Guest Post: New International Report Shreds Japan's Carefully Constructed Fukushima Scenario

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New International Report Shreds Japan's Carefully Constructed Fukushima Scenario

Japan’s six reactor Fukushima Daichi nuclear complex has inadvertently become the world’s bell-weather poster child for the inherent risks of nuclear power ever since the 11 March Tohoku offshore earthquake, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, triggered a devastating tsunami that effectively destroyed the complex.
Ever since, specialists have wrangled about how damaging the consequences of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami actually were, not only for the facility but the rest of the world.
The Fukushima Daichi complex was one of the 25 largest nuclear power stations in the world and the Fukushima I reactor was the first GE designed nuclear plant to be constructed and run entirely by the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO.
Needless to say, in the aftermath of the disaster, both TEPCO and the Japanese government were at pains to minimize the disaster’s consequences, hardly surprising given the country’s densely populated regions.
But now, an independent study has effectively demolished TEPCO and the Japanese government’s carefully constructed minimalist scenario. Mainichi news agency reported that France’s l’Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire (Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety, or IRSN) has issued a recent report stating that the amount of radioactive cesium-137 that entered the Pacific after 11 March was probably nearly 30 times the amount stated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. in May.
According to IRSN, the amount of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 that flowed into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant between March 21 and mid-July reached an estimated 27.1 quadrillion becquerels.

Why should this matter? Aren’t the Japanese authorities on top of the issue?
Cesium-137 can cause burns, acute radiation sickness and even death at sufficient doses. It can contaminate food and water and, if ingested, gets distributed around the body, where it builds up in soft tissues, such as muscles. Over time, it is expelled from the body in urine.
And where might tingested cesium-137 come from?
Seafood, anyone? One of the problems of the release of radioactivity into a maritime environment is that is represents a cumulative food chain, from plankton consumed by larger organisms, as evidenced by mercury contamination of swordfish, none of whom swam around ingesting globules of the silvery metal.
IRSN estimated that of the total amount, 82 percent had flowed into the sea by 8 April, adding that the Pacific was polluted at exceptional speed because the devastated Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant (NPP) is situated in a coastal area with strong currents.
If the IRSN report contained any good news, it was that the impact of the cesium-137 contamination on marine life in remote waters is likely to lessen later this year.
The radioactive silver lining? Radioactive cesium-137 has a half life of roughly 30 years, so if the IRSN estimates are accurate, then my 2041 the Pacific’s aquatic life will only be subjected to a mere 13.55 quadrillion becquerels of radiation.
This is not to suggest that Japanese will shortly be keeling over from consuming their sushi but rather, that for better or for worse, a significant amount of cesium 137 has entered the Pacific’s aquatic environment, and the long-term effects of low-level exposure on the population consuming Pacific seafood are unknown. Numerous tests since 1945, when before it  was believed that only massive bursts of radiation were hazardous to human health, have documented the insidious effects of long-term, low level radiological exposure to humans.

Fukushima sits at the nexus where the Kuroshio Current, running northward off the eastern coast of Japan, collides with the cold subarctic Oyashio Current that flows southwards, circulating counterclockwise along the western North Pacific Ocean. Their interaction produces the North Pacific Current, a slow warm water eastwards flowing current between 40 and 50 degrees north in the Pacific Ocean. In the eastern northern Pacific, the North Pacific Current divides into the southern flowing California Current and the northern Alaska Current.
The potential level of pollution outlined in the IRSN report indicate that it is long overdue for both TEPCO and the Japanese government to stop dribbling out information about the true state of events since Fukushima was devastated, and that foreign governments, particularly the United States, whose western shores are washed by the same currents that pass by Fukushima, insist that they do so.
While trillions of dollars are at stake in the worldwide nuclear industry, the potential health consequences are now simply too significant to ignore.

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AngryGerman's picture

yeah, i just wait until all the toxic garbage gonna arrive at your west coast! buahahahaha!

topcallingtroll's picture

Go easy on steinlager here. He is just an angry german with gallows humor. He actually loves us americans, dont you?

dwdollar's picture

Overall, I think this is going to bullish for Nuclear power. Up is down. Left is right. War is peace.

trav7777's picture

we'll see how long the "100s" of years of NG lasts us before the lights go the fuck out.

