Japan – Radiation In Distant Village Now Exceeds Permanent Chernobyl Exclusion Levels

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Uncategorized


While the word’s attention is focused on Libya, the nuclear crisis in Japan shows little sign of abating.

Indeed, we now have evidence that the exclusion zone set up by the Japanese government is nowhere big enough, and the radiation within what has already been established, is far worse than we had been led to believe.

With radiation more than 40 km from the plant now more than double the levels at which mandatory evacuation was mandated at Chernobyl, we can see that the Japanese government’s assertion that the need for the exclusion zone is being based more on difficult logistics, is simply absurd.  It is based on the need to be away from a radiation-contaminated environment, pure and simple.  And the needed exclusion zone is actually much bigger than what has been declared, and is getting bigger daily.

It seems that “clean and safe” nuclear power has once again made a significant region of our planet permanently uninhabitable.



Thursday Update


UPDATE, 10:00 am, Thursday, March 31, 2011. The International Atomic Energy Agency has reported that levels of Cesium-137 in areas outside the emergency evacuation zone (especially near Iitate Village, 40 kilometers—24 miles away) are more than twice as high than levels the Soviets established for relocation from the Chernobyl area. The IAEA said cesium levels are up to 3.7 megabecquerels per square meter (MBq/sq. m) in that area. Soviet guidelines required relocation when Cesium levels reached 1.48 MBq/sq. m. This is adding to pressure on the Japanese government to expand the evacuation zone.

Levels of radioactive Iodine-131 in seawater near the Fukushima Daiichi site continue to soar and were measured today at more than 4,300 times above normal.

Earth Track has published a handy guide to nuclear liability standards in Japan and the U.S.

There are reports this morning that up to 1,000 bodies of people killed by the earthquake and tsunami inside the evacuation zone have not been recovered due to radioactive contamination.

It is growing ever clearer that the Fukushima disaster will be a lengthy one. We do not believe people will be able to re-settle in the evacuation zone—indeed, as at Chernobyl, the permanent exclusion zone is likely to grow rather than become smaller. Andre-Claude Lacoste, president of the French nuclear society, hinted at this in a press conference yesterday saying:

On contaminated land:
“Depending on the level of contamination, the management of these territories will be extremely difficult for years to come, if not for decades.”

On the stabilization of the reactor site and beyond:
“If there are orders of magnitude that I would like to share with you, they are the following: the return to a more or less acceptable level of safety on-site is a question of weeks, and, no doubt, of months. The management of the contamination outside the plant – the plant clearly is a lost site – beyond, around the plant, it is a question of years if not of decades.”

Once again, the “safe and clean” nuclear power industry has left a portion of our planet permanently uninhabitable.


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