Armageddon Scenario in Japan - by Stephen Lendman
Japan's deepening disaster affects everyone. Atmospheric radiation will spread globally, mostly affecting the northern hemisphere. Everyone to some extent will be affected, those in Japan and nearby the most.
An unprecedented catastrophe is unfolding. You'd hardly know it from most major media reports, including US broadcast and cable channels, National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting, BBC, and Al Jazeera, failing to explain a deepening catastrophe placing millions of lives at risk.
On March 16, however, Russia Today said Japan "may be losing control" at Fukushima after a rise in radiation suggests efforts to contain the disaster aren't working. Nuclear engineer Arnie Gunderson told the Washington Post that evacuating most workers "is a sign to me that they have given up trying to prevent a disaster and gone into the mode of trying to clean up afterward."
Unit 1 exploded on March 12, Unit 3 on March 14. On March 15, other blasts rocked Units 2 and 4. Fires broke out, the latest at Unit 4. Reports say it's contained. Unexplained is whether thousands of fuel rods are melting.
All six plant reactors broke down. Four so far experienced explosions. Others could happen any time. Four are in serious trouble. All face potential full meltdowns, perhaps ongoing at one or more reactors, but government and media reports won't say.
On March 16, Al Jazeera said Fukushima operations were suspended because of dangerously high radiation levels. Other reports suggested partial resumption. Workers brave enough to do so face death. Hundreds of thousands of Chernobyl "liquidators" experienced major illnesses or died.
On March 15, New York Times writers Keith Bradsher and Hiroko Tabuchi headlined, "Last Defense at Troubled Reactors: 50 Japanese Workers," saying:
Facing near sure death from radiation poisoning, they "perhaps (represent) Japan's last chance of preventing a broader nuclear catastrophe," that, in fact, likely is ongoing but unreported.
The "faceless 50....volunteered (or were) assigned to pump seawater on dangerously exposed nuclear fuel," already in partial or full meltdown in what may be a futile effort to prevent disaster. Around 750 others were evacuated because of dangerously high radiation levels.
"The few details Tokyo Electric (revealed) paint a dire picture," including five worker deaths, 22 others injured (perhaps seriously irradiated), two missing, and another hospitalized for reasons unexplained.
On March 16, Times writers Hiroko Tabuchi and Keith Bradsher headlined, "Japan Says 2nd Reactor May Have Ruptured With Radioactive Release," saying:
On Wednesday, "Japan's nuclear crisis intensified dramatically" after Unit 3 reactor ruptured and began releasing radioactive steam. Because of high levels, a plan to dump water from helicopters was abandoned. However, racing against time, Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) doubled the "faceless 50" to 100, rotated in and out in short shifts because of extreme radiation levels.
The ruptured reactor was "seen as the last fully intact line of defense against large-scale releases of radioactive material," but how serious conditions are remains unclear. However, Units 3 and 4 fuel rod pool overheating appears dire, and cooling and other containment efforts so far haven't worked.
Reactors have three layers of protection - the outer building, the containment vessel, and metal cladding around fuel rods inside the reactor. "The government said those rods at the No. 3 reactor were likely already damaged." Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) said 70% of Unit 1's rods are damaged, adding how badly isn't known or whether they're melting.
Most likely, one or more reactors are dangerously breached, releasing radiation, and perhaps in full meltdown. No one knows for sure or isn't saying. Most likely, a major unreported disaster is unfolding, downplayed in official reports.