Fukushima Primed For Worldwide Disaster
The radioactive Fukushima Genie is out of the bottle and is primed to accomplish a worldwide disaster. If the roof of Reactor building #4 collapses, a building that is now seismically rated at zero, a pool of 1563 spent fuel rods perched 100 feet above the ground would also collapse ~ resulting in a gusher of global radiation that would put most of the world’s human and biological populations at severe risk:
The greatest and most dangerous on going cover up in the world today is not the official 9/11 cover up (now into its 11th year); it is not the supposed assassination of Bin Laden by Navy Seals last year (an operation with no confirmed body, no video and completely staged as a re-election gimmick as we are now witnessing); but instead, it is the unspoken on going conspiracy of silence regarding the spreading worldwide nuclear radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster on March 11, 2011.
Fukushima Japan Nuclear Reactor 4 is leaning and in danger of complete collapse
This backgrounder RT interview with Robert Jacobs ( Hiroshima Peace Institute) regarding Fukushima was on May 11, 2011 so you can imagine how much more radiation has leaked into the atmosphere in the past 11 months ~ as well as the on going conspiracy of silence to reduce rightful world wide concern if not panic.Jacobs also confirms the extreme danger of a collapsed Reactor #4.
As Robert Alvarez recently wrote in IPS ~ “ After repeated warnings by former senior Japanese officials, nuclear experts, and now a U.S. Senator, it is sinking in that the irradiated nuclear fuel stored in spent fuel pools amidst the reactor ruins may have far greater potential offsite consequences than the molten cores.
This is why:
· Each pool contains irradiated fuel from several years of operation, making for an extremely large radioactive inventory without a strong containment structure that encloses the reactor cores;
· Several pools are now completely open to the atmosphere because the reactor buildings were demolished by explosions; they are about 100 feet above ground and could possibly topple or collapse from structural damage coupled with another powerful earthquake;
· The loss of water exposing the spent fuel will result in overheating can cause melting and ignite its zirconium metal cladding ~ resulting in a fire that could deposit large amounts of radioactive materials over hundreds of miles.
Please note that radioactivity from the Chernobyl disaster deeply contaminated 77,000 square miles ~ and Fukushima radioactivity is potentially many times worse.
Just recently, authorities in Japan confessed that the amount of cesium-137 released by Fukushima is equivalent to 168 of the nuclear bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A brief confirmation came from a recent article in the Telegraph ~ “Japan’s government estimates the amount of radioactive caesium-137 released by the Fukushima nuclear disaster so far is equal to that of 168 Hiroshima bombs.”
Earlier this week it was reported that radioactive water was still pouring into the pacific, as yet another leak sprang in the plant’s makeshift cooling system. The increase in radioactive water, which is used to cool the nuclear fuel rods, is another major concern for Japan. They are quickly running out of space to store the material, and experts fear that in interruption in the water supply could cause major problems at the already troubled reactors.
Here’s a recent seven minute video where Thom Hartman interviews Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear, and Radiation Waste Watchdog who confirms that radiation has already reached the United States and the eminent danger of a collapse of Reactor #4 ~ “If that cooling water supply is lost, it will be just a few hours at most before that waste is on fire and 135 tons of radioactive material would be outside of any radioactive containment ~ a direct release or 100% of cesium-137 would be released to the environment.“See video ~
So how does this affect me in California as well as others throughout the United States and the world?
The Journal of Environmental Science and Technology reports in a new study that the Fukushima radiation plume has already contacted North America “with the greatest exposure in central and southern California”, and that Southern California’s seaweed tested over 500% higher for radioactive iodine-131 than anywhere else in the U.S. and Canada:
“ In addition, radioactive debris is starting to wash up on the Pacific Coast. And because the Japanese are burning radioactive materials instead of disposing of them, radioactive rain-outs will continue for some time … even on the Pacific Coast. Of course, the government is doing everything it can to help citizens cover up what’s occurring. We pointed out in January: Instead of doing much to try to protect their citizens from Fukushima, Japan, the U.S. and the EU all just raised the radiation levels they deem “safe”.
Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen says that high-level friends in the State Department told him that Hillary Clinton signed a pact with her counterpart in Japan agreeing that the U.S. will continue buying seafood from Japan, despite that food not being tested for radioactive materials.
