This is a graphic showing the current crisis at the Daiichi nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan. As was reported in the New York Times on August 6, 2013, tons of radioactive water are now being released into the Pacific Ocean every day from these reactors.
Officials at the Tokyo Electrical Power Company (Tepco) have said the leak started sometime between December and May of 2012. (Just a guess, guys?)
What has always been a global emergency has now become an acute, immediate global emergency.
How I understand it: The groundwater flowing under the nuclear site has become radioactively contaminated and is flowing out to sea, despite efforts to contain it.
The nuclear cores from the reactors have breached their containments and are somewhere in the ground beneath the site, contaminating the soil and groundwater.
Since the beginning of the disaster, water has also been pumped through the nuclear reactors to keep the ongoing radioactive reaction - still kicking off massive amounts of radiation - as cool and contained as possible. This has been going on since the start of the reaction in March 2011, endangering the lives of many workers who are pumping the water.
The radioactive water used to cool the reaction is now being stored in storage tanks. Some of the storage tanks have sprung leaks and are also releasing water containing radioactive isotopes into the ground beneath the Fukushima Daiichi reactors.
This appears to be an escalation of the nuclear crisis, with Japan now asking for international assistance to contain the situation. Previously, it had refused offers of international assistance.
As ever, we need every brain and every set of eyes in the world on this issue, coming up with a solution to contain or stop it, evacuating people, teaching people what to do to protect themselves from contamination by radioactivity, providing equipment, and educating people around the world about radioactive food, milk, water, etc.
What you should understand about the information currently being released through mainstream media:
The ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan has been a global emergency since the day it happened on March 11, 2011.
There has been an almost complete media blackout on this issue since the beginning. Crucial information about this disaster is being kept from the public.
Officials around the world have downplayed the very real dangers of this nuclear disaster since the beginning, adopting a "keep calm, carry on" stance. People in Japan have even been told that smiling and keeping a positive outlook are the keys to staying safe from radioactive contamination. See: The Law of Attraction, Fukushima-Style
In Canada, our media blackout supports a country that is the number two exporter of uranium worldwide. Canada is also a major exporter of CANDU nuclear reactors worldwide. Article: Canada Day Cardinal Grand Cross Eclipse: Well, Golly Gee Whiz. Look Who's Fuelling the Global Nuclear Industry
As stated, Fukushima has been in a state of crisis since March 11, 2011, and this crisis affects the world, particularly the northern hemisphere. The damaged nuclear reactors have been spewing radiation into the atmosphere and into the Pacific Ocean for almost two-and-a-half years now, all as a media blackout keeps this information from the world's people.
People are living in unsafe and contaminated areas in Japan. They have not been evacuated from these areas or even educated about precautions they can take to limit radiation exposure.
The explosion at Fukushima Daiichi on March 11, 2011 and the ongoing reaction that followed have sent massive amounts of radioactive particles into the atmosphere. These particles are like aerosol and can be breathed in or ingested through foods or liquids. They move around via wind and water.
The northern hemisphere was contaminated with these hot particles soon after the March 2011 explosions, with particular concentrations along the West Coast of Canada and the United States. Once ingested, these "hot particles" get lodged in one area of the body, irradiating the cells in that area. These particles will not necessarily show up as elevated levels of radioactivity on Geiger counters, which test general background radioactivity.
The radioactive "hot particles" released at Fukushima are similar to depleted uranium dust. The tiny particles do not show particularly elevated levels of radiation, but the ingestion of even one particle can cause serious health problems or death. This radioactive dust has created a massive, ongoing health crisis in Iraq, where depleted uranium munitions were used during the Iraq war. Women in Fallujah, Iraq have now been advised by doctors to stop having babies, as so many babies are being born with horrific deformities related to depleted uranium exposure.
The radioactive particles from Fukushima, like depleted uranium dust, can travel thousands of miles. There are very few places in the northern hemisphere (if any), over a long enough timeline, that would be safe from them.
Radioactive fallout started reaching the West Coast of Canada and the United States in the weeks after the nuclear disaster began. The fallout continues as the reaction continues.
Stories about plumes of radioactivity reaching the West Coast in the next year to three years must be kept in context. Though this is important news and requires our vigilance and preparation, radioactive particles have been reaching the West Coast in an ongoing way since the beginning of the disaster.
Increased levels of radioactivity have been found almost since Day One along the West Coast of Canada and the United States.
Water containing radioactive isotopes has entered the Pacific Ocean at various times since the crisis began.
There is no ongoing radioactivity testing of food, milk, or water being done by governments. Any ongoing testing is being done by independent citizens or by universities. Many elevated readings have been taken, though these results are definitely not making front page news. You can keep up-to-date on some of the elevated readings at The Food Lab. Scroll down to find your country/region.
Heightened levels of radiation, particularly Cesium-137, were found in milk, tuna, strawberries, kale, mushrooms, spinach, arugula, and grass from California early on - in the months after the initial explosion.
Milk is a very good indicator of radioactivity levels, as radiation bio-accumulates as we go up the food chain. In May 2011, Health Canada reluctantly tested 24 samples of milk from British Columbia. It did not release the levels it was using as "allowable amounts," and it also did not release the exact amounts of radioactivity found, making the tests almost meaningless. Despite the fact that radioactive Strontium 90 was found in small amounts in nine of the milk samples, Canada's milk was declared completely safe and within normal range by Health Canada in 2011. No further testing has been completed by federal or provincial governments in the more than two years that have passed, despite ongoing releases of radiation.
Independent testing of milk samples from B.C. in 2012 produced more results indicating contamination by Strontium 90. Source. Independent testing for radioactivity is very expensive - $400 for each milk sample tested. Most citizens do not have the funds to do the type of ongoing testing that should be done by governments. This is a major public health failure on the part of the Harper and Obama governments.
Radioactive tritium, Cesium 134, and Cesium 137 were found in water supplies around Vancouver, British Columbia as early as January 2012. Testing done then found that the Capilano Reservoir was 144% above background levels (what is naturally occurring in the environment) for tritium. The Seymour Reservoir was 185% above background levels. Source.
Because of the lack of ongoing testing, fish, seafood, seaweed, and other food products that come from the Pacific Ocean cannot be guaranteed to be free of radioactivity from Fukushima.
Produce and food products that come from the West Coast of Canada or the United States cannot be guaranteed to be free of radioactivity from Fukushima.
As the nuclear disaster continues unchecked, more areas in the northern hemisphere become radioactively contaminated.
Even products from the Atlantic Ocean have been found to have heightened levels of radioactivity. A commenter at Enenews.com tested dulse (seaweed) from the Atlantic Ocean with a personal Geiger counter and found heightened radioactivity levels, reported August 2, 2013. Source - scroll down to comments made by "lickerface."
You must now, more than ever, make conscious food choices. Consider limiting or eliminating seafood and other food products from the sea, like kelp and seaweed. Stay up to date on areas of contamination and avoid food products from those areas.
Though this has not been confirmed officially, there is evidence that radioactive nuclear fuel (corium) from the reactors has melted through the containment structures and is now somewhere in the earth beneath the reactor site. If this is the case, it would create a highly dangerous "melt-through" situation that would be very difficult to contain, a "China Syndrome" as radioactive nuclear fuel sinks deeper into the earth, creating instability in the surrounding areas.
We need a global task force of our brightest minds in order to come up with a solution to this problem. Keep this issue at the forefront. Little else in the media matters, when you put it in context.
All nuclear reactors must be decommissioned, and humanity must move into new and safer forms of energy.
The sale, possession, production, and use of nuclear weapons, including depleted uranium munitions, must be prohibited worldwide.
This is a global emergency being kept from us by our elected officials and mainstream media outlets.
Please take precautions with your food and water. If you are in a highly affected area, change clothes and shower after spending time outdoors to decrease the possibility of ingesting a hot particle.
As with everything we're facing now on the planet, this requires action and effort by independent citizens willing to do the right thing. Our leaders are shameful mass murderers. We have to take control ourselves and help each other. Help will not be forthcoming from our elected leaders.
Bless you all and may you all stay safe and healthy in these difficult times.
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