It’s almost as though every time the Fukushima-Daiichi reactor makes the news it becomes more and more terrifying. Now TEPCO, the Japanese energy company responsible for the meltdowns, has been called a liar by renowned environmentalist David Suzuki. Suzuki also warned of a potential doomsday scenario for British Columbia if the nuclear community doesn’t get its act together.
The radioactive doomsday scenarios for the demise and subsequent mass evacuation of western North America are now making their way around the Internet again, as they do every time a new mishap happens at Fukushima.
Granted how many well-revered academics are speaking out about the growing likelihood a global catastrophe could occur, the lack of pro-activeness is mind-boggling.
Actually, even worse is that we know Health Canada failed to release data showing spikes in radioactive material following the disaster in March, 2011
The Georgia Straight reported two years ago that radiation levels were higher than normal after the disaster in March, 2011.
“A Health Canada monitoring station in Calgary detected radioactive material in rainwater that exceeded Canadian guidelines during the month of March, according to Health Canada data obtained by the Georgia Straight.”
So we know is that radiation from Fukushima can absolutely reach the west coast.
And one more major earthquake could cause more meltdowns that could threaten B.C.
It’s hard to imagine but entirely possible.
It has been reported that rice from the Fukushima area will be served to government officials for nine days to show the country that the region is still safe to farm.
“The rice balls tasted especially good after the great effort put into cultivating the crop, said Senior Vice Environment Minister Shinji Inoue on Monday. Parliamentary Vice Environment Minister Tomoko Ukishima also joined the tasting. A farmer from Kawamata Town told NHK that he will continue to cultivate the rice now that he knows it tastes good”
This news comes a month after it was reported in October that radioactive water leaked from containment barrels.
There are now 1,000 tanks holding 400,000 tons of highly radioactive water around the site.
Here is a good summarization by National Geographic of the current situation and of terminology associated with the disaster.