March 12th, 2011
UPDATE 3/14/11 7:10am CST Please CLICK HERE to find information to donate to Japanese relief efforts.
UPDATE: March 13th, 2011 5:45pm CST Please read THIS ARTICLE as a companion to the following piece. We received confirmation from ARS that the widely distributed map below is inauthentic. In their words, "a hoax." Stratfor stands by their reporting. NISA has refused to revise their assessment.
UPDATE: March 12th, 8:50pm CST We spoke to Linda Gunter of Beyond Nuclear regarding the removal from their site of the graphic below. Citing continuing contradictory reports and ongoing uncertainty as to what has been released and at what levels, they are taking a cautious approach. "It would be wise to monitor radiation levels on the West Coast," she said.
It has been confirmed that the Fukushima Incident is indeed a meltdown. Just in from Stratfor:
"Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) said March 12 that the explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi No. 1 nuclear plant could only have been caused by a meltdown of the reactor core, Japanese daily Nikkei reported. This statement seemed somewhat at odds with Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano’s comments earlier March 12, in which he said “the walls of the building containing the reactor were destroyed, meaning that the metal container encasing the reactor did not explode.”
NISA’s statement is significant because it is the government agency that reports to the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy within the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. NISA works in conjunction with the Atomic Energy Commission. Its role is to provide oversight to the industry and is responsible for signing off construction of new plants, among other things. It has been criticized for approving nuclear plants on geological fault lines and for an alleged conflict of interest in regulating the nuclear sector. It was NISA that issued the order for the opening of the valve to release pressure — and thus allegedly some radiation — from the Fukushima power plant."
A map showing the projected fallout has BEEN PULLED from this site where it was posted a only a short time ago. We were smart to take a screen cap of the image.