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Japan nuclear disaster: What is really happening

Updated on December 31, 2012

Tsunami hitting the nuclear power plants


I find it somewhat disturbing that the disaster in Japan, which resulted in numerous nuclear meltdowns, has kind of disappeared from the minds of many people. So many other things have diverted our attention away from it. It’s due to the lack of media courage and the fact that the impact of it is very insidious because we cannot see it. However, it should be on the forefront of everyone’s mind because it will impact everyone on the globe eventually and has already caused deaths in the United States. This blog deals primarily of the devastating effects of radiation.


Radioactive particles lodge in the bones, glands and other organs and damages DNA and cell over a long period of time. This increases the cumulative risk of cancer. This is due to the fact that the body makes mistakes in the natural repair process in that it cannot control the growth of cells. Radiation changes the DNA which results in mutations. The body often cannot repair these mutations or creates its own mutations in an attempt to repair the body. There are two mutations: teratogenic or genetic. The former are caused by exposure of the fetus in the uterus and only affect the individual. Generic mutations are passed onto the offspring. These are stochastic health effects caused by low level and long term exposure to radiation.

Non-stochastic effects occur when the exposure to radiation is high. Acute radiation poisoning occurs and the onset is quick. They include burns and radiation sickness, nausea, weakness, hair loss and organ failure. Death can sometimes come as soon as two months.


Keiko Ichikawa is the author of “A Letter From Fukushima” and she asked various medical workers why very few deformed children are even seen in Japan and if this shall continue to be the case due to the nuclear fallout. She was told, “That is, Ms. Ichikawa, because we are made not to know”. Deformed babies were either declared still born or aborted and were omitted from the statistics.

It was confirmed by a public security guard that many policeman dispatched toFukushima had died from radiation poisoning.

A Fukushima author related during an interview that she lost 8 teeth and her nails fell out. Other effects were diarrhoea for two months, numbness of fingers, arm and neck, which passed after one and a half months. She also started losing hair from November and her husband suffered from nose bleeds.

According to the peer-reviewed International Journal of Health Services, 14 000 Americans have already died in theUnited States due to the radiation fromFukushima.

The author of the study says:

“An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima.”

It was calculated by comparing the excess of 14 000 deaths in the 14 weeks after the Fukushimameltdowns and the 16 500 excess deaths observed after theChernobylmeltdown in 1986. The most numerous deaths were that of American one year olds fromFukushima. The infant deaths for 2010-2011 in the spring increased to 1.8 percent compared to a decrease of 8.37% in the 14 weeks leading up to the Fukushima meltdowns.

However, a Scientific American blog post and Med Page Today dismissed the study as “voodoo science”. The former does concede however that radiation fromFukushima is very dangerous and could lead to negative health effects even across the Pacific.

Nuclear engineer Gunderson says that there will be 1 million deaths inJapanand there were be an increase of cancer on the West Coat of America andCanada. The most radioactive places are considered to bePortlandand the Cascades.


It is particularly dangerous when radiation enters the food chain and it already has in the United States. The reason is because of bioaccumulation. The concentration of radiation, which comprises of iodine, cesium and strontium, increases as one moves higher up in the food chain. For example, beef is much higher in dioxins than cattle feed and tuna fish have much higher mercury than in their marine environment.

Despite these facts, the USinsists that there is no danger to public health as the radiation detected in water, air and soil are in minute quantities. This is simply not true if the deaths are anything to go by and that some testing in independent labs has shown that iodine and cesium have been detected in milk and vegetables produced inCalifornia. Arizona,Arkansas,Hawaii,Vermont andWashington have sold milk contaminated by radiation. Milk has a high concentration of radiation as cows eat grass and grass is among the first crops to be contaminated after a nuclear fallout because of the soil being contaminated.

Unfortunately many Japanese women, including Tokyo, now have radiation in their breast milk.

Europe, too, is feeling the effects of radiation. In France, CRIIRAD, a respectable radiological research institute, cautioned pregnant and breastfeeding women to avoid eating foods such as milk, cheese and leafy vegetables among others.

The picture below shocked me. This is a horribly mutated tomato, visual proof of the nuclear fall-out.


Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has come under fire for lying about the gravity of the disaster and cover-ups. A specialist called Nishio Masamichi, director of the Hakkaido Cancer Center, said the company gave broken dosimeters to temporary plant workers and only gave them monitors during the time they worked. He also accused TEPCO of accommodating the workers in a gymnasium-type structure to avoid them fleeing.

