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福島・いわき市 Swimming in Fukushima PART 2


JUMPING FOR JOY

pics courtesy of Nagi Wind and AP

As we reported it last month, Yotsukura, as well as Nakoso beach have officially reopened in Iwaki City. After all, who can blame the children for wanting to thrown themselves in hurry into the Ocean !

It’s summer! These beaches have been off limits ever since the catastrophe.

 

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But revival of Fukushima oblige; Life must go on and reconstruction starts with its citizens obedience. Authorities feed on their hopes that life will once return to normal. But there is one major obstacle: TEPCO is slowly loosing control (but surely) of the Daiichi Nuclear Plant crisis and its 4 crippled reactors; leaking, spewing, shaking, sinking, and steaming away.

Still, these constant threats will not deter the little darlings from enjoying a beautiful summer … just a few miles south of Daiichi.

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via Reuters and BBC

 

« Tepco admitted for the first time last month that radioactive groundwater had breached an underground barrier and been leaking into the sea, but said it was taking steps to prevent it. However, the head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority task force, Shinji Kinjo, told the Reuters news agency on Monday that the countermeasures were only a temporary solution.

Tepco’s « sense of crisis is weak, » Mr Kinjo said.

« Right now, we have an emergency, » he added.

The fact that these words come from the NRA, of all people, surely should be enough to want to keep your children away (far away) from these beaches. Unfortunately, the news concerning the ongoing leak of this radioactive water was released shortly before the beaches re opened..

 

WHICH ISOTOPES THE CHILDREN MAY COME IN CONTACT WITH ?

 

In the wake of the March 11, 2011, disaster, Tepco led the public to believe that it had largely contained the flow of contaminated water into the Pacific. A huge lie would come as an understatement. As TEPCO was « forced » to report, 20 to 40 trillions becquerels worth of Tritium alone has been gushing in to our ocean since 311. But the Power Company keeps on revising its estimate, as it seems to increase every two or three months, followed by their usual « ooops! » and « Gomenasai » (« sorry »)!  TEPCO has proved numerous times that it has absolutely NO IDEA of the inventory which escaped before, during and after the explosions, whether it is in the atmosphere or in the Ocean.

Until now, the utility and regulatory authorities have assured to a very complacent populace around the world that the contaminants in the water have been primarily tritium, which is a relatively simple isotope with an 8-day half-life. Its health effects can be substantial, but its short half-life has been used to proliferate the illusion that it’s not much to worry about.

Reports now indicate the outflow at Fukushima also includes substantial quantities of radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium.

Iodine-131

A half life of 8 days. It can be ingested into the thyroid, where it emits beta particles (electrons) that damage tissue. In developing youngsters, it can stunt both physical and mental growth. Among adults it causes a very wide range of ancillary ailments, including cancer.

Cesium 137

It spreads throughout the body, but tends to accumulate in the muscles.Its half life is 30 yrs. Of course, when it decays, it does not mean that it will be « half less dangerous ». In 300 yrs, it should decay enough to pose little health risks to children.

Strontium-90

Half-life is around 29 years. It mimics calcium and goes to our bones.

These are three of some of the isotopes being released in the ocean as we speak. Strontium and Tritium are elements that were newly introduced to the general populace. For 2 straight yrs of dis information, the Government addressed the issue of Cesium and Iodine contamination mainly. As the situation is worsening at the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and the fact that citizens are seriously starting to search for better answers, words like « plutonium », « cobalt » or even the feared « Corium » will make the next news sooner than we want.

Live from Laland

Nelson




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