Thursday, March 31, 2011

Peak Uranium "The Other Nuclear crisis"

The Coming Nuclear crisis
The world's nuclear plants today eat through some 65,000 tons of uranium each year. Of this, the mining industry supplies about 40,000 tons. The rest comes from secondary sources such as civilian and military stockpiles, reprocessed fuel and re-enriched uranium. "But without access to the military stocks, the civilian western uranium stocks will be exhausted by 2013, concludes Dittmar.

Countries such as Japan, that rely on uranium imports, will face uranium shortages as soon as 2013.

Peak uranium refers to the peak of the entire planet's uranium production. Like other Hubbert peaks, the rate of uranium production on Earth will enter a terminal decline. According to Robert Vance of the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency, the world production rate of uranium has already reached its peak in 1980.

In 1980, Robert Vance, while looking back at 40 years of Uranium production through all of the Red Books, found that peak global production was achieved in 1980 at 69,683 tonnes (153.62×106 lb) from 22 countries. In 2003, uranium production totaled 35,600 tonnes (78×106 lb) from 19 countries.

In 1981, Michael Meacher, the former environment minister of the UK 1997-2003, and UK Member of Parliament, reports that peak uranium happened in 1981. He also predicts a major shortage of uranium sooner than 2013 accompanied with hoarding and its value pushed up to the levels of precious metals.

In 2008, Japan’s Kansai Electric Power — which accounts for nearly a third of the country’s total uranium demand — says it plans to buy uranium mines to ensure its long-term supply of the fuel. Its chief manager says he worries that in coming years he won’t be able to buy what he needs "no matter how much you are willing to pay."

See Wiki/PeakUranium

Germany, the Czech Republic, France, DR Congo, Gabon, Bulgaria, Tajikistan, Hungary, Romania, Spain, Portugal and Argentina, have already peaked their uranium production and exhausted their uranium resources and must rely on imports for their nuclear programs or abandon them.

Increasingly devastating floods have decreased the production from some of the world's largest Uranium mines in Canada and Australia.

Once society adds up the costs of this heavily subsidised industry, plus supply minus demand; where the costs include the damage created in an unfolding crisis such as Fukushima Daiiachi... then it is clear that nuclear atomic power plants are not sustainable in any way.

Although uranium occurs naturally in many rocks, and even in seawater. It is seldom sufficiently concentrated to be economically recoverable. Like any resource, uranium cannot be mined at any desired concentration. No matter the technology, at some point it is too costly to mine lower grade ores.

One life cycle study argues that below 0.01–0.02% (100-200 ppm) in ore, the energy required to extract and process the ore to supply the fuel, operate reactors and dispose properly comes close to the energy gained by burning the uranium in the reactor.[10] Mining companies consider concentrations greater than 0.075% (750 ppm) as ore, or rock economical to mine.

The reprocessed plutonium MOX fuel rods are clearly an attempt to slow down the process of decay surrounding the insane nuclear industry. They have no future. Especially as re-processing stockpiles of plutonium is a very dirty messy business, creating more waste than if the spent fuel is left to decay.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Rice Tomatoes Spinach & Radioactive Cesium

How do you like your tomatoes and spinach in the new nuclear world? Flavoured with cesium 137 or would you prefer radioactive iodine? Well, if you are not a farmer, how about nuclear contaminated seafood? Long-life cesium top threat to seafood. Who is going to measure (and pay for) the 'nuclear footprint'?

One easy way to wreck an economy: Nuclear plant reactor meltdown.

The NewYork Times has an article about the historical as well as social and agricultural cost of the Fukushima Daiiachi disaster. "Farmers’ Livelihoods Wither in Japan’s Nuclear Crisis"

TOWA, Japan — If Japan’s leaders regard the collapse of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex as this nation’s greatest crisis in decades, Saichi Sato has a different perspective. From where he sits in this leafy village of 8,000 about 25 miles from Daiichi, he says, this is the greatest crisis in 400 years.

Can you believe that the elite are so addicted to their nuclear reactors that food contamination is viewed as 'no big deal' .. don't worry .. we will get over it in half a million plutonium years. Maybe they have food and water stored for themselves underground? They seem not to care. Who knows? I am sure Murphy's Law will not allow them to escape so easily ...

The NewYork Times reported...
At least one farmer has been pushed over the edge.

The newspaper The Asahi Shimbun reported last week that a 64-year-old farmer in Sukagawa, a city in Fukushima, killed himself one day after the government imposed a ban on the sale of cabbages from the prefecture.

The farmer, who was not identified, was reported to have lost his house in the earthquake but had a field of 7,500 organically grown cabbages ready for harvest when the prohibition was announced.

“Vegetables in Fukushima are finished,” his son quoted him as saying.

It's really sad...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Nuclear Industry's Gambling Addiction Denial Syndrome

As day by day, one reactor after the next leak, fail, explode, lose their functions, crack and release radiation into the environment - the global nuclear industry and their supporters deny the dangers. I don't mean the dangers at a local level, I mean the catastrophic dangers they expose the whole planet to.

The whole nuclear industry and their supporters are like a club of compulsive gamblers who are incapable of looking at their risk taking, looking at their addiction or questioning the costs - the price everyone pays for their gamble, including degradation of the environment.

This industry have a serious gambling addiction; but they are gambling with everyone's wealth, not just their own.

It is like someone who just has to keep going to the casino looking for the 'winning jackpot'. They go through their own money, their savings, the family's money and then they extend their losses to their extended family and friends as people attempt to 'save' the situation as it goes into melt-down.

At the very end the person addicted to gambling soaks everything in their surroundings into their habit, through various interplays, until they have nothing left. The Fukushima nuclear disaster is playing out in that way...

The plant owners, the politicians and the institutions who process the fuel rods and those build the nuclear plants are all gambling with everyones resources (no only their own), including health resources. It is all just one big casino style gamble.

As the reactors melt down the local family and environment get degraded, then the extended community: the farmers, those who produce food. Then the local industry get sucked in (contaminated with the fallout of this gamble) as the radioactive fallout extends into the sea and spreads along the coast.

The fallout spreads out into the atmosphere and soon begins to contaminate other countries with the radioactive gamble fallout. So it spreads, entering the planetary food chain, effecting economies worldwide - and still the addicts put out 'statements' that: this is no-big-deal and everything is going to be fine.

Whole areas are becoming radioactive no-go zones as generations of livelihood and generations of work that was put into the land is wasted by these people. Seriously pay attention to the 'gambler's response', which is: It's okay! It's no problem! Radiation's good for you!

You can't eat radiation. You can't eat electricity. You can't eat or drink an 'apology'. Loss of agricultural land is irreplaceable, just as loss of fresh water resources are irreplaceable. Traditional fishing grounds have fed people in Japan for tens of thousands of years. The nuclear industry's gamble is killing the fishing grounds and contaminating the fish.

I am just wondering at what point does it become clear that these people have a serious psychological illness, imbalance, psychosis. Anyone who feels okay about gambling the wealth of others times the planet is not-well-in-the-head.

I am amazed that people accept this.

TEPCO were warned in 2001 that they would have to take into account that a massive and highly destructive tsunami would hit the area and hit the Daiichi plant. The scientific reasoning for this was geological sediment found 4 kilometers inland in cycles of 800 to 1,000 years per tsunami. The last mega tsunami had swept across that area of japan in 869, known as the Jogan tsunami.

