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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Gubbmint Cheese's picture

that's a nice one day move of 16.67%.






Mae Kadoodie's picture

Aye Cap'tain we're pushing warp factor seven. I dunna think think we can take much more!..

The Answer Is 42's picture

Chernobyl tours offered 25 years after blast (AP)

Glass is half full. Japan can look forward to a tourism rebound in 25 years! Ima buyin myself some of them 25-year Yen futs.

morkov's picture

shorting or longing, nationalisation is coming to your scheming ass...LOL

Obummer's picture

Ladies and gentlemen, fellow Americans, good people of the world.  There has recently been much discussion of the nuclear disaster in Japan and its effects on the health of Americans. Folks, I am here to tell you that there is no cause for alarm.

Like other Americans some of the things I hold most dear include wide open blue skies, clean air, and clean water. America has more of these resources than anywhere on earth. This has not changed since the tsunami hit the Fukushima nuclear power plant on March 11. It will not change in the coming months, I promise you that.

Some Americans look at our own power plants and wonder if Fukushima could happen here.  But folks, Fukushima can not happen here. Our power plants are safe. Our regulations are much stronger than in Japan. Our disaster mitigation plans are much better developed than in Japan. And, finally, American ingenuity will solve all problems thrown our way, just as it has through the history of our proud country.

Much talk has been made about the rise of atmospheric radiation above our nation, about the rise of radiation in our soils. Let me be clear that these levels are far below the levels that government organizations would consider unsafe for human habitation.  The iodine 131 and cesium 137 levels being detected in our milk and produce is far below the levels that are considered unsafe for human consumption.

There are those folks who would have you believe that you cannot trust government statistics, that you should buy a geiger counter if you want to know the truth. These people are the true enemy, not the radiation.  These "truthers" are a clear threat to our standards of democracy, human values, and good old-fashioned American decency.  For behind the truthers are the very terrorists we have been fighting against for so long.  And now these terrorist organizations have infiltrated the very heart of America, and are in our living rooms and our bedrooms even as I speak.  Rest assured that I will do everything in my power as President of this great nation to repel this threat to our freedoms, and that in the coming months we shall take decisive action against this new menace to our financial stability and to our Constitution.  Thank you, good night, and God bless America.

CPL's picture

You all read this in Obama's voice.


<the game>

hardcleareye's picture

I don't know why they junked you, I thought it was funny, in a sick sort of way....

Cindy_Dies_In_The_End's picture

He was junked in support of what a great job he did sounding like Obama..so he got junked for being Obama.

(Its actually a "Like")

good job.

krispkritter's picture

"WHAT! Pebble Beach is showing high radiation readings! WTF people! Someone get Biden out there with a Geiger counter and some tongs...get that dumbass at EPA on the phone! Tell her to change the readings or something! If I HAVE to fly back to Brazil to get a decent tee time again, Michelle will NOT be happy!"

Jendrzejczyk's picture

Many have tried the character role on ZH, but they always break sooner than later.

Loving it so far. Haven't seen the Judge lately----remember the horrid Luigi?


WaterWings's picture

Yeah, fiasco and desafio. Two of 'em!

hey, you-a tea bag party is super gay

you meet to have pizza and beer and say stuff-a isn't constitutional


'real meat'  that's the truth.  you stuff you faces and say stuff-a isn't constitutional

go fuck you self constitutional man

"we want energy...can you pass the tartar sauce...independence"

"we want fiscal....is anybody going to have that last piece of pizza....prudence"



Cdad's picture


We have entered the land of the surreal with the worldwide, global, Ponzi, centrally planned, lying, total bullshit, putrid wasteland that Ben Bernanke [and all his kind...now including weak-assed House Speaker Boehner] have made.

Seriously, if there are folk near the Fukushima reactors that don't understand what is happening to them now, then they suffer primarily from their ill-placed faith in government.  Who could save them now...and how?

plocequ1's picture

Its in GODS hands now. 

Rainman's picture

Yeah, when it's time to build rafts the Emperor will break the news.

Seasmoke's picture

7 7 7


Jackpot !

