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fukushima is still a crisis and not going away soon. ot

updated mon 27 jun 11


Frank Gaydos on sat 25 jun 11

"The day after the disastrous level-nine earthquake that triggered the tsun=
ami and the Fukushima nuclear crisis, March 12, an Israeli expert on air qu=
ality and poisoning, Professor Menachem Luria, told Israeli Channel 2: =3DE=
=3D80=3D9CFrom what we can gather, this disaster is even more dangerous tha=
n Ch=3D

At the time, his was a minority opinion in the scientific community; very f=
ew believed that a nuclear accident as bad as the 1986 meltdown in Ukraine =
would occur again. =3DE2=3D80=3D9CI think that=3DE2=3D80=3D99s basically im=
=3D80=3D9D said James Stubbins, an expert at the University of Illinois, an=
d ma=3D
ny others agreed.=3D20

Yet, as we are now slowly coming to realize, Fukushima is worse than Cherno=
byl. In a revealing recent feature article published by al-Jazeera, Dahr Ja=
mail conveys the comments of Arnold Gundersen, a senior former nuclear indu=
stry executive in the United States.=3D20

=3DE2=3D80=3D9C Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the hist=
ory of=3D
mankind ,=3DE2=3D80=3D9D Gundersen asserts. =3DE2=3D80=3D9CWe have 20 nucl=
ear cores ex=3D
posed, the fuel pools have several cores each, that is 20 times the potenti=
al to be released than Chernobyl =3DE2=3D80=3DA6 The data I=3DE2=3D80=3D99m=
seeing show=3D
s that we are finding hot spots further away than we had from Chernobyl, an=
d the amount of radiation in many of them was the amount that caused areas =
to be declared no-man=3DE2=3D80=3D99s-land for Chernobyl. We are seeing squ=
are ki=3D
lometers being found 60 to 70 kilometers away from the reactor. You can=3DE=
=3D80=3D99t clean all this up.=3DE2=3D80=3D9D=3D20


=3DA0It is noted that the infant death rate is 48% higher now in Philadelph=
after the meltdown. I guess it is due to the very wet spring we had. Findi=
ng raised levels of=3D20

=3DC2=3DA0radioactive contamination in the water supply, not a good sign.=
Hopefully, it is just a coincidence.=3D20



ivor and olive lewis on sun 26 jun 11

A recent TV documentary pointed out that radio active dust from Chernobyl
drifted over a much greater area than was initially recognised,
contaminating land in Sweden, Ireland and Northern England. These are Food
producing regions, grazing country, which will remain "Hot" for another
I visited the Winscale Reactor in the 1960's. Low level waste was discharge=
into the Irish Sea.
We had correspondence from a clayart member who was afflicted with a
radiation induced illness. I fear our discourse will again introduce us to
people from Japan who suffer a similar fate in the not to distant future.
The irony is that the Japanese plant should have been decommissioned some
time ago

Ivor Lewis,
South Australia.

Patty Kaliher on sun 26 jun 11

In Hawaii we are closer and downwind from Fukushima. At first the radiatio=
levels in milk showed a small rise, still within normal and safe levels.
Within 3 weeks that radiation level had dropped back to the historic and
safe levels. As I understand it, the heavy radioactive atoms have the
longest half-life and are the most dangerous and they do not move very far
from the site. The lighter atoms which traveled on the wind as far as
Hawaii have a much shorter half-life and have very little affect on the
level of background radiation. Not to detract from the disaster in Japan
and its long term effects, they are specific to Japan. I'm amazed to see
the use of robotic drones and other robots working at and over the scene. =
lot has changed since Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.

This is snopes word on the predicted fallout for the US and Canada. Great use an
Australian agency name to generate fear in North America. Noone will check
if they really said what you say they did. Any problems in Philadelphia
would be far more likely related to Three Mile Island which is up river.

Please check facts before panicking.

Patty Kaliher