Fukushima fallout entering lungs in Japan and US

Hot Particles From Japan to Seattle Virtually Undetectable when Inhaled or Swallowed from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

In this video Arnie Gundersen from Fairewind Associates explains some of the figures regarding the radioactive emissions from the Fuksushima meltdown. According to this,

– people in Seattle breathed in an average 150 hot particles (radioactive isotopes like iodine, caesium, stronitum etc) during the month of April,
– people in Tokyo about 300,
– people in Fukushima about 900-1200 radioactive particles.

Remember also that this means those average numbers of radioactive particles were lodged inside the lungs and bodies of people in those areas and beyond, where they then emitted their radioactive rays damaging cells and chromosomes, causing cancers and other serious illnesses down the track. Being average figures, some will have received more, some less during April. The figures only being for that month, hot particles breathed in before and after that month must be added to the totals.

Depending on wind directions, people living near these regions in Japan, the US, Canada and northern Europe at the same latitude will also have breathed in particles from Fukushima.

Much greater amounts of hot particles will then be ingested as they, brought down to soils by rainfall, enter waters and food chains. Here their quantities will be greatly magnified as they accumulate up these food chains. Children and pregnant women will be particularly susceptible to their damaging effects. Hot particles have already been found in the urine of children living in Fukushima. The future of cancers and birth deformations is now being formed.

This is the reality of extensive suffering you won’t read about in the mainstream corporate media or from pro-nuclear ideologues. Fukushima is yesterday’s news for the media of total distraction, thus of no real interest whatsoever. So far the people of Japan themselves seem to have not really grasped the ramifications of what has happened to them, or that it could happen to them again any time as long as they do not shut down all their reactors. Demonstrations have so far been very small in number and expressed very little outrage at the fact of their government’s non-regulation, cover-ups and collusion with the nuclear industry. It seems difficult to understand that one has been living in an undemocratic corporate-nuclear state that has now been shown up for what it is: a threat to well-being and survival. Non-violent blockades of nuclear plants would be one very effective means of democratic discussion.

Of course we all live in such undemocratic corporate states, nuclear or not, and very few of us anywhere seem to have understood just how potentially lethal these states are. It seems that even outright catastrophes like Chernobyl or Fukushima or wars of aggression and geostrategic oil control, like Iraq or Afghanistan, have very little impact on our understanding of the undemocratic, oligarchic nature of our governments and the need for radical democratisation of political and economic decision-making. Hopefully the current ongoing mass movements of direct (assembly) democracy in Spain and Greece, and hopefully soon elsewhere, will begin to look at these sorts of questions.


~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on July 3, 2011.

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