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Remembering the Tohoku Earthquake & Fukushima Tsunami Of 2011

Remembering the Tohoku Earthquake & Fukushima Tsunami Of 2011

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Fukushima Radioactive Water Prank

This is funny and sad at the same time.

Modeling Cesium-137 Dispersion In The Pacific Basin

Many people wonder if fish from the Pacific Basin is safe to eat. This video models Cesium-137 dispersion in the Pacific basin over several years. It takes into account dilutions and expresses them in terms of orders of magnitude (factors of 10).

Cesium-137 is important because it imitates Potassium in biological processes and has a half life of 30 years, meaning about 300 years would be required for levels to fall to 1/1000th of their original level.

    Fukushima Radiation Symposium: Naoto Kan

    Donald Louria, MD Fukushima Radiation Symposium

    Fukushima Radiation Symposium Session 1

    (The archive of this symposium may be found by visiting http://www.nuclearfreeplanet.org/symposium-update–online-archive-now-available-at-live-stream-link.html. We ask that you please make a small contribution to the Helen Caldicott Foundation to help with translation into Japanese, which will help those most affected by the incident.)

    Session 1 of the Fukushima radiation symposium (Description and Analysis of the Incident) was introduced by moderator: Donald Louria, MD, Chairman Emeritus, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey.

    Dr. Louria raised 3 inter-related questions for consideration:

    1. What energy mix will we use for energy and Why have not the USA and others developed alternatives?
    2. If we move vigorously, when can we realistically expect to rely on something other than fossil fuels?
    3. What will we use in the energy mix in the intervening years?

    Leading to a crucial question:

    At the rate we are going, in the absence of very vigorous actions, what year do we reach a tipping point wherein societal devastation and environmental catastrophe become inevitable?

    He then drew the conclusion that if people get to believe that a pessimistic scenario is more likely, that perception will likely result in a loss of faith in the future; which is independent of whether the tipping point actually occurs and may serve to accelerate its arrival.

    Dr. Louria then introduced the former Japanese Prime Minister at the time of the accident, Naoto Kan. Mr. Kan spoke on video, as he was unable to attend in person.

    Naoto Kan - fukushima radiation symposium

    Fukushima radiation almost necessitated the evacuation of Tokyo

    Within moments, Mr. Kan pointed out that although a natural disaster precipitated the accident, lack of adequate preparation made it worse. He then proceeded to give a blow-by-blow account of what happened and measures taken to deal with the situation. He described the dire consequences if the stricken reactors were to have gone out of control. In the worst-case scenario, long-term evacuation of Tokyo would have been necessary, and given that half of the Japanese population resides there, avoiding this was of utmost importance. He insisted that the TEPCO workers stay to bring the situation under control and had water pumped into the reactors to avert a worse disaster. He felt divine intervention played a part.

    However, upon examining why such a serious problem had brought Japan to the brink of disaster, he found problems with existing policies and government structure:

    “The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, an organization under Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry, was the authority that should play the main role in handling a nuclear power accident. However, the senior members of the Agency were not nuclear power experts. They were experts in legislation or economic policies. Neither they, nor their staff, were prepared for a nuclear disaster of this magnitude. My view is that this unpreparedness in terms of physical facilities, lack of adequate policies and government structure made the disaster even worse. ”

    Mr. Kan concluded that the only safe nuclear energy was none at all. He felt that it amounted to a transitional technology and has no place in the world of the future, as the poisonous by-products are incompatible with life as we know it.

    “Moreover, the conventional idea that nuclear power is the cheapest energy source has been fundamentally overturned. Of course, there are new energy sources including shale gas, and it has become obvious to everyone that nuclear power is never cheap energy in terms of costs for reprocess or waste disposal.”

