The super-storm that pounded the Atlantic Seaboard showed
telltale signs of the global atmospheric effects from the Fukushima
nuclear catastrophe. Sandy can be added to the list of unseasonable or
freakish weather events of 2012, including "winter tornadoes"
that swept areas of the U.S. in January and the "derechos" or
straight-line thunderstorms that smashed into Washington D.C. in
Why did Sandy form over the Atlantic Ocean, several weeks after the end
of the autumn hurricane season? The answer was there in the daily weather
reports throughout October. Months ahead of its normal southward dip, the
northern jet stream arced downed across the western half of the United
States. The high-pressure zone dropped temperatures to unseasonably cool
numbers west of the Mississippi, and thus conversely trapped hot and
moist air over the eastern states and Atlantic Ocean.
The yin-and-yang of a North American continent bifurcated between a cool
West and warm East is what gave birth to Sandy. The humidity built up
outside the Caribbean, formed into hurricane Sandy, and then spiraled
into the Bahamas, killing some 60 people. Next in line for destruction:
the vast swath between the Carolinas and New England, with unprecedented
flood damage to the Big Apple and New Jersey.
The Eastern Seaboard crisis is not over. Now that Sandy has passed, its
heat dissipates. The resulting drop in air pressure allows the jet
stream's cold front to move into a vacuum, condensing airborne moisture
into snow and hail. Blizzards are already hitting West Virginia with more
soon to come.
Radiation Energizes The Skies
The jet stream flowing across northeast Japan, across the Northern
Pacific and then over Canada and the northern states, carries tons of
radioactive particles from Fukushima that are electrically-charging the
atmosphere. The high energy from those isotopes is triggering cloud
formation while amplifying wind, precipitation and lightning...and
propelling destructive storms across North America and on into
The climate scientists, many of them meteorologists funded directly or
indirectly by the nuclear-power industry, are predictably laying the
blame for Sandy and other freakish storms on "global warming".
The build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as deplorable as it is,
remains still too low and gradual to account for a storm on the scale of
Sandy and this past year's off-season weather anomalies.
In a similar denial, nuclear scientists working for Japanese utilities
are claiming that hydrogen gas - not nuclear isotopes - led to the
massive explosions that devastated the Fukushima reactors. In both cases,
the gross disproportion between cause and effect is like the difference
between a mouse and a whale - butterfly effect notwithstanding, since the
butterflies of Fukushima are facing extinction.
Nuclear power is far more dangerous in its vast array of harmful, deadly
effects than the public and regulators have been led to believe by
industry lobbyists. It was no less than atomic-bomb creator Robert
Oppenheimer who stated that the act of splitting the atom - the
unleashing nuclear energy - is "the destroyer of worlds". As it
stands after Fukushima, our world is the next to be utterly wiped out -
if the nuclear industry is allowed to get away with its violence against
Time-bombs set to explode
Now that New Jersey and New York City have had a taste of what a few
damaged reactors halfway around the world can do, the time has come for a
closer look at the many "world destroyers" scattered across the
United States. The New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear power station came
within a hair's breadth on the flood-line from a total knockout of
electrical systems, which could have triggered a catastrophic meltdown.
In Louisiana, the Napoleonville sinkhole is spewing radiation, with the
probable source been the Waterford nuclear plant located atop the very
same aquifer. Nuclear particles bubbling out along the Gulf Coast, whose
warm waters add to the force of hurricanes, is a looming threat to public
safety, to say the least.
The Department of Energy is hiding the facts about the many deadly
consequences and unthinkable risks of nuclear power, even as NASA
conducts satellite studies of the damage inflicted to the atmosphere by
continual Fukushima radiation releases. Both presidential candidates are
partisans and protectors of the nuclear industry, particularly Exelon,
operator of crippled Oyster Creek, and Entergy, which runs accident-prone
Waterford and Indian Point plants. The damaged reactors in Japan were
designed by GE and Westinghouse...and the chickens are coming home to
Soon after their shocked reaction to the Fukushima meltdowns, residents
along the Atlantic Seaboard went right back to sleep, assuming that
fallout from halfway around the planet could not threaten their lives.
Their comfort zone, reinforced by a sold-out news media and bought
politicians, proved to be a false sense of security. The storm has passed
but the underlying problem will not go away until a total ban is imposed
on nuclear power.
Yoichi Shimatsu is a science journalist based in Hong Kong and former
editor of the Japan Times weekly edition in Tokyo.