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Much Of Northern Japan Uninhabitable Due To Nuclear Radiation?

With no resolution to the crisis in sight, the damaged facilities at Fukushima continue to pump massive amounts of nuclear radiation into the surrounding environment every single day.  So will much of northern Japan end up being uninhabitable due to nuclear radiation?  Everyone agrees that the area immediately around Fukushima will be uninhabitable indefinitely.  The only question is how large of an area around Fukushima is eventually going to be considered unlivable.  This week authorities in Japan finally raised the crisis at Fukushima up to a level 7 disaster on the international scale.  In fact, they are now telling us that the total release of radioactive material will likely surpass that of the Chernobyl disaster.  Chernobyl was incredibly nightmarish and there are still vast areas around Chernobyl that are basically uninhabitable.  But Chernobyl only burned for 10 days.  The crisis at Fukushima could end up lasting for many months.  Keep in mind that radiation is cumulative.  Every single day the total amount of radioactive material that the world is dealing with because of Fukushima just continues to increase.

It would be hard to overstate how much of a disaster this will eventually be for Japan.  At this point it seems clear that those that lived within the 30 km evacuation zone will never be able to safely return to their homes.

But what about the rest of northern Japan?

Already there are indications that areas beyond the evacuation zone will soon be unlivable as well as Stephen Lendman recently noted….

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun reported a Hiroshima and Kyoto Universities’ study showing radioactivity in soil samples beyond the 30 km evacuation zone is up to 400 times above normal, saying:

“The predicted changes in the level of radiation at the ground surface were calculated after analyzing the amounts of eight kinds of radioactive materials found in the soil and taking into consideration the half-lives of each material.”

The health effects of the various kinds of radioactive material that are being released at Fukushima should not be underestimated.  Just consider what Dr. Russell Blaylock recently told Newsmax….

When we look at Chernobyl, most of West Germany was heavily contaminated. Norway, Sweden. Hungary was terribly contaminated. The radiation was taken up into the plants. The food was radioactive. They took the milk and turned it into cheese. The cheese was radioactive.

That’s the big danger, the crops in this country being contaminated, the milk in particular, with Strontium 90. That radiation is incorporated into the bones and stays for a lifetime.

So would you like to have radioactive material in your bones that affects your health for the rest of your life?

Do you want to live every day in fear of what you are eating?

Those are the kinds of decisions that residents of northern Japan are going to be facing.

Some “experts” on the mainstream media have been downplaying the health risk from nuclear radiation, but the truth is that there is a world of difference between “external radiation” and “internal radiation”.

In a recent article for The Guardian, Helen Caldicott, explained why internal radiation is such a health hazard….

Internal radiation, on the other hand, emanates from radioactive elements which enter the body by inhalation, ingestion, or skin absorption. Hazardous radionuclides such as iodine-131, caesium 137, and other isotopes currently being released in the sea and air around Fukushima bio-concentrate at each step of various food chains (for example into algae, crustaceans, small fish, bigger fish, then humans; or soil, grass, cow’s meat and milk, then humans).  After they enter the body, these elements – called internal emitters – migrate to specific organs such as the thyroid, liver, bone, and brain, where they continuously irradiate small volumes of cells with high doses of alpha, beta and/or gamma radiation, and over many years, can induce uncontrolled cell replication – that is, cancer. Further, many of the nuclides remain radioactive in the environment for generations, and ultimately will cause increased incidences of cancer and genetic diseases over time.

The entire food chain in northern Japan is being absolutely soaked with radioactive material.  Anyone that eats any food produced in northern Japan from now on is going to be taking a very serious risk.

That also applies to any seafood produced in northern Japan.  The Japanese seafood industry is going to be absolutely decimated by all of this.

Authorities in Japan recently told us that 11,500 tons of “moderately radioactive” water were going to be purposely released into the Pacific Ocean.

All of that radioactive material is going to be in the Pacific food chain for generations.

Seawater near the facility at Fukushima was recently measured to contain 7.5 million times the legal limit of iodine-131.

Anyone hungry for some fish?

But iodine-131 only has a half-life of about 8 days.

Some of the radioactive material being released at Fukushima has a much longer life span.

As I wrote about recently, radioactive cesium-137 is being released at 60% of the level that it was being released at during the Chernobyl disaster.

Cesium-137 has a half-life of approximately 30 years.  That means that all of this cesium-137 is going to be with us for a very, very long time.

Not only that, authorities in Japan are now admitting that strontium is being released into the environment at Fukushima….

