Fukushima Update: The Nuclear Disaster That Won’t Go Away

When was the last time you heard an update about the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the evening news? Yeah, that’s what I thought. You might take the silence to mean that everything’s fine, but it’s not. In fact, if the little blips and pieces of news coming out of Japan are any indication, things are far from fine, and are getting worse by the second. Those of us in other countries, even on the other side of the world, may soon get our own taste of nuclear fallout.

Imminent Meltdown?

On New Year’s Day (nearly three years after the initial incident) operators of the Fukushima plant reported that “plumes of most probably radioactive steam” had been seen rising from the reactor 3 building. According to RT.com, “the Reactor 3 fuel storage pond still houses an estimated 89 tons of the plutonium-based MOX nuclear fuel composed of 514 fuel rods.” Unfortunately, high levels of radiation inside the building make it nearly impossible to determine the source of the mystery steam. Although TEPCO, the plant’s operator, claims there’s no increased danger (small comfort from the people who admitted to the world that they have no control over the situation), most agree that the plant is just seconds away from another disaster.

Farmland Contamination

Just a year after the nuclear disaster, Japanese farmers were allowed to return to their fields near the plant. This despite government estimates that it could take as long as 40 years to clean up the farmland around the Fukushima plant. Despite claims that the area has been cleaned up, the farmers themselves know that they’re simply growing food stuffs in contaminated soil. Although all farm produce must be checked for the cesium level prior to shipping (below 100 becquerel is considered “safe”), the farmers refuse to eat it themselves and are stricken with guilt over selling it to their countrymen.

Seafood Industry Threatened

Toward the end of last year, U.S. scientists and wildlife specialists officially became worried about Fukushima’s impact on the fishing industry. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s all one big ocean. If a massive amount of contamination is dumped into the ocean on one side of the world, rest assured it will eventually make it’s way to the other. We saw this with physical rubble from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and the same currents are bringing the invisible contaminants as well. Fish, especially salmon, must migrate through the radioactive plumes coming off Fukushima before being harvested on North American coasts. Some believe this represents an eventual health crisis, and that it’s no longer safe to eat fish from the Pacific Ocean

Radiation in U.S. Snow and Beach Sand

If you live in a landlocked state, you might think you’re safe from toxic fish and Fukushima fallout, but that’s not necessarily the case. Just days ago, snow falling in Missouri was found to contain double the normal radiation amount. No snow where you live? You’re not out of the clear yet. Early in the New Year, Infowars reported on a YouTube video that showed background radiation at a Coastside beach reaching over 150 micro-REM per hour. Health officials in San Mateo County confirmed the spike but remain ‘befuddled’ as to its cause.

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Carrie-Anne Brown
Carrie-Anne Brownabout a year ago

thanks for sharing

Dan Nickerson
Dan Nickerson1 years ago

Here in the U.S., if its out of sight, its out of mind.

Linda Gaines
Linda Gaines1 years ago

This interchange is shocking. There has been lots of factual news; actual health and environmental damage has scientifically been shown to be negligible. The real disasters in Japan had nothing to do with nuclear power.

Mike Stone
Mike Stone1 years ago

Has anyone noticed that you have to go 5 or 6 pages back into google to find any article @ Fukushima written in 2014? The majority are from last Nov/Dec. Seems like Abe's clamp down on reporting is working & one of the most important matters of the decade is being removed from the "news cycle"

Barry Cohen
Barry Cohen1 years ago

Anyone eating food, fish or sea life from the Fukishima area of Japan needs to get a hold of some high quality Zeolite to remove the radiation from their body! There is no question that radioactive fish are now showing up on the west coast of the United States and Canada! Do a simple search for zeolite to learn how this incredible mineral removes radiation from the human body!

Barry Cohen
Barry Cohen1 years ago

Anyone preparing for exposure to radiation needs to detox now if already exposed to radiation or store up some quality zeolite which is a safe natural mineral which does the absolute best job of removing radiation from the body. For more information on how zeolite works see the website at http://www.zeolite.com

Jane R.
Jane R.1 years ago

This is terrible. I feel so bad for the farmers and all people there. Nuclear power plants everywhere should be shut down before they destroy the world. If we can't eat food from the ocean or grow safe food on land, we'll all perish.

Wonder G1 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Rhonda Bird
Rhonda B.1 years ago


Laurence Wuillemin
Past Member 1 years ago

Yes, petitions have to be signed again and again, but please not on avaaz :-(