The Fukushima Nuclear Facility in Japan continues to be a hot topic in international news. The new stories surrounding Fukushima provide us with a look at the most serious natural and manmade disaster to ever affect the globe. The tsunami of 2011 that struck Japan shortly after a massive earthquake erupted from the ocean floor just off shore, resulted in crippling the Fukushima plant. In the two plus years since that date, the Pacific Ocean has become a glowing pool of radioactive waste water.
Another, smaller earthquake and tsunami, recently hit along the same Japanese coast line, on Friday the 25th of October. While the damage associated with this latest event was extremely minimal compared to the one that knocked Fukushima off line, the uncontrolled leakage of radioactive waste water spilling into the sea on a daily basis, has some believing that Fukushima waste water will finally start washing across American shores as early as 2014.
“Two and a half years after a series of nuclear meltdowns, Japan’s effort to clean up what remains of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant is turning into another kind of disaster.
The site now stores 90 million gallons of radioactive water, more than enough to fill Yankee Stadium to the brim. An additional 400 tons of toxic water is flowing daily into the Pacific Ocean, and almost every week, the plant operator acknowledges a new leak.
The 40-year decommissioning is expected to cost 10 trillion yen, or about $100 billion — roughly two years’ worth of Tepco’s revenue — and the company says it is trying to save up and cut other costs.”
“A radioactive plume of water in the Pacific Ocean from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, which was crippled in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, will likely reach U.S. coastal waters starting in 2014, according to a new study. The long journey of the radioactive particles could help researchers better understand how the ocean’s currents circulate around the world.
The radioactive plume has three different sources: radioactive particles falling out from the atmosphere into the ocean, contaminated water directly released from the plant, and water that became contaminated by leaching radioactive particles from tainted soil.”
Of course most of these “experts” are predicting this radioactive waste water will have very little effect on marine life, Pacific Seafood, or people living along the coast. A 40 year plan to clean up harmless radioactive water. Does that smell fishy to anyone else?