The Top Short-Term Threat to Humanity: The Fuel Pools of Fukushima

The Greatest Single Threat to Humanity: Fuel Pool Number 4

We noted days after the Japanese earthquake that the biggest threat was from the spent fuel rods in the fuel pool at Fukushima unit number 4, and not from the reactors themselves. See this and this.

We noted in February:

Scientists say that there is a 70% chance of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hitting Fukushima this year, and a 98% chance within the next 3 years.

Given that nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen says that an earthquake of 7.0 or larger could cause the entire fuel pool structure collapse, it is urgent that everything humanly possible is done to stabilize the structure housing the fuel pools at reactor number 4.

Tepco is doing some construction at the building … it is a race against time under very difficult circumstances, and hopefully Tepco will win.

As AP points out:

The structural integrity of the damaged Unit 4 reactor building has long been a major concern among experts because a collapse of its spent fuel cooling pool could cause a disaster worse than the three reactor meltdowns.


Gundersen (who used to build spent fuel pools) explains that there is no protection surrounding the radioactive fuel in the pools. He warns that – if the fuel pools at reactor 4 collapse due to an earthquake – people should get out of Japan, and residents of the West Coast of America and Canada should shut all of their windows and stay inside for a while.

The fuel pool number 4 is apparently not in great shape, and there have already been countless earthquakes near the Fukushima region since the 9.0 earthquake last March.

Germany’s ZDF tv quotes nuclear engineer Yukitero Naka as saying:

If another earthquake occurs then the building [number 4] could collapse and another chain reaction could very likely occur.

(Unit 4 contains plutonium as well as other radioactive wastes.)

Mainchi reported on Monday:

The storage pool in the No. 4 reactor building has a total of 1,535 fuel rods, or 460 tons of nuclear fuel, in it. The 7-story building itself has suffered great damage, with the storage pool barely intact on the building’s third and fourth floors. The roof has been blown away. If the storage pool breaks and runs dry, the nuclear fuel inside will overheat and explode, causing a massive amount of radioactive substances to spread over a wide area. Both the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and French nuclear energy company Areva have warned about this risk.

A report released in February by the Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident stated that the storage pool of the plant’s No. 4 reactor has clearly been shown to be “the weakest link” in the parallel, chain-reaction crises of the nuclear disaster. The worse-case scenario drawn up by the government includes not only the collapse of the No. 4 reactor pool, but the disintegration of spent fuel rods from all the plant’s other reactors. If this were to happen, residents in the Tokyo metropolitan area would be forced to evacuate.

Former Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Sumio Mabuchi, who was appointed to the post of then Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s advisor on the nuclear disaster immediately after its outbreak, proposed the injection of concrete from below the No. 4 reactor to the bottom of the storage pool, Chernobyl-style.


“Because sea water was being pumped into the reactor, the soundness of the structure (concrete corrosion and deterioration) was questionable. There also were doubts about the calculations made on earthquake resistance as well,” said one government source familiar with what took place at the time. “[F]uel rod removal will take three years. Will the structure remain standing for that long?

Asahi noted last month that – if Unit 4 pool gets a crack from an earthquake and leaks, it would be the end for Tokyo.

Kevin Kamps said last month:

Unit 4 storage pool… The entire building is listing including the pool. What they have is steel jacks underneath the pool to try to keep the floor from falling out or the pool from flipping over.

If that cooling water supply is lost, it will be just a few hours at most before that waste is on fire. 135 tons outside of any radioactive containment. They would be direct releases into the environment. 100% of cesium-137 could be released to the environment.

Former U.N. adviser Akio Matsumura – whose praises have been sung by Mikhail Gorbachev, U.S. Ambassadors Stephen Bosworth and Glenn Olds, and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and Goldman Sachs co-chair John C. Whitehead – notes:

The unit suffered enormous damage during the tsunami—a hydrogen explosion blew the roof off, leaving the highly radioactive fuel pool exposed to the open air. If another high level earthquake hits the area, the building will certainly collapse. Japanese and American [seismologists] have predicted that such a strong earthquake is indeed likely to hit this year.

The meltdown and unprecedented release of radiation that would ensue is the worst case scenario that then-Prime Minister Kan and other former officials have discussed in the past months. He warned during his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos that such an accident would force the evacuation of the 35 million people in Tokyo, close half of Japan and compromise the nation’s sovereignty. Such a humanitarian and environmental catastrophe is unimaginable. Hiroshi Tasaka, a nuclear engineer and special adviser to Prime Minister Kan immediately following the crisis, said the crisis “just opened Pandora’s Box.”

The current Japanese government has not yet mentioned the looming disaster, ostensibly to not incite panic in the public. Nevertheless, action must be taken quickly. This website over the last year has published a running commentary from scientists explaining why Reactor 4 must be stabilized immediately, who might be able to accomplish such a task, and why the situation has largely gone unnoticed. We believe an independent, international team of structural engineers and other advisers must be assembled and deployed immediately. Mounting public pressure would force the Japanese government to take action. We hope these resources are helpful in educating the public about the crisis that we face.

As the eminent German physicist Dr. Hans-Peter Durr said ten months ago, if the spent fuel pool spills, we will be in a situation where science never imagined we could be.

Matsumura was told that if the fuel pool at unit 4 collapses or the water spills out, so much radiation will spew out for 50 years that no one will be able to approach Fukushima:

Even more dramatically, Matsumura writes:

Japan’s former Ambassador to Switzerland, Mr. Mitsuhei Murata, was invited to speak at the Public Hearing of the Budgetary Committee of the House of Councilors on March 22, 2012, on the Fukushima nuclear power plants accident. Before the Committee, Ambassador Murata strongly stated that if the crippled building of reactor unit 4—with 1,535 fuel rods in the spent fuel pool 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground—collapses, not only will it cause a shutdown of all six reactors but will also affect the common spent fuel pool containing 6,375 fuel rods, located some 50 meters from reactor 4. In both cases the radioactive rods are not protected by a containment vessel; dangerously, they are open to the air. This would certainly cause a global catastrophe like we have never before experienced. He stressed that the responsibility of Japan to the rest of the world is immeasurable. Such a catastrophe would affect us all for centuries. Ambassador Murata informed us that the total numbers of the spent fuel rods at the Fukushima Daiichi site excluding the rods in the pressure vessel is 11,421 (396+615+566+1,535+994+940+6375).

