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Massive Cover-Up Ongoing At The Highest Levels – Fukushima Nuclear Hell Hole And ‘Mass Deaths Events’ – Are We Now Only Witnessing The ‘Tip Of The Iceberg’?

According to this new story over at ENENews which uses the Associated Press and Newsweek among their sources, the nation of Japan is preparing to flood the Pacific Ocean with a million tons of nuclear waste water contaminated by Fukushima, gradually to be released into the homes of billions of sea creatures, some of which may later be eaten by human beings.

At loss for more than 6 years now about what to do with the tanks of toxic matter left over from the 2011 disaster, local fishermen are furious, warning the release could kill the fishing industry there, an industry already hurting for 6+ years due to the disaster itself.

And while the Japanese government continues to hide pertinent information about radiactive contamination due to Fukushima from the public in Japan, anybody who has been paying close attention to the information that has been censored coming from there knows that the situation is much worse than we’re being officially told. And these latest planned releases of radioactive waste into the ocean will only hasten the ‘mass animal death events’ that we’ve been reporting upon on ANP for 3 years running now.

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While the mainstream media and ‘establishment’ are more than happy to push ‘global warming’ in our faces at every opportunity that they get, the fact that they are utterly silent about what’s been happening to the Pacific Ocean and the West coast to our oceans and the food chain there speaks to us much more loudly than their eternal, damning silence.

As we reported on ANP back on November 10th, nearly every day we’re getting signs of a catastrophic collapse of the Pacific Ocean food chain coming to us from both the independent media and small, local news outlets and while at the moment, fish, birds, mammals and other ocean creatures are the ones paying the ultimate price, it may be only a matter of time before Fukushima’s poisons make the next leap up the food chain and begin killing more people than it already has.

For those who have forgotten, soon after the 2011 disaster, the US Navy sent numerous aid ships to Japan and as this March of 2016 story from Stars and Stripes reported, 16 US ships which participated in the relief efforts are STILL contaminated with low levels of radiation, nearly 7 years later! And while a US Appeals Court recently ruled that 318 US sailors sickened by the radiation can sue the government of Japan and TEPCO for injuries caused, such a ruling does little good for the families of those sailors who have already died due to their exposure to Fukushima’s poisons.

And with the story of the USS Ronald Reagan and more than 500 sailors sickened underscoring the dangers that Fukushima’s poisons pose to humans, we have to ask, how many other people have acquired deadly mysterious illnesses since then with no adequate explanation coming to them from doctors or medical health practitioners?

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And is it just a coincidence that many of the fish and animals involved in the still-growing ‘mass death events’ have suffered from many of the same symptoms as those sailors who were exposed, including  muscle wasting, cancer, internal bleeding, thyroid dysfunction, abscesses, and birth defects? As ENENews reported back on November 9th, scientists were shocked by the low number of fish that were caught during a recent survey with ‘no babies being born’.

For those paying attention to the ‘mass animal death events’ that the website End Times Prophecy Blog has been meticulously keeping track of since 2011, should we even be surprised by any of this? As of this story writing, we’re now up to 425 KNOWN ‘mass animal death events’ in 2017, spread across 78 different countries as of this day.

Two stories put out by ENENews back on November 13th and November 14th help to explain why the massive coverup we’re witnessing at the highest levels will end up having profound effects.

As ENENews reported back on November 13th, the US state of Hawaii was struck by 200 times the fallout from Fukushima than was expected with over a trillion becquerels of nuclear waste falling upon the state. Then on November 14th, ENENews reported this disturbing aspect of the ‘Fukushima cover-up’ that we’re witnessing: Fukushima Cover-Up.

“Keep cancers a secret” say doctors — “We’re getting leukemia and cataracts and we die suddenly” — “Students having sudden heart attacks” — Officials “actively ignoring” reports of illness and death

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Why is there still such a massive cover-up of Fukushima, 6+ years later? As we see in the graphic above, according to scientists from China and Korea, huge swaths of radioactive poisons will continue to strike the West coast of the US between now and the year 2031 with no end to the flow of poisons into our oceans and atmosphere in sight.

With a massive cover-up at the highest levels still ongoing and the worst still yet to come according to experts, some have argued that Fukushima is part of the globalists depopulation agenda and a massive, nuclear attack upon America.

As Dr. Mark Sircus reported back on February 9th of 2017most people think they have to die to go to hell but that is not true anymore. Today, in the mainstream press, they announced the existence of a hell hole in Japan at the destroyed nuclear power station at Fukushima. We have a hot spot on our planet that has never been imagined before and in the face of it human technology is helpless.

As ENENews reported back in 2012, we’re witnessing what seems to be an endless flow of radiation into the sea and atmosphere – and there is still nothing to stop this catastrophe as of this moment, now nearly 7 years later.

Radiation near Tokyo spiked to 100,000,000 times normal after Fukushima — “Intensive contamination” hit Tokyo area… “Extremely high” levels detected — Info about radioactive contamination hidden from public

PLOS, Nov 14, 2017 (emphasis added): Radioactive contamination in the Tokyo metropolitan area in the early stage of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident and its fluctuation over five years

  • The activity and inventory of radioactive material in the eastern part of Tokyo tended to be high… The radioactive plume with high 131I activity spread into the Tokyo metropolitan area
  • Almost no public information about the radioactive contamination in the Tokyo metropolitan area and Kanto district had been shared
  • The plume containing a large amount of radioactive material drifted into the Tokyo metropolitan area… where over 30 million residents live… [Publications] include almost no discussion of the fact that radioactive materials were carried into the Tokyo metropolitan area…
  • The contamination level was extremely high in a roadside ditch sludge in Kashiwa City…
  • The quantity of 134+137Cs deposited in the region studied was estimated… from values measured in the soil, it was estimated as 5.35 TBq
  • High activities and inventories of the radionuclides were found in eastern Tokyo and northern Chiba… The contamination was even higher in the adjoining northern part of Chiba located east of Tokyo…
  • The results reveal that the Tokyo metropolitan area even now continues to be affected by radioactive contamination caused by the FDNPP accident…
Gordon Edwards, Ph.D, nuclear expert, 2017 (pdf): Intensive contamination extends over 200 km south – right down to the outskirts of Tokyo

IRSN, 2016 (pdf): Fukushima-Daiichi Accident: Main contamination events… Event of 14-16 March – This event is marked by turning winds and by a rainfall that generated significant contamination of the Japanese territory. On the evening of the 14th of March, a first radioactive plume was transported by winds towards the southwest… and reached the Tokyo area. At Tsukuba, 153 Bq/m3** were measured…

** 153 Bq/m3 = 153,000,000 uBq/m3 Cs-137 in Tsukuba after Fukushima vs. 1.2 uBq/m3 Cs-137 in Tsukuba before Fukushima (source) = 127,500,000 times higher Cs-137 after Fukushima

Fukushima Update 11/11/2017: 15,641.2 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow

Updated November 11, 2017: Fukushima Equals 15,641.2 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow; There is No Place On Earth to Escape the Rad: The 3 melted-through cores of the destroyed reactors, now melted together into a single “corium” totaling over 600 tons, at Fukushima daily release the radioactive equivalent of 6.45 Hiroshima bombs directly into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean. As of November 11, 2017 – 2,425 days since the disaster began – this equals the detonation of 15,641.2 Hiroshima atomic bombs and it is still going strong, with no end in sight, considering that the half-life of uranium-238 is about 4.47 billion years and that of uranium-235 is 704 million years. There is no technology on this planet to deal with this situation. Any “news” they allow you to see about “repairing” the damage is a LIE, and they know it.There are only 336 cities on Earth with more than one million people. That is the equivalent of 46.55 Hiroshima atomic bombs apiece. Now add a minimum of 600 tons per day of highly radioactive ground and “coolant” water flowing directly into the Pacific Ocean, as it has for the last 2,425 days. Do your own research, consider and see with your own eyes the many mass Pacific die-off videos on YouTube. Verify all the information, and, as always, draw your own informed conclusions as to the consequences. – CP

