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After Alarmingly High Radiation Levels Detected, What Are the Facts in Fukushima?

Six years ago, three nuclear reactors were crippled in Fukushima, Japan, when a tsunami knocked out power to the cooling units, and flooded the generators mistakenly kept at sea level. What was termed a cultural disaster caused a nuclear meltdown and over 70,000 nuclear refugees have still not been able to return home.

It is widely accepted in Fukushima that there is a perception gap between the reality of the problem, and what media outlets, both reputable and fake, have claimed the problem to be. So when recent reports came out that radiation in Fukushima was rising, I began to do my homework to discern what was really happening and what was “fake news.”

Recently Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) began sending robotic cameras into the primary containment vessels (PCV) that house the damaged reactors. However, due to extremely high levels of radiation, the robots keep breaking. Within the last two weeks, two cameras have broken—including the one on a scouting mission for the robot meant to locate the radioactive fuel.

According to TEPCO, “The previous highest radiation level was about 73 Sv/h measured in March 2012, so we designed cameras and robots to tolerate that level of radiation (about 100 Sv/h) for 10 hours for the investigation this time. The estimation of radiation levels (as high as about 530 Sv/h at a certain point) was more than we expected, but based on the findings, we proceed with further steps with some modification, necessary, to investigate inside the Unit 2 PCV with the Scorpion robot.”

There has been no change to radiation levels outside of the PCV, the power company added. “Extra precautions have been taken to prevent leaks of radiation during the investigation. The penetration pipe through the PCV wall is tightly shielded, and the work area is pressurized so that air only moves from the outside into the PCV and not the reverse.”

To find out more, I contacted Safecast, a citizen science network that bills itself as neither pro-, nor anti-nuclear. Safecast’s team of volunteers have developed the bGeigie handheld radiation monitor, that anyone can buy on and construct with suggested instructions available online. So far over 350 users have contributed 41 million readings, using around a thousand fixed, mobile, and crowd-sourced devices.

Here is what Azby Brown, Safecast’s lead researcher, has to say in an interview.

Let’s recap. TEPCO sent in a robot, it captured pictures before frying, and they stitched the photos together and found the hole. Inside the hole are extremely high levels of radiation, higher then ever measured before. They believe this is THE hole, created by melting radioactive material.

The first step in TEPCO’s recent investigations deep inside Unit 2’s reactor was to insert a camera on a long telescoping pole through an existing maintenance opening. It was not a robot. It captured striking images of what appear to be melted metal spattered on floor decking and other elements inside. They also detected a hole in the steel floor decking about 1m by 1m [about 10 square feet]. They were not able to actually see a hole in the steel reactor pressure vessel (RPV) above, but the working assumption is that the hole in the decking was caused by molten core material mixed with steel falling through.

 This grating inside Daiichi Unit 2 was likely melted by falling fuel debris (TEPCO photo). Click image to enlarge.

This grating inside Daiichi Unit 2 was likely melted by falling fuel debris (TEPCO photo). Click image to enlarge.

Also, it seems likely that the material spattered around is a similar mix of core and steel, but some will have to be removed and tested to be sure, and TEPCO is cautiously waiting to until they’ve done that to confirm.

A few days after the telescoping-arm investigation, a small-tracked cleaning robot with a high-pressure water nozzle and a scraper was inserted.  This operated for 2 hours before the radiation had degraded the camera too much to continue. Neither the telescoping unit nor the cleaning robot had an actual radiation detector, and radiation levels were inferred from camera noise and degradation of the cameras. TEPCO’s first announcement was that radiation levels were estimated to be as high as 530 Sv/hour; the succeeding estimate was over 600 Sv/hr. Either would be fatal to a human after a few minutes’ exposure.

Finally, on Feburary 16, Tepco inserted a second robot into the reactor. This one is called the “Scorpion” because it has a folding “tail” containing powerful lighting and a camera. It operated well for about 30 minutes before becoming immobile, but was able to obtain about 6 hours of video images as well as better radiation measurements, which showed maximum levels of about 210 SV/hr. While this is lower then the previous estimates, it is also considered more accurate and within an order of magnitude. It would also be fatal to humans after a few minutes’ exposure.

