Saturday, March 19, 2011

Japanese Reactors: "Multiples Worse Than Chernobyl"

"Multiples Worse Than Chernobyl"
By Stephen Lendman
"In Japan, coverup and denial persist. In a March 18 press conference, Tokyo Electric's (TEPCO) spokesman claimed water-dousing lowered radiation levels from 312 microsieverts per hour to 289. However, 48 hours earlier, chief cabinet secretary Yukido Edano said radioactivity levels were misreported in microsieverts instead of millisieverts - 1,000 times stronger. Contrary to other reports, TEPCO's spokesman also said water remains in Unit 4's cooling pool. In fact, there's none. Nothing the company says is credible.

In contrast, distinguished nuclear expert Helen Caldicott called Fukushima an unprecedented "absolute disaster," multiples worse than Chernobyl. "The situation is very grim and not just for the Japanese people. If both reactors blow then the whole of the northern hemisphere may be affected. Only one (Chernobyl) reactor blew, and it was only three months old with relatively little radiation. (Fukushima's) have been operating for 40 years, and would hold about 30 times more radiation than Chernobyl." It killed nearly one million people and counting, according to the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). Yet the official IAEA figure was 4,000. NYAS' report said:

"This is a collection of papers translated from the Russian with some revised and updated contributions. Written by leading authorities from Eastern Europe, the volume outlines the history of the health and environmental consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. According to the authors, official discussions from the (IAEA) and associated (UN) agencies (e.g. the Chernobyl reports) have largely downplayed or ignored many of the findingins reported in the Eastern European scientific literature and consequently have erred by not including these assessments."

In fact, IAEA and UN agencies lied, what's ongoing now on Fukushima to conceal the greatest ever environmental/human disaster by far. Calling it a "diabolical catastrophe," Caldicott, in fact, believes "(i)t could be much, much worse than" 30 multiples of Chernobyl. "In the northern hemisphere, many millions could get cancer." Large parts of Japan may be permanently contaminated, not safe to live in. Adding a hopeful note, she also thinks "the nuclear industry is finished worldwide. I have said before, unfortunately, the only thing that is capable of stopping this wicked industry is a major catastrophe, and it now looks like this may be it."

In a March 16 "Destroyer of Worlds" statement, she added: "The world is now paying - and will pay however severe Fukushima turns out to be - a grave price for the nuclear industry's hubris and the arrogance and greed that fueled their drive to build more and more reactors. What's more, having bamboozled gullible politicians, the media, and much of the public into believing that it is a 'clean and green' solution to the problem of global warming, the nuclear industry has operated facilities improperly, with little or no regard for safety regulations, and they have often done this with the connivance of government authorities." In fact, nuclear power isn't "clean and green," nor is it safe or renewable. "It is instead 'a destroyer of worlds.' It is time the globaly community repudiated it....There is no other choice for the sake of future generations" and planet earth. Humanity has a choice - nuclear power or life itself.

On March 17, New York Times writers Norimitsu Onishi, David Sanger and Matthew Walf headlined, "With Quest to Cool Fuel Rods Stumbling, US Sees 'Weeks' of Struggle," saying: "America's "top nuclear official followed up his (day before) bleak appraisal of the grave situation at the plant, (cautioning) it would "take some time, possibly weeks" to make headway.

On March 17, Times writers David Sanger and William Broad headlined, "Radiation Spread Seen; Frantic Repairs Go On," saying: "...frantic efforts to cool nuclear fuel in the troubled reactors and in the plant's spent-fuel pools resulted in little or no progress, according to United States government officials."

Officials are also trying to restore power with no assurance doing so can help. Explosions, fires, and extremely high heat destroyed most or all plant equipment, likely including water pumps. An unnamed source said, "What you are seeing are desperate efforts - just throwing everything at it in hopes something will work. Right now this is more prayer than plan." More likely, however, it's deception, trying to convince public opinion that anything can work when, in fact, it may already be too late.

On March 18, Times writers David Sanger and William Broad headlined, "Frantic Repairs Go On at Plant; Little Progress in Cooling Fuel," saying: "Radioactive "(s)team was again rising over another part of the plant, this time billowing from Reactor No. 2" that exploded on Tuesday. No explanation why was given."

Helicopter water drops failed. On Friday, military officials halted them at least for a day. Nuclear experts think they're futile. Video evidence showed most water missed its target or evaporated before reaching it. Osaka University's Professor Akira Yamaguchi said: "7.5 tons of water has been dumped. We do not know the size of the pool, but judging from other examples it probably holds 2,000 tons. It does not mean the pool needs to be completely full, but maybe a third of the tank's capacity is needed."

America believes TEPCO "consistently underestimated the risk and moved too slowly to contain the damage." On March 18, Al Jazeera headlined, "Japan raises nuclear alert level," saying: "Its "nuclear safety agency raise(d the) severity rating of (the) accident at Fukushima plant, signifying higher risk of radiation." However, Al Jazeera's equating its seriousness to Three Mile Island or Chernobyl is willful deception. Fukushima is unprecedented, in unchartered territory, perhaps unstoppable. Guenther Oettinger, EU energy chief, called the site "effectively out of control, (facing) apocalypse."