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The next publication date is November 18, 2017 on the Road to Extinction.”
Latest publication, as updated:
“Your Radiation This Week, Nov. 4, 2017″
by Bob Nichols
“First thing, grasp the difficult concept that this is an ELE or Extinction Level Event. The deadly meltdown and dispersion of radioactive fuel throughout the world is on-going to this day. There is no escaping our fate, there are no solutions. No one is exempt. The radioactive particles are all over the world now. The Rad lethality will continue to increase because that is what Rad lethality does. The simple reason is some of the uranium decays to plutonium. When that happens the Rad count increases. Once set free, the change cannot be altered or stopped by anyone or anything. The Rad is the ultimate power and its mission is to kill You.
Lethality: There are 1,946 radioactive isotopes according to the Oak Ridge Nuclear Weapons Lab. In the Earth’s atmosphere all are produced by nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants. There are no other sources. Lethality is the power to kill and injure. It exists and is measured by humans in deaths and in calculations. The perfectly odd thing about radiation is the Lethality goes up while the radioactivity goes down. That has killed many a person who only counted the radioactivity. This is perfectly logical when you recognize radioactive Isotopes change from one Isotope to another for billions of years. The Isotope Uranium changes to Plutonium and many others. Plutonium is the ultimate killing machine, so bad that the Medical Director of the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, Dr. John Gofman, said “Plutonium 239 is the most dangerous substance in the universe.”All of life on Earth is radioactive by now and it only took about 70 years. This is a planetary Death Sentence for all. Everyone is included. There is no way out. There is nothing we can do to stop it. The Rad will take us all out. Yeah, that includes all of us; plus the life driving around in our air, lakes, rivers and oceans. The Rad also nails the long lived remnants of the dinosaurs; y’know, the birds. They don’t have a prayer. All of us are included; none are left out. That is reality, anything else is just wishful thinking or a purposeful lie. The amount of Rad in the air now dooms Humanity to a relatively quick extinction. Done in by our own war toys, how moronic is that?! I can’t say it any plainer than that.”

Bob Nichols’ current “Your Radiation This Week”
 report can be viewed here:
“Table of Poisoned American Cities”

– https://yourradiationthisweek.org/
– https://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/10/07/
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Total Gamma Radiation 2017.5 Year to Date USA, Nov. 4, 2017  
Plus Annual Rad Totals Since 2006
Normal Radiation is 5 to 20 CPM. 50 CPM is an alert level.
by Bob Nichols
“I added a new measurement that will help residents understand the Rad. The Rad is with us all 24/7 constantly. It never goes away. It is better to know what the Rad level is than to not know. Be prepared for a shock, these Year to Date totals are really big radiation numbers. Colorado Springs, Colorado is number one in the US right now having endured 46,136,977 Gamma CPM, or Counts per Minute, since January 1, 2017.” Table of Poisoned American Cities, Total Gamma Radiation Year to Date, CPM and nanoSieverts by City and State can be viewed here:
Aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, 100 miles offshore of Fukushima: ”During that March 13 phone call, Cleveland wrote, Troy Mueller – the deputy administrator for naval reactors at the US Department of Energy – said the radiation was the equivalent of “about 30 times what you would detect just on a normal air sample out at sea.” “So it’s much greater than what we had thought,” Mueller reportedly warned other American officials after taking samples on the Reagan. “We didn’t think we would detect anything at 100 miles.” After Mueller made that remark, according to Cleveland’s transcript, Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman asked him if those levels were “significantly higher than anything you would have expected.” He responded yes. When Poneman later asked Mueller, “How do the levels detected compare with what is permissible?” Mueller said those on the scene could suffer irreversible harm from the radiation within hours. “If it were a member of the general public, it would take- well, it would take about 10 hours to reach a limit,” he said. At that point, Mueller added, “It’s a thyroid dose issue.” If people are exposed to levels beyond the Protective Action Guideline threshold released by the Energy Department, Cleveland acknowledged in his report, radiation could have ravaged their thyroid glands.”

