This is a difficult subject, but I think it's important to talk about it and make sure our governments are focused on cleaning up Fukushima.
Apparently, no one wants to talk about this disaster. I assume because it's so frightening to think about, but it also looks like even the experts are unsure of how to solve the problem. However, the facts are we have a terrible problem here and now, and we need to start giving it our ultimate attention, and be absolutely vigilant in finding the answer as soon as possible. Nuclear experts say that a worldwide catastrophe is only one earthquake away. And that civilization is hanging in the balance. The news we talk about daily, politics, banking and democracy surely seem insignificant in comparison .
Recently, the United Nations has been asked to intervene.
On 30 April, seventy-two Japanese NGO organizations lead by Shut Tomari and Green Action sent an urgent request to the UN and Japanese government urging immediate action to stabilize the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel. The letter was endorsed by experts from Japan and abroad.
A copy of that letter is here:
http://fukushima.greenaction-japan.org/2012/05/01/an-urgent-request-on-un-intervention-to-stabilize-the-fukushima-unit-4-spent-nuclear-fuel/ (Urgent Request to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, May 1, 2012, To: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: An Urgent Request on UN Intervention to Stabilize the Fukushima Unit 4 Spent Nuclear Fuel)
The letter warned that the seriously damaged Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool contains Cesium-137 (Cs-137) that is equivalent to 10 times the amount released at the time of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain, this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire.
The letter urged the United Nations to organize a Nuclear Safety Summit to take up the crucial problem of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool. The letter stated that the United Nations should establish an independent assessment team on Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 and coordinate international assistance in order to stabilize the unit's spent nuclear fuel and prevent radiological consequences with potentially catastrophic consequences.
Natural News has a further synopsis of the letter here: http://www.naturalnews.com/035788_Fukushima_United_Nations_radiation.html (Sunday, May 06, 2012 Fukushima reactor 4 requires urgent intervention; coalition calls for emergency UN action to halt catastrophic release of radiation )
Last month, further information about the danger of Fukushima was announced by:
...Japan’s former Ambassador to Switzerland, Mr. Mitsuhei Murata, who was invited to speak at the Public Hearing of the Budgetary Committee of the House of Councilors on March 22, 2012, on the Fukushima nuclear power plants accident. http://akiomatsumura.com/2012/04/682.html
Before the Committee, Ambassador Murata strongly stated that if the crippled building of reactor unit 4—with 1,535 fuel rods in the spent fuel pool 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground—collapses, not only will it cause a shutdown of all six reactors but will also affect the common spent fuel pool containing 6,375 fuel rods, located some 50 meters from reactor 4.
In both cases the radioactive rods are not protected by a containment vessel; dangerously, they are open to the air. This would certainly cause a global catastrophe like we have never before experienced.
He stressed that the responsibility of Japan to the rest of the world is immeasurable. Such a catastrophe would affect us all for centuries.
From the Huntington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-alvarez/the-fukushima-nuclear-dis_b... (Full article by Rober Alverez )
The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Is Far From Over
May 4, 2012
April 22, 2012
Spent reactor fuel, containing roughly 85 times more long-lived radioactivity than released at Chernobyl, still sits in pools vulnerable to earthquakes.
More than a year after the Fukushima nuclear power disaster began, the news media is just beginning to grasp that the dangers to Japan and the rest of the world are far from over. After repeated warnings by former senior Japanese officials, nuclear experts, and now a U.S. senator, it’s sinking in that the irradiated nuclear fuel stored in spent fuel pools amidst the reactor ruins pose far greater dangers than the molten cores. ...
Thom, I don't think the danger here can be exagerated. At this moment, it appears this is a powderkeg waiting to take our lives. We all need to make sure the experts have everything they need to change the direction of Fukashima.
What can we do as Americans, to make sure our country is aware of the danger and focused on making sure that this problem is behind us?