Go Back   Matt-Hughes.com Official Forums > General Discussions > The Woodshed

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-31-2011, 03:31 PM
BamaGrits84
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Fukushima 50: We Are Ready to Die

From FoxNews.com

Quote:
Workers at the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan say they expect to die from radiation sickness as a result of their efforts to bring the reactors under control, the mother of one of the men tells Fox News.

The so-called Fukushima 50, the team of brave plant workers struggling to prevent a meltdown to four reactors critically damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, are being repeatedly exposed to dangerously high radioactive levels as they attempt to bring vital cooling systems back online.

Speaking tearfully through an interpreter by phone, the mother of a 32-year-old worker said: “My son and his colleagues have discussed it at length and they have committed themselves to die if necessary to save the nation.

“He told me they have accepted they will all probably die from radiation sickness in the short term or cancer in the long-term.”

The woman spoke to Fox News on the condition of anonymity because, she said, plant workers had been asked by management not to communicate with the media or share details with family members in order to minimize public panic.

She could not confirm if her son or other workers were already suffering from radiation sickness. But she added: “They have concluded between themselves that it is inevitable some of them may die within weeks or months. They know it is impossible for them not to have been exposed to lethal doses of radiation.”

The plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (or TEPCO), says medical teams conduct regular testing on the restoration workers for signs of contamination-related illness. It claims there have been no further cases following the three workers who were treated last week after coming into direct contact with radioactive water. There are no reports of new members of the Fukushima 50 developing radiation sickness.

Although two suffered radiation burns to their legs and ankles and absorbed radiation internally, they have since been released from the hospital and are regularly being checked for signs of any deterioration in their condition, says TEPCO.

The company has pledged to improve the tough conditions for workers who stay on the site due to the short turnaround of shifts on safety grounds.

Some restorers directly tackling the problems with the fuel rod containment chambers are limited to 15 minutes at a time inside the reactor buildings or working near highly radioactive substances, including traces of plutonium that have appeared at numerous locations within the plant complex.

Living conditions for the hundreds of employees staying within the plant’s perimeter to support the restoration efforts are also equally as hazardous, say the authorities.

Banri Kaieda, the interior minister who also acts as a deputy head of the nuclear disaster task force jointly set up by the government and TEPCO, said 500 to 600 people were at one point lodging in a building within the complex. He told a media conference it was “not a situation in which minimum sleep and food could be ensured.”

Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says that workers were only eating two basic meals of crackers and dried rice a day, and sleeping in conference rooms and hallways in the building.

According to Kaieda, not all of the workers had apparently been provided with lead sheeting to shield themselves from potentially radiation-contaminated floors while sleeping.

“My son has been sleeping on a desk because he is afraid to lie on the floor. But they say high radioactivity is everywhere and I think this will not save him,” said the mother of the worker who spoke to Fox News.

On Thursday, TEPCO will attempt to limit the spread of radiation from the plant, using a water-soluble resin to affix radioactive particles and substances to the debris sent scattered across the devastated complex to prevent it from being dispersed by wind and moisture.

It will test the resin solution using remote control vehicles to spray an area of 95,000 square yards. The company hopes the resin will provide sufficient protection to allow restoration workers better access to areas critical to restoring the reactors' cooling systems to prevent a meltdown.

Growing pools of dangerously radioactive water and deposits of plutonium have been inhibiting access to important parts of the plant.

A large sea tanker is also being prepared to siphon and ship the water from the plant after it was discovered that run-off containers and drainage tanks were almost full at three of the most critical reactors.

The government says it has yet to be decided where they will dispose of that water.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-31-2011, 03:52 PM
VCURamFan's Avatar
VCURamFan VCURamFan is offline
MMA, VCU, & Doctor Who
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Basketball Capital of the World
Posts: 14,324
Send a message via AIM to VCURamFan
Default

I was just about to post this. Sad stuff.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-31-2011, 04:09 PM
Vizion's Avatar
Vizion Vizion is offline
Hughes fanboy
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 2,218
Default

Has anyone even died yet of radiation? I heard it's practically a negligible amount.

I sense the media is using this as an agenda item.

Funny how the media seems to NOT want to talk about the GOD made catastrophe called the EARTHQUAKE and TSUNAMI. All we hear about is the "meltdowns" that may occur.
__________________


Please consider England in your prayers!

http://www.intercessuk.org/iuk3/
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-31-2011, 06:58 PM
BamaGrits84
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Vizion View Post
Has anyone even died yet of radiation? I heard it's practically a negligible amount.

I sense the media is using this as an agenda item.

Funny how the media seems to NOT want to talk about the GOD made catastrophe called the EARTHQUAKE and TSUNAMI. All we hear about is the "meltdowns" that may occur.
Some died already, 9 workers I think, as soon as it happened. I'm not sure it that was from exposure or not. At the plant itself levels have been over 900 times higher than normal. That's like getting an MRI every day for 10 years. (or so I seem to remeber being a comparison a US scientist gave). While the exposure may not lead to immediate death, being exposed to those levels is frying them on the inside.

Why do you think God created this and other natural disasters? Just wondering where you were going with that point.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-31-2011, 07:36 PM
Tyburn's Avatar
Tyburn Tyburn is offline
Angry @ Injustice!
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: England
Posts: 16,985
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Vizion View Post
Has anyone even died yet of radiation? I heard it's practically a negligible amount.

I sense the media is using this as an agenda item.

Funny how the media seems to NOT want to talk about the GOD made catastrophe called the EARTHQUAKE and TSUNAMI. All we hear about is the "meltdowns" that may occur.
...These are the deaths of those working AT the site...not anyone outside the building, but the people that have had to be minimally exposed to the cores and reactors to get to cooling system back online.

Its not really about the Japanese people, because...ultimately, these few workers probably saved their nation...and maybe a lot of others.

An Earth Quake and a Tsunami is distruction...but with money, people can rebuild their lives...IF a Meltdown occures ON the soil...then noone can live in the whole blast radius for centuries potentially.

Thankfully, Nuclear bombs rarely cause this...because unbeknown to most people, these Bombs (like the ones dropped on Japan during WW2...didnt ever hit the ground...they exploded in the air, well above the city...meaning, minimal fall out (fall out is usually contaminated material, not actually anything to do with bits from the Bomb...so if the bomb doesnt touch anything, it cant contaminate anything....also there is a difference between Atom Bombs and Hydrogen Bombs...but for the purposes of the reactor...thats not worth discussing

needless to say, this reactor could have made a portion of Japan uninhabitable for centuries...far worse then the bombings of its major cities...and these few Japanese workers who stopped the melt downs, and stopped those of the Nation being exposed to anything more then minimal ammounts, may well have been infected to a much greater extent, and will probably die of it sooner rather then later.

its very sad, one can almost imagine the funeral march right now http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5UrVdvk1Ao
__________________
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 07:57 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.