Wednesday, April 13, 2011

CHERNOBYL 2: Japan Raises NUCLEAR ALERT LEVEL To 7 - Radiation Spreads Worldwide as Governments Continue to Coverup the Truth!

The radiation from the damaged nuclear plant in Japan has prompted officials to rate the disaster a “major accident” yesterday – the same as ­Chernobyl.After checking data on the leaks, they placed the rating from level 5 to 7. It is the highest in the International Nuclear Event Scale.The reevaluation came when aftershock quakes from the March 11 mega earthquake and tsunami shook the region.The updated data revealed considerably more radiation had leaked from the Fukushima plant in the early days of the crisis than was first thought.
Japan is to raise the nuclear alert level at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant to a maximum seven, putting the emergency on a par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Nuclear safety officials had insisted they had no plans to raise the severity of the crisis from five – the same level as the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 – according to the international nuclear and radiological event scale. But the government came under pressure to raise the level at the plant after Japan's nuclear safety commission estimated the amount of radioactive material released from its stricken reactors reached 10,000 terabecquerels per hour for several hours following the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country's northeast coast on 11 March. That level of radiation constitutes a major accident, according to the INES scale. The scale, devised by the international atomic energy agency, ranks nuclear and radiological accidents and incidents by their severity from one to seven. Japan also temporarily issued tsunami warnings for parts of the north-east coast on Monday following another powerful aftershock. It is exactly a month since a magnitude-9 earthquake created huge waves that left an estimated 28,000 people dead or missing. NHK, the public broadcaster, warned of a tsunami up to 2 metres high on the coast of Ibaraki prefecture after the magnitude-7.1 quake. Although the waves were estimated to be much smaller than those that hit on 11 March, the meteorological agency warned people in Ibaraki to evacuate to higher ground. The warnings were later lifted. The aftershock came as the government said it was widening the evacuation zone around the plant due to high levels of accumulated radiation and fears about long-term effects on residents' health. A fire that broke out at the plant's number four reactor at 6.38am local time was extinguished, the operator, Tokyo Electric Power company (Tepco), said. More than 14,000 people are still missing following the disaster, and 152,000 survivors are living in evacuation centres. - The Guardian.
As sections of Japan becomes uninhabitable and the nuclear alert level rises, the Japanese government is now admitting that they had initially delayed raising the level to seven, in-order to avoid panic.
Seiji Shiroya, a commissioner of Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission, an independent government panel that oversees the country’s nuclear industry, said that the government had delayed issuing data on the extent of the radiation releases because of concern that the margins of error had been large in initial computer models. But he also suggested a public policy reason for having kept quiet. “Some foreigners fled the country even when there appeared to be little risk,” he said. “If we immediately decided to label the situation as Level 7, we could have triggered a panicked reaction.” - New York Times.
What's more, radiation readings from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has spiked sharply, following a powerful aftershock. Russia TV is reporting that 400,000 could develop cancer in 200 km radius of the  Fukushima.

The effects of the radiation is already being felt in Europe and America. In European, warnings have been issued to the public to avoid drinking milk or eating vegetables due to the high radiation levels.
The radiation risk from Fukushima is "no longer negligable," says CRIIRAD, the French research authority on radioactivity. It is now warning expectant mothers and young children to avoid drinking milk or rainwater. They should also avoid certain types of vegetables and cheese due to the dangerously high levels of radiation they may contain thanks to the radioactive fallout spreading across the globe. CRIIRAD now says that eating these items qualifies as "risky behavior." - Natural News.
In America, the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California is now indicating that Cesium can now be found in food and plants.
We have been collecting produce that is as local as possible to test for the radioactive isotopes. We might expect different kinds of plants to take up different quantities of cesium and iodine, so we are trying to measure as many different plants and fruits as we are able to. So far, we have measured grass, wild mushrooms, spinach, strawberries, cilantro, kale, and arugula. We have also measured local topsoil. 
In the following video clip, nuclear engineer, Arnie Gundersen, discusses why TEPCO's announcement of an increased accident severity level should not be a surprise. He also discusses similarities among the Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and the Fukushima nuclear accidents and how governments are once again limiting public access to accurate radiation dose information.

The numerous aftershocks seem to have complicated efforts to control the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. There have been nearly a 1,000 aftershocks,with 400 of magnitude 5 or greater in northeastern Japan since the mega earthquake on March 12. Over the last week, several magnitude 6 and over aftershocks continue to rock the eastern sections of the island, there was a 7.1 in Honshu, 6.1 in Kyushu, 6.6 in eastern Honshu, 6.2 on the east coast of Honshu, 6.0 in eastern Honshu and a 6.1 off the east coast of Honshu.

Currently TEPCO is admitting that reactor #4's fuel pool may be boiling and too hot, with the direct possibility that an enormous amount of plutonium might ignite.

Stay tuned.

More anon.