I asked top spent-fuel pools expert Mr. Robert Alvarez, former Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security and the Environment at the U.S. Department of Energy, for an explanation of the potential impact of the 11,421 rods.

I received an astounding response from Mr. Alvarez [updated 4/5/12]:

In recent times, more information about the spent fuel situation at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site has become known. It is my understanding that of the 1,532 spent fuel assemblies in reactor No. 304 assemblies are fresh and unirradiated. This then leaves 1,231 irradiated spent fuel rods in pool No. 4, which contain roughly 37 million curies (~1.4E+18 Becquerel) of long-lived radioactivity. The No. 4 pool is about 100 feet above ground, is structurally damaged and is exposed to the open elements. If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.

The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors. Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo. In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks.. As this has never been done before, the removal of the spent fuel from the pools at the damaged Fukushima-Dai-Ichi reactors will require a major and time-consuming re-construction effort and will be charting in unknown waters. Despite the enormous destruction cased at the Da–Ichi site, dry casks holding a smaller amount of spent fuel appear to be unscathed.

Based on U.S. Energy Department data, assuming a total of 11,138 spent fuel assemblies are being stored at the Dai-Ichi site, nearly all, which is in pools. They contain roughly 336 million curies (~1.2 E+19 Bq) of long-lived radioactivity. About 134 million curies is Cesium-137 — roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at the Chernobyl accident as estimated by the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP). The total spent reactor fuel inventory at the Fukushima-Daichi site contains nearly half of the total amount of Cs-137 estimated by the NCRP to have been released by all atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, Chernobyl, and world-wide reprocessing plants (~270 million curies or ~9.9 E+18 Becquerel).

It is important for the public to understand that reactors that have been operating for decades, such as those at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site have generated some of the largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet.

Many of our readers might find it difficult to appreciate the actual meaning of the figure, yet we can grasp what 85 times more Cesium-137 than the Chernobyl would mean. It would destroy the world environment and our civilization. This is not rocket science, nor does it connect to the pugilistic debate over nuclear power plants. This is an issue of human survival.

There was a Nuclear Security Summit Conference in Seoul on March 26 and 27, and Ambassador Murata and I made a concerted effort to find someone to inform the participants from 54 nations of the potential global catastrophe of reactor unit 4. We asked several participants to share the idea of an Independent Assessment team comprised of a broad group of international experts to deal with this urgent issue.

I would like to introduce Ambassador Murata’s letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to convey this urgent message and also his letter to Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda for Japanese readers. He emphasized in the statement that we should bring human wisdom to tackle this unprecedented challenge.

Ambassador Murata’s letter says:

It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on NO.4 reactor. This is confirmed by most reliable experts like Dr. Arnie Gundersen or Dr. Fumiaki Koide.

Anti-nuclear physician Dr. Helen Caldicott says that if fuel pool 4 collapses, she will evacuate her family from Boston and move them to the Southern Hemisphere. This is an especially dramatic statement given that the West Coast is much more directly in the path of Fukushima radiation than the East Coast.

Will humanity rise to the occasion, and figure out how to stabilize fuel pool number 4 before catastrophe strikes?

Or will modern civilization win a Darwin award for failing to pay attention to the real threats?

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  • synaxis

    Thank you for this most timely and helpful compilation of material on the SPF-4 threat.

    Truly, one needs the assistance of art to properly contemplate the kind of outcome this brings into view. To that end, I would recommend the series of paintings posted last June by Tasmanian artist, Harry Kent, which portray the human impact of the various radioactive products of Fukushima Daiichi.

    • Paulo Mapholisto

      Thanks for the links. Yes, really expressive paintings. In fact, I looked at Kent’s whole Fukushima series and it says it all.

  • jo6pac

    This can’t be happening because it not on corp. media so everything is OK;(
    I guess is the MOX fuel is coming back home one way or another and according to 0 and his govt. nukes and clean coal are the future for Amerika. WTF.

    Thanks for the update

  • gozounlimited

    We in California are not only fully exposed to radioactivity and cesium, our government is making sure it stays squarely in our airspace by geoengineering ….. creating a suffocating cloud cover to hold it in place.

    While we are being systematically murdered the IPCC continues to cover up genocide and spout lies about global warming.

    UN’s IPCC Neglects Geoengineering, HAARP Causing Global Warming in New Study
    One point that the IPCC does not make in their report is the effects of reengineering on the planet. Governments have been using weather modification to change the planet’s natural bio-spherical patterns. Chemtrails, dumping barium, aluminum, and other toxins into the atmosphere, have the effect of warming temperatures. The aluminum meant to reflect the sun’s heat out into space also traps the heat from the Earth’s surface causing a stagnant layer of extremely hot air. What scientists call the “greenhouse effect” is actually a direct causation of this geo-engineering process.

    Droughts are formed when the chemicals released into the air bind moisture particles in the atmosphere. This causes precipitation to be reduced to nothing.

    The High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Gokona, Alaska, a collection of transmitters pointed toward the sky. The US government claims HAARP is a scientific experiment for learning about the properties and comportment of the upper atmosphere (ionosphere).

    In Documents from the UN’s General Assembly on Decolonization in 2007, HAARP was designed (among other things) to cause disruption in weather patterns. HAARP’s tell-tale signs have been reported just before some of the most devastating “natural” disasters of recent years.

    read more:

    • gozounlimited

      If radiation and airborne chemical poisoning isn’t enough …. they will bring out the vaccines ….and force them on you …. Defend CA Vaccine Exemptions – Oppose AB 2109 … see video:

      And let’s not forget Monsanto’s contribution (I don’t know about you, but shape shifting is not a high priority on my list)… Monsanto’s Roundup Altering the Physical Shape of Amphibians … read more:

      More evil behind the death of Californians ….Global Great Depression and Population Reduction by 2030: MIT and The Club of Rome Prophecy

      A U.N policy paper recently outlined the building blocks for a world government that would enforce a “heavy-handed” approach toward humanity’s impact on the environment, as this new epoch of The Anthropocene Age has begun to negatively alter the planet in irrevocable ways.

