The radiation from the damaged nuclear plant in Japan has prompted officials to rate the disaster a “major accident” yesterday – the same as Chernobyl.After checking data on the leaks, they placed the rating from level 5 to 7. It is the highest in the International Nuclear Event Scale.The reevaluation came when aftershock quakes from the March 11 mega earthquake and tsunami shook the region.The updated data revealed considerably more radiation had leaked from the Fukushima plant in the early days of the crisis than was first thought.
Seiji Shiroya, a commissioner of Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission, an independent government panel that oversees the country’s nuclear industry, said that the government had delayed issuing data on the extent of the radiation releases because of concern that the margins of error had been large in initial computer models. But he also suggested a public policy reason for having kept quiet. “Some foreigners fled the country even when there appeared to be little risk,” he said. “If we immediately decided to label the situation as Level 7, we could have triggered a panicked reaction.” - New York Times.What's more, radiation readings from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has spiked sharply, following a powerful aftershock. Russia TV is reporting that 400,000 could develop cancer in 200 km radius of the Fukushima.
The effects of the radiation is already being felt in Europe and America. In European, warnings have been issued to the public to avoid drinking milk or eating vegetables due to the high radiation levels.
The radiation risk from Fukushima is "no longer negligable," says CRIIRAD, the French research authority on radioactivity. It is now warning expectant mothers and young children to avoid drinking milk or rainwater. They should also avoid certain types of vegetables and cheese due to the dangerously high levels of radiation they may contain thanks to the radioactive fallout spreading across the globe. CRIIRAD now says that eating these items qualifies as "risky behavior." - Natural News.In America, the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California is now indicating that Cesium can now be found in food and plants.
We have been collecting produce that is as local as possible to test for the radioactive isotopes. We might expect different kinds of plants to take up different quantities of cesium and iodine, so we are trying to measure as many different plants and fruits as we are able to. So far, we have measured grass, wild mushrooms, spinach, strawberries, cilantro, kale, and arugula. We have also measured local topsoil.In the following video clip, nuclear engineer, Arnie Gundersen, discusses why TEPCO's announcement of an increased accident severity level should not be a surprise. He also discusses similarities among the Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and the Fukushima nuclear accidents and how governments are once again limiting public access to accurate radiation dose information.
The numerous aftershocks seem to have complicated efforts to control the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. There have been nearly a 1,000 aftershocks,with 400 of magnitude 5 or greater in northeastern Japan since the mega earthquake on March 12. Over the last week, several magnitude 6 and over aftershocks continue to rock the eastern sections of the island, there was a 7.1 in Honshu, 6.1 in Kyushu, 6.6 in eastern Honshu, 6.2 on the east coast of Honshu, 6.0 in eastern Honshu and a 6.1 off the east coast of Honshu.
Currently TEPCO is admitting that reactor #4's fuel pool may be boiling and too hot, with the direct possibility that an enormous amount of plutonium might ignite.