Should Residents Of Tokyo Be Preparing For Massive Radiation Exposure? 12 Disturbing Facts To Consider

Thursday, March 24, 2011
By Paul Martin

Does anyone really know what is going on at the Fukushima nuclear complex? When problems at the facility first surfaced, authorities promised that no significant amounts of radiation would be released. Then we were told that only those living within 20 kilometers of the complex needed to take precautions. After that we were told that radiation was showing up in many different types of vegetables all over northern and central Japan but that it was not a major concern. Now we are being told that the tap water in Tokyo is unsafe for infants to drink. So what are they going to tell us next? Should residents of Tokyo be preparing for massive radiation exposure from this disaster? Tokyo is only 150 miles away from the Fukushima nuclear complex. If a worst case scenario plays out at Fukushima, exactly what would that mean for the over 30 million people that live in and around Tokyo?

Sadly, so far the authorities in Japan have not been very transparent about this crisis. But what should we expect? Internationally, standard operating procedure during a nuclear crisis is to keep the public from becoming too alarmed. The real scope of the danger is always downplayed in order to avoid a panic. We saw this at Chernobyl and we are seeing this now.

Not only that, but in a world where legal liability plays such a key role, there is a huge incentive for TEPCO executives not to admit everything that they know. Admitting something now could potentially cost them massive amounts of money later.

Right now airborne radiation in Tokyo is four times the normal level, but Japanese authorities do not seem too concerned yet. They still insist that everything is going to be okay.

But things at Fukushima seem to be taking a turn for the worse again. Today, thick black smoke was belching from Unit 3. Unit 3 is considered the most dangerous of the reactors because it contains plutonium. If a large scale release of plutonium were to take place that would be absolutely catastrophic.

But plutonium is far from the only significant danger. For example, cesium isotopes have a half-life of about 30 years. All of the cesium that is currently being released at Fukushima will be highly radioactive for decades.

So how much cesium is being released at Fukushima? Well, nobody knows for sure, but Keith Harmon Snow is estimating that each spent fuel pool at the Fukushima nuclear complex could have 24,000 times the amount of cesium that was produced by the nuclear bomb that the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War 2.

Yes, this is a very, very serious crisis.

But up to this point many in the mainstream media have been doing their best to play down the potential dangers.

In fact, some prominent scientists have really done a disservice to the public by putting out blatant falsehoods.

For example, in a disgraceful article published just a few days after the tsunami, Dr. Josef Oehmen of MIT promised that there would not be “any significant release of radioactivity” from the damaged Fukushima nuclear complex….

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