Thursday, November 14, 2013

Scientist Warns of Impending US Disaster from Fukushima Fallout

A prominent professor and host of the Canadian television series, “The Nature of Things,” is warning the world that another Fukushima disaster could bring about disaster not only to Japan, but North America as well.

While speaking at a scientific symposium, David Suzuki informed the audience of what he considers to be an impending disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Facility, claiming that another major earthquake could destroy the facility’s remaining nuclear plant, sending out dangerous waves of radiation.

“Fukushima is the most terrifying situation I can imagine,” Suzuki told the crowd. ”Three out of the four plants were destroyed in the earthquake and in the tsunami. The fourth one has been so badly damaged that the fear is, if there’s another earthquake of a seven or above that, that building will go and then all hell breaks loose… And the probability of a seven or above earthquake in the next three years is over 95 percent.”

At issue are the nuclear facility’s hundreds of fuel rods, stored underwater stored in the fourth facility. TEPCO, the managing company, is planning on cleaning up the fourth facility through the extraction of the fuel rods — yet this is a task that comes with great danger. If two rods touch, it could result in widespread release of radiation, according to Global Research Report.

As of now, TEPCO is attempting to limit radiation leaks through a system that Suzuki claims isn’t sustainable.

“What they’ve got in there is 13 hundred rods of sted fuel that have to be kept in water all the time… and they have no way of getting it out,” he said. “And did you know they’re pouring water in — that water is leaking out, and now they’ve got this cockamamy scheme of trying to freeze the soil so it will form a frozen wall.”

According to Suzuki, the greater threat is that an earthquake gets to those rods first, creating a radiation leak that could lead to the evacuations of America’s West Coast.

“I have seen a paper that says that if, in fact, the fourth plant goes under in an earthquake and those rods are exposed, it’s bye-bye, Japan, and everyone on the West Coast of North America should evacuate,” Suzuki said. “Now if that isn’t terrifying, I don’t know what is.”

He did not specify the publisher or origin of the paper.

The only way to mitigate the danger associated with the fourth nuclear reactor facility is for TEPCO and the Japanese government to loosen the reins on their management, allowing outside experts to instead handle the matter.

“They don’t know what to do, and the thing we need is to get an international group of experts to go in with complete freedom to do what they suggest. Right now, the Japanese government has too much pride to admit that,” Suzuki said.