Fukushima nuclear disaster - the under-reported crisis

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Last week, Independent Australia’s visitor numbers went through the roof as the world searched for credible information on the Fukushima nuclear disaster, which has been sorely lacking from most of the world's media.

The Japanese authorities finally admitted last week that Fukushima was the most serious nuclear disaster the world has ever known, that there had been not only been a melt-down of the fuel rods – something they refused to admit for months – but in fact a melt-through of the nuclear containment vessel, such that radiation has been leaking into the soil and the water table.

The UK's Financial Times – one of the few world newspapers that is adequately reporting this crisis – said last Thursday:

The findings of the report, which has been given to the International Atomic Energy Agency, were revealed by the Yomiuri newspaper, which described a "melt-through" as being "far worse than a core meltdown" and "the worst possibility in a nuclear accident."

Chernobyl – even with its million deaths – was merely a melt-down. Now, of course, we are seeing high levels of radiation being reported in the sea, ground water and even sewage in an ever greater radius around Fukushima. Now, an ear-less rabbit being born near the plant has sparked fears in Japan that we will see a generation of deformed babies being born in the nation.

It is truly a calamity.

Despite this the Government's energy and resources minister, Martin Ferguson, had the temerity last week at a meeting with nuclear industry heavies to push for the growth or the uranium industry in Australia, even raising the spectre of a home-grown nuclear power industry in the future. Is he out of his mind?

Of course, Independent Australia has been at least a month ahead of the world’s media on this issue. Sandi Keane reported on these holes in the containment vessel back on May 13, and spoke about the dire consequences.

The rest of the world is just starting to catch up.

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Now, with the wind changing back towards Tokyo, our report on the possibility of Japan becoming uninhabitable has taken on dire significance in the world community.

We are, of course, getting most of our hits from Japan, where the authorities and complaint pro-nuclear media has been grievously under-reporting the severity of this crisis. Sandi Keane will be producing a new report for IA on this developing crisis in the next few days.

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