via email | June 18 2012
Lucid Dreamer writes ~ I’m sure you heard about the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. Multiple tsunamis hit and badly damaged 6 nuclear reactor buildings at the Fukushima reactor sights in Daiichi Japan in 2011.
Here is a small quote “The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns, and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, following the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011. It is the largest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl disaster of 1986.”
The plant comprises six separate boiling water reactors originally designed by General Electric (GE), and maintained by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). At the time of the quake, Reactor 4 had been de-fuelled while 5 and 6 were in cold shutdown for planned maintenance. The remaining reactors shut down automatically after the
earthquake, and emergency generators came online to control electronics and coolant systems. The tsunami broke the reactors’ connection to the power grid and also resulted in flooding of the rooms containing the emergency generators.
Consequently those generators ceased working and the pumps that circulate coolant water in the reactor ceased to work, causing the reactors to begin to overheat. The flooding and earthquake damage hindered external assistance.
In the hours and days that followed, reactors 1, 2 and 3 experienced full meltdown. As workers struggled to cool and shut down the reactors, several hydrogen explosions occurred. The government ordered that seawater be used to attempt to cool the reactors—this had the effect of ruining the reactors entirely.  As the water levels in the fuel rods pools dropped, they began to overheat. Fears of radioactivity releases led to a 20 km (12 mi)-radius evacuation around the plant. During the early days of the accident workers were temporarily evacuated at various times for radiation.
Since this damage has occurred, untold amounts of radiation have leaked from broken radiation rods found inside each reactor and has spread rapidly to the rest of the world. Unsafe levels of radiation have already been found in water and food samples on the western coast of the U.S. So much so that the government has raised the level of radiation considered to be harmful just to not cause alarm to world populace, which only made the
situation worse. The scary part is that the last reactor building (reactor 4), which contains enough radiated fuel rods to kill all life on the planet a couple of times over, is in a very bad shape. A 4.0 or greater earthquake could cause the building to collapse causing the fuel rods to, like I said, release enough radiation to kill the world a couple of times over.
But the situation is even more delicate than this. Right now, a super typhoon off the southern coast of Japan with 150 mph winds is apparently on a path straight to Daiichi Japan, where the 4th reactor is barely holding itself together. It is expected to reach the reactor’s area by the 20th of June 2012. 2 days. And that’s if you’re reading this on the 18th, when this was made.