Fukushima Accident Assessment Officially Raised To Maximum, Level 7

Tyler Durden's picture

What started as less serious than Three Mile Island has just become as serious as Chernobyl, with the Fukushima disaster assessment having been raised to the highest, Level 7. From NHK: "For a series of accidents happening at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency of the Ministry of Economy, which released large amounts of radioactive substances that affect human health and the environment in a wide range As an assessment based on international standards of the accident, the worst "level seven" decided to raise. "Level 7" is the same as the evaluation occurred in the Soviet Chernobyl disaster. Nuclear Safety Agency, 12, held a press conference with the Nuclear Safety Commission has decided to publish the contents of the evaluation." Of course, due to the much greater concentration of people, and the far smaller land territory, should Japan continue to persist with "controlling" the crisis with the same success as it has over the past month, very soon a Level of 8 and/or higher may be required. In the meantime, we are getting unconfirmed reports that radiation content in Hawaii milk is orders of magnitude greater than Federal Drinking water limits. While one can bicker over the exact number, it is certain that as long as Fukushima continues to billow radioactive smoke, steam and/or water, cumulative radiation levels, both domestically and globally, can only go in one direction.

h/t John and Enenews.

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treemagnet's picture

and people bitch about coal power?

That Peak Oil Guy's picture

"But this one goes up to 8..."

TPOG

Matte_Black's picture

lol.... no this one goes to 11. Trust me, 11 on this one. We're gonna need a bigger boat.

Seriously though, I'm beginning to wonder now if Tepco actually is hoping that the rest of the world thinks this is 'merely' a Chernobyl when it is actually much worse.

I actually thought slewie the pi - rat was nuts when he set the line at 5x Chernobyl. I picked under. Looks like overs are going to 'win'. Bad mojo.

JFC.

 

vote_libertarian_party's picture

How long until the Repubs and Dems craft talking points to blame each other for this?

Ruffcut's picture

The repukes and dumboshits will love it. This way it will distract from our bitching about the ponzi fraud cap markets.

 all pro nukers.... GO FUCK YOURSELVES!!!

LeBalance's picture

Sorry, Ruff, but the riff of the pro-nukers is to fuck you, can't you feel the love?

Matte_Black's picture

You sir, are a man after my own heart.

Ruffcut's picture

Sorry, yes, I feel the love bleeding from my radient heart out of the orifice of my anal cavity.

mick_richfield's picture

I do feel the love!  It's like a light that shines right through me, warming the very marrow of my bones, staying with me always.  A trillion points of light.

drink or die's picture

They can safely raise it to this level without a panic, now that it is out of the news cycle.

Mentaliusanything's picture

No its not. I found it in the newspaper, page30, bottom right, next to a photo of a prize winning Iowa pig.

Nice looking porker that.

Fenlander's picture

I think you are on to something, and it isn't good.

 

Most of the MSM have moved on from Fukushima, and just about no-one in the media cares what level it's at.  So why raise it to 7?  It'll only attract attention.

 

They raised it to 7 because they know what's about to happen.  It could be higher levels of radiation, or the assessment that they can do nothing about it, or that the country behind the plant is going to be barren and empty of people for some huge distance, or that those only just outside the official evacuation zone are going to die, or all of those and more put together.

 

News management. 

Matte_Black's picture

You could be right. I'm thinking they now realize they've lost the Kanto Plain where a lot of the Japan's food is grown.

Mad moon risin........

Trillax's picture

Indeed. My question is, when do the Japanese people get wind of this and realize that the Emperor and his 'chosen few' have pied piper-ed the people off the seppuku cliff -- and what do they do in reaction?

Hunger is a bitch and quite the motivator.

lincolnsteffens's picture

Can you imagine the tragedy if they have to abandon Tokyo for several years and a chunk of their food production.  If this is not the biggest black swan in the neighborhood I can't imagine what the big mother of all black swans would look like. Actually, I can.

 

FeralSerf's picture

It's just The Culling of Humans.  Nothing to be concerned about.  They just need to do it avery few thousand years.  They're looking for volunteers -- about 92% of the world's population should do it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwIlJSRQ5ks

lincolnsteffens's picture

Herr Hitler thought it was a good idea to cleanse the planet every 20 years so only the fittest ( Germanic ) people would live. He was short cited and narcissistic because he thought it would be good for the Germans but it is really the earth that would benefit from  a much smaller population.

Sweet Chicken's picture

I bet this still barely gets a mention on the MSM channels.

Zer0head's picture

Reuters

Mon Apr 11, 2011

Japan's beloved cherry blossoms help dispel some disaster gloom

But as the annual pink wave that heralds spring rolled up the Japanese archipelago to Tokyo this weekend, the campaign for "jishuku" lost out to appeals to shake off the funereal mood and partake in traditional, rice wine-fuelled "sakura" parties, for the sake of the nation's psyche, and economy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/11/uk-japan-restraint-idUSLNE73A0...

d_senti's picture

When people post youtube vids or any links, it'd be nice if they said what they were. Just sayin.

spiral_eyes's picture

there is a segment of society (keynesian economists, sports fans, drug addicts, people who sell out-of-the-money calls) that seems to honestly and truly believe that problems will go away if you wish hard enough. THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING. ugh.

MSimon's picture

The smart people have taken up drugs. If they weren't on them already.

goldfish1's picture

Certainly there is immense power in each individual's thoughts, words and actions to influence reality.

The power of positive thinking is not about wishing.

You would do well to explore that which you obviously know very little about.

Broker NotBroke's picture

I don't even talk to people about Fukushima anymore. Every time I try, I get the "yeah and we should probably buy gold too...you're insane" stare.

 

 

Society might deserve itself...

BORT's picture

I get the same reaction.  People don't want to hear about anything

spiral_eyes's picture

shut up and drink the flouride and take the happy pills and let qualified professionals make decisions for you.

treemagnet's picture

I hear ya, I'm stunned how nobody cares about anything but ESPN.  Had the same reactions from others, learned to just shut my mouth.  Its must be the matrix.

Truthiness's picture

I don't think it's that people don't care about anything but ESPN, I think that people are just overwhelmed and under under tremendous stress. There is so, so, so much pain in the world right now - everywhere you look there is some horror show: Wars, floods, earthquakes, radiation, partisanship, subprime, unemployment, inequality, disease, banksters, Bernanke, aging parents, hyper-materialism, and on and on. At some point, people tune out for no other reason than to preserve their own sanity.

 

I don't want to be an apologist...but we are only human.  

Broker NotBroke's picture

Are you and I only human? 

The difference is we take responsibility. We want to know! We take a hit of the horror and ask for more. Are we masochists? probably. 

Is it acceptable to put your head in the sand?

Not when the decisions of the ignorant so greatly affect the lives of the informed.

Truthiness's picture

Again, my point is not to be an apologist - I fully recognize the problem - I'm merely suggesting that our collective lack of a response mechanism is perhaps indicative of the stress on our sick and broken society. The fact that people have their heads in the sands isn't acceptable, but it's reality...

cossack55's picture

Reality is comin' around the bend at 90 miles an hour and its going to run over a whole lot of projecting assholes. 

Bringin It's picture

Re. At some point, people tune out for no other reason than to preserve their own sanity.

Yet they still show up at the hamster wheel every morning!!  It's the perfect zombie syndrome.  Perfect for the PTB.  The drones are incapable of thinking or normal human function, [eg. safe guarding the children, the children's future].  But amazingly, they still show up at the borg collective to do their borg jobs, pay their borg taxes, kowtow, etc.

Unless there's a radical change in attitude, soon, I'm gonna have to conclude that most modern humans are a most disappointing lot. 

Maybe the spark of humanity has already been bred out of most of the modern population??

SMG's picture

+1 Well said.   Reality will come crashing through all that denial in the next few years and there will be no where to run, not even to ESPN.  After this is over,  we all need to pull together, weak and strong and make sure we're never enslaved like this again.

cossack55's picture

More like a few months at most.

Bringin It's picture

Re. Sorry, couldn't resist.  Don't resist. 

Who would junk Invasion of the Body Snatchers?  It's an apt metaphor for our times.

goldfish1's picture

people are just overwhelmed and under under tremendous stress

Yes.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Fuck espn. Why would someone waste their life watching a bunch of suit take business and have no skin in the game. I can see if you're gambling but fuck, I wouldn't waste my time with pro sports.

thatthingcanfly's picture

Last year when my local pro-Baseball team was in the World Cup or something, I told my co-workers the following: "I could sit and watch two Grand Masters play a chess game for hours, not diverting my attention for a moment - even to go to the bathroom - for fear I might miss an interesting move. But for fuck's sake don't duct tape me to a chair, prop my eyelids open with toothpicks, and force me to watch a 'Professional Baseball' game."

It had the desired effect.

Bringin It's picture

Sports brodcasting in the Homeland is all about the droning promoters, droning on about nothing, so as to not leave the audience with the possible inconvenience of an original thought.

Blow-up your TV.

Drag Racer's picture

I wouldn't waste my time with pro sports.

Most of the events they air on ESPN are not sports, thay are games promoted as sports.

Now this is a sport.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK9K9xAhnEE

sorry, can't resist a little team promotion...

bunnytoujours's picture

My friends think I must be depressed...