It wasn’t long ago that Japan secretly released another Godzilla film called Shin Godzilla or “New” Godzilla. Many people probably have never seen it, but since my wife and I are Godzilla fans, we attended a one-time screening at a local theater. The entire film was in Japanese except for a few English words provided by American military men.
The film was very political and was quite dry, except for when the star of the show started wreaking havoc on Japan.
The film was an indictment against the Japanese government and was a searing satire commenting on how the bureaucrats lie about the danger of Godzilla and how the creature represents both the earthquake and the nuclear explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
It was apparent the high-ranking members of the government were comfortable in their positions of power, and wanted to protect their own positions, at the expense of the lives of their citizens.
This Godzilla is no longer a result of nuclear testing. Instead, the monster is a metaphor of the March 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster which devastated northeastern Japan. In the film, people measure the radiation around them and share information on social media, as they did five years ago. News conferences and meetings are filled with confusion and jargon, and government officials on screen even use the same word that was used to describe how unprepared Japan had been for the tsunami: soteigai, or “beyond expectations.”
Scenes of people fleeing from torrents of water, and later huddled in gymnasiums, revive heartbreaking memories of the 2011 disaster.
This of course is a different take on the Godzilla of the 1950’s which was a metaphor for the nuclear tragedy in Japan during World War II.
Even the Godzilla movie of 2014 has its beginnings at a nuclear power plant where an accident happens – and creatures rise up from the nuclear pits to fight the Japanese monster. Even though Godzilla was supposed to be the star, he was only seen a couple of times which arguably is how we handle nuclear power discussions – we rarely have them.
I was thumbing through the news feed today and I saw something that caught my eye. It was a headline that read that we are in a nuclear war without the war. It is a war that is not with Russia or North Korea; it is not with China or even Iran. The nuclear war we fight is the one that has been raging for 6 years now. It is the war to stop the dangerous radiation that is being released into our oceans and atmosphere from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.
It is a nuclear war where no one dropped a bomb; however, the neglect and the dangerous levels of radiation are no longer something that we can ignore.
Nuclear radiation, which threatens life on planet Earth, is not front page news in comparison to the political war in the media.
While the long-term repercussions of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster are yet to be fully assessed, they are far more serious than those pertaining to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine, which resulted in almost one million deaths mostly from cancer.
Moreover, while all eyes were riveted on the Fukushima Daiichi plant, news coverage both in Japan and internationally failed to fully acknowledge the impact of what is happening and while after the initial disaster resulting from an earthquake, the media has remained silent about just how bad the situation there is getting.
I know that many times we have approached this story and have given figures and facts, but I really don’t think they set in or even make an impact because radiation is not seen—nor is it felt and if the mainstream narrative ignores it perhaps it will go away.
The Japanese government has been obliged to acknowledge that “the severity rating of its nuclear crisis matches that of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.” In a bitter irony, however, this tacit admission by the Japanese authorities has proven to be part of the cover-up of a significantly larger catastrophe, resulting in a process of global nuclear radiation and contamination.
An opinion poll has confirmed that more than 80 per cent of the Japanese population does not believe the government’s information regarding the nuclear crisis.
The dumping of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean constitutes a potential trigger to a process of global radioactive contamination. Radioactive elements have not only been detected in the food chain in Japan, radioactive rain water has been recorded in California.
While the spread of radiation to the West Coast of North America was casually acknowledged, the early press reports “quoting diplomatic sources” stated that only “tiny amounts of radioactive particles have arrived in California but do not pose a threat to human health.
Radiation levels have reach what experts call an “unimaginable” intensity inside the containment structure of reactor No. 2, clocking in at 530 sieverts per hour.
A sievert is a unit of radiation exposure, and exposure to just five sieverts in a short amount of time has a 50% kill rate among humans. When it comes to radiation exposure, the intensity of the exposure (which is the inverse of the duration of exposure) matters a lot. Absorbing five sieverts of radiation over a year’s time is not fatal, but exposure to five sieverts in just 60 seconds, for example, will almost certainly kill you from radiation poisoning (it’s a miserable way to die, by the way).
The level of radiation measured inside Fukushima reactor No. 2 is 530 sieverts per hour, or over 100 times the intensity necessary to kill most humans who are exposed for just a short time.
The melted fuel rods which are generating this radiation have apparently bored a hole through the floor of the containment vessel, meaning they may be very close to coming into contact with ground water or ocean water (or may have already struck it). Melting fuel rods also vastly increases the risk of nuclear fuel criticality which could “explode” the deadly radioactive elements into the open atmosphere.
Yet nearly the entire mainstream media remains in a complete news blackout over this devastating development that threatens the sustainability of all life in the Northern hemisphere.
People are so involved with the threat of Muslim refugees, but if the Fukushima story had resurgence, people wouldn’t be so fearful of other people – they would be more interested on what can be done to save us from the metaphoric Godzilla in Japan.
The U.S. media has even gone as far as to say that a “meltdown” is a conspiracy theory and believe that the biggest danger to the planet is Climate Change.
Back in 2011, when the entire independent media was sounding the alarm about the fuel meltdown that had obviously taken place, the Obama Administration animatedly said that there was no danger and the mainstream news were saying that those who reported the devastating news were conspiracy kooks and purveyors of fear porn.