      It appears that this plan has been green-lighted by the elite, as recent MIT research validates the conclusions drawn by Limits to Growth at this crucial time when we see the world economy imploding, and a jack-booted green police ready to hit the streets. According to MIT, we are headed toward a guaranteed planet-wide economic collapse and “precipitous population decline” if we do not heed the words of The Club of Rome.

      read more:

      • gozounlimited

        And don’t forget ….you are also eating the adulterated, contaminated, poisonous food …. is that OK with you?

        Fukushima’s radioactivity found in California kelp; levels spiked ……/2012/radioactive-iodine-from-...
        “Basically we saw it in all the California kelp blades we sampled,” said … after Japan’s Fukushima accident, a sign that the spilled radiation reached the … March 30, 2012 … Although radioactive iodine would move up the food web, it would be … | Monitoring the Planned Poisoning of Humanity
        Rusty Friday, January 13, 2012 San Diego, CA — Another heavy spray day continues … Rusty NASA Really Is Making Chemtrails Monday, March 12, 2012 1:34 …

        California mortality trends (and this is two years old). All attributable to the planned genocide by way of food, environment, and stress.

        California Death Data Trend Summaries by Topic

        Diabetes, DS 10-10001

        Heart Disease, DS 10-10002

        Influenza and Pneumonia, DS 10-10000

        Premature Mortality (Years of Potential Life Lost), DS 09-90000 (notice a new category was added)

        read more:

  • If the spent fuel pool #4 collapses, the impact on North America will depend upon whether an explosion drives radioactive materials as high as the stratosphere. If there is no explosion, but only fire(s), the major impact will be upon Japan and the Pacific Ocean, in my opinion.

    If there is an explosion, how long will it take for us to know this event has happened? The government/authorities might be able to hide such an event for 24 hour or so, I would say, before news leaks out.

    Last time radioactive material from Fukushima was driven into the atmosphere (by the major explosion at Reactor 3) – it took somewhere between 5 to 7 days for the winds to carry the worst material to the West Coast. That is when scientists here in Vancouver, and Berkeley detected it.

    If such an event occurs (and it may not) people at the coast, and in the coastal mountains, will receive the worst dose, mainly through rain. Stay out of the rain, take shoes off at the door, run HEPA filtered air cleaners (buy one or two now), keep the windows closed, don’t go to work, don’t go out (have food and clean water stored). The open-air water reservoirs of Vancouver, for example, would be contaminated (for more than a hundred years…)

    Prior to Fukushima, given the coming energy and financial collapse, the Pacific West Coast looked like a good place to localize, grow your own food, etc. Now… I have a Plan C for our family: the mobility to get out of town within 4 or 5 days of the Fuel Pool Four collapse, and get East of the Rockies, into places where it seldom rains. That should reduce our exposure considerably.

    You might think all the highways would be plugged, like in the disaster movies, but I doubt that. Most people are so habituated to their homes and locality, they lack any means or place to go, or will be so mollified by mainstream reassurances (as the people in Japan were) – that they will not move out of the way of the worst radiation.

    Those who are ready to move, physically and mentally, should have enough road space and time to get out, I think.

    Check the news every day, for the next few years, until Japan figures out a way to get those fuel rods either into dry cask storage, or at least into a different in-ground stabilized pool.

  • One more tip: figure out a retreat location that draws water from an ancient aquifer, rather than any river, lake, or rainwater sources. That’s going to be the radioactive-free water.

    Alex Smith
    Radio Ecoshock

    • Robert Callaghan

      Better work on your Plan D in South America.

      • Tom

        plenty of space in texas

  • Grace

    Nice article but I hope you were using the words “short-term” threat as some sort of joke.There is no ETA for Fukushima containment-at all. Nothing has been discussed as to how many harmful particulates are in the MOX fuels either.

  • mikael

    This IS the situation in Fukushima, and what I dont like in the constant “new” is the lack of Totality.

    This is what I am talking about, see this and then start to think on the Truth.
    Whats the longterm issues, the solutions are still in Dreamland stage and nobody is corrently making some sencess when regarding solutin to this problem. What a fu..up it realy is, is been clear for almoust a year.

    This is going to hurt USA, belive me brother and sisters, and we are also in for the lang haul, it may go years if not decades before it May be reduced or May be solved in a maner that prevents futher radiation and fallout.

    And I am so worried that the price to pay, before full disclosure will be Grim.



    yuka please read this article. i want to discuss this with you

  • Given the seriousness of this situation, are there other countries or organizations who have expertise and resources that could participate in a rescue at Fukushima?

    Does Japan refuse to invite or involve the Russians, for example, who have experience in these matters?

    Or, is it about no one has the equipment or infrastructure available to bring to the site?

    Shouldn’t the northern hemisphere insist?

  • Tom

    The ONLY way to do something about a non co-operative japan in this situation, seeing as it concerns us all, is the same solution that was used to protect other “Interests” however this isnt about oil or gas or weapons of mass destruction this is about survival and the longer we wait the greater the part chance plays in deciding our future.
    Japan if you cannot deal with the problem let in someone who can – it is better to lose face than to have no face at all.

  • Curt Adams

    The concerns to the survival of world civilization are very overblown. An accident releasing half as much Cs-137 as was released during above-ground nuclear testing would roughly put us at the levels form the early 60’s. Certainly not a good thing – there are indications of world-wide increases in cancer and decreases in intelligence – but hardly the end of civilization. If Tokyo has to be evacuated, this might be the worst catastrophe of modern industrial civilization (although the tsunami itself was quite bad enough). But it’s not even remotely a threat to world civilization.

    It seems shocking that a year after the accident they’re still not taking action to shore up that fuel pool.

    • What if the release was 200 times worse? And concentrated?

