News about the Fukushima disaster is still not coming from the mainstream news outlets of the world, yet alarming events are occurring every day. One new threat is Typhoon Danas, which is expected to make a direct hit on Fukushima in two days. Danas is expected to produce winds at enough force to cause flooding, landslides and mudslides. There were conflicting reports about a careless worker who pushed the wrong button and shut down cooling pumps for many systems. According to an Oct. 6 Japan Times article, Japanese Prime Minister Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted to needing international help on Sunday. Abe and the plant’s owner, Tepco have been caught lying about the magnitude of the problem at Fukushima over the past two years.
Abe said, “Our country needs your knowledge and expertise.” He also said “We are wide open to receive the most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem.”
The careless pump shutdown at Reactor 4 helped to confirm a rising number of complaints that Tepco and its employees simply do not know what they are doing. A series of errors in radiation readings, an earlier incident this year where a rat caused a short in a system and a never ending stream of lies and misrepresentations of fact has infuriated many nuclear experts.
On Sunday a worker wrongly pushed the stop button on a switchboard during an equipment checkup. This was not a small matter. According to an Oct. 6 Reuters report , the system supplied tons of water to cool spent cores in several locations as well as cores in Reactors one through three.
An Oct. 7 ENENEWS article has typhoon Danas is bearing down with winds in excess of 120 mph (195 kph). It is expected to skirt around the south of Japan, turn north. On Tuesday, it will run up the west coast to cross the northwest end of Japan as a weakened storm. Then it will head back into the Pacific.
Other issues with Fukushima include enhanced radiation watches in Alaska and Canada, with news of a shocking magnitude of radiation in the Pacific Ocean. That radiation threatens all fish in the ocean. The state of the reactors is grim, with reports of potential collapses, threats of nuclear criticality and a stubborn resistance to containing Fukushima that has gone on since 2011.
There is also rising alarm over the absence of mainstream media news about the ongoing and rising disaster. The ultimate question is whether the international community will intervene in time or whether Japan and the world will ignore the situation. After the bizarre attention PM Abe gave to lying and hosting the 2020 Olympics, an increasing number of people from around the world fear that there will be no way to stop Tepco and Japan from slowly poisoning the planet.