Al Jazeera claimed "prevailing winds are likely to carry any contaminated smoke or steam away from the densely populated Tokyo area to dissipate over the Pacific Ocean. False! Radiation levels in Tokyo are dangerously high and rising. Moreover, a radiation cloud will reach California by weekend, then spread across most of North America. Downplaying the disaster's severity is scandalous and criminal. Besides dead zones and permanent environmental contamination, millions of illnesses and deaths are likely, though years will pass before accurate information is known.

Make no mistake, Japan's government/industry cabal bears full responsibility for the greatest ever environmental/human disaster, an indisputable crime. They have blood on their hands as does America, other governments, and "Destroyer of Worlds" officials that that proliferate this technology from hell. Nothing short of banning it is acceptable.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Also visit his blog site at and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

 Hat tip to Alex Noble for this material.


  1. Horesehit.

    Very little is true, and it is almost entirely overexaggeration and hyperbole.

    If you think that this is likely to be worse than Chernobyl, then you don't understand the differences between Chernobyl vs Fukishima, nor do you understand anything about Nuclear power plants.

    Essentially, your article is poo-poo.

  2. I don't know how much to believe but that debunking was not convincing, sorry.

  3. Mr. B, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. You must have been overly excited in your response, since you misspelled your first expletive, quite understandable since you seem to have been affected so strongly by the article. A few points to consider, if you will:

    It's not MY article, I'm not the author. Many authors and different points of view are posted here. There's a lengthy article by Karl Denninger advocating nuclear power, with caveats, for example.

    From your comment it appears you know a great deal about nuclear power and this situation in Japan. I invite you to write your thoughts into an article in which you substantively repudiate the assertions in this post that offend you, and submit it for all to see. Facts and logic can withstand hard scrutiny, can they not? To merely criticize, as you have, is meaningless unless you're in a position to assert and factually defend a counter argument.

    Are you? Please do enlighten us to reality as you understand it. I'm afraid, if you're not, then your comment is poo-poo.

  4. Ok, Here is a quick response. I don't really have any expertise when it comes to nuclear power, but the information is there for anyone who bothers to look. Try using Google or Wikipedia to find real information, and to get past the sensationalism from the news media or those who dislike nuclear power and who are using this crisis to push an anti-nuclear agenda.

    First: Thee two rectors are not even similar in construction. The Japanese reactors are "boiling water reactors" which are moderated by water. Should they "boil dry", there is essentially no continued nuclear reaction, even if most of the control rods should fail. Without water to moderate the neutrons, they stop working. Of course, with no cooling, they get hot and the fuel melts, as partially happened at TMI, but other than being a great deal of hassle and expense to clean up, they are not a significant danger nor contamination risk. The Chernobyl reactor was moderated by graphite, which doesn't boil, and essentially never moves.

    Second: the "contamination" caused by Chernobyl, excluding the immediate (say, 5 KM) area, was caused by the fire of the graphite (carbon) moderator carrying huge amounts of fission products tens of thousands of feet into the atmosphere. There was no containment as such around the reactor. This let the soot particles from the fire, contaminated by radioactive fission particles, meet high level air currents, to be carried throughout Europe.

    No large source of heat available in the current scenario to carry fission products, as there is essentially, by comparison, nothing to burn. The small amounts of radioactive steam carried incredibly small amounts of radiation a few hundred feet into the atmosphere, not tons of particles carried tens of thousands of feet.

    If you look at the numbers for contamination, the actual quantities of iodine, and cesium that are trackable are incredibly small, in fact, at the low end of detection range.

    If you live in an area where there is a high percentage of granite, you live in significantly higher background radiation that is currently present in Tokyo.

    If you eat a bunch of bananas each week, you'll get a higher dose of radiation than if you eat the spinach or drink the water that is "contaminated" in Japan. Of course, the levels could be being underreported

    Take the time, look it up. Don't take my word for it.

    Key words: Background radiation, Banana equivalent dose.... You'll be amazed.

    Feel free to email me if you have any questions I can answer.

  5. hi mr b. it is you who clearly does not understand nuclear reactors.

    the japan reactors were surrounded by pools containing old, radioactive rods. these pools boiled. these rods then got hotter and hotter, ionising their deadly cargo of alpha emitters. into the atmosphere.

    helicopters were unable to fly over, due to 'sky shine'. this is hard gamma radiation. you get there when there is exposed nuclear fusion occurring. so we either have reactor breach (we have 3) or fusion in the exposed ponds (no evidence yet but likely).

    alpha and gamma radiation are two very different things. the biggest danger here is due to the dispersion of alpha releasing isotopes. these things, with a 'half life' of 30 odd years (ie, every 30 odd years, half of them have returned to normal, setting loose alpha particles. high energy alpha particles.

    by the time they decay, the elements have been integrated into bone, so the alpha particles short dash to annihilation takes an inch or so of cells with it. marrow, immune cells. normally safe withing a sheild of bone. say hello, virulent cancer, leukemia and death.

    of course, no one is spotting this stuff. it is dispersed, and until it decays, it is quiet. in fact, the particles don't make it very far through air, so they are not even visible on a geiger counter.

    there is a great difference between this kind of exposure and exposure to ambient gamma radiation.

    of course the media has been playing their tricks to put their public off the scent. saying that these 'short lived' isotopes are not dangerous. trying to tie the idea of shortness with weakness. the contrary is true. the alpha particles are ejected with huge energy, when they finally split.

    but why take my word for it? look it up...

    key words for you. strontium. calcium. alpha radiation.