      Mad Max would look hopeful

  • Kim Kane

    We all better pray to God that humanity rises to the occasion. It has been my understanding that other nations have consulted with Japan and offered assistance, but their reply is like “yeah, we’ll get back to you on that.” We need a panel of experts in the sciences and industries of nuclear energy to get together now and come up with technology and solutions to this imminent doomsday scenerio. Too bad nobody ever thought of this as all the approval for nuclear facilities were pushed through various nation’s governments legislature.

  • Robert Callaghan

    There is no clarity on how to reinforce the number 4 fuel pool safely. How stable is the foundation of the pool? Instead of wanking on Korea’s nuclear missiles, the international community should help Japan so that it will be less embarrassing to drop bunker busters on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

  • Jeff Tracey

    I know some one with a stutter who can help, FAB!

  • jim

    This is just paranoid nonsense and propaganda.

    Scare stories for children.

  • I am not convinced that spent fuel pool #4 is still intact.

    The NRC transcripts suggest a wall was destroyed and early reports were that this pool was burning.

    If the pool is still relatively intact it is probably because of a non-stop “feed and bleed” operation involving continuously spraying water into the tank because it seems unlikely that the wall could have been repaired.

    I have no idea what is real anymore with Fukushima, but I find the recent reports by Japanese diplomats alarming.

    Here is some of the evidence I’ve assembled on unit 4 (lame as it is)

    NRC TRANSCRIPT: JOHN MONAGER: Unit 1 and 2 is boiling
    8 down, and Unit 3 and 4 is having zirc/water reaction.
    9 They believe there is essentially no walls on Unit 3.
    10 The explosion — I’m sorry — Unit 4. The explosion
    11 leveled the walls, leveled the structure for the Unit
    12 4 spent-fuel pool all the way down to the approximate
    13 level of the bottom of the fuels. So, there’s no
    14 water in there whatsoever.
    15 MALE PARTICIPANT: And no ability to
    16 retain water.


    NRC March Email: “The walls of the Unit 4 spent fuel pool have collapsed, and there is no water in there”

    March 16th, 2011 – Unit 4 SFP walls have collapsed – Fuel may no longer be intact, Enformable, Jan. 11, 2012:
    From: Boska, John
    Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 11:31 AM
    To: Guzman, Richard
    Cc: Pickett, Douglas
    Subject: Developments in Japan
    Importance: High
    Rich, please review and comment, for distribution to our branch.
    In a briefing with Joe Giitter that just ended, we were informed that the situation is now much worse in Japan. The walls of the Unit 4 spent fuel pool have collapsed, and there is no water in there. There were a large number of fuel assemblies in the pool, and the fuel may no longer be intact. The radiation levels are increasing so much that it may prove difficult to work on the other 5 reactors at the site, which could lead to more fuel…


    On the morning of Tue March 15, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a statement warning that the Japanese authorities had reported a fire in spent fuel pool #4.
    Japanese authorities also today informed the IAEA at 03:50 UTC that the spent fuel storage pond at the Unit 4 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was on fire and radioactivity was being released directly into the atmosphere.
    At the time of these reports, dose rates of up to 400 millisievert per hour were reported at the site. Japanese authorities stated that the the fire in the pool was caused by a hydrogen explosion. (
    The fuel pool fire was reportedly extinguished later on March 15 (IAEA

    Jim Riccio, a nuclear expert for Greenpeace, reported on March 16 to The Guardian that the spent fuel pool at unit 4 was still boiling: “The spent fuel pool in unit 4 is boiling, and once that starts you can’t stop it… The threat is that if you boil off the water, the metal cladding on the fuel rods that is exposed to the air, and is volatile, will catch fire. That will propel the radiation even further”
    (cited in Goldenberg, 2011 3/16). Goldenberg, Suzanne. “Japan Nuclear Crisis: Fire in fuel pools ‘would raise radiation exposure’. The Guardian (2011, March 16): .

  • Troll is attempting to say that Fuel Pool 4 is totally stable, and when pressed for details he provides this the picture below, and refuses to comment on the seismic.

    I did a post with some support picture

  • cascadian

    I’m new to this, so I hope these aren’t stupid questions. If #4 does fail, who can we trust to tell us the truth about the amount of radiation? I don’t trust the Japanese government but I also don’t think our own government always has our best interests at heart and might downplay the situation in a misguided attempt to head off panic. So, who will tell us what the real radiation levels are? I understand that taking the iodide needs to happen rather soon after the incident. Will we know in time for it to be effective? Secondly, other than taking potassium iodide and staying indoors, what else can one do? And if it really is that bad, won’t all food and water be eventually contaminated?

  • nonplused

    The dominos are set up, and the first one has fallen. First Fukishima, then eventually every other nuclear reactor in Japan as workers get sick and can’t report for duty. Once all those reactors melt down, it’s a matter of time before the whole world gets sick and can’t report for duty. Once all 400 reactors world wide melt down and “tip thier storage pool”, it’s lights out for life on planet earth.

    I’d say we have 25-50 years for the process to complete. Who were the stupid idiots that thought it would be a good idea to build these things? Oh ya, it was us.

  • Paul Felix Schott

    The greatest single threat to humanity – Fukushima nuclear reactor no. 4 raises new global worries

    No i do believe it is still Those who do not believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    IRAN … The World is going to Renewable Energy with all the SUNLIGHT we get SOLAR Energy would be very easy to do hear. Do you think the rest of the world will see what we are really doing building more Reactors then we could ever use in a country this size? But we need the electric power to Enrich Uranium to make Many Atomic Nuclear Weapons, to bring the world to a Hellish Place. Earthquakes are increasing every year and could cause us the bad mishap or a catastrophic failure 97 million Iranians could die. Just keep this out of the NEWS.
    We only need to play (Cat and Mouse) a little Longer and on one will be able to stop us. What about GOD?

    May our Lord Jesus Christ and GOD the Father that is in Heaven,
    Guide and Watch over us.

    In this time of TRIBULATION, Strengthen your Faith, and encourage
    all to pray for their souls. The strong in the word of our Lord will Now
    Help the World and be the disciples of our Lord’s Word.

    United We Will Always Stand That
    In GOD We Trust
    True Patriots

    The Lord’s Little Helper
    Paul Felix Schott

  • denim

    It would appear that the greatest danger to mankind is the ignorant arrogance and conceit of those who pretend to know how to run nukes…and to take of of accidents.

  • A. Benway

    As a retired construction millwright I’ve built atomic power stations and worked in heavy construction for many years – 40 years or more. The pool in unit 4 is almost sure to collapse enough so that the fuel will burn – that’s my informed opinion after looking carefully at many photographs. I only hope that the burn is not explosive. That can happen.

    Assume it will spew. Bet on it.

    While mitigation is certainly worth an intense effort it’s really too late. These kinds of events are one-way functions; irreversible.

    NRC? At Rancho Seco everybody understood what those letters stood for – Nobody Really Cares…

    It’s important to understand that atomic power stations and the damned bomb are parts of the same industry – and that it “makes money” by taking from the public space and selling it back, one way or another. It’s a gimmick, a con.

    • Well said, thanks for the insider scoop

  • We have already been heavily dosed with uranium and plutonium. These have the “bonus” of radioactivity, however, their main killing power is through their heavy metal toxicity. They both go into the bones and organs and stay there, even with powerful chelating agents like DMSA and EDTA they do not readily come out.

    Here is the proof, using released data from EPA…before they stopped releasing the data.

  • Here are three pieces of original material that I created
    Easy Checklist for a Shelter in Place Box
    Radiation Removal Methods
    How to interpret Geiger counter data.

  • Chena

    Oh good lord, more defense of anti-vaccination propaganda in the comments. When will you people get it through your thick skulls that you are causing death and disease? Look at the continued rise of diseases that were pretty much eradicated by vaccines. You people are murderers with your continued anti-science, anti-medicine proganda. Of course, the argument has been made that perhaps this is just “survival of the fittest”, but I don’t believe that. Children have nothing to do with their parent’s stupidity. Parents should be put in jail any time a youngster who has not been vaccinated gets sick or dies if they lived in someplace where vaccines were readily available. Enough of this B.S. about “it’s my belief!” You are entitled to your beliefs, but not your facts. Facts are facts. Stop the murder of innocents with this bullshit anti-vaccination propadanda. Jail the murderers!!

    • Ed

      Wait until you know someone who is vac injured.

    • Chena

      It’s crazy extremist like you, Chena who should be jailed for enforcing vaccines upon children. My child went into seizures and his life has never been the same since he was vaccinated. You clearly have NO clue as to what you are talking about.

    • Sara

      Chena you need to do some serious research on the many children and adults who have been injured seriously or lost their lives because of vaccines. Mercury, aluminum, and many other nasties too numerous to list, are in the vaccines.

      Your claim to superior knowledge about how vaccines have eradicated disease is faulty. In fact there has been an increase in the diseases that vaccines were suppose to “eradicate” in vaccinated populations. A study showed that 81 percent of 2010 California whooping cough cases in people under the age of 18 occurred in those who were fully up to date on the whooping cough vaccine.

      CDC data shows 84 percent of children under the age of 3 have received at least FOUR DTaP shots—which is the acellular pertussis vaccine that was approved in the United States in 1996—yet, despite this high vaccination rate, whooping cough still keeps circulating among both the vaccinated and unvaccinated.

      More likely than not, the vaccine provides very little if any protection, and this was evidenced very clearly in a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Researchers reviewed data on every patient who tested positive for pertussis between March and October 2010 at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, California.

      Out of these 132 patients:

      81 percent were fully up to date on the whooping cough vaccine
      8 percent had never been vaccinated
      11 percent had received at least one shot, but not the entire recommended series
      . Researchers noted:

      “Despite widespread childhood vaccination against Bordetella pertussis, disease remains prevalent. It has been suggested that acellular vaccine may be less effective than previously believed. Our data suggests that the current schedule of acellular pertussis vaccine doses is insufficient to prevent outbreaks of pertussis.”

      . According to Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC):v

      “Of all the vaccines which have been routinely used by children in the past century, the brain damaging effects of the pertussis (whooping cough) portion of DPT vaccine is among the most well documented in the scientific literature.

      Created in 1912, the crude pertussis vaccine basically consisted of B. pertussis bacteria killed with heat, preserved with formaldehyde, and injected into children. In the early 1940’s, aluminum was added as an adjuvant and later the mercury preservative, thimerosal, was added when pertussis was combined with diphtheria and tetanus vaccines to create DPT. Pertussis vaccine was never studied in large clinical trials before being given to children in the first half of the 20th century or after it was combined into DPT and recommended for mass use by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1947.”
      Our children are not science experiments!!!!!!!!!!
      Children who are particularly high-risk for brain injury or death after getting a pertussis-containing vaccine (DPT, DTaP or Tdap) include those who have suffered previous vaccine reactions, such as:

      High fever
      High pitched screaming or persistent crying
      Convulsions (with or without fever)
      Collapse/shock (also known as hypo-tonic/hypo-responsive episodes)
      Brain inflammation and encephalopathy

      Most of the adverse effects are believed to occur from the effects of the pertussis toxin itself, which is one of the most lethal toxins in nature. It’s a well-known neurotoxin that is so reliable for inducing brain inflammation and brain damage that it’s used to deliberately induce experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in lab animals.

      You can search for all of the information I just listed plus pages and pages more. You can search this site for a memorial of those that have lost their lives or have suffered serious injury from vaccines:

      Since the release of Gardasil into the market in 2006, many thousands of serious adverse events have been reported to the government’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), including 26 deaths in the past 12 months alone. Furthermore, cervical cancer is not even in the top 10 cancers that kill American women every year. The death rate from cervical cancer in the United States is about 3 per 100,000 and most cervical cancer deaths occur in older women who have had chronic, undiagnosed and untreated HPV infection for many years.