What does this mean for the cleanup of the disaster? is this a breakthrough or a setback? 

These investigations are essential, and the fact that they’ve been fairly successful so far is a step forward. At the same time, the high radiation levels are sobering, and may mean that the timeline for removing the melted fuel and decommissioning the reactors will be longer than hoped.

Why does the world’s media claim a spike in the radiation, but Safecast is telling people that perhaps it’s not as bad as it seems. What makes you sure of this?

There’s no simple answer for why the findings were misrepresented in the media. TEPCO probably should have stated more clearly that they were measuring these high-radiation areas for the first time, not that radiation levels were rising. Some media posted alarming headlines about rising radiation levels, but their stories were actually pretty factual. Other media have a business model that uses “clickbait” and alarmism intentionally, regardless of fact. This time all these factored into the misreporting.  Safecast has a network of real-time radiation sensors in Fukushima, including several within a few kilometers of the Daiichi plant. None of these have showed a spike in radiation, and no other official or independent monitoring has either.

Where are these high levels coming form?

Highly radioactive molten fuel almost certainly dropped to the 7m [23-foot] thick concrete floor of the reactor building beneath the RPV in March 2011. TEPCO believes that it is now covered by about 30cm [a foot] of water, which is being constantly purified and recirculated. It seems to be a very safe presumption that high radiation levels are from this core material, which has likely solidified.

Is the radiation contained? From where is the radiation still leaking? 

It’s not fully contained, in that some of the recirculated cooling water, which becomes contaminated by contact with the core material, leaks out of the building, presumably through cracks in the basement walls of the reactor. Lots of measures have been taken to try to contain and minimize this, but none have been fully successful yet. Many of the steps being taken now are to prepare for locating and closing these leaks. This will be several years in the future at best, however.

Why has it taken so long to reach this hole? How do you imagine it can be dealt with finally and totally to decommission the plant. 

In order to insert the telescoping arm and the robot, human workers need to have access to the maintenance opening. That area has high radiation as well — though not as high as inside the reactor. It took TEPCO much longer than initially estimated to decontaminate these areas sufficiently to allow the workers to perform their tasks with minimal risk. TEPCO and its partners have suggested several approaches for removing the melted fuel and dismantling the building, all of which rely heavily on developing new remotely operated and robotic technology. Again, this process will take decades.

Why is third-party citizen science reporting more believable than government information? 

We believe that groups like Safecast can function independently of either pro-nuclear or anti-nuclear bias, which government agencies in Japan and abroad have not been able to fully free themselves from. Certainly governments are perceived by many as biased even when their information holds up. Our model depends on citizens themselves taking measurements and reporting them, so they can have full confidence in their data and in the system itself. We think our model can be widely adopted in other areas as well, from environment to food safety to supply chains. They key is the openness of the entire system.

In the era of fake news and misinformation, what can people do to verify these results for themselves? 

There’s no substitute for doing the homework, becoming technically and media-literate, and informing oneself. Radiation issues are largely scientific, but as we’ve seen in the current political situation in the U.S., other issues are ripe for abuse and manipulation as well. We encourage people everywhere to be skeptical and to become skilled at fact-checking. This is only possible with adequate education.

As far as radiation and Fukushima are concerned, it’s usually pretty obvious when a website is distorting or manipulating information. But we’ve seen good journalists fall prey to bad info as well.

Safecast is always available to answer questions from the public as objectively as possible. Readers should feel free to contact us at As far as we’re concerned, there’s no such thing as a dumb question!


 Ari Beser is the author of the book ‘The Nuclear Family‘ and director of the documentary ‘Hibakusha‘. He used his Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship (2015-2016) to give voice to the hundreds of thousands of people directly affected by nuclear technology today. He is the grandson of Lt. Jacob Beser, the only U.S. serviceman aboard both B-29s that dropped atomic bombs on Japan during World War II.