German Analysis of Certain Isotopes after Meltdown: Hold on to your hat. In 1992 Germany calculated that in reactor meltdowns like Fukushima Daiichi the radioactive isotope Strontium 90 would aggressively poison the environment for 109.2 years and then decline slowly over the next 273 years. Of course, we will ALL be long dead by then. Other deadly Rad isotopes put Strontium 90’s generous life span to shame. The German study is here for those brave enough to tackle it. Source: The IAEA: Dispersion of radionuclides and radiation exposure after leaching by groundwater of a solidified core-concrete melt by Bayer, A.; Tromm, W.; Al-Omari, I. (Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany)) from 8. International congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA8)”
“What We Know Now about Fukushima”
by Bob Nichols
“Here is what was known 75 days after reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactor Plant started a disastrous and lethal nuclear meltdown on March 11, 2011:• March 11, 14:46, a One Million Kiloton Earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter Scale hammered Japan off-shore near the six Japanese reactors. The reactors attempted to shut down automatically when electronic sensors detected the earthquake. The huge earthquake dropped the reactors three feet, moved Japan 8 inches to the West and altered the tilt of the Axis of planet Earth.

• March 11, about 15:30, the giant Earthquake caused a tsunami up to 30 meters (98.4 Ft) high washed away all the fuel tanks for the reactors Emergency Generators and all the reactors’ outside electrical feeds. This was the Death Blow to the reactors. The six Fukushima Daiichi reactors were dead in the water and their fate sealed. Without an external source of electricity for the water pumps and hot reactors, they are just so much radioactive scrap iron – good for nothing. The internal temperature of the reactors started climbing immediately.

• March 11, about 18:00, only two and a half hours later, multiple reactor cores started melting down as the reactors internal temperatures skyrocketed to the melting point of uranium and beyond – a measured 1,718 Deg C (3,124.4 Deg F) past the melting point. Uranium melts at 1,132.2 Deg C (2,069.9 Deg F.) The internal reactor temperatures reached at least 2,850 Deg C, (5,162 Deg F.) The millions of 1 mm Uranium fuel pellets in the reactors and in the core pools had no defense at all without the powerful water pumps and millions of gallons of cooling water against those temperatures.

The Uranium pellets simply melted forming a white hot lava-like radioactive uranium isotope blob that then burned through the high temperature steel around the graphite seals of the General Electric Mark 1 Reactor Control Rods at the bottom of the American submarine-based reactor design of US Navy Admiral Hyman Rickover, now deceased. (General Electric copied the US Government financed Navy nuclear reactor design for many commercial nuclear reactors.) The radioactive blobs trickled together to form a huge, highly radioactive, burning lava blob like that of Chernobyl, called a “corium”.

• The corium is releasing as much as a TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) measured 10 Quadrillion (10,000 Trillion Bq) radioactive counts per second of deadly radioactive smoke particles into the Earth’s atmosphere. As of May, 2011, the invisible, killing radioactive smoke is already all over the Northern Hemisphere and everyone in it – each and every one – is radiologically contaminated. Note that the lethality of radioactive reactor cores goes up the first 250,000 years they are out of the reactor – not down.
• This much is known. All radioactive exposures are cumulative for each human, animal and plant. What’s more, mutated genetic codes are passed on to offspring forever. This means all Japanese and all Northern Hemisphere inhabitants are suffering internal radioactive contamination from Fukushima Daiichi reactors already.”
Fukushima Equals 3,000 Billion Lethal Doses: Dr Paolo Scampa, a widely know EU Physicist, single handedly popularized the easily understood Lethal Doses concept. “Lethal Doses” is a world wide, well understood idea that strips Physics bare and offers a brilliant, understandable explanation for all the physics gobbledygook Intelligence agencies and their respective governments use to disguise the brutal truths of the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster. Three thousand billion (3,000,000,000,000) (3 Trillion) Lethal Doses of Radiation means there are 429 Lethal Doses chasing each and every one of us on the planet, to put it in a nutshell.”

