Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Worsens: Fukushima Goes Chernobyl

All along we’ve known that we’re not getting the full story. Whether it’s been excused as corporate and industrial protectionism, or cultural relativism, the lack of integrity and transparency is being melted away by the force of the nuclear contamination itself. In the same way that they have been unable to stem the leak of radiation that is slowly destroying the environment, they are unable, despite their best efforts, to stem the constant leak of frightening information that forces authorities into admitting to the seriousness of the situation… a little at a time, and never with full disclosure.

Radiation 10,000 times normal has been measured outside of the Fukushima Daiichi reactor #3. Workers that stepped in a pool of water, that seeped into their boots and compromised their protective gear, are now facing the ultimate cost for our irresponsible choices, and will likely be only the first of many to come. The levels of radiation detected ensure that the damage to the reactors has definitely progressed to the point of breach of either the critical plumbing system of the reactor, or the reactor itself. Either way, the result is the same as a core breach. The radiation is not contained.

This is no longer a regional event. This is a global challenge. The radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors is now a part of our global ecosystem. This is not reversible. This is not avoidable; no matter where you live. In the same way that radioactive material from Chernobyl has become a constant in our food and water supply globally, radiation from Fukushima will be, literally, a part of all of us, and our children and grandchildren, far beyond even the foreseeable future. We have, once again, and in addition to our daily and ongoing offenses, poisoned our planet.

Is it a level 5 nuclear crisis? Is it a level 7 nuclear crisis? What’s the difference? People are being poisoned, and we are learning, belatedly, that it is happening at a greater rate, and with a greater intensity, than any one of us have been led to believe. The food supply is being severely corrupted with radioactive fallout and the water supply has been affected beyond what boiling and filtering can repair. At what point do we accept the reality of what our lust for power has led us to do to ourselves?

Is a shut-down and reassessment over-reacting, or is it the only responsible action at this point? There are currently 442 nuclear plants operating around the globe with an additional 65 under construction. Many, like the Indian Point nuclear facility in New York, are in highly populated areas. How many can we suffer such accidents at? We seem to have decided that our very survival is worth putting in jeopardy in order to satisfy our greed for more energy. It’s an all or nothing mentality that is quickly leaning towards the ‘nothing’ as the most likely outcome.

That is not alarmist, it’s simply mathematical. The potential for leakage which Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and now Fukushima, has proven to exist, coupled with the catastrophic and permanent effects of any such leakage, can only result in the eventual elimination of a major part, if not all, of the human population. We cannot survive if we consume food with these levels of radiation. We cannot survive if we consume water with these levels of radiation. We cannot coexist at all with these dangerous levels of radiation. You would think this is a no-brainer, yet we insist on continuing down this path regardless.

What is reasonable risk as we search for a solution to our ongoing energy needs? With ‘nothing’ being the more likely result of the all-or-nothing risk we are taking, any such risk seems to be less than advisable, and most likely suicidal. Coal is not the answer, nor is natural gas considering the number of cases of flammable tap water caused by fracking. Conservation and the development of truly clean renewable energy sources are our only responsible, reasonable, and intellectually defensible courses of action.

Nuclear energy will not solve our energy problems by providing enough power. It is becoming apparent that it is much more likely to solve our energy needs by simply culling the herd of humanity until we need much less, if any at all.

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21 Responses to Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Worsens: Fukushima Goes Chernobyl

  1. bob March 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Fantastic!

  2. William March 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Nice article, Liam.

    A coworker of mine is from Russia, close to Chernobyl. She dealt with the tragedy. We share the same sentiment; how do we continue these things? How does humanity look at such instances and say, “Yeah, we should probably keep on making these things” or, “Yeah, that radioactive waste is terrible. We should keep doing that.”? It’s amazing.

    May we all pray we learn this lesson.

  3. Christina March 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Best article I have read so far on the very real danger we face if this industry continues. Why this issue is not taken more seriously by society as a whole I cannot understand.

  4. Steve March 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Chernobyl blew half its core into the atmosphere releasing vast amounts of radiation and poisoning hundreds of square kilometers. Nothing like this has happened at Fukushima and will not happen. Fukushima is a very serious accident and there is low-level contamination of the local environment. But, please put this into perspective and don’t call it a Chernobyl!

    • Antifa_Action March 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      I’ve heard that it is now a level 7 nuclear crisis because of this breach, same as Chernobyl. Differences are incidental and the result seems the same. The perspective of this article seems like the first clear perspective I’ve heard on this subject. It certainly doesn’t seem like something that we can benefit from being a nuclear apologists for. How can you refer to 10K X normal radiation as ‘low-level’? How can you call this an issue of local contamination when all scientific evidence seems contrary to that? I would suggest that it is perhaps you that needs to reevaluate your perspective.

      • Will March 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm

        Because radiation “10,000 times” normal levels IS still low-level, in the range of the doses we’d get for medical procedures.

        I’m saddened to see people continually trying to compare this incident with Chernobyl because in the long run NO comparison of this sort can ever be made. The energy releases at Chernobyl (shortly after the point in which SCRAM [emergency shutdown]) are totally unknown. They are only theorized by MATHEMATICAL SIMULATIONS.

        This means that no matter what, no matter how, the ONLY metric in comparing Chernobyl to this will be the scale that the IAEA assigns to it. Factually, any comparison other than where they rest on the disaster scale is flawed and invalid.

