The latest as reported by Yahoo is that nearly all the fuel rods have melted to the bottom of the first reactor. http://news.yahoo.com/nearly-fuel-fukushima-reactor-melted-says-tepco-152528950.html Three reactors were heavily damaged. TEPCO does not have any way of seeing the exact location of the molten fuel due to the stratospheric levels of radiation. They said they will have to build robots to do the job since it is impossible for any human to get remotely near it. TEPCO claims it will take 30-40 years to clean up. Really? U-238 has a half-life of 4.5 million years. By the time TEPCO gets its act together the entire planet will be glowing and a new Olympic event will be added to the next Olympics, which will be hosted by Japan. Godzilla, Mothra, Ghidorah and Rodan will be duking it out.
So while TEPCO is going through the motions over the next four decades to “clean this up”, radiation will have traveled around the world several times. We don’t know how many people have died in Japan over the last four years from this. We don’t know how many children have thyroid cancer and how many others are gravely ill and dying. You see the problem is no one has ever planned for a disaster of this magnitude which is getting progressively worse. So they don’t know how to handle it. They are storing vast amounts of radioactive water in huge tanks by the crippled reactors. The radioactive soil and debris has been stuffed into big black plastic bags (like lawn and leaf bags) and tied up and left in piles numbering in the hundreds on a beach in Japan, probably near Fukushima. Yes, it is right by the water. Okay so what happens if there is a storm and those bags with radioactive debris gets carted out to the sea? And not everything is back to “normal” in Japan. You are only shown areas that have been cleaned up and the wreckage carted away. There are still areas that are a mess. They have no place to put it all. (There was a slide show on the web recently on the anniversary of Fukushima that showed all this.)
We don’t know what the effect will be on those of us who live in the United States. We don’t know what the effects will be on the countries nearest to Japan. A lot of the truth is hidden from us. And I don’t know how this event will play into other events in the future, but it is there and it’s smoldering away. And I surely don’t know what will happen if another major earthquake hits Japan in the same area.