Slight amounts of strontium, a heavy radioactive metal that could lead to leukemia, have been detected in soil and plants near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Japan’s science and technology ministry said on Tuesday.

And perhaps most deadly of all, the plutonium being released at Fukushima is going to contaminate the environment pretty much forever as Kurt Nimmo recently noted….

The alpha emitter plutonium is especially deadly. Plutonium 239 has a high half-life of around 24,000 years. Plutonium transforms into americium and enters the water table. It can contaminate a water supply for centuries.

What we are doing to the earth is beyond criminal.

When people talk about the possibility that northern Japan could end up being uninhabitable they are not making things up.

Remember, radioactivity from Chernobyl deeply contaminated 77,000 square miles.

So how long is the crisis at Fukushima going to last?

Well, there is at least one nuclear expert that claims that it could be 50 to 100 years before any of the spent nuclear fuel rods at the Fukushima complex will cool down enough to be removed from the facility.

That is a very, very long time.

And the truth is that every single man, woman and child in the northern hemisphere is going to be exposed to radioactive material from Fukushima.

Already, radioactive iodine-131 from the nuclear disaster at Fukushima has been found in seaweed in Puget Sound.

Ack!

Our authorities are trying to keep us calm, but the truth is that significant amounts of radioactive material are getting into the U.S. food chain.

According to Natural News, alarmingly high levels of radioactive material from Fukushima are being found in U.S. milk samples….

In Phoenix, Ariz., a milk sample taken on March 28, 2011, tested at 3.2 pCi/l. In Little Rock, Ark., a milk sample taken on March 30, 2011, tested at 8.9 pCi/l, which is almost three times the EPA limit. And in Hilo, Hawaii, a milk sample collected on April 4, 2011, tested at 18 pCi/l, a level six times the EPA maximum safety threshold.

Try not to think about the possibility that there may be radiation in your milk the next time you have a glass.

Amazingly, U.S. workers are actually being recruited to go over to Japan and work at Fukushima.

Anyone need a job?

The pay is apparently very good.  You just might not live long enough to spend much of the cash that you make over there.

This crisis could end up being a death blow to the Japanese economy.  Already it is being projected that approximately 5 million new vehicles will not be built this year because of the crisis in Japan.

In fact, Toyota is warning U.S. car dealers that there could be significant shortages of new vehicles this summer.

That means that if you want a new Toyota you better go out and grab one while you still can.

So could the crisis in Japan get even worse?

Yes.

The truth is that the area around Japan is incredibly seismically active right now.

Since the original earthquake back on March 11th, Japan has experienced over 980 aftershocks.

In some areas of Japan there are moments when you can literally see the ground moving.  The video posted below absolutely blew me away the first time that I saw it.  In this video, you can actually watch the ground in Japan move.  Trust me, this video is worth a couple minutes of your time because it will absolutely blow your mind….

  • Terry

    I fear that their problems are just beginning.

  • TK

    Wow, what can be said? This is a very sad disaster that appears to have no end. The idea that millions of people will be displaced is heart wrenching.

    The thought that the ground will not stop moving is mind boggling.

    The fear that comes with worrying about our food supply being contaminated is hard to deal with.

    What is going on with this world?

  • Olga Nedelina

    What sense to buy Toyota if then there will be problems with spare parts?

  • guido

    Interestingly, once they abandon the area around the plant, you will get to observe one of the stranger aspects of urban collapse and renewal. Naturalists have been surprised by the way nature has taken over and recovered the Chernobyl dead zone. While heavily contaminated, there is an incredible profusion of wildlife there. In fact, Chernobyl and the Korean DMZ, with their nearly complete lack of human presence, have been two places where nature really sprang back with abundant wildlife and plants. I wonder what they will find living around the Fukashima plant in a decade or two? I believe you can read about it in the book, The World Without Us.

  • http://www.planorperish.com Gutter Economist

    For many years, I lived in a community with a nuclear research laboratory. On several occasions, multiple children developed birth defects. This type of problem will soon start showing up in Japan.

    While attending college, I worked summers managing radioactive contamination. In spite of the best safety procedures, I ended up losing part of my stomach and experienced pain that was off the chart.

  • RICHARDSON.

    I work for toyota, and I would be worried about every new car out there and spare parts, not just toyota, and that goes for pritty much anything electronic aswell, dosent matter if u think its 100% american made or whatever, some little part thats inside came from japan. wether its a car or a coffee maker, if your missing even one part, then you cant build it. think about what will happen to the economy when car dealerships run out of cars, when you cant buy a nintendo or the new iphone just to name a few of the top of my head.

  • http://www.pathtoasia.com rhea

    That is most likely the case, plus its ground is already going through liquification. If I were in Japan now, I’d be booking a flight or ship out of there, for all anyone knows Japan could be under a few hundred ft of water at anytime just like many other countries that was part of the earth thousands of centuries ago.

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  • Only1bjc10

    concern over economics and end user products is just plain missing the point. The disaster in Japan as bad as it is has yet to unfold. Rain will be contaminiating our food supply for centuries. So what do we eat? Where will the japanese people live? Who wants to develop leukemia, brain cancer, or liver cancer? Who wants to watch YOUR KIDS

  • Only1bjc10

    The disaster in Japan is just beginning to unfold. Radioactive particles in the air and water encircling the world and raining down on us as precipitation. Well, what are we supposed to eat? Drink? We have a future of wondering when we will be in a hospital shriveling up from leukemia, liver cancer, or brain cancer. Who wants to watch their kids in a hospital ward, deformed, suffering from some cancer, in incredible pain? Who wants that? Well, we have all got it now, and all the government can say is no harmful effects of radiation will reach the U.S. While secretly, just as in Japan, government officaials are making plans to evacuate contaminated areas and leave the residents and citizens to fend for themselves! Moreover, in the U.S. if you don’t have medical insurance and you develop some cancer, they just through you out in the street, no help for you as if they could help you anyway! Remember, we do not expect any harmful levels of radiation to reach the U.S.

  • Scondpum

    Anyone forward this article to George Monbiot yet? He seems to think that the problems of Fukushima are nothing to worry about.

  • Tim

    Sorry, but Fukushima isn’t even in Northern Japan, so at the very minimum, that information is all wrong.

    Feel free to check out the radiation readings for yourselves:
    http://fleep.com/earthquake/

    They are available to everyone who actually puts in some time to check them out.

    The people in Fukushima are obviously not going to get their houses back, but very few people are going to get sick from radiation, but everyone is aware of the problem, and the government is carefully monitoring the food supplies.

    The power plant is a serious situation, but there are other things that we need to focus on now in Japan. First and foremost, we need to make sure that the 400k people displaced by the tsunami get a place to live and have the resources available to them to start rebuilding.

  • alex

    ok so heres my theory 2012 is when japan sinks to the bottom of the ocean along with its nuclerar genereators poisoning the entire oceans of the planet bringing forth the apocalypse. just a thought is it enough waste in there to do that.

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind

    The Japanese Asahi Daily website reported lately that a much anticipated “proudly made” in Japan robot was ready at last and was going into the Fukushima site to do some unknown works while the US, French and German teams had been standing by with their tested nuclear emergency robots and the Japanese government blocked the foreign help and the “foreign robots” as well (according to a report of the German website Spiegel_de). The Japanese officials have been willfully doing this while millions of people living in the country were under the radiation hazard since nearly two months ago. Billions of other people have been under the same threat in the nearby countries like Korea, China, Russia and of course the US.
    The Japanese Asahi newspaper is known for its sensationalism among its own readers in Japan so I won’t trust what the website reports. But I’m not the one who wants to downplay the Fukushima’s radiation threat. I’m not like the retarded-kind of British G. Monbiot either. I do know that the Fukushima IS indeed in the northern half of Japan. By the way, hey Tim, don’t you be ridiculous and just look at your own map if you know what a map is.
    It is also ridiculous for Tim to trust the official “readings” of radiation in Japan like Tim does. There are several reliable radioactive cloud forecast from Germany, Austria and others and these forecasts are very accurate so far. But the radiation readings from the Japanese “authorities” do not change accordingly to the shift of local weather patterns inside Japan so far. Their suspicious readings are all “similar” to the previous day’s data (with little fluctuations each day), which is impossible if their monitoring sites are actually reading daily radiations. Reasonable scientist will suspect a data manipulation here immediately.

    So the radiation threat in Japan is undoubtedly extremely serious and the true problem there is that the Japanese officials and the large TEPCO corporation management are still blocking an honest solution to the nuclear disaster in Fukushima. They don’t want to entirely scrap the breached reactors although they officially announced they were going to decommission the Fukushima plant just 30 days ago. As is clear from the Japanese mainstream media news, the corporate media of Japan do not honestly report the radiation hazard this prolonged operation against the Fukushima reactors are causing to the population in Japan and the rest of the world.
    The USSR put down the Chernobyl in 10 days famously in 1986 but the Japanese government doesn’t want to do it even today. They don’t explain why there is no seal off of the reactors yet. So the government in Japan is the true disaster. Therefore the ongoing disaster will contaminate many more places in Japan and the world. The disaster will therefore turn into a serious political turmoil in Japan in the near future (maybe a revolution).