Ari M. Beser is the grandson of Lt. Jacob Beser, the only U.S. serviceman aboard both bomb-carrying B-29s. He is traveling through Japan with the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship to report on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima. Using photo essays, videos, and articles, Beser will give voice to people directly affected by nuclear technology today, as well as work with Japanese and Americans to encourage a message of reconciliation and nuclear disarmament. His new book, “The Nuclear Family," focuses on the American and Japanese perspectives of the atomic bombings.
  • John

    There is one small but important detail missing from your story and from the other reporting I have read about this: the previous value for the radiation level of 73 Sv/hr was measured 5 years ago. If the source of this radiation is a mix of normally decaying nuclear fuel and construction material, the radiation at this previous measurement spot should have gone down by at least an order of magnitude, so down to 5 Sv/hr or so. Now finding, in about the same area, a radiation level which is 100 times higher is highly surprising, to say the least. Tepco clearly did not anticipate this when they specified the radiation hardness of the robots. If Tepco cannot even predict the correct order of magnitude of the radiation level inside the containment vessel, how sure can we be about their statement that the reactor is in cold shutdown and that everything is safe? If you don’t know things you cannot be in control of them.

  • jimmy cavil

    fucishima was a place

  • Charles Jannuzi

    Please explain how, once the fuel is out of the pressure vessel, and melted down to the bottom of the structure, they can maintain a water cooling circuit on it? That part of the reactor IS NOT DESIGNED for that. If you think they are capturing and purifying all the water going in and out of the place, I would suggest you need to think a bit more about things.

  • Jaybob

    when you think engineers should know about the quaky situation with tsunamis in Japan and still build that near the ocean… them engineers shoudl be presented to the firing range for stupidity.

  • Dallas Snell

    Its sad to say but I believe they will never stop radiation from leaking into the ocean. This is forever as we humans describe it. Reactor 3 will be much worse than 2 or 1.

  • Martin Miron

    Two things come to mind. How can you have air go in but not back out? How can the Scorpion operate for 30 minutes and produce six hours of video? Let’s not even get into earthquake probability of the Olympics.

  • Luke

    Nice comments here, Thank god everyone is waking up to this, its just horrible. NO MORE NUKE PLANTS, we are smarter than this old tech

  • Douglas C Linsenmann

    Purified and recirculated ???

  • Kimberly V. Davis

    I’ve been following the groundwater issue since 2013. Radioactivity that destroys alloy and synthetic resin robots, is not good for the marine ecosystem and food web. Our epidemiology study design is made for human health – reasonably – but I’m not worried about Californians and their salmon (no offense to Californians). They’re using cesium as an indicator pollutant – meaning, cheap and easy to monitor. Sr-90 accretes in kelp, bones, and the exoskeletons of macroinvertebrates like crabs. Those creatures migrate even more than the ocean current modeling shows. Plutonium is heavy, and has likely sunk to the sediment around the destroyed plant, being taken up by bottom feeders and into the marine food web.

  • Georgia

    Are you kidding me? There was no safe shutdown, there is no positive air pressure when there is a 10 ft2 hole in the bottom of the containment vessel, and the 23 foot thick concrete floor that is cracked and leaking over 10,000 gallons per day into the ocean is not contained either. The only control anyone has mentioned is that some of the water was being pumped out and stored on site. Pray for these Fukushima workers and scientists. Pray for them to find a way to retrieve this toxic melted morass of radioactive materials. It may be thousands of pounds. Rods were also dropped from storage in the reactor that was not in service. This situation is still untenable. It is apparent there is no measure to tell exactly how high the radioactivity is in the melted hole. The fact that groundwater was also contaminated indicates the melted fuel has melted through the 23 feet of concrete, and is still headed downward. How far is our Earth’s core? Agree with above comments!

  • Douglas M. Fabish

    We are toast.

  • Azby Brown

    Safecast publishes a yearly report summarizing what research is showing regarding the Daiichi plant itself, the environment (including the ocean), food, health, and the situation for evacuees. You might be interested in reading it; it’s a free download. The 2017 edition should be available by the end of March. Here’s the link for the 2016 edition:

    This is a lengthy and detailed report by 11 researchers who examine many aspects of Fukushima-related ocean contamination. It’s a bit technical, but a very good source of scientifically-verified information:

    Fukushima Daiichi–Derived Radionuclides in the Ocean: Transport, Fate, and Impacts
    Annual Review of Marine Science, Jan. 2017

  • Azby Brown


    Using air pressure to control air flow is very common in many industrial and other applications. An area is sealed, pumps are used to increase the air pressure there, when an opening is made to a normal-air pressure area, air will only flow from the high-pressure area to the lower pressure area.