This is like telling a casino gambler: Look guy, you are going to lose everything if you continue... because the odds are stacked against you... you cannot win!

The owners of the Fukushima Daiiachi plant were shown the odds, they were even shown the 'future'; but supported by the industry, politicians and special interests this born-to-fail 'titanic gamble' just floated on...

It's psychotic!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Japan's Fukushima 'Inheritance' - The Nuclear Sarcophagus

It used to be, over thousands of years, that those who eventually 'pass on' into the world of the spirit would leave behind forests their children could inherit or agricultural land, a house or rivers full of fish. Today, we leave behind - and the children will inherit - the nuclear sarcophagus.

One currently sits at Chernobyl (although crumbling and falling apart, said to be leaking radiation) and a second 'sarcophagus' will soon sit at the edge of Japan's crumbling coastline staring silently out into the Pacific Ocean.

CounterPunch have an excellent article on the lies being told as Fukushima falls apart - one nuclear rod at a time - "Why the Entire Nuclear Industry is Insane, Then, Now and Forever". If you dare to want to know what is really going on then read the interview with Hirose Takashi.

"Hirose Takashi has written a whole shelf full of books, mostly on the nuclear power industry and the military-industrial complex. Probably his best known book is Nuclear Power Plants for Tokyo in which he took the logic of the nuke promoters to its logical conclusion: if you are so sure that they're safe, why not build them in the center of the city, instead of hundreds of miles away where you lose half the electricity in the wires?" Let them eat Plutonium

I found the above interview at: The Market Oracle, where they say some are estimating that each spent fuel pool at the Fukushima nuclear complex could have 24,000 times the amount of cesium that was produced by the nuclear bomb that the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II.

I agree with Hirose Takashi, if these nuclear plants are so safe then why not build them right smack in the middle of the largest cities? If Governments wish to calm people's fears then these plants should be built next to the parliaments and houses of senate... As they are 'safe' and pose no danger. Let the pro-nuclear experts go into the Fukushima plant and prove to the world that radition levels pose no danger.

Getting back to reality, the children born now and their grandchildren will inherit a landscape of entombed nuclear reactors buried under domes of concrete - the nuclear sarcophagus. There is only one tiny problem .. the sarcophagus will crumble and decay at a much faster rate than the radiation. Look around you at any local concrete buildings built thirty years ago.

Over the last five years I have observed many of those thirty year old concrete and steel buildings being dug-out and pasted with cement where the rusting steel infrastructure is showing through the cracks. Over time, this kind of concrete and steel construction does not hold up too well.

Currently, there are fears that the thirty year old Chernobyl sarcophagus will collapse sending radioactive dust out into the atmosphere. A 600 million replacement shelter 'tomb', apparently designed to last 100 years, will be built around the old containment sarcophagus.

Once man-made radioactive waste get out of its 'containment', it seems these people have no way to deal with it other than create hundred year eye-sores. After a hundred years? In 2111, then what? Your grandchildren's children will have to figure that out.

As time passes, human beings wont always be so fortunate to be able to bury nuclear plant melt-downs inside a concrete sarcophagus. Some of them may end up being completely swallowed by the incoming sea, some may be torn apart by earthquakes and others may react to a direct hit from a massive Solar Flare. The Fukushima Daiiachi disaster is a 'warning', the 'next time' we may not be so lucky.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Black Smoke At Fukushima Reactor 3

On Wednesday black smoke was billowing from Fukushima Reactor 3 where a hydrogen explosion had badly damaged the outer building of the plant and where a partial meltdown is suspected. Fukushima 3 is the reactor using the plutonium MOX fuel and where the black smoke led to the evacuation of emergency workers yesterday.

Multiple Dangers of MOX Fuel Rods
The mixed oxide fuel rods used in the compromised number three reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi complex contain enough plutonium to threaten public health with the possibility of inhalation of airborne plutonium particles. The compromised fuel rods supplied to the Tokyo Electric Company by the French firm AREVA.

Plutonium is at its most dangerous when it is inhaled and gets into the lungs. The effect on the human body is to vastly increase the chance of developing fatal cancers. Masashi Goto, a reactor researcher and designer for Toshiba, told the Foreign Correspondents Club in Toyko the mixed oxide (MOX) fuel used in unit 3 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility uses plutonium, which is “much more toxic than the fuel used in the other reactors.”

Goto said that the MOX also has a lower melting point than the other reactor fuels. The Fukushima facility began using MOX fuel in September 2010, becoming the third plant in Japan to do so, according to MOX supplier AREVA.

When we talk about radiation, there are two types of radiation: Natural radiation created by nature and there is man made radiation. Plutonium - produced in nuclear reactors - the basic ingredient of a nuclear bomb, is a highly radio toxic element that is all but non-existent in nature. As nuclear reactor fuel becomes irradiated plutonium is a product of that reaction. From Greenpeace: Basics of a nuclear bomb

The MOX fuels being exported around the world come from the French company AREVA, which reprocess weapons grade plutonium [recycling of used nuclear fuel] to add to fuel rods for use in nuclear plants. So, if I understand this correctly... humans created plutonium for use in atomic nuclear bombs. Also, nuclear plants using uranium are continually creating plutonium endlessly. However, there already exists enough weapons grade plutonium to destroy the entire world many times over.

I imagine these industries have discovered that they are inside a dark plutonium circle of their own making. The first important thing intelligence would tell them is cut it off, stop what you are doing, there is no way out of this other than stop doing it. Rather than realise they have to stop what they are doing, someone decides to create the next dark circle. Reprocess the deadly stockpile of man-made plutonium and re-use it in the nuclear reactors.

The second dark plutonium circle is deadlier that the first. The process of creating the mixed-oxide-fuel creates more waste and in the event of a nuclear disaster the dangers from plutonium in the environment are many times greater than the dangers from the release of radioactive contamination from uranium nuclear fuel. AREVA In America [Natural Resources DC Bureau]

Cadarache is the nuclear research center for nuclear power research and development in Europe, situated in the South of France. For some reason the plutonium process seems to require that its location is in a geological 'seismic hazard' area. The Cadarache site lies on the fault of Aix-en-Provence - Durance , the most active in France and near another fault - that of Trévaresse of EW, which generated the most severe earthquake ever recorded in France: The earthquake of 1909 in Provence.

The Provence earthquake of 11 June, 1909 released a magnitude 6.2 earthquake and created extensive damage and destruction across an area of South Eastern France, including Provence and the towns of Show-de-Provence, Vernègues, Lambesc, Saint-Cannat and Rognes in massive Trévaresse. According to the Nuclear Safety Authority six of the center's facilities do not comply with current earthquake standards.

Even without earthquakes there have been ongoing problems at 'Centre de Cadarache'... In March 1994, an explosion was classified as a level 2 nuclear incident. In November 2004, there was a fire at the plant. In November 2006, there was a level 2 plant failure in the processing of MOX fuel pellets. October 2008, fire. October 2009, a level 2 incident which is still under review.