He also says that workers are only giving iodine to counteract the radiation, which blocks the absorption of radiation into the thyroid, when they should be getting treatment like Radiogardase.


It was briefly mentioned in the news, after much down-playing, that an earthquake had hit Tokyo, giving us the impression that it had no effect on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plants. However, the Japanese media has conceded that there is a problem with unit 4’s fuel pool. It is leaking and there are fears that reactor 4 will collapse.

TEPCO has been misleading in that it claims that they have achieved a “cold shutdown” of the reactors and that the water inside is below boiling point. The truth of the matter is that no one actually knows what is going on inside, according to the representative of the United States Regulatory Commission.

The “cold shutdown” may very well be due to molten fuel falling from the pressure vessel to the bottom of the containment vessel where there is no thermometer.

As Mainichi Dailyreports:

We can only deduce that the “conclusion” of the crisis,rather than being based on scientific evidence, comes from placing priority on a political decision to create the impression that the crisis has been brought under control quickly.

A former nuclear engineer, who worked at all three nuclear power complexes operated by TEPCO, says:

“If the fuel is still inside the reactor core, that’s one thing,” he said. Butif the fuel has been dispersed more widely, then we are far from any stableshutdown.”

It is now abundantly clear that this disaster is far from being contained. The big question is, will it ever be? Will we ever know how many people around the world will die from this radiation as the media is often involved in cover-ups? Perhaps it doesn’t really matter. Maybe it will be eclipsed by a major nuclear fallout because of a nuclear war involving Iran and Israel.

In this interview, Down the Rabbit Hole talk show broadcasts an interview Christian Consolo discussing the radiation, the solutions andFukushima facts.


I've previously written a blog explaining how HAARP may have been responsible for the Japan quake and I still believe to be the case. However, there is another conspiracy theory claiming that the Fukushima reactors were nuked.

According to former NSA analyst, Jim Stone, mini nukes were hidden in giant cameras installed by an Israeli security firm, Magna BSP. It is alleged that they planted the STUXNET virus that attacked the power plant control system. Magna BSP illegally established Internet data links in the reactor cores.

Why target Japan? Japan offered to enrich Iran's uranium.


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      Claire Evans 2 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks tata799,

      Sorry for the late reply, Johnny.

      Optimism is great but being realistic actually is better in the long wrong. Optimism tends to blind side people.

      Why is the Fukushima disaster being censored around the world? Why aren't there discussions on any progress in the mainstream media? Must we wait for years to come before it becomes blatantly obvious?

      This doesn't mean we must mope about. One must embrace one's life but one must always address reality. There are some evil people out there that are deliberately trying to destroy the planet.

      I would like to think by exposing this that I am doing my bit.

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      Tarek Nofal. 3 years ago from Kuwait

      good article.....

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      Alan 3 years ago from Tasmania

      Claire, yes, you are being pessimistic.

      Pessimism never, ever prevented the worst from happening.

      Optimism at least allows for hope of something why not plumb for optimism?

      You don't expect the disaster at Fukushima to be solved. Why don't you expect it to be? You expect the worst in the future and that expectation is saddling you with depression. You are asking me and others to help you carry that depression.... well, I for one will not help you Claire.

      You will see with your eyes what you want to see. You will go along with what supports your negative views, then you look for help to your "spiritual" leanings and say that equates with reality.

      The reality is that many people, both in Japan and around the world, have applied themselves diligently to find reasons, causes and remedies for that Fukushima horror of happenings. Sure, there probably were human failings which allowed some of the disastrous effects of the tsunami, but some were totally unexpected, caused by geological and oceanic phenomena like could never have been foreseen.

      Science, technology, financial and administrative efforts in the aftermath have been gigantic. People have been out there working their guts out to find solutions that hopefully will prevent, or at least alleviate, such effects in the future. This Website depicts wide and varied scientific endeavour working towards and understanding and coping with the incident.

      We can also expect that even worse might happen..... let's face it, we are such a tiny delicate living organism on the universal scale that it's not going to be difficult to wipe out our so-called civilisation. So be it. We will meet those scenaria as they present. If we die out, we die out. I personally refuse to sit back and just wait for it to is too short to waste. There is work I can do, even in my 70s, and I can get enjoyment too.

