New study maps spread of Fukushima fallout
Workers wait to enter the emergency operation center at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station on November 12.
November 14th, 2011
03:22 PM ET

New study maps spread of Fukushima fallout

It is likely that radioactive cesium from the disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant spread across much of northern and eastern Japan and could damage agriculture in several provinces, according to estimates released Monday.

The study by researchers based in the United States, Japan and Norway is the first Japan-wide estimate of the spread of contamination from the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns, said Teppei Yasunari, its lead author.

Yasunari and his colleagues combined observations reported by Japanese government agencies with computer simulations on how cesium-137 particles would have been carried through the atmosphere. The study tracked data from March 20, eight days after the first hydrogen explosion at the tsunami-damaged plant, to April 19. The map is in the study.

"Most of the Japanese general public would like to understand the contaminated area in Japan," Yasunari, earth systems scientist with the Universities Space Research Association, told CNN. Previous studies focused only on contamination in a limited area around Fukushima or on the possible spread of contamination beyond Japan, he said.

Yasunari said he and his colleagues hope Japanese authorities use their projections to plan their cleanup effort.

"What we would like to say from our paper is that (the) Japanese government should carry out soil samplings once in all the prefectures, even if lower contamination is expected at a certain prefecture," Yasunari said.

The study was published Monday by the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Cesium-137 has a radioactive half-life of 30 years, making it one of the longer-lived nuclear wastes spread by the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. The largest portion released by the plant probably was blown out to sea by the prevailing winds in the early days of the accident, while the highlands of central Honshu, the main Japanese island, protected the country's west, the researchers found.

"The mountain range in the middle of Japan probably worked like a shield and prevented the direct air flow from the Fukushima nuclear power plant to western areas," Yasunari said. "That is due to the topography in Japan and a fortunate thing."

But concentrations of radioactive cesium fell on eastern Fukushima Prefecture, the province that includes the nuclear plant, at levels that are likely to leave farming "severely impaired," the study found.

The researchers project that eastern Fukushima Prefecture received more than Japan's legal limit of 2,500 becquerels, a measurement of radioactive intensity, of cesium-137 per kilogram of soil. Neighboring prefectures are likely to have received about 250 becquerels per kilogram, the study found.

About 80,000 people remain displaced after the meltdowns in three reactors at Fukushima Daiichi, the worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl accident.

The nuclear plant, located about 240 kilometers (150 miles) north of Tokyo, was swamped by the tsunami that followed Japan's historic March 11 earthquake. The flooding knocked out coolant systems at the plant, leading to spectacular hydrogen explosions in two reactor buildings, a suspected explosion inside a third and extensive damage from the spent fuel housed in a fourth unit that had been shut down before the quake.

The plant's owner, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, says it has been able to keep the reactors cool for several weeks and has greatly reduced the amount of radioactive water that had piled up in the basements of the plant's turbine buildings. Japanese authorities took reporters clad in protective gear on a tour of the crippled plant over the weekend, allowing them the first close-up look at the extent of the damage since March.

Masao Yoshida, the man in charge of the plant, said that all the reactors have stabilized and predicted that Tokyo Electric is on track to have a cold shutdown by year's end. But he conceded that the danger is still far from over - especially for the thousands toiling to bring this nuclear nightmare to an end.

"Even saying it's stabilized doesn't mean that it is extremely safe," Yoshida said. "When working, the radiation remains high. So when it comes to working every day, there is still danger."

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  3. Monkey

    Fukushima is currently releasing the radiation equivalent of 27 Hiroshimas per day.. Why is this not in the news?