Contamination assessment:
Man made radioactive plutonium has a life of half a million years.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fukushima Reactor Called A “Time Bomb”

Since March 11 there has been a tsunami of articles praising the high safety levels of the Japanese nuclear plants; but it turns out it was "luck" rather than "safety" that prevented what could have been a terrible disaster if reactor 4 had contained fuel rods. I said in an earlier post that pro nuclear claims everything went as it should be during the 9.0 earthquake may not be the case.

Let's call this the coming: Disclosure Earthquake!

Bloomberg have reported on claims of a 'fatal flaw' in the reactor pressure vessel of Fukushima No. 4: "Tanaka says the reactor pressure vessel inside Fukushima’s unit No. 4 was damaged at a Babcock-Hitachi foundry in Kure City, in Hiroshima prefecture, during the last step of a manufacturing process that took 2 1/2 years and cost tens of millions of dollars. If the mistake had been discovered, the company might have been bankrupted, he said."

Fukushima Engineer Says He Helped Cover Up Flaw at Dai-Ichi Reactor No. 4
"The reactor, which Tanaka has called a “time bomb,” was shut for maintenance when the March 11 earthquake triggered a 7-meter (23-foot) tsunami that disabled cooling systems at the plant, leading to explosions and radiation leaks."
Read the full article @ Bloomberg

I do not say this lightly... I think we are running out of options, one disaster at a time. Over the last sixty to a hundred years the Earth has experienced an unusual tectonically stable quiet period. If human society had the nuclear reactors they have today during the New Madrid Earthquake, I doubt we would have the levels of growth and development we have now.

The 1811 New Madrid Earthquake was the most intense earthquake to hit continental America in modern times. On December 16, 1811 a magnitude 7.2 to 8.1 hit Northeast Arkansas. Three high magnitude after-quakes continued to shake the New Madrid fault zone on the 16th December, 2011 - on 23rd January, 1812 and on February 7, 1812.

As I write a magnitude 3.3 has been reported to hit Arkansas in the U.S. and was felt 260 miles away in St. Louis... Why do people today find it surprising that earthquakes are being felt in Arkansas? This is because we have experience a 100 year tectonic 'quiet period' cycle [in my terminology], and we are coming out of that low-tectonic-activity cycle into an active period.

In a way this is similar to the Sun's Solar cycle. Because the Solar cycle last 11 years we can observe it with ease. We do not yet understand our planet's own cycle of activity. Planet Earth also has a minimum and maximum cycle of activity. Increased tectonic activity also means volcanic tremors, volcanic eruptions as well as undersea volcanic eruptions; but that will be another post.

I would imagine that this coming cycle will be extreme. The Earth has just come through a hundred year tectonic quiet period and is entering a hundred year tectonic active period. However, within that cycle is also a two thousand year cycle and a twenty-six thousand year cycle. So, for you Mayan Calendar mathematicians - there you have your clue to the many Mayan wheels within wheels...

As of March 2011 there are 15 nuclear reactors on the New Madrid fault zone.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Entomb The Reactors Says Michio Kaku

In a CNN Interview, Physicist Michio Kaku has warned the Japanese to "Bury It!!"

"It's a piece of junk," he says, "and if this fires out of control we could lose a huge chunk of Northern Japan." The man who was a mentor of Edward Teller, the father of nuclear power, has warned those trying to deal with this problem are not physicists, are disconnected from reality, they do not want to acknowledge how bad the situation is. YouTube

In answer to a question about the future of nuclear power, he says: "In a democracy we have to evaluate what is called a 'Faustian bargain'. Faust was this mythical figure who sold his soul to the devil for unlimited power. The Japanese have thrown the dice, they went for the Faustian bargain, because they have no oil - they have no coal - they have no natural resource that can generate energy. So, they say: Yeh! We have got to have the Faustian bargain. In the United States we [still] have a choice. We really have a choice whether or not we have to sell our soul to the devil for unlimited power."

The terms Faust / Faustian are used to describe an arrangement in which an ambitious person surrenders moral integrity in order to achieve power and success. It is termed as: The deal with the devil. It is also, the deal that will destroy you. The implied inevitable destruction is the bartering of the 'soul' in return for unlimited power and knowledge.

In the case of nuclear power the moral of the story is: You are better off with your life and life supporting environment, than the loss of your life and environment due to an out of control reaction that devours everything. It could be that Michio Kaku's, "Bury It" statement has multiple meanings for the Japanese...

The nuclear industry have sold their souls to a power that will ultimately turn on them; but in a democracy it is not only the nuclear industry who decides the direction a country takes in applying its options for generating power. This is something everyone has to decide upon, especially those living in the areas where nuclear plants exist. If people don't want it, the deal is off.

CNN reported today that the Japanese Government are training people on the ground to use a Concrete Pump Engine to encase one or more of the reactors. "Officials were training workers Monday to spray the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant's stricken reactors with concrete."

Radiation levels at the plant are rising and are spreading slowly into the food chain, as levels of contamination to the water supply are being detected as far away as Tokyo.

The Japanese government has banned the sale of raw milk from Fukushima Prefecture, as they prohibited the sale of spinach from neighboring Ibaraki Prefecture after finding radioactive iodine and cesium. officials in Fukushima halted the distribution of locally grown vegetables outside the prefecture. All I can say is: What a price to pay!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Nuclear Industry's Solar Tsunami Threat

As the nuclear industry tries to side-step the terrible situation unfolding in Japan, its power plant vulnerabilities are clear. No juice - no shutdown. No juice - no backup. In an emergency the reactors wont shut down - but meltdown.

Severe natural disasters are a severe danger to the 'safe operation' of nuclear plants. I am asking: Can the many nuclear power generating reactors around the world continue to function safely in the event of a direct hit from a solar flare? The direct hit that NASA have been warning about. The big one they say is coming .. perhaps in 2012 .. Michio Kaku says it may be some time between 2012 and 2013.

In 2012 the Sun will approach the peak of its 11 year cycle, called the solar maximum, as NASA and other concerned scientists warn that a direct hit from a massive solar flare can potentially burn out generators, burn out transformers and kill power lines. Essentially, stopping society in its tracks.

On the 15th of February, 2011 the Sun released the largest flare in the last four years straight towards the Earth. Because the plasma's magnetic field was parallel to the Earth its impact was reduced. "If the magnetic fields are parallel, then the shields are up. We are well protected," said space weather expert Juha-Pekka Luntama of the European Space Agency. See-Wired: Shields Up

Space weather scientists are concerned the Sun solar maximum may release more frequent and more severe solar flares and that one may impact the Earth directly. A G5 (geomagnetic storm) would shut down power grids. This event would be the world's 'tsunami from space'...

Technically, it is thought that satellites, GPS systems, communication systems as well as electrical generators and the electrical grid could be shut down. Some experts claim that it would take months, if not years to repair the damage done to power grids by a large solar flare.

No one talks about the effect it could have on the world's nuclear generating plants. Can nuclear power plants maintain the electrical power they need to cool the reactors if the electrical grid and backup generators fail? It's never been tested!

Natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions as well as severe drought (reduction of fresh water supplies), can all pose severe risks. Potentially destroying the systems needed to cool the nuclear reactors and prevent meltdown. In general, this is what is discussed when reassuring people the reactors can withstand the dangers from natural disasters. Nature is already proving them wrong in that respect.