      Now, Claire can you please tell us what you, as a person so concerned with world affairs, are actually doing about it? Are you doing something practical? Or are you waiting for others (who are perpetually criticized and at the mercy of your doubt) to do their bit, so you can live in cosy comfort?

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      Claire Evans 3 years ago from South Africa

      It doesn't change the situation in the world. Don't expect the disaster at Fukushima to be solved. There is no desire for that. Am I being pessimistic when I think terrorism is at a all time high? Johnny, this is reality. You better start getting used to it. I have reconciled to that. Expect the worst in the future and hope for the best.

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      Alan 3 years ago from Tasmania

      Just as another ways of thinking, have you considered human history over the past, say, 1000 years? Every age has had its share of disaster, horror, threat to its existence, fire, flood, explosion, technical failure of new ideas. They mostly rose above the problems by one means or another. There was always the temptation to give up and wash their hands of the outcome.... "putting it in the too-hard basket." Some certainly did, but most put their effort and their innovation into the needs of their day and .... survived! At least they made it so their children could.

      There is also the temptation to look at technology as being "of the devil," and those that espouse it not to be trusted. Superstition, distrust, dislike, doubt, inherent pessimistic tendencies... all these can amount to "don't even go there....don't even think of it....we will suffer if we go down that road." Such negativity can be most attractive to the minds of some who simply live that sort of life. But it hasn't stopped humanity.

      So, I make a call to you, Claire, and any others who wish to drag us down into the mud of despair: go down that path if you want to, but please don't try to drag others down with you.

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      Alan 3 years ago from Tasmania

      Claire, this latest posting by yourself continues the scare tactics of old. Can you not move into positive, optimistic, accurate and rational ways of viewing our world? Will pessimism really save your world?

      If you read thoroughly, right through, this Website of The World Nuclear Association, it's worth considering.

      In one of those links you gave us in your Hub, it reads in relation to Chernobyl:

      "Some radionuclides find their way from soil to plant to herbivore and carnivore. They accumulate in particular organs. Thousands of Belarusan autopsies already show that cesium settles in heart and optical muscles, speeding their degeneration. Strontium-90 likes teeth and snuggles into bone marrow, irradiating the stem cells responsible for our blood and immune systems."

      A very sensational and attention-grabbing statement. Something the person with a taste for sensational stuff would jump at. But then, if you really want to get more than one point of view, if you read the WNA's report, you will come to this, in relation to Fukushima:

      "Regarding releases to air and also water leakage from Fukushima, the main radionuclide from among the many kinds of fission products in the fuel was volatile iodine-131, which has a half-life of 8 days. The other main radionuclide is caesium-137, which has a 30-year half-life, is easily carried in a plume, and when it lands it may contaminate land for some time. It is a strong gamma-emitter in its decay. Cs-134 is also produced and dispersed, it has a two-year half-life. Caesium is soluble and can be taken into the body, but does not concentrate in any particular organs, and has a biological half-life of about 70 days. In assessing the significance of atmospheric releases, the Cs-137 figure is multiplied by 40 and added to the I-131 number to give an "iodine-131 equivalent" figure."

      I claim no expertise in this field, but I am a skeptic when it comes to popular myths and the desire to "believe what one wants to believe."

      It's my suggestion you fall into such a category.

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      Claire Evans 3 years ago from South Africa

      Hi, Baron. I don't think it has been blown out of proportion but severely under reported. In fact, when was the last time we heard about this in the mainstream media? Regards to Chernobyl, there are still people today with horrible deformities 29 years on. The most affected are from Belarus:

      Three Mile Island from the US is also a nuclear disaster which still has horrible effects on people:

      Have you heard of the Americans dying who were on the Ronald Reagan ship who aided in the relief effort in Japan? They have cancer.

      It's too late to take iodine tablets now in the United States. That should have been done right after the disaster. It's too late now. The Americans have that radiation for life. It is also prudent to mention that many illnesses from radiation can manifest itself much later on in life. It's not acute radiation as is the case in Fukushima. Honestly, people may be dying in the US from cancer because of Fukushima but there is no way it can be proved there is a link.

      I do not know where you get your data from. Can you give me a source?

      My cousin, his wife and their kids live in Tokyo. When the disaster happened, they were ordered to evacuate out of Japan. Why? There were plans to evacuate all of Tokyo:

      Of course for logistical and economical reasons, that could not happen. You can still read about Tokyo children being sick today.