    Initial reports said that it stopped moving after 30 mins, but that the cameras continued to operate.

  • Azby Brown

    Charles Jannuzi:

    Correct, it is not possible for the cooling water system to function as designed. Instead, TEPCO is using some intact elements together with new piping to flood the reactor buildings. The water pools at the bottom of the buildings where the melted fuel is believed to be. Then it is pumped back out. Overall, you could compare the process to a swimming pool that continually has water added at one end, and pumped out at the other. The purification system removing radionuclides has actually become very sophisticated and effective. Keeping the swimming pool analogy in mind, clean water is constantly mixed in with contaminated water, but eventually all the water will be recirculated.

  • Azby Brown

    You’re right that without actually getting inside the reactor and measuring, all estimates of radiation levels there will have a high level of uncertainty. That said, I don’t recall ever seeing any actual estimates from TEPCO about radiation levels in the areas where they expect the core material to be. Since this interview was done, I’ve read some informed commentary that suggests that the very high doserate material detected in these investigations might be core material lodged in pipes above where the robots and other devices were, not from the bulk of the melted fuel below. Regardless, more time-consuming measurements will need to be done before anyone has a good idea of the real situation.

  • David L Nolan

    The half life of this type of radioactive material is about 25000 years. Radiation levels are up. Hundreds of thousands of tons of water is flowing into the Pacific. This has cumulative effects of contamination on the ecosystem. Plankton absorbs it and it moves up the food chain. In effect this accident will kill off the Pacific over time. But let’s put our heads in the sand and say that this is only Japan’s problem and ignore what’s happening. We’re allowing the worst ecological nightmare to continue on with out intervention on a global level. It has to be contained. The investment will be massive. Coffer dams should be installed around the site to prevent ground water contamination. These precautions should have been started along time ago. But it cost serious money. The Japanese government either doesn’t have the means or is trying to down play the severity of the situation. This site will be radioactive virtually forever.

  • Jason paczay

    I hear a lot of complaints and scepticism, I don’t hear a viable solution, nor am I sort enough to see one. I also don’t think the tree is a person or group of people who can * solve* this problem, after 6 years all we’re seeing is damage control and I hate to think it but that is all we are going to see… there was a meltdown on the other side of the planet if those results are any indication and on a so much smaller scale, arm yourself with knowledge

  • Steven Schoenbach

    Just supposing that cleaning up the reactors is determined to be beyond our capabilities, and sealing it in concrete (as at Chernobyl) is to be done. At present, water is poured over the reactors to cool them. Would this be possible after sealing, and if not, what would be the consequences of letting the heat rise unchecked? How was this problem attacked in Chernobyl, or are the circumstances different?

  • Kevin Leider

    Reactor 3…..There is no reactor 3! It exploded, along with it’s MOX Plutonium fuel. 1 & 2 are killing the Pacific, and eventually all the World’s Oceans. #3 gets the rest of the planet with aerosolized uranium and bucky balls! The single greatest threat to our planet, species, and life, and we get 6 years of lies, inaction, and 0 accountability!

  • Floridun

    Georgia, you are correct. China Syndrom in at least one reactor probably more. As if that’s not bad enough reactor #4 is fueled with plutonium. Half life on this stuff is many millions of years.
    Why didn’t the whole world become involved as David Nolan mentioned? To realize we all share the same small planet, with every country doing whatever it could, possibly bringing the world together as one could have been the evolution of mankind. Instead we chose to let mankind die.

  • Richard Hoon

    Use the same weapon used on the WTC Compound {all seven buildings} which pulverized carbon based materials into fine dustings. It may require a longer dosage,but even the Safes were were particlized….Just building WTC1 required 40 stories of materail 200’X200′ to create a 120 story builing which was reduced to “1” story less materails,120,000Tonnes steel and concrete reduced to dust in mere minutes,now thats Energy. Fire Away

  • Douglas M. Fabish

    Any ideas about where the missing 350 tons of enriched uranium might be?

  • Douglas M. Fabish

    My father was a Fulbright scholar.

