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Fukushima update: False radiation readings, radioactive water and anti-nuclear protesters

Sunday, March 27, 2011
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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Tags: Fukushima, radiation, health news

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(NaturalNews) Here's the latest on the Fukushima nuclear power plant situation as it is unfolding in Japan:

• Yesterday Japanese nuclear power officials announced that radiation levels in Reactor No. 2 had risen to 10 million times the "normal" level. This was widely reported in the BBC and elsewhere (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific...). Today, Tokyo Electric Power says that reading was a mistake, and they retracted it, blaming it on operator error (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/27/...).

• Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in a New York Times article that Japan is still "far from the end of this accident" and that the fight to get the radiation under control could go on for weeks or even months. (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/27/world/asia...)

• The leak in Reactor No. 2 is still causing an extremely dangerous amount of radiation to escape the core. When questioned, officials explain they don't know where the leak is actually coming from, but they admit it "almost certainly" has to be coming from the reactor core. (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/top/a...)

• There is now a growing problem of where to put all the radioactive water that's building up in the reactor units. There are currently "tens of thousands of gallons" of radioactive water to be dealt with, and not enough storage areas in which to put it all (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/top/a...). You can't just release the water directly into the environment because it's too radioactive.

• The radioactive fallout from Fukushima has now reached northeast China, where small amounts of iodine-131 are now being picked up by sensors there (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/...).

• Huge anti-nuclear marches took place in Germany over the weekend as protesters rallied to force the nation to abandon any future plans involving nuclear power (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12872...). One protester told the BBC, "I came here to call for nuclear reactors to be stopped because I firmly intend to die of old age rather than radiation poisoning."

The bottom line in all this is that the Fukushima situation is far from stable and may yet get worse. Even in a best-case scenario, the situation will require weeks -- if not months -- of additional work to get under control. And that will still leave Japan with radioactive fallout and over 1700 tons of spent nuclear fuel to deal with.

The impact on Japan's food and water supply -- not to mention the oceans -- will remain quite serious for a long time to come. This is a crisis that will be dealt with across many generations even if things go well from this point forward. The total radiation emitted from Fukushima may yet exceed that amount emitted from Chernobyl, by the way. We won't know until it's really over and contained, and that will probably take several months.

In the mean time, let's all hope they can keep the spent fuel rods sufficiently cooled to prevent any further catastrophic releases of radiation.

Read NaturalNews for more updates as the Fukushima situation unfolds.

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About the author: Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is the founding editor of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news website, now reaching 7 million unique readers a month.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource now featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

In addition to being the co-star of the popular GAIAM TV series called Secrets to Health, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

In 2013, Adams created the Natural News Forensic Food Laboratory, a research lab that analyzes common foods and supplements, reporting the results to the public. He is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released ten popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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