    According to this source, over 30,000 square kilometers have been contaminated by radioactive cesium. I predict this figure will go up drastically. Of course, this is much higher than the Japanese Government reported in May.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  4. lol

    the REAL reason the mainstream media downplayed the Fukushima Reactor is because General Electric owns many news corporations

    November 16, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  5. CircusTrainer

    Japan was hit by a devasting tsunami – which in turn messed up the reactors at Fukushima – Right away we saw US media in the US compare this with Chernobyl – saying Chernobyl was much worse – the propaganda started ASAP – Anderson and Gupta reported from Japan – far from the site of damage – and were saying bogus things – because the lies started once the world saw the explosions at the plant – how much radiation was released into the environment – sea and atmosphere – We have seen many natural disasters – When you have a businessman stating that oil is released from deep in the Ocean from fissure which are natural – just to justify that BP should not be a big concern – we see how inhumane and insane people can be – forget the environment – business is more important – what a warped mentality. Dont expect business leaders and government officials to tell the people the truth – forget the media – they are given the scripts – why not use puppets instead of people to report the news – Because a puppet's nose may grow long in front of everyone watching. Keep up the charade – we all saw what happened with FOX in England.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  6. m

    A map would have been helpful addition to the article so one could see where the three-headed japs of the future will be.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  7. Andrew

    what I really want to see is a report of the spread beyond Japan, around the Pacific. Of course I'm interested in the impact on North America, but also around China since so many imported fish come from that area (and you know, cause the people living there want to know that stuff too).

    November 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  8. Myto Senseworth

    I don't think we got the full story from Japan. From my experiance dealing with the cultures in this part of the world, the problem is more than likely played down from what it realy is.... Keep iodine handy.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • BettyBoop

      You want Potassium Iodate. They come in bottles of 180 tablets each–a 45 day supply. In case of nuclear strike, an adult should take 2 tablets per day for 45 days. Children should take half the dosage by breaking the tablets in half. Pets can also be given these tablets, unless you don't need to keep them alive.

      November 21, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  9. man4earth

    If the money and effort we have put into nuclear development, clean-up attempts, lost use of contaminated land, loss of health, security of nuclear materials, storage of waste etc. was put into solar, wind, ocean wave energy and other renewables, we could be nuclear free and probably wouldn't need coal. Countries like Iran and N.Korea would not have an excuse to have nuclear plants and therefore no access to nuclear bomb making materials, nor would anyone else for that matter. Oh what a wonderful world it would be !

    November 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      And you are a dreamer who looks back in hind-sight as if it's the future. We could also say, based on your reasoning, that if we took all the money spent on religion, and other useless endeavors, and invested it into science education instead, we wouldn't have to read posts by nim rods like you.

      November 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • Andrew

      as flowery and unrealistic on the time it takes as this post is, we could and should be putting more effort into researching new energy sources

      November 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  10. PU-239

    Tree hugging hippies...GET A JOB!

    I say build more nukes!!! Safer and more reliable than coal or oil!

    November 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • man4earth

      We can't afford to, economically or environmentally.

      November 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      Your statement is true, nuclear is safer than those other industries. The problem is, those other industries don't release long-lived radioactive nuclides that emit highly ionizing radiation. Even if the safety level was >99%, accidents that comprise the other 1% will keep accumulating in the environment until we all have six arms, antennae where our ears should be, and a p enis for a nose.

      November 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  11. Eddie

    The story is somewhat misleading unless you read it carefully... It is a THEORETICAL MODEL presented in a scientific journal for PEER REVIEW. That means it PREDICTS the spread of radiation based on a model, but the caveat includes variables as well as the fact that 1) the prediction may be found to be false. 2) peers may dispute it. Or its possible that it'll be proven true. I don't think that it should be "headline news" without the caveat making it clear that its a theoretical study and CNN should have solicited comments from other experts to see if there are likely to be any criticisms of it. - If true, the study is disturbing. If untrue, it is defamatory to farmers and individuals who own land in those regions.

    November 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  12. Arrest Bush

    Triple meltdown. worst in history. no news is bad news. these reactor have all lost containment through the bottom and continue to gush material into the ground water and sea.

    November 15, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  13. Ken

    Well we " Americans" droped TWO ATOMIC bombs on Japan.. there are still suffering from that.. And now they are going to still be glowing yellow in the night so 1945 and still 2011 ... The people of Japan have suffered enough....

    November 15, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • Kyle

      Two was bad. But the US goverment has detonated over 300 on American Soil since 1945... Does that bother you?

      November 15, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  14. Azezel

    Try living without it. To afford to be as touchy feely as this society is we need a strong deadlift capacity to offset the costs of the green technologies and to make sure the growth rates are higher than the compounding repair costs.

