Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan's Earthquake!

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Tokyo citizens in panic to buy bottled water as tap faucets spew radiation
Mike Adams
Wednesday, March 23, 211
(NaturalNews) In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear power plant catastrophe, radiation levels are now rising in Tokyo's water supply, leading to near-panic among citizens there who have stripped the shelves bare of virtually all bottled water supplies. This was all set in motion by Tokyo officials finally admitting that radiation levels had risen in the water supply beyond the point of safe consumption by infants and toddlers (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/512fa9fe-...).
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said in a Financial Times story, "...unfortunately, there is no question that radioactive substances are leaking into the atmosphere from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Since it rained, it is possible that there will be an impact in many areas." (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/512fa9fe-...)
This means for the citizens of Japan, this radiation nightmare is nowhere near over. And far too many of Japan's citizens seem to be just now thinking about where they're going to get safe drinking water. (The same non-preparedness mindset, by the way, is practiced by most Americans who live in large cities, too.)
Here's the latest on the Fukushima incident:
• Electricity has now been reconnected to all six reactors, but pumps are still not operational on Reactors No. 3 and 4. Japanese workers are using fire trucks to spray the spent fuel rods with water in order to prevent them from melting down (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB200...).
• Levels of radioactivity in Tokyo's water supply have reached such high levels that parents are now being warned not to allow their babies to drink it (http://www.latimes.com/news/nationw...).
• Residents of Tokyo wiped out all the water supplies on store shelves across the city, engaging in a massive and sudden run on bottled water (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wire...).
• The FDA has banned the importation of milk, fruit and vegetable products from four regions near the Fukushima power plant (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com...). Of course, the FDA doesn't mind Americans eating food irradiated in America, by the way.
• Japan is now facing the cold, hard truth that it did virtually nothing to prepare its citizens for a Fukushima-like catastrophe. While Japan is famous for drilling its citizens on earthquakes, its government never taught the citizens to prepare with extra food and water (just like the U.S. government doesn't either). (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news...)
• It is now obvious that Japan willfully ignored the vulnerabilities of its Fukushima power plant, even as an earlier analysis revealed that the current catastrophe would have been the inevitable result of a tsunami scenario. The nuclear industry, you see, is much like the drug industry: Profits before safety. (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB200...)
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We've seen a lot of of the tragic Japan , but this clip is the most horrifying yet. Entitled "South Sanriku -- Tsunami seen from Shizugawa High School," it's shot from high ground, but toward the end of the video you can see panicked residents running for their lives.
Almost as dramatic as the video is its audio track, where even if you don't speak Japanese, you can tell the people are expressing concern at the beginning, but by the end, their voices have reached a high level of panic and horror as they watch their homes washing away.
Shortly after the tsunami, one survivor called the oncoming deluge "a gigantic pile of garbage coming down the street." That's an apt description, as you can see an entire town reduced to a huge pile of watery debris in a matter of minutes. Shocking.
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Fukushima nuclear catastrophe forces world to rethink future of nuclear power
by Mike Adams
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
(NaturalNews) With one massive lurch, planet Earth has put an end to the nuclear power "renaissance" that was gaining momentum around the world as a safe, clean energy source. For the last few decades, nuclear power looked quite good compared to the dirty coal industry which fuels most of the world's power plants. Except for the Chernobyl accident which was considered an aberration stemming from truly moronic nuclear plant design (no containment structure? Who cares!), the nuclear power industry had a relatively clean safety record. Even the famous Three Mile Island incident seemed tiny in the current scope of world events.
But in mere moments, Mother Nature showed the world how vulnerable nuclear power plants really are to the whims of the unexpected. Today, Japan continues to battle the potential meltdown of several nuclear reactors (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asi...). A "partial meltdown" has already occurred, and nuclear fuel rods have reportedly been exposed to the open air in at least one case, causing a noticeable radiation leak that has potentially impacted thousands of Japanese citizens (http://www.suntimes.com/4317306-417...). Even several U.S. military personnel have already been exposed to the radiation. (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english20...)
The damaged nuclear reactors were made by General Electric, and there are nearly two dozen of the same reactors operating right now in the United States. France currently supplies roughly 80 percent of its own power from nuclear sources. Japan had 55 nuclear power plants before the tsunami. It is not yet known how many will be operational after this disaster.
Northeast Japan turned into a "war zone"
Meanwhile, radiation levels around the damaged nuclear power plants are already rising, reports Reuters (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011). The evacuation zone current extends to a 20km radius around the damaged Fukushima power plant.
The sudden loss of nuclear power -- combined with the devastating effects of the tsunami flood -- have turned much of northeast Japan into a "war zone" where grocery store shelves have been stripped bare of food while other critical supplies are long gone (fuel, clean water, emergency medicine, etc.)(http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/).
Radiation levels are rising to alarming levels, causing the government to warn its citizens to "stay indoors" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world...). "Now we are talking about levels that can damage human health. These are readings taken near the area where we believe the releases are happening," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano.