What about the dangers from space? When the solar flare takes out electrical systems, generators, grid connections .. will it leave nuclear power stations intact?

Scientists recently detected two large holes in Earth's magnetic field, the magnetosphere. It is the magnetosphere that protects us from solar radiation. If the Earth is hit by a solar magnetic tsunami what effect would this have on reactor cores filled with nuclear material? Apart from the potential to burn out transformers and electrical systems, how will the Sun's energy affect, or 'charge' a nuclear reactors nuclear reactions?

In 1859 a solar storm wiped out electrical systems. Telegraph systems went 'haywire', as sparks discharged shocks to telegraph operators, even setting the telegraph paper on fire. NASA say: "Even when telegraphers disconnected the batteries powering the lines, aurora-induced electric currents in the wires still allowed messages to be transmitted."

If a direct hit from a massive solar flare takes out transformers, power lines and generators will this have the potential to send nuclear power stations into the handicapped state we see unfolding now at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after the March 11, 2011 tsunami?

Nuclear power plant back-up systems run on electricity. Nuclear reactors will heat up and melt down, when deprived of the power to circulate water around the reactor and cool the rods inside the reactor's core. Should the main power source fail and the back-up power, as in Japan, also fails then the reactor will go critical, its behaviour out of control. Automatic backup cooling systems cannot operate without power.

Physicist Michio Kaku: 'Bury Reactors In Sand & Concrete'

Physicist Dr. Michio Kaku has been advising that the Japanese Government should use the 'Chernobyl Solution': Use the Japanese Air force to bury the reactors by dropping sand and concrete. He warned that we are possibly heading for a full blown Chernobyl or even something 'Beyond Chernobyl'.

If there is a total meltdown at all three reactors and the containment vessels hold, then the situation is stable. However, cracks in all three containment vessels could lead to a devastation scenario where hundreds of tons of nuclear waste contaminate the environment as the fission products stored in the reactor are lofted into the environment.

The final stage of a meltdown is called 'breach of containment', where cracks in the containment vessels expand or explode. Then the world will face a full blown Chernobyl.

Dr. Michio Kaku has suggested the last ace in the hole is the Japanese Air force. The military will have to take over, sandbagging the reactors in thousands of tons of concrete, boric acid and sand. Burying the reactors will prevent the contamination from spreading into the atmosphere through explosion of the vessels, including explosion of the fuel rods stored at the plant.

Michio Kaku talks about the nuclear disaster in Japan and his association with Dr. Teller, the father of the Hydrogen bomb. Edward Teller loved nuclear energy and thought we could have nuclear reactors everywhere; but Teller said that: "Nuclear power does not belong on the surface of the Earth - it belongs underground."

Nuclear power is so dangerous and so volatile that if it is underground and there is a melt down then all we would do is to seal the plant from above and prevent contamination of the environment.

This makes clear how dangerous nuclear reactors and nuclear power plants really are, and that one of the founders of nuclear power knew that nuclear energy is not in a state that man can control. Edward Teller considered the danger so great that the plants would have to be built underground to protect the environment from reactor 'free fall'.

Well, underground is not safe either, as radioactive contamination from an underground plant in critical melt down would contaminate underground water sources. It is clear that once this form of nuclear energy goes critical humans have NO SOLUTION. We resort to throwing sand on it. We resort to cave-man solutions. Our technology does not provide us with a way to deal with nuclear energy in free-fall. Once we lose 'control' the solution is to THROW SAND ON IT ...

Time For Chernobyl Option In this report Dr. Mishio Kaku says: The plant usually had eight hundred workers and now in this emergency there are only fifty workers on a 'suicide mission'. Eight hundred workers cannot handle one reactor melt down, how can fifty workers deal with four simultaneous reactor failures?

Dr. Mishio Kaku - A Chernobyl In The Making

Michio Kaku 'Beyond Chernobyl'

Friday, March 18, 2011

Nuclear Spin As The Industry Collapses

The nuclear spin artists - especially in the U.S. - are cranking out their 'supporters' in an attempt to calm the public and pour 'sea-water' on the global melt down of this unsustainable over subsidized industry. The only thing these people want to save is their 'investment' and their 'jobs'. As Japan faces one of the worst disasters in modern times, the nuclear lobby spin artists pollster their crumbling empire with lies and poker faced slight of hand.

This is a very sad, deeply disturbing on the ground situation for the people of Japan and that beautiful Island, with so much culture and so much history. For a disaster like this to happen on an Island with so little landmass, as compared to the United States, China or Europe makes this disaster even more unsustainable. People really have to stop and look at the unfolding implications... where do the people of Japan run to?

One of the biggest supporters of nuclear plant expansion and the public funding of the nuclear industry in the U.S. is Senator Lisa Murkowski. As a 'European' I could not believe what I was reading on CNN's "Special Report" - Murkowski: This is no Chernobyl .. by Lisa Murkowski ..

As The Nuclear Industry Collapses
So, the writer of the CNN article attempts to address concerns that the unfolding nuclear disaster in Japan is as serious as was the Russian disaster at Chernobyl. The reason for this is because the nuclear industry and its supporters are playing Poker and they are holding a losing hand .. they are bluffing to win the game and cash in the jackpot.

Here are some of the bad cards they are holding as they play with our lives...

The basic conclusion from the International Atomic Energy Agency working groups is that the Chernobyl accident was the result of a combination of operator error, reactor design and the lack of a safety culture.

None of these factors apply to the Fukushima Daiichi units.

We should also keep in mind that a 40-year-old nuclear power plant withstood a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and shut down exactly as it was designed to do. The backup generators kicked in as they were supposed to, and even when a larger-than-anticipated tsunami flooded the generators, the reactor operators switched to emergency battery power, which lasted for eight hours.

Still, the underlying issue is whether nuclear reactors in the United States, now and in the future, are safe to operate and live around. The resounding answer to both issues is yes.

Reading this, in Poker terms, the game is over. These are not all the cards; but is a major part of their tactic - with cracks already showing in the casing of their 'reactor' .. structural cracks that don't look good from here.

When I read this description of how perfectly events played out after the 9.0 earthquake and the following tsunami, I knew they were bluffing. The writer of this article subtly gives the whole game away. You see, maybe everything did not work out as claimed...

Maybe, the Tokyo Electric Power Company are lying, covering up what really happened as they have done for many years. Behind the architecture of the article is 'fear'. If a nuclear power plant run by one of the worlds most sophisticated industrial nations fails and goes into multiple meltdown(s), then what about the rest of the world and its nuclear reactors? [TEPCO is the fourth largest electrical power company in the world]

The people who have invested in this nuclear electric generating system are - right now - scared. But they play their hand with a poker face as they sit at the table and sweat.

I hope all of you reading this will go back to the above statement of 'perfection' if the news begins to 'leak out' that things did not happen the way the operators of the plant say. It may be that those details change as people find out what really happened and discover the bad news of cover ups, infrastructure failures, unreported problems and lies.

But let's stick with the cards on the table and imagine that the player who is bluffing has four Aces and A Joker as described above... They are saying: Everything worked as it should have. The industry is clean.

Then why did the plant fail? There are explosions in key buildings, as 20 years of stored fuel rods are melting down. Why are radiation levels rising? If everything worked as it should have and the nuclear plant is still facing this expanding out-of-control disaster .. that is worrying. The American people are being told that 'all the back up systems worked' .. you have nothing to worry about!