And the Department of Energy is trying to replace the scientifically accepted model of the dangers of low dose radiation by basing it on voodoo science. Specifically, DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley Labs used a mutant line of human cells in a Petri dish which was able to repair damage from low doses of radiation, and extrapolated to the unsupported conclusion that everyone is immune to low doses of radiation….
American and Canadian authorities have virtually stopped monitoring airborne radiation, and are not testing fish for radiation. (Indeed, the EPA reacted to Fukushima by raising “acceptable” radiation levels.)
So ~ as in Japan ~ radiation is usually discovered by citizens and the handful of research scientists with funding to check, and not the government.”
Now let’s look at the radiation itself ~ and in particular Cesium-137
Courtesy of radiationfears.com/atmosphere
“Gamma rays are the most penetrating of all radiations and can only be stopped by a very thick lead.Cesium-137 is one gamma emitter that is often released by nuclear reactors and one that has been found in larger quantities from Fukushima. Like Strontium-90, Cesium-137 also does an excellent job of confusing the body into thinking its potassium, collecting in the muscles. Iodine-131, which is another element found from Fukushima on U.S. soil, is both a gamma and beta emitter and focuses on penetrating the thyroid while affecting the surrounding tissue.”
The father of Health Physics, Dr. Karl Morgan stated, “There is no safe level of exposure and there is no dose of radiation so low that the risk of a malignancy is zero ~ All this said, there is no way we can avoid Cesium-137 in our food chain. It’s already here and will continue to accumulate until they are able to stop the leak at Fukushima. In the short term Iodine-131 is a concern, but with healthy eating and higher levels of iodine in your diet, you should be able to avoid some of these risks. I believe it’s important that we pay attention to the levels of Strontium-90 and Cesium-137 in the years to come.” See report:
In that regard and since I live in Northern California and relatively close to the coast ~ I have been supplementing higher levels of Iodine in my diet every day to further support my Thyroid.
Please also note, that the ongoing Fukushima ocean radiation contamination is still growing rapidly as witness these two Fukushima radioactive ocean impact maps dated March, 2011 and March, 2012.
March 2011 & March 2012
In six months that marine radiation ocean impact area will dwarf Hawaii and be approaching the West coast of America ~ and right now it is already affecting it.
Fish caught near crippled Japanese N-plant with 2,500 times the legal limit of radioactivity for human consumption
A fish caught close the the Fukushima nuclear plant is over 2,500 times the legal safe radiation limit for seafood, the plant's operator has revealed.
The company Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) caught the fish, dubbed 'Mike the Murasai' online, in the bay close to the Fukukshima Daiichi main reactor.
It was confirmed by Tepco to have amounts of radioactive cesium equal to 254,000 becquerels per kilogram, or 2540 times the limit of 100 becquerels/kg set for seafood by the government.
The Murasoi caught by Tokyo Electric Power which had over 2,500 times the legal limit of radiation for seafood due to Fukushima fallout
WHAT IS A BEQUEREL?
A Becquerel (BQ) is a unit of radioactive decay equal to one disintegration per second.
The Becquerel is the basic unit of radioactivity used in the international system of radiation units, referred to as the “SI” units. 37 billion (3.7×1010) becquerels = 1 curie (Ci).
The maximum level of radiation allowed in foods for human consumption is 100 becquerels/kilogram.
Scientists in the region are increasingly worried that other fish in the area are feeding off these and other contaminated species.
However, the murasoi specimen caught near Fukushima did not seem to show any major abnormalities in terms of its physical appearance.
Tepco is installing a new series of nets beneath the surface of the water around the 20 kilometer perimeter in hopes of restricting the migration of the contaminated fish outside of the region.
A report in October last year found radiation levels in most kinds of fish caught off the coast of Fukushima haven't declined in the year following Japan's nuclear disaster in March 2011.
An earthquake knocked out nuclear plant's cooling system, causing three reactor cores to melt and spew radiation into the ocean.
Researchers believe that deposits of the chemical cesium on the seafloor or leakage from the damaged reactors is continuing to contaminate the waters - and has the potential to threaten fisheries for decades.
The levels in the fish are also 10 times higher than the radiation measured last August in scorpion fish caught near Fukushima.
The crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is seen in Okumamachi, Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan. Experts have found a fish in a nearby port over 2,500 time the legal limit for radioactivity in seafood
On 21 August last year, Tepco announced that rockfish caught in the Pacific Ocean within the circular area of 20 km around the plant, which is closed to all human activity, had a level of 25,800 becquerels of cesium per kilogram .