I'm one of the people who has been warning readers about coming events that will rock our world, by the way. While I don't even attempt to predict specific earthquakes or industrial disasters, in January of this year, I wrote, "I believe the changes that will occur in the next two years will rock the foundations of our economies, governments and belief systems. In the end, after considerable turmoil, I see a great expansion of human consciousness and a maturing of the human race." (http://www.naturalnews.com/030903_p...)
The end of nuclear power in Japan
In looking beyond the current crisis, perhaps the bigger question is "How will Japan be able to restore its power infrastructure after this event?" The public, now utterly horrified by the fear and the threat of death posed by existing nuclear power plants, will have no appetite whatsoever for restoring their function. Existing nuclear plants may even be shuttered by politicians looking to win favor from terrified voters. Japan is now facing a post-nuclear era in which it must find a new power source to replace many gigawatts (GW) of power.
Electricity is the lifeblood of Japan's economy. Without an abundance of affordable electricity, Japan's entire manufacturing base collapses (and with it, millions of jobs for Japanese citizens). Even right now, Toyota will lose its output capacity for 40,000 automobiles, reports Bloomberg (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-...). Sony, Toshiba, Nissan and Honda are also being fiercely impacted by the loss of power there.
This puts an impossible squeeze on Japan's political leaders: On one hand, they need cheap, scalable power (nuclear power plants) in order to feed the factories that employ much of the workforce there. On the other hand, the renewed fear in nuclear power will mean that any politician backing the continued use of nuclear power plants in Japan will be committing political suicide.
So what's the solution? Japan must now seek a breakthrough clean, safe energy source that doesn't require burning coal or radioactive fuel rods. That's what must now occur in the aftermath of this combination earthquake / tsunami / nuclear power plant disaster in Japan: The human race must discard old belief systems about energy sources and begin to seriously explore alternative science and the promise of cleaner, cheaper and far safer energy sources through technologies such as Low Energy Nuclear Reactions -- a technology that was once called "cold fusion" and widely ridiculed by all the usual suspects: Conventional physicists, skeptics, government scientists and the like. Today's it's alive and well, even being used by the U.S. Navy. (http://www.naturalnews.com/025925_c...)
Solar and wind just won't cut it
In searching for clean, renewable power solutions, don't leap to the conclusion that solar power or wind power can somehow restore all these lost gigawatts of electricity. Japan doesn't have the physical land mass to install all the solar panels needed for such an ambitious project... even if it could magically materialize all the solar panels out of thin air!
Wind power is limited on several fronts: It's ugly, noisy, dangerous to birds and required a very long supply chain of engineering, construction and installation. It interferes with ships and relies on huge quantities of rare earth metals that have to be exported from China -- the very country that recently threatened to block all exports of those metals in order to settle a political dispute with Japan (http://www.naturalnews.com/028028_r...).
Japan needs to get serious about researching free energy technologies that actually aren't "free" energy devices but rather energy channeling devices that only seem to generate free energy. As any physicists knows, even the empty vacuum of space is teeming with vast quantities of energy woven into the fabric of spacetime itself. In fact, famous physicists such as Stephen Hawking argue that our entire universe (and everything in it, including all the dark matter) suddenly and spontaneously appeared out of exactly nothing. "Bodies such as stars and black holes cannot just appear out of nothing," Hawking explains in his recent book The Grand Design. "But a whole universe can."
If a whole universe can appear from out of nothing, teasing out a few gigawatts of seemingly "free" power potential from the vacuum of empty space seems like child's play in comparison. Of course, Japanese scientists are not God, but we're not asking them to create the entire universe -- just to find a clever way to extract some power potential from the fabric of reality and channel it into the power grid.
The suppression of free energy technologies must now end
By the way, here's the real secret in all this -- the truth that virtually no one dares talk about: Such free energy technologies already exist and have existed for decades. They have all been unilaterally suppressed by oil barons, governments and powerful corporations because the profits to be had from other, more costly sources of power were just too tempting to pass up. The list of assassinated free energy inventors is a long one, indeed. I interviewed Dr. Brian O'Leary on this very subject in 2009. You can hear this interview in Health Ranger Show #59 at this link: http://www.naturalnews.com/Index-Po...
Japan is now faced with a situation where they suddenly need a practical, scalable "free" energy technology that doesn't go nuclear following a tsunami. And perhaps that's the good news in all this, if there's any to be found: From desperation and disaster, humanity must mature and evolve into a race of beings with greater humility and a deeper appreciation of the raw power of Mother Nature. To play God with nuclear fuel rods -- or GE seeds for that matter -- is to risk being shrugged off the planetary lifescape in the blink of an eye. With nuclear power, and GMOs, and pharmaceutical chemicals, we are playing God with the future of life on our planet, and that is a risky, fragile proposition that should give us all pause to reconsider our actions.
Humanity has so far failed the test of life
To move forward as a civilization on planet Earth, we must first master the basic skills of not destroying ourselves while simultaneously not destroying the planet at the same time. As of the year 2011, humanity has mastered neither (and failed at both). In the great test of respecting life on our planet, humanity currently earns a big ugly "F".
