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April 6, 2011

Fukushima: That Which You Cannot Sea

<em>photo: Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force, via Reuters</em>
photo: Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force, via Reuters

I’m still shaking my head over this photo released by the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force.

Taken last Thursday, it shows the Japanese towing a U.S. military barge carrying water to cool the Fukushima plant. As specific as that is, however, it’s impossible not to consider the larger implications of the photo.  One thing that’s unique about the picture is the implicit need for protection beyond the plant.  Of course, there have been plenty of stories about this, but this is the first picture I’ve seen that gets at it.  But then, with news this week of the sizable release of radioactive water into the sea, it seems the threat to these soldiers is everywhere.

  • DIEMaster

    ‘cast your safety nets, abroad & simul…unlucky chaotic-evil dragon.’

  • bks

    High levels of cesium-137 (half-life 30 years) have been detected in sand lance, a fish which is an important protein sourcein Japan, over 20 miles from the plant. And the radioactive releases keep on coming. TMI cleanup begain in four days, Chernobyl in two weeks. It’s been a month and there is no end in sight for Fukushima. There is not even a plan. When this is over it will be the worst nuclear accident in history.

    –bks

  • bks

    High levels of cesium-137 (half-life 30 years) have been detected in sand lance, a fish which is an important protein sourcein Japan, over 20 miles from the plant. And the radioactive releases keep on coming. TMI cleanup begain in four days, Chernobyl in two weeks. It’s been a month and there is no end in sight for Fukushima. There is not even a plan. When this is over it will be the worst nuclear accident in history.

    –bks

    • Gasho

      I agree with you, bks.

      I don’t think people are seeing it for what it is.. because the company, government and media (business interests) are downplaying it at every turn.

      When I see this picture, “Boat Approaches Fukushima” I imagine what it might represent in the distant future, after this disaster has run its full course and no boat has been that close to the stricken site in 100 years.

      This little slice of time, when the 4 little boxes were crippled, but not yet RED HOT GLOWING NUCLEAR FURNACES will seem like the end of innocence of the nuclear age.

  • Anonymous

    The artwork on the paper cup lantern mashes up the triangle symbol of radiation warning signs with an image of children put at risk. What is particularly interesting–and perhaps quite Japanese
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    I am curious to see how the radiation levels register over the next couple years. I miagine it will be worse than what we are being told right now.

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