Image via WikipediaFrom Denny: While "experts" chime in that the radiation contaminated food in Japan is fine to eat, the radiation levels within "acceptable parameters," the death tolls mount as more dead are found during the recovery effort. If the food is so safe to eat why don't those experts dine on it? Radiation has been found in food as far away as 90 miles out from the nuclear site in trouble.
Now, most Japanese are on edge about their radiation contaminated food and water supply. The drinking water is contaminated. The spinach and other green leafy vegetable crops are contaminated. The milk is contaminated. What's left to eat that isn't contaminated? People are bathing in radiated water because there is nothing else available and now that is a worry from repeated exposure.
The information is sketchy and conflicting about the status of the nuclear reactors and the spent fuel rod pools. Over the weekend, officials kept claiming they were making headway with enough sea water to cover the pools, cooling them. Then late in the day there was an explosion that wasn't supposed to happen.
The Japanese claim reactors five and six are under control and that reactor three, the plutonium one, is doing well. They claim it couldn't be the fuel rod pool that experienced an explosion because there was no radiation levels found but they do admit the radiation levels spiked. Come on, people. Just how stupid do you think the public really is to accept this garbage story?
If the radiation levels spiked then there was radiation. Today, on The Today Show, a nuclear engineer postulated it was probably the coating on the spent fuel rods that heated up so much it caught on fire. He said there is little information forthcoming to accurately determine the details of the fire and explosion and resulting radiation cloud. That radiation cloud forced the water teams to pull back and run for cover inside a protected building.
Explosions and smoke from reactors number two and three.
Evacuated around reactor number three
Reactor #3 - 1,170 tons of water were sprayed on the reactor and its fuel pool.
Reactor #3 - the rising pressure is down over the weekend
Power restored to two of the reactors
Electricity not able to move through reactors #1 through #4 because of damage to pumps and other gear caused by the quake, tsunami
Spare parts are being brought in to repair the damage so electricity can flow
Earthquake and tsunami death toll: 8,800
Last ditch effort if they cannot gain control of these reactors: encase one or more in concrete like what was done in Chernobyl in 1986.
Kyodo News reports alarming levels of radioactive substances in sea water:
Radioactive Cesium - 25 times the limit
Radioactive Iodine - 127 times the limit
Check out the latest from the cartoonist opinion about this impending nuclear disaster:
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