The human suffering, loss of life, and property damage in Japan is, after all, wholly the consequence of humanity's own lack of foresight or respect for the awesome power of Mother Nature. After all, earthquakes and tsunamis have been occurring on our planet for literally billions of years. But it was only recently that modern man decided to build nuclear power plants on the shores of land masses, exposing them to the inevitable tsunami wave assaults that recently struck Japan. It's almost as if we're begging to be destroyed... and we're tempting Mother Nature at every opportunity.
You cannot blame this disaster on Mother Nature. Ultimately, for anyone who observes this situation with wisdom, you must point the finger at the short-sightedness of human beings and the egoistic, arrogant belief in "science" that thinks clever technology can somehow overcome the laws of inevitability.
With these nuclear power plants, science has failed us yet again by creating a situation that now threatens virtually an entire nation with the very real possibility of mass radiation poisoning via a nuclear power plant meltdown.
Let us hope this devastating situation can somehow be avoided. More importantly, let us pray that humanity can be humbled by this experience and learn to operate with greater respect for Mother Nature and less misplaced faith in "scientific technology" that has been misrepresented and sold to us as "safe" and "clean" when, in reality, it threatens the very future of life on our planet.
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Environmental activism trumping personal plight of Japanese?
Media, Radiation
Judi McLeod
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
In the media-driven scurry to save ourselves from the radiation leakage from Japan, let’s hope and pray that the 127 million population whose lives became a living nightmare at 2:46 p.m., Friday, March 11 local time are not going to be forgotten.
A strikingly dignified people showing tremendous grace under pressure, it is not the Japanese who are panicking in the face of nuclear meltdown, but their faraway friends and supporters overseas.
Since the explosions at their nuclear plants, Japan is already being blamed for building their nuclear power too close to the sea. Hard to avoid the sea when you live on a series of small islands.
Within three short days of the earthquake and tsunami, radiation had become the main talking point for the outside world.
The UN had spoken. About eight hours after the explosions, the UN weather agency warned that winds were dispersing radioactive material over the Pacific ocean, away from Japan and other Asian countries. The Geneva-based World Meteorological Organisation added that weather conditions could change.
The quake/tsunami disabled Fukushima Daiiichi nuclear plant at Minamisoma has already been identified as the world’s most serious nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine.
Soon forgotten was the inconvenient fact that Fukushima became a problem because of Friday’s horrific earthquake and tsunami. Earthquakes have been part of God’s little green acres called Earth since the beginning of time.
In North America, we complain bitterly about the weather and head out to sunnier climes during March break. Those who stay at home turn up the register, throw another log on the home fire and toss an extra blanket on the bed. Daytime temperatures in Japan will hover at 5 degrees celsius over the next four days, a worrisome factor for the thousands going to bed in the dark and cold in shelters where there is no heat, and in the cases of some hospitals, not even enough blankets with which to cover the shivering ill.
Food, water and medicine supplies are dwindling. In the horror of desperate escape from a catastrophe, the full scope of which is still unknown, not many had a chance to pack up the insulin or even the aspirin bottle when disaster hit.
The physical suffering is one thing. The unimaginable agony of the soul of those not knowing the fate of their loved ones is another. In daylight hours, those who can, ride their bicycles into rubble-strewn areas looking for the bodies of mothers, fathers, wives, husbands and missing children.
The mainstream media, conspiracy theorists, the smug and self-centered environmentalists are keeping the possibility of radiation leaks and clouds coming over the sea to the North American Pacific coasts front and center in the news.
Perhaps it’s one of this tragedy’s small blessings that most Japanese are cut off from communications so that they won’t know that the nuclear fallout story has all but eclipsed their nightmare world.
In the midst of the horror, NHK World Television runs an English LiveFeed the outside world can watch in real time. Almost every story shows among the heartbreak the altruism of a people whose store owners give their wares away for free; the genuine smile of a rescue worker who found a 4-month old baby safe in the rubble; a factory owner who goes to all the shelters within walking distance looking for his employees and his joyful tears upon finding one of them.
We can only trust the nuclear fallout panic does not shut the good hearts of all those willing to help the victims of “the worst crisis in Japan since World War 11”.
May God Almighty show mercy to the trapped in a nightmare people of Japan.
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Emergency Special Report: Japan's Earthquake, Hidden Nuclear Catastrophe
By Yoichi Shimatsu
URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23676
Global Research, March 13, 2011
Fourth Media (China)
Emergency Special Report I
The Wave, reminiscent of Hokusai's masterful woodblock print, blew past Japan's shoreline defenses of harbor breakwaters and gigantic four-legged blocks called tetrapods, lifting ships to ram through seawalls and crash onto downtown parking lots. Seaside areas were soon emptied of cars and houses dragged up rivers and back out to sea. Wave heights of up to10 meters (33 feet) are staggering, but before deeming these as unimaginable, consider the historical Sanriku tsunami that towered to 15 meters (nearly 50 feet) and killed 27,000 people in 1896.
