Winds chase evacuees in Japan; Hawaii threatened by Fukushima fallout

By Rady Ananda

In a deepening tragedy, after an earthquake and tsunami caused four explosions at nuclear reactor plants in Japan, most of those who evacuated the area headed south, since winds normally would have pushed the radioactive clouds to the north and east. Instead, winds pushed the r-clouds south, according to The Australian. The shift in winds now threatens Hawaii with fallout from the Fukushima nuclear facilities.

Officials finally admit radiation has reached lethal levels in the area surrounding the explosions. Tokyo, 200 miles to the south, is also seeing higher levels of radiation. “[A]bnormal radiation and traces of radioactive elements were detected around Greater Tokyo, the world’s most populous metropolitan region with 36 million people.”

The paper also noted that “Hong Kong, The Philippines, Singapore and South Korea began testing Japanese food imports for radiation yesterday.”

Though initial mainstream news sources downplayed the danger, mocking the following map which has gone viral, it now seems wise for North Americans on the West Coast to consider relocating, at least temporarily. Radioactive winds are expected to hit North America tonight.

Also see this more recent map at Daily Mail UK which seems to indicate the Pacific Northwest would be safe.

Below is the sequence of events based on current information:

Reactor No. 1. First explosion, March 11 at Fukushima Daiichi plant on east coast, 200 miles north of Tokyo. A hydrogen explosion caused by nuclear fuel rods overheating and then coming into contact with water collapsed the outside walls and roof of containment vessel. Hourly radiation leaking from Fukushima is equal to amount permitted in one year, official tells Kyodo. The nuclear agency says that they have detected cesium and iodine outside the unit, which certainly indicates fuel melting at the very least. Noriyuki Shikata, Dir. of Communitions for Prime Minister tweets: Blast was caused by accumulated hydrogen combined with oxygen in the space between container and outer structure. No damage to container. (BradBlog citing several sources)

Reactor No. 3. Second explosion, March 12 Containment vessel housing the fuel rods was not breached, per officials. Explosion damaged the reactor building, but not the nuclear containment vessel. The Fukushima facility began using MOX (mixed oxide) fuel last September, becoming the third plant in Japan to do so. MOX fuel has a lower melting point than the other fuels and contains plutonium, making it more volatile and toxic than the fuel used in other reactors. (Also see BradBlog and CLG, collected here.)

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Reactor No. 2. Third explosion, March 13 The emergency cooling system at Unit 2 was damaged during the Unit 3 blast, resulting in the uranium fuel rods at 2 becoming dangerously, and completely, exposed for a number of hours. Containment vessel is damaged, radiation leak feared. Bottom of containment vessel blows. There are several containers around the nuclear fuel for the reactor. The fuel itself is inside rods, which are, in turn, inside a steal and concrete container vessel, currently filled — or partially filled, in this case — with sea water, to try to cool the fuel rods. If the container vessel, “the last line of defense from keeping the radioactivity from being released,” has been damaged by the explosion, fuel and radioactivity could leak into the environment. (BradBlog and CLG, collected here.)

Reactor No. 4. Fourth explosion, March 14 Spent nuclear fuel in the reactor heated up, creating hydrogen and triggered a hydrogen explosion. Officials now admit that radiation levels are harmful to human health. (Washington’s Blog citing several sources.)

BBC reports “Japanese engineer Masashi Goto, who helped design the containment vessel for Fukushima’s reactor core, says the design was not enough to withstand earthquakes or tsunami …” MSNBC notes there are 23 virtually-identical reactors in the U.S. built by General Electric.

This global catastrophe highlights the lunacy of building nuclear power plants on an island that sees 1,500 earthquakes a year.

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10 responses to “Winds chase evacuees in Japan; Hawaii threatened by Fukushima fallout

  1. FYI The ‘Nuclear Fallout Map’ has been labled a HOAX by
    theweatherspace.com. Here is what they say about it:
    The hoax is going around and has caught a few off guard. The Australian Radiation Services did not issue a fallout map that reaches the Western United States, including Canada.
    This map came from Accuweather.com. It is not uncommon for mainstream media to put a crisis spin on their reporting. After all, they make $$ based on the number of ‘hits’ which affects ratings.

  2. The Japanese people and the world have been criminally deceived by those in charge of putting those power stations together that is obvious. They are the same kind of rats we see running so many industries and government today. Your article Rady is the first one where I saw a name mentioned, Mr. Masashi Goto but he sounds like a whistle blower? Lets hope that all the heads that need a blade applied to them get the blade and none of the major A holes slip away as so often happens. Doc Blake

  3. btw, it’s official: Hawaii is safe, according to the UN

    http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/03/16/official-forecast-japan-radioactive-fallout-heading-west-coast-8740/

    Here are some good sources:

    US Radiation Monitoring Map in Real Time, at Radiation Network
    http://www.radiationnetwork.com/

    Current Jet Stream forecasting, http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display_alt.cgi?a=npac_250

    27 Signs That The Nuclear Crisis In Japan Is Much Worse Than Either The Mainstream Media Or The Japanese Government Have Been Telling Us, at Economic Collapse Blog
    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/27-signs-that-the-nuclear-crisis-in-japan-is-much-worse-than-either-the-mainstream-media-or-the-japanese-government-have-been-telling-us

    Quoting from Washington’s Blog: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/03/if-there-were-reactor-meltdown-or-major.html

    While the great distances make the risk of radiation exposure … small, it is not zero. For example, pollution from Chinese coal factories routinely hits California. For example, Mongabay noted in 2008:

    Previous studies have documented that dust from Asia — especially from deserts and industrial regions of China — routinely crosses the Pacific Ocean on prevailing winds to sully the air over the western U.S.

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    Radiation Plume Course Charted by U.N. Agency
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/17/science/17plume.html

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    “No amount of radiation is safe. Every dose is an overdose.”~Nobel laureate George Wald, in 1953

  4. Current best forecast on Radiation Plume Path – Dr. Jeff Masters’ Weather Underground http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/show.html

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  6. BTW, Rady, you were right, we are being hit with radiation in Hawaii. The jetstream is not protecting us. We have been taking Geiger readings and noticing health effects.

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