Plutonium is one of nature’s nastiest substances. As I offered before, “IF” these reactors were to go into meltdown and the clump of fuel melds together, the temperature will go high enough to cause problems (it is already suggested that a partial or full meltdown is occurring right now). Also note that the reactor #3 had a crane fall into it, which could have physically damaged the containment or spent rod pools, which, in either case, would release radioactive materials (including three forms of plutonium) into the area surrounding the reactor site. But there is nothing to worry about, is there?
Now, in spite of the Richard Noggins’ and their lack of rational thought, have you thought about what happens if this is NOT contained (or it takes months or years to contain)? Do you still believe that Americans have nothing to worry about? And you think this because you believe the government or the company (TEPCO) that is in charge of the media releases? Does it not cause you to wonder “why” all the sudden, that this disaster is hardly even being covered any more on MSM TV. Some Noggins suggest that the Japanese disaster was the sleight of hand to keep us from considering the Wisconsin issues or the Libyan invasion, but where are those people now that the entire focus is on Libya and OFF of Japan? You think that maybe it is because this is WORSE than Chernobyl, already?
Well, they lie, and maybe you should read the data provided by Jorge Stolfi of the State University of Campinas in Brazil (found at Zero Hedge) in which an excellent chronological breakdown of the disaster at reactors 1, 2 and 3 has been recorded.
I tend to consider the experts in the field like Michio Kaku in the video above or like Olivier Isnard from the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety, when he says that a partial meltdown has occurred.
But to be specific about how bad the plutonium is, read Washington Blog‘s latest post:
MSNBC reports that plutonium has been found in soil around the Fukushima plant:
The Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the plant, said it found three radioactive isotopes of plutonium — plutonium 238, 239 and 240 — in five locations outside the plant in soil tests on March 21-22.
NHK tv notes that a giant crane fell over and probably crushed spent fuel rods at in Fukushima reactor number 3, which contain a plutonium-uranium mix.
CNN points out:
Plutonium can be a serious health hazard if inhaled or ingested, but external exposure poses little health risk, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
As the Argonne National Laboratory notes:
Essentially all the plutonium on earth has been created within the past six decades by human activities involving fissionable materials.
Atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons, which ceased worldwide by 1980, generated most environmental plutonium. About 10,000 kg were released to the atmosphere during these tests.
Average plutonium levels in surface soil from fallout range from about 0.01 to 0.1 picocurie per gram (pCi/g).
Accidents and other releases from weapons production facilities have caused greater localized contamination.
So like radioactive cesium and iodide – which I discussed yesterday – plutonium doesn’t exist in nature in any significant quantity, and so “background radiation” is a meaningless concept.
Plutonium stays radioactive for a long time. Pu-238 has an 88-year half-life, Pu-239 has a 24,000-year half-life, and Pu-240 has a 6,500-year half life.
This stuff is nasty and using a comparison to “background” levels is foolish. Three really is NO such comparison:
There are, of course, naturally occurring radioactive materials.
But lumping all types of radiation together is misleading … and is comparing apples to oranges.
As the National Research Council’s Committee to Assess the Scientific Information for the Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program explains:
Radioactivity generates radiation by emitting particles. Radioactive materials outside the the body are called external emitters, and radioactive materials located within the body are called internal emitters.
Internal emitters are much more dangerous than external emitters. Specifically, one is only exposed to radiation as long as he or she is near the external emitter.
For example, when you get an x-ray, an external emitter is turned on for an instant, and then switched back off.
But internal emitters steadily and continuously emit radiation for as long as the particle remains radioactive, or until the person dies – whichever occurs first. As such, they are much more dangerous.
We aren’t talking about “background” levels, anymore. We are talking about particles that float into air, water and food and can be ingested. This ain’t the sun or a brief XRay. This is stuff that gets in your body, then kills you. Once you consume this stuff, you are almost promised some sort of cancer.
And its not like you can see the stuff or have any idea that you are about to consume it. As TwelfthBough points out, this stuff is “minuscule“, “tiny” and “invisible“, so we have absolutely NOTHING to worry about, right?
The problem with handling radiation is its invisibility. You really can’t tell you are being killed until it is years too late! You can’t run from it easily, hide from it unless you wear lead suits and you can’t smell it, either….Experts warned us that the #3 reactor was the most dangerous. The black smoking ruin here is what little is left of this reactor. This is the MOX one which was being refitted with plutonium. Wow. Isn’t this hideous? It looks like…Chernobyl! And it is. Totally Chernobyl. Each day, each reactor looks more and more ruined, more and more desolate. They look like a fast forward film of slow organic destruction over centuries only this is over days. With water being pumped in as fast as possible, they continue to devolve and collapse, the plutonium one, rather thoroughly and fastest of all. Just three days ago, it had this stream of steam coming out of just one small hole. Now, it is twisted wreckage. This was no ‘explosion’ but rather, the natural evolution of plutonium as it has a meltdown. …
Not exploding but simply pouring out that invisible force that acts so energetically on our genes.
BTW: those last few links show that this fallout is reaching Europe and Iceland and, of course, we are experiencing it here in America, as well.
Now how do we know that fission is occurring (meaning that the nuclear materials are interacting with each other in an uncontrolled way)? Besides the article above pointing out that the reactor #3 never had an explosion, but is simply melting down, you might want to read what the Japan Times tells us:
Radiation readings Saturday surpassed 1,000 millisieverts per hour on the surface of a puddle in the basement of the turbine building in reactor No. 2, according to data released Sunday by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.
The 2.9 billion becquerels of iodine-134 per cu. cm in the puddle indicates a reaction is occurring because it is 10 million times what you would see at a normal nuclear reactor, the agency said.