  • Douglas M. Fabish

    I guess I didn’t make it passed moderation the first time so I’m trying again – anyone got any ideas about where the missing 350 tons of enriched uranium might be? I read an article awhile back, of an interview with the designer of Fukushima. He said he believes all of the uranium escaped containment within hours of the power failure. Are we allowed to discuss this?

  • Floridun

    On its way to the core of the earth.
    China Syndrome.

  • Floridun

    Technically if it melts through the bottom of the plant, as soon as it hits ground water it blasts into the atmosphere and sends out clouds of radioactivity.

  • Terry

    Yep! All of you self proclaimed geniuses did a great job refuting everything in the article with the typical brand of conspiracy theory responses, and a hysterical fear on the level of some of the finest paranoid schizophrenics on the planet. Because, you know, the people who wrote this article and others like it, have some secret agenda that will result in some huge benefit to them for making things up about Fukushima. What a crock you people are. Are you also afraid of Muslims, and Mexican, and small dogs, and clowns.And in review, not one of you posted a source to substantiate your information. Any of you ever heard the phrase “in God we trust. All others, bring data”. And if you do post a link…if it’s an obvious clickbait site….we are going to confirm your stupidity. Post your email and I’ll send you a roll of aluminum haberdashery raw materials.

  • Phillip Munyororo

    Let’s hope no earthquake will hit Fukushima in the coming days.

  • KramLafup

    I’ll fix it. Now where did I put my keys?

  • JAYoung

    One should consider just the financial consequences of Fukushima, setting aside for a moment the health effects of three lost reactor cores plus whatever spent fuel remains unaccounted for at the site.
    TEPCO’s loss of assets at the site alone meant is was bankrupt the moment the tsunami wave hit and has become a ward of the state, with Japan’s taxpayers picking up the tab now and into the uncertain future.
    The cleanup efforts, at a cost of many millions of dollars a day, are expected to continue 50 years. The technology needed to perform the work does not exist, and will require more investment. All this expense generates not one watt of electric power for the Japanese economy. There will be political consequences.
    Yet the work must be performed, as Japan’s largest island and the world’s largest city will remain under a threat that they may become unihablitable if Fukushima is left to fester over the decades ahead. Another earthquake that might shatter the hundreds of storage tanks at the site would reset the cleanup back to zero.
    True, the news media has moved on to other stories, returning only to report the frightening news that nothing has been achieved and the situation is growing worse.

  • Andy Smith

    I would like to know this source of the foot of water that is being constantly purified and recirculated… How is the water being purified?… And then recirculating something that has been in contact with the rods in the reactor will that not cause further degradation?… And is this the possible source of pollution of the Pacific ocean? Is this a danger of becoming a world event? And why are there not more experts from the global society involved? what I am suggesting is that the experts working around Chernobal are relocated…to offer their experiences in dealing with this highly unstable situation….

  • silas augustine

    If Tepco and the IAEA were truthful they would be honest with the public and confess they the Nuclear Industry is in unchartered waters. Japans parliment has already threatened its citizens not to be truthful about what is happening there. Japan is threatening its former Fukashima residents to return to Fukashima or lose their subsidies. The problem is that Tepco says it will take 40 years to clean up the sites and to fix the damage? Really? Radioactive water continues, radiation levels are off the charts and still the games in Japan and the world continues. No one knows what will happen next, and if the truth be told which it isn’t at the present time, and the whole world is watching and monitoring the on-going effects of six (6) years of a continuing Nuclear Meltdown in three (3) Nuclear Reactors. Another problem no in the media is talking about is the seismic activity right there in Japan and in the ocean which sits on the most active Fault Zone on top of the Ring Of Fire. So the meltdown is near or on the plate . Truly a freightening thought that another earthquake may be the all that end’s all.

  • Guest

    Furkushima will never ‘be “contained” or cleaned up in our life time
    It will destroy the Pacific ocean ground water is impossible to stop

    Japan is running out of room to store the waste including uniforms masks and safety wear for hundreds of workers EVERYDAY stored in TRASH BAGS

    Water contaminated is stored in giant vessels that are filling up now Japan is thinking about diluting the water and releasing it into the OCEAN

    Furkuashima is underrated it is more serious and more of a complicated problem then anyone will ever bother to tell you no expert no Harvard degree specialist can deny that this is a problem for hundreds of years to come.

