Downplaying the crisis at this point in time is irresponsible.
As irresponsible as playing it up and spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt (ie FUD)?
This is likely to be the worst nuclear accident in human history.
That's BS. This is nowhere near the scale of Chernobyl.
Several reactors incl. storage pools plus a large storage pool are affected at only one plant.
But there were even more plants affected by the earthquake/tsunami than just one:
2011 Japanese nuclear accidentshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Japan ... _accidents
Other plants had to be shut down automatically, as is procedure when they get hit with an earthquake of a magnitude of 5 times worse than the reactor was designed to withstand. And yes, some of them had damage, but nothing that will cause any significant problems.
Smoke spews from 2 reactors at stricken Japanese nuclear planthttp://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiap ... index.html
Yes, the smoke is from a hydrogen explosion that occurred outside of the third containment shield (that is designed to contain a full nuclear meltdown, by the way). The explosion was from gasses which ignited after being released from the reactor and is not indicative of damage to the reactor or the third containment shell itself.
Workers flee Japan nuclear plant as smoke riseshttp://newsok.com/article/3550582
Yes, there was an explosion so they evacuated until they could determine what the cause of the explosion was and what the extent of the damage from it was.
Kaieda sorry for reportedly 'forcing' firefighters to carry out water-spraying missionhttp://www.japantoday.com/category/poli ... ng-mission
This is an article about a politician playing politics, nothing more.
High radiation levels detected outside evacuation zonehttp://www.news1130.com/news/world/arti ... ation-zone
Give me some facts. What high radiation levels? Is it higher than you would get from an X-Ray? Higher than you would be exposed to on an international plane flight? Without hard numbers this article is just more fear-mongering.
WHO Concerned About Radiation Levels In Food Near Damaged Japanese Nuclear Planthttp://globalhealth.kff.org/Daily-Repor ... Japan.aspx
Ahh, yep, you've found an article with some hard numbers, so let's strip those numbers away from all the other fear-mongering in the article and this is what it says:
Matsuda "said Sunday that radioactive iodine three times the normal level was detected in Iitate, a village of about 6,000 people 30 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. That's still one twenty-sixth of the level of a chest X-ray and poses no danger to humans, he said" (3/20).
Traces of radioactive iodine found in tap water in Tokyo, other areashttp://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/03/79673.html
Yep, let's see what that article says:
While the substance was found in Tochigi, Gunma, Niigata, Chiba and Saitama prefectures as well as Tokyo, traces of cesium have also been found in tap water in Tochigi and Gunma, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said, adding the levels would not affect human health even if ingested.
More fear-mongering. yes the strategy is "un-tested" but it is very well known what the consequences of using sea water is vs using the distilled water that the reactor is normally cooled with (and which they do not have any left to pump into the ractor at this point). Basically put, The sea water has particulates in it (impuraties) that will become radioactive, but will also remain in the reactor core. When this is all done they will have to go in and do a cleanup on the reactor and remove these particulates to a facility where they will be dealt with the same way any other nuclear waste is treated. This is not ideal, but is a far cry better than the alternative of leaving the reactor uncooled and allowing it to go into a full melt down.
Water used to cool Fukushima flowing back to sea – effects hard to predicthttp://www.cnewsworld.com/world-news/wa ... o-predict/
Now I know this is bullshit. The water being dumped on the reactor is filling up a sealed resevoir and the only way it is escaping is by being boiled off by the hot fuel rods. It is escaping from steam and certainly not flowing back to sea.
radioactive Iodine found in sea water 126.7 times limithttp://www.allvoices.com/contributed-ne ... ntaminated
Still not an amount to significantly affect health in the area, and it will dissipate over time, so just stay out of the water until then. This article is also full of more fear mongering, like quoting the entire death toll of the earthquake and tsunamis (18,000) and implying that this is due to the nuclear problems.
Ok, and now for some other articles to read:http://morgsatlarge.wordpress.com/2011/ ... -reactors/http://www.scientificamerican.com/artic ... shima-corehttp://xkcd.com/radiation/