A Search of this blog will reveal many posts about Fukushima, covered since day one.What, do you think the radiation just stops like magic on the shores of California?

Source: http://coyoteprime-runningcauseicantfly.blogspot.com/2017/11/fukushima-update-11112017-156412.html

Former US Senator: All these Navy sailors have died after Fukushima radiation exposure — TV program reveals many are now dead — Veterans break down in tears… suffering cancers, paralysis, amputations, bleeding from anus, severe pain (VIDEO)

Courthouse News, Sep 1, 2017 (emphasis added): Dying Navy Sailors Push for Trial on Fukushima Meltdown — Representing cancer-ridden Navy service members who say they were exposed to radiation on a humanitarian mission in Fukushima, former Sen. John Edwards urged a federal judge Thursday to set a date for trial. Over a decade after serving as John Kerry’s running mate in the 2004 presidential election, Edwards now represents hundreds of Navy sailors who were aboard the USS Ronald Reagan… “We have all these sailors whose case is now five years old, who have died or are in the process of dying right now,” said Edwards… Edwards noted that some of his other clients have seen their children born with birth defects… He said they want to make sure “the truth comes out” and that the “word gets out about the dangers and risks that exist not just in Japan, but in other parts of the world.”

Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuA7Cd8rsy4

 

Nippon TV, Oct 2017 — Japanese transcript excerpts (translated by Google):

  • Narrator: 9 people have also died… Young American soldiers who worked hard at Tomodachi operation…
  • Cecilia Gutierrez (Army): “I have removed the uterus and cannot give birth to children because of exposure”…
  • Narrator: The number of people who have already died is 9, the causes of death are periosteal sarcoma, leukemia… Lindsay Cooper (Navy)… often I will leak, pee, diarrhea, stomach hurts often, after a lot of blood comes out of buttocks
  • Daniel Hair (Navy): Bones ache… polyps in the intestines, blood from the anus
  • Chad Holt (Navy): Stomach hurts chest also… such as stabbed with a knife
  • William Zeller (Navy): All the time, there is a neuralgia pain
  • Chad Holt (Navy): I can hardly walk… I cannot move joints…
  • Narrator: 5 people who complained of bleeding from the anus
  • Steve Simmons (then Navy Captain): On March 23, 2017, I cut the knees on both feet I got a surgery, my feet became purple… I was diagnosed with radiation-induced “neurological disorder and muscle disease”… Every time I bring out the exposure problem, a military doctor, everyone denied, nobody wanted to acknowledge that my suffering is related to radiation…
  • Interviewee: By radiation, losing your feet is such a sad thing…
  • Gutierrez: I record all the symptoms… hair loss, dry skin, long-term massive bleeding, extreme weight gain, migraine, skin diseases, pimples, extremely bad headache…
  • Narrator: Nine people have also died… Young Americans who worked hard at the operation of Tomodachi exposed radiation in nuclear accident and said that 402 people were in trial, as they hurt their health… Three months after the interview, the face of Cecilia paralyzed and the left eye almost disappeared

 

Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuA7Cd8rsy4

 

 

“Scientists shocked” as fisheries collapse along West Coast — “It’s the worst we’ve seen… they’re starving” — Death rates skyrocket, no babies being born — Fish stocks at all-time record lows

