Water leaks at Fukushima nuclear plant could contaminate entire Pacific Ocean

August 9, 2013JAPAN - Two and a half years after the Fukushima tragedy Japan does not want to admit how serious it is, but it is obvious the drastic environmental implications are to follow, Harvey Wasserman, journalist and advocate for renewable energy, told RT.
RT: Japanese officials have admitted a leak at Fukushima has been happening for two years and is worse than earlier thought. Why did it take so long to evaluate the actual repercussions of the tragedy and take decisive measures to tackle them?
HW: The Japanese authorities have been covering up the true depth of the disaster because they don’t want to embarrass themselves and the global nuclear industry and they are trying to open up another nuclear plant in Japan. When the Japanese people now find out that the accident is worse than we thought and they have been leaking many tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean for almost two and a half years, this is a catastrophe. Tokyo Electric has no idea how to control this accident. This is absolutely terrifying after two and a half years. To find out that these reactors have been out of control, now that they can’t control this they don’t know what’s going on. This is not a primitive backward country; this is Japan with advanced technology. It has very serious implications for nuclear power all over the world.
RT: Why the plant’s operator failed to contain the leak?
HW: Because they don’t know what to do. This has never happened before. You have three explosions; you have four nuclear reactors that are severely compromised. No one ever planned for this. This is an apocalyptic event. This is something that could contaminate the entire Pacific Ocean. It is extremely serious. The reality is that Tokyo Electric does not know what is happening and does not know how to control what is going on. Our entire planet is at risk here. This is two and a half years after these explosions and they are still in the dark. It’s terrifying.
RT: An estimated 300 tonnes of contaminated water is spilling daily into the ocean. How come Tepco insists the leaks still pose no big threat to the environment?
HW: They are lying; they can’t face the reality of this situation. When have very serious quantities of radiation going into the Pacific Ocean. There is no medical or epidemiological or scientific basis for estimating how much damage this will cost. We are on entirely new ground here and this cannot go by without a serious impact on the entire human race. This is a terrible tragedy. The problem is that the company does not want to admit how serious this is and the government of Japan doesn’t want to admit how serious this is. And even if the government of Japan steps in, they don’t know what to do. This particular administration in Japan wants to open the other nuclear plants. 50 nuclear plants have been shut in Japan since the accident and they want to reopen them.
RT: According to some estimates it will take 40 years to clean-up the contaminated area. Why so long?
HW: That is not long enough. It will never be cleaned up. We have materials there that are radioactive, that are harmful, and that are dangerous for hundreds of thousands of years. They can talk about cleaning it up in 40 years but it will never be cleaned up. You will never be able to go back on that site. The radioactivity will be in the waters forever.
RT: What long-term impact of the radiation leak on Japan and its neighboring countries we should expect in the future?
HW: There are serious health impacts. People will be harmed. We are seeing 40% rate of thyroid damage among children in the area and this is a huge impact and it will go up, not down. More and more radiation is escaping from the water and tritium into the atmosphere. And radiation to the thyroid is very serious, especially among small children and we are already seeing a 40% rate. People will be suffering for hundreds of years. I interviewed people in central Pennsylvania a year after the (3 Mile Island) accident and discovered tremendous health impacts among the people there. We know that Chernobyl did tremendous damage to people in Belarus and Ukraine and now we are going to see it again in Fukushima. -RT
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23 Responses to Water leaks at Fukushima nuclear plant could contaminate entire Pacific Ocean

  1. romalynn says:

    This happening on the Pacific Ocean and the dolphins dying on the east coast from the Atlantic waters or something. Perilous times for sure. The creation for sure is decaying just as the scriptures tell us. Things sure seem to be progressing faster each day to me. But Jesus is returning to this earth for his millennial reign and set up his throne in Jerusalem, the throne of David.

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    • Nikki says:

      human arrogance and ignorance has caused this… using an idiotic explanation out of a little book that was written by guys a few thousand years ago is just rediculous

      anybody with half a brain could have foreseen this

      Using the bible to back up a fact is like using a cartoon of superman to prove that birds fly

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      • bumbysquish says:

        the largest earth quake in japans history and a tsunami was the cause , that little book that you refer to saved them ,

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  2. George says:

    This article reveals the true extent of this ongoing crisis, four reactors destroyed water seeping through the soil since the earthquake, Chernobyl was one reactor and 130 tons of fuel in the melt-down; Fukushima was at least 10 times this, added to which it was MOX fuel rods. It’s a catastrophe for the world and International Rescue should have been called in, not cover-up to save face. Here is a headline to a current article and link…….
    ‘Nuclear Expert: Water now at Fukushima plant has 3 times more cesium than Chernobyl’s total release — “That underscores the scale of this never-ending threat.”’

    http://bit.ly/13HLrUX

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  3. Dennis E. says:

    This is just terrible. Is the end upon us. When I read this post, the term “wormwood” crossed my mind. If the oceans die, we will die.

