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A nuclear disaster ten times as big as Chernobyl is threatening to devastate Japan, but the government is not responding. Now, only urgent international intervention can stop catastrophe.
Right now, a pool of explosive nuclear waste sits in the crumbling Fukushima no. 4 reactor. Experts say it is only a matter of time before it leaks or another earthquake causes a radioactive fire that would force the evacuation of up to 35 million people! Japan’s government has refused to act, not wanting to cause panic. But the UN can intervene, and now dozens of Japanese experts and ten of thousands of citizens are calling for urgent action.
A meltdown in Japan would have devastating effects across the world -- sending radiation into the skies across Asia and North America. Let's call on Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to address this emergency immediately. Click below to sign the petition and forward this to everyone -- it’ll be delivered straight to the UN when we reach 500,000 signatures:http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_japans_nuclear_meltdown_global_a/?vl
The Fukushima nuclear waste sits in an open air pool with no containment structure surrounding it -- a common safety measure in other countries. It must be constantly cooled in order to avoid a spontaneous fire and any increase in temperature causes further degradation in the pool's walls. Experts say the waste must be moved to a modern and safe facility, a process which will likely take Japan, on its own, over two years to complete.
Still TEPCO, Japan's embattled nuclear energy giant, insists everything is fine and won't even allow international assessment. This, despite the fact that TEPCO was caught lying about the safety of