      My cousin, his wife and their kids have reported no illnesses at this stage. At least they haven't told us they have. Horrible thing is that cancer can manifest itself years after the event. The horrible truth is that it is still going on! Let's not forget about the serious damage this whole thing has done to the Pacific Ocean!

      Any reporting on Fukushima in Japan is banned.


      In my humble opinion, I think it is actually not worth worrying about. Not because it isn't dangerous but because I believe nuclear bombs will beat blatant manifestations of radiation in the US from Fukushima. The way things are going it is inevitable the US will be nuked. When? I don't know but it will happen.

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      Julz 3 years ago

      Cheers pal. I do apriacpete the writing.

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      Alan 3 years ago from Tasmania

      Well said,Baron... thanks for this long posting. If it encourages more people to think more deeply, before jumping to sensational conclusions, you have done a great job.

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      Baron 3 years ago

      Although I agree with those that have been suggesting means by which to avoid sifiagncint exposure to radiation, I am highly critical of the way the media have exploited peoples already high levels of anxiety by further raising the fear level in people, effectively causing a global panic amongst western nations regarding nuclear power and radiation. I'm not a scientist or a student studying such matters, but I think if all of us took the time to look outside of the media everyone would discover that the media has overblown this situation. It is wonderful that the world has come together to help the people of Japan, but it is also extremely unfortunate that the media and governments the across the globe have effectively raised the levels of fear and anxiety, which have been blown out of proportion. When Gregory Jaczko announced before Congress that the government in Tokyo is not trustworthy, and Washington is, has left the world in a rather idiotic panic, scrambling for potassium iodide even in Miami. It is also unfortunate that Washington should discredit the Japanese governments 30km evacuation zone, by suggesting an 80km evacuation zone. Radiation levels in Tokyo are far below potentially hazardous levels (levels at which SOME people may experience nausea and headaches), and are lower than they would be in high elevation cities like Denver, or even Paris. In Tokyo radiation levels are below .20 microsieverts, while in a city like Denver radiation levels can be between .45 and .70 microsieverts. Radiation levels in a city like Chicago or Paris can be as high as .40 microsieverts. In other words its harmless. Even in areas just outside the 30km evacuation zone, radiation levels are sifiagncintly below potentially health effecting levels at below 5 microsieverts, which amounts to 50 banana's. If you live in the middle of a banana plantation you are exposed to more radiation, in other words, again, harmless. People who fly regularly are exposed to far higher levels of radiation, anywhere from 100 to 300 microsieverts, depending on the length of the flight. The levels of radiation within the 30km evacuation zone, although differing sifiagncintly by area, are as of now lower than what one would expect to be exposed to on a trans-pacific flight. Reports of levels of radiation that are hundreds of times higher than normal levels fail to report that the levels of radiation that begin to cause potential health hazards are 250,000 microsieverts. Which, when we compare to the highest levels of radiation outside of the immediate vicinity of the power plant, 90-105 microsieverts, we see that the current panic is baseless and has effectively caused an unnecessary panic of hoarding and unnecessary traffic congestion. The government evacuated people when levels were still well below harmful levels, and to further note, below levels one would experience from a trans-pacific flight. The government has been remarkably transparent throughout this incident, there are plenty of private online live geiger counters to see levels across the Kanto area to prove that. We must also remember that people like Gregory Jaczko, who have caused this unnecessary panic, have known political leanings against nuclear power. Jaczko is not neutral, and has more interest in exploding the situation by scaring the people with the worst-case scenarios and of apocalypse, by shouting Chernobyl; which is just disgusting. Then the media followed suit. The likes of CNN and Fox, have created a firestorm of panic, both unnecessary and dangerous. I'm not suggesting blindly following the Tokyo's announcements, but on this occasion I think there is greater reason to believe that the government has been highly transparent. I ask those that are believing the announcements being made in Washington or Paris to evacuate areas up to 80km; why would you trust someone in Paris or Washington, who are not being fed immediate and accurate information from those at the plant this very minute, over those in Tokyo who are?

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      Claire Evans 4 years ago from South Africa

      Can you elaborate what facts versus knowledge in this case is?

