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Toll of U.S. Sailors Devastated by Fukushima Radiation Continues to Climb

U.S. sailors irradiated while delivering humanitarian help near the stricken Fukushima nuke say their health has been devastated.

by Harvey Wasserman
Common Dreams
Jan 19, 2014

The roll call of U.S. sailors who say their health was devastated when they were irradiated while delivering humanitarian help near the stricken Fukushima nuke is continuing to soar.

So many have come forward that the progress of their federal class action lawsuit has been delayed.

Bay area lawyer Charles Bonner says a re-filing will wait until early February to accommodate a constant influx of sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and other American ships.

Within a day of Fukushima One’s March 11, 2011, melt-down, American “first responders” were drenched in radioactive fallout. In the midst of a driving snow storm, sailors reported a cloud of warm air with a metallic taste that poured over the Reagan.

Then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan, at the time a nuclear supporter, says “the first meltdown occurred five hours after the earthquake.” The lawsuit charges that Tokyo Electric Power knew large quantities of radiation were pouring into the air and water, but said nothing to the Navy or the public.

Had the Navy known, says Bonner, it could have moved its ships out of harm’s way. But some sailors actually jumped into the ocean just offshore to pull victims to safety. Others worked 18-hour shifts in the open air through a four-day mission, re-fueling and repairing helicopters, loading them with vital supplies and much more. All were drinking and bathing in desalinated water that had been severely contaminated by radioactive fallout and runoff.

Then Reagan crew members were enveloped in a warm cloud. “Hey,” joked sailor Lindsay Cooper at the time. “It’s radioactive snow.”

The metallic taste that came with it parallels the ones reported by the airmen who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and by Pennsylvania residents downwind from the 1979 meltdown at Three Mile Island.

When it did leave the Fukushima area, the Reagan was so radioactive it was refused port entry in Japan, South Korea and Guam. It’s currently docked in San Diego.

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[h/t: Activist Post]

3 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Sean Anthony | Flow of Wisdom and commented:
    The effects of Fukushima continues to affect so many, but alternative media outlets will get the news out. This is sad how many young sailors are getting sick from the radiation. Now law suits are piling on.

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    January 19, 2014 at 7:39 PM

  2. Maria

    I understand the power plant belongs to the United States in Japan’s name.
    No matter, why would they allow humanitarians to be harmed. I hope all of our sailors can be helped with the diseases that will follow the radiation poisoning.

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    January 21, 2014 at 7:48 PM

  3. Pingback: Horror: US Sailor and Fukushima First Responder Now In Living Hell. | ShakeyMclovin's Blog

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