In the five years following March 2011 I made a large number of blog posts about the Fukushima disaster, which I then went on to publish as an e-book. Since publishing the book I’ve made barely any blog posts about the disaster. I call it ‘Fukushima fatigue’. This doesn’t detract from the fact that now – getting on for seven years down the line – in Japan there are still three full-size commercial nuclear reactors in complete and ongoing meltdown. No one even knows where the melted cores are, because the insanely high radiation levels destroy both humans and robots.
Last month in Sweden a wild boar with radiation levels more than ten times the safe limit was shot dead. This, more than 30 years after the Chernobyl disaster. Unit No.4 at Chernobyl suffered a partial meltdown and the disaster was contained within two weeks (with a tremendous sacrifice of human life). Unit No.4 was one third the size of each of the three reactors at Fukushima, where radiation continues to spew into the environment 24/7 (in a previous post I covered the health effects of this). The death of the Pacific Ocean continues unabated, an ocean which one third of the human race relies on for food. A recent study by the University of Hawaii found that almost half of the fish tested in waters around the islands contained high levels of Fukushima radiation; although this hasn’t stopped the European Union from announcing at the weekend that it’s lifting its ban on certain foodstuffs from Japan. Another recent study by the University of Hawaii shows that soil on the islands has been hit with a massive amount of Fukushima fallout, up to 200 times more than was expected.
I feel that Fukushima fatigue coming over me again…