Six years later. Fukushima’s melted fuel rods are obviously not just continuing to pump out radiation — because you cannot change the laws of physics — but something has caused the intensity of the radiation output to suddenly escalate to insane levels. Possible explanations for this include, of course, more fuel rods being exposed or fuel rods coming into closer contact with each other, amplifying and accelerating the mass-to-energy conversion.
Tokyo Electric Power Company had to pull its toughest radiation-resistant robot out of its Unit 2 reactor prematurely. The robot, built to withstand up to 1000 Sv/hr, failed to last the projected two hours inside the reactor, before starting to glitch.
Tepco has previously lost five, less-shielded robots inside the Fukushima reactor.
Tepco has reported that they have only acquired images of the reactor chamber, showing damaged structures, coated with molten material, possibly mixed with molten nuclear fuel. The robot was able to acquire images of a part of a disc platform that was located below the reactor core that had been melted through. This discovery supported earlier speculation that nuclear fuel has found its way outside of the reactor. Tepco continues to assert that no radiation is leaking outside of the building.
It will be almost impossible to “decommission” units 1, 2 and 3 as no human could ever be exposed to such extreme radiation. This fact means that the Fukushima Daichi Nuclear plant will remain a radioactive nightmare for Japan and the world for the rest of time, sitting as it does on active earthquake zones.
The reactor complex was built adjacent to a mountain range and millions of gallons of water emanate from the mountains daily beneath the reactor complex, causing some of the earth below the reactor buildings to partially liquefy. As the water flows beneath the damaged reactors, it immerses the three molten cores and becomes extremely radioactive as it continues its journey into the adjacent Pacific Ocean.
This radioactivity has been said to be diluted and doesn’t pose a danger. However lately the ocean has been showing signs of becoming toxic.
Every day since the accident began, 300 to 400 tons of water has poured into the Pacific where numerous isotopes – including cesium 137, 134, strontium 90, tritium, plutonium, americium and up to 100 more – enter the ocean and bio-concentrate by orders of magnitude at each step of the food chain — algae, crustaceans, little fish, big fish then us.
Fish swim thousands of miles and tuna, salmon and other species found on the American west coast now contain some of these radioactive elements, which are tasteless, odorless and invisible. Entering the human body by ingestion they concentrate in various organs, irradiating adjacent cells for many years. The cancer cycle is initiated by a single mutation in a single regulatory gene in a single cell and the incubation time for cancer is any time from 2 to 90 years. And no cancer defines its origin.
We could be catching radioactive fish in Australia or the fish that are imported could contain radioactive isotopes, but unless they are consistently tested we will never know.
Officials have been investigating record number of humpback whale deaths. Six humpback whale carcasses have washed up onto Hawaii shores since November. That’s double the number typically found in a season, which runs from November to May. The previous record of five whale carcasses found in Hawaii waters was in 2013. Biologists aren’t sure what’s behind the increase in deaths. Since November, whale carcasses have been scattered throughout the main Hawaiian Islands. Biologists are investigating to see if the whales starved or if there’s a problem with the ocean’s health.
The Fukushima Prefecture has always been a food bowl for Japan and, although much of the rice, vegetables and fruit now grown there is radioactive, there is a big push to sell this food both in the Japanese market and overseas. Taiwan has banned the sale of Japanese food, but Australia and the U.S. have not.
Fukushima is like a huge dirty bomb that sets off a nuclear explosion almost daily and what is even more sick is that Climate Change believers think that nuclear power is our solution to the problem of Global Warming.
They call it green energy – that’s how insane Climate Change advocates have become. Nuclear power doesn’t just have the potential of destroying life now; it poisons the planet for the next half a million years.
Fukushima released 13 billion times more neutrons than initially estimated Neutron radiation is the most severe and dangerous radiation” known to mankind; it can travel great distances.
It is important to note that airborne radioactive fallout from the initial explosion and meltdowns at Fukushima in 2011 reached the US and Canada within days, and circled the globe falling out wherever the currents and precipitation carried it — mostly to places unknown to this day. Even still, radioactive iodine 131 was found in municipal water supplies in places like Pennsylvania and Massachusetts shortly after the initial Fukushima accident.
In the nuclear information war, we all lose by definition. Many of us have all accepted our roles in the information war and those roles are usually reduced to passive absorption of whatever is reported and no real motivation to seek out more information about a certain topic that should be a concern for you, your family and your community.
Those who have researched vital information for the public are usually tuned out because it tends to be uncomfortable to learn that you have been lied to. It is also uncomfortable to realize that without equally balanced information – the general consensus are willing to accept media information as unquestionable reality.
This is where we lose in the long-term.
The bottom line is that this is a nightmare which is secretly burning inside people. Right now, there has been no real solution as to what should be done to stop the slow motion death from the disaster at Fukushima, so it will continue to blast all of us with high levels of radiation and will slowly kill millions of people around the globe for years to come. Some nuclear experts are painting the grim reality that it could take up to 50 to 100 years before any of the nuclear material at the Fukushima complex will cool down enough to be removed from the facility.
The time is now to demand we get information that is factual about what is happening in Japan. We need to be educated on the effects of this disaster and as it has been recommended we may have to seal the plant in concrete, just like what was done in Chernobyl.