Nature's terrifying power, however we may dread it, is only as great as the human-caused vulnerability of our civilization. Soon after Christmas 2004, I volunteered for the rescue operation on the day after the Indian Ocean tsunami and simultaneously did an on-site field study on the causes of fatalities in southern Thailand. The report, issued by Thammasat and Hong Kong Universities, concluded that high water wasn't the sole cause of the massive death toll. No, it's buildings that kill - to be specific, badly designed structures without escape routes onto roofs or, in our greed for real estate, situated inside drained lagoons and riverbeds, or on loose landfill. In the Tohoku disaster, an ultramodern Sendai Airport sat helplessly flooded on all sides while nearby a monstrous black torrent swept entire houses upstream.
Other threats are built into the vulnerabilities of our critical infrastructure and power systems. The balls of orange flames churning out of huge gas storage tanks in Ichihara, Chiba, should never have happened if technical precautions had been properly carried out. Whenever things go wrong, underlying risks had led to a liability and, in a responsible society, accountability.
Most people assume that the meticulous Japanese are among the world's most responsible citizens. As an investigative journalist who has covered the Hanshin (Kobe) earthquake and the Tokyo subway gassing, I beg to differ. Japan is just better than elsewhere in organizing official cover-ups.
Hidden nuclear crisis
The recurrent tendency to deny systemic errors - "in order to avoid public panic" - is rooted in the determination of an entrenched bureaucracy to protect itself rather than in any stated purpose of serving the nation or its people. That's the unspoken rule of thumb in most governments, and the point is that Japan is no shining exception.
Helen Caldicott: Conference on the DANGERS OF NUCLEAR WAR AND NUCLEAR POWER
Montreal. March 18. Centre Saint Pierre, 7.00pm Click for details
So what today is being silenced on orders from the Tokyo government? The official mantra is that all five nuclear power plants in the northeast are locked down, safe and not leaking. The cloaked reality is that at least one of those - Tepco's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant - is under an emergency alert at a level indicative of a quake-caused internal rupture. The Fukushima powerhouse is one of the world's largest with six boiling-water reactors.
Over past decades, the Japanese public has been reassured by the Tokyo Electric Power Company that its nuclear reactors are prepared for any eventuality. Yet the mystery in Fukushima is not the first unreported problem with nuclear power, only the most recent. Back in 1996 amid a reactor accident in Ibaraki province, the government never admitted that radioactive fallout had drifted over the northeastern suburbs of Tokyo. Our reporters got confirmation from monitoring stations, but the press was under a blanket order not to run any alarming news, the facts be damned. For a nation that's lived under the atomic cloud of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, total denial becomes possible now only because the finger on the button is our own.
People are the best defense
Despite the national addiction to nuclear power that keeps the neon lights bright over Shibuya's famous corner, Japan still remains the most prepared of all societies for earthquakes, tsunami, conflagrations and other disasters. Every work unit, large or small, has an emergency response plan. The Tohoku quake hit on a workday afternoon, meaning the staff in every factory and office could act as a team to quell small fires, shut the gas lines, render first aid and restore their communication system. Even in most homes, residents have a rechargeable flashlight plugged into a socket and emergency bottles of water.
Northeast Japan is better prepared than other localities because in the wake of the Kobe quake in 1995, the regional Keidanren, or federation of industrial organizations, sponsored a thorough risk-management and crisis response study. Tohoku Keidanren staffers, who had known of my reporting on the San Francisco and Kobe quakes, asked me to write an article prioritizing disaster preparedness.
First on my list was a people-based communications network such as the citizen's band radio that enabled Northern Californians to self-organize despite power blackouts. That point directly led to the fast licensing of new mobile phone towers equipped with back-up batteries. Second was independent power generation inside all major factories so that these large facilities could recharge batteries, provide lighting and pump water for their neighborhoods and, if necessary, offer shelter, sanitation and medical care. These systems must be routinely used at least on weekends so that the equipment is regularly checked and the staff stay familiar with their operation.
Third, and most important, is the ability of individuals to rally as a self-sustaining community. In Kobe, society collapsed under a sense of personal defeat. In San Francisco, by contrast, neighbors reached out as friends and opened their doors, food stocks and hearts to victims and their kin. Without compassion, each of us is very much alone indeed.
As participants in communities, who can suddenly find themselves naked before unthinkable hazards, we must act to defuse the deadly "bomb" that provides us lighting, energy for appliances and air-con. Prevention of the next Chernobyl or Three Mile Island begins when we stop naively believing in the cost efficiency of uranium, and for that matter the cleanliness and healthiness of "clean" coal.
Japan has vast untapped reserves of offshore wind energy, the only practical alternative to nuclear power and fossil fuel. Yet the nuclear lobby, coal companies and oil majors have strong-armed the government and industry to stubbornly refuse to invest in advanced and efficient turbine engineering, including magnetic-levitation rotors that eliminate the need for energy-sapping bearings.
