U.S. Politics Overshadowing Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown

The silhouettes of three nuclear power plants.

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Most people are so preoccupied with American politics right now that a major nuclear meltdown is largely being ignored. According to a Fox News Insider report, radiation leaks at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant is at “unimaginable” levels.

That’s not to say that the immigration ban, the appointment of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, or Kellyanne Conway’s Bowling Green massacre comments aren’t relevant. It’s just that a nuclear meltdown ought to take a little more precedence in the grand scheme of things.

But perhaps people aren’t paying much attention to it because they don’t understand what’s at stake. During a recent investigation, Emmy and AP award-winning journalist Adam Housley found fuel leaks to be as high as 530 sieverts per hour.

“To put this in very simple terms. Four sieverts can kill a handful of people,” Housley explained.

The new finding has experts worried that Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has been lying to the public about the severity of the situation all along. New reports show that the radiation levels are the highest they’ve been since the magnitude-9 earthquake that struck back in 2011.

But perhaps even more troubling is the fact that small levels of radiation are still being found on the California and Oregon coasts.

“The worry is with 300 tons of radioactive water going into the Pacific every day, what is that doing to the Pacific Ocean?” Housey remarked.

While scientists aren’t certain about the effect that nuclear radiation has on the ocean, it’s safe to say that it will likely kill off hundreds of thousands—if not millions —of marine organisms.

One only needs to look at the Chernobyl disaster to come to that conclusion. In 1986, the Chernobyl plant meltdown resulted in over four miles of surrounding forest completely dying out. It has been dubbed the “Red Forest.” Over 30 years later, and it is still considered one of the most contaminated areas in the world.

It’s a pretty big deal, and now that a similar situation is occurring in Japan, it’s about high time that people pay attention.

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