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Sunday, 8 December 2013

Three years on from Japan's nuclear emergency, the fallout continues to spread. Australian MSM news source


WELCOME to Fukushima, where the radiation's so bad it can be fatal within 20 minutes. The tsunami may have happened some 33 months ago, but the fallout just keeps getting worse.
Japanese media is reporting that the intensity of radiation levels in the nuclear powerplant devastated by the earthquake - and subsequent tidal waves - of March 2011 is now at its highest levels ever.
Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from around the Fukushima Daiichi plant following the disaster which sent three of its six reactors critical.
The clean-up operation is expected to take decades but in the meantime:
Big clean-up ... Inside the crippled No. 4 reactor.
Big clean-up ... Inside the crippled No. 4 reactor. Source:AFP
* Radiation contamination of the harbour alongside the plant is steadily rising;
* Another earthquake could cause a disaster 10 times worse than that experienced in Chernobyl;
* Somewhere to store thousands of tons of radioactive water needs to be found; and
Traces of radioactive caesium has been found in tuna migrating across the Pacific.
On Friday, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) reportedly detected the radiation in a duct linking one of the damaged reactor buildings to a 120m tall ventilation pipe.
The radioactivity has been measured at 25 Sieverts (Sv) per hour. A total dose of two Sv is regarded as severe radiation poisoning. Six Sv produces a 100 per cent mortality rate after 30 days of suffering.
Japanese broadcaster NHK reported the duct had been used to divert gas buildups after the disaster. TEPCO says it may still contain radioactive substances.
It's just the latest in a long string of radiation "hotspot" revelations that have been leaking out of the information-firewall thrown up around the shattered nuclear plant since the disaster.
The uranium cores of the reactors have been close to "meltdown", with some burning through their concrete containment walls.
The water used in a desperate bid to "cool" these fuel rods has been steadily leaking into the soil and seeping into the nearby Pacific Ocean.
This should come as no surprise. Water is being contaminated at a rate of 400 tons per day in order to keep the superheated rods stable.
So what does this mean to Japan's nervous Pacific neighbours?
If Japan has its way, they won't find out.
Japan's parliament has just adopted a controversial new law on protecting "state secrets".
The law allows government ministers to designate as a state secret information related to defence, diplomacy, counterintelligence and counterterrorism.
It's a definition so vague many suspect it's really aimed at tightening the lid on the increasingly embarrassing state of Fukushima.
How much worse can it get? How bad is it so far? Will it affect those as far away as the United States and Australia?

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