A massive near-term release of radioactivity may threaten billions of humans -- perhaps every person living in the Northern Hemisphere.
An M8 aftershock, based on historical Japanese major quake data, has an 80% weight of occurring today, with that weighting reaching 100% by September 2016. Based on ANSS data - the Earthquake Hazards Program of the USGS.
An earthquake with a magnitude of eight or over could soon strike the country." Japan's Defense Science and Technology Institute. The Japanese Earthquake Agency has recently confirmed a Magnitude 8 Aftershock Alert.
"Another earthquake 8.0 or higher at Fukushima-Daiichi could topple the spent fuel pool sitting 100 feet in the air on top of the damaged building of Unit 4. This would start an unquenchable nuclear fire, forcing evacuation of the entire site. Within a week or two the other 3 reactors would heat up and explode. The resulting release of radioactivity would equal 40 Chernobyls, which, according to some sources would be enough to render Japan, the U.S. west coast, and perhaps the Northern Hemisphere uninhabitable." Carol Wolman M.D. OpEd News December 20th, 2012
Almost the entire ground-level of the Northern Hemisphere was covered in radioactive fission product 20 days after the March 11 earthquake. A map on the Aesop Institute website shows the concentration of Xe-133.
ENENews January 1st, 2013
The radioactivity already emitted into the atmosphere could total 10% of the Chernobyl accident releases for I-131 and Cs-137.
Chris Canine, Chemist and Radiation Safety Instructor and former Fukushima Daiichi Worker: "I believe (Japan) will be evacuated if No. 4 fuel pool collapses' -- "Should be hundreds or thousands of people working furiously every day'. The fuel rods in the pool need to each be safely lowered to the ground with cranes as fast as is humanly possible.
"With one more (major) earthquake "Japan will cease to exist. The resulting destruction will take half the planet along with it." Jake Price The Guardian (UK)
The #3 and #4 reactors at Fukushima contain roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at the Chernobyl accident . The total spent reactor fuel inventory at the Fukushima-Daiichi site contains nearly half of the total amount of Cs-137 estimated to have been released by all atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, Chernobyl, and world-wide reprocessing plants.
5 times more Cesium-137 than Chernobyl would destroy our civilization. This is not rocket science, nor does it connect to the debate over nuclear power plants. This is an issue of human survival.
Fukushima fuel pool #4 is the top near-term threat to humanity and a little recognized major National Security issue for the USA. A massive release of radioactivity is a ticking time bomb.
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