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article imageOp-Ed: Fukushima’s nuclear reactor problems continue

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By Eliot Elwar     May 5, 2012 in Science
The Fukushima reactor and radiation levels remain an ongoing issue; a physicist warns Japan’s leadership about nuclear facility as new problems emerge at the power plant.
Furthermore, radiation has been detected in the drinking water of some US Cities and Reactor 4’s imminent collapse could create a mass extinction for both humans and animals.
According to ENENEWS, a nuclear physicist warns that even if Japan’s Fukushima plant survives another major quake, “failure of jury-rigged inadequate piping installed after the disaster could put cooling system out of commission.” Both the US and Japanese governments fibbed about the severity of the disaster and the Japanese people were exposed to serious radiation levels following this tragedy. The mainstream media in the US and Japan is not aggressively covering this ongoing disaster because this catastrophic damage could trigger mass panic and public protest against unstable nuclear facilities. Huge sections of Japan could become a wasteland with radiation pouring down America’s west coast region. The current warnings are not going out about this danger, according to ENENEWS.
The Birmingham Weekly reported that new problems emerged at the Fukushima facility. In December 2011, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda declared that the Fukushima nuclear facility had been deactivated and the crisis was now over. However, Mr. Noda’s positive declaration was premature. According to nuclear engineer and former power company executive Arnie Gunderson, the Prime Minister’s statement was similar to President George Bush declaring “mission accomplished” on the deck of the USS Lincoln in 2003. Gunderson says the Fukushima situation remains “a long battle, far from over.” Analysts fear that this disaster is ongoing and may send radioactive fallout worldwide.
Forbes reported that radiation from Japan has been detected in drinking water in 13 more American cities, and cesium-137 has been found in American milk for the first time since the Japan nuclear disaster began, according to data released by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Fukushima disaster could decorate America’s west coast region with dangerous levels of radiation.
According to Christina Consolo, an award-winning biomedical photographer and host of Nuked Radio, Reactor 4 has remained in a dangerous condition and any small earthquake could quickly destroy the structure, distributing fuel from roughly 1,500 unused fuel rods into the Earth’s environment. With Reactor 4 still filled with the maximum concentrations of radioactive MOX and other fuels, its potential collapse could be far more apocalyptic than any prior disaster resulting from past earthquakes and tsunamis, according to Natural News.
Analysis
The Fukushima facility has many fuel rods still filled with unspent fuel. If the fuel is radioactive MOX, there would be enough radiation in just one rod to kill millions of people. Worst case scenario involves the integrity and safety of the rods, which are made of low quality materials accompanied with poor maintenance. This situation means that any major earthquake could cause massive damage to the rods. Additionally, if all of the rods rupture simultaneously, this cataclysmic disaster could mean the annihilation of many life forms on planet Earth.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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