    November 15, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • jollyD

      Spoken like a true "rocket scientist".

      Now go back into the basement and hit that deadweight some more.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  15. FreshxWater

    In the first few days CNN had on Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen of Fairwinds Associates. His direct NO LYING was a shock to the what the U.S. Gov. and Jap Gov were saying. Gundersen correctly started saying this is much much much worse than they're telling us. Gundersen was dropped as an Expert Guest by the Corporate Media. The 1% continue to lie to us about Fukushima!

    November 15, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • Griffin

      I notice that too. Anyone who told truth on tv news about the nuclear events in Japan did not get on tv again.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  16. Kerry

    Japan's normally low cancer rate is obviously going to spike. For how long is uncertain.

    November 15, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  17. BW

    Nuclear power done.... I'm not so sure... The people pushing can't seem to decide.

    President Obama says that nuclear energy is as safe as any other form of energy.

    Senator Harry Reid has stated that it is dangerous and doesn't want any nuclear power plants in his state.

    While in California we have three nuclear plants that have been located too near the coast and the government is looking at what to do to protect them from tidal waves and constant land erosion..... BTW do nuclear reactors float?

    November 15, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • Griffin

      All new nuclear installations should be only Thorium reators. Thorium could solve the whole mess.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • wagnert in atlanta

      Senator Harry Reid's Nevada is home to the Nevada Test Site, location of a dozen or so surface nuclear tests and a couple of hundred underground tests. Now he doesn't want any nuclear power plants? Sorry, Clyde, that ship has sailed.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:38 am |
      • BW

        Exactly. Why not put reactors near already hot zones and limit the spread, plus much of Nevada is unpopulated anyway, and generally geologically stable. Yet he doesn't want it in his back yard, and there are working reactors in much more highly populated areas already.
        What makes Nevada so special, and the rest of us so unimportant?

        November 15, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • M.E.

      We have much newer and safer reactor designs available to build these days. Fukushima Daiichi is a 40 year old plant, newer designs are much safer than what we could build that long ago.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:44 am |
      • WhatWhatWhat?

        Practically everything you said there is NOT true, and it clearly shows that you have NO knowledge of what you are talking about. Maybe you overheard some other numb skull puking this garbage from their pie hole, but I would think you would research it first, before looking like an im becile. Yeah, 40 years ago we didn't know how to make them safe...what lunacy.

        November 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      The government is looking into that, eh? Where did you hear that? I haven't heard it, and I'm a nuclear worker. No, I don't think anyone is concerned about a tsunami in California, at least anyone who would have to shell out some dough to fix anything, that is. The thought probably crossed their minds for a second or two, but that's as far as it went, trust me. We'll deal with it when it happens, not sooner, and if it doesn't work out, oh well, there you go.

      November 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  18. atomicwaste

    What makes radiation and radioactive fall-out so threatening is that it is invisible, taste-less, and if you feel it, it's already too late – you are a dead-man. It has taken months and months to pinpoint the fall-out pattern from the disaster. All the while people have been trying to live their lives, many, unknowingly, in the areas of the fall-out. Nuclear power is an insidious threat to man-kind and must be discontinued.

    November 15, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • BW

      Convince the lazy politicians looking for easy answers, and you're home free.
      I'm not sure how to do it
      – They are more powerful than we are.
      – The take bribes from the big power companies that we can't get.
      – They are not as common sense smart as 75% of the people in this country.

      It is an up-hill battle trying to talk logic and common sense to a lying, thieving, cheating, self centered politician.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • Scott B

      So if you could taste it or see it, would it make it better for you? We have technology that can detect radiation. Fact is, nuclear power is the only clean fuel that's anywhere cost effective enough to provide power to the people of most areas on this planet. So people need to decide where their priorities are. No power = 3rd world status, No nuclear = fossil fuels, nuclear = small risk of an accident. If it was up to me, I'd choose to mass produce a newer nuclear plant designs.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:22 am |
      • jollyD

        Don't pretend to know the economics of nuclear energy. To categorize this technology as clean makes clear your bias and or agenda or ignorance.

        November 15, 2011 at 11:36 am |
      • BW

        Nuclear is no clean energy. They are all dirty. But there are tradeoffs.
        – Everyone (nearly) has eyes, so we all have detectors for fossil fuel spills, while only a few people have expensive equipment for detecting nuclear fallout, and many of them have an agenda and can't be trusted anyway.
        – Radiation can kill in a matter of days, weeks, or years, while fossil fuel pollution kills in a matter of decades or centuries so we have a much better chance of time to cleanup fossil fuel pollution before it is deadly.

        I'll take my chances with something that gives us time, and can't be hidden.

        November 15, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  19. atomicwaste

    Stick a fork in nuclear power, its done. Not only in Japan but in public-safety conscious countries around the world I hope.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • JS

      yeah, no such luck. here in GA they are building more nuclear plants, and have the audacity to charge the consumers a "nuclear recovery fee" for it. i've been paying extra in my bill for green energy–solar, wind, etc. for the last few years but have yet to really see any attempt of using solar or wind power over coal and nuclear. where is the green energy georgia power????

      November 15, 2011 at 11:21 am |
      • WhatWhatWhat?

        That's because solar and wind are too expensive and cannot meet the demand. Where did you get the idea that they could?

        November 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  20. Bill

    Yawn, still pumping the fake Fukushima PSYOP, huh CNN ?

    November 15, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • dt

      I assume your are currently in Congress as a Republican law maker?

      November 15, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  21. Dean100343

    Think maybe the Japanese would have rather had an oil pipeline leak instead.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  22. Blasius

    The radioactivity level in Tokyo after Fukushima troubles was/is still lower than New York City.

    Did everybody know that??

    November 15, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Joe

      Actually untrue... go to the following links and compare the numbers (this is live data)

      November 15, 2011 at 10:49 am |
      • Jim

        Thank you, Joe !!!!!!

        November 15, 2011 at 11:01 am |


      November 15, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • Neo

      Radiation levels in and around NYC are 5 times that of Fukushima as of today 11/15/11, Joe

      November 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  23. lul

    of course its confusing to find...

    November 15, 2011 at 10:33 am |
  24. Joe

    !!!WARNING!!! For many of you "Where is the map?" people the report will be far too much reading.

    Some of you people should thank Dreamer96 for the reader's digest version of the report.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  25. Dreamer96

    No mention of the radioactive food, fish, plants, or for example the meat found from cows that were fed radioactive hay/grass,( 11 times the safe levels), iodine-131, and ceasium-137, from 200 miles away from reactors,way outside the old danger zone...

    Ceasium-137..half life of 30 years is naturally removed by the kidneys and the human bowels, but can ttack the bones if eaten in large amounts, and can stay in the lungs, causing cancer. So some real long term health effects maybe coming for many Japanesse people that were exposed...

    November 15, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  26. Joe

    OK, we all know that you "Where is the map?" people can't read, or you would have made it to the end of the third paragraph where there is a link "The map is in the study"

    So are you too dumb to read, or is baby clicker finger too tired?

    November 15, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • SgtSerge

      THANK YOU!!!! Thought I was going insane there.......
      Just goes to show, people LOVE to B!tch about nothing......
      My Fav is the one below where they guy says "CNN is Zionst run blah blah blah" but yet here he is getting news from here looking for any reason to bash CNN to make themselves feel better.... what a sad life.

      November 15, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • palustris

      That link was NOT working properly until recently. It kept bring back the original story.

      November 15, 2011 at 10:11 am |
      • Joe

        That's funny!
        You were looking for the map at "November 15, 2011 at 9:57 am"
        I was reading the report at 9:30
        And you ... "OK...found it. Poorly laid out story..." at "November 15, 2011 at 10:08 am"

        The link was fine, you're just lazy.

        November 15, 2011 at 10:21 am |
      • palustris

        Get a life, Joe. It was not working for me. Period.

        November 15, 2011 at 10:25 am |
      • palustris

        BTW I'm talking about the "map is in the study" link...not the "study" link

        November 15, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • elandau

      Hi, I added this map link this morning, so my apologies to anyone who tried to find it before and could not.

