Catastrophic Natural Disaster in Japan and Nuclear Concerns

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Japanese people as they deal with the aftermath of the recent massive earthquake and tsunami. As all of you have been witnessing through news reports, the difficulties that lie ahead over the next days, weeks and months are staggering. Incredibly catastrophic destruction has occurred affecting all aspects of the nation’s infrastructure. If you are able to help provide aid, please do so.

japannuclearplnt_nyt1There are serious concerns about the developing situation at some of Japan’s nuclear power plants. News reports and government updates are quickly occurring and the realities on the ground are changing by the minute.

Reports state that Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station reactor units 1, 2 and 3 (there are 6 total reactors at the site) have reported trouble. Offsite power has been lost and the emergency backup diesel generators are inoperable. Fukushima 1, which was designed by General Electric and entered commercial service in 1971, is apparently experiencing the most significant difficulties. Tokyo Electric Power, the operator, has reported that it also lost its ability to control pressure in some of the reactors at a second plant, known as Daini, about 10 miles away.

A New York Times article mentions that evacuations are occurring up to 6 miles around the plant and the Union of Concerned Scientist’s Dave Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer who has worked at several nuclear power plants in the United States, along with other experts outlined the concerns with the loss of coolant and possible outcomes if stability cannot be restored. According to the report, a Japanese nuclear safety panel said radiation levels were 1,000 times above normal in a reactor control room after the massive quake damaged the plant’s cooling system. Some radiation had seeped outside the plant, with levels just outside the facility’s main gate measured at eight times normal, Public Broadcaster NHK quoted nuclear safety officials as saying.

A Reuters report just released, provides an extensive, current overview. Over 3000 people have been evacuated and radioactive releases are imminent.

Here are some resources to help you stay up-to-date:

The developing situation is being tracked by the Union of Concerned Scientists including a blog by Dr. Ed Lyman. A factsheet by the Nuclear Information Resources Service provides additional input, Beyond Nuclear is closely following the situation. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is also tracking the possible impacts of the tsunami here in the U.S. especially at nuclear power plants in California and nuclear waste and nuclear materials sites elsewhere. Information from the Nuclear Energy Institute, the lobbying arm of the nuclear industry, can be found here. U.S. Congressman Edward Markey has issued a press release about the Japanese disaster including an inquiry to the NRC on possible impacts to the U.S. nuclear power infrastructure.

Again, please keep the Japanese people in your thoughts and prayers. This dire situation will require all of our help and support across the world.

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Good work, Sara! Thank you for leading with a prayer. We have been unbelievably lucky with this risky nuclear energy source for so long, may our good luck continue to hold and this scare be enough to shake Earth’s people into sense. May we rise up and throw off the poisonous yoke of corporate-controlled power which depends upon raping and scorching the Earth and harvest the sun and wind instead.


Comment by Glenn Carroll on March 12, 2011 1:38 am



Comment by Dr. Stephen A. Smith on March 12, 2011 8:39 am


Thanks for putting this up. This is a serious situation. Maybe it will help the US understand that we need to close down the reactors built on earthquake faults. We just don’t have the ability or understanding to make nuclear energy safe. From the terrible toll that mining and fracking for uranium causes to water and life, to the growing deadly waste, nuclear energy is not ecological or clean.


Comment by Elizabeth Barger on March 12, 2011 10:07 am


The # 1 Nuclear Reactor Building explodes at Fukushima Daiichi, videos and story at http://arklite.blogspot.com/


Comment by Garry Morgan on March 12, 2011 1:46 pm


UPDATE: The situation in Japan has gotten even more dire. Releases of radioactivity have occurred and both workers and surrounding members in the community have been exposed. Reports state that 200,000 people may have been evacuated from the vicinity of two separate power plants. It is possible a meltdown may have occurred, or is imminent to occur, at reactor Unit 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility according to various media reports. Additionally, there are serious concerns with reactor Unit 3 in terms of a possible meltdown:

[9:54 p.m. ET, 11:54 a.m. Tokyo] A meltdown may have occurred at at least one nuclear power reactor in Japan, the country’s chief cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano, said Sunday.

He also said that authorities are concerned over the possibility of another meltdown at a second reactor.

