Kiken (Danger)Over the last fifty years it has become apparent that nuclear energy is full of dangers, some of which carry repercussions even greater than those produced by a nuclear weapon. By way of their response to the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, the nuclear industry, regulatory oversight committees, nuclear engineers, and leading scientific experts have failed the global community. Their actions have proved that they continually underestimated the situation, and did not fully understand it before making crucial decisions.
The quantities of radiation released to date are
unprecedented, say the Japanese government, and they are very
sorry for having withheld important information. They will also likely claim it “unprecedented” as people across the island nation and northern hemisphere are subjected to short and
long term exposure to radioactive materials emitted from the power plants 3 reactors in
It has been known for over 20 years that it would only take one nuclear reactor to contaminate over half of the planet. The old criteria for measuring a nuclear accident, and acceptable levels of radiation exposure
no longer apply. There are many medical studies whose results lay in direct contrast to the statistics provided by international nuclear reports. While there have been many other nuclear disasters, there has never been one at this scale. There is rising concerns that fallout from testing during the 1950s may have weakened the immune systems of the youth, making them more susceptible to
future biological effects of additional fallout from other disasters.
Science has long studied the effects of stress, extreme disasters, and imminent death on the actions and thought process of those working on-scene, as well as those living in the surrounding area. The
danger of radiation is that it is undetectable, and when faced with a threat that exceeds understanding and imagination, the majority of the those affected have
trouble believing the threat is real.
Radiation affects the body directly through the tissue, muscles, bones, and other organs in the body. The most terrifying aspect of radiation is that it destroys and mutates DNA in the human body, destroying what makes an individual “human” -- including the unique strand of DNA that sets you apart from all of the other carbon-based life-forms on the earth today.
Low-level radiation promotes the slow release of ‘free radicals’, or unstable molecules. Production of the most common, oxygen free radicals, is increased by protracted exposure to the radioactivity of ingested fission products. Oxygen free radicals (unstable oxygen molecules with an extra electron) are attracted to the membranes of cells, which they then disable.
At Chernobyl, there was less than
150 tons of waste entombed in the final sarcophagus. More than half of the Caesium-137 released in the explosion was carried in the atmosphere to other European nations. At Fukushima it is estimated there is close to
10,000 tons of melted corium constantly working to escape the control of TEPCO and the workers on-site.
There is no denying the truth of the dangers of radiation to the workers on-site at Fukushima Daiichi, for the
reality of those exposed to high levels of radiation will peel away like their
Historically those workers on site have been left to deal with the consequences of those who have initiated deceptive “security measures” in a vain attempt to withhold the full extent of the damage. This is the practice of “security” that has been initiated after
every nuclear disaster in history, the erroneous notion that
panic is a greater threat to the population of a nation than the dangers of exposure to radioactive isotopes.
These types of misleading comparisons have been a constant in a otherwise ever-changing world of radiation quantification. The first nuclear research reactors were designed to produce 100 Megawatts, while todays industrial power plant on average produces over 1000 megawatts. As the power producing capabilities increase, so does the legal amount of radiation exposure. Since March 11th, there have been multiple increases of allowable radiation exposure limits to workers, adults, and children. This is most concerning to nuclear experts, because they know that deaths have occurred from inhaling or ingesting just one grain of contaminated sand, or a piece of radioactive dust......