Navy Admiral Says Japan Situation 'Improving Every Day'... Really?
Despite the recent rise in the severity rating for the Japan Nuclear crisis to a the highest possible level, 7, a top U.S. commander in the region said things are actually "improving every day," reports Bloomberg.
During a Bloomberg television interview, Navy Admiral Robert Willard said:
“Though that status has changed to 7, we continue to see incremental improvement in the overall stability of the situation...We regard it as static, not yet completely stable but it's improving every day."
Dr. Michio Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York and the City College of New York disagrees, as he explained in an April 13 interview with Democracy Now!
"Radiation is continuing to leak out of the reactors. The situation is not stable at all. So, you're looking at basically a ticking time bomb. It appears stable, but the slightest disturbance -- a secondary earthquake, a pipe break, evacuation of the crew at Fukushima -- could set off a full-scale meltdown at three nuclear power stations, far beyond what we saw at Chernobyl."
Admiral Willard recognized there is still work to be done, explaining that the U.S. forces will be in the country for "weeks and perhaps months," to assist.
However, now that the head of Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Takaski Sawada, has confirmed the melting of fuel rods in reactors 1 and 3, weeks or months won’t be enough time. While engineers continue to struggle to bring four reactors under control, scientists say the battle to stabilize Japan's crippled power plant could take three months or more, which will increase if another earthquake strikes, reports The Irish Times.