      Evidence shows that screening women for cervical cancer more frequently than every three years does not detect more cancer. Women, who have not been exposed to HPV, are not at risk for cervical cancer. Besides, it’s important to know that the immune response of the majority of women is strong enough to clear up HPV infection within two years without any intervention—in fact, this is what happens 90 percent of the time. Even the CDC admits to this fact on their website. Only certain varieties of HPV are high-risk. Two types (types 16 and 18) cause 70 percent of all cervical cancers. But these cervical cancers are very slow growing, which is why less frequent PAP screens are still effective.

      An analysis by researchers at Stanford University went so far as to use mathematical models to predict how various PAP screening schedules (annually, or every 2, 3, 4, or 5 years) would affect your life expectancy, assuming you were HPV vaccinated (refer to Figure 5 in Stanford report). They concluded that PAP testing every 4 years will increase your life expectancy and reduce healthcare costs, provided you are vaccinated. Just how much more life will this buy you?

      Drum roll please…

      You may live an extra 2.8 days.

      Yes, by getting the HPV vaccine and having PAPs every 4 years, you can perhaps add one “long weekend” to your life, compared to the current recommended schedule, according to Stanford’s mathematical model. You’ll not add 2 years to your life, mind you, but 2.8 days. Hopefully you won’t spend that long weekend getting treated for seizures, paralysis, blindness, blood clots, stroke or cardiac arrest—which are just some of the adverse effects reported from receivers of this vaccine. Adding a few days to your life won’t necessarily add more life to your days.

      Evidence that Gardasil May Actually INCREASE Your Cervical Cancer Risk

      A study in the Lancet poses this as a real possibility:

      “Vaccinations alone will not prevent cervical cancer unless their efficacy is longer than 15 years; if the duration of efficacy is shorter and efficient boostering is not organized, the onset of the cancer in women is merely postponed… if even more young vaccinated adolescents mature into women who willfully refuse cervical cancer screening, the population rates of cervical cancer will increase.”

      And according to Merck (Gardasil’s manufacturer), if you have already been exposed to HPV prior to receiving the vaccine, Gardasil has been found to increase your risk for precancerous (or worse) lesions by 44.6 percent.
      Gardasil confers immunity to only two of the 15 HPV strains that are associated with cervical cancer. This prompts a troubling question. Could the mass use of Gardasil (and the other HPV vaccine, Cervarix) put pressure on other HPV strains to become more dominant and perhaps more virulent in causing cervical cancer

      This is a very real possibility and federal health officials and Merck already know that other HPV strains not contained in Gardasil vaccine could become more dominant and continue to cause disease. In fact, this “replacement effect” was discussed in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2007 following the vaccine’s licensure and recommended universal use in 11-12 year old girls in 2006.

      There is historical precedent that gives plenty of evidence that mass vaccination policies put pressure on infectious microorganisms to evolve and create new strains or substitute non-vaccine strains with other strains. The “replacement” effect has happened with other infectious organisms that have developed resistance to vaccines used on a mass basis, such as pertussis (whooping cough) and pneumococcal vaccines.

      In effect, the mass use of HPV vaccines in the absence of adequate scientific evidence that the vaccine is safe, effective and will not lead to vaccine-resistant HPV strains, brings up this big question: Is this an uncontrolled medical experiment on young girls and women?

      It seems to me that getting this vaccine is like playing “Russian Roulette” with your health. CNN Money had it right: the vaccine is a dud. And the new recommended reduced PAP screening schedule may just be the industry’s attempt to rescue it – but at what cost to the health of young girls and women in America?

      Everything posted except for a few of my comments was taken from

      • Sara

        Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated: Survey Reveals Who’s Healthier

        However, that doesn’t mean there is a total absence of evidence about the health of vaccinated versus unvaccinated children to give us an indication of whether or not the use of many more vaccines by children is contributing to their being chronically ill. In December 2010, a survey was initiated by to compare the health of vaccinated children with unvaccinated children. To date over 7,850 surveys have been submitted, and the study is ongoing, so if you have an unvaccinated child (or are unvaccinated yourself) and would like to submit your child’s health data, you can do so here.

        Though this is obviously not a double-blind controlled study, and depends on the individuals submitting the data to give accurate information, it is still revealing. So far, the results show:

        Health Condition Prevalence in Vaccinated Children Prevalence in Unvaccinated Children
        Allergies 40% report at least one allergy Less than 10%
        Asthma 6% 2.5%
        Hayfever 10.7% of German children 2.5%
        Neurodermatitis (an autoimmune disorder) 13% of German children 7%
        ADHD 8% of German children, and another nearly 6% with borderline cases 1-2%
        Middle ear infections 11% of German children Less than 0.5%
        Sinusitis Over 32% of German children Less than 1%
        Autism Approximately 1 in 100 Only 4 cases out of 7,800+ surveys (one child tested very high for metals, and another’s mother tested very high for mercury)

        • Sara

          Are the Risks All in Your Head?

          CNN sounds like an advertisement for Big Pharma in this featured article, using a combination of scare-tactics and guilt-tripping trigger points, such as “parents have no knowledge of the diseases their children are being inoculated against,” and “not only do unvaccinated children run the risk of becoming ill or worse, but they also endanger others who don’t have the option to vaccinate.”

          Personally, I don’t believe either of those statements reflect what’s really happening. I believe the parents, who are taking a stand against their children being given too many vaccines, are the ones, who have taken the time to become informed and have carefully analyzed and evaluated the risks and benefits for their children.

          As just discussed above, the only conclusion the IOM could reach after reviewing the available (independent) research is that we don’t know if all of these vaccines, individually or together, are in fact safe.

          The media would have you believe that those who refuse vaccines are ignorant but when you examine the facts, mothers with college educations and higher incomes are actually LESS likely to vaccinate their children than those with less education.

          Besides, I don’t think any parent, who is coming up against doctors throwing them out of their offices for refusing to use every recommended vaccine or wanting to use an individualized vaccination schedule, in this age of Big Pharma brainwashing, would even consider bucking the system without having good solid reason for doing so. After all, the price of nonconformity runs the gamut from being vilified by other parents and health professionals to being resolutely kicked out of some pediatricians’ offices!