I don't know what to say at this point... °-)

Why am I saying that the nuclear industry is finished, the containment vessel is broken and everything inside is heating up and about to explode? There is more to come in terms of mega-quakes in populated areas. This quake has already finished them. What happens when the next one strikes? The industry cannot survive, even as they cling to the debris floating on those waves of destruction. It's over. It's finished.

It is going to be difficult enough dealing with the natural disasters as they happen. There will be ongoing dramatic coastal changes and then you can add increased volcanic activity to the list. Fresh water will be an issue .. farmland .. irrigation .. food. Rivers will become a resource conflict issue. That is a very important resource.

France's 59 reactors mostly obtain their cooling water from rivers. Increasing droughts and water shortages will create 'resource conflicts' between the water hungry nuclear power plants and the farmers. The nuclear power industry consumes almost half of France's total freshwater usage per year from rivers and lakes. It is no longer sustainable and is way to dangerous to be left to chance. It's time to bring the working alternatives out of the underground closet.

Fukushima's "Dirty Bomb"

Unsustainable Environmental Costs of Fukushima Daiichi Disaster

Heavily subsidized by governments (tax payers), the nuclear industry does not clean up after itself when a 'disaster' hits. When reactors melt down it is the collective financial resources of the tax paying people who pay for every aspect of radiation poisoning. In other words, the tax money resources of the local people - who may also have been killed by the subsequent radioactive fallout of a nuclear reactor meltdown - pay for the disaster.

This is an industry who know that when anything goes wrong they don't have to pay for it. The collective society, through the government (taxes), will pay for the nuclear disaster, reactor meltdown and the following costs of radioactive contamination.

The costs of a core meltdown and radioactive contamination of an area are not only 'financial', although loss of land, farmland, housing, natural resources can translate to financial loss for a region and a country.

The loss of productive farmland as a result of radiation contamination is more devastating than anything you can add up in terms of health costs, money, taxes, exports or imports. Farmland is FOOD. This is not only farmland .. what man produces for his own welfare .. it is also nature.

Radiation contamination of an area from a reactor core meltdown (including stored fuel rods) affects the trees, insects, herbs, mushrooms, grass and all the non-farmed areas where nature provides a multitude of local resources. Even if the fruit trees blossom and produce fruit - you cannot eat the fruit. Even if the goats, chickens, fish and cows survive the disaster - you cannot eat them.

Towns and cities within the highest contamination areas have to be evacuated. Rivers cannot be fished, contaminated streams and ponds cannot be used for carp. Even worse, what do you do with the coastal area contaminated with the radioactive sea water from the nuclear plant?

As sea water is poured onto the reactors in an attempt to cool them, the water is either pumped or seeps out and back into the natural environment. The contaminated sea water is carried on ocean currents up and down the coast. It may eventually reach the Russian and Chinese coast, as well as seeping into fish and all creatures in the ocean's food chain, including seabirds. The nuclear industry are not going to pay for or compensate those levels of environmental contamination.

On many levels human and non-human there is a very high price to pay for nuclear disasters from core reactor meltdown of nuclear power plants. In my view environmental contamination is the worst price we all pay for this kind of disaster. It is the ugly inheritance we leave for future generations as technology now cannot cope with this radioactive force once it has been released from its 'containment'. The 60 year old 'skeleton in the closet'.

Let's bury that skeleton now rather than leave it for our grandchildren...

RT asks Paul Gunter, Director of Reactor Oversight @ Beyond Nuclear:
What does a full core meltdown actually mean?

"Nuclear power represents more of a liability than it does an asset in a time of national crisis or natural disaster. It has proven to be a failure financially and it will prove to be an increasing environmental threat unless we can move towards a 21st Century energy policy with renewable energy and energy efficiency." RT - Danger of Meltdown

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Beyond 2011 - Nature's Power Will Destroy 'Nuclear Industry'

Today there is talk of 'an apocalypse' at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, Japan. They do not use the F* word .. of a 'nuclear apocalypse' .. or that the world is facing a 'radiation apocalypse'. Also, the use of the word 'apocalypse' in the context of melt-down is not only unhelpful, it shows that these 'power men' do not know how to deal with this self-created problem.

Japan is not facing 'an apocalypse' .. but the whole world is facing a 'challenge' out of which the whole world (working together) have to find a SOLUTION. This situation is not the end-of-the-road. This situation is the 'beginning of something new'.

Fukushima Daiichi is an 'Initiation'. It is the first lesson of Initiation into a new humanity, a new world and a planetary species who take a new path into the 'future'.

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex is the end of the road for the whole nuclear industry. It may be an 'apocalypse' for the people in that industry (who are now facing long term redundancy); but for humankind it is not the end - it is the beginning...

Disclose / Reveal
I think it is important to understand the root of the word 'apocalypse', especially in this context. The latin apocalypsis, comes from the Greek: apokalyptein - uncover, disclose, reveal - apo from; kalyptein to cover, to conceal. The word was later used in the context of a 'cataclysmic event'. It is important to understand that disclosure of that which is hidden, as view by a powerful elite, was for the ruling body a 'catyclsm' - a disaster.

The origin of apocalypse [disclosure] means that the mind sees beyond deception, illusion and control. Perhaps, similar to the Matrix, this revelation can be a shock to the system that perpetuates itself through concealment and keeping the truth hidden. For example, keeping hidden the real truth of the dangers of nuclear fuel. Now it is an 'apocalypse' where the truth can no longer be hidden, the devastation is 'revealed'.

For the human planetary species this is an awakening. It is the sudden awakening from the illusion of 'safety' of nuclear reactors, and is an awakening of the harsh reality - including the impotence of man when faced with the power of nuclear reaction. Yes, for the ruling 'catholic' nuclear priest power-elite this is an 'apocalypse', this is their end.

Beyond 2011 - Nature's Power Will Destroy 'Nuclear Industry'
The nuclear industry on planet Earth will be destroyed in many ways. As in the case of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, other locations on the planet will be pounded by the forces of nature. The second force will be mankind turning away from this destructive form of energy. The final force will be the healing of those areas damaged by nuclear radiation.

A mind or a species that is violent and in conflict cannot discover energy forms that are balanced and sustainable. This next step will require an inner change of heart. A human in harmony with the power of nature will not pursue the way of destruction, which is really self-destruction. The Earth is giving us no choice: Create alternatives or be destroyed.

The people living on this planet are no longer living in a time of quiet tectonic, quiet volcanic, stable Earth cycles. We are entering a time of increasing seismic activity and increasing volcanic activity. Mount Fuji will become active in this time, as will other apparently 'dormant' volcanoes around the planet.

If we do not act now and if we do not act together, the Earth will pound the nuclear industry until they are broken beyond repair. There are earthquakes on the future horizon above 9.0 on the Richter scale releasing more powerful tsunamis than the one that hit Japan. There will be an increase in intraplate earthquakes, similar to the Basel earthquake of 1356. There will be earth-tremors whose shaking can damage or break water pipes, destroy electricity lines and can damage back-up generators, especially in nuclear power stations not designed to withstand earthquakes (as in Europe).

For 60 years development of sustainable energy innovations have been at a standstill, even though the human mind is capable of creating new and revolutionary forms of energy technology. Some advanced forms of energy technology already exist and other forms will be developed. Not only that... but mankind will discover that he can reverse contamination in areas suffering high levels of man-made radiation due to nuclear reactor meltdown(s).

The human spirit has no choice. The days of harnessing destructive radioactive nuclear reactions as a source of 'power' and 'energy' are over. The tsunami that hit the East coast of Japan is nothing compared to what is coming. The world is facing long term geographical changes. The people who developed, built and rely on nuclear power plants as their 'cash cows' are also the people who will run away and hide in underground facilities when the shit hits the fan.

The last 60 years of technology development has led mankind down a dead-end road. It leads nowhere. There is no future for this technology. The organisations who developed the current 'nuclear technology' were warned. They just did not want to know. Their attitude was, and still is, let the 'future' deal with that. Well, the future just arrived!

So, let's deal with it...

The Basel earthquake of 18 October 1356 is the most significant seismological event to have occurred in Central Europe in recorded history. The earthquake destroyed the town of Basel, Switzerland, sited near the southern end of the Upper Rhine Graben, and caused much destruction in a vast region extending into France and Germany. Though major earthquakes are common at the seismically active edges of tectonic plates in Turkey, Greece and Italy, intraplate earthquakes are rare events in Central Europe: according to the Swiss Seismological Service, of more than 10,000 earthquakes in Switzerland over the past 800 years, only half a dozen of them have registered more than 6.0 on the Richter scale.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Death Butterfly of Fukushima

Looking back from the future:
There is pain in our eyes and tears in our hearts.

It doesn't have to be like this...

This disaster is bad enough as it is; but the really worrying part of the disaster unfolding is the co-ordinated deception. Why are they lying?

The Independent wrote:
The nuclear industry is terrified of losing public support, for the simple reason that it has always needed public money to fund it. It is not, even now, a sector which can stand on its own two feet economically. So when it finds it has a problem, its first reaction is to hide it, and its second reaction is to tell lies about it. But the truth comes out in the end... (go read the whole article)

For days nuclear experts or unclear experts and the world's media have been churning out the idea these nuclear plants can be saved. But no one explains HOW they can be 'saved'. No one explains the 3D reality of how the Japanese power company will stop this disaster from unfolding.

After 48 hours of 'research' I typed: How many thousand years will the Japanese be pumping sea water to avoid nuclear meltdown?

One of the areas now in trouble contains (is storing) 20 years of spent-fuel rods. Those rods are still radioactive, they still have to be cooled just like the nuclear rods inside the reactors. The spent fuel rods stored from the past 20 years are going to release a terrible disaster as cooling water is lost.

My question is, if they could not dispose of 20 years of spent fuel rods and take care of that danger - but the radioactive rods are 'being stored', how long will they have to pump sea water onto the failed nuclear reactor cores to be safe?

What is the whole world of media and experts saying when they write day after day that the Japanese are trying to prevent a nuclear disaster at Fukushima? Will pumping seawater into the reactor to cool the core solve the meltdown problem in 48 hours? Will it take a week? Will the core meltdown be averted in a month, a year or 1,000 years?

What do they mean: Avert a nuclear disaster? How are the Japanese going to avert multiple Cs (Chernobyl's) disasters at these reactors? What do unclear experts mean by, "bring the reactors under control" .. ?

There are explosions at the plants, there are fires... the infrastructure around the reactors are slowly being destroyed. The Japanese cannot keep the rods cooled with water. Radiation levels are rising day by day.

Let's just be positive and say there is still a chance to 'save the reactors'. How many hours, days, weeks or months of pumping seawater before the 'danger' is averted? What are the actual dynamics of 'save' the reactors?

The Daily Yomiuri headlined: Kan berates TEPCO for tardy response.
With harsh words of censure about the company's handling of explosions at the nuclear power plant in the wake of Friday's devastating earthquake, Kan reportedly told them: "You're the only ones [to deal with this problem]. Retreating [from the power plant and its problems] is simply not an option. Be ready for anything. If you pull out now, that'll be the end of TEPCO, period." Kan's angry voice could be heard from outside the meeting room, it was said.

Is it possible the world's nuclear industry already know that nothing can be done to prevent a nuclear disaster at these plants? The rest is just spin? The illusion that humans can 'control' this technology is just spin?

In simple terms I see it this way. There are rules of nature to this kind of atomic energy governing its behaviour. Man has attempted to control the behaviour (release of energy) using water to cool the reaction (heat). But when the cycle gets to a certain stage all options for 'control' and 'governance' are taken off the table.

The people who developed this industry seek 'governance' over the laws of nature through 'control'. Using water to cool the reactor core they control the release of energy. Take away certain parts of the structure of 'governance' and the force they are trying to control goes back to its original state.

The force goes back to its natural state faster than the reintroduction of governance and control using water to cool the reaction. On a daily basis they are battling with a deadly nuclear 'charge'. It is an industry 24/24 in a battle with a force that will always seek its own way back to fire, heat, reaction. It is almost volcanic in nature.

Release the trapped force from the bottle and it will expand and react at rates far beyond human comprehension and far beyond man's ability to govern and control.

When that release point comes the whole industry and everyone associated with them go into a state of denial melt-down. As the force divorces itself from the governance and control of the male, they deny that there are problems with the marriage.

To face the divorce is to admit loss of governance and loss of control.

You will NEVER control that force. It is always in a state of 'divorce' from your rules of governance and control. The relationship is based on fire, heat, explosion and conflict. The conflict being the attempt to control the force though applying unnatural laws, unnatural rules of behaviour. The force or reaction within the rods is always seeking its way back to its original form contained and ordered by the rules of nature.

This is why you will NEVER govern and rule nuclear energy in that state. Nature will always return to its natural state of law. Every Nuclear Power Plant on the planet is a conflict waiting to happen. A conflict between man's rule of governance and control through perverting a force that is designed to interact with nature in a different way.

By definition you are the architects of your own destruction.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Nuclear Reactor Meltdown For DuMMieS

Nuclear reactors are safe - except when they explode.
Nuclear reactors are safe - except when the reactor melts.
Multiple safety backup systems are failsafe - except when they fail.
Plutonium released from a MOX fuel reactor is more deadly than Uranium.
Plutonium from MOX fuel cannot be detected by a Geiger-counter.

Rules For Radioactive Fallout From Nuclear Power Plants
1. Humans can survive and trade without electricity, but cannot trade when radioactive.
2. Food can be produced without electricity, but cannot be eaten when radioactive.
3. Land can be farmed without electricity, but cannot be farmed when radioactive.
4. Human males may become sterile when exposed to high levels of radiation.
5. High levels of radiation from a nuclear accident do not recognize National boundaries.

March 15, 2011 - The Japanese Government have announced counter measures to the increasing radiation levels from the exploding Nuclear Plants... People should stay indoors. Yes, you heard it correct! When in danger your Governments tell you to counter exposure to deadly radiation leaks by 'staying indoors'.

The Japanese people have survived a massive earthquake and a powerful and even more deadly tsunami. They need food, water and they are struggling to stay warm. Now they are told to stay indoors... Duh! Sorry! Am I stupid? Does that work? Does staying indoors protect you from exposure to high levels of radiation?

