Title: "The Tsunami." Oil on Canvas (24" x 30")
THE FUKUSHIMA MELTDOWN.
On March 11, 2011, the Fukushima nuclear plant suffered a meltdown after being hit by a tsunami caused by a powerful earthquake. This led to an environmental disaster due to radioactive water contaminating the coastline of Fukushima, as well as the sea life of the Pacific Ocean and the west coast of North America.
OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND.
Almost a decade after this incident, Fukushima is not talked about much by governments, health organizations, scientists, or the mainstream media. It is as if this disaster has fixed itself. Why would we not think so, since radiation contamination cannot be smelled or seen? Unfortunately, the problem did not go away. Instead, it has gotten worse.
It takes a long time before radiation contamination manifests itself as a serious illness like cancer, at which point we forget the source and our ability to connect the dots to what could have caused it.
Alarm bells are not going off, and that is putting millions of people living on the coastline near Fukushima and several areas on the west coast of North America at risk for serious health problems over the next several years. This silence is probably due to the inability to deal with the problem, as well as to safeguard the many businesses in the area from potentially huge financial losses, including a drastic drop in real estate value.
The Pacific Ocean has warmed several degrees, not due to "global warming" as some are implying, but because of radiation contamination in the water. This is a major disrupter to the Pacific Ocean ecosystem, and as a consequence, we witness sea life, including crustaceans and shellfish, dying off.
This has caused a chain reaction with the deaths of great whales, sea turtles, and other fish. Furthermore, high radiation levels have been found in the plankton on which many species feed. Bald eagles, sea lions, and even killer whales are also dying in large numbers because they have been feeding on contaminated fish, which are found bleeding from their gills, mouths, and eyeballs. Polar bears, seals, and walruses are losing their hair, and some have been found with open sores. Thousands of birds are dropping from the sky. Sockeye salmon are dying at an alarming rate. The starfish has been wiped out, and the west coast herring and sardine populations have been decimated. As a consequence, bigger fish and other creatures that feed on them are starving and may face extinction.
The agricultural industry has also been affected due to warmer, dryer conditions. In California, and most likely across the whole west coast, grapes and the wine produced from them, as well as other products, have recorded high radiation levels. On the West Coast beaches, measurements are up five-fold.
High levels of radiation have been found in the fish Japan exports to North America. If consumed, this contaminated seafood will have a very detrimental effect on our health.
People living along the eastern coast of Japan and the west coast of America have been and are being exposed to radiation due to the massive amounts of contaminated water flowing non-stop into the ocean. This will continue for many years to come.
People from Fukushima and surrounding areas were initially evacuated but are now being forced to return to their homes. They have been told that they have nothing to worry about anymore. Yet radioactive contamination keeps advancing through water and via clouds that rain down on regions further inland.
WHAT CAN BE DONE.
The only solution is to move away. If that is not possible, take supplements like iodine to mitigate the absorption and increase the excretion of radiation. Also, stop purchasing seafood and possibly even produce from the Pacific Ocean and its coasts.