The Fukushima Disaster: Winding Down, or Winding Up?

The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake in Japan brought about the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Since the disaster, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) says the problem is contained. The key word is “contained”, not solved. Some estimates say it could take 30 to 40 years to solve the problem and officially decommission the plant.

There have been a number of reports of heightened radiation over Japan and the North Pacific since the accident. The fuel rods are contained, but leakage is still occurring. We have not heard any warnings or major concerns from the US government. Is there anything to be concerned about? Maybe. As the Turner Radio Network reports:

Enormous amounts of Star Fish on the sea floor off the California coast have begun dissolving into mushy piles of white goo.  During an ocean dive Thursday morning, November 7, 2013 off the coast of Santa Cruz, Pete Raimondi [UCSC ecology professor] watched two halves of a broken sea star ravaged by a “wasting syndrome” walk away from each other. Not long after, they would turn into mushy piles of goo, disintegrated by a disease that has so far perplexed scientists. It appears the syndrome is impacting as many as 10 sea star species up and down the West Coast, wiping out entire populations in certain areas.  “They can go from great — to pieces — in 12 hours,” said Raimondi. The Pacific Ocean is in the middle of a cooling trend, so biologists are at a loss to explain the outbreak. Others, speaking to Turner Radio Network on condition of anonymity fearing retaliation from authorities, said the cause has already been identified: radiation poisoning.  These biologists have been threatened with losing their jobs if they reveal this publicly.

On November 24, the New York Times reported: It began with the anchovies, miles and miles of them … in the waters of Monterey Bay. Then the sea lions came, by the thousands … then pelicans … bottlenose dolphins in groups of 100 or more have been spotted. But it was the whales that astounded even longtime residents — more than 200 humpbacks … and, on a recent weekend, a pod of 19 rowdy Orcas … the water in every direction roiled with mammals. For almost three months, Monterey and nearby coastal areas have played host to a mammoth convocation of sea life that scientists here say is unprecedented in their memories … never that anyone remembers have there been this many or have they stayed so long. Last month, so many anchovies crowded into Santa Cruz harbor that the oxygen ran out, leading to a major die-off.

Odd. Why would such a spike in sea critter activity occur? It’s almost as if they’re fleeing the Western Pacific for some reason.

According to a November report by the U.S. Geological Survey: Alopecia (loss of fur) and skin lesions were recently observed in polar bears off the northern coast of Alaska. According to the Alaska Region Marine Mammal Stranding Network since the spring of 2012, a total of 23 polar bears from Barrow, Deadhorse and Kaktovik have been identified with variable degrees of hair loss/ thinning, inflamed and crusting skin, and oral lesions. The prevalence of these symptoms appears to be in about 28% of observed animals. The concurrent presence of hair loss in seals, walrus and polar bears has suggested a possible connection between the events. Biologists in Alaska have observed a high rate of non-viable eggs in nests of greater white-fronted geese. Northern fur seals and soil samples in Alaska are also showing unusual signs. In another study, the Alaska Science Center has documented surprisingly high mortality (20–30 percent) of adult female musk ox during mid- to late summer in northwestern Alaska.

Is any of that connected to this?

On December 28, 2013, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) admitted steam was seen billowing out of reactor building #3, saying the steam appeared to be coming from what’s left of the fifth floor of the mostly-destroyed building. It is widely known that persons cannot get inside Reactor Building #3 because it is severely damaged and highly radioactive, so TEPCO cannot state for certain what is happening in that building or why. TEPCO admits they do not know why this steam is being generated, but matter-of-factly revealed today (December 28) the steam was first spotted on December 19 for a short period of time, then again on December 24 and again on December 25.

The steam may or may not be a serious radiation threat. However, the following is somewhat disconcerting:

A senior TEPCO official contradicted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by saying the radioactive water leakage at the crippled Fukushima plant is not under control.

The official, Kazuhiko Yamashita, was asked his opinion of comments by Abe regarding the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Buenos Aries last Saturday.

“I think the current situation is that it is not under control,” Yamashita said at a hearing in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, on Friday before further apologizing for the leaks.