At certain stages of societal evolution, there arrives an unmistakable message to leave behind our worn-out security blanket and surf the wave of the future. The tsunami is just such a signal arising from the ocean's depths to awaken Japan, as a global technology leader, to push much faster into a cleaner, greener and safer world.
Emergency Special Report II
Quake Monitor: Meltdown has started - Saturday 12 March (noon Japan time zone)
Meltdown is underway. Japan's Industrial Nuclear Safety Agency reported that the radioactive isotopes cesium and iodine were detected by a monitoring station in the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant. The presence of these substances in air samples is a sure indicator that an uncontrolled chain reaction has started. Overheated uranium rods have eaten through their protective metal casings and have started nuclear fission. The regulatory agency's announcement overturns the earlier claim of plant operator TEPCO that all uranium rods were intact.
The National Institute of Radiological Science, in Chiba outside Tokyo, has flown a team of doctors and nurses by helicopter to a health center 5 km from the Fukushima plant to monitor nuclear exposure in workers, emergency crew and local residents.
Nuclear workers, who this morning restarted the pumping of cold water into the reactor, are being hampered by aftershocks of larger than Richter 6. Plant operator TEPCO ordered the release of steam from the overheated reactor this morning because internal pressure is twice higher than the allowable limits of the original facility design. Plant officials say that the steam is being filtered of radioactive particle. Outside the plant, however, the monitoring station detected outdoor radiation levels 8 times higher than normal, indicating either leakage or filter malfunction.
Three of the six reactors of the TEPCO Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, were operating at the time of the Tohoku quake. The failure of back-up generators caused significant rise in temperatures inside No.1 (46 MW output) and No.2 (784 MW) reactors.
The Japanese government overnight dispatched truck-mounted power generators to both plants in order to restart cooling pumps. On-site back-up batteries that run the control system were depleted of power within 8 hours of the blackout. Authorities are now locating robots to dispatch for remote control repairs to the reactors because the interior is unsafe for human employees.
Impact on North America:
The Pacific jetstream is currently flowing due east directly toward the United States. In the event of a major meltdown and continuous large-volume radioactive release, airborne particles will be carried across the ocean in bands that will cross over the southern halves of Oregon, Montana and Idaho, all of California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, the Dakotas, northern Nebraska and Iowa and ending in Wisconsin and Illinois, with possible further eastward drift depending on surface wind direction.
Most of the particles can be expected to travel high in the atmosphere, with fallout dependent on low pressure zones, rainfall and temperatures over the US. If a meltdown can be contained in Fukushima, a small amount of particles would be dispersed in the atmosphere with little immediate effect on human and animal health.
Another climate factor to be taken into account is the potential for an El Nino Variable bulging the jetstream further northward, causing fallout over western Canada and a larger number of American states.
Seasonal rainfall over Japan does not normally begin until mid-April and does not become significant until early June.
If very high radiation releases are detected at some point, a potential tactic to lessen contamination of North America is for the US, Canadian and Russian air forces to seed clouds over the northwest Pacific to create a low pressure front and precipitation to minimize particle mass reaching North America.
Emergency Special Report III
Ohoku Quake and Tsunami Monitor 2: "The Good News Guys"
Sunday 13 March 2011 (0800 hrs Tokyo Time)
Following a high-level meeting called by the lame-duck prime minister, Japanese agencies are no longer releasing independent reports without prior approval from the top. The censorship is being carried out following the imposition of the Article 15 Emergency Law. Official silencing of bad news is a polite way of reassuring the public.According to the chief Cabinet Secretary, reactor heat is being lowered and radiation levels are coming down. The Unit 1 reactor container is not cracked despite the explosion that destroyed its building.
The explosion did not erupt out of the reactor.
So what caused the explosion that blasted away the reinforced concrete roof and walls? Silence.
Yes, there's nothing to worry about if residents just stay indoors, turn off their air-cons and don't breathe deeply. Everyone, go back to sleep.
The radiation leak at Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant is now officially designated as a "4" on the international nuclear-events scale of 7. This is the same criticality rating at an earlier minor accident at Tokaimura plant in Ibaraki. Technically, there is no comparison. Tokaimura did not experience a partial meltdown.
Enough of the Good News
The mayor of Tsuruga City, home of the trouble-plagued Monju plutonium-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture, isn't buying Tokyo's weak explanation about the Fukushima 1 blast and demanded the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency to conduct an all-points investigation immediately.
A specialist medical team from the National Radiology Health Institute, flown by helicopter from Chiba to a field center 5 km from the No.1 Nuclear Plant, found radiation illness in 3 residents out of a sample group of 90. Overnight that number of civilian-nuclear "hibakusha" shot up to 19, but in other counts to 160. The evacuation zone has been further widened from 10 km to 20 km.
A third reactor, Unit 6, has lost its cooling system and is overheating along with Reactors 1 and 2.
Fukushima No.2 plant, further south, is ringed by a wall of silence as a quiet evacuation is being conducted.
Firefighters are pumping seawater into the three overheated Fukushima 1 reactors. The mandatory freshwater supply is missing, presumably due to tsunami contamination from surging ocean waves. An American nuclear expert has called this desperation measure the equivalent of a "Hail Mary pass"..
