Forest fire in Fukushima

Dear Friends,

One wonders why the ongoing forest fire in Fukushima is not being widely reported as it should.

The level of radiation is reported to have only slightly risen so far(1.2%), but the preparation for the worse is required.…/fire-near-fukushima-nuclear-site-could-spread-radiation..

Some excerpts of the site are as follows:
“There have already been a number of serious forest fires around Chernobyl in recent years, spreading radioactivity into wider areas. However, there have not been adequate studies to monitor exactly where the radiation goes.

“Forest fires are dangerous enough, but radioactive forest fires raise the stakes for human health and safety because of the added difficulty to reliably monitor where radioactivity is traveling in the smoke,” said Gunter.
The Fukushima fire is a reminder that a major nuclear accident is never really over or confined.
“The long-term implications of on-again-off-again fires in radioactive forests are stark including re-contamination of so-called “decontaminated” areas, and re-suspension of radioactive particles thought to be out of the reach of natural processes,” said Folkers.

“This all points to the impossibility of containing man-made radioactivity from catastrophes like Chernobyl and Fukushima, once it is released. Resettlement in such areas would be unstable at best, with the constant threat of increased exposures and resulting health impacts,” Folkers concluded.”

Fukushima remains the source of great concern for the world.

With warmest and highest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

Categories Fukushima

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