Thursday, September 27, 2012
However, it would appear that the lingering threat from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan just might be worth a few sleepless nights.
The six nuclear reactors at the Fukushima power plant were all damaged by the tsunami triggered by the March 11, 2011 earthquake. The three reactors that were operating at full power experienced "full meltdown" and were eventually flooded with sea water effectively destroying them.
Recent leaked reports are that the radiation levels in reactor #1 are higher now than they have ever been. Reports also circulate of official coverups of the amount of radiation that has escaped into the waters of the Pacific Ocean and may still be leaking into the coastal waters.
"In the immediate wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that occurred in Japan last year, radioactive releases of epic proportions flooded the waters of the Pacific Ocean, where they now flow adrift. And even though more than a year has passed since the time of the first releases, some scientists believe the worst is yet to come as these water-borne radioactive plumes head for the U.S. West Coast."
There is no international agency monitoring the continuing recovery measures no evidence exists that a clean up of the most damaged reactors is even possible yet. With levels higher than immediately after the tsunami and subsequent hydrogen explosions there remains the potential for even larger radioactive releases in the future.
Excellent coverage can be found in Devil's Dance: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step.