The fish is a murasoi, which typically lives in shallow waters near reefs in the region.
A healthy Murasoi - which shows the Fukushima fish has no obvious deformities
Fukushima Equals 6,000 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow
There is No Place On Earth to Escape the Rad
(San Francisco) I received this Email with some Fukushima questions about a week ago. Now we have the Death of a Nation on 9/11 and the Death of the Earth on 3/11/11. Hmm, some bookends for us.
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A good friend said:
“I won’t allow nuclear power to stop me from the right to go outside, to walk or hike, to travel or to breathe. I witnessed the activities of members of a Japanese community who dissolved radiation through the process of giving light. I know you say there is no evidence of that but I know it to be true. The group is called Mahakari No Wasa, (hope I spelled it correctly). You might look them up on the net.
I know it can be done. All I can say about nuclear waste is that I know within me that nothing has power over me unless I give power to it. I may die sooner but I will have lived my life.
Thanks for the copy of your Fukushima report. I know you are making a difference in the world. Keep up the work but remember, we must have hope.”
“WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO AND SAY TO REACH PEOPLE??!!”
“Your articles have been widely circulated in various social media outlets about #Fukushima and the horrific #nuclear horrors we collectively face. It seems that the ‘Pro-Nuker Propaganda Machinery’ is ampped up in full force, and unbelievably, re-cycling old lies from 2011, with a wide audience and larger group of ….. movers of their distractions and deceptions.”
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“Several people who have heard about Fukushima since the early days are puzzled that so many are “still alive”. Others, in addition to the psychopaths who apparently believe themselves to be immune from radiation poisoning, are those of the EXTEND AND PRETEND strongholds of delusions and galactic thought, along with the ‘end of times’ crowd expecting clouds to part and higher beings to ride in and ‘save us’.”
In “What are Efforts to Contain Fukushima? None” you stated: “You are going to have to make your own choices. You will live a little longer, or, die sooner by these choices, as will I. No one is exempt. The Radioactive Particles are all over the world now….”
“WHAT’S NEXT? Friends, virtual and non-virtually, have said and asked things like: “
“Question. In basic math terms, in comparison to Hiroshima, how much worse is Fukushima and why?”
Answer: Fukushima, now, equals the detonation of 5,910.11 Hiroshima Atomic Bombs or it’s about 6,000 Times worse than the A-Bombing of Japan; and, it is still going strong, with no end in sight. That is equal to 6.45 Hiroshima Atomic Bombs a Day for 916 Days. There are only 336 cities on Earth with more than One Million people. That is the equivalent of 17.5 Hiroshima Atomic Bombs apiece.
“Question. In basic math terms, in comparison to Nagasaki, how much worse is Fukushima and why?”
Answer. The Nagasaki Bomb was slightly larger; therefore Fukushima equals slightly fewer Nagasaki Bombs. However, at this point, it makes no difference.
“Question. In basic math terms, in comparison to Chernobyl, how much worse is Fukushima and why?”
Answer. At 916 days of growth Fukushima is 14.75 Times bigger than the Chernobyl atomic disaster in 1986.
The International Atomic Agency (IAEA) stated: “The accident at Chernobyl was approximately 400 times more potent than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima…” Fukushima so far is 14.75 Times worse than Chernobyl and growing.
“Question. In basic non-scientific language, what causes this to be an ELE, Extinction Level Event, and is there any shot at it being reversible?”
Answer. Throughout the time humans lived on Earth, humanity has never experienced radiation this high. The radiation and its associated Lethality is very high and will kill everybody. The Radiation’s Lethality will last well past the end of every one’s lifetime. No, there is no shot at reversing the effects and every human on Earth is included.
“Question. How long before we are tripping and stumbling over dead-dying bodies?”
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Answer. In a sense we already are. Human fetuses are the first to die and are typically cremated at the hospital. We just don’t see them. Women, children, already sick people and the elderly infirm are next. Middle aged men are last.
“Question. Anything you recommend to lengthen ‘shortened-life spans’??”
Question. Any resources you would direct interested people to?
Question. What other questions must be asked when confronted with an Extinction Level Event, and why have any hope whatsoever?”
