Fukushima Crisis Could Destroy World

Fukushima Crisis Could Destroy World

Yastel Yamada is an engineer at the Fukushima nuclear power plant who visited the SRJC to talk about the ongoing crisis left from the japanese tsunami.

Drew Sheets, News Editor

With levels of caelsium-137 estimated to equal 5000 Hiroshima atom bombs, pooled above a damaged reactor four and the cores of reactors 1, 2 and 3 already melted down, experts are now saying the Fukushima Crisis has the potential to end life as we know it in the Northern Hemisphere.

On Oct. 19 SRJC hosted Fukushima Engineer and Skilled Veterans Corp for Fukushima (SVCF) Representative, Yastel Yamada, who described the ongoing crisis and lack of international support or urgency. He provided a number of ways for concerned citizens to get involved.

He described the listing structure housing reactor four and its pool of caelsium-137, the unsatisfactory storage of contaminated groundwater which flows straight into the Pacific and the lax, non-existent or non-transparent inspections at the state and international level. Yamada described the dismal situation at the Fukushima Daiichi Plant and provided the reasoning for the lack of urgency to clean it up.

The SVCF is made up of skilled elderly workers because their risk for cancer is lower, they have more life and job experience working at the plant and they’re past reproductive age.

hese workers are calling for an independent group of inspectors to come into Fukushima and expose the truth about the calamity this crisis truly presents. They are calling out the Japanese owned, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), sending a call for action to the international community demanding attention, action and transparency.

Yamada showed slides of water tanks leaking so badly that a stream of contaminated water formed and flowed straight into the Pacific Ocean. He charged TEPCO’s system of subcontractors with being inefficient and operating out of the TEPCO’s control, under a cloak of secrecy.

SRJC’s physics coordinator Lynda Williams preluded Yamada by giving brief backdrops on prior nuclear incidents, Chernobyl and 3-Mile Island. In the case of Chernobyl’s complete meltdown a concrete sarcophagus was erected to trap the radiation. 25 years later, that sarcophagus is crumbling. A new sarcophagus has to be built over the old one to ensure that radiation doesn’t spread across Eastern Europe. The projected cost of the new structure is in the billions.

Williams said, “Meltdowns are forever. Like Chernobyl, Fukushima has to have a tomb now, every 25 years or so we’ll have to build a new tomb, forever.”

The SCVF believes that only outside pressure can bring about results. They encourage everyone to email the Prime Minister of japan, His Excellency Yoshiko Noda, asking him to please accept assistance from other countries, here: https://kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment ssl.html; to message President Obama: http//www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments and ask him to grant refugee status to all Japanese people and to email either Tsunehisa Katsumata or President Naomi Hirose of TEPCO and ask them to accept outside assistance from other nations, here: http//www.tepco.co.jp/en/other/contact/general-e.html.

To get involved and raise awareness about his crisis, go to FukushimaResponse.org. To support SVCF go to http://svcf.jp/english.