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Breaking: Fukushima Could be 15,000x Worse than Hiroshima with Removal of Fuel Rods

Christina Sarich
September 28th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 5:45 pm
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fukushima danger 263x164 Breaking: Fukushima Could be 15,000x Worse than Hiroshima with Removal of Fuel RodsYale Professor is compelling the world to wake up from its nuclear slumber and face some cold-hard facts, “All of humanity will be threatened for thousands of years” if the Fukushima Unit 4 pool can’t be kept cool. Your worries about eating cesium-contaminated fish from the Pacific Ocean are grounded in fact, but this is a world-wide disaster of the most epic proportions just waiting to happen. If nothing else, it points to the necessity of nuclear-free power to fuel the planet, but in the meantime, more than 1,535 fuel rods must be meticulously removed from Unit 4, which in all likelihood is crumbling.

Charles Perrow, Professor Emeritus of Sociology from Yale University cautions:

“Conditions in the unit 4 pool, 100 feet from the ground, are perilous, and if any two of the rods touch it could cause a nuclear reaction that would be uncontrollable. The radiation emitted from all these rods, if they are not continually cool and kept separate, would require the evacuation of surrounding areas including Tokyo. Because of the radiation at the site the 6,375 rods in the common storage pool could not be continuously cooled; they would fission and all of humanity will be threatened, for thousands of years. [...]”

In early stages of the Fukushima disaster Tepco, under influence of the Nuclear and Industiral Safety Agency (NISA), tried to keep the full ramifications of Fukushima under wraps, and now the entire country faces a possible trillion dollar price tag and multiple decades of active clean up to make this go away, but that will all be a moot point if the fuel rods aren’t removed properly.

Read: Radiation Levels Hit New High at Fukushima

All the boron between spent fuel rods has disintegrated. This means a nuclear chain reaction could ensue if the rods get too close together in the pools, causing nuclear mayhem like we’ve never endured. In less than two months, Tepco plans to try to remove these rods, admitting that they haven’t the expertise or resources to do it perfectly – and that is what it would take – absolute perfection.

According to, “Some 400 tons of fuel in that pool could spew out more than 15,000 times as much radiation as was released at Hiroshima.”

“More than 6,000 fuel assemblies now sit in a common pool just 50 meters from Unit Four. Some contain plutonium. The pool has no containment over it. It’s vulnerable to loss of coolant, the collapse of a nearby building, another earthquake, another tsunami and more.

Overall, more than 11,000 fuel assemblies are scattered around the Fukushima site. According to long-time expert and former Department of Energy official Robert Alvarez, there is more than 85 times as much lethal cesium on site as was released at Chernobyl.”

Read: Protect Yourself Against Fukushima Nuclear Radiation

This is no time for Tepco or the Japanese government to try to save face, or the world to turn the other cheek. If we don’t treat this as a global disaster it would be like waiting for the Russians to start nuclear war back in the 1980s – or worse. Harvey Wasserman has created a petition at to alert our own president and other politicians about the extreme seriousness of this incident. All while they were planning to go to war with Syria, the nuclear disaster right under our noses was escalating to unfathomable proportions.

Not to sound doom and gloom, but it’s important to recognize the ramifications if this issue isn’t taken care of – properly.

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  • David Howard

    Everyone needs to learn that 9/11 was the American regime nuking its own largest city, and it created the China Syndrome which then poisoned thousands of responders and millions of NY residents. Google “China Syndrome Aftermath”

  • Barry Den Bospoeper

    I do believe there’s a huge problem with Fukushima but please leave a source down on the end of the article. This I wrote not to minimalize the disaster and it’s huge concequences that will be with us still for a long long time ;-)

    From a friend who cares about you, everybody else and the world

    • Jonathan Courtney

      google / bing / whatever search engine you use are your best friend.. you can find many sources there. this isn’t the 1950′s where the only way to find out where the source of information came from was to read the fine print at the bottom of a journal.. this is an interconnected series of documents, illustrations, and movies known as the internet.. you may have heard of it..

  • jaydavis

    All I read is a crusader against nuclear anything. There are so many coulds, in all likelyhoods, possibles, etc to take this seriously. Read it again and see how many times you thought he said something was going to happen but actually just said that it could.

  • mango

    Why isn’t any of this common knowledge or in the news?

  • Tim

    If something like this happens, it’s game over for ALL of US!!!! Am I the only one seeing this? Look at it this way: Japan is over a highly sensitive fault and has historically suffered many big quakes. The possibility of another earthquake is very likely, so if the Japanese government doesn’t move fast, the potential for global disaster is latent EVERY SINGLE DAY. Get it? That means you and I WILL get affected, wherever we live in this planet. Actually, some of the ads in this very page made me laugh out loud… who cares about ordering chilli’s online, buying advertising, and all that non-sense with this kind of news? Silly and Stupid!!

  • Tosheba

    To infer Obama does not KNOW and has not known about this abject emergency in Japan is fantasy. Obama knows. Obama has known. Obama has the most sophisticated spy and information network ever devised at his immediate disposal. This is the fact Americans should become fully aware. Why is Obama hiding the truth and not dealing with it? He can invade Libya, Syria, and all points on the planet with impunity, but will not and did not invade Japan (2 years ago) to deal with this problem which will affect all of humanity? Don’t give me that ‘sovereign Nation’ baloney; Obama does not respect global laws and has pretty much done what he wants, when he wants, to whomever he wants for over 5 years. Case closed.

    • Sandy

      Really? You want to blame Obama for this too.How can anyone int heir right minds look at our Congress…who we put in office also but do we have any say in their pay or their vacations or anything else they choose to do.They are our employee’s but we have no voice,they are suppose to be our voice but are they really? Everyone wants to blame everything on Obama like he is in this alone…please

  • Joanna van der Drift

    Once again we see something that is a disaster waiting to happen and what is the cure and the stumbling block? Pride and money! Too proud to ask for help and those that could help want to charge for it? Reap what you sow! Helping out to save people, No charge! Asking for help shows humility and strength! Get over the wrongness of the use of nuclear power and it obvious attendant risks and muster the world to fix this problem.

    • Tim

      You are so right, Joanna. They are so proud and money focused that they don’t realize that if something happens, they are affected too… these people are blinded by power and can’t see beyond their nose. They believe they are indestructible… sad but true!

  • Richard Wilcox

    Glad to see people waking up to this issue. One thing they could do is have special trucks on hand with some sort of special substance (I forget the details) to spray onto the fuel rods if they were to be exposed. Also, it is not gauranteed that there would be a huge fire, but it is possible and therefore should be aware of. If you google “Simply Info” and Unit 4 you should be able to find a very long technical piece they wrote some time ago about Unit 4 dangers.