Wednesday, 23 May 2012

The Sleeping Dragon: Fukushima Forever

In the first week after Fukushima, this physicist genius called for a massive international effort to bury the entire nuclear complex to protect as much as possible the human race from nuclear contamination.

Dr. Michio Kaku said early on that “Tepco utility people are outclassed and overwhelmed and should be removed from their positions and that we would see increases in leukemias and thyroid cancers from the massive amounts of radioactive iodine being released.”

Now he is weighing in with the threat from the spent-fuel pool in reactor building No. 4 in focus saying, “People don’t realize that the Fukushima reactor is on a knife’s edge; it’s near the tipping point. A small earthquake, another pipe break, another explosion could tip it over and we could have a disaster much worse, many times worse than Chernobyl. It’s like a sleeping dragon.”

Kaku explains that just in the last few weeks it has been reported to some degree that Units 2, 3 and 4 have been shown to be in a very dire situation. Unit 2 is completely liquefied, something that’s never been seen in the history of nuclear power, a 100% liquefaction of a uranium core.

Unit 4, on the other hand, has an even worse problem as it’s a spent-fuel pond that is totally uncovered because of a hydrogen explosion that took place last year.

The issue of planetary contamination is more important than the economic crisis the media is covering, which threatens to go into its own kind of meltdown.

Economies grow and collapse as civilizations rise and fall. There have always been the good times when life is sweet and the bad times when human savages must have their wars or when Nature decides to have her way with us or when the elite bankers’ monetary games run through their cycles.

What are our chances of this nuclear nightmare going away?

Things are so bad at Fukushima that, “Humans cannot come close to certain parts of the reactor site and even robots get fried. They’re delicate machinery; their micro-circuitry cannot withstand the intense bombardment of radiation,” reports Kaku.

And yesterday, Sunday the 20th, we read:

6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan.

Fukushima is already many times worse than Chernobyl.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 23rd, 2012.]


steven andresen said...


I think people have a "chicken little" complex. They don't pay attention to anything outside their own little worlds and they are deeply skeptical about what anyone wants to say about anything. So, you tell them about radiation dangers and it's like saying the boogey man is after them. It's all a dream to them which "in real life" they think they don't have to bother about.

I have heard conflicting stories also. The Fairewinds people had an interview recently where Gunderson spoke with a climate science/radiation researcher about radioactive particulates in the air. This guy showed that a study of air in Seattle during heighth of Fukashima radioactive destruction showed just about nothing in the air.

So, people in U.S. are being told that whatever has happened in Japan, it's not effecting us here.

What to you make of that?


SpookyOne said...


I think it is bulldust.

When Gunderson did that comparison with the particles, including the Seattle filter, although the data indicated significant particle contamination the slide showed no marks made by these particles.

There was something very fishy with the Seattle slide vs the data.

Also, it appears that independent people with Gieger counters have detected significant radiation readings. And we know the University of Berkely detected Caesium in CA milk and water.

Logically, if we have 3 FULL meltdowns, with radioactive steam coming out then there MUST be significant fallout - like what happened with Chernobyl.

If the authorities were worried about the impact of a few kilos of uranium with atomic bomb testing, in the 60s, then many tons of burning fuel rods cannot be a good thing.

I suspect some of these experts are fudging things to some degree, or they believe TEPCO or US authorities, that generally have a poor track record about being honest when it comes to corporate damage to the environment. When TEPCO and the Japanese government are talking about cold shutdowns in the 3 melted reactors you don't have to be a genius to realise that this is rubbish. Reactor 3, as even Gunderson noted, had a rapid fission reaction that caused the massive explosion - he pointed to evidence that strongly supported that conclusion vs the hydrogen explosion hypothesis.

Anyway, time will reveal all - unfortunately. I just hope that they make a very serious effort to shore up spent fuel pool number 4. Things can get worse....


ps. I really think they need to entomb what is left of the reactors too ! Immediately !