(Higgins) – A few days ago ex-skf published an online translation of a Japanese congressman’s claim that the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant were not hydrogen explosion, but something much worse.
(Correction: Tokuda is from Kagoshima, not from Fukushima.)
If what Takeshi Tokuda, Member of the Lower House (House of Representatives) in the Japanese Diet, says is true, the explosion that blew up the Reactor 1 building roof and side walls may not have been an hydrogen explosion as the government has insisted, but something decidedly more serious.
From his April 17 blog entry (original in Japanese):
[Tokuda is writing about his day on April 15, including a visit to Minami-Soma City, which has been designated as “planned evacuation zone”. He visited the Minami Soma City General Hospital and spoke with Dr. Oikawa, and the following is what he heard from Dr. Oikawa.]
Then I heard a startling story from Dr. Oikawa.
n the first hydrogen explosion on March 12 [Reactor 1], broken pieces [of…??] and small stones [from the explosion] landed in Futaba-machi, 2 kilometers away from the Plant.
When the hospital checked the radiation level on the people who escaped from around the nuke plant after the explosion, there were more than 10 people whose radiation level exceeded 100,000 cpm [counts per minute], beyond what could be measured by the geiger counter the hospital had.
[100,000 cpm is the new level that the Japanese government set that requires decontamination. Before the Fukushima accident, the level was 6,000 cpm, and on March 12 it was still 6,000 cpm.]
It is the level that threatens the secondary radiation contamination.
However, it has never been disclosed by the government that it was such a serious situation.
Some people, without stopping by at the hospital and without knowing that they had been exposed to high radiation, may have gone home and hugged their children.
So I re-read the transcript of the press conference given by Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano two hours after the explosion.
He said that there was a hydrogen explosion, but it was confirmed that the Containment Vessel was not damaged.
It was not the explosion within the Containment Vessel, therefore no large amount of radioactive materials would be released, Edano said.
In his March 13 press conference, he announced that 9 people who had evacuated from Futaba-machi by bus may have been exposed to radiation.
4 of them had the low dose of 1,800 cpm, the highest dose was 40,000 cpm, he said.
Edano also said that according to the experts there would be no serious negative effect on health as long as such matters [radioactive materials] stay on the surface.
Did the government not know about this serious situation at Minami-Soma City General Hospital where more than 10 people were found to have been exposed to high radiation levels?
If the government didn’t know, that would cast doubts on the capability of the Prime Minister’s Office to gather information, and would be problematic from the point of crisis management; if they knew but decided to suppress the information, that would be the manipulation of information by the government, almost a criminal act.
Due to speculative nature of the story with no indication of what was meant by “something decidedly more serious” than a hydrogen explosion and no other reports on this story I did not run, even thought “something decidedly more serious” implies a nuclear explosion.
Today, a Russia Today report stated today that there are in fact reports that the explosion was a nuclear explosion.
Russian TV Host: There are reports that one of the Fukushima explosions was not actually a gas blast but a “nuclear reaction” (VIDEO)
Busby: ‘Can’t seal Fukushima like Chernobyl — it all goes into sea’, RT, April 25, 2011:
There have been reports… that one of the explosions at Fukushima was not actually a gas blast… but a nuclear reaction in one of the reactor vessels.
Source: Energy News
As world marks the Chernobyl anniversary, many say that the world has failed to learn the lessons on nuclear safety that the tragedy provided. RT talks to Professor Christopher Busby, Scientific secretary of the European Committee on radiation risks, for a little more insight on 21st century’s most serious nuclear crisis at Fukushima.
This is particularly bad news because we have already confirmed plutonium and strontium from the nuclear plant have been raining on the US west coast since March 18th. An analysis by Lucas WhiteField Hixson of the high resolution photos of the power plant provide that the plutonium MOX fuel was ejected into the atmosphere during the explosion.
Clearly the destruction shown in the hi-res photos prove the plutonium pool was severely damaged during the explosion. It has also been confirmed by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission that nuclear fragments, including the deadly MOX fuel, have been shot up to 1 mile from the nuclear power plant.
These latest reports that the explosion was nuclear, and not hydrogen makes the situation much worse.
Source: Alexander Higgins Blog