      Elizabeth Landau,

      November 15, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • SgtSerge

      Wait... a CNN person reading the comments section?
      Little odd....

      November 15, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  27. SgtSerge

    Ok for the last time!!!!


    A PDF with all the maps opens.....

    Your welcome!!!

    November 15, 2011 at 9:58 am |
    • SgtSerge

      Oh you could also click on "The map is in the study" on this same page......

      November 15, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • palustris

      OK...found it. Poorly laid out story, though, when one has to fumble around to find it. The proof is in the confusion that most of us "regular" people have.

      November 15, 2011 at 10:08 am |
      • Joe

        Yep, reading is becoming a dead art. If you don't immediately get a pretty picture so you don't need words, then so many of you are totally lost.

        For those of you suffering from this condition... the maps are on pages 2 and 3 of the report, but you will have to read at least the captions on the maps to gain partial understanding. If you want full understanding of the maps and what is in , or left out... the report is 5 pages long.

        !!!WARNING!!! For many of you "Where is the map" people this will be far too much reading.

        November 15, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • SgtSerge

      I am just a "regular" guy too....
      My point is, when something is missing from a story, or if something does not sound right, you are on the internet and it only take 30 sec to google it and find what you are looking for.
      No news agency is perfect and I highly doubt that they do this stuff on purpose.....
      I am no fan of CNN but I am much less of a fan of people B!tching about something they can control themselves.


      November 15, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  28. palustris

    I'll ask, too...WHERE IS THE MAP?? Why have an article about it with no map...or at least a link to it??

    November 15, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  29. Just a minute

    When you say something has been mapped, it is expected that the story has a map or a link to one. It shouldn't be up to the readers to track it down....

    November 15, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • SgtSerge

      Just click the word study on the top of the story, it will bring you to a PDF with the maps built in.......

      Just wow........

      I understand what you are saying, but it is there...... not that hard to find, but if it is google it!
      Good link though.....

      November 15, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  30. Phil in KC

    They say they are mapping the area, but they don't show a map. Am I being too literal? I'd love to see an actual map showing the impacted areas and levels of the fall-out.

    November 15, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • SgtSerge

      It is there, just follow the links.... takes a little effort, easier way, just google "Fukushima fallout map November 2011"

      November 15, 2011 at 9:50 am |
      • elandau

        Very sorry – the map link is there now. Thanks!

        Elizabeth Landau,

        November 15, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  31. SgtSerge

    Where is the map? Where is the map? I can't find the map???
    You tools, you are on the damn internet, google it!!!!!

    What is wrong with people, it just shows that people just listen to the news and never check facts. Oh NO!?!?! If CNN or Fox don't have it then I can't find it anywhere???? You can do your own fact checks, again, you are on the INTERNET!!!!!

    November 15, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • ConcernedNetizen

      Sooo... propaganda is OK, because it is the people's responibility to correct it when heard?

      November 15, 2011 at 9:41 am |
      • J

        That is not what he

        November 15, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • J

      Sad, but very true. Not many people verify the bullshit their government and mainstream propaganda outlet's tell them.

      November 15, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • SgtSerge

      Propaganda is not ok, but yes it is our own responsibility to check facts and not expect Corporations whose primary interest is making money to give you all the facts you need to see a full picture.

      The job of CNN and FOX is to make the stories fit the message they are trying to send and keep people watching/reading.

      My point is, when you are on the internet reading, and you come across something that sounds odd, or missing information, why would you then b!tch about the news and do nothing to correct the situation for yourself, is it more fun b!tching about it and blame it on the news? No, just stop taking the easy way out spend 2 min and GOOGLE IT!!!!

      November 15, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • SgtSerge

      Thanks J, I really think if everyone started doing this, we would be on a better path......

      November 15, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  32. Thor

    Where is the map?? Anoyone could have copy and pasted previous articles together and come up with this. What a waste of five minutes.

    November 15, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • SgtSerge

      go to discovery news and they have the map, pay attention to the chart on the right when you so 🙂

      November 15, 2011 at 9:29 am |
  33. Errick

    Here is the map....

    November 15, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • Errick

      That PDF at least gives a map of the surrounding areas affected but not really a world wide map..

      November 15, 2011 at 9:07 am |
    • SgtSerge

      There is no world wide map, see how far the amounts drop off? Just Japan and the Ocean of the crap end of the stick on this one.....

      November 15, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  34. tango

    The problem with this article is not in the word "mapping" because the pdf file for the paper is open and the maps are there. The problem with this article is in the word "estimates." Estimates may be right or wrong for the better or worse. Better news would be to publish actual measurements of radiation as the Asahi Shimbum did on an article from Nov. 12 entitled "Radioactive cesium spread as far as Gunma-Nagano border"

    November 15, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  35. Brickell Princess

    Rich said it best!


    This article was both useless, and a uninformative rehashing of CNN's weekly blurb about the reactor fallout. Matt Smith should really consider taking up writing obituaries since they both just rehash the same type of information but the names change.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  36. Rich

    This article was both useless, and a uninformative rehashing of CNN's weekly blurb about the reactor fallout. Matt Smith should really consider taking up writing obituaries since they both just rehash the same type of information but the names change.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:39 am |
  37. Denis Jonnes

    If you click "estimates released Monday" in the 1st paragraph, you will come to the actual article. If you then click, "supporting material" within the article, you will see the maps–but they are only of Japan, east Asia coast and western Pacific.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  38. shamus

    Where is the map???

    Useless article, of course I should not have been surprised.....

    November 15, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  39. Licky Stinkbreath

    Here's a link to the published article. Knock yourself out, Trolls. Enjoy!

    November 15, 2011 at 8:27 am |
  40. papa

    most of it blew out to sea, right over hawaii, and the rest of the US. and it continues to spew different types of radiation today. why stop calculating on april 19th? why has the epa stopped testing the air and water, particularly the rainfall? numbers spiked into june here, then epa stopped testing. you think this can't happen in the US? it doesn't matter, it already has. wake up folks. any nuclear disaster, anywhere in the world, is bad for everyone, and this one was the worst of them all. WAY worse than chernobyl. three meltdowns, not one. and still not under control. estimates that it won't be under control for another 30 years. cesium in milk in berkeley tests (the only people doing tests) continue to rise. ignorance is bliss, i guess.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • RS

      Incorrect. Chernobyl was far worse. The reason was that the plant, at the time of meltdown, was still undergoing active fission, so when it exploded, the radiation produced was not just radioactive materials being exposed to the environment (as in the case of Fukushima), but opening a reactor while it was still under power. Plus, the actual reactor exploded, sending nuclear reactive materials into the atmosphere. Far, far worse. Fukushima was shut down as soon as the earthquake hit, meaning that all fission was stopped, so no reactions were taking place. The explosions may have contained some radioactive materials, but it was simply that. The difference is between a nuclear bomb and a dirty bomb. A dirty bomb is a conventional bomb that sprays atomic materials around it. A nuclear bomb undergoes fission (or fusion as well in a hydrogen bomb), creating far more destruction. The meltdowns were because the atomic materials were unable to be cooled, and thus exposed to the air. They then melted everything around it and breached the containment vessel, exposing it to the outside environment. Yes, Fukushima was very bad, and I'm sure we have no idea of the actual extent of the world's exposure, but try to get some basic facts right before writing your posts.

      November 15, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  41. moribundman

    What useless drivel. Where's the map? Where's the world-wide fallout map? When Chernobyl happened there were maps that showed the worldwide fallout path and regional contamination.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • papa

      enenews dot comm has a good map on a recent post. you can see it all blowing out to see, crushing the ocean habitat and forever polluting our ecosystem.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:29 am |
      • coflyboy

        ...and yet there are people who think we should continue producing energy from nuke plants, coal, etc... after all, "clean energy" doesn't line the pockets of our politicians, right?

        November 15, 2011 at 9:42 am |
  42. Name (required)

    WTF? Where is the map?

    November 15, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  43. Johndoe's Brother

    Where's the beef?. Thanks for nothing

    November 15, 2011 at 7:45 am |
  44. Tropical gardener

    This could easily happen in the US, especially at Millstone in Waterford, CT where there are three reactors right on Long Island sound and there is a track record of shoddy maintenance over the decades. It would be almost impossible for all the millions of folks to get away in time and it would be ironic that this first settled region of the country would be destroyed first.

    November 15, 2011 at 5:26 am |
    • kc_and_fa


      November 15, 2011 at 7:50 am |
      • papa

        right, kc. it can't happen here. never mind the 40+ year old reactors built all across the western US, where fracking drilling is causing 5.0 earthquakes nearly every month. you really have no clue, and you won't care until something happens. then you'll look for someone to blame. when it does, blame no one but yourself, for not giving a dang. for caring more about cheap energy than you do about sound health. i like to think our purpose in life is to leave our home in better shape than we found it. we're not coming anywhere close to that today. the "crap we're doing to the planet" chart, over time, looks like an asymptote. this is not our earth to destroy anymore than your house or apartment isn't mine to pillage.

        November 15, 2011 at 8:34 am |
      • papa

        i meant eastern us.

        November 15, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  45. Paul Johnston, PhD


    November 15, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • Gregory

      ...because it is insignificant

      November 15, 2011 at 5:12 am |
      • Victim

        As an extensive study by the Russian Nuclear Energy Safety Commission has shown there have been no statistically noticeable health consequences 20 years after the Chernobyl. This excludes direct victims of the immediate severe radiation exposure – about 80 dead people. Those who survived haven't developed any specific maladies. Also, there are numerous survivors of the WW2 bombings. Many of them are pushing 100. Well, it appears that minor radiation exposures are fairly harmless. Cold facts and statistics.

        November 15, 2011 at 7:12 am |
      • comecleanOK

        I guess that is why Xray technicians leave the room or cover themselves with a lead blanket. At least map the hottest particles distribution.

        November 15, 2011 at 9:31 am |
      • Correction

        At Victim –

        Why would you accept the verdict of the self-interested Russian government on this topic? The NIH would beg to differ (massively) with their/your assertion of minimal population effects:

        November 15, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  46. nuclear family

    It is normal protocol in cases of nuclear disaster for other countries with nuclear support teams to lend their support and recommendations. The nuclear community around the world shares the responsibility, a responsibility to humanity as a whole without geographical boundary.
    CNN may be biased on political issues or others, but their depiction of the nuclear community working together in a crisis is spot-on.

    November 14, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  47. Silvestre

    Why is it that CNN seems to be controlled by the American government or CIA ? That's what I think and get the impression because it contributes to bringing down other regimes by showing bad images or bad government acts rather than being partial. For example, interfering into other country internal matters, USA always got their nose sticked in, and CNN always on the side producing the badside to disadvantage and make the world see to get pouts or advantages out of it...and never covers the good things.....the best killers in the worlds USA....they killed millions in Iraqis, afganistan, and libia.....and yet they say to be democratic, they killing people and yet show on tv saying this government kills people..etc etc... Am I too blind to see that, do I have to go to school to see and understand that? CNN is not fair and partial....real journalism I mean professionalism has nothing to do with CNN...... Silvestre

    November 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
    • johndoe

      Why you think it is only ?
      foxnews is worse.. blatantly lying or fabricating stuff.

      November 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • bumcheek7

      That's why they want to have the 'Internet Kill-Switch'.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • antzy

      I do think some schooling would be good for your spelling and English.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:35 am |
      • CircusTrainer

        English is not the primary language of the world for everyone – Why dont you go and study ethics or take a bible class – learn to accept people's shortcomings – Start tonight – Pray before you go to bed – Pray to become a better person

        November 15, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • tony

      you are correct...CNN is Zionist controlled media....not even worth reading....very very misleading and misguided.

      November 15, 2011 at 9:22 am |
    • Mark

      How in the he11 do you get from a story about the nuke plant disaster in Japan to some sort of conspiracy theory about CNN being controlled by the US gov? Geeze. Did you forget your meds? Calm down Gene Hackman (Enemy of the State).

      November 15, 2011 at 10:33 am |


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