Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Experts: Fukushima ‘Worse’ Than Chernobyl -Tokyo Evacuation Can No Longer Be Ingored

At least one billion becquerels of radiation continue to leak from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant each day even though it is now more than five months after the March earthquake and tsunami that damaged the facility.

Experts say that the total radiation leaked will eventually exceed the amounts released from the Chernobyl disaster that the Ukraine in April 1986. This amount would make Fukushima the worst nuclear disaster in history. Al Jazeera correspondent Steve Chao reports from Tokyo.





The continuing fallout will kill tens, or perhaps hundreds, of millions of people well into the future. This is because tiny amounts of gamma emitting radioactive particles, like Caesium 137, trapped inside the body will cause cell damage over the lifespan of a human being. Damaged tissues will mutate and turn cancerous.

Fukushima fallout is all over Tokyo and the Western United States and in lesser amounts in other locations throughout the Northern Hemisphere. The still fissioning reactors in Japan MUST be entombed ASAP. All present-generation nuclear reactors must be shutdown because they are not safe -they pose a huge threat to all of humanity- in the event of a natural disaster.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 21st, 2011.]

2 comments:

steven andresen said...

spook,

Can you find a discussion of how one estimates the number of potential cancer victims due to this Fukashima leak? You said the number will be anywhere between tens to hundreds of millions of victims. I have heard no mention of this kind of consequence from anyone.

So, were there estimates of how many victims there would be from the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombs and the numerous above ground tests of bombs early in the 50's and 60's? How did they decide how many downwind victims there would be from those releases,...and how did they decide not to make such estimates?

I assume that no studies are funded because all funding for such questions comes from the nuclear power industry.

s.

SpookyPunkos said...

S,

Recent Russian research concluded that there have been a million Chernobyl related deaths.

The figure, as with all such difficult-to-estimate-stats, is under question:

http://www.utne.com/Wild-Green/Chernobyl-Death-Toll-4000-or-1-Million-7272.aspx

But, I think it is reasonable to conclude from this article about the health of people living near the contaminated areas, that many more than 4000 people are now dead thanks to the incident:

http://www.independentaustralia.net/2011/health/chernobyl-cover-up-study-shows-more-than-a-million-deaths-from-radiation/

If the Chernobyl figure is between half a million and a million extra deaths in a sparsely populated region and the Fukushima disaster is next door to Tokyo with 35 million people then it would be safe to say that over 20 years you could see many more victims than Chernobyl.

More than 10 million ? I cannot say for sure. And I cannot point to any specific studies either, but if someone could challenge my guess here with a reasonable estimate based on the 1986 disaster then I will gladly cite it and alter my position.

At the moment I do not think enough people are taking this seriously. I have grave fears for the population in the northern hemisphere (and the rest of the world) since there is still fissioning occuring in the reactors (meaning continuous fallout).

Yes, there were post bomb radiation death estimates in Japan after WW2. I think the number killed later matched the number killed instantly - although I have not the link at hand to show you this. I can google and get back to you tho.

Remember the bombs in 1945 only used a few pounds of material.

Spook