    Still, contrary to the Asahi newspaper’s prediction, radiation level in the contaminated areas of Japan may drop in the near future (probably it will drop). Even after the first nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, the radiation level in these two cities including the two Ground Zeros unexpectedly dropped in a short time until 1946 for some mysterious reasons. The local Japanese residents returned to the supposedly radiated cities to actually “inhabit” the bombarded and the supposedly radioactive cities despite the Manhattan Project’s scientists had predicted before the Hiroshima bombing that the bombarded Japanese cities would remain “contaminated and uninhabitable” for the next 50 or 100 years.
    As Japan was under the legal occupation of the Allied Forces then, the occupying authorities sent their own scientists to Hiroshima to study the mystery only to confirm the unexpectedly dropped radiation level.

    On the other hand, eight Japanese of the Hiroshima University’s Faculty of Brewing, who had been drinking tons of Japanese Sake (rice wine) since the previous night until the morning of the fateful day, all survived although their location was within one kilometer from the Ground Zero and they were all exposed to the radioactive fallouts later. These eight people included a professor of the faculty and they were of course the only survivors within the 1 km radius of the Ground Zero of Hiroshima. No similar survivor is reported in Nagasaki.
    This mysterious episode of Hiroshima is well known to the Japanese students of brewing since then. A south Korean newspaper reported in early April that a private Japanese laboratory of Yasuhide Takashima of Shizuoka prefecture, Japan, has been testing the Japanese scientist’s invention of remedying the contaminated radioactive soil, water and human body. The 59-year-old Takashima studied brewing in a Japanese university and has been running his own family brewing business and a private lab dedicated to radiation remedying microorganisms. He has a Japanese-language blog and it quotes a former S-Korean parliament member who recently recommended his expertise to the Japanese Prime Minister (in Korean and Japanese) at http://takashima.tidt.fool.jp.

    In fact, the radiation level in the former nuclear explosion test sites in the US are in a desert area, while in the two bombarded Japanese cities, the air is more humid and the soil is more abundant with microorganisms unless the Japanese people there have been using lots of pesticides and herbicides since 1945. Takashima and his associates like the S-Korean politician believes the various microorganisms in the soil in the Asian country basically consumed and altered the radiation and the radioactive contamimants in the soil of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during 1945-1946.

    Having said this, I am not so optimistic about the future contamination level of the Fukushima site and its neighboring areas (eastern and northern Japan) and the local people who have been already exposed to the radiation will eventually develop cancer and leukemia as long as the ongoing accident site of the Fukushima is left unsealed. The radioactive contaminants emitted by the Fukushima is far more greater. Even if the radiation remedying technology of Takashima and his S-Korean and Chinese associates proves successful in the test they are conducting at the moment, their technology and science will not be helpful enough unless the political leadership functions in the country properly and the questionable corporation TEPCO is put under a public control and the spewing reactors get sealed off immediately before they contaminate more areas and more people of the world. The sooner, the better even for the TEPCO corporation because the corporation will have to pay off the cost anyway. So let’s cross our fingers.

  • http://stopneocons.bravejournal.com Winston Smith

    Take that Ann Coulter-what a dope!

  • A.S.

    Did HAARP cause Japan’s Earthquake? I think it may have. And HAARP may have been the cause for the Mississippi flooding and those Tornadoes April 25-28, esp on April 27. America is purposely murdering others including their own!

  • http://businessdailyreview.com/ business

    1 nuclear plant Saturday following the powerful earthquake that hit northern Japan the previous day the nuclear safety agency said making it the first case of an external leak of radioactive material since the disaster…While the agency denied the radiation amount will pose an immediate threat to the health of nearby residents the impact of the quake appeared to widen as the agency added the area close to the Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant as a zone that requires evacuation…Given the adjacent No.

  • Elliott Quick

    It’s a “tragedy” but when people like you decide to instill fear in anyone and everyone what does that really solve? Nuclear plants and weapons arnt going away… We can all see the dangers, we all know the circumstance but this article doesn’t solve anything. I would rather see the media “outlawed” then nuclear practice.