As a last resort holding your breath may help decrease exposure to deadly radiation levels released in the event of a reactor melt down.

Nuclear Reactor Meltdown For DuMMieS??
Nuclear power companies and Governments should be mandated to provide every citizen with safety equipment and radioactive protection suits... and you would see that as soon as it becomes costly for them to cover all the safety issues they are not going to build those reactors.

Nuclear safety on a shoe string 'budget'
"Stay inside, the Government warns" ...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Katana Sendai - End of The Nuclear Industry

I am ashamed to read reports of European politicians and American nuclear industry 'experts' grinding out the 'our reactors are safe' mantra, in the light of what has just happened in Japan. Have these people no compassion? Are they human? Do they think they are some kind of elite who are immune to radiation poisoning? Or is this why they had the secret underground facilities built for them? Who would want to be 'safe' underground with people like you? Your selfishness and lack of human compassion makes you sub-human.

Jiddu Krishnamurti once said: "Those who you do not see they are mankind are the enemies of mankind." If you stop to think about that, it is pretty subtle.

How can you watch this disaster unfolding on the people of Japan and make statements like: Well, our Nuclear Reactors are safe... Those words will come back to haunt you; but I doubt you care. This is not the Nuclear industry but the Unclear Industry. A collection of spin merchants and opportunists, who sacrifice the long term future for short term gain.

Another term for this is the 'genocide industry' .. radioactive material is given the PR spin of 'clean energy' even as it silently spreads out to engulf Tokyo, and potentially leave the Japanese with a long term inheritance of slowly spreading cancers and birth defects. The same silent vapor will spread to the West coast of America and join the Gulf Stream to Europe, where politicians say that it can't happen here.

I find that ironic considering IT IS happening HERE, because as with Chernobyl the radioactivity spreads beyond the borders of the country experiencing the release of radiation contamination from a nuclear meltdown. But the spin masters think: Who is going to know that the increase in cancer was due to leaking Nuclear Power Plants? It's kind of difficult to prove, isn't it!

Yet, if France has a nuclear accident other parts of Europe share the radiation poison, and if Germany has a nuclear accident then the same applies. We are all breathing the same air and we are all part of the same environment.

Even as Japan struggles to deal with the worst disaster of all, the European and American pro-nuclear lobby are defiant in their determination to continue and they do not care that it may well end in disaster. But I don't think they will survive this, even though it may take some time to move in a new direction and leave them far behind.

The sword of the Samurai warrior is the fault line that released the massive earthquake resulting in the tsunami. Katana Sendai has already altered the 'future' and has dealt a final blow to the neck of the nuclear industry. Because this monster is so big and has so many tendrils all over the world - it will take time for it to die. But die it will!

Seeing that Katana Sendai has dealt a death-blow to the genocidal nuclear industry, people all over the planet will work together to cut off the dying tendrils of this monster. People will not give up; because they now know and see their 'future' if they do not do battle. With this nuclear power plant monster in place they are going to die anyway, or their children, or their children's children. The nuclear plants are the 'clean' mask of 'death'.

The Guardian.Uk noted in New Europe Live Blog: In an opinion piece Rolland Nelles, a one-time fan of nuclear energy, says in the wake of Fukushima German chancellor Angela Merkel will be forced to modify her pro-nuclear stance.

He writes: Even the last remaining advocates of the technology must realise that we can't go on like this. It is over. Done. Finished. Nuclear energy cannot be controlled by humans, no matter how good the arguments might be in its favour. The danger of disaster is real, and it can happen at any time – even in a super hi-tech country like Japan. And it could also happen here in Germany. A sense of security when it comes to atomic reactors is no longer possible. Not anywhere.

In my opinion, the 9.0 Sendai earthquake was bad and the tsunami was worse .. but the nuclear emergency is catastrophic .. for Japan as well as the rest of the world.

For those who argue there are no alternatives to nuclear power plants... Well, there are alternatives and they have been around since the early 50's and 60's. Clean energy does exist, it can be generated. It is non-polluting, and Nikola Tesla was one of the people who developed patents and devices to generate 'free-energy', as well as wireless energy.

It is not really the Nuclear Power Plants we have to overcome; but it is the state of mind that builds them and finds them acceptable that has to be transcended and gone beyond.

Treatments for Nuclear Contamination from Project Pangaia.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

2011 - 2112 Pacific Ring of Fire Coastal Change

On March 11, 2011 [11.03.2011 = 9] the largest earthquake known to Japan in the last 140 years, signaled the begining of dramatic coastal change around the world. This wont only affect Japan, what you see now will (at some point) affect New York, the Florida coast, California, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, China's coastal waters as well as Europe and Africa. It is not a 2012 type scenario, this is the next 100 years of change.

If Cayce is correct and landmasses will rise in the oceans as land falls into the sea, then some of the current tectonic activity may be the Earth giving birth to those rising landmasses. I may be wrong, but a rising landmass would displace a lot of water just as a collapsing coastal region would also displace a lot of water. So, beginning with the 2004 Indonesian tsunami, the next 100 years will see this trend continuing and increasing in velocity and intensity.

Architects of Change
The nuclear issue is going to be a very heated topic over the next 20 to 30 years. Twent-four hours after the 8.9 Sendai earthquake and tsunami one Japanese nuclear plant is reported to be close to nuclear meltdown as a second nuclear plant is reported to be unable to cool the reactor. Why were nuclear reactors build on one of the most tectonically active areas on Earth?

In 1974/75 I began reading reports that a group of Nordic visitors had contacted Governments around the world warning them not to take the nuclear path, and they warned of future consequences to the whole planet if the Governments went ahead with their development of this technology. No matter what you think about this .. These are the 'consequences' now.

If you look back with a view to the future, then the truth reveals itself as events unfold.

The warnings were apparently given to Governments back in the 1940's and 50's during and after the 2nd World War. Today we see why that may have been the case. Because, when you plan an economy and develop a society - you do not turn around on a dime if you have taken the wrong path into the 'future'.

Personally, I think these warnings were accurate and I think those warning the planetary human species knew what was coming. Today, human societies are living on the edge, close to numbers of nuclear reactors at a time of global tectonic change.

If we had listened to the warnings in the early 50's we would have a different world today.

In 2011 we are at the crossroads of change. We can go further down the road to disaster based on our decisions in the past, or we can be the architects of change now - as the 3D world alters around us.

Whether we make the changes now or do it later... The fact is those changes have to be implemented. The technology of change already exists on the planet. Only the intelligence and the resolve to act in a new way is lacking.

The stress on the coastal boundaries of the Pacific Ring of Fire is only now building up. This pressure and the 3D changes that result will continue over the next 100 years. As a Planetary Species we have to have a co-ordinated 100 year plan. This is no longer a planet of 'countries' who can afford to act alone and hope to survive. This is one planet with one human race, sharing the planet with fish, sharks, dolphins, birds, animals, plants, insects and trees.

The stress is not only on the coastal boundaries of the Pacific plate, but that is another story... At this point the stress is affecting the boundaries from Chile to New Zealand. The area of Japan just hit will not simply 'quieten down'. There are reports that the 8.9 Sendai earthquake ruptured a section of the Earth's crust 150 miles long and 50 miles wide.