There does not seem to be any conclusive evidence yet that the aforementioned irregularities with animals are connected to fallout from Fukushima. I am not certain if the steam actually poses a threat. The remaining fuel rods, though, certainly still pose a threat. Another earthquake in the region could expose the fuel rods. This could be a serious catastrophe. As RT reports:

The stricken nuclear plant at Fukushima in northern Japan is in such a delicate condition that a future earthquake could trigger a disaster that would decimate Japan and affect the entire West Coast of North America, a prominent scientist has warned. Speaking at a symposium on water ecology at the University of Alberta in Canada, prominent Japanese-Canadian scientist David Suzuki said that the Japanese government had been “lying through its teeth” about the true extent of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

He attributed the cover-up to the Japanese government’s collusion with the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) that administers the plant. “Fukushima is the most terrifying situation that I can imagine,” Suzuki said, adding that another earthquake could trigger a potentially catastrophic, nuclear disaster.

“The fourth [reactor] has been so badly damaged that the fear is if there’s another earthquake of a 7 or above then that building will go and all hell breaks loose,” he said, adding that the chances of an earthquake measuring 7 or above in Japan over the next three years were over 95 percent. “If the fourth [reactor] goes under an earthquake and those rods are exposed, then it’s bye, bye, Japan and everybody on the west coast of North America should be evacuated. And if that isn’t terrifying, I don’t know what is,” Suzuki said.

This might all just be scare tactics on Suzuki’s part. However, does the scenario he is outlining have anything to do with this?

Potassium Iodide helps block radioactive iodine from being absorbed by the thyroid gland and is used by victims of severe nuclear accidents or emergencies…. the [Department of Health and Human Services] put out a solicitation asking for companies to supply 700,000 packages each containing 20 pills to be delivered before the beginning of next month.

Questions immediately arose as to whether such a large purchase was routine or if it was linked to concerns about radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant impacting the west coast of America.

When Anthony Gucciardi called the procurement office of the Department of Health and Human Services, he was told that the iodide pills were being supplied to pharmaceutical depots and that the 14 million dose figure was “not out of the ordinary” because iodide pills have a shelf life of seven years and that they were bought in bulk to save taxpayer money, adding that the department also bought “millions of doses of flu” in June.

After the DHHS representative denied that the government was stockpiling the potassium iodide for any particular reason, Gucciardi asked, “Do you have any concerns about Fukushima?”, to which he responded, “I have no idea about any of that….there’s no hidden agenda here.”

“So you don’t actually know why you’re buying it?” asked Gucciardi, a question which immediately prompted the official to say “goodbye” and hang up the phone.

The explanation that the pills were being bought in bulk to save taxpayer money was also given as a reason for the Department of Homeland Security’s stockpiling of ammunition, despite the fact that the hollow point bullets being purchased were more expensive than ordinary full metal jackets used for training purposes.

Is the government’s purchase of 14 million doses of anti-radiation pills merely a routine order, or are they stockpiling potassium iodide in preparation for a nuclear catastrophe which could emerge out of the Fukushima crisis? Either way, the DHHS doesn’t seem too keen on answering questions.

This is the problem. Even if the US government comes to a decisive conclusion that Fukushima poses a serious threat, they won’t tell us until it’s too late. If there is one thing bureaucrats hate, it’s rocking the boat. Currently, the #1 boat that American bureaucrats do not want rocked is the US Stock Market. A situation in which the evacuation of the entire West Coast could be warranted would likely produce an epic meltdown in the Stock Market. There are a lot of political re-elections and little bureaucratic empires relying on stability of the US governmental regime. Even explicitly acknowledging the threat would produce a serious Stock Market convulsion, threatening the comfy positions many politicians and bureaucrats are sitting in. Furthermore, nobody in their right mind should believe that the US government can enact an orderly evacuation of the West Coast. Ain’t gonna happen.

There needs to be more independent reporting and verification on this story. The Governments of the world are going to pretend there is no problem. “Nothing to see here, move along.” The Mainstream News Networks are not likely to report on it. The public has already brain-dumped Fukushima. There may or may not be a major catastrophe waiting to happen, but be sure of this: The US and Japanese governments do not want to talk about it.

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