          The fact is that delaying and/or opting out of some vaccines can indeed be a safer alternative to maintaining good health. Whether or not it’s the most appropriate course of action for a particular child or adult can only be determined on a case-by-case basis. Each person is different, and it is these individual biological and environmental exposure differences that make a mass-vaccination policy so hazardous.

          For example, the health of a child’s gut flora can significantly influence the risk of suffering vaccine complications and chronic health problems. For more information about this, please see my interview with Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.

          CNN then goes on to discuss measles as if it were the ebola virus, completely ignoring the fact that many middle-aged and elderly parents in America today actually HAD the measles during childhood, and while uncomfortable, it was not considered a particularly dangerous disease for most healthy children. When I was young, having measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox was just a routine part of childhood.

          Parents back then hoped that every child in the family and neighborhood would get those common childhood diseases and develop natural community immunity that lasted a lifetime. As a result, in generations past our population experienced those diseases in childhood and ended up with a qualitatively superior, longer lasting natural immunity and there were far fewer children suffering with chronic disease.

          What You Need to Know about “Herd Immunity”
          To learn more, I urge you to listen to the second video above, in which Barbara discusses the concept of herd immunity.

          “The original concept of herd immunity is that when a population experiences the natural disease… natural immunity would be achieved – a robust, qualitatively superior natural herd immunity within the population, which would then protect other people from getting the disease in other age groups. It’s the way infectious diseases work…” Barbara explains. “But the vaccinologists have adopted this idea of vaccine induced herd immunity.

          The problem with it is that all vaccines only confer temporary protection… Pertussis vaccine is one the best examples… Pertussis vaccines have been used for about 50 to 60 years, and the organism has started to evolve to become vaccine resistant. I think this is not something that’s really understood generally by the public: Vaccines do not confer the same type of immunity that natural exposure to the disease does.”
          Vaccine professionals would like you to believe they are the same, but they’re qualitatively two entirely different types of immune responses.

          “In most cases natural exposure to disease would give you a longer lasting, more robust, qualitatively superior immunity because it gives you both cell mediated immunity and humoral immunity,” Barbara explains. “Humoral is the antibody production. The way you measure vaccine-induced immunity is by how high the antibody titers are. (How many antibodies you have, basically.)

          But the problem is, the cell mediated immunity is very important as well. Most vaccines evade cell mediated immunity and go straight for the antibodies, which is only one part of immunity. That’s been the big problem with the production of vaccines.”
          Making matters worse, there’s evidence indicating that certain viruses are adapting and becoming vaccine-resistant. For example, one study cited by Barbara in the second video above showed that progressive gene loss occurred in B. pertussis strains. This confirmed that B. pertussis is dynamic and continuously evolving, suggesting the bacteria may use gene loss as one strategy to adapt to highly immunized populations.

          Survival is a universal principle, and viruses and bacteria are no exception.

          “When you put pressure on a virus or bacteria that is circulating with the use of a vaccine that contains a lab altered form of that virus or bacteria, it doesn’t seem illogical that the organism is going to find a way to adapt in order to survive.”

          There are many examples of such vaccine-resistance cropping up in the real world. Take last year’s outbreak of mumps, for example. In the United States, children typically receive their mumps vaccination as part of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises children to receive their first dose between 12 and 18 months, and their second between the ages of 4 and 6.

          The MMR vaccine is supposed to make you immune to measles, mumps and rubella … yet 77 percent of the 1,000+ who were sickened with mumps last year were vaccinated. This was NOT reported in the conventional media. They conveniently leave out this important fact.

          Similarly, in 2006, when mumps infected more than 6,500 people in the United States, cases occurred primarily among college students who had received the recommended two doses of MMR vaccine. At that time, just about the only people who were truly immune to mumps were older Americans who had recovered from mumps as children, and therefore had received natural, lifelong immunity.

          • Sara

            When you say we should “jail the murderers”, Chena, you obviously mean we should jail you and the many other uninformed people that are pushing these dangerous vaccines on children and they have not even been TESTED first! My children are not guinea pigs!

            My child’s health has been forever changed because of vaccinations. Don’t you dare tell me that vaccinations should be forced!

  • phil S.

    Well, this is bringing the crazies out. Sorry to rain on your parade, but fuel pool four has already been dry once, and nothing happened:


  • Paul Hughes

    Just wish to thank Sara for the depth of information on vaccination contributed.
    Deeper than the Fukushima pool. (Not funny!)
    Which, of course, is an international issue. Welcome the NWO? (Also not funny.)
    Well, “we” had better come up with something “whole Earth encompassing” fairly soon, even though government has always shown itself to be (or at least end up as) organized crime. Is there a way to separate power from wealth?

  • Hal holloway

    This is amazing info. I don’t understand why whole world doesnot wake up.

    • Dragonslayer

      There is a much larger dynamic going on here in regards to the US
      Government. Fukushima is the worst environmental crisis of our lifetime.
      I am an environmental engineer that has experience cleaning radioactive
      sites for the federal government as a contractor. When Fukushima had
      its multiple meltdowns, everyone instantly became an expert on nuclear
      meltdowns spending vast amount of energies trying to cull the masses
      into denial that there is nothing to worry about. Even EXPERT Obama
      expressed that there is nothing to fear as radiation would not reach the
      US. This is only a small part of the continued deception. There is a
      much larger smoke and mirrors happening on the world stage. IF Obama and
      its administration were truly concerned about the severity of the
      crisis, the US military would have seized the site under imminent domain
      and taken over mitigating the crisis under an international effort with
      our best scientists working on the problem around the world. Since
      Obama is a “constitutional lawyer” with very little science background,
      let’s think about what he did in March 2011. Obama and his
      administration decided it was a perfect time to distract the world with
      the invasion of Libya as led by France (leading the world in nuclear
      power production). This was a huge distraction as the MSM can only
      follow one major global story at a time. The Fukushima meltdowns were
      moved to the back burner of our consciousness as the Environmental
      Protection Agency moved forward with dismantling their air monitoring
      stations up a down the west coast finding that their were spikes of
      radioactive particles reaching our coastal areas within 5 days.

      Was it a coincidence that the US government decided to bomb Libya within
      a couple of weeks of the Fukushima crisis? Let’s look at recent events
      to make that determination. Now that Fukushima has reached a crisis
      point which can only be described as the “point of no return”, or “too
      little too late” stage, anyone following the alternative media knows
      that Fukushima is moving into a chaotic state where large amounts of
      radioactive water are being releasing on a regular basis as has never
      happened to the Pacific Ocean. So if my conspiracy theories are correct,
      what has the Obama administration been doing to distract us from this
      story which has a chance to bubble to the surface again? Wow, he has
      been on the verge of bombing Syria and starting WWIII!! Well what a
      coincidence! More smoke and mirrors so the masses keep the increasing
      radiation contamination of our atmosphere and ocean out of their minds.
      It would be my prediction that when Fukushima has its next major event
      like the collapse of its common spend fuel pool, WWIII will commence
      finally. Why not, the world will be going to hell at that point anyway,
      Right??? I guess Obama is just a fake environmentalist with all his
      worry about global warming.

  • Crazy Dave

    BETTER Get the Chunnel machine out of mothballs dig down about a mile right next to the reactor line it with lead plates fill it with heavy h2o /oatmeal/cowshit, dump the rods in, put a cement cap on it and yellow tape around the area, with a signe that reads enter at you’r own risk…..

    • Steve C

      Makes you wonder why they aren’t doing something like that does it not? (Apart from the fact that they have no idea where the radioactive fuel is, and so the chunnel machine could end up too radioactive to use…) BTW, did you know that in central UK we got 4-6 times background over all of last year with peaks of 40x? I only know because I bought a damn geiger myself with a cumulatve/memory facility and left it running. (40-100 quid on ebay…)

  • MrNico

    Barack Obama is the biggest threat to humanity.

    • kazikian

      WTF is wrong with you?

      • MrNico

        Well, there is a socio-fascist sitting in the most powerful chair in the world, doing everything it can to destroy all that is good in the world and pull us back into the Dark Ages. The chimp wife struts around the world, embarrassing us all while wasting millions of dollars for nothing.

        • kazikian

          Please explain, in detail, how Obama (and his wife, perplexingly) pose more of a threat than a massive uncontrolled release of radiation. Try to use comparable and verifiable data, such as lives lost or dollars lost in each case. Also, please explain what a socio-fascist is, given that socialism and fascism are directly and irreconcilably opposite political ideologies. Finally, please link the above explanations to a summary of what, precisely is, the fuck, wrong with you. You have until 5pm Friday to submit your work. Please use citations. Two page minimum, and points will be marked off for improper grammar or spelling.
          Sent from a mobile device.

          • mike

            I love this! Did this article in any way bring up politics? But you knew someone would turn it in to Obama’s fault….good article

  • Shawn Saville

    Man what a fruit cake, chimp wife? It’s people like you and the careless thoughts that your chimp brain spew out that have put humanity and this planet at its tipping point, not two people in the White House.

  • HOH gas, also known as Brown’s Gas, when burned, produces a flame which in an experiment was able to reduce the radioactivitiy of a pellet of cobalt-60 to background levels. Why are there not great Brown’s Gas generators and torches flaming away at the Daiichi complex?

  • There is likely to be found in God’s creation also, not just a chemical means to eliminate radioactivity, but a biological means for eliminating radioactivity.
    Twice in just the last ten years, there have appeared articles talking about two places in the world where natural geological nuclear reactors have occurred in the past. These were two places where enough radioactive elements accumulated by sedimentary geological means in concentrations enough to create natural reactors. This would be an environment in which to look for microbes or plants designed to eliminate radioactivity.
    It has been known for some time and especially in the last few decades that microbes are found in all kinds of environments where life previouslly was not thought to be possible, such as volcanic vents on the sea floor, geysers, deep geological strata, oil reservoirs, acidic environments, etc..
    Why should there not be a microbe for eliminating radioactivity? If it can be done chemically/atomically, then there is probably already a pathway in creation, in plants or microbes, or in the organs of animals, for doing this. A somewhat related example is hydrolysis. Hydrolysis, the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen, does take place in some biochemical pathways. The US DOE was experimenting with an algae to do this.
    Imagine being able to flame extremely radioactive fuel rods with Brown’s Gas, and reduce their content to merely an elemental toxin.
    Imagine being able to innoculate a landscape with a microbe which does the same thing.
    God has created ‘outs’ for many, many problems man is possible of creating. The greatest mercy was Jesus Christ laying His life down on the cross for all the sins of man, and taking it back up again three days later. Unless His return is extremely imminent and Fukushima is ‘Wormwood’, then it is highly likely God has pre-engineered a means for man to find and use to clean up widespread radioactive contamination.

    • Steve C

      Thank you. I am sure many will reject yoru message becuse it mentions god, but at least you are looking towards a possible solution. And yes, indeed the god you describe would indeed have given us an “out” if we choose to find and take it.

  • Jeffrey2099

    Wow, sounds kind of alarming. What are the odds of the worst case scenario happening?

    • Joffan

      The probability is zero. Relative to the site, Unit 4 is neither sinking nor tilting, and has been assessed multiple times for structural soundness and earthquake resistance. There is no spent fuel at Fukushima Daiichi that could get hot enough to cause these effects – the fuel is too old, and was too old even at the time of this article, especially in Unit 4.

      • maritimer

        And your information comes from…?

      • IntoDeep


        • Joffan

          They are actually removing the spent fuel from unit 4 now, with new cranes placed on the pool rim and overhead, and you still cling to the myths of this article?

          Your insult rebounds.

  • jabinks


  • jabinks

    move all spent fuel rods to Yucca mountain NV. and have Japan pay a ton of money for this service

  • EpicRapPonyVSVaultDweller

    How does this impact football games ?

    People do not care as long as they
    can buy alcohol & watch sports.

  • pnordman

    Why is this not front-page news? Oh, that’s right, sports! I download the Orlando Sentinel to my Kindle every day and the sports section always has many more entries – amazing….
    Folks, it might be a good idea to pay attention, and then pray!

  • VINERI_13

    Israel is the Biggest Threat to Mankind