by Jerry Alatalo
The Fukushima nuclear catastrophe is the most important event in history. In the over 1,600 days since March 11, 2011 when the nuclear crisis began, radioactive material has flowed into the Pacific Ocean around the clock. In those early crisis days of March and April 2011 there was a chance to resolve the dangerous situation before it spiraled out of control.
The world did not come together, did not combine the greatest scientific minds and whatever resources deemed needed, and take all necessary action to stop the progression which has led to the dangerous nuclear contamination scenario now a reality in 2015. The nuclear catastrophe in Chernobyl could have developed to the worst case nuclear scenario – “China Syndrome” – had it not been for thousands of men and women who willingly risked their lives and/or died from radiation to place the structures, materials, and means to stop the melted core from descending deeper into the Earth.
The worst case – China Syndrome – has occurred and is ongoing below three of the destroyed nuclear reactors at Fukushima. In Chernobyl, the thousands of courageous men and women were able to “flip the off switch”, at which point the area became entombed in a concrete sarcophagus or giant stone coffin. What is happening at Fukushima is nothing less than the absolute worst situation imaginable – not one but three complete core meltdowns which have become three China Syndromes, with no possible way to contain and “turn them off”.
Most people remember the British Petroleum Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, up until that time the greatest environmental disaster in history, and day after day of news reports showing underwater attempts to stop the continuous emission of oil into the waters of the Gulf. Some will remember thinking that humans had actually killed the Gulf of Mexico, and that indeed it was an accurate assessment.
Nobody would have imagined it possible to surpass the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster as measured by cumulative damage to the Earth’s environment. Unfortunately the environmental nightmare believed impossible has come to pass.
Robots used in attempts to carry out technical tasks in dealing with melted-down nuclear-fissioning cores descending deeper into the Earth at Fukushima have been ineffective because the tremendous heat has literally fried them. There has been nothing stopping emission of highly radioactive fission particles for 1,600 days. The discharge – like the oil discharged from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico – of that radioactive poison in its various elements into the great Pacific Ocean goes on. This is what many people believe has occurred: human beings have actually killed the Pacific Ocean.
Looking soberly at Fukushima from March 11, 2011 to today over four years later leads one to a philosophical/spiritual quandary of the highest order. A number of “why” questions enter upon consideration of the Fukushima event in its entirety over the years from March 2011 and are perhaps impossible to answer. On the level of humanity as a collective, why didn’t the world act immediately with all of its power of scientific knowledge and resources to try to stop the damage?
Looking at the present situation it might have become a meaningless exercise to attempt answering why remedial action wasn’t taken from the start. If one can imagine the Earth as a human being and oneself as the Earth’s doctor, Fukushima represents an inoperable, incurable malignant cancer, and the “patient’s condition” leaves no other option for the healer but advising “getting one’s affairs in order”.
On the personal level, hearing news of loved ones or friends becoming stricken with terminal cancer is enough to break hearts and compel inevitable travels to interior regions of philosophical, spiritual places in search of answers for why. While everyone must face those times of loss when loved ones and friends get sick, deteriorate and pass away, facing the “extinction level event” that is Fukushima and answering the question “why?” is perhaps impossible. There is no chance of “wrapping one’s head around it”; such a question travels far beyond comprehension by even the greatest minds that ever walked the Earth.
One can diminish the sadness generated from awareness of how severe the environmental damage from Fukushima has been, and will continue to inflict, by acknowledging everyone dies inevitably, yet the thought of what’s coming in the years and generations ahead cannot be avoided or unlearned. The human race is thus positioned for experiencing its greatest planet-wide lesson of loss acceptance in history.
May all people find the inner spiritual, philosophical or wisdom-based strength, courage and resources available to deal with the truth of Fukushima as positively as possible despite the enormity and depressing nature of the facts.
Among the many men and women who’ve tried to alert the world of Fukushima from the outset in March 2011 and to take the most powerful remedial actions necessary, Kevin Blanch from the state of Utah in America has devoted a great deal of time and effort. Mr. Blanch produced the following three videos in 2011, 2013 and 2015 respectively. They have been cross-posted here as a way to honor his efforts over the past years and express deep gratitude to him for caring enough to try.
Persons interested in further exploring and supporting Kevin Blanch’s work can visit his YouTube channel:
Mr. Blanch has no reluctance when it comes to using righteous indignation and strong language as effective tools/tactics for reinforcing his messages. With profound thanks to Kevin Blanch and all the men and women around the world who tried.
From April 4, 2011 – three weeks after the tsunami and nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan:
From December 23, 2013:
From August 30, 2015 – shockingly, more hard news: