While it doesn’t make much news, we still have a major problem on the other side of the planet…and it worsens day by day.
A heart wrenching photo essay.
Fukushima does not get the news coverage that it deserves, a long term problem such as this does not fit into our 24 hour crisis to crisis reporting style.
But it is leaking like a sieve, with the recent raising of the threat level from a one to a three. TEPCO and Japan are simply unable to deal with this crisis and it is time for an international takeover.
The article talks about strontium-90 and cesium-137 and compares their levels to background levels. It is important to understand that neither of these elements existed anywhere in the universe prior to July 16, 1945, so to speak of their “natural” background levels is jingoistic excess.
I would think the priority would be with containment. Stop the leak and then start cleaning the outlying areas. It seems that the cleaning is to distract from the fact that they can’t stop the leak.
Something to think about: This is bad on the Pacific coast…imagine if it was the shores of the Great Lakes.
With the end of mutually assured destruction this sort of thing has become more of a novelty than a stark reminder that we are living on the edge. I will take today’s world of occasional (relatively) small attacks over this madness.