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Tremors & stupor
10 years later
Jean-Michel JACQUEMIN-RAFFESTIN & Mickaël NAVEAU
Preface by Corinne LEPAGE
This book, the result of six years of work and research, denounces a state lie and presents a new perspective, a real health and ecological balance sheet of our planet.
3/11 is what the Japanese now call the Fukushima disaster, a name they no longer want to hear. It was on March 11, 2011 at 2:46:23 p.m. local time that Japan experienced its most terrible earthquake, magnitude 9 on the Richter scale.
This earthquake which will already damage the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant causes a tsunami with a high wave of more than 30 meters at the start and 15 meters when it finishes, which will ravage 600 km of coast, penetrating up to 10 kilometers inland. This tsunami caused the biggest civilian nuclear disaster of all time. More serious than Chernobyl, it will be ranked 7th on the INES scale.
The Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant found itself in the heart of the disaster: Without electricity, there was no cooling of the reactor cores. The cores of reactors 1, 2 and 3 melt and the corium pierces the protective tanks, and all the volatile radioactive products escape. The population is first evacuated 10 km around the plant, and around 30 km the next day. The lessons of Chernobyl have served no purpose. We must not panic the population.
The Japanese mentality makes such an accident impossible, so nothing is planned, employees and managers alike do not make the right decisions because they are not informed of what must be done. Several buildings explode in the following days. Radioactivity spreads through the air and into the water that regularly flows into the Pacific Ocean. Every week new technical problems occur and new leaks show that nothing is under control.
Today, 10 years later, there is a very strong contamination of soils, plants, rice, animals, on the ground and just as much in the Pacific Ocean :
- soil collected from a Tokyo park and taken to the USA for analysis has been classified as nuclear waste
- California Cabernet has been analyzed and traces of cesium from Fukushima have been found.
- fish caught off the Californian shore, and off the coast of Hong Kong are still contaminated with cesium ...
Normal, radioactive iodine-131 is still found in sewage sludge even though its lifespan is 8 days. It
should have disappeared within 10 weeks.
Now, in order for the state to stop paying for compensation, the displaced populations must return to live on land that is heavily contaminated. Hundreds of thyroid cancers detected among children are finally recognized by authorities.
Japan had to close all of its nuclear reactors, a number of which will never be put back into operation. However, it was decided to restart Reactor n ° 1 of the Sendai power plant on the anniversary of the Hiroshima disaster in August 2015. Reactor n ° 2 was restarted on October 15, 2015 and others followed. 9 reactors have been restarted to date.
Jean-Michel Jacquemin-Raffestin is a journalist, a Chernobyl specialist and author of Tchernobyl – Cachez ce nuage que je ne saurais voir (Chernobyl - Hide this cloud that I should not see) published by the same publisher. After carrying out an investigation for almost eight years to tell the causes and the consequences of this tragedy, he initiated another investigation into the Fukushima disaster.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Fukushima, the accident
- Problems are never over
III. A chronicle of announced closures
- The liquidators, suicide kamikazes
- The ecological and health consequences in Japan
- The health effects on the population
VII. The risks we are exposed to
- The tsunami
Testimony of Mickaël Naveau
Chapter 1. Earthquakes & Tsunami
Chapter 2. Stupor
Chapter 3. Hesitations
Chapter 4. Waiting
Chapter 5. Decisions
APPENDIX I Atomic glossary
APPENDIX II The stranglehold of the nuclear lobby over international organizations
APPENDIX III Health consequences