SRSrocco's picture

A month after the earthquake and nuclear incident they now OFFICIALLY classify it as a LEVEL 7.  A whole month gone by.  Well we can take one thing from this situation.  A communist country (USSR) was able to take the bull by the horns and get Chernobyl undercontrol within the first 10 days.

A capitalist country like Japan, in one months time has officially raised the LEVEL to a 7 and the problem gets worse every day.

This reminds me of what Dmitry Orlov stated in his post:

Closing the 'Collapse Gap': the USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US


Here he compares the former USSR to the USA and how they are prepared for economic and social collapse. 

I am surprised the Japanese Govt has not jumped in sooner and taken control of this situation.  If this is any sign going forward, the USA will be in a world of hurt when the supply chain disruptions hit the economy and lousy quarterly earnings reports come out in JUNE-JULY this year (mike ruppert).


Ned Zeppelin's picture

Fukushima light

radiating into seas

fall will be lovely

That Peak Oil Guy's picture

Radiation falls

Bittersweet death a lone maiden

Bleeding from my ass


bob_dabolina's picture

Not haiku

Other than that, I have no concerns.

That Peak Oil Guy's picture

Miscounted my syllables... ;-)


Bolweevil's picture

Earthquake tsunami
Daiichi mi amigos
Vaya con dios

andybev01's picture

Chilling Ned; very chilling.

InconvenientCounterParty's picture

China, S.Korea and others must be getting nervous about the situation. What happens when a sovereign, through attack or negligence, impairs another sovereign's domestic food supply?

Unfortunately, we might find out in the next few months.

Lapri's picture

They are going to hold the press conference on April 12. It's still 7AM on April 12, and you don't expect them to start working that early, do you?

I'll try to watch the press conference.

avonaltendorf's picture

Thank you again for staying on top of this, ex-skf.

doomandbloom's picture

enough time for the banks to take the right side of the trade....


no wonder black swan events are not materialising...the media is being used to delay this information....making it profitable.

irishlink's picture

The drip feeding of real information to citizens has now reached epidemic levels. All governments are guilty of this. First the financial crisis now this. We are all boiling frogs now and when the SHTF we shall not bat an eyelid!

Real Estate Geek's picture

It works quite well, doesn't it?

DoctoRx's picture

Amazing Fukushima coverage by ZH.  The Tylers and their sources get the Carnac award.  Sans humor, of course . . .

gabeh73's picture

Calm down people.


The radiation is only transitory. instead of narrowly focusing on Fukushima I prefer to look at the worldwide average radiation levels excluding Japan and the Pacific Ocean. This has proven to be a better predictor of future radiation levels over the last 25 years.

Global Hunter's picture

The headline inflation number is quite high.

espirit's picture

...so much so, "it's radiating".

RmcAZ's picture

It's ok, they will just raise the max level to 50. Level 7 out of 50 isn't so bad.

Steaming_Wookie_Doo's picture

OK, when does the rest of the world step in? When is "national sovereignty" trumped by a global disaster? It is apparent that the Japanese bureaucracy will take no responsibility or useful action. Isn't there any treaty they are breaking by this level of contamination (coupled with obvious inaction) that gives cause to the UN or Intl Atomic Energy Agency to intervene? Geez, when the old Soviets look efficient in comparison you know you're not looking good.

Steaming_Wookie_Doo's picture

OK before someone else says it, no I don't actually think the UN will do a great job either. But when does this fall under something closer to genocide?

KickIce's picture

About the same time as the CBs and politicians take the rap for the financial meltdown.

disabledvet's picture

we could nuke 'em.  for humanitarian reasons of course.  am i being serious when i say this?  i'm unsure.  perhaps a statement that "all things are on the table" will do?

Trillax's picture

I am still amazed at the sheer and utter ability for the Japaneese people to tolerate complete incompetence from their leaders and not resort to pitchforks and torches.

bob_dabolina's picture

Level 7 = what 1,000 DOW points, or Russell points?

Who cares I guess they are sending school kids back to Fukushima right? I guess they need radiation absorbers, can't think of any other logic to justify that call.

Bub Ba's picture

If level 7 is the highest level, how can there be a level 8?

cossack55's picture

How can the US be $75 trillion in debt?

Spastica Rex's picture

But - this disaster goes to eleven.