Seattle Times, Nov 7, 2017 (emphasis added): Gulf of Alaska cod populations appear to have nose-dived, a collapse fishery scientists believe is linked to warm water… “They get weak and die or get eaten by something else,” said [NOAA’s Steve Barbeaux]… The 2017 trawl net survey found the lowest numbers of cod on record… Scientists are trying to unravel what happened… a lot of the cod hatched in 2012 appeared to survive… But by 2017, those fish were largely gone for the surveys, which also found scant evidence of fish born in subsequent years… Many of the cod that have come on board trawlers are long skinny fish… according to Brent Paine, executive director off United Catcher Boats… “This is a big deal,” Paine said. “We just don’t see these (cod) year classes disappear from one year to the next”…

KBBI, Nov 6, 2017: Cod numbers in the Gulf of Alaska fall dramatically — The North Pacific Fishery Management Council… received some shocking news last month… NOAA surveys show that cod were the skinniest on record in 2015, but fish didn’t just get smaller. Natural mortality rates also skyrocketed for some important age classes of cod… This isn’t the first time cod stocks have taken dive in the Gulf… but Barbeaux said this time is different. “The difference between then and now is we don’t see any recruitment coming in”…

Seafood Source, Oct 17, 2017: Gulf of Alaska cod stocks at all-time lows — Pacific cod numbers in the Gulf of Alaska are at all-time lows, according to early looks at data collected from the 2017 summer survey… Biologists survey Alaska cod every other summer, and this year’s Gulf of Alaska count represents… an 83 percent drop from 2015… “If you look at the condition of the fish during that time period, it’s the worst we’ve seen; condition meaning their lowest weight at length for those particular year classes. It means they were starving…” Barbeaux said…

Vancouver Sun, Nov 2, 2017: Salmon returns just keep getting worse on the Fraser River… There was a one-in-10 chance that the pink returns would be as low as 4.4 million, but the results were even worse. “It was much less, obviously much poorer than expected,” Mike Lapointe, chief biologist with the Pacific Salmon Commission, said… The estimated fry-to-adult survival rate of 1.6 per cent this year is half the average of 3.2 per cent… The dismal pink returns are in line with previously reported poor sockeye returnsHe said no one really knows why ocean survival has been so poor… “All we know is they didn’t come back“…

KTVZ, Nov 1, 2017: Scientists shocked: Where did ocean salmon go?… Juvenile salmon, observed in near-normal numbers in the Columbia River estuary, seemed to disappear in the ocean, NOAA Fisheries scientist Brian Burke reported… NOAA researchers found almost no juvenile salmon… Catches of smelt, herring, and anchovy, forage fish for birds and other species, also were also low. “Chinook and coho just weren’t there,” Burke said… a researcher in Alaska who normally catches juvenile Columbia River spring Chinook and coho smolts in the summer caught none this year, NOAA salmon researcher Lauri Weitcamp said…

Fukushima radiation found in Hawaii fish — Almost half contain fallout from Japan nuclear disaster

University of Hawaii at Mānoa, 2017:

In the Wake of Fukushima: Radiocesium Inventories of Selected North Pacific Fish

Thirteen commonly consumed types of fish caught in the North Pacific and locally available in Hawaii were analyzed using gamma spectroscopy to measure Fukushima-derived and historic 134 Cs and 137 Cs isotopes. All fish samples had detectable 137 Cs above 95% Confidence Intervals. Three out of the thirteen samples had 134 Cs, an isotope indicative of Fukushima releases, detected above 95% Confidence Intervals. The highest 134 Cs and 137 Cs concentration in the examined species was in ahi tuna carrying 0.10±0.04 Bq/kg and 0.62±0.05 Bq/kg, respectively. Other samples with 134 Cs activities found above their 2-sigma uncertainty were albacore tuna and swordfish…

[W]hile the plume has not necessarily reached the Hawaiian Islands, it did travel within established fishing grounds across major migratory paths northeast of the islands…