So, the Prime Minister should be hoping that Japan's tiny Christian community is feverishly praying. Because right now, Japan and much of the world are living on a prayer.
Players not prayers
USA: The White House sent in a team to consult withe US-friendly Naoto Kan government. Instead of dispatching in experts from the Department of Energy, Nuclear Safety Agency and Health Department, President Obamas sent representatives of USAID, which is cover for the CIA.
The presence of these paranoiac bumblers only confirms suspicions of a top-level cover up. Why would the Agency be worried about the disaster? There are security considerations, such as regional "enemies" Pyongyang, Beijing and Moscow taking advantage of the crisis. To the contrary, China and Russia have both offered carte blanche civilian aid.
Second, to coordinate a pro-American public campaign synchronized with the US relief effort from the nuclear carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Many Japanese might actually be alarmed by Navy ships offshore, reminding them of the firebombing campaign in the big war, and US helicopters rumbling overhead as if Sendai was Danang Vietnam 1968. The whole "aid" exercise smacks of a con job aimed at keeping US military bases in Okinawa and surreptitiously at a Japanese Self-Defense Force firing range at the foot of Mount Fuji.
Third, to ensure the safekeeping of Misawa Air Force Base in quake-hit Iwate Prefecture. Misawa, the hub of US electronic warfare and high-tech espionage in East Asia with its fleet of P-3 Orions and an ECHELON eavesdropping antennae.
PRC: In contrast to Washington's ulterior motives, China in an unprecedented move has sent in an emergency team into Japan. Unbeknownst to the world, China has world-leading expertise in extinguishing nuclear meltdowns and blocking radiation leaks at their uranium mines and military nuclear plants. This was discovered on a 2003 visit to a geological research center in the uranium-rich Altai mountain region of Xinjiang, where a scientist disclosed "off the record" China's development of mineral blends that block radiation "much more than 90 percent, nearly totally". When asked why the institute doesn't commercialize their formulas, he responded: "We've never thought about that." That's too bad because if one of China's exports was ever needed, it's their radiation blanket.
Russia: Moscow too, is offering unconditional aid, despite ongoing territorial conflict with Japan over four northern islands. The Russian Air Force, from bases in Kamchatka and the Kuriles, could play a key role in cloud-seeding to prevent radioactive particles from drifting over to the United States. Americans should learn how to act as team players in an international community, especially now their own children's lives will be at stake in the event of a total meltdown in Fukushima.
Canada: Meteorology is becoming evermore interesting, despite the "what me worry" attitudes of the global-warming skeptics. A freak of nature called El Nino Variable, if it occurs later this spring, could push the Pacific jet stream northward, meaning western Canada and more U.S. states could find themselves along a winding stream of radiation fallout from Japan.
Correction to Monitor 1: In our haste, we blurred over some important details on the use of potassium iodide tablets. These are taken to block radioactive iodine-131 from affecting the human thyroid gland, thus lowering the risk of cancer and other disorders.
Yoichi Shimatsu currently with Fourth Media (China) is former editor of the Japan Times Weekly, has covered the earthquakes in San Francisco and Kobe, participated in the rescue operation immediately after the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and led the field research for an architectural report on structural design flaws that led to the tsunami death toll in Thailand.
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Japanese officials admit partial nuclear meltdown now underway at nuke power plants
Mike Adams
Sunday, March 13, 2011
(NaturalNews) Contradicting earlier reports that claimed the Fukushima nuclear power plant suffered no reactor core damage, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano today admitted that a "partial core meltdown" is now underway. This is being reported at the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy...), Nikkei.com (http://e.nikkei.com/e/fr/tnks/Nni20...) and elsewhere.
The conflicting reports coming out of Japan over the last 24 hours point to the very likely possibility of a massive Japanese government cover-up where government officials are telling the public everything is fine while desperately pumping sea water into the reactor cores to prevent them from going Chernobyl.
While it's important to be optimistic in such circumstances, the Japanese government is performing a great disservice by not disclosing the full truth about what's really happening there. If a core meltdown is underway -- as has now been admitted -- people need to be evacuating the entire Northern half of the country (as that's where radioactive fallout will have the worst impact if a total core meltdown does occur).
Kurt Nimmo at PrisonPlanet.com is reporting a media cover-up of the entire event (http://www.prisonplanet.com/media-c...), and new information now being made available to the press supports the notion that the Japanese government withheld vital information from its own citizens about the status of this potential nuclear power plant meltdown.
This emergency is not over. A meltdown could still occur. And now, it seems that we cannot trust the government of Japan to give us accurate information about this incident. We can only hope that the ingenuity of Japanese engineers can overcome the laws of physics and find a way to cool these nuclear fuel rods in the next 24 hours. If they fail to do so, the cost of this failure in human lives and environmental damage could be far greater than that of the infamous Chernobyl event.
