Remember that little accident at Fukushima, Japan? The catastrophic tsunami following a major earthquake on March 11, 2011? Reactors at the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melting down faster than ice cream on a summer afternoon? Perhaps the powers that be think we’re stupid – keep it out of the news, sweep it under the rug, and we’ll soon be tweeting about the Kardashians again. Take a few minutes to watch this video clip; then ponder how stupid we are – that little accident is more serious than “reported” and isn’t going away any time soon.
Consider not only the 300 tons of radioactive water flowing into the Pacific Ocean for days; think about the million tons of radioactive water stored in thousands of containment tanks on a hill above the plant. Plastic storage tanks with rubber seals; bolted, not welded together – tanks not expected to last five years. Tanks that would roll down the hill into the ocean should another large earthquake hit.
Radioactive rabbits jumping about, farmers who sell produce because they need to survive – but refuse to eat it themselves. Contaminated fish and shellfish – whether exported or migratory – making their way to global tables. The link below is to an FDA page listing imports banned from the area.
Conservative estimates say it will take anywhere from 40 to 100 years before the situation is under control. Fukushima Daiichi is now considered a far graver situation than Chernobyl. Cancer rates are expected to spike within the next 2 – 5 years.
Hard as I try, the logic behind shrugging Fukushima off eludes me.
This is a good link…
Storage tanks at Fukushima – courtesy ajw.asahi.com