That's the Japanese nuclear power plant that exploded following the Tohoku, magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami in 2011. It is the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl and only the second to measure a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale. (Chernobyl was the first).
Yeah. That Fukushima.
According to Professor Christopher Busby, Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risks, "Fukushima is a nightmare disaster area, and no one has the slightest idea what to do. The game is to prevent the crippled nuclear plant from turning into an open-air super reactor spectacular which would result in a hazardous, melted catastrophe."
But even if that worst-case scenario never happens, (though Prof. Busby claims it is predictable), we still have a slo-mo disaster in progress. Since 2011, "huge amounts of radioactivity have flowed from the wrecked reactors directly into the Pacific Ocean," Busby says.
And the other problem? There isn't much anyone can do about it. "They can't get close enough because the radiation levels are too high. The water itself is lethally radioactive (within the plant). Gamma radiation levels tens of meters from the water are enormously high. No one can approach without being fried," Busby said.
The operator of Japan's crippled nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) begs to differ. In their first public estimate of the size of the leakage, they claim that a cumulative 20-40 trillion becquerels of radioactive material has probably leaked into the ocean, which is within legal limits.
Dale Klein, former head of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, blasted the company's failure to prevent leaks and lack of transparency and secretiveness over the issue. "These actions indicate that you (TEPCO) don't know what you are doing--you do not have a plan and you are not doing all you can to protect the environment and the people."
TEPCO faces huge liabilities.
They have every reason to downplay the catastrophe, and though the country's Nuclear Regulatory Authority believes it's an emergency, they've only come up with a clean-up plan now--2 years, 5 months, and 3 days later.
But hey--better late than never, right?
The Wall Street Journal reports that the reactors have lost containment, and experts have no idea where the nuclear cores are or how to get them safely out.
So what does this all mean?
Fukushima is an unprecedented disaster and the truth is this: No one knows the long-term repercussions of a Level 7 nuclear event. Chernobyl, as bad as it was, didn't leak into the ocean. They were able to contain it for the most part and eventually cap it. Fukushima is not contained and cannot be capped. The ramifications are unknowable.
Apparently, the only thing they know for sure is that they don't know anything for sure. Oh, and the clean-up? Think in terms of decades. About 4 of them, give or take, but again, better late than never.
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