Fukushima #reblog

Today’s regurgitation reblog is served up by the WordPress “random post” feature. Back on July 24, 2011, I posted an “Aerial Reconnaissance Challenge” that was a photograph of the Fukushima nuclear reactor. It was also a Sunday.

This morning, while looking for an updated photograph, I found this news scarcely four hours old:

Endless Fukushima catastrophe: 2020 Olympics under contamination threat

As the escape of radiation at Fukushima seems virtually unstoppable, there are still steps that governments all over the world should take to prevent worst case consequences. One of them would be canceling the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Scientific estimates predict that the radioactive plume travelling east across the Pacific will likely hit the shores of Oregon, Washington State and Canada early next year. California will probably be impacted later that year. Because the ongoing flow of water from the reactor site will be virtually impossible to stop, a radioactive plume will continue to migrate across the Pacific affecting Hawaii, North America, South America and eventually Australia for many decades.

Source: RT.com

Meanwhile, also in current news, Japan plans to lodge an “official complaint” with an editorial cartoon in the French newspaper Le Canard Enchaine that links the nuclear disaster and Japan’s 2020 Olympics hosting bid.

The cartoon, which appeared on Wednesday in the satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine, shows two sumo wrestlers – each with an extra arm or leg – with the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the background.

At the edge of the panel, a TV announcer dressed in a hazardous materials suit says: “Marvellous! Thanks to Fukushima, sumo is now an Olympic sport.”

A second image features two people in protective clothing conducting radiation tests by the side of a pool, along with the caption: “There is already a pool in Fukushima for the Olympics.”

Source: The Guardian

Indeed. Bad form! I’ve got a plume of Japan’s radiation bearing down on my ass and their feelings are hurt because they want to milk a cash cow in 2020. Yup, that sound about right to me.

Japanese authorities have admitted that lax standards and poor oversight contributed to the nuclear disaster. They have come under fire for their handling of the emergency, and have engaged in a pattern of withholding damaging information and denying facts of the accident. Authorities apparently wanted to “limit the size of costly and disruptive evacuations in land-scarce Japan and to avoid public questioning of the politically powerful nuclear industry.” There has been public anger about an “official campaign to play down the scope of the accident and the potential health risks.” The accident is the second biggest nuclear accident after the Chernobyl disaster, but more complex as all reactors are involved.

Source: Wikipedia – Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

We can only hope Japan is better prepared and more forthright in their hopeful bid to host the Olympics.

Here are two Fukushima nuclear power plant aerial photos showing before and after:

Fukushima - Before

Fukushima – Before

Fukushima after

Fukushima – After

2 responses

  1. Anyone interested in the scale of the event might look on Google street view. The country is devastated for miles along the coastline. There’s endless clear-up trucks ferrying debris. The roadside noticeboards are both poignant and dwarfed.


    1. Wow. Good idea. I did not think about that when researching this post. Thanks!


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