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      Kevin 4 years ago

      Facts Vs Knowledge. when you realize the truth you'll understand

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      Reader 5 years ago

      I find it quite strange that one refuses to believe in something just because it has not come from a science journal which too can have wrong stuff published. This pic of tomato is not the only one posted that was posted. I saw mutant green pepper, cat with two paws in the same leg, crab with two heads pics coming from Japanese people. Mainstream media is for some reason staying quite about this topic. Thanks for this hub. I was looking for more info and it did help me narrow down my search.

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      Claire Evans 5 years ago from South Africa

      Well, I researched the tomato bit and it says that tomatoes can appear 2 months after planting.

      I see you ignored my info that scientists noticed mutated butterflies 2 months after the Fukushima disaster.

      I'm sorry I'm trying to make people aware just how dire the situation in Fukushima is. I'll just ignore the suffering that goes on there.

      I'll just remind you that I can write about whatever I want.

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      Alan 5 years ago from Tasmania

      "As for the tomatoes, it is alleged that too much contaminated fertilizer was used to grow the tomatoes." ...alleged.... conjecture... Wait for the scientific results! Don't add your need to sensationalize it!

      Tell me how soon after the event, "contaminated fertilizer" could have produced such results! In a tomato, that takes at least 4 months to grow from a seedling and produce its fruit!

      You are still seeking to project fear and frustration in the minds of your readers, based up a set of "what ifs," and this very much fits in with your religious stuff in other hubs, in my opinion. Is there any other activity in your mind that looks at positive, actual, everyday life that lifts our spirits? All of this negative reaction and worry about what has happened will not change the way things happen in the future.

      Encouraging the acquisition of further knowledge, learning from past mistakes honestly and without ulterior motives, will lead to better things for later generations.

      Sensational thinking and writing does not.

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      Claire Evans 5 years ago from South Africa

      Chill out. Here is an extract I found from an article:

      Two months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in March 2011, a team of Japanese researchers collected 144 adult pale grass blue (Zizeeria maha) butterflies from 10 locations in Japan, including the Fukushima area.

      When the accident occurred, the adult butterflies would have been overwintering as larvae.

      Unexpected results

      By comparing mutations found on the butterflies collected from the different sites, the team found that areas with greater amounts of radiation in the environment were home to butterflies with much smaller wings and irregularly developed eyes.

      "It has been believed that insects are very resistant to radiation," said lead researcher Joji Otaki from the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa.

      "In that sense, our results were unexpected," he told BBC News.

      Prof Otaki's team then bred these butterflies within labs 1,750km (1,090 miles) away from the accident, where artificial radiation could hardly be detected.

      It was by breeding these butterflies that they began noticing a suite of abnormalities that hadn't been seen in the previous generation - that collected from Fukushima - such as malformed antennae, which the insects use to explore their environment and seek out mates.

      Six months later, they again collected adults from the 10 sites and found that butterflies from the Fukushima area showed a mutation rate more than double that of those found sooner after the accident."

      So mutations started 2 months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

      As for the tomatoes, it is alleged that too much contaminated fertilizer was used to grow the tomatoes.

      If you don't think Fukushima is not posing serious health threats, or won't ever around the global, then you are mistaken. Just know that many scientists are gagged from saying the full truth.

      26 years on, children are still being born with deformities long after the accident. That's ten days of exposure. Fukushima is nowhere near being contained. Those people living there are going through hell. Is that a sensationalization?

      It does not serve the public well to live in denial about the dangers of Fukushima. The US government has no business to say the radiation won't harm Americans. That is dishonest! Next thing you know they will say a nuclear bomb won't harm anyone.

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      Alan 5 years ago from Tasmania

      Your hub was written when? Two months after the disaster? You don't get that sort of result after two months! The grotesque deformities shown after Chernobyl were way too soon to have been cause by Chernobyl. They were there for the sensational effect! To sell newspapers! Your photo was there to sensationalize your hub!

      Your mother would then, I hope, know that quantity, quality and absorption of the radioactive substance is also important in assessing the effects.

      Your writing about the matter does not give you authority in the subject. I am on the attack because I see so much nonsense and conjecture built into your writings, which seem to be designed to motivate people from fear. That is all I see here. Nothing else of substance.

      When you start to discriminate between what you believe and what is real life true, then I will lay off the attacks.

      Writing here is a powerful medium, and we should be careful in how we use it. I cannot know about so many aspects of life. I cannot therefore speak about them. I try not to bring in belief systems to peoples' minds in order to sensationalize real-life situations. It does not serve society in any positive way.

