Hanging by a Thread

Published April 30, 2012 | By John James
1,565 fuel rods in the Fukushima plant translates into 460 tons of nuclear fuel stored in pool in a barely intact building on its third and fourth floors. If the storage pool breaks and runs dry, the nuclear fuel inside will overheat and explode. The worst-case scenario drawn up by the government includes not only the collapse of the No. 4 reactor pool, but also the disintegration of spent-fuel rods from all the plant’s other reactors. The wall of the south side is falling apart at reactor No. 4.

If this pool collapses we would face a mass extinction event from the release of radiation in those rods. This may be the most important thing you ever pay attention to for the sake of your family, friends, your neighbors, every one you know and meet, all of humanity.

Preliminary reports of soil contamination are starting to come in from the USGS, who has seemed reluctant to share this information. Los Angeles, California, Portland, Oregon and Boulder, Colorado so far have the highest radioactive particle contamination out of the entire U.S. A host of fission products have been coming directly from Japan to the west coast for thirteen months. Reports in the past week indicate the pollen in southern California is radioactive now too, and it is flying around, and if you live there and go outside, you are breathing it in. And so are your children.

Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear power industry executive, is claiming that the Fukushima nuclear disaster is already 10 times worse than the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown in the former Soviet Union. If that is true it’s already taps for a whole lot of men, women and children in the northern hemisphere with the absolute promise that the radiation will continue relentlessly through the coming years. It is sounding like nuclear hell coming to earth to teach us something about our arrogance, massive stupidity and pathetic weakness.

The whole article is a must read! and additional information here.

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2 Responses to Hanging by a Thread
Dr Bob Rich says:
April 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Thanks John.

Unfortunately, it probably won’t matter. I give humanity the MAXIMUM of 5 years, but the disintegration of society could come this year. A transition threshold has been passed: the methane in the arctic is bubbling up.

🙁
Bob

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Jan Steinman says:
May 1, 2012 at 7:46 am
Although I share your concerns, I think the radiation spikes are highly variable, and one cannot interpolate their own situation from even a nearby situation.

The Chernobyl maps show the same spotty distribution — some areas extremely hot, next to areas that are essentially uncontaminated.

During the first part of the Fukushima crisis, we were doing daily radiation monitoring, and saw nothing remarkable over several months, except to discover that some books near where we were doing testing were mildly radioactive.

This is both good news and bad news. The good news is that most people are in no imminent danger. The bad news is that humans are notoriously poor at reacting to small and slow changes, and that background radiation levels will continue to increase, causing relatively small, but steady increases in health effects.

I’m with Dr. Bob Rich — yea, this is bad news, but probably not the worst news coming down at us. Too bad the survivors will have to deal with increased mutation and cancer rates. But lifetimes will probably be too short for cancer to kill us — before the widespread use of fossil sunlight, most people didn’t make it out of their 50s. That’s too soon to get cancer from caesium or iodine from Fukushima.

The more distressing problem is the impact on the unborn and very young. British Columbia (and many other places) is having an “unexplained” epidemic of sudden infant death — up nearly 100%. Public health authorities explain it away as “poor parenting practices,” as though parents suddenly got worse at what they do.