Nuclear was the technosalvation that PO-deniers always trotted out.  Now this shit is off the table indefinitely.  What Fukushima has shown us is that the Mark 1 BWR is a faulty design (we all should have known this already; it's from fucking the 50s) and that LT storage of waste has been PUNTED by politicans since NPPs came into existence.

These plants were supposed to have been decommissioned by now yet they remain waiting for that black swan to cause a radiological catastrophe precisely because people can't behave like adults and have adult conversations.  So they push these reactors to 40, 50 years lifespan to finally get a positive ROI out of them and because nobody will allow any new ones to replace them.

There have been better designs for at least 30 years.

AngryGerman's picture

of course i love you guys. and california will get a lot of money from japan. bailout!!

Hook Line and Sphincter's picture

Mr German,

Do you know why Germany has shut down many of their reactors... timed quite conspicuously with the Fukushima incident?

; )


Hook Line and Sphincter  ( ! )J

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HedgeCock's picture

Possibly TEPCO and J gov will be bankrupt by then.  Chernobyl helped bankrupt the former Soviet Union.  And that was just one FUBARed reactor.

arizona11912's picture

Simon Black is a lier. Now supposedly he's Taiwan according to his email. He was no where near the Fukushima plants.

arizona11912's picture

Simon Black is a lier. Now supposedly he's Taiwan according to his email. He was no where near the Fukushima plants.

slewie the pi-rat's picture

it's already here, angry_titZ!  also alaska fisheries, and vancouver;  also we are getting a lot of iodine, which yes, has a short half-life, compared to cesium, but, when it's coming 24/7/365 is the short half-life really that comforting? 

the rain in the pacific NW is a bit hot, not just the oceans!  they fuking incinerated a massive amount of rice straw and other stuff that was, technically, nuclear waste

whoever wrote this is just summarizing some report.  these facts were discussed on zeroHedge last april, around tax-time...

but, the tent is up @ fuk_u #1, BiCheZ!!!!  (according to arnie): Fairewinds Associates, Inc | Leveling the Playing Field

Cathartes Aura's picture

past few days have seen amazing displays of sky-spraying in the PNW, taking out blue skies with a filmy net of cloud creating toxins, such that overnight dense fogs happen, trapping in anything that's "up there" and making sure everyone gets their "democratic" dose. . .

sheesh, it's almost like they do it deliberately. . .^^

CaptFufflePants's picture

I noticed US news stopped covering Fukushima when school started. Why? I saw pictures on NHK of 6 year old kids walking to school with radiation badges hanging from their necks. Imagine images of kindergarten kids wearing radiation sensors walking to school beamed into the homes of every American on the nightly news?


Yeah that shit was never gonna happen.


Forgiven's picture

Exactly why I posted the link onto GW's latest Fuku update.  Thanks TD for putting the whole article here.  Toxic sushi for everyone, forever.

RacerX's picture

It is amazing to me how the Japanese people tolerate the blatent lying by their leadership. Talk about subservience..

and in saying that, I think we can extrapolate this to the rest of the globe. Talk about being fed a steady diet of lies.

Raskolnikoff's picture

well, first step was to convince them to abort their children, second step, themselves...course, could be reasonably argued when you abort your children you are effectively doing that to yourself anyway. when you allow that to be done to any child.... no man is an island, eh?

Abitdodgie's picture

Thats right because Americans would never put up with there leaderships blatent lying , wait, no ,edit delete.

Clycntct's picture

Your so polite. "diet of lies." 

Me showing my backround.

Diet of Horse Shit.

BigInJapan's picture

Ironic how now the safe vegetables here in Japan are imported from China.
Went out for sushi tonight and ate the farmed Canadian salmon and farmed Taiwanese eel.
You couldn't pay me enough to eat Japanese fish.

topcallingtroll's picture

That sucks.

Cuz the japanese fish was always the best, even the farmed compache or however you spell it. That small yellowtail variant.

jiggerjuice's picture

kanpachi. the major yellowtail farms are in the south. should be safe, since the water flows upwards from fuku.

