Thursday, March 31, 2011

Post Japan Earthquake And Tsunami...Nuclear Disaster Survival.11.

As the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant still leaks radiation into the sea , the threat to our water and ocean environment looms large. 
 The questions to be asked are:
1.What is the concentration, extent of contamination?
2. How and what human population will it affect?
3.Will it enter the oceanic food chain and again what population it will affect?
4. What countries/markets will be affected and how can they help in decontamination/containment/awareness/protection of consumers/healthcare and health rights etc.
5. What is the status of post nuclear disaster human health rights and how do the international tribunals address these appeals?
6. Last but not least; How do the under ocean/ sea water currents carry away from Fukushima ,Japan coast?  If you look at the map of Japan as shown above you will notice that one side is the Sea of Japan and the other is the Pacific Ocean. The countries bordering the Sea of Japan are South Korea and further up China. As the Fukushima and other nuclear power plants are located on the other coast of Japan that faces the Pacific Ocean the contamination reaching these shores is least likely. The towns on the Japanese coastline that is affected are Tokyo,Shizouka, Sendai, The shores and harbors which are located on the Pacific rim and to which contamination can be directed are Bangkok, Hong Kong,Kaohsiung(Taiwan), Los Angeles(US), Manila  (Philippines) , San Fransisco(US), Seattle (US), Shanghai(China),Sydney(Australia), Vladivostok(Russia), Wellington(New Zealand), Yokohama(Japan).,Sakhalin (Russia).
The extent and concentration of contamination by radiation is evident from the fact that at Fukushima,radioactive Iodine in seawater near the drains running from the plant was 4,385 times more than the legal limit, according to Reuters. How this contamination is occurring, how will it be controlled and how soon is still not known to public. How will this contamination reach the shores of the towns and human population located around the Pacific rim is the most important question that plagues the minds of these people.This depends on the underwater currents also to a large extent. As most of the Pacific rim countries have large fishing economies through which they supply food to local and international markets, the extent of contamination will also affect the food chain . .
As to how the international tribunals and governments react to the health and human rights risk is a big issue that is being questioned and red flagged. Post Bhopal tragedy and Chernobyl disaster it has been known how the governments and the international community forgets and ignores the victims and how placid their attitude becomes.
The Green Peace and other environment and human rights groups have to step up their lobbying against use of nuclear and such chemical and largely destructive materials for use.It is high time that these issues find international consensus on moratorium, use and containment.

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