Five samples showed the Fukushima tracer 134Cs, present above critical levels and at the 68% confidence interval (CI at 1-sigma uncertainty) but only three of those fish exhibited activities above the range of their 2 sigma uncertainty representing 95% CI…

Five samples showed evidence of Fukushima-derived 134Cs…

This study suggests that about 40% of fish tested here and are consumed on the islands of Hawai’i were recently exposed to the path of the Fukushima-derived radiocesium plume in the North Pacific Gyre…

Regular sampling of species that show signs of Fukushima-derived radiocesium may better inform us about the variability and spatial distribution of the released radiocesium isotopes.

See also: Senior Scientist on HBO: I’d worry about swimming in Hawaii’s ocean starting in 2015 due to Fukushima plume (VIDEO)

Fukushima should be ranked LEVEL 10 nuclear disaster (INES scale only goes up to 7) — Plant Worker: We caused the “worst kind” of accident

  • Of Disasters and Dragon Kings: A Statistical Analysis of Nuclear Power Incidents and Accidents
  • [T]he cost of the two largest events, Chernobyl and Fukushima (March 2011), is equal to nearly five times the sum of the 173 other events. We also document a significant runaway disaster regime in both radiation release and cost data, which we associate with the “dragon-king” phenomenon… we find that the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES) is inconsistent in terms of both cost and radiation released. To be consistent with cost data, the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters would need to have between an INES level of 10 and 11, rather than the maximum of 7…
  • [T]he upper category (7) clearly contains events too large to be consistent with the linear relationship. For instance, the largest events (Fukushima and Chernobyl) would need to have an INES score of 10.6 to coincide with the fitted line…
  • RUNAWAY DISASTERS AS “DRAGON-KING” OUTLIERS — In a complex system with safety features/ barriers, once an event surpasses a threshold, it can become uncontrollable, and develop into a “runaway disaster”—causing disproportionately more damage than other events…
  • [F]or the costs to be consistent with the INES scores, the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters would need to be between an INES level of 10 and 11, rather than the maximum level of 7…

Japan Times, Sep 2, 2017: “Whether you take the viewpoint of a Tepco employee or a local resident, the outcome was far from satisfactory,” [former Fukushima Daiichi worker Ryuta Idogawa] says. “As a plant operator we caused a huge accident — the worst kind. Technicians train over and over, and are charged with ensuring this kind of thing doesn’t happen. That the accident did happen makes us the lowest of the low. From the viewpoint of a resident, the disaster meant they couldn’t go home. That we destroyed entire communities was bad enough. However, they were our communities as well.”

Alert after collapse at nuclear site in N. Korea — “Fears of massive radioactive leak” — Scientist: Fallout may spread across “entire hemisphere” — Expert: Could cause major disaster… Radioactive material will go “into ocean a bit like Fukushima”

Yonhap, Oct 31, 2017 (emphasis added): A tunnel under construction at North Korea’s nuclear test site collapsed and as many as 200 workers could have been killed, a Japanese news report said Tuesday. About 100 people were trapped inside when the unfinished tunnel at the North’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site collapsed, and an additional 100 people could have been killed while trying to rescue those trapped as a second collapse occurred, Japan’s TV Asahi reported…

Telegraph, Oct 31, 2017: As many as 200 North Korean labourers have been killed after a mine shaft being dug at the regime’s nuclear test site collapsed, according to Japan’s Asahi TV… Chinese scientists have issued… warnings, suggesting that nuclear fallout could spread across “an entire hemisphere” if the mountain did collapse.