      If you are worried about anything, such as the dangers of radiation, then ask people that know, listen to them, and be prepared to learn from them. Don't sensationalize from ignorance.

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      Claire Evans 5 years ago from South Africa

      Johnny, you needn't go into full attack mode. Sheesh. How can you say it is a fact that tomato is not from radiation? For heaven's sake, you're getting mutations in the United States. Here are some strange reports:

      'Severe abnormalities' found in Fukushima butterflies

      By Nick Crumpton

      BBC News

      My mother is a radiographer and knows the effects of radiation on people. My goodness, if there were severe deformities from Chernobyl then I hardly believe Fukushima is not dangerous.

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      Alan 5 years ago from Tasmania

      No, you cannot put "photos aside" when you have used the power of a photograph to paint a lie! A lie specifically designed to goad peoples opinions along a certain path. There is no explanation attached to that photo. It is a grotesque distortion of a tomato, certainly, but only that.

      Photographs are used extensively in the mass media to distort the truth of a story.

      I cannot comment factually on any other area of your hub except to say I have an understanding of ionising radiation gained from my studies to practice medical radiography. There is a mass of fear in the public mind which is exaggerated by ignorance and belief. It is relatively east for someone like yourself to glean, cut and paste stuff from the Internet and present it as sensational. I doubt you have much first-hand knowledge and experience of the subject.

      As it happens, you did not get much of a showing in the way of comments, so I would see that as a good thing....

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      Claire Evans 5 years ago from South Africa

      Johnny, I find it very suspicious that there is a media black-out regarding Fukushima. Photos aside, it doesn't take too much brains to realize that the effects of radiation must be devastating after almost two years of uncontained Fukushima power reactors. Chernobyl was contained in 10 days.

      I think if the full truth had to be revealed, people would start taking this very seriously.

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      Alan 5 years ago from Tasmania

      Folks reading this Hub, don't get too worried.... even that tomato has no information attached to the photo..... it's all set up to worry you.

      A similar thing happened after Chernobyl. They published a photo of a deformed child, saying it had been caused by the nuclear power plant mishap... In fact the photo was of a child born from the effects of Thalidomide.

      So be careful what you believe.

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      Claire Evans 6 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks, Laurens. I think it is reactor 4 that just has its skeleton. I don't know how that happened if not nuked. Why isn't pouring concrete onto them not being considered? Too many unanswered questions!

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      LAURENS WRIGHT 6 years ago

      I was listening to Coast to Coast the other night and they were talking about how bad the nuclear plant's problems are now. They are trying to cool the rods and the water is going up in steam. "The plant is in very serious condition", is what the caller was saying.

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      Claire Evans 6 years ago from South Africa

      I enjoyed the article in the link you posted and the reader's response. It isn't impossible to allocate an accurate number of babies' deaths that can be contributed by Fukushima. We aren't going to get the estimates and the true data from the authorities because there is too much cover-up. Therefore we are left with mere speculation. Only time will reveal the truth.

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      Chasuk 6 years ago

      I judge all sources with the same level of skepticism, and then use critical thinking skills to filter claims into "probable," "improbable," and "maybe" categories.

      Keeping that in mind, here is another take on the 14,000 excess deaths claim:

      Whatever the truth is, your article was informative.

      Voted up.

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      Claire Evans 6 years ago from South Africa

      Exactly, Todd. I don't believe anything in the mainstream media anymore. What I don't understand is why the plants aren't being buried in concrete like the one in Chernobyl? Nobody seems to get the seriousness of radiation being released in large does indefinitely.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Oh it is frustrating online with this subject. There's folks with "facts" that say one thing, and folks with "facts" that say the opposite.

      It's just like everything else in this modern world, isn't it!

      What I know is that if some government in the West says it, then I know to not believe it.

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      Claire Evans 6 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks very much, nityanandagaurang!

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      nityanandagaurang 6 years ago

      Media only covers which can increase their revenue.You have presented a true picture of japan nuclear disaster.Very useful hub claire evans.

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      Claire Evans 6 years ago from South Africa

      Great, thanks!

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      Marvin Parke 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Cant believed I missed your article on HAARP, will check it out. Loved the video.

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      Claire Evans 6 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks. :)

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      AnnRandolph 6 years ago

      Thanks for making us aware of such possibilities. Of course we'll never know the truth but it keeps us aware that things are rarely as they seem.