Update December 29, 2013 - Navy Times: Now 70+ men & women report suffering from Fukushima radiation — Testicle removal, optic nerve removal, leukemias, polyps… were in their early 20s with good health (VIDEO)
Since March 2011 when an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan have been in devastating decline!
But, if you live in the US, you may have little or no idea of that fact!
Today, almost three years from the day when the TEPCO power plant in Fukushima, Japan was absolutely devastated by two simultaneous natural disasters (earthquake and tsunami), the situation there in terms of the radiation release to both the atmosphere and water has been nothing short of catastrophic.
And yet, save for rare and fleeting mentions in the media, most Americans likely have little idea of the potential impact not only to the people of Japan and other countries in the Far East, but to the United States as well.
Over the past two-plus years at The Political Commentator we have tried to chronicle just a little bit of what has been going on at the site of a nuclear accident that has a potential global impact many will agree will far exceed anything from the Russian nuclear accident at Chernobyl!
Fukushima fact or fiction about fallout? (March 2011)
Fukushima now a 7 out of 7: It is not surprising at all! (April 2011)
Fukushima nuclear disaster: More than meets the eye (or ears)? (June 2011)
Remembering Fukushima! (Video and links) (May 2012)
The Rogue Rat of Fukushima! (March 2013)
Fukushima: The gift that continues to give! (July 2013)
Fukushima Video: Despite media silence the situation continues to grow more dire! (November 2013)
Those who closely monitor the accident and its aftermath have long claimed that there has been a concerted and coordinated cover-up of the truth by the management of TEPCO along with the government of Japan.
Given the articles that I read daily about the goings on at Fukushima I would tend to agree with that assessment.
You may now be asking yourself whether this is just another conspiracy theory or whether it is obvious and common sense based on what little knowledge possessed at TPC about the dangers from nuclear fallout both initially and over the decades and even centuries until the time that the half-lives of these nuclear isotopes are hit?
Until now it may all have been pure conjecture based on scientific observations and anecdotal evidence.
But there is now some solid evidence being provided today in the form of reported cases of cancer that the sailors who went into Fukushima right after the accident are now suffering from.
'...U.S. Navy members who served aboard the Reagan and sister ship the USS Essex now trace illnesses including thyroid and testicular cancers, leukemia and brain tumors to the time spent aboard the massive ship, whose desalination system pulled in seawater that was used for drinking, cooking and bathing. In a lawsuit filed against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the plaintiffs claim the power company delayed telling the U.S. Navy the tsunami had caused a nuclear meltdown, sending huge amounts of contaminated water into the sea and, ultimately, into the ship's water system...' (Source)
With the radioactive gasses released to the atmosphere then that continues to this day, the millions of gallons of nuclear waste being dumped into the Pacific Ocean daily and the continued degradation of the buildings that encase the fuel rods, this is a disaster that is still in its beginning stages and that could get exponentially worse.
And reports predict that the fallout is going to impact the US west coast if not now then within the next few years.
Meanwhile, back at home, the devastating impact of the Obama administration continues to impact the American people each and every day.
This scourge, however, has a half-life that will hopefully only last until the GOP takes back the Senate in the 2014 mid-term elections and the White House in 2016!
But, while we focus on the pain that affects us in the here and now, it is also critical to be aware of a global situation that may not garner any of the headlines but that has the potential to impact us at some future point in a very real way!