Looking at reality almost 2,5 years since Fukushima.
After the nuclear disaster the world’s population moved on to experience and observe new disasters, new terrorism attacks, new conspiracies, all what seems a continual downward spiral signalling the end days of the Kali Yuga cycle.
Yet recently more grave news about the situation at the nuclear plant surfaced in mainstream news, in particular that it is now being reluctantly admitted that there are severe radiation leaks.
We must recall that as early as August 2011, radiation fallout began to cover the entire globe.
By May 2012 all 50 nuclear plants in Japan had been shut down after public outcries, yet the work with radioactive material continued.
Another casualty that did make it into the media were reports that the butterflies of Fukushima exposed to nuclear radiation from the fallout are displaying increasing levels of genetic mutation with each new generation.
In September 2012 it was reported that Japan would phase out their reliance on nuclear power by 2040, while it was also confirmed that Japan intended to continue construction of three new nuclear power plants, two in northern Japan, one further south; the construction of those reactors had been suspended after the disaster. This bit of news didn’t get too much attention.
What did get attention though were the thousands of pieces of radioactive debris from the tsunami that hit the west coast of the United States. People started realizing that what goes into the ocean is at some point necessarily washing up elsewhere.
In January 2013 Japan shut down its nuclear reactors for the second year in a row for reasons connected to “safety standards.” The country has only two operating nuclear reactors at present.
On February 28, 2013 Greenpeace criticised the World Health Organisation for releasing a flawed new report that hides crucial information on the health impacts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster: “The WHO report shamelessly downplays the impact of early radioactive releases from the Fukushima disaster on people inside the 20 km evacuation zone who were not able to leave the area quickly,” said Dr. Rianne Teule, Greenpeace International nuclear radiation expert.
“The WHO should have estimated the radiation exposure of these people to give a more accurate picture of the potential long-term impacts of Fukushima. The WHO report is clearly a political statement to protect the nuclear industry and not a scientific one with people’s health in mind.”
“The WHO report and its PR spin shockingly downplay the likelihood that thousands of people are at risk of cancer from the Fukushima disaster. They hide the cancer impacts by emphasising small percentage increases in cancers. Those small percentages actually translate into thousands of people being at risk.” Just for the record, the WHO only releases reports on the impact of radiation releases on a population with the approval of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
In April 2013 it was reported that almost a third more of US West Coast newborns may face thyroid problems. In examining post-Fukushima conditions along the West Coast, researchers found American-born children to be developing similar conditions that some Europeans acquired after the 1986 meltdown of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
“Fukushima fallout appeared to affect all areas of the US, and was especially large in some, mostly in the western part of the nation,” researchers from the New York-based Radiation and Health Project wrote in a study published by the Open Journal of Pediatrics.
Americans often doubted that radiation from the meltdown would affect the US West Coast, but the latest research sheds light on alarming scientific data that indicates otherwise. Radioactive iodine that enters the human body typically gathers in the thyroid, which releases growth hormones. Radiation exposure can therefore stunt the growth of a child’s body and brain. Exposure can have long-lasting effects, which scientists have studied in those who were near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant during its 1986 meltdown. Decades after the accident, a 2011 study by the National Institutes of Health found that higher absorption of I-131 radiation led to an increased risk for thyroid cancer among victims of Chernobyl radiation – a risk that has not diminished over time.
Far more disturbing news came up. On May 16, 2013 the Asahi Shibumi reported “that an active fault line runs directly underneath the No. 2 reactor of the Tsuruga nuclear power plant in the western Japan prefecture of Fukui which could deal a fatal blow to plant operator Japan Atomic Power Co., which may be forced to shut the facility permanently.”
Not only does this concern the plant operator of course but it concerns the rest of us on this planet. The distance, as the crow flies, between Fukushima and Fukui, where the fault line and the Tsuruga nuclear power plant are located, is a mere 400 kilometers.
In July 2013, Japan’s nuclear watchdog said that the crippled Fukushima power plant is probably leaking contaminated water into the ocean, a problem long suspected by experts but denied by the plant’s operator.
In August 2013, TEPCO (Tokyo Electrical Power) said that at least 300 tons (nearly 72,000 gallons) of highly radioactive water has leaked from one of the 350 improvised storage tanks at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the worst leakage yet from the tanks. The storage tanks were built around the plant to store radioactive water leaked from the melted reactors and are made of steel plates bolted together with plastic packing materials to seal the seams, and apparently are more vulnerable to leaks.
Masayuki Ono, spokesman of TEPCO, said during a press conference that the leakage is continuing and leaked water has most likely seeped into ground but not run into the sea.
On August 22, 2013 the BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reported from the site at Fukushima that the source of the water being contaminated by the leak is “much worse than we were led to believe.”
The article further stated, “The Japanese nuclear energy watchdog raised the incident level from one to three on the international scale that measures the severity of atomic accidents yet some nuclear experts are concerned that the problem is a good deal worse than either TEPCO or the Japanese government are willing to admit. They are worried about the enormous quantities of water, used to cool the reactor cores, which are now being stored on site.
“Some 1,000 tanks have been built to hold the water. But these are believed to be at around 85% of their capacity and every day an extra 400 tonnes of water are being added.”
“The quantities of water they are dealing with are absolutely gigantic,” said Mycle Schneider, who has consulted widely for a variety of organisations and countries on nuclear issues.
“What is worse is the water leakage everywhere else – not just from the tanks. It is leaking out from the basements, it is leaking out from the cracks all over the place. Nobody can measure that.”
Radioactive elements such a strontium 90 are seeping into the ground water, eventually enter the oceans, accumulate in the marine life and thus create new health concerns.
So while the Japanese government, TEPCO and many scientists and nuclear experts are trying to find a solution to something that has already unraveled out of control, what is it we can do to protect our health and well-being?
Foremost, protect and strengthen your immune system! There is a lot of information available on the internet at a click of your mouse. In his book, Conscious Eating (referred to as the ‘Bible of Vegetarians’), Gabriel Cousins M.D. recommends miso, iodine, seaweeds, yeast, garlic, ginseng, bee pollen, leafy greens and a good mineral balance.
Our bodies will have to adapt to the situation as the radiation is not going to go away for a very long time. With good nutrition, a healthy fearless attitude and meditation much can be done to protect our physical incarnation on this planet!