Source:Natural News Date: 22 July 2015 Author: David Gutierrez, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The example of Chernobyl suggests that the death toll from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan may eventually top one million, writes Robert Hunziker on CounterPunch.org.
In March 2011, a major earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at three separate reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, including four separate hydrogen explosions. The cores from all three reactors burrowed through the floors of their containment vessels, and their locations remain unknown – but they continue to pour off so much radiation that entering the area would be instantly lethal.
More than four years later, tens of thousands of area residents remain in temporary housing, unable to return to their homes in the radioactive exclusion zone. Even in areas that have reopened, however, some residents have refused to return, questioning the government line that those towns are once again safe.
More than five million could die
The only other comparable nuclear accident in history was the 1986 meltdown of the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine. Scientists estimate that over the ensuing 30 years, more than one million people have died as a direct result of fallout from the disaster. Since approximately seven million people were exposed to radiation from the disaster, that makes a death rate of about one in seven (14 percent).
Ukraine has the fastest falling economy of 2015 according to the British periodical The Economist. The country has seen its GDP shrink by 6.5 percent since last April, with countries like Libya and Macau performing better.
The Ukrainian economy showed the most significant deepening recession compared to the rest of the world, according to the data, published on Wednesday by the head of the analytical department of the Economist Robert Ward. The research compared the one-year GDP growth of countries since April 2014. Libya’s economy dropped by 6.4 percent while Macau which turned out to be the third worst performing economy, experienced a 6 percent GDP decline. Equatorial Guinea came out fourth with a 5.5 percent GDP decline and fifth place went to Russia as its GDP fell by 4 percent. Continue reading Ukraine named worst performing economy in 2015- The Economist→
1 March 2015
Matt O’Brien Ukraine’s currency has fallen 70 percent since the start of 2014, and that’s pushed it into hyperinflation.
Hyperinflation is always and everywhere a political phenomenon.
It happens after wars or revolutions, when governments have to print the money they need because there’s not much of an economy left to tax—which brings us to Ukraine. It had a revolution, it has a war now, and it’s all but broke. Inflation is officially 28.5 percent, but, according to Johns Hopkins professor Steve Hanke, it’s really more like 272 percent. And that’s only going to get worse as long as Ukraine’s currency does. Continue reading Ukraine unofficially has 272 percent inflation→
Corporations are waiting on the sidelines as Ukraine teeters on the edge of total economic collapse. Soon it will be open season on Ukraine’s most value resource: its fertile land
We thought Angela Merkel was just a US stooge. Make no mistakes, she is. But there had to be other reasons behind her stubborn pro-Kiev Junta attitude. These have now begun to surface. Not in the German or Western media of course, but they are surfacing.
The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) is helping biotech run the latest war in Ukraine. Make no mistake that what is happening in the Ukraine now is deeply tied to the interests of Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and other big players in the poison food game.
Monsanto has an office in Ukraine. While this does not shout ‘culpability’ from every corner, it is no different than the US military’s habit to place bases in places that they want to gain political control. The opening of this office coincided with land grabs with loans from the IMF and World Bank to one of the world’s most hated corporations – all in support of their biotech takeover.
Over the last week, more publications, including Zero Hedge, have started reporting on a still developing nuclear problem at the largest nuclear plant in Europe. This news has been widely circulated in Eastern Europe over the last few weeks.
The problem in Ukraine has been and remains verification: Ukrainian sources have not been forthcoming. When this first occurred I was contacted through a second party and told directly after the officially reported transformer incident that a radiation spike was observed in Crimea, which is 140km away from the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.
The spike was small against background radiation but noticeable on a geiger counter. I was also given hacked files of the emergency conversation that happened at the plant that day. They are included at the bottom of the article. The proximity to what is coming to light means they cannot be ignored.