        This is not to belittle the situation at Fukushima. It is possible that many dangerous outcomes of which NO ONE ever contemplated can occur, because we’re dealing with forces that no matter how much expertise a person or group of people might like to boast about having, we still lack a complete understanding of.

        • flo March 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm

          “will” is a c.i.a. plant.

        • Liam Fox March 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm

          You are completely mistaken. The readings 10K normal are not anywhere near the small doses of medical treatment. These readings referred to were taken outside the #3 reactor and have resulted in the injury and treatment of workers. You are either confusing episodes of radioactive measurement that have been reported or you are being purposefully misleading.

    • flo March 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      nice try steve…

      Yes Chernobyl was a different situation.

      But you will agree : it wasn’t a 2 hour drive from the LARGEST CITY IN THE WORLD!

  5. jack March 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    how, didn’t ya hear about the pill that makess it all ok, big money that’s how and with the help of evil,,,also did it,,,as in caused it,poulation culling,they found thare dirty bomb and they are them,,,oh com on everybody knows ,,,g.o.d. did it , earth, mother nature,,,what part of evil doesn” yer page understand,sensorry depravation control,but definitly not evil

  6. Haresh Patel March 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    This may be the price we have to pay for capitalism which keeps on pushing more and more unnecessary gadgets on to an apathetic society.

    • Antifa_Action March 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      Good point. Gotta keep those gadgets running to keep us occupied with their pretty lights and noises. We’re killing ourselves with trinkets and baubles.

  7. Kriss March 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I think it to much made up…why do you all compare this to Chernobyl?!…it has nothing to do whit it…it’s the past…and we live now! – This is not avoidable; no matter where you live. In the same way that radioactive material from Chernobyl has become a constant in our food and water supply globally, radiation from Fukushima will be, literally, a part of all of us, and our children and grandchildren, far beyond even the foreseeable future – seriously!…what kind a crap is this!…I’m reading the articles in hear a long time but this is just being stupidity…no offence but from all articles that I have read…this is the worst…true the people that are right now trying to fix the problems there are going to pay a huge price for that but that is not a reason to panic and write such sorry but bull shi* it’s not like I don’t trust the media but as far as I know you guys are not posting the true story…the media these days post’s not the things as thy are in the reality but as you want to believe them…

    • Liam Fox March 25, 2011 at 4:48 pm

      Do a little research. There is now a core leak at Fukushima Daiichi reactor #3. This makes the situation unfortunately comparable to the one that occurred at Chernobyl. Incidental differences aside, the resulting contamination to our environment puts these instances at, or near, par. If you consider them to be the same as the difference between shooting someone in the head with a .38 caliber gun versus a .44 caliber gun you may get the point. One may be considered slightly more or less than the other in some respects, but both are equally deadly.

  8. flo March 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    goodbye, japan…

  9. Steve Moyer March 25, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Why don’t they have weather balloons everywhere around the reactor at various altitudes, with tethers so they can be dragged around to wherever they are needed. What’s in that smoke coming out of building #3? Get those weather balloons all around it with tethers so they can be managed. MONITOR! MONITOR! MONITOR!

    I think a global boycott of ALL JAPANESE COMPANIES is overdue. They are too focused on making money and not concerned enough with the health of the people ( all of us ).

  10. sarah March 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Whoa there, lets not get crazy here and start blaming an entire peoples. I believe the responsibility lies in the company who powers the plant (as well as select members of the government), General Electric. The reason why all of this has been masked in the first place. General Electric holds stock in a lot of major media sources as well as governments. The actual people residing in the areas around the plant had held a major opposition to the plant being built in the first place, stating obvious flaws and possible catastrophic circumstances. There is absolutely no reason why the proper measures have not been taken against those who should have put the effort ($) into maintaining the nuclear plants’ stablility. Unfortunately we are at a loss to those in power. But we can take our power back by spreading the word.

  11. Prasad March 26, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Japan is suffering with radiation now which is the worlds biggest issue. All over the World is now watching how Japan will recover from the earthquake and tsunami & terror of nuclear power plants. Now this the situation all of us (World Countries and its leaders) should help Japan as quickly as possible. We all need to generate the power with the other resources like thermal, solar energy so we need to forget to build Nuclear Power Plants. They are very dangerous.

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  13. richpete March 31, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Nuclear disaster is same everywhere.

  14. richpete March 31, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    japan nuclear disaster is worst than chernoblyle. Thier people will experience birth defect deformities, cancer related disease , and radiation sickness in years to come. Thier industrial products are also contaminated and so are thier edible vegetables and dairy products. Nations must boycott thier goods. Of course the westerners and news report will lies because japan is an american puppet state.

    Should this nuclear disaster happen to china, surely the western media corps will file a very damaging reports and amplified in ways as to totally boycott chinese goods. They will place an embargo on all chinese goods to destroy china.

    So the western news and the nucelar top dogs are downplaying and even not comparing japan nucelar disaster to chernobyle. The reasons are obvious.
    Aferalll an explosion that ripped through the roof of all nuclear reactors in japan was the same as chernoblye.But they keep telling us lies, saying that japan reactor has a hardened nuclear metal shell. If the nuclear metal shell of 10 inch is so great, how it explode. So all this all clearly lies and damage control. If contaminations is not as high as chernobyle, so how can water are 10,000 times poisonous and tape water and dairy products of milks are contaminated and unsafe for drinking.

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