Wednesday 12 June 2019

Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima and the Marshall Islands Runit Dome: Nuclear pollution will be around from 50,000 to 250,000 years

Taken from the HBO Miniseries, Chernobyl
  • When the Chernobyl nuclear facility was on fire every atom from the uranium became a tiny bullet, penetrating everything in its path, metal, concrete, soil, water and flesh.
  • Chernobyl held over 3 trillion of these bullets and some of them will not stop firing for 50,000 years.
  • It is quite frankly...Madness.
After binge-watching the entire HBO miniseries, Chernobyl, the other night it gave me a transparent insight as to how far our own governments will go to cover up their own mistakes, even involving the deaths of its own citizens.

Chernobyl, a five-part miniseries co-production from HBO and Sky, dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — and of the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, the Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe.
The drama unfolds leaving the viewer to witness the true horrors of what happened that day and the weeks after and the lengths the Soviet government, led by Gorbachev, went to hide the disaster from the rest of the world and even their own people.

This week, The Big Wobble received an update from Bill up in Alaska that radiation levels measured in a dead gray whale he discovered were higher than many of the salmon and halibut levels he had tested over the last few years.
Bill claimed he could positively state that the gray whale was radioactive and although he did not know if that was the cause of its death, he was highly suspicious it was a factor.
Bill told me he did not believe this was the only whale that has recently died that was radioactive.
As of today, I have not been able to find one salmon or halibut that was not radioactive.

Alarmed by the high number of gray whales that have been washing up dead on West Coast beaches this spring, the federal government has declared the troubling trend a wildlife emergency.

The Big Wobble received an email today from Arnie Gundersen, the nuclear engineer with Fairewinds Energy Education exposing the lies of the US, Russian and Japanese governments regarding the Three Mile Island (TMI), Chernobyl, and Fukushima disasters, see snippet below:

Other than the fact that every one of these five major meltdowns occurred during the springtime, what do the disasters at Three Mile Island (TMI), Chernobyl, and Fukushima Daiichi have in common? Each disaster is a legacy of lies.
All three nations, the U.S., the U.S.S.R., and Japan, lied to the world and even more importantly their own people about how much radioactivity was being released and what those intense high-level exposures meant to the health of their own people who were in the direct path of the radioactive plumes. Full story here

The silence surrounding the Fukushima disaster recently has been deafening, it is more than one year in fact since any reliable information has been released from Tokyo Electric Power Co, the owners of the stricken plant.
Last year, Tokyo Electric Power Co said a system meant to purify contaminated water had failed to remove dangerous radioactive contaminants.
A report from Reuters claimed most of that water - stored in 1,000 tanks around the plant - will need to be reprocessed before it is released into the ocean, the most likely scenario for disposal.
Reprocessing could take nearly two years and divert personnel and energy from dismantling the tsunami-wrecked reactors, a project that will take up to 40 years, (which is only an estimate as Tepco still haven't invented the technology to fix the problem, they could still be trying to fix the problem in 2060.)
Tepco is already running out of space to store treated water. 
And should another big quake strike, (which is a question of when and NOT if), experts say tanks could crack, unleashing tainted liquid and washing highly radioactive debris into the ocean.
Exactly one year ago today, The Big Wobble released an article, claiming during the summer of 2017, 50,000 trillion Becquerel’s of radiation had leaked into the Pacific, however, Tepco continues to claim tritium poses little risk to human health and is quickly diluted by the ocean.

Fifty-six years after having organised the Olympic Games, the Japanese capital will be hosting a Summer edition for the second time, from 24 July to 9 August 2020, more than 9 years after the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and triple meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi.
The 2020 Olympic Games is allowing the Japanese government to focus on the games while their unsuccessful attempt to clean-up the ongoing spread of leaking radioactivity from Fukushima approaches its first 10 years since the disaster.
According to Arnie Gundersen of the Fairwinds website, the government of Japan claims that the Fukushima site will be entirely cleaned and decommissioned in less than forty years, a date that will definitely slip AFTER the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are held, and one that is scientifically impossible since some radioactive isotopes will be spread across the Fukushima site and surrounding landscape for 300 years and others for 250,000 years.
Fukushima’s radioactive reactor cores have been in direct contact with groundwater for the last eight years, and then that highly toxic radioactive water enters the Pacific Ocean.

Recently other warnings have been published as the slow drip-drip-drip of information is slowly increasing.
In 2017, A study by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa revealed almost 50% of fish consumed on the islands of Hawai’i were contaminated with caesium 134 the radioactive finger-print of Fukushima.
The report also showed that migrating organisms can transport the Fukushima-signature (caesium 134) over significant distances as they showed detectable 134Cs (6.3±1.5 Bq/kg) in Pacific bluefin tuna caught off the California coast only a year after the incident.
Another study found caesium 134 in longfin tuna (Albacore) along the western coast of the US just one year after the Fukushima disaster.
The recent findings as you might expect are being played down and the usual sound-bites are telling us "it's nothing to worry about," something the powers that be have been saying for 8 years now.
The latest study by Alaska Sea Grant agent, Gay Sheffield claimed, a slightly elevated level of radioactive contamination connected to the Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected in the northern Bering Sea.
The level of caesium-137, a radioactive isotope, is extremely low and not considered a health concern, according to state epidemiologists.
The sampling, conducted by residents of Saint Lawrence Island, documents the Fukushima plume’s northern edge arriving in the Bering Sea for the first time and shows levels of caesium-137 higher than they were before the 2011 nuclear power plant accident in Japan.

High levels of radiation have been monitored in giant clams close to the Central Pacific site where the United States entombed waste from nuclear testing almost four decades ago, raising concerns the contamination is spreading from the dump site’s tainted groundwater into the ocean and the food chain.
The findings from the Marshall Islands suggest that radiation is either leaking from the waste site — which U.S. officials reject — or that authorities did not adequately clean up radiation left behind from past weapons testing, as some in the Marshall Islands claims.
According to the LA Times, the radioactive shellfish were found near Runit Dome — a concrete-capped waste site known by locals as “The Tomb” — according to a presentation made by a U.S. Department of Energy scientist this month in Majuro, the island nation’s capital.
The clams are a popular delicacy in the Marshall Islands and in other nations, including China, which has aggressively harvested them from vast swaths of the Pacific.


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