    We just don’t Learn

    We didn’t learn after world war 2
    We didn’t learn after Chernobyl
    And we sure didn’t learn after fukushima

    Nuclear energy is not an option it never should have even been considered.

    Albert Einstein regrets writting that letter to FDR I wonder if he would regret it even more if he seen what we have done with nuclear physics today.

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  • David Dunning White

    We simply do not learn……All investment should be in clean renewable energies such as solar wind and water ……
    It doesn’t take a PhD to understand this…..
    Instead governments subsidise Nuclear and fracking ….
    This is literally insane ……

  • Kenneth Mills

    When reading all this I first remember the pictures of the people that sat ringside at the first nuclear tests that were done in America. They acted as though they were at a circus, and of course they at least had their Ray Bans on, lol. As the bombs exploded, they hollered and clapped and adjusted their shades. So we learned a little but not much. We never think the worst is gonna happen, until it does. Think about all the ships that are nuclear control what would have happened if all those that were attacked at Pearl Harbor would have been nuclear I guess the oceans would have died off a long time ago.
    This planet don’t have a chance with us humans and our stupidity.

  • Walt Gorski

    I don’t know about you but I have had enough of these fukinshita nuke plants poisoning our world when clearly there are completely safe technologies to provide electricity. I’m using solar and wind happily and deeply disgusted with such destructive stupidity. Thanks, Walt

  • Alan

    This was bound to happen because the quest for maximum profit at the expense of quality of life is not a part of corporate concern. Corporations run the world now, they are not human. They own Congress they write the the laws for their benefit, they are the largest recipients of govt welfare, pay little tax, and subvert gov’t.
    Who signed off on a 12 hour battery backup to cool the reactors in case of loss of power. That right there is criminal. Without accountability there is no behavioral change.

  • Otto Didact

    Anybody reading this worried about the Nuclear Missile Testing being done by North Korea? They don`t have to get a missile any further than near a nuclear power plant, & Fukushima is already primed to melt through the Earth`s crust, at which point, Japan would have a 2nd famous volcano. The North Koreans could also just explode a missile above Japan, prior to it being shot down, & just let the EMP shut down most of Japan, & Fukushima would quickly fall in the chaos. I feel bad for TEPKO. This has to be a horrible weight on them just as things are now. Sometimes denial is the only way to maintain one`s mental health & the mental & physical health of others. I`m pretty sure there is a Los Alamos type project, along with a considerable amount of crowd sourcing, trying to figure out the next steps in technology to resolve the issues at Fukushima, Chernoble, Three Mile Island, & whatever comes next. It may come too late, or it may come tomorrow.
    Meanwhile, Trump isn`t the only one tough talking about North Korea, maybe their dislike of Japan is partly why.

  • Dwight

    Did you ever wonder why we don’t receive radio signals from outer space? Could it be that no society is allowed to survive its own technology? I feel sorry for the young as we foolishly race headlong into extinction.

  • athena zeub

    The people on the west coast of the US are being affected by this. We’re not told the truth of what is going on here.

  • pan 83

    if ever there was a time to put our petty crap on hold this would be it. unification is the begining to the answer.

  • Steve Robinson

    IMO This was done on purpose and for it to go up to those levels years after it all happened is a crime. The Earth was moved sideways when it was taken forward or back in time, this is why this happened, look for the changes on the Earth if you do not believe me… The North pole is not there anymore, it merged with Greenland which is massive now as is Russia….. all other places have shifted or disappeared like islands on coast of Australia etc we are all asleep so WTFU

  • Albert Bowen

    very good artical but not enough emphis on damage to pacfic ocean and west coast of US ttt

  • Tony

    Assume the worst and immediately encapsulate the entire site to prevent further releases of radiation into the environment using frozen ground perimeter walls, pumps to keep ground and sea water out, and a cover to prevent airborne releases, all while maintaining the closed cooling water loop. Then begin building more permanent walls beyond that perimeter (possibly using an epoxy type material to withstand earthquakes) and develop new technology to further filter the cooling water. THEY NEED TO BE MUCH MORE AGGRESSIVE, THE ENTIRE SITE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENCAPSULATED BY NOW USING THE FULL MIGHT OF THE WORLDS SCIENTIFIC, MILITARY AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES.