“We do believe that there is a possibility that meltdown has occurred. It is inside the reactor. We can’t see. However, we are assuming that a meltdown has occurred,” he said of the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility. “And with reactor No. 3, we are also assuming that the possibility of a meltdown as we carry out measures.”

The above information came in from: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/12/japan-earthquake-live-blog-death-toll-rises-amid-widespread-destruction/?hpt=T1

Additional information, with maps & further updates can be found at: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/12/japan.nuclear/index.html?hpt=T1


Comment by Sara Barczak on March 13, 2011 12:55 am


ADDITIONAL UPDATE: For the audio recording of a media briefing on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 pm ESt with U.S. nuclear experts analyzing the Japan nuclear disaster, go to http://www.hastingsgroupmedia.com/031211Japannuclearmeltdownrisk.mp3

A recent press release from Tokyo Electric Power Company provides some information about the above crisis and also mentions serious issues happening at the nearby Daini nuclear power plant where 4 reactors have shutdown due to the earthquake: http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/11031304-e.html

Our hearts and prayers continue to be with the people of Japan given the massive destruction that has occurred. Additionally, the workers at these nuclear facilities and emergency personnel at the scene are facing what has to be the most difficult situation anyone can be asked to bear. May they and their families have strength as they work to save nearby populations.


Comment by Sara Barczak on March 13, 2011 12:55 am


Such an enormous tragedy in Japan and surrounding makes us to see how weak we are when talking about these types of disasters and how in a few minutes everything can be ruined totally! I feel sincere sorry for occur this and I think in these kind of moments we have to be near all those people in need!


Comment by Ben Smith on March 13, 2011 9:02 am


I would like to give some advice on how mabe a way that could be usefull in the radiation….Ginko Boloba is resistent to ceten levels of radiation and Im shoure in a lab it could be consentrated in effective levels to thwart the toxic amounts in the blood streem and provide open pathways to infected areas in musel and skin….as far as the radiation in the air and ground….the air must be contained in a super charge using the eaths magnetic feald (simular to Teslas coil design) of free energy as stated in (witricity) by supercharging the moliculs in the air one can depeate that enery of radiaion posiby by freqency over a large and massive area at the same time with harp tec to contain the toxic energy in a specifide range feald area…as far as ground cleen up a bio frendly fome will have to be sprayed on ground sefice areas and containement vesels for storage much like a street sweeper….and the massive enormus work effort for radiation levels in the water and a redesign of NBC suits is a must….Dregers that have been used in the gulf in the bp desater would have to be utilised in the aplication for the withdrawel of water in the prosses of redesigning of the haul for containment to nutalise the radiation levels in stored in the haul same prosses of super charging the stored water and freqency with other biofrendly agents in fome to nutralise dangerus levels of toxic water…
if all posibe i would like to be active personaly to help in this desaster if i had a sponser for a diplomatic mission to japan…there i could work with scientists to utilize talents in many feald to help in most needed areas for inovation and design and at the verry least a extra hand in cleeen up would be a big pluss for me as well…
as far as the road conditions of the earth quake is conserned its going to be a lot of constuction work with concreet and many areas cannot waight and need trafic flowing as quick as posible…one could cover the holes and craks with dirt and lay a thin plastic sheet cut for design over craked areas for now untill constuction and repair of roads…it would be like going over speed bumps untill the dirt was pacted to a certen level for refill scrus in the concreet would work insted of adhesive to keep the sheets down for easer acsess for dirt refill. the massive amounts of water are going to need to be contained and inovate ides and lessens learnd though herican Ctrena and information of how to aviod toxic water and contaiment is a mighty plus.
well I hope to be more of a help in the future Yet I would like to be faced with hands on projects and direct diolog to be abe to find new and extraordinary ways to help unlike The BP desaster where they took my Ideas and pushed me out of the way.


Comment by Sov. William H. Phelps I on March 24, 2011 2:31 pm


A New York Times article mentions that evacuations are occurring up to 6 miles around the plant and the Union of Concerned Scientist’s Dave CDL Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer who has worked at several nuclear power plants in the United States, along with other experts outlined the concerns with the loss of coolant and possible outcomes if stability cannot be restored.


Comment by Martin on July 13, 2011 7:26 am


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