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Fukushima Remains an Intractable Disaster

Why argue that everything is fine when it is as far from fine as we’ve ever known?

The Santa Barbara Independent‘s article on Fukushima was replete with incorrect information that, in my view, was dangerous to the community. The facts bear out that the reactor explosions at Fukushima-Daiichi constitute the most dangerous nuclear event of all time, larger than the tragedy at Hiroshima and Nagasaki due to the triple meltdown (melt-through) of three nuclear cores.

Days after 3/11 occurred, Arnie Gunderson of Fairewind Energy Education flew to Seattle to take random samples of radiation levels around the city, which was captured on video. His findings were not surprising but were nonetheless disturbing to many of us who had studied radiation from Chernobyl as described in Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for the People and the Environment, by Alexey V. Yablokov, et al.

Hot particles were not only found in the tests but also inhaled by citizens of the Northwest. The bogus maps in the article should have been replaced with those that show the radioactive tracers reaching the Northwest. Inhaling one hot (radioactive) particle can cause cancer.

The Journal of Environmental Radioactivity shows iodine-131, cesium-134 and 137 and plutonium-239 and 240 in Lithuania, Monaco, France, Italy, U.S., and more right after Fukushima blew.

Radiation recognizes no boundaries; it took only days for the radiation to hit Russia and then the West Coast of the U.S. and then spread downward into the Southern Hemisphere. According to measurements from the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Organization, the entire planet was hit with radiation from Fukushima.


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