Remember Fukushima?

Remember Fukushima, the wild boars do.  Since the catastrophe they have boars 2been reproducing like rabbits albeit with one significant side affect, they are all contaminated with high levels of caesium-137.  With no natural predators and no human consumers the radioactive boars have overrun the countryside.

With the plethora of news stories being disseminated to the public on a daily basis Japan’s nuclear power plant disaster that occurred 5 years ago and continues to occur has faded into the into the shadows.

On March 11, 2011 the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant suffered catastrophic meltdown.fukushima 1

Here is an update:

“What we found is the wind and the rain and the movement of radioactive dust everywhere is recontaminating areas that TEPCO claims are clean … and Fukushima fishermen take their contaminated fish and seafood further south to markets that don’t know the sources are Fukushima waters.”                          – Arnie Gundersen, Nuclear Engineer, Fairewinds
Nuclear Energy Education, Burlington, VT

Five years after the accident Fukushima and the surrounding areas remain a ghost towns.

600 tonnes of reactor fuel is still missing.

It will cost upwards of $240 billion and 40 years to decommission the plant.

10 million bags of contaminated soil has been collected and stored several stories high in and around Fukushima.

800,000 tons of radioactive water are being stored onsite.

Every day 300 tons of radioactive water continues to enter the Pacific Ocean.

Experts have found very high levels of cesium-137 in plankton living in the waters of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the west coast of the U.S.

Radioactive cesium originating from Fukushima has been detected in several species of fish that have been sold to consumers in Canada.

Trace amounts of cesium-134 have been detected within several hundred miles of the U.S. west coast as well as offshore from Canada’s Vancouver Island.

The radiation levels are so high within the Fukushima power plant that the robots sent in to scope out the disaster and clean up spent fuel rods have died.

Fukushima forests, dubbed ‘radiation reservoirs,’ are full of mutated life forms.

Greenpeace has seen evidence of DNA damage in worms and mutations of fir trees indicating that the radiation contamination is so extensive the forest cannot be decontaminated.

Thyroid cancer rates in the Fukushima prefecture have been detected at 20 to 50 times higher than the national level.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO, is in the process of freezing the ground soil surrounding the power plant with the hope that such an ice wall fukushima 4will create a barrier preventing fresh ground water from entering the site and thereby stop the contamination of the ocean and environment.

It will take another 4 years before TEPCO knows if the ice wall will be successful; a $300 million gamble in which the results will not be known until the commencement of the 2020 Summer Olympic games being held in Tokyo, Japan.