HELL ON EARTH–1000 Dead Bodies Left Decaying Near Plant
Today in Japan reports tell the story of a country still in denial about the gravity of the life and death situations facing them from the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Not only is Japan in Denial, but I sense the world continues to not want to deal with the tremendous economic, food chain, and human health impacts that are going to cascade like a second Tsunami wave.
Imagine for a moment you were an employee working for TEPCO, the company responsible for the operation of the nuclear plant. You were told I am sure hundreds of times that working in a nuclear power plant is safe, that Chernobyl was an isolated incident, and all safety precautions possible had been taken in the construction of this 40 year old nuclear plant. You built a home, and raised a family within driving distance of your job. Everything that you value here on earth has now been radiated in what will ultimately be a nuclear fallout no entry zone for decades.
Over the last three weeks, you have witnessed hydrogen explosions, spent fuel rods blown sky high, darkness constantly envelopes you with no power to provide lighting. You watched fellow workers whom had to be rushed to the hospital after they stepped in radiated water that burned straight through their “protective” shoes. You were once told that the safe level of radiation was 100 millisieverts, but suddenly the government told you now that 250 millisieverts is safe and acceptable. You have been evacuated by your bosses because they told you the radiation was to high, and then a few hours later told to go back in that it was now “safe”. Some days you have only been able to work 15 minute shifts even with full radiation suits on because you have been told that it was not safe for longer periods of exposure.
You have a wife and children somewhere in some government operated evacuation shelter. You are being told that they are receiving food and water, but is that food and water they are consuming safe? Is what you are consuming safe? The head of your company has been missing in action since the second day because of “hypertension”. You have had other countries come in and offer assistance. Some of those countries such as the United States told its citizens to evacuate 50 miles from the plant, but your own government has only said 19 kilometers, is your family really safe in that government evacuation shelter?
Over the last few days you have read and heard reports that some core’s have cracks, and that Reactor #1 has officially began its slow meltdown to the water table.
Imagine if your name was “Joe or Jane Worker for Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant“. If it was me I would label it hell on earth..wouldn’t you?
Further News on the Subject Today:
1000 dead bodies Decaying Near Nuclear Plant
Radiation fears have prevented authorities from collecting as many as 1,000 bodies of victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami from within the 20-kilometer-radius evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, police sources said Thursday.
One of the sources said bodies had been ”exposed to high levels of radiation after death.” The view was supported by the detection Sunday of elevated levels of radiation on a body found in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, about 5 km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
The authorities are now considering how to collect the bodies, given fears that police officers, doctors and bereaved families may be exposed to radiation in retrieving the radiation-exposed bodies or at morgues, according to the sources.
They initially planned to inspect the bodies after transporting them outside the evacuation zone, but the plan is being reconsidered due to the concerns over exposure.
Local residents have been forced to leave the zone since the current nuclear crisis began unfolding at the Tokyo Electric Power Co. plant, which is leaking radioactive materials as its cooling systems for its reactors and nuclear spent-fuel pools have been knocked out by the disaster.
Even after the bodies are handed over to the victims’ families, cremating them could spread plumes containing radioactive materials, while burying the victims could contaminate the soil around them, according to the sources.
The authorities are considering decontaminating and inspecting the bodies where they are found. But the sources said that cleansing decomposing bodies could damage them further.
Victims can be identified through DNA analysis of nail samples, but even then considerable time and effort must be taken to decontaminate the samples, according to experts.
Elevated levels of radiation detected on the victim in the town of Okuma last Sunday forced local police to give up on retrieving the body.
”Measures that can be taken vary depending on the level of radiation, so there need to be professionals who can control radiation,” said an expert on treating people exposed to radiation. ”One option is to take decontamination vehicles there and decontaminate the bodies one by one.”
IAEA Urging the Evaculation Zone to be widenened:
Both the U.N. nuclear watchdog and Japan’s own nuclear safety agency have advised Kan to consider widening the 20-km (12-mile) zone round the plant on the northeast Pacific coast.
High radiation was detected twice that distance away.
Government officials are pleading for Japanese, and the world, to avoid overreacting to what they say are still low-risk levels of radiation away from the plant.
More than 70,000 people have been evacuated from the 20-km ring. Another 136,000 who live in a 10-km (6-mile) band beyond that have been encouraged to leave or to stay indoors.
The IAEA, said radiation at Iitate village, 40 km (25 miles) from the plant, exceeded a criterion for evacuation.
Consistently high levels of radiation found in the sea near the complex could mean radiation is leaking out continuously, Japan’s nuclear watchdog said. The source is still unknown, adding to the headaches for engineers on the site.
Radioactive iodine in seawater near drains running from the plant was 4,385 times more than the legal limit, the highest recorded so far during the crisis.
In a sign of the extraordinary times Japan is living, one newborn baby’s first medical appointment was not with a paediatrician but a Geiger counter.
“I am so scared about radiation,” Misato Nagashima said as she took her baby Rio, born four days after the earthquake and disaster, for a screening at a city in Fukushima prefecture.
Concern over radiation beyond Japan grew further after Singapore detected radiation nine times the limit in cabbages from Japan, while the United States reported “minuscule” levels of radiation in milk samples on its west coast.
Several countries have banned milk and produce from areas near the damaged nuclear plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo. Japan has itself stopped exports of vegetables and milk from there.
Contaminated milk was one of the biggest causes of thyroid cancer after the 1986 nuclear accident in Chernobyl because people near the plant kept drinking milk from local cows.
HOSPITALS REUSING TO ADMIT PATIENTS:
Hospitals and temporary refuges are demanding that evacuees provide them with certificates confirming that they have not been exposed to radiation before they are admitted.
The situation at the plant remains critical, with the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency yesterday that radioactive iodine-131 at more than 3,350 times permitted levels has been found in a sample of seawater taken from near the facility.
The water is the most highly contaminated sample taken from the sea and indicates that radiation from the core of one or more of the reactors, where fuel rods have partly melted, is leaking into the Pacific Ocean.
A spokesman for the agency said the radioactivity poses no immediate threat to human health because fishing has been banned close to the plant and iodine will have been “significantly diluted” before it comes into contact with marine species and then enters the food chain for humans.
The eight-year-old daughter of Takayuki Okamura was refused treatment for a skin rash by a clinic in Fukushima City, where the family is living in a shelter after abandoning their home in Minamisoma, 18 miles from the crippled nuclear plant.
“Just being forced to live in a shelter causes us anxiety,” Mr Okamura, 49, said. “The institution’s refusal to treat my daughter came as a great shock to us.”
Medical experts have condemned those that are meant to be assisting the evacuees for turning them away. “This is a knee-jerk reaction based on the fear that these people are going to harm you,” said Dr. Robert Gale, a haematologist at Imperial College, London, who is advising the Japanese government on health issues.
“If someone has been contaminated externally, such as on their shoes or clothes, then precautions can be taken, such as by removing those garments to stop the contamination from getting into a hospital,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “That is very easy to do, but unfortunately I’m not surprised this sort of thing is happening.”
Prejudice against people who used to live near the plant is reminiscent of the ostracism that survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 experienced. Many suffered discrimination when they tried to rent housing, find employment or marriage partners
- Japan Ignores UN On Nuclear Exclusion Zone (news.sky.com)
- Japan Nuclear Crisis: Radiation Spike Detected Outside Evacuation Zone(abcnews.go.com)
- Third explosion at Fukushima nuclear plant creates worries in Japan – photo gallery(risingsunofnihon.com)
- Xenon From Fukushima: What Is It Telling Us?(businessinsider.com)
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