Forest fire in Fukushima

Dear Friends,

Something is wrong with the media in Japan.The foreign press is natually influenced.
I have received the following from an American friend living in Europe.

“Good gracious,now fires to make a very bad situation worse. Amazing that we have neither read nor heard of same till your e- m.hiding heads in the sand makes little sense let alone face saving!🙉🙊🙈
Our hopes and prayers are with you and yours.”

Today,May 5,I have contacted the responsible officer at the Fukushima Prefecture.
He has confirmed that the fire has not yet been brought under control.
The fire started 6 days ago.
One wonders if maximum efforts are being made.

Mitsuhei Murata

—–Original Message—–

Dear Friends,

One wonders why the ongoing forest fire in Fukushima is not being widely
reported as it should.
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/01/sparking-fears-airborne-radiation-wildfire-burns-fukushima-no-go-zone

The level of radiation is reported to have only slightly risen so far(1.2%),
but the preparation for the worse is required.
https://lucian.uchicago.edu/…/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

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