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Feb 9, 2014
Author and Pediatrician Helen Caldicott takes time out of her busy schedule to join me to discuss the unfolding events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan. Fukushima was devastated by a massive earthquake on March 11, 2011 which led directly to a massive failure causing hydrogen explosions which blew the roof off of at least two of the reactor buildings. Tepco and the Japanese government have understated the radiation dangers and the dire reality of the situation from day one.
Helen says, at this point there is no “best case scenario” for Fukushima, just worsening degrees of horror because it’s scientifically impossible to clean up what has already occurred. And with thousands of spent fuel rods and thousands more active rods still in the fuel pools of the damaged reactor buildings, the worst case scenario – if another major earthquake hits the area – is an ecological nightmare of biblical proportions for everyone living in the Northern hemisphere.
– KPFA: Dr. Helen Caldicott threatened with death while in Japan for speaking about nuclear power — Students being charged with disturbing the peace for handing out flyers (AUDIO) (ENENews, March 21, 2014):
KPFA Flashpoints, Mar. 10, 2014 (at 3:00 in):
Steve Zeltzer, reporting from Japan: We went to Osaka […] we were told there’s continuing repression. Activists here are being threatened, including Professor Shimoji who was arrested for handing out leaflets. The government is trying to suppress opposition to nuclear power by passing the secrecy law which just passed the parliament and also by intimidating antinuclear activists and saying they have to keep quiet. […] We also learned from Dr. Helen Caldicott that she was threatened. She spoke at a meeting in Kyoto on the 8th and it was reported at the meeting that she had been threatened by right-wingers with death for speaking out about the dangers of nuclear power.
“The Implications of Massive Radiation Contamination of Japan with Radioactive Cesium”
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March 11th & 12th, 2013
– Caldicott: 50 years or more of highly contaminated water flowing into Pacific from Fukushima — Tepco VP not optimistic: “I have concerns” for long-term plan — Location of melted fuel a mystery (VIDEO) (ENENews, Nov 7, 2013):
Asahi Shimbun, Nov. 7, 2013: […] The locations and the condition of the melted fuel for these reactors remain a mystery. It apparently dropped to the containment vessels through the inner pressure vessels housing the reactor cores. […] In addition, TEPCO has not determined the extent of damage to the pressure and containment vessels. […] The road map for decommissioning work could drastically change depending on the conditions of the melted nuclear fuel and the damage to the containment vessels. […] One obstacle in the decommissioning plan is the continuous leaks of water contaminated with radioactive materials. […] The division to deal with contaminated water is different from the one to remove nuclear fuel. So we will be able to sufficiently carry out work for the two issues,” said Akira Ono, director of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. However, TEPCO Vice President Zengo Aizawa was not so optimistic. “From the mid- and long-term perspective, I have concerns,” Aizawa said.
RT Live Chat with Dr. Helen Caldicott, Nov. 6, 2013 (at 34:00 in): I’m very much afraid that radioactive water is going to flow into the Pacific at least for the next 50 years, if not longer. […] To the back of the reactors are mountain ranges and the water flows down from the mountains, underneath the reactors. […] There have been 3 meltdowns and we think that these meltdowns — about a hundred tons of radioactive fuel in each units 1, 2, and 3 — may have melted their way into the earth, it’s called a melt though to China Syndrome in nuclear terminology. Even if they haven’t, on the bottom of the containment vessel building which is made of concrete which is all cracked, so the water’s flowing down, huge amounts every day, across and bathing those reactor cores which are furiously radioactive and the water that’s coming out and going into the ocean is incredibly radioactive. […] I can’t tell you how radioactive this water is, and there’s no way to stop it.
