Thursday, October 6, 2016

Nuclear Pacific

That night-time sparkle in the Pacific waters may just be radiation? 

Click here for related article: [Fukushima Radiation - Tyler Durden]

Hmm, wondering about that unique tingle in your fresh seafood dinner from the Pacific?
Well, other than the spices added by the chef, it just might be a radioactive kick, compliments of our Nipponese neighbors whose current nuclear engineers obviously did not learn to respect the requirements to monitor and support their nuclear facilities over the last 30 or 40 years.

It's been five years since the big earthquake, which some will remember, sparked the Great Tsunami, which washed away a number of resort areas, along with thousands of lives, and ultimately washed over the Fukushima's nuclear facilities.  We hear little about Fukushima these days, and the bulk of the world's population remembers little about it other than that there was a leak from a nuclear reactor, but, by golly, that's all been taken care of now, and
no harm, no foul!

But, oddly enough, there is lots of evidence of both harm and foul.

Nothing to see here, move along!
The TEPCO [partnered with General Electric] nuclear plant n Fukushima suffered considerable damage, with three nuclear reactors melting down, releasing the largest amount of radiation into the ocean in the history of the world -- rivaling even Chernobyl in impact.

Accusations lodged against TEPCO and General Electric claim that both were fully aware of the poor condition or servicing of the reactors, but took no action to repair or upgrade the equipment and systems.

Keep in mind, this was not a single, one-time event which was discovered, addressed, and fixed.

In fact, the daily leakage from these sealed reactors reportedly continues at 300 tons per day, far more than the Pacific Ocean can absorb.  This problem will continue since the facilities were "sealed" with concrete and are now inaccessible to either human or robot, leaving fissures through which radioactive leakage continues.

So, what's the big deal?

Inedible Tuna 
Well, for one, visible effects are reflected in Canadian fish bleeding from their gills, mouths, and eye sockets, and fish populations have been decimated.  

In Oregon, starfish began losing their legs, and radiation levels in Tuna have tripled.

And, surfers in California have likely not noticed that radiation has increased by 500 per cent.  

According to Canadian scientists, the radiation levels in the Pacific are not decreasing, but instead, are increasing each year; they advise that Pacific Ocean radiation is five to ten times the radiation level since US nuclear testing began in the Pacific in the 1950s.

As radiation levels increase in the Pacific, there may be some impact on water temperatures and consequently, on temperatures, adding to the myriad issues affecting our climate.

But, not to worry, neither our government nor Japan's is concerned about any of this, so, why should you be concerned.