Yokohama, Oct. 15, 2011
The Fukushima Diary website http://fukushima-diary.com/ is reporting on a June 2011 document that has been “leaked on the internet” which reveals that Plutonium-238, -239, -240, and -241 were released “to the air” from Fukushima Daiichi during the first 100 hours after the earthquake. The amount of Plutonium released is said to be 120 billion Becquerels. It also states there was a release of 7.6 trillion Becquerels of Neptunium-239. Mochizuki says this report was made by Tepco for a press conference on June 6 and the media knew and “kept concealing the risk for 7 months and kept people exposed”. Read more and access the data (in Japanese)–as long as it’s available–at:
See also this blog, which discussed the above mentioned release data in August: http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/08/nisa-neptunium-239-in-august-29-press.html
The reported numbers are staggering. Plutonium is one of the most toxic known substances to living beings. Inhaling an amount smaller than a speck of dust implies a high risk of getting fatal lung cancer (see also Hot Particles on this site). Earlier this summer, Japanese government officials tried to quench (pun intended) citizens’ concerns over the toxicity of Plutonium–by showing a video in which a government official is seen DRINKING what is alleged to be this substance. But the Japanese people are no longer buying this false propaganda and have lost trust in their government and the mainstream media to provide reliable data on time that could help protect public health rather than economic and political interests. To connect the dots here, in case they remain invisible to some. This is a perfect example of what the Occupy Wall Street protests are trying to get at: the protection of economic interests trumping the protection of public and environmental interests. And, in fact, human rights.
The Fukushima Diary http://fukushima-diary.com/
is a citizen-organized effort to share information about the extent of radioactive contamination in Japan. It includes reports (corroborated by sparse international media reports) of radiation levels in Tokyo and other areas exceeding Fukushima and Chernobyl exclusion zones; widespread symptoms of radiation sickness; radioactively contaminated tap water and groceries in areas far from Fukushima, including the greater Tokyo region; the challenges encountered by Japanese people trying to evacuate; and concerns over where future radiation refugees could actually go.
The situation in Japan is dire and not improving, despite the deafening international media silence and inexplicable lack of international financial and humanitarian support. Perhaps the most deadly attribute of radioactivity is not the fact that it has been proven to cause cancer, birth defects and deformities, DNA damage that is inherited for generations, and an endless list of various other debilitating conditions. The most deadly attribute of radioactivity may be that is it invisible. Odourless. Tasteless. And therefore easily ignored. Downplayed. Ridiculed. Until it is too late.