On the Pacific coast of the USA, levels of Cesium 137 doubled from Feb 2014 to Feb 2015. This is coming from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan which melted down in 2011 after power was knocked out to its cooling systems due to the tsunami.
The radiation escaping from the nuclear power plant continues daily. There is still no effective means of containing it. Every day over 400 metric tons of water are being flooded through the plant in order to keep the melted cores below 100 degrees Celsius.
So the levels of cesium, strontium, and other radioactive elements will continue to climb over time.
Fukushima contained 1,760 tons of radioactive material, while Chernobyl only had 180 tons.
From the beginning of the disaster the Japanese government and TEPCO, the power company running the plant, have issued false claims regarding the disaster and the radiation releases from the plant. Eventually they had to admit that radiation has been flooding into the Pacific Ocean from the beginning of the disaster. Even today, pro nuclear sources continue to downplay the significance of the disaster. “Dilution is the solution to pollution” is the standard assurance given the public. But when a leak on the opposite side of the world becomes detectable on the west coast of the US, the enormity of the disaster becomes apparent. As Arne Gunderson said: So we have contaminated the biggest source of water on the planet, and there’s no way to stop it.
In fact this radiation release from Fukushima will continue for over 100 years. We have polluted the largest body of water on the planet.
Already the radiation is killing off animal life in record numbers. Entire species are being exterminated, gone forever. And this disaster is just getting started.
From the New Yorker April 21, 2015: “[A]n ongoing outbreak of a sea-star wasting disease… has killed millions of starfish… It’s the greatest wildlife mass-mortality event, or “die-off,” of the present day… Online, speculation about the cause of the die-off soon focussed [sic] on radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant… [Pete Raimondi, principal investigator with a research group studying the disease] recalled a phone call in which a fearful soon-to-be father asked whether he should immediately move his family away from the West Coast. It was one of many similarly heartfelt calls. Researchers have found no evidence of a link between the ongoing Fukushima disaster and the starfish die-off,.. Many members of the public remain unconvinced… sea stars are known to be maritime canaries-in-the-coal-mine: “They’re always the first ones to go,” Raimondi said.”
Many other instances of mass die-offs and disease have occurred along North America’s Pacific coast since 2011 — for example: whales, orcas, dolphins, sea lions, seals, polar bears,walruses, sea birds, owls, pelicans, turtles, crabs, sea urchins, oysters, scallops, abalone,sardines, anchovies, salmon, herring, jellyfish, sea salps, coral, krill, plankton and more.
Even if the radiation leak from the Fukushima power plant could be stopped today, cleanup of radiation already released would take more than 100 years.
Many are calling this a planet killer.