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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Japan [and the Northern Hemisphere] Braces as TEPCO prepares for critical Phase of Fukushima Clean-Up (Video), "worst thing since Cuban Missile Crisis"

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Workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan are about to embark on one of the most critical aspects of the clean-up: removing the fuel rods from one of the worst-hit reactors. Critics say that the plant’s owners, TEPCO, should not be trusted to carry out the operation - and warn of the consequences of an accident could be dire. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from Tokyo.

Former Japanese Ambassador to the UN, Akio Matsumura warns that – if the operation [removal of the spent fuel rods] isn’t done right – this could one day be considered the start of “the ultimate catastrophe of the world and planet.”

One slip-up in the latest step to decommission Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant could trigger a “monumental” chain reaction, experts warn.

Experts around the world have warned … that the fuel pool is in a precarious state – vulnerable to collapsing in another big earthquake.

Yale University professor Charles Perrow wrote about the number 4 fuel pool this year in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. ...“This has me very scared,” he told the ABC. ...“Tokyo would have to be evacuated because [the] caesium and other poisons that are there will spread very rapidly. Perrow also argues:

"Conditions in the unit 4 pool, 100 feet from the ground, are perilous, and if any two of the rods touch it could cause a nuclear reaction that would be uncontrollable. The radiation emitted from all these rods, if they are not continually cool and kept separate, would require the evacuation of surrounding areas including Tokyo. Because of the radiation at the site the 6,375 rods in the common storage pool could not be continuously cooled; they would fission and all of humanity will be threatened, for thousands of years."

Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen and physician Dr Helen Caldicott have both said that people should evacuate the Northern Hemisphere if one of the Fukushima fuel pools collapses. Gundersen said: "Move south of the equator if that ever happened, I think that’s probably the lesson there."

Harvey Wasserman wrote two months ago: "We are now within two months of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis."

... Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland and anti-nuclear campaigner, Mitsuhei Murata says full-scale releases from Fukushima “would destroy the world environment and our civilization. This is not rocket science, nor does it connect to the pugilistic debate over nuclear power plants. This is an issue of human survival.”’re-most-dangerous-moment-cuban-missile-crisis
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