      Fukushima Radiation Symposium Introduction

      Fukushima Radiation Symposium

      Fukushima Radiation

      Dr. Helen Caldicott

      On March 11 & 12, 2013, the 2 year anniversary of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi disaster, a symposium was held at The New York Academy of Medicine to discuss Fukushima radiation in terms of its bio-medical and ecological consequences. The symposium was a project of  the Helen Caldicott Foundation, and was co-sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility. The Fukushima radiation symposium was entitled: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident. Dr. Caldicott has made the archive of the symposium available at: http://www.nuclearfreeplanet.org/symposium-update–online-archive-now-available-at-live-stream-link.html

      Getting To The Truth About Fukushima Radiation

      If a person listens to the news media concerning Fukushima radiation, it can be difficult to get real answers.  Nuclear physics is a complex topic and does not fit well into sound bites. Consequently, reporters must rely on experts, and many of the experts have a conflict of interest, since they are part of the nuclear energy industry. When asking government officials about Fukushima radiation, a similar conflict of interest appears, since officials depend on campaign contributions provided by the nuclear energy industry. If one relies on the news media, industry experts or government officials for accurate information on Fukushima radiation, they run the risk of being misinformed.

      To discover the truth about Fukushima radiation, one needs to consult people who are committed to something other than the energy industry.  This symposium was assembled of such people.

      Symposium Speakers On Fukushima Radiation

      Physicians For Social Responsibility: Fukushima RadiationModerator: Donald Louria, MD, Chairman Emeritus, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey

      Session One: DESCRIPTION AND ANALYSIS OF ACCIDENT

      Former Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan (videotape)
      Opening Address

      Hiroaki Koide, Master of Nuclear Engineering, Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute (KURRI)
      Specialist of Radiation Safety and Control

      Fukushima Radiation: New York Academy of MedicineArnie Gundersen, Nuclear Engineer, Fairewinds Associates
      What Did They Know and When Did They Know it?

      David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists
      Another Unsurprising Surprise

      Hisako Sakiyama, Member of Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission
      Risk Assessment of Low Dose Radiation in Japan: What Became Clear in the Diet Fukushima Investigation Committee

      Akio Matsumura, Founder of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders
      What Did the World Learn from the Fukushima Accident?

      Session Two: THE MEDICAL AND ECOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES

      Steven Starr, Clinical Laboratory Science Program, University of Missouri
      The Implications of Massive Radiation Contamination of Japan with Radioactive Cesium

      Timothy Mousseau, Department of Biological Sciences, University South Carolina
      Chernobyl, Fukushima and Other Hot Places: Biological Implications

      Ken Buesseler, Marine Scientist Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
      Fukushima Ocean Impacts

      David Brenner, Center for Radiological Research, College of Physicians and Surgeons
      Columbia University
      Living with Uncertainty About Low Dose Radiation Risks

      Session Three:
      THE MEDICAL CONSEQUENCES OF BOTH THE CHERNOBYL AND FUKUSHIMA CRISES AS THEY RELATE TO NORTH AMERICA
      Session Chair: Andrew Kanter, Physicians for Social Responsibility.

      Alexey Yablokov, Russian Academy of Sciences
      Lessons from Chernobyl

      Wladimir Wertelecki, Former Chair of the Department of Medical Genetics University South Alabama
      Congenital Malformations in Rivne Polossia and the Chernobyl Accident

      Ian Fairlie, Radiation Biologist and Independent Consultant
      The Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima: Nuclear Source Terms, Initial Health Effects

      Steve Wing, Gillings School of Public Health, University North Carolina
      Epidemiological Studies of Radiation Releases from Nuclear Facilities: Lessons Past and Present

      Joe Mangano, Radiation and Public Health Project
      Post Fukushima Increases in Newborn Hypothyroidism on the West Coast of USA

      Robert Alvarez, Institute for Policy Studies
      Management of Spent Fuel Pools and Radioactive Waste

      Cindy Folkers, Beyond Nuclear
      Post-Fukushima Food Monitoring in the US

      Mary Olson
      Nuclear Information and Resource Services, Gender Matters in the Atomic Age

      Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear
      Seventy Years of Radioactive Risks in Japan and America

      David Freeman, Former Chair. Tennessee Valley Authority
      My Experience with Nuclear Power

      Herbert Abrams, Stanford University School of Medicine
      The Hazards of Low Level Ionizing Radiation: Controversy and Evidence

      The Fukushima radiation topics presented by each of these speakers will be summarized in future posts.