SNAFUkushima: Updating Meltdowns

By: Saturday May 31, 2014 7:59 am

Radioactive water has flowed from the Fukushima complex into the Pacific Ocean continuously since March 11, 2011. The flow rate varies, most likely, but no one knows what the rate is and there is no reliable system in place to measure the flow. There is also no reliable system in place to measure the intensity of the radiation, which also most likely varies.

 

Japan’s Deadly New ‘Fukushima Fascism’

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 6:25 pm

Fukushima continues to spew out radiation. The quantities seem to be rising, as do the impacts.

The site has been infiltrated by organized crime. There are horrifying signs of ecological disaster in the Pacific and human health impacts in the U.S.

But within Japan, a new State Secrets Act makes such talk punishable by up to ten years in prison.

Midway: Message From the Gyre

By: Tuesday May 28, 2013 3:35 pm

Midway is a 2.4-square-mile atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, roughly equidistant between North America and Asia. On the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Something Fishy: CRS Report Downplays Fukushima’s Effect on US Marine Environment

By: Saturday April 7, 2012 11:30 am

Late Thursday, the United States Coast Guard reported that they had successfully scuttled the Ryou-Un Maru, the Japanese “Ghost Ship” that had drifted into US waters after being torn from its moorings by the tsunami that followed the Tohoku earthquake over a year ago. The 200-foot fishing trawler, which was reportedly headed for scrap before it was swept away, was seen as potentially dangerous as it drifted near busy shipping lanes.

Coincidentally, the “disappearing” of the Ghost Ship came during the same week the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released its report on the effects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster on the US marine environment, and, frankly, the metaphor couldn’t be more perfect.

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