The Fukushima crisis is buried under Olympic dreams and a bizarre disassociation from reality. Deteriorating conditions include a likelihood of reactor number 4 collapsing, tons more water being dumped into the Pacific Ocean, failing water tanks and leaks with record high radiation levels. According to a Sept. 20 IntelliHub article, a typhoon with the strength of a category 5 hurricane came days before a 5.8 magnitude earthquake. Both hit the Fukushima prefecture like hammers.
Yet the Japanese Prime Minister told the Olympic committee that Fukushima is under control minutes before announcements that the radiation had spiked to record levels. The Japanese government expressed outrage over a French cartoon ridiculing the nations ambitions of hosting the Olympics, but did not say a thing about the release of 1,000 gallons of highly radioactive water after Typhoon Man-yi.
The news does not get any better. Several ENews articles show that Fukushima gets worse every day. The plume of radioactivity that lances out over the Pacific Ocean is much more radioactive than the Japanese ever admitted. After two years of false claims that the plume does not contain life threatening radioactivity, scientists confirm the plume to be as radioactive as it needs to be to kill people, fish and land across the Pacific and for decades.
Reactor four is so compromised the rods will never be removed intact. The cage that supports the rods is malformed. The latest fear is that the structure will collapse even further.
The underground water table at Fukushima is another nightmare. It has long been understood that there is molten mess of radioactive material underground and that no one knows what to do about it. A massive underground cache of highly radioactive water could release on its own or be dumped by Tepco.
The greatest insult to mental health is that Japan intends to spend at least $12 billion on the Olympics, but less than $500 million on the Fukushima disaster.
The news from Fukushima gets worse every day, yet Japan's denial, lying and strangely apathetic behavior is vastly more alarming.