Answer. Ask what is the published lethality of the all of the released isotopes and do not let the Empire paid trolls fool you by using radioactivity numbers; it is the LETHALITY that counts. When you find the numbers for the two Cesium Twins multiply by 14 for the Total radiation in a single release from an active reactor core. Multiply the combined Cesium137/134 radioactivity numbers by 5 for the Total radioactivity in a single release for old fuel rods. Those will give you a rough idea of the radiation released for that instance.
As for “hope,” that is fine, knock yourself out.
HELP say Fukushima Women to World
The Fukushima Legislature votes to Close Ten Nukes
by Bob Nichols
(San Francisco) – On Oct 28 it was 232 days since the world’s worst industrial disaster started March 11, 2011 at the six nuclear power plants at Fukushima Daiichi, Japan. Six reactors are involved, four reactors and/or reactor buildings exploded and the two remaining are questionable; they could explode at anytime.
Worse, there are four more giant billion watt reactors 6 miles, or 10 kilometers South at Fukushima Daiani. These were damaged in the 3/11 earthquake
but were idled and are currently decaying. The four troubled reactors are in the Exclusion Zone declared by the Japanese government.
Starting Oct 27 the women of Fukushima organized a demonstration in the capitol city of Tokyo at the controlling government ministry for the nuclear industry, The Ministry of Economy. Their demands are but two:
Fukushima Legislative Body Votes to Kill 10 Nuke Reactors
The Legislature for Fukushima promptly passed a resolution calling for the immediate closure of all ten (10) reactors in Fukushima. The decision on their future is up to the Governor of Fukushima.
The Governor of Fukushima now says they were betrayed by Tepco and the national government of Japan. Watch this column for updates. We’ll see what happens. The traditional Japanese concepts of honor and responsibility would require Hari-Kari or traditional Seppuku, a form of ritual suicide to restore honor in death.
This is a new Facebook page. It is in addition to many pages on Facebook now about Fukushima. Although you won’t see much at all about this possibly extinction-level event on in CNN, MSNBC, the NYT, WAPO and other corporate advertising outlets, Google: Fukushima. It returns 53,400,000 Google “hits”. Actually, very, very good for a disaster that is kept from the American people. There are also 800 Million Facebook members.
Occupy Japanese Consulate in NY!
Show support for the Japanese Women’s Sit-in at TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) headquarters in Toyko. The NY effort is organized by GreenPeace. The initiator is: One World No Nukes/Todos Somos Japan
When: Wednesday, November 2nd,
11AM to 5PM : Sit-in in front of the building,
To read/sign the petition — www.stopdammit.org
We request the Japanese Government Protect People, not TEPCO!
1. STOP spreading/Burning radioactive rubble all over JAPAN.
Other Fukushima on Facebook pages are:
Ask About Trials for Crimes Against Humanity; A Group to Discuss Nuclear Events at Fukushima Daiichi and Aroundthe World; Ask About Fukushima Now; Concerned Citizens Radiation Knowledge Exchange; DiaNuke.org – Dialogues and Resources on Nuclear; FUKUSHIMA: “All nuke reactors leak, all the time” Solutions Now;
Give your hands to Stop Radiation from Fukushima. Save Japan. Save Mankind.; K2 Autonomous Society; Mushajee; Nuclear Forensics; RAD Weather Watchers; Radiation Health Solutions; Safe Citizen Inter Agency Group; Stop nuclear industry / atomic;
Also, Stop Jaitapur Nuclear Plant; The Global Brain Project; Translate Fukushima; Water Ceremony with Masaru Emoto; We the People vs. G.E., TEPCO and Hitachi; Fukushima 311 WATCHDOGS; The Think Tank; Rainbows; OCCUPY FACEBOOK; OCCUPY FACEBOOK-UNITED WE STAND; OCCUPY FUKUSHIMA; OCCUPY OAKLAND; and, try The Mercury Project… they are thinkers; OCCUPY EUROPE.
Prisoners Unanimous Embracing All Planetary Prisoners — a reviving group of convict pray-ers, primarily in maximum security penitentiaries in the USA, whose purpose is to promote the spirit of goodwill among incarcerated people and society at large via prayer and pen.
Convicts via a long ago established “8 o’clock, local time” pray-er network have been called upon recently to come to the aid of the people of outside societies (who have heretofore been oblivious to and in denial of the ‘horrible realities’ of Fukushima.)
