31 August 2013, 09:58

Fukushima radioactive leak causes the sea off Japan coast to boil

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The sea is boiling off of the coast of Fukushima, Japan, and the picture of this devastating phenomenon has recently been called the photo of the day by Coolbuster. While it certainly can’t be good for any plant or animal life left off of the coast of Japan, it might have even worse consequences for the North American continent. If Fukushima radiation keeps leaking, the boiling seas are likely to spread all the way across the Pacific Ocean to the West Coast of the US causing a massive environmental catastrophe.

A Twitter photo showing a “boiling sea” off the coast of Japan, near the Fukushima nuclear power plant with radiation leaks, has gone viral online.

News of the "boiling sea" followed a devastating report from last week when the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said 330 tons of highly radioactive water had leaked from a storage tank at the facility.

Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear industry executive who has coordinated projects at 70 nuclear power plants around the United States says “the problem is going to get worse,” and continues to state “Radioactive water is leaking out of this plant as fast as it is leaking in.”

It is noteworthy that TEPCO and Japan have continuously downplayed news about the severity of the situation since 2011, so it is logical for experts to be concerned that the problem is a good deal worse than either Tepco or the Japanese government are willing to admit.

“The quantities of water they are dealing with are absolutely gigantic,” said Mycle Schneider, who has consulted widely for a variety of organisations and countries on nuclear issues. “What is worse is the water leakage everywhere else, not just from the tanks. It is leaking out from the basements, it is leaking out from the cracks all over the place. Nobody can measure that".

According to Gundersen, the deluge of toxic water into the Pacific has already contaminated the ocean and this will be the last year he eats west coast fish.

Gundersen says that halfway across the Pacific, scientists are measuring cesium levels that are 10 times higher than normal.

The ramifications do not extend solely to ocean wildlife but the economy as well because tens of thousands of people depend on money made directly and indirectly from Pacific Ocean jobs and seafood from the west coast, which will be hit hard by Fukushima radiation.

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