NaturalNews will seek to keep you posted on this event as it unfolds. For those in Taiwan, China or other regions who are concerned about the possibility of radioactive fallout from Japan, be sure to read up on potassium iodide, which can prevent radioactive fallout from destroying your thyroid gland. Potassium iodide, however, does not "shield" your entire body from radiation. It merely prevents it from being concentrated in one place in your body.
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Help support those devastated by the massive quake, tsunami in Japan
Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Sunday, March 13, 2011
(NaturalNews) By now, most everyone is aware of the massive and devastating 8.9 earthquake that recently hit off the east coast city of Honshu, Japan, and the monstrous tsunami that followed. Combined with continuing aftershocks and several other earthquake incidents that occurred both before and after what has been dubbed the biggest earthquake to hit Japan in recorded history, much of the nation has been left in ruin. Homes and businesses have been leveled, and many people are missing, injured, or dead. These people need our help, and if you feel compelled to help support emergency aid efforts in Japan, NaturalNews has a few trustworthy options you may want to consider.
The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, a credible organization to which NaturalNews has made numerous donations on previous occasions, has set up a relief center in response to the disaster (http://tw.tzuchi.org/en/index.php?o...). The center is providing victims with hot food, snacks, internet access to contact their loved ones, and a place to rest or sleep. To make a financial donation to the Tzu Chi Foundation, visit: http://www.us.tzuchi.org/usa/home.n...
The Salvation Army in Japan has also sent a team to the most damaged city of Sendai to provide basic necessities for victims there, and to assess the situation to see what else they can do to help. This group has long been on the ground around the world providing relief for those in need. You can donate to the Salvation Army efforts by visiting: http://www.disaster.salvationarmyus...
As far as the current situation, crews are still rummaging through the wreckage near the areas hit hardest by the disaster in order to assess the full extent of the damage. Tens of thousands of people have been reported missing, thousands of others have been found dead, and the overall destruction is immense. The Boston Globe says that roughly 9,500 people from the town of Minamisanriku, which represents roughly half of the town's total population, are missing (http://www.boston.com/news/source/2...). Another report from CNN states that more than 5.1 million homes are without power, and the Japanese Defense Ministry has deployed 190 aircraft and 25 ships to aid in relief efforts (http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/1...).
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Japan is the Worst Case Scenario
You can rebuild buildings, roads, bridges, railroads and such, but restoring confidence in the future will take a generation or two for Japan
Alan Caruba
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Japan is now the global example of the worst case scenario in which everything that can go wrong has gone wrong.
When a nuclear plant servicing an equivalent area of a U.S. state blows up and moves toward meltdown, even Russia’s Chernobyl begins to shrink by comparison.
For the nuclear energy sector, it’s a meltdown of another kind as few people will want to see another one built any time soon.
One astonishing side note to the disaster is the way Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada forced the shut-down of a multi-billion dollar Yucca Mountain repository for U.S. nuclear waste.
In the age when television cameras are everywhere, the people of the world got a firsthand look at what it looks like when a tsunami hits. As it plowed down buildings and everything else in its way, the devastation is so vast that the mind struggles to comprehend it.
You can rebuild buildings, roads, bridges, railroads and such, but restoring confidence in the future will take a generation or two for Japan. Meanwhile, the economic losses defy calculation.
What Japan tells us is that all the early warning systems are no match for the sheer power of natural forces. If the Yellowstone Park caldera, the largest potential volcano in the U.S. should explode, it would have a comparable affect and there isn’t a damn thing that can be done about it.
At the heart of the Japanese disaster is the loss of man-made power
At the heart of the Japanese disaster is the loss of man-made power, the electricity that allows a modern nation to function, to keep its lights on and everything else that requires electricity. Not all the solar farms and wind turbines in the world could ever begin to provide the vast amounts of power generated by coal, natural gas, or—yes—nuclear facilities. And don’t forget the hydroelectric power that literally transformed the West.
There is a stark contrast between President Obama’s pledge to assist Japan in every way and his failure to assist the Libyan forces battling one of the worst dictators in northern Africa, a man with a forty-year history of oppression and even terrorism that was directed against America.
Largely unnoted is the way the Pacific Rim is demonstrating the primacy of geological events. From Christchurch in New Zealand to northern Japan, the Earth is literally moving under the feet of millions. The prospect of volcanic eruptions increases. The likelihood of more earthquakes increases. Tsunamis threaten.
U.S. an economic earthquake looms
Meanwhile, in the U.S., an economic earthquake looms. A $14 trillion deficit threatens to sink the nation and probably take a few others with it. Why does it always take a death or two at a dangerous intersection before the town installs a stop signal?
If you want a worst case scenario in America, you need only wait and watch as neither the White House, nor the Congress does anything serious to address this fate.
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The Japanese Quake: Another Ice Age Precursor?
Philip V. Brennan
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Back in the summer of 1997, I wrote a nine-part investigative report on climate change: Global Warming or Globaloney. It attracted a lot of attention at the time, but given the fact that the nation was being barraged by advocates of the socialist global warming propaganda campaign and their media allies, what I had to say fell mostly on deaf ears.
