After workers at the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant were hospitalized yesterday, Japan’s prime minister cited his grave concerns about the unfolding crisis. One nuclear expert believes the situation is close to the point of no return, which could mean a catastrophe larger than Chernobyl.
“This is huge,” Physicist Michio Kaku PhD, a professor at City University of New York, told David Muir on Good Morning America. “For the first time, they are using that dreaded word ‘breach,’ which represents an uncontrolled release of radiation into the environment.”
Yesterday, two workers had to be hospitalized after radioactive water burned the skin on their feet and legs, according to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA). They were injured at the Unit 3 reactor, but the Kyodo news agency said that highly radioactive water was also found at Units 1 and 2.
“Unit 3, which is suspected of containing the breach contains plutonium, the most toxic chemical known to science,” Dr. Kaku notes. “One millionth of a gram of plutonium can cause cancer if it’s ingested.”
When the Fukushima plant becomes too toxic for emergency workers and they are forced to evacuate, a relentless downward spiral begins. “If they abandon ship, we could be in free fall,” warns Dr. Kaku.