Navy Sailors Giving Aid to Japan After Tsunami, Poisoned by Nuclear Fallout

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Navy sailors that were on a humanitarian mission in Japan which provided aid proceeding the March 11, 2011 tsunami, were poisoned by the nuclear fallout contained in the waters while aboard the aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan.  The storm blew toward them from Fukushima, whose nuclear power plant was melting down after an earthquake caused a tsunami that flooded the plant and ultimately took the lives of 19,000.  When the storm’s path crossed that of the ship, crew member Lindsay Cooper “felt this warm gust of air, and suddenly it was snowing.”

The sailors on board weren’t aware that the snow falling down on them was a mixture of cold ocean air and radioactive steam, which was emitted from the nuclear reactor that melted down after power failures caused by the tsunami caused cooling equipment to fail.  Cooper describes the snow as having a metallic taste and recalls that both she and her fellow sailors made jokes about it.  She remembers saying, “Hey, it’s radioactive snow!” Cooper shot videos and took photos of the snow.

The moment of levity on board the ship that day has become a lifetime of misery for Cooper and many of her fellow Navy sailors.  Sailors who were on board the USS Ronald Reagan and her sister ship, the USS Essex, as well as 5,000 crew members from other humanitarian ships in the area find that three years later, they are suffering various diseases. The diseases encompass issues of the thyroid, cancer and other traumatic health ailments, including serious vaginal bleeding.

In addition to being exposed to radiation from the falling snow, the ships themselves were floating in radioactive sea waters, which was pumped into the ship, treated for saline and then piped throughout to supply faucets, showerheads and etc.  After realizing that the ship was highly contaminated, the crew attempted to change its position, but by that time the radiation was so widespread in the area that it made little difference.

According to Cooper, the Navy sailors charged with giving aid to Japan after the tsunami were stranded aboard the ship for two and a half months while continuing to be poisoned by nuclear fallout.  They were denied entry by Japan, Korea and Guam before Thailand allowed them to dock.

The ship was tested for radiation by Senior Chief Michael Sebourn, an officer assigned to radiation decontamination.  He found levels to be extraordinarily high, measuring a value 300 times higher than a level considered safe.

Fifty-one stricken service members and their families, including a one-year-old child, are represented by attorney Paul Garner in a case against the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor, the Tokyo Electric Power Company.  According to Garner, more than half of the sailors who spent four days on the Fukushima coast have been diagnosed with cancer.  As additional sailors step forward with their claims, Garner’s lawsuit has grown to include more than 70.

Another suit representing sailors diagnosed with cancer is set to be filed by San Francisco lawyer, Charles Bonner.  His suit initially was filed on behalf of 12 sailors, but since then the number of people included in the suit has increased by more than four times the initial number.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Jan publicly admitted on Dec. 12 that although the meltdown had initially been reported as occurring the day after the tsunami, it actually happened just five hours later, increasing the amount of time the Navy sailors, who were there only to give aid to Japan after the tsunami’s devastation, were exposed to the deadly poison from the nuclear fallout.

By Jennifer Pfalz

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3 Responses to "Navy Sailors Giving Aid to Japan After Tsunami, Poisoned by Nuclear Fallout"

  1. John Herbert   April 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    How about the responsibility of the commander and chief for allowing that ship to stay in harms way! As soon as the impending danger was known they should have been ordered to pull back right away. No wonder there is so much depression in the service; having to followi the commands of a leader that does not care about them.

  2. Hiroshi Suzuki   December 23, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Scientists Link Spike in Thyroid Disease to Fukushima Disaster
    December 23, 2013 The Real News

    We looked at California and we looked at the changes in the rates of hypothyroidism for the 9 months after Fukushima compared to the previous year, and we found a 26 percent increase in the rate of hypothyroidism.

    The Fukushima Medical University have taken 200,000 children under age 18 who live relatively close to Fukushima, and they tested for two things. The first they tested for was thyroid cancer. And they have found up to 59 children have thyroid cancer. In a normal–we would expect 1 or 2.

    Second thing that they found is they through ultrasound look at the child’s thyroid gland for precancerous lumps what they call cysts and nodules. And so far, 56 percent of children near Fukushima do in fact have a precancerous cyst or a nodule. And every year it gets higher–2 years ago, 35 percent, last year 45 percent, this year 56 percent.

  3. Roger Witherspoon   December 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Actually, the contamination did not come from a storm. The USS Ronald Reagan was anchored a close as 2 miles offshore and stayed within 50 miles for an 80-day period, according to the navigators. The prevailing winds during much of that period blew out to sea — which Japanese officials thought was great as it reduced the threat to Tokyo and other population centers. Forgotten in all of this was the fact that thousands of US sailors were sitting in the wind.( )

    Michael Sebourn did not test the ship for radiation. His job was to test the helicopters used to ferry supplies, and these were highly contaminated ( )


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