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March 7, 2013

Meltdown Anniversary

Fukushima dosimeter 1 year

Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant plant, February 28, 2012 – 1 year anniversary

Fukushima dosimeter 2nd year

Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant plant, yesterday - 2 year anniversary

Chernobyl dosimeter 2012

Chernobyl nuclear power plant, April 26, 2012 – 26th anniversary

(photo 1: Reuters caption: A journalist checks radiation levels with her dosimeter near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant reactor buildings in Fukushima prefecture on February 28, 2012. In 2011, the earthquake and tsunami triggered the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. photo 2: Issei Kato/AP Photo/Pool caption: A radiation monitor indicates 114.00 microsieverts per hour near the building housing the plant’s No. 4 reactor, center, and an under construction foundation, right, which will store the reactor’s melted fuel rods at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, ahead of the second anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake. Some 110,000 people living around the nuclear plant were evacuated after the massive March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami knocked out the plant’s power and cooling systems, causing meltdowns in three reactors and spewing radiation into the surrounding air, soil and water. photo 3: Genya Savilov/AFP Photo/Getty Images caption: April 26, 2012: A dosimeter reading is seen in front of the shelter over destroyed 4th block of Chernobyl Power Plant. The world on Thursday marks a 26th anniversary since the world’s worst nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in Ukraine.)

  • gasho

    The most underreported story of the Century.

  • gasho

    Uh, anyone? Anyone think this is worth talking about .. hello?

  • Minor Heretic

    Sure. This is the “hidden in plain sight” disaster that will inevitably kill tens of thousands of people even if nothing bad happens from now on. All that radiation that swept out over the Pacific will land somewhere. Some portion of it will be inhaled or ingested by people, and some percentage of them will develop life threatening illnesses. But nobody will ever be able to trace any individual death back to Fukushima. Someday epidemiologists will note a bump in cancer deaths in Japan and areas downwind, but that’s it.

    A 6 or higher strength earthquake near the plant means the #4 pool comes down and the whole thing cascades into a radioactive hell. It would be 80 Chernobyls. Japan would become a failed state. And the world just sits around waiting for TEPCO to get on with it. Every nation with a nuclear industry and a cohort of people with the requisite skills should be all over Japan to create backup strategies behind backup strategies to prevent this.

    But look at the photo on the two year anniversary. Business as usual.

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