This area will experience powerful 'after shocks' in the high magnitude range, some of them years after. Which is perhaps why the nuclear issue has to be carefully considered, assuming the nuclear reactors do not go into meltdown...

Friday, March 11, 2011

2011 Sendai Earthquake Tsunami Devastation

A number of tsunamis released by the 8.9 Sendai earthquake and large after quakes have caused most of the coastal devastation in the area close to the epicenter of the earthquake. Whole communities have been swept away and completely destroyed by the fast moving wall of water that was immediately released by the largest earthquake know to Japan in the last 140 years.

A massive whirlpool was filmed from the air in the aftermath of the tsunami that hit the Japanese Northeast coast. The tsunami has destroyed farms, farming communities and precious farmland across the 'granary of Japan'. The low lying rice farms have been inundated with salt water, mud and debris from the tsunami.

Two nuclear power stations were reported to have lost the power to cool the reactors, although the reactors were closed down as soon as the earthquake hit. All through the night fires have been burning following the massive devastation, as Japanese television report spreading wildfires destroying large areas, homes and communities.

Reuters reported a dam breaking in Fukushima prefecture, washing away homes as fires rage uncontrolled in an oil refinery.

Nine foot tsunami waves have suddenly begun hitting the coast of Hawaii as extremely high surges are expected to hit the West coast of Oregon. The tsunami was said to be travelling across the Pacific at one kilometer every four seconds.

From Alaska to Southern California up to 8 foot wave surges have been recorded. Canada, Oregon, California, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica are evacuating areas faced with a potential high wave surge along the Pacific coastal region.

It seems that Japan has taken the brunt of this massive quake as tsunami alerts for some areas have been lifted. After shocks the size of the Christchurch quake have continued to hit off the Japanese coast as Japan remains on continued tsunami alert.

In a quake briefing speakers for the USGS have said that readings show the Island of Honshu Japan moved (shifted) 2.3 meters out to the East (Eastern movement) as a result of the subduction earthquake.

Biggest Quake To Hit Japan - Pacific Tsunami Alert

Reports warn of a tsunami wave spreading across the Pacific Ocean after Japans largest known earthquake hit the Northeast coast, sending two tsunami waves crashing into the city of Sendai. The 8.9 earthquake has generated a tsunami that may reach 20 countries around the Pacific in the coming hours. The have quoted International Red Cross claims that the tsunami waves are higher than some Pacific Islands. They have warned the wave could wash over some Pacific islands.

Tsunami alerts have been sent to: Russia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru. The tsunami warning also extends to the entire U.S. West Coast.

8.9 Earthquake Tsunami Hits East Coast Honshu Japan

Reports say the 8.9 quake off the coast of Northern Japan lasted for minutes and was felt strongly in Tokyo. The Japanese Seismic monitors put the largest quake at 7.9 - but the USGS upgraded their report to having registered an 8.9 earthquake.

The quake was followed by a large 10 meter high tsunami, which swept buildings away in Onahama city, in Fukushima prefecture. The earthquake was followed by a 7.4 aftershock thirty minutes later. Japanese media are reporting that half an hour after the earthquake tall buildings in Tokyo, 373 kilometers from the epicenter, were still swaying.

Tsunami warnings had been issued for 20 countries in the wake of the earthquake, including Australia, Hawaii and the West coast of America. There are reports that a large tsunami wave from the Japanese quake is spreading out across the Pacific Ocean.

What makes this earthquake strange is the geological timing of these powerful earthquakes in the region of Japan's Northeast Pacific coast. On March 2, 1933 a powerful 8.4 quake hit the region killing 3,000 people. We humans give the months names and the years numbers; but the Earth times quakes and volcanic eruptions over Earth Sun rotations we can barely understand.

Japan is no stranger to large earthquakes. However, the magnitude of this quake is devastatingly close to the 9.0 Indonesian earthquake in December 2004. The Japanese earthquake was 8,000 times more powerful than the recent Christchurch quake. Reports say the sustained shaking experienced in Tokyo was unusually severe.

The U.S. Geological Survey say this is the largest earthquake to hit Japan in the last 140 years. Japan lies at the crossing of four tectonic plates: the Eurasian, North American, Philippine and Pacific plates.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Antarctica: The Pacific Ring of Fire

At GENI [Global Energy Network Institute] you will find an interesting map of the hottest geothermal regions on the planet... Those countries (coastal regions) sitting on the continental edge of the 'Ring of Fire' could perhaps experience the largest stress should tectonic pressure zones erupt in response to magnetic fluctuations around the Earth's crust.

The powerful earthquakes that shook Chile and New Zealand in 2010 and January/February 2011 appeared to move back and forward between these most Southerly regions of the Pacific Ring of Fire.

However, one vitally important landmass is surprisingly left out of all the 'Ring of Fire' tectonic plate and subduction zone maps: Antarctica! This massive continental landmass at the Southern pole of the Earth, covered in ice, this bleak and barren frozen wasteland needs to be brought back into the understanding of tectonic plate pressure, change and continental crust movement.

What undersea plate tectonic relationship does New Zealand and the most Southerly tip of South America have to Antarctica? I wonder if the Earth's spin slowly twists the whole landmass of Antarctica - I don't know why? But I imagine that imperceptible movements to us surface dwellers could result in crustal stress and - who knows - maybe earthquakes.

If I were a Geologist I would wonder what effect the Antarctic plate has on all the other plates joined to it (touching its boundaries). For example, if I looked at a tectonic plate map that appeared to show the Antarctic plate interacts with the Pacific plate, the Nazca plate, Scotia, the South American plate, the African plate, the Australian plate... that would interest me.

Continental crusts are mostly made of thick granite and the gap between the crusts is apparently filled with a thin crust made of basalt. The Earth's continental crusts are surrounded by Oceanic crusts [plate boundaries].. So, I imagine that stress or movement around the Antarctic crustal plate boundaries may translate into changes in those Northerly plate boundaries affected by any movement in the Antarctic plate. [I have a good imagination]

Below the wintery covering of ice Antarctica's landmass is larger than Europe. From my research its plate boundaries connect to the plate boundaries of the rest of the Earth. I would imagine this landmass is a major player in affecting what takes place North of its location.

Obviously, the plate boundaries all hold each other together, similar to the bone structure of the human skull. In my view the cranial plates of the skull are fitted together in a similar way to the crustal plates of the Earth.

The human skull is composed of the connections between eight major cranial plates. The Earth is said to have seven primary plates: Antarctic plate, North American plate, South American plate, African plate, Eurasian plate, Indo-Australian plate and the Pacific plate, as well as many more secondary and tertiary plates.

I wonder how much the Antarctic plate influences the Pacific Ring of Fire?

In my research it seems we always imagine the pressure of the tectonic plate boundaries pushing from East to West or from West to East. What about up? What if twists in the Antarctic plate is part of the movement? What if this is a major part of the movement? How much stress do the North and South poles alleviate in the Earth's orbit around the Sun?

I imagine in the next 100 years, with the help of satellites, we will come to understand the geometric science of the Antarctic plate and its influence on the release of crustal stress and tectonic movement. The way I see it, as the Earth hurtles through space the crustal plates of the continents are 'sitting on' the Antarctic plate. Does that mean Antarctica is the 'sacrum' of the planet?