  • Rem

    Was hoping for some insight from this article but I’m am still in the dark as to what really happened and what the future has installed . A robot operated for 30minutes which gave 6 hours of footage , I assume it must have 12 cameras . How long will it take to burn through 7m of concrete and how can you filter radiation from water . From what I can gather is they are just prolonging what is certain to happen and spreading contamination further with the cooling water

  • Rico Cruz

    Sad that we allow this to happen to our world. Through GREED it will destroy our planet. And top it off with Big Lies. Most people are not even remotely aware of how short our future is.
    Good Night

  • WM Sabourin

    What is going on ? We are one solar flare away from total destruction. And how much money do we spend watching nuclear waste for next million years? This madness has got to stop!

  • Andrew Peter Collins

    These plants were supposed to be decommissioned 5 years before 2011. They were old and inefficient but the mindset of Japan was that we’ll squeeze a few more years out of them. Then you hear about Japans “insatiable” need for power. Friends of mine living there are telling me that all public video screens and other unnecessary festoon lighting have been switched off because there is not enough power to run them. Elevator use in all buildings has been halved etc etc and that the Japanese don’t like it. Two words come to mind here……tough luck. Globally the amount of power wasted is insane. Las Vegas is a prime example of this but at least the government is acting by forcing this power hungry gambling giant to slowly start using renewable sources of energy. As humans we really have damaged this unique planet. You can’t start crying when the chickens come home to roost! I’ve heard that Fukashima could take up to 100 plus years to clean up. I can’t ever see it getting back to normal. They might as well take a shovel to it and bury it, along with thousands of other tragedies we’ve created. Chernobyl is still not under control. The two sarcophaguses are starting to deteriorate. This is a terrorists dream! One strategically placed bomb or missile and WW3 will become redundant. That’s something to think about!

  • Eric Wagner

    FUKUSHIMA IS an extinction-level event. The question is, “why”. Why have our world leaders allowed this to Happen? I do not accept stupidity as an answer. This is a well-planed attack on humanity. Stupidity “is” however applicable to the general population. I’ve told thousands of people. I’ve posted hundreds of posts, months, years ago. I’ve contacted NPR, Amy Goodman, and Drudge. No one will touch anything to do with FUKUSHIMA! I live my life like it’s the last day, everyday, and give great thanks for every breath, every single moment.

  • Kat Can

    I don’t know how people can be on here and say we don’t know anything because they don’t tell us. Now this is after I read a comment from someone who’s living in America. Where does it say that someone needs to feed you the information? Anyone with half a brain cell will know that as of 2011 March 11th when this happened Japan and the oceans and possibly a water the world was doomed. There has been nothing but high levels of radiation from that moment. There is radiated ocean water being pumped back into the Pacific Ocean daily. Do the research yourself people. There are tons of Articles and petitions online about this. Did you not watch the news CNN or BBC in the day in the weeks in the months after the tsunami and the nuclear meltdown? Did you not watch the stories about how the older generation like The Grandfather’s in Japan volunteered to go in to try to fix the nuclear reactors because they didn’t want the younger generation going in because they knew it was a death sentence. How can you not know these things? How many of you are eating sushi and seafood on a regular basis still? This is not a let’s wait and see how it turns out and then maybe I’ll change my lifestyle feel good Happy Ending Story. This is mass destruction and death. I really wish that people who lived in the west took a little bit of initiative to look up information on their own. Not everything comes along in your 6 Nightly News.

  • Tony

    Notice the many news articles about the little sunfish robot that may have found signs of melted fuel, however there was no mention anywhere about the latest radiation levels… very alarming!!!