There are also many Facebook “individual walls” of people seriously concerned about the out-of-control Fukushima Death Machine. Children of Chernobyl Children of Fukushima is an individual page as opposed to a group on Facebook. Mushajee is a “group of seven scientists” with a document to discuss.
Is your group listed here? ADD it. Create a new one! Add your comment to an existing Facebook Group!
Fukushima – This is Homicide, isn’t it?
Americans or Japanese – What’s the difference?
The SK-EKF Blog is from Japan. The article is from a large Japanese newspaper and recently published.
Hydrogen Gas explosion aftermath from Nuke 4th floor to sky
The actions of the Japanese Federal government in regard to lethal radiation from Fukushima Daichi’s six crippled power plants are outlined with the benefit of hindsight.
What is notable is the American federal and state governments engaged in the same denial of the radioactive facts on the ground and in the air, on 3/11 and straight through to the present day. Notably, the American federal government with the obliging assistance the New York Times did the same thing in September 1945 after the August 6th and 9th, 1945 atomic bombing of Japan.
The question posed in the Ashai Shinbum, a large and influential Japanese newspaper, article is “This is homicide, isn’t it?” Yea, it sure is. Dead is dead. Thus the Japanese and American governments by words out of their own mouths stand guilty of Crimes Against Humanity in the suffering and deaths of millions from Radiation Poisoning.
“This is a homicide, isn’t it?” – Ashai Shinbum, Japanese newspaper
“There is a computer simulation system called SPEEDI, which the national government has spent 13 billion yen to develop. If you input the amount of radiation, topography, weather, wind direction, etc., the system will calculate where the leaked radioactive materials may go.”
“On March 12, two hours before Reactor 1 had a hydrogen explosion, the SPEEDI simulation was carried out by Nuclear Safety Technology Center under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education and Science.”
“The simulation showed radioactive materials flowing toward Tsushima District [in Namie-machi]. But the national government didn’t tell the residents.”
“The result of the SPEEDI simulation was known to the Fukushima prefectural government. The Fukushima government even called up Nuclear Safety Technology Center on March 12 night to ask for the simulation result, which was then sent via email. However, the prefectural government never acted on it. The email has been deleted since, and the record of the receipt of the email is lost.”
“Residents evacuated from Tsushima District on March 15, but it was not until May 20 that they were informed of the SPEEDI result by the Fukushima prefectural government, because the subject was brought up in the Prefectural Assembly.”
“A manager in charge at the prefectural government visited the temporary town hall of Namie-machi in Nihonmatsu City on May 20 to explain.”
“It is a homicide, isn’t it?…” – Ashai Shinbum, End of excerpt.
We all live at the bottom of the Earth’s atmosphere along with all the other critters of creation. There are a lot of different kinds of particles in the air generally called “atmospheric dust.” Since the atomic bombing of Japan in 1945 by the United States the atmospheric dust has included man made radioactive particles. Many are vanishingly small, they are all radioactive and electrically charged.
Size is so important to the way the radioactive particles function in the atmosphere that it is a so-called “Property” of the particle. That is important to us, plants and animals because, among other things, they can float around the world, go right through our clothes and through our skin.
Since the particles are electrically charged they stick like a magnet to a tiny oppositely charged portion of a tiny grain of pollen. As a result, radioactive pollen gives a whole new meaning to “seasonal hay fever [radiation poisoning.]”
The Broken Lives of Fukushima
More than two and a half years have passed since the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan, wrecking the Fukushima nuclear plant and claiming nearly 16,000 lives. When it became clear that nuclear contamination was widespread, the government evacuated about 160,000 people living near the plant and established a 20-km compulsory exclusion zone, which remains in place today. Today, Tokyo Electric Power Company is still struggling to contain contaminated water at the destroyed plant. Former residents are allowed to return up to once a month, but they're forbidden to stay overnight. Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj recently joined one of these trips, capturing images of a haunting landscape and lives torn apart by disaster. [40 photos]
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A security officer blocks the road from Route 6 into the the exclusion zone near the tsunami-crippled Daiichi nuclear power plant near Tomioka in Fukushima prefecture, Japan, on September 13, 2013. Former residents of evacuated towns can visit their homes inside the exclusion zone once a month, with special permissions. A total of 160,000 people were ordered to leave their homes around Daiichi plant after the government announced the evacuation following the nuclear disaster in March of 2011. Picture taken September 13, 2013.(Reuters/Damir Sagolj)
Street lamps light the street in the empty town of Namie in Fukushima prefecture, on September 23, 2013. Namie was formerly home to more than 20,000 residents. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Waves break on barriers as a typhoon hits the area near Iwaki town, south of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, on September 16, 2013. Almost all the beaches in Fukushima prefectures remain closed since the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. In July this year, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), a company that runs the crippled Daiichi plant reversed months of denials and admitted that hundreds of tons of groundwater that has mixed with radioactive material may be flowing out to the sea every day. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A fishing boat sits in a field, viewed from inside an abandoned house in the tsunami-destroyed coastal area of the evacuated town of Namie, only 6 kilometers from the crippled Daiichi power plant, on September 23, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A swimming pool of a primary school in the tsunami-destroyed coastal area of the town of Namie, on September 22, 2013.(Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
With cranes and chimneys of the crippled Daiichi nuclear power plant in the background, a beach littered with barriers, wrecked cars and other debris in the coastal area of Namie, on September 23, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Toppled tsunami barriers, and a rusting wrecked car near Namie town, on September 23, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A small monument to victims sits in front of an abandoned house near the coastline of of Namie, on September 22, 2013.(Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A damaged statue of Buddha is left in the grass in the exclusion zone near Minamisoma in Fukushima prefecture, on September 21, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
The level of radiation is shown near the abandoned civic center of the town of Namie, on September 15, 2013.(Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Inside a damaged primary school near the coast of Namie town, on September 22, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Nature begins to reclaim the streets of the evacuated town of Futaba in Fukushima prefecture, on September 22, 2013. Decades ago, the citizens of Japan's Futaba town took such pride in hosting part of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex that they built a sign over a promenade proclaiming that atomic power made their town prosperous. Now, they are scattered around Japan with no clear sign of when they might return to their homes. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A red light, in front of damaged house in the evacuated town of Namie, on September 23, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A woman leans against the damaged grave of her relative as she visits the cemetery in the tsunami-destroyed coastal area of Namie town, on September 23, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A Buddhist monk wears a Geiger counter as he leads a small funeral ceremony for Yotsuno Kanno, who died as an evacuee, at a cemetery in the evacuated town of Minamitsushima inside the exclusion zone, on September 21, 2013. Kanno, who was evacuated after the disaster at Daiichi plant in 2011 with rest of people from Minamitsushima, died in temporary accommodation in May this year two weeks short of her 100th birthday. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A vending machine, brought inland by the tsunami, in an abandoned rice field inside the exclusion zone near Minamisoma in Fukushima prefecture, on September 21, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A worker from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the company that runs the tsunami-crippled Daiichi nuclear plant, cuts dense vegetation that grows wild in the abandoned town of Namie, on September 13, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A twisted clock, spiderwebs and debris inside a damaged primary school in the town of Namie, on September 23, 2013.(Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Keigo Sakamoto, 58, holds Atom, one of his 21 dogs and over 500 animals he keeps at his home in the exclusion zone near Naraha, on September 17, 2013. Sakamoto, a former caregiver and farmer who refused to leave the exclusion zone around the crippled Daiichi nuclear power plant decided to name his dog Atom because it was born just before the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster. With donations and support from outside Fukushima, Sakamoto lives with his animals of which many were abandoned by previous owners as they left the exclusion zone. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Firefighters from Kyoto pay respect to victims as they visit the coastal area of the evacuated town of Namie, on September 15, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Wild flowers and other vegetation grow over a train line in the empty town of Namie, on September 14, 2013.(Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Dense vegetation is seen from inside an abandoned house in the tsunami-destroyed coastal area of Namie, on September 15, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Mieko Okubo, 59, poses with a portrait of her father-in-law Fumio Okubo next to his jacket in his room where he committed suicide in the evacuated town of Iitate, on September 18, 2013. Mieko, who lives outside the exclusion zone, comes back every other day to feed Fumio's dog and clean the house. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A jacket belonging to Fumio Okubo hangs in the room where he committed suicide in the evacuated town of Iitate, on September 18, 2013. Fumio, a 102 year old farmer, hanged himself in the house he lived in all his life after authorities ordered evacuation from the area following the nuclear disaster at the tsunami-crippled Daiichi power plant. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Mieko Okubo, 59, explains how her father-in-law Fumio Okubo committed suicide in the room where he did it, on September 18, 2013. She said Fumio committed suicide because he just could not stand to end his life somewhere else. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Light and power lines from the tsunami-crippled Daiichi nuclear power plant, as seen from Route 6 near the town of Okuma in Fukushima prefecture, on September 15, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A table is still set for customers at a restaurant in the abandoned town of Namie, on September 14, 2013.(Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
The decaying control panel of a public address system, inside damaged primary school in Namie, on September 22, 2013.(Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Messages of support are written on a blackboard in a science class in a primary schoolin Namie, on September 22, 2013.(Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A piano stands inside an abandoned house in Namie, on September 15, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A road through a field, viewed from inside an abandoned house in the coastal area of Namie, on September 15, 2013.(Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Copies of Fukushima Minpo newspapers with headlines "M(magnitude) 8.8, largest in the country", dated a day after the devastating 2011 earthquake, sit stacked inside an office in the evacuated town of Namie, on September 14, 2013.(Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Wild vegetation grows inside destroyed greenhouses at an abandoned farm at the edge of the exclusion zone at the coastal area near Minamisoma, on September 21, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A dead cat lies among debris in a damaged house in the evacuated town of Futaba, on September 22, 2013.(Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Rubber gloves, left outside a house in the evacuated town of Namie, on September 13, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Plastic bags, containing radiated soil, leaves and debris from a decontamination operation, sit dumped at a tennis court at a sports park in Naraha town, on September 21, 2013. The most ambitious radiation clean-up ever attempted has proved costly, complex and time-consuming since the Japanese government began it more than two years ago in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. It may also fail -- storage is a big problem. Most of the contaminated soil and leaves remain piled up in driveways and empty lots because of fierce opposition from local communities to storing it in one place until the Ministry of Environment secures a central site that could hold it for the longer term. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
People wear face masks as they visit a cemetery in the tsunami-destroyed coastal area of Namie, on September 23, 2013.(Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
An official measures radiation on a car leaving the exclusion zone near the tsunami-crippled Daiichi nuclear power plant, near the town of Tomioka, on September 13, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Naoto Matsumura, 53, stands in an empty street in the evacuated town of Tomioka, near the tsunami-crippled Daichi power plant, on September 17, 2013. Despite government orders, Matsumura never left and now lives alone inside of the nuclear exclusion zone with his 50 cows, two cats, a dog, a pony, and two ostriches. He has made it his mission to take care of those animals left behind, even if they no longer can be sold to a market due to their exposure to high levels of radiation. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A doctor conducts a thyroid examination on four-year-old Maria Sakamoto, brought by her mother to the office of Iwaki Radiation Citizen Center NPO, in Iwaki town, south of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, on September 18, 2013. The non-profit organization offers free thyroid examination for children from Fukushima area. As the World Health Organization (WHO) says children in Fukushima may have a higher risk of developing thyroid cancer after the Daiichi nuclear disaster, mothers in Fukushima worry that local health authorities are not doing enough. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)
INSIDE JAPAN’S FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR POWER STATION NOW WORST THAN CHERNOBYL
These are the haunting images that captured the true scale of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
The black and white shots, taken in the weeks following the 1986 Ukraine tragedy, revealed the truth behind the tragedy Soviet authorities were trying to hush up. But despite helping the outside world to understand what happened that fateful April 26 day, the pictures have had a devastating human cost.
Of the four photographers chronicling the tragedy, Anatoly Rasskazov and Valery Zufarov have died from radiation-related diseases and Igor Kostin is constantly ill from the exposure.
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Exposed: But despite helping the outside world to understand what had happened that fateful April 26 day, the pictures have had a devastating human cost
The only snapper to have seemingly survived any ill effects is Volodymyr Repik. Anatoly Rasskazov, as staff photographer for the plant, was allowed in on the day of the explosion.
On April 26, at 12noon, just hours after the blast, he made a video of the destroyed reactor and submitted it to a special commission working in a bunker close to the plant.
Rasskazov's photos were submitted to the commission by 11pm on the same day - and were immediately seized by the Soviet secret police.
Rasskazov died in 2010, aged 66, after suffering for years from cancer and blood diseases that he blamed on the radiation. Igor Kostin, now 76, was working for the Novosti Press Agency when he was sent to cover the April 26 accident.