Thursday, March 24, 2011
"#12 It is also being reported that there were over 600,000 spent fuel rods stored at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex. Each one of those 600,000 spent fuel rods is a potential "dirty bomb"."
Sadly, these days it is hard to know who you can depend on for the truth. The following are 12 facts about the crisis in Fukushima that should have all of us deeply concerned....
#1 The Kyodo News Agency is reporting that radiation levels around the Fukushima nuclear facility are now up to 1,600 times the normal level.
#2 According to The Daily Mail, 5 of the now famous "Fukushima 50" are believed to have already died.
#3 Tokyo government officials have announced that radiation levels in Tokyo tap water are now so high that it is unsafe for infants to drink. In fact, CNN says that tests show that the amount of radioactive iodine in the water is twice what is considered safe for infants....
Government samples taken Tuesday night found 210 becquerels of radioactive iodine per kilogram of water -- two times higher than the limit that the government considers safe for infants.
#4 Elevated levels of radiation have been found in 11 different types of vegetables grown in the vicinity of the Fukushima nuclear complex.
#5 The government of Fukushima Prefecture is instructing residents that they should not eat any leafy vegetables that have been grown in the prefecture recently.
#6 Government officials have ordered all dairy farms within 18 miles of the Fukushima nuclear complex to suspend all shipments.
#7 Over 100 km south of Fukushima, Spinach containing radioactive iodine 27 times the legal limit has been discovered. The level of cesium found in the same spinach was 4 times the legal limit.
#8 25 miles from the Fukushima complex, one batch of a leafy green vegetable known as kukitachin was recently discovered to contain 11 times the legal limit of radioactive iodine and 82 times the legal limit of cesium.
#9 The U.S. government has now put in place import alerts on milk products and fresh produce from any of the prefectures surrounding the Fukushima nuclear complex.
#10 25 foreign embassies have already either shut down or moved temporarily out of Tokyo.
#11 Radiation levels in one city north of Tokyo, Utsunomiya, were recently reported to be 33 times above normal levels.
#12 It is also being reported that there were over 600,000 spent fuel rods stored at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex. Each one of those 600,000 spent fuel rods is a potential "dirty bomb".