Report of ‘New’ High Levels of Radiation Add to Continued Bad News About Japan’s Nuclear Disaster

August 3, 2011

Japanese American nuclear physicist Dr. Michio Kaku appeared on CNN’s “In the Arena” news program Aug. 2 to discuss the disclosure this week that lethal levels of radiation have been detected outside reactors #1 and #2 at the earthquake and tsunami ravaged Fukushima Daiichi complex. Kaku’s CNN appearance Tuesday marked the first time in more than a month that he has taken to the airwaves to discuss developments at the Japanese reactors.

The recent admission by the Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility that owns and operates the stricken reactors, came amid reports of radiation in water, soil, crops, beef and seafood across a more widespread area of Japan than previously reported, stretching in an arc up to and even beyond 200 miles away from the melted down reactor cores. (Note: Tokyo is a mere 140 miles from the Fukushima reactors.) The Japanese government announced Wednesday that it will soon begin testing rice across 14 prefectures from the northeast through central Japan to ensure the safety of the country’s staple dietary component.

Kaku says

  • “They (TEPCO) haven’t even begun cleaning up the operation. It’s not stable yet. Maybe next year it might be stable.”
  • Lethal radiation in the ventilator shafts is a leftover from the original accident. Workers have to stay away from the ventilation shafts; it’s no-man’s land. Robots at Fukushima Daiichi are not automatons that can perform repairs. “That is beyond our capability.”
  • “Hitachi Corp. has estimated 30 years for cleanup~in other words, up to 50 years. Three Mile Island took 14 years to clean up. Chernobyl after 25 years is still not cleaned up. It’s still melting into the ground.”
  • “The Japanese people don’t trust the utility’s (radiation) figures anymore. Either they were incompetent or they were lying.”
  • Physicists in the U.S. using independent computer simulations of the Fukushima Daiichi accident suspected early-on that the Japanese utility was low-balling their estimates of radiation damage.

WATCH… via Somalian Pirate Media (video swiped using HTC Sensation)

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