May 22nd (Tue) in Japan, Kyushu, the south island of Japan where relatively unaffected area from the radiation of Fukushima Daiichi, were receiving the trucks of radioactive rubbles in order to help in the disposal of debris left in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures in the wake of the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
Local residents were to stop these radioactive trucks at the gate of incinerator plant. As Kyushu remains unaffected from radiation compared to the Eastern parts of Japan, it has been the place to receive the self evacuated families from the affected area, and the place to produce uncontaminated food. The many residents are now afraid of unnecessary further radioactive contamination. From this incineration, about 30% vaporized radioactive materials will be diffused, and the ash will be buried locally, where rain eventually will wash away and the radionuclide will go into the ocean in time. Please see the chart of Dr. Ken Nakayama stated at the May 2012 NYC Press Conference upon the affect of incineration of radioactive rubbles below. From unconfirmed resident’s tweet said that the Geiger counter at the gate recorded in a sharp increase 0.05uSv/h→0.612uSv/h when the truck approached (please see the YouTube footage below for this detection at the site).
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4 Photos Below Courtesy by Kenichi HIROSE / antiagainstanti
After the 12hrs of radioactive truck blockade, people of Kokura city gathered to the town hall to meet the Department of Environment. Lined up in the front are concerned parents. The mayor did not show up to the meeting.
The YouTube footage at the Radioactive Trucks blockade & Police action on May 22nd 2012.
From unconfirmed resident’s tweet said that the Geiger counter at the gate was recorded in a sharp increase 0.05uSv/h→0.612uSv/h
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This CFF project is being put together on the first anniversary of the powerful earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11, 2011, that shut down the cooling systems of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The loss of cooling systems caused the triple meltdown, which became severe accidents like the one in Chernobyl Power Plant in 1986. This catastrophe terrorized not only Japanese people, but also people around the world. As an organizer of CFF, I must confess that I had not paid much attention to nuclear energy before this accident. Learning from scratch, such as hazardous nature of radioactive substance on the public health and the environment, deep-seated social problems in the nuclear industry, gradually made me realize that nuclear energy is a demonic chain reaction in modern society. Along this learning process, I came across a 2004 Academy Award in Short Documentary film called “Chernobyl Heart – Children of Chernobyl” directed by Maryann DeLeo. This film showed that children in Ukraine and Belarus still suffer from thyroid carcinoma, leukemia and teratogenic risk. The irony I found was that the most abused victim were children who did not choose the nuclear energy by themselves. Moreover, the severe accident of this nuclear power plant has disintegrated not only regular life of the family but also the entire community. It also gave me a glimpse of a not so distant time in Japan. In three to ten years, many children near Fukushima might face the similar sickness posed by the nuclear accidents. I no longer could not sit back as an onlooker.