AOL, Oct 31, 2017: Japanese media reports 200 North Koreans died in a tunnel collapse at their nuclear test site… Additionally, with the test site compromised, hazardous radioactive material left over from the blast may seep out, which could possibly cause an international incident

Daily Telegraph, Nov 1, 2017: Radiation leak fears after collapse — A tunnel collapse at North Korea’s key nuclear testing site has sparked renewed fears of a major radiation leak and environmental disaster… Dr Peter Layton, a visiting fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University, said the reports of the collapse could be entirely plausible and agreed it could cause a major disaster… Dr Layton said the radiation fears were real and would be felt for some time. “I would think that would have a local impact only — some dozens of kilometres — as the dust settles,” he said. “Then the rain will wash it into the ocean a bit like Fukushima. The radiated area will probably be dangerous for some decades.”

The Sun, Nov 1, 2017: North Korea nuclear tunnel collapses ‘killing at least 200 people’ amid fears of a massive radioactive leak… The disaster has prompted fears of a massive radioactive leak which could spark a Chernobyl- or Fukushima-style disaster… Chinese nuclear weapons researcher and chair of the China Nuclear Society Wang Naiyan told the Morning Post a collapse could spark a major environmental disaster. He said: “We call it ‘taking the roof off’. If the mountain collapses and the hole is exposed, it will let out many bad things.”

Newsweek, Nov 1, 2017: North Korean Soldiers Are Being Treated for Radiation Exposure After Nuclear Test: ReportConcerns over radiation leaks from the North Korean nuclear test site continue to grow in Japan… Chinese nuclear weapons expert Wei Shijie told The Telegraph that a nuclear leak was “inevitable.” He said: “It is just a matter of time to detect it, because there are cracks on mountains where radioactive substances will leak.”

Accuweather, Nov 1, 2017: Winds from North Korea nuclear test site may send radiation toward Japan, AccuWeather says — Following a deadly tunnel collapse at a North Korean nuclear test site, winds may strengthen from the northwest and direct radiation toward northern Japan, according to AccuWeather research… “We know from other news reports that there has been an accident at the nuclear test site… As winds pick up out of the northwest over the next few days, it is possible that any radiation that leaks from the site could be carried and dispersed across the Sea of Japan [East Sea] and even to the Japanese islands” [said Dr. Joel N. Myers, AccuWeather founder and president.] The threat may include Hokkaido and far-northern Honshu, with the possibility of radiation reaching areas farther south this weekend…

 

Mysterious spike in radioactive particles across Europe baffles scientists

Mysterious spike in radioactive particles across Europe baffles scientists

Germany’s Office for Radiation Protection reported increased radioactivity in parts of central and western Europe over the past week. The heightened levels were detected at several trace measuring stations in Europe, and at six locations in Germany.

The particles are ruthenium-106, an isotope used in radiotherapy for eye tumors, and at times in radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) which provide power to satellites. An increase of ruthenium-106 has been detected in the air in Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

While officials say there is no need to panic, they don’t know where the material has come from. The elevated radiation levels do not present a threat to human health.

“New analyses of the source of the radioactive material are likely to indicate a release in the southern Ural,” the Office for Radiation Protection said, “but other regions in Southern Russia can not be excluded.”

It said that because only ruthenium-106 has been detected, a nuclear power plant accident can be ruled out.

The Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom, however, rejected the report, saying that “the radiation situation around all Russian nuclear facilities is within the norm and corresponds to natural background radiation.”

The Wednesday statement also noted the data of Roshydromet ,Russia’s meteorology service, indicated that ruthenium-106 hasn’t been detected on Russian territory, only excluding St. Petersburg, from September 25 to October 7. However, the ruthenium-106 concentration in St. Petersburg last week was “insignificant,” and was four times lower than the allowed level, it added.

Russian nuclear facilities cannot be seen as the source of the reported release, Rosatom said, calling the speculation about a Russian origin “invalid.”

Similar spikes in radioactive particles have occurred across Europe in the past, but they are rare.

In February, trace amounts of radioactive iodine-131 were detected across parts of Europe. The iodine faded, and the source of the radioactivity wasn’t identified, Motherboard reports.

France’s IRSN institute announced the trace amounts were detected over Norway, Finland, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, France and Spain.