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AP photo tells me more about the situation of Iitate’s ”radiation refugees” in Fukushima Prefecture — 20% still there after the plume came through — than I’d ever want to know. (Caption below.)
(photo: David Guttenfelder / AP caption: In this Wednesday May 25, 2011 photo, a goldfish swims in unfresh water in a fish tank on a elementary school classroom window ledge in the town of Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, after all of the children were evacuated from the town over fears of radiation. Residents of Iitate, nestled in mountains about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, originally were told it was safe for them to stay. Then they were advised to stay indoors. In late April they were told to leave, but unlike people who lived closer to the plant, they can’t be forced to go.)
Most recent pic from TEPCO: I’m just hoping that green stuff is the sticky goo sprayed all over the place the past few weeks that keeps that “high dose” radiation radiation for goin’ airborne because you can’t tell otherwise. The caption:
High dose rubble in the west side of Unit 3 reactor building of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (pictured on June 4, 2011)
Bag’s Take-Away:The completely cryptic/screwed up way I find out Fukushima news. Accompanying gallery pic of nearby port, photo credit indicates continued radioactive dumping into ocean based on some “new setback.”
(photo: Reuters caption: Japan Coast Guard members wearing protective suits search for March 11 earthquake and tsunami victims from their vessel at Ukedo port in Namie town, Fukushima prefecture, near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, May 25, 2011. Radioactive water appears to be leaking from a waste disposal building at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear complex, operator Tokyo Electric Power said on Thursday, in a new setback to the battle to contain radiation from the crippled power plant. Picture taken May 25, 2011.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:The headline trumpets a historic nuclear disaster and the photo shows tidal wave wreckage?
…Call it more nuke denial.
As we finally get to see… (#1):
The abandoned area around Fukushima as a toxic no man’s land
(photo: David Guttenfelder/AP caption: An empty street runs through the deserted town of Minami Soma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, inside the evacuation zone, established for the 20 kilometer radius around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactors Thursday, April 7, 2011. Hundreds of Japanese police and soldiers were mobilized Thursday to begin their first major search operation inside the evacuation zone.)
Bag’s Take-Away:Nuke crisis elicits spiritual/material clash,
Buddhist chants ring TEPCO’s marble and glass.
(photo: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images caption: Buddhist monks beat drums and chant in front of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) headquarters in Tokyo on April 6, 2011 to protest against the current nuclear crisis at the troubled TEPCO nuclear power plant in Fukushima, north of Tokyo. Workers at Japan’s crippled atomic power plant plugged a hole spewing highly radioactive water into the ocean on April 6, boosting efforts to contain the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/04/07/2204764/the-daily-edit-best-news-photos.html?spill=1#ixzz1IuPJSq1D)
After I vented (pardon the pun) about TEPCO’s “hey Ma, we found the crack!” photo, one of my readers did a little rant on this, saying:
How about the one in that series of the guy spraying green colored superglue on the grass near the plant???? This problem is SO much bigger than we are. We got tricked by the physicists into thinking that just because we COULD use nuclear energy.. that it was somehow a good idea, but we’re in WAY over our heads and now it’s so obvious.
Yeah, plutonium-fighting superglue.
(photo: TEPCO caption: In this Friday, April 1, 2011, photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co., workers for the company experimentally spray adhesive synthetic resin over the ground at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, northeastern Japan. TEPCO expects the resin spraying to prevent dust exposed to radiation materials from spreading out of the premises.
Somehow, this “hey Ma, we found the crack!” pic not instilling a whole lot of confidence.
(photo: handout: Tokyo Electric Power Co. caption: In this Friday, April 1, 2011 photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), a TEPCO employee points at a crack newly discovered in a maintenance pit on the edge of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. The crack was apparently caused by the March 11 earthquake and may have been leaking since then, said the company’s spokesman Osamu Yokokura.
Bag’s Take-Away:With situation at Fukushima ambiguous and uncontrolled, pics (these from inside a control room) keep getting scarier.
(photo: EPA caption: : A handout made available by the Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency on 25 March shows employees of Tokyo Electric Power Co. work to restore power to the central control rooms at Unit 1 and Unit 2 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant on 23 March.
Except it’s not Sci-Fi. #prayforJapan
(Note: The full-size image is even more eerie, though I couldn’t find it larger than this.)
(photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters caption: Officials in protective gear stood among people from the evacuation zone around the Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama, Japan, one of two damaged by the earthquake and tsunami. via: Japan quake highlights nuclear dangers: Greens - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)