, said by phone. The company known as Tepco stopped the leak from a pipe connecting a desalination unit and a tank today, he said. READMORE
In this case, time does not heal all wounds and the situation becomes more perilous by the day. Not that any of the nation's various news outlets are sounding the alarm.
More than a year after a tsunami swamped the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plants, the radiation peril continues -- reactor 4 is teetering on the edge of collapse, which would force the evacuation of one-third of Japan's population. The meltdown at Fukushima parallels the meltdown of the US economy.
On March 11, 2011, Japan experienced a 9.0 earthquake. The six nuclear plants at Fukushima -- about 136 miles north of Tokyo -- survived the quake but were swamped by a 45-foot wave that overwhelmed the 19-foot seawalls. Fukushima units 5 and 6 were in cold shutdown for maintenance and Unit 4 had been deactivated. Units 1,2, and 3 lost power and were unable to cool down properly; they experienced full meltdown. This was a catastrophe but there was a robust containment system that minimized the spread of contamination. READMORE
This is a dangerous situation that is more than 20 years in the making. The question now is: can it be fixed?
According to Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer at Fairewinds Associates and a member of the public oversight panel for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, which is identical to the Fukushima Daiichi unit 1, the failure to maintain pools of water that keep the 20 years worth of spent fuel rods cool could cause “catastrophic fires” and turn the crisis into “Chernobyl on steroids.” READMORE
The situation is so serious that many nuclear experts are preparing to relocate their families to the Southern Hemisphere.