    I’ve been reading spot reports on the internet that the situation in Fukushima was deteriorating beyond Japanese authorities control.

    There is an old saying “Pride comes before a fall”. Who likes to be embarrassed? Sometimes you have to suck it up and face the facts. The lack of communication has cost untold losses in life, property and relationships. I believe that the west coast of the united states will feel the impact from this disaster in regard of the radiation in the near future. If it is in the water, then the currents will carry it as it did the debris of boats and other items.

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  4. You never heard the true effects of the Russian disaster on children, well covered up. You will probably never know. The child deaths in Japan will occur later , the news cycle will have moved on, and it will be business as usual, as usual. We are mushrooms and we are expendable. shut up and get on with it.

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  5. I don’t trust RT b/c they are owned and run by the Kremlin.

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  6. Sylvie says:

    Water leaks at Fukushima nuclear plant could contaminate entire Pacific Ocean? How about disclosing the truth, that it HAS! This is old news finally being admitted. Smart people stopped eating out of the Pacific ocean some time ago.

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    • Coyote says:

      Friend Sylvie: Got it right, we use to eat Japanese products but stopped in April 2011. Is this really the death-knell of the modern social order, stay up on it with Greenpeace web postings–

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  7. This may clearly be the answer to all the fish, dolphins, and even sharks dying mysteriously in the water.

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  8. Texas Listening Post, Tony says:

    It seems to be the time to send the Northern part of Japan into the sea. One proposed containment of freezing the soil to prevent water leaking seems not practical: proposed two year construction time and an enormous amount of electrical power and unknown time before a lasting containment might occur. When Edgar Casey said the Northern part of Japan must go into the sea, maybe this is the reason. In two years how much more of the worlds oceans will be contaminated? Nuclear power reactors are truly Doomsday Machines.

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  9. Jason says:

    The ocean has natural ways of cleansing of these radioactive ions, plants such as kelp are bio filters that cleans our oceans and air. although this will take many years and many may perish but life will prevail.

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  10. yves says:

    thank you Mme Marois prime minister in quebec canada for closing the nuclear power plant… even one is to much.

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  11. K. Mccready says:

    For your consideration. One cubic mile of ocean weighs 4,683,551,796 tons. Assumung an ocean density of 1.025 Three hundred tons represents .00000641% of one cubic mile

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  12. tonic says:

    The ocean has natural way of cleansing, but within limits. (or boundaries) Exceed what it can deal with and the oceans die.

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  13. Irene C says:

    This is not good.

    Fukushima now in state of emergency, leaking 300 tons of radioactive water into the ocean daily

    http://www.naturalnews.com/041610_Fukushima_radioactive_leak_state_of_emergency.html

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  14. Settle one difficulty and you keep a hundred others away.

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  15. Shad Moore says:

    C’mon all countries with nuclear plants should be guilty about this – shamed on them.

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  16. Maggie says:

    If you remember the Valdez, they used a dispersant that made many of those people cleaning it up either sick or they died. Same stuff was used again in the Gulf. Did you read about the people who were ‘cleaning up” the Gulf as well? I read they got sick as well. That same stuff is banned in Europe. So, why was it ever permitted here, and then we wonder why the Dolphins are beaching and all kinds of sea creatures are as well….I do beleive that the Gulf stream currents might go up the East Coast. Hm…..

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  17. Erin says:

    Another very strong earthquake in Japan had weakened the Fukushima power plant even more! They found heightened radioactive activity on land and now more leaks gushing underwater. This is going to destroy our ecosystem and travel across from sea to sea. This must explain all the odd sea creatures and dead ones found by the thousands onshore. It’s too little, too late! Don’t eat the seafood! It’s a shame. These reactors are not good.

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  18. Adam M. Smetana says:

    The Elite and the Super Rich are the ones to BLAME!! They have known about all of the possible negative effects that Nuclear Power poses to the environment.. But hey as long as their Millions turn into Billions who cares right? WRONG!!! Now the entire planet is going to have to pay for this, all because a group of greedy rich Butt Holes wanted to keep their Millions of dollars pouring in!! Well now it is too late, the Oceans of the Earth will PERISH! and all of the life in the Oceans shall PERISH… If the Oceans go, so do we!! Way to go filthy rich corporate bastards! I hope your 200 million dollar home is worth it when there is no PLANET left to call HOME, IDIOTS!!!

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