Part I: The Spectre of a World “Nuclear” Komodo – Elizabeth Border

 

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Komodo-like, except for not preying on its victims only by day and hiding in a cave at night, the Fukushima nuclear nightmare (would it were only an apparition) never stops, day and night. Radioactive contamination will continue to haunt, harm and/or kill thousands for decades to come – some in Japan, others throughout the world.

The Guardian broke the story of the radioactive core melting through Fukushima’s Reactor Number 2 containment vessel. The UK’s signature newspaper interviewed a former GE nuclear expert who stated Japan has “lost the race” to save the reactor.

Komodo’s evil talons are mercurial and unpredictable, for experts cannot really predict where the radiation will end up. Risk factors depend on things like the characteristics of the specific radioactive element released, directional wind patterns and rain or no rain.

According to Elisabeth Rosenthal (New York Times, March 21, 2011), “Ten days after … in Japan, officials are detecting abnormal levels of radiation in … milk, from Fukushima Prefecture; … spinach from Ibaroki Prefecture to the south;… canola from Gunma Prefecture to the west; and chrysanthemum greens from Chiba to the south. Shipments of the milk and spinach have been banned.

After the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, scientists were able to detect radioactive particles thousands of miles away.

T. Ward Whicker, Colorado State University professor emeritus, developed a prime model to track radiation through the food chain. Whicker says: “It’s natural that people worldwide will be monitoring for this just in case it is far worse than we now expect.”

Rosenthal states that more than fifteen years after Chernobyl (Ukraine region), wild Croatian boar and Norwegian reindeer still had detectable levels of cesium 137 – levels high enough to cause potential danger to people who ate meat heavily.

Long-lasting cesium 137’s particles enter plants when they are taken up by root systems from the soil. Sandy soils allow more radiation than clay soils to pass into growing plants. This eco-disaster can keep cycling on for decades.

Rutger’s University professor of marine science and geology, Paul Falkowski, warns of drastic reactor meltdowns’ dire possible result: a major ocean current that travels up the coast of Japan, across the Pacific and into the Gulf of Alaska could carry radiation to Alaska fisheries months from now.

The “spin” that the west coast of America will remain pristinely unaffected requires everyone’s vigilance to demand valid data as “Komodo Nightmare’s” radiation levels are tracked (or hidden).

After Chernobyl, it is instructive that relatively distant villages were contaminated with iodine 131. Cows ate the radioactive grass, children drank their milk and contracted high rates of thyroid cancer.

The monster is out of the cave. But there are MORE CAVES, more Chernobyls and Fukushimas, accidents waiting to happen in the flawed, antiquated nuclear reactors worldwide. Part two of this series will update and amplify these concerns.

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