  • sektong chan

    Fukushima, Pacific Ocean been polluted. Half of our World all living creatures are in very dangerous situation. But this just the beginning, Over 1000 tanks polluted water on site most are leaking, and over 300 tons of radiated water are disposed in Pacific Ocean everyday. They can’t and don’t know how to take care the problems, and situations getting more worse, that means another hundreds thousand times of nuclear waste water will go into ocean harming Whole World.
    SOLUTION; Only use more powerful Bomb, not atom bomb, not nuclear bomb, but more powerful bomb, Just like Hydrogen Bomb, Neutron Bomb or better, one time destroy and releave all energy radiations. This is one and only chance to save ourselves. Better waiting to die slowly suffering by painful chronic diseases or cancers being polluted.
    Comment; there are many accidents of nuclear plants over World, but most under control in short time, only damage and affecting small area, but Fukushima after 6 year not only can’t get any solution. And not controllable even getting more worse, that is why large quantity nuclear waste are produced (6 years) polluted large area of Pacific Ocean endangering half the World. Further waiting will pollute whole World. Radiation not only carried by sea water but vapor & cloud polluting whole world drinking water and our food chain, Affecting Whole world. Only use more Powerful bomb to clean up everything, made it controllable and fixed problem. And let our world know the result of apply powerful bomb at War. May ease North Korea and America and further Nuclear War! If work may use to clean up and take care billions tons of nuclear waste on Earth.

  • sektong chan

    URGENT IMMEDIATE ATTENTION; The End Of Our World? Almost!. Fukushima Nuclear Radiated nuclear Waste water leaking polluted Pacific Ocean. Over 300 tons disposed in ocean each day. Over 1000 big tanks on site most are leaking. Water evaporated from Ocean will carrying fatal Radiation polluting all water on Earth, and all food chain. All living creature on Earth will suffering many unknown chronic diseases and cancers. Dying slowly and painfully! No one can escape or excuse from this disaster. North Korea and America are in high tension! Nuclear War will happen in any minute. At that time 1/10 of our Earth and billions lives were destroyed! Neutron Bomb will be best and only solution, Powerful can use up most nuclear energy radiation in short time, Only affecting small targeted area, Shorter Radiation Life. Once apply on Fukushima, Will stop and fixed Fukushima problem. If work we can use this method to clean up billions tons of nuclear wastes on Earth. And may stop North Korea & America War. To avoid War don’t put more pressure on North Korea. Action and Reaction theory, Newton’s Law! Which Country Handle the technique of Neutron Bomb, Can save our world from Fukushima pollution. And will be the most powerful country on Earth.

  • Thomas Physics

    I read from some,, we are all doomed, from others all of nature is doomed,,, Nature will prove the truth, perhaps we should base our opinions on the same,,, Atomic energy demands respect and does not repent. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Do good things’, and live forever,,, Do bad things,,, and live forever,,, What one does is where one goes,,, Forever,,, { We can choose,,} { ,We can change,},,{ We can choose not to change,},,{ We can choose to change,,}, ALL the universe is true,,,, But,, in all the creation ,,, only on earth was a lie made,,, choose your future………………. Thomas …

  • M V Marshall

    ……At least they could TRY Duck Tape.

    • Mooneye

      Love it

  • Stephen Myers

    Eric Wagner, New Mexico: you may well be correct about “an extinction level event” . The human species is dominated by greed, consumerism, ideology, corporatization and an irrational and irresponsible attitude to our environment and our children’s future. It’s all a bit unbelievable. We have got ourselves into a position where intelligent, caring and visionary humans are not the ones who control world events. Even the “dumb” dinosaurs managed to last 150 million years or so. Our species might only last 5 million years. How smart are we.

  • h5mind

    As I write these words, I am only a few miles from the Panama Canal, one of the wonders of the modern world. What is not mentioned (anywhere) about this technological marvel is the large ships traversing it burn ‘bunker fuel’ which contaminates this region with a fine black soot which is corrosive as well as carcinogenic. It’s so dangerous that the US EPA prohibits ships from burning such fuel within 200 Km of American coastlines. They are required to switch to cleaner burning diesel fuel in those areas. But since profit often trumps safety, Panamanians are coated with this noxious mess. Much like Fukushima, the locals are kept in the dark about the danger. So if you’re waiting for TEPCO to “come clean” about the true extent of the nuclear disaster in Japan, and how it is affecting the planet, find a comfortable chair, because it’s going to be a while.

  • Nando

    Good to see all the information on these comments and sad for the environment.

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  • Kelly Lesick

    Dude, change the font and make it darker, why am I straining to read this, fail

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