YouTube Added: 30.09.2013
– Caldicott: Fukushima much worse than Chernobyl — Nuclear engineers say there’s no end in sight to this — I predict they’ll never be able to fix it (VIDEO) (ENENews, Oct 5, 2013):
Title: Nicole Sandler speaks with Dr. Helen Caldicott
Source: The Nicole Sandler Show
Date: Sept. 30, 2013
At 25:30 in
Dr. Helen Caldicott, physician: It’s worse, it’s much worse — Chernobyl was absolutely ghastly […] This is worse, because there are 3 reactors which melted down […] Chernobyl stopped burning and it’s now sort of a radioactive mausoleum, it’s quiet. But these reactors are not quiet, and they are polluting millions of gallons of water. There’s no end in sight to this you see, there was an end in sight to Chernobyl. There’s not an end in sight for Fukushima. Nuclear engineers are saying that, and I predict they’ll never be able to fix it.
– Endless Fukushima catastrophe: Many generations’ health at stake (RT, Sep 13, 2013):
Bio-accumulation of radioactive elements around Fukushima will devastate many future Japanese generations, while the Pacific Ocean is also being contaminated by leaking radioactive water. Yet there is still no good solution from the Japanese government.
As I watched the tsunami power into the reactor complex at Fukushima on March 11, 2011, I realized the world would never be the same again. No nuclear reactor can withstand being drowned in a massive wave of water without catastrophic consequences.
There were three nuclear reactors undergoing fission at the time while one, unit four, had just been emptied of its radioactive core, which was now situated in an unprotected cooling pool on the roof of the building, 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground. As the power supply to the reactors was disrupted during the earthquake, and the auxiliary diesel generators in the basements of the reactors failed because they were flooded, the pumps which supplied up to 1 million gallons of cooling water to each reactor failed.
Within hours the intensely hot radioactive cores in units one, two and three started to melt. As they melted, the zirconium metal cladding on the uranium fuel rods reacted with water to produce hydrogen which exploded with overwhelming intensity in the buildings of units one, two, three and four releasing huge amounts of radioactive elements into the air.
On March 15 alone, it is estimated that 100 quadrillion Becquerels of cesium, 400 quadrillion of iodine plus 400 quadrillion of inert noble gases (xenon, krypton and argon) escaped. Over a period of time two-and-a-half to three times more noble gases were released into the air than at Chernobyl.
YouTube Added: 22.05.2012
Dr. Helen Caldicott delivered this lecture on March 23, 2012 in Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Caldicott is a member of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s Advisory Council. For more information, visit www.wagingpeace.org.
– Caldicott Live on TV as US Election Called: “About half of Japan is contaminated” — Huge censorship on what’s happening with Fukushima… Host interrupts to say Obama re-elected (VIDEO) (ENENews, Nov 7, 2012):
Dr. Helen Caldicott, Physician: About half of Japan is contaminated. I’m going there next week. There’s a huge, a very big press censorship on what’s happening in Japan with Fukushima.
– CONFIRMED: 36 Percent Of Fukushima Kids Have Abnormal Thyroid Growths And Doctors Are In The Dark (Business Insider, July 19, 2012):
A few days ago we reported that 36 percent of Fukushima children have abnormal thyroid growths likely from radiation exposure, based on the “Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey.”We got in touch with Australian pediatrician Dr. Helen Caldicott, who has spoken about the growths, to ask her about the implications of the study.
After confirming the validity of the report, Caldicott reinforced the alarming nature of the findings:
1. “It is extremely rare to find cysts and thyroid nodules in children.”
2. “This is an extremely large number of abnormalities to find in children.”
3. “You would not expect abnormalities to appear so early — within the first year or so — therefore one can assume that they must have received a high dose of [radiation].”
4. “It is impossible to know, from what [officials in Japan] are saying, what these lesions are.”
Doctors worry about these abnormal growths because even though thyroid nodules are relatively common, they are not as common in children and some of them could become cancerous.
When asked why these results haven’t been widely reported, Calidcott noted that Japanese officials are not sharing ultrasound results with foremost experts of thyroid nodules in children and accused the media of “practicing psychic numbing,” saying that she doesn’t understand why media outlets are choosing to ignore the nuclear fallout.