“The level of radiation is greater than 1,000 millisieverts. It is certain that it comes from atomic fission,” NISA’s Hidehiko Nishiyama told a news conference in the morning. “But we are not sure how it came from the reactor.”
If you believe that this is over or a non-newsworthy item, keep in mind that these types of disasters are never over. Just read and view the videos at Activist Post to see how the Chernobyl disaster is hardly over, then compare the Japanese fiasco to that (as some Richard Noggins did early on and insisted that this was nothing like it).
And, NO, there is zero amount of radiation that is good for you like this harlot suggests. As a matter of fact, this is far worse than any MSM TV sycophantic mouthpiece is allowed to say on air. Stephen Lendman has done an excellent job finding unbiases sources and offers the following in his post entitled, “Japan’s Leaking Water Radiation 100,000 Times Above Normal” (please visit and read the entire piece, but for a primer, see this):
On March 27, New York Times writers Hiroko Tabuchi and Keith Bradsher headlined, “Higher Levels of Radiation Found at Japan Reactor Plant,” saying:
“Japan’s troubled effort to contain the nuclear contamination crisis at its stricken (plant) suffered a setback on Sunday when alarmingly high radiation levels were discovered….raising new questions about how and when recovery workers could resume their tasks,” besides whether anything, in fact, can work.
In fact, high radiation readings mean fission likely restarted, “present(ing) the alarming possibility of an out-of-control reactor.”
On March 28, Reuters headlined, “Japan finds plutonium at stricken nuclear plant,” saying:
On March 11, after the earthquake/tsunami struck, traces of plutonium 238, 239 and 240 were found “in soil at five locations at the complex….”
According to TEPCO vice president Sakae Muto:
“It’s not at the level that’s harmful to human health.”
NISA reported samples ranging from 0.18 – 0.54 becquerels per kg. Agency official Hidehiko Nishiyama said:
“While it’s not the level harmful to human health, I am not optimistic. This means the containment mechanism is being breached so I think the situation is worrisome.”
In fact, it’s catastrophic and extremely hazardous to human health at any level, environmental scientist Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri explaining in her article headlined, “Fukushima Catastrophe: Radiation Exposure, Lies and Cover-up, saying:”
“The half-life of many radioactive elements is thousands of years. There is no safe level of exposure! (Claiming otherwise is) media hype and corporate lies. The plutonium fuel used at Fukushima Unit 3 reactor uses MOX (mixed oxide), a plutonium-uranium fuel mixture. A single milligram of MOX is 2-million times more deadly than enriched uranium….Plutonium-239 has a half-life of 24,000 years; and (for) Uranium-235 (it’s) 700-million years.”
Last week Hirose Takashi, a researcher at the Aomori Prefectural Industrial Research Institute and a man who has written extensively on nuclear power went on Japanese TV to point out the lies that are being told about the supposed safety of this radiation.
“They are saying stupid things like, why, we are exposed to radiation all the time in our daily life, we get radiation from outer space. But that’s one millisievert per year. A year has 365 days, a day has 24 hours; multiply 365 by 24, you get 8760. Multiply the 400 millisieverts by that, you get 3,500,000 the normal dose. You call that safe?”
Many are now expressing concern that the Japanese government’s moves to quietly raise legal radiation limits in a number of areas indicates a tacit acknowledgement that increased radiation exposure will continue to be a daily reality for residents of Japan for the foreseeable future.
On March 17th, the government raised the radiation exposure limits for emergency workers at the Fukushima plant from 100 millisieverts to 250 millisieverts.
h/t Corbettreport (James actually lives in Japan and has been following this quite closely, as you can imagine)
In Episode 179, James is also not afraid to examine the possible reasons for this happening, including looking into the Earth’s movements, the Sun’s influence, HAARP and other phenomena (there are several links provided above to help you investigate this for yourself):
Japan is just tallying up the damage from the devastating earthquake that struck off the northeast coast on March 11th, but it is clear that this was one of the most powerful earthquakes in modern Japanese history. Now, some are asking whether this was a natural earthquake or if it was precipitated by human activities. Join us this week as we go in search of a man-made fingerprint on the 3/11 earthquake.
I found the above examination into HAARP being the cause of this earthquake very informative. James points out the failures of his listeners to show how HAARP could be used to create earthquakes, but offered other interviews that suggest that the Def Dept may be using such a system to create weather phenomena, destruction of missiles, and other potential possibilities.
I am still not sure about any “tectonic warfare” or any military attack (or the feasibility of such), but I am open to learning more.
I am not convinced to whether or not HAARP caused this or other earthquakes of note (Chile, Haiti, China, New Zealand, etc). But if we have one sometime in the very near future in the New Madrid fault, after the government seems to be planning for such an event, then I may become a believer.
No matter what caused this situation, I hope that more people will understand the danger. As was recently added to a post here by Kaptinemo, this WILL cause problems:
With all the half-lives of the various elements (cesium, plutonium, etc.) being the sort that last anywhere from weeks to hundreds of years, and this stuff getting into the food chain in the open ocean, nations that are already highly dependent upon seafood for their daily protein staples are going to find this cataclysmic in more than just the immediate sense. Expect to see cancerous tumors on all manner of fish within a year or two, making them inedible. The ‘poop’ will wind up on the entire region’s dinner plates.
Essentially, with this catastrophe, Japan has placed the oceanic bread-basket at risk. The socio-economic (and therefore, political) ramifications for the entire Western North Pacific are dire, indeed. And given the ocean currents, we won’t be unaffected either.
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