After all, a lot of the global warming enthusiasts appeared to have all sorts of impressive sounding scientific credentials and who’s going to pay attention to a mere journalist with no academic background in climatology who claimed that global warming was a contrived myth and that there was every reason to believe that the current interglacial period of temperate weather has about reached its end.
In that series I wrote that one of the precursors of the onset of an ice age are violent tectonic events such as earthquakes of an ever increasing magnitude as was the quake that just devastated much of the Japanese islands. And despite the alarms issued by Al Gore and his cohorts much of the world has not been warming but instead experiencing some bitterly frigid winters because the polar ice caps have been growing.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the polar ice cap is the machine that sends icy blasts southward. The colder and thicker the ice cap, the colder the winds it sends in our direction. It would seem to be reasonable to suggest that perhaps instead of slowly melting, the ice cap is getting icier and thicker. After all, a warming polar ice cap simply can’t produce the bitter cold winters much of the world has experienced in recent years.
In Global Warming or Globaloney, I raised some questions that nobody in on the global warming scam was ever able to answer. I’ll now ask them again.
1. Climatological records show that whenever the level of CO2 rose above 290ppm, an ice age inevitably followed. I repeat, inevitably followed. When I wrote my report the level had already reached 362ppm and was still climbing.
Question: If the Climatological record shows that this indicator of climate change is an accurate predictor of an approaching ice age, why should we not expect it to be performing that function once again? What’s past is prologue. If the rise of CO2 levels above 290ppm, has always indicated coming global cooling, why should we not view it as such now?
2. There have been a series of seven ice ages over the last 700,000 years, according to paleological records - one every hundred thousand years or so, followed by an interglacial period of about 10 to 12 thousand years. The last ice age ended about 10,800 years ago, meaning that the present interglacial period is approaching its end.
Question: If the past is prologue, and interglacial periods last only 10 to 12 thousand years, and we are approaching the end of that cycle, why should we believe that what appears to be an immutable law of nature has suddenly been repealed by Al Gore, Dan Rather, Mikhail Gorbachev and the New York Times?
3. The rise in CO2 levels that signaled the end of interglacial periods over the past 700,000 years occurred as the result of natural causes. Now we are being told that the levels of this so-called “greenhouse gas” are mainly the result of nasty old mankind polluting the atmosphere with all sorts of disgusting junk, such as the residue of fossil fuels. Mother Nature, they say, had nothing to do with it.
Question: If CO2 levels skyrocketed prior to the onset of the last ice age, 100,000 years ago, with no help from mankind, and when there wasn’t a Toyota or an backyard barbecue oven around to create greenhouse gasses, why should be believe that those levels are rising now solely because of humanity’s refusal to go back to the technological dark ages and forego their cars and trucks and other appurtenances of modern life?
Here’s a brief summary from Global Warming or Globalony:
“‘Most people who worry about global warming assume that the earth’s temperature right now is ecologically ideal and that any significant warming would be harmful if not disastrous. Scientists who take the longer view know otherwise. ” wrote Kent Jeffreys of the Competitive Enterprise Institute in the National Center for Policy Analysis’ Policy Report #96.
• In the past two to three million years the earth’s temperature has gone through at least 17 climate circles, with ice ages typically lasting about 100,000 interrupted by warming periods lasting about 10,000 years.
• Since by some calculations the current warm period is about 13,000 years old, the next ice age is overdue.”
“Jeffreys notes the fact that back in the 1970s: ‘Many scientists warned of a coming ice age, and with good reason. Although there has been a slight increase in average temperatures during the twentieth century, many regions of the globe have experienced sustained cooling trends.’
• The record speaks for itself. In the history of the Earth, ice ages are the norm. They occur regularly as clockwork and as such, must be regarded as immutable laws of nature. It would be sheer folly to believe that this law has somehow been repealed.
• We are now between 10,800 and 13,000 years removed from the end of the last ice age. Is it not prudent to expect the onset of another ice age?
• Studies have show that when atmospheric levels of Carbon Dioxide (CO2)—the principal greenhouse gas—exceeded 290 parts per million (ppm), the last ice age began. The current levels of CO2 exceed 362 ppm and they continue to rise.
Studies of data collected from ocean bottom samples 200 miles off the coast of Ecuador by Nickolas Shackleton and associates at Britain’s Cambridge University provided CO2 readings for the past 130,000 years, a period covering the last interglacial, the ice age that followed, and the current interglacial.
“These data confirmed the rise of CO2 levels that preceded the last ice age, and the point at which the process became inevitable.”
Finally, ice ages approach slowly. If you live in New York you’re in no danger of being buried under a sheet of ice a mile thick, unless you plan to be around 30,000 years from now. But it is going to start getting colder and colder. If, as the evidence shows, the present interglacial period is ending, summers will be progressively shorter and cooler, and winters will get progressively longer and colder.
And despite the arrogance of those socialist King Canutes who will stand in front of the approaching wave of cold and icy weather and demand that it go away, as they have with their global warming fantasy, there’s not a damn thing we can do to prevent nature from doing what she wants to do and always has done.
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