March 15, 2011
Tokyo Electric Power Company, in collusion with the Japanese government, is deliberately misinforming and thus endangering the people of Japan, the surrounding region, and eventually the United States and other countries that may be downwind from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
CNN reports this morning that a fire at the plant has released dangerous radiation, but the Japanese power company refuses to divulge exactly how much. “It was unclear how much radioactive material may have been emitted, or what kind of health threat that could pose,” reports CNN.
Stratfor reports that within three hours of the latest explosion at the plant the amount of radiation rose to 163 times the previously recorded level, according to Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. The levels are now 400 times the “annual legal limit” at reactor No. 3.
Reports from Japanese media currently tell of rising radiation levels in the areas south and southwest of the troubled plant due to a change in wind direction toward the southwest. Ibaraki prefecture, immediately south of Fukushima, was reported to have higher than normal levels. Chiba prefecture, to the east of Tokyo and connected to the metropolitan area, saw levels reportedly two to four times above the “normal” level. Utsunomiya, Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, reported radiation at 33 times the normal level measured there. Kanagawa prefecture, south of Tokyo, reported radiation at up to nine times the normal level. Finally, a higher than normal amount was reported in Tokyo. The government says radiation levels have reached levels hazardous to human health.
The combined population of the Tokyo-Yokohama area is over 33 million, by far the world’s largest. Metro New York comes in second at nearly 18 million.
Tokyo residents are currently filing outbound trains and rushing to shops to stock up on face masks and emergency supplies.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kanwent on national television and told the nation that radioactive levels are significantly higher around the Fukushima nuclear plant after another explosion, although he understated the danger. He urged public calm and acknowledged one of the damaged reactors is facing a much higher risk of releasing radiation into the atmosphere.
“The possibility of further radioactive leakage is heightening,” Kan said. “We are making every effort to prevent the leak from spreading. I know that people are very worried but I would like to ask you to act calmly.”
“There is no mistake that this is a level that can have an effect on humans,” he added, according to the Telegraph.
Officials have enlarged the danger zone around the earthquake crippled site and have warned residents within 18 miles to evacuate or stay indoors.
There are nine nuclear reactors at three sites in Japan that are under states of emergency — three at Fukushima Dai-ichi, three at Fukushima Daini and three at Onagawa, according toBloomberg.
This article was posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 8:11 am