Carlyle Groupie's picture

From what I read in a different article. The radiation levels in the ocean water surrounding Fukushima are very high because the currents DO NOT disperse the water, rather keeps it in place and concentrated.

I cannot find the link but I think it was on enews.

I would like to challenge this article. Is there a form I need to fill out?

11b40's picture

And you knew the source how, exactly?

Did you read it on the menu, or did the sushi chef tell you?  Or, maybe you brought along your geiger counter.

Seriously not trying to be a smart ass, but how do any of us know the true source of what we are served?

Hook Line and Sphincter's picture

It bites having to read eeevvveeerrrything, then extrapolate. Doesn't it.

Not even Evelyn Woods can help us now.


 ( ! )J

DormRoom's picture

I have no idea how anyone can be bullish on Japan.. without electricity growth, you can't have productivity growth.

 China's growth over the last decade could have been higher, if not capped by copper (necessary for their electricity grid) & oil bottlenecks.

fuu's picture

I wonder how much has left the facility after mid-July. We have news of ongoing criticality in 3 reactors at Daichi.

What comes after Quadrillion again? Quintillion? Septillion?

spiral galaxy's picture

The Federal Reserve should know the answer :-)

bluebare's picture

HOW could you leave sextillion off this list?

Uchtdorf's picture

That country will be a colony of China 100 years from now. They have ruined themselves with Rockefeller funding.

11b40's picture

China may not want the liability.

HedgeCock's picture

Yeah, Tokyo Bay landfill.... incinerated radioactive shit going there as I type.

Carlyle Groupie's picture

The best place to store spent nuke fuel will be at a site located in the mountainside of an old reactor site called Fukushima-Daiichi.

Mark my words, we will have lots of it in the future.

Hook Line and Sphincter's picture

Radioactive golden showers and geiger monitored bukkake

 ( ! )J

Cathartes Aura's picture

perhaps this is the "goal" of the exercise, for those who think in "whole earth" scenarios, absent the imaginary lines they draw in their farmed animals minds (fictive nationstates) - if you're looking at the planet as your plaything, an island for your toxic shit toy-let?  plausible. . .

trav7777's picture

what will be, Mongolia?  Because Japan conquers china, not the opposite

Reptil's picture

the socialist republic of Mongolia signed contracts with american nuclear industry giants this summer to allow the rich uranium deposits to be mined, and nuclear waste to be "stored" in this country.

anything for a buck eh? -__-

earnulf's picture

We continue to see more and more governmental disinformation as situation after situation explodes or goes up in flames or is hit by a natural or man-made disaster.

The sheeple are considered expendible.   Why cause them stress by telling them about problems that the government has no idea of how to deal with or correct.    Gulf Oil flows, we have no idea what problems corexit caused by indiscriminate dispersal.    Fukishima, we can't call back the cesium, so lets not wreck the Pacific seafood industry and tourism by telling them their eventual tumors were caused by governmental incompetence and denials.   Economic problems?   Let's continue to baffle them with bullshit until the whole thing comes apart at the seams and then well simply say that No one could have seen it coming.

Thank God for ZH and blogs like it that tell us what the propaganda machine won't

Raynja's picture

Your cancer is not from exposure to radiation or corexit, it is from the oral sex you preformed you infidel.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

Preformed oral sex! Ha ha ha you moron.

11b40's picture

Maybe you can get that in a pouch, like MRE's...just add water.  Yum.

Abitdodgie's picture

November 9th the internet gets shut down , only for 3 min ,but what possible desaster would call for the Government stopping all communications in America , let me think was it somthing to do with cake , France, and poor people.

squexx's picture

I wonder when I should stop buying canned tuna?

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

Looks like we need to take geiger counters to the grocery store from now on.

Ewe235's picture

Stay away from the bananas... they are highly radioactive.


Landrew's picture

Bananas are only slightly radioactive:) 1.48 mev gammas Potassium 40 with a half life of 1.2 billion years.

Carlyle Groupie's picture

"I wonder when I should stop buying canned tuna?"

The day Fukushima happened I went to Sams Club and bought 3 cases. She asked why so much. I said this is the last Tuna that we will ever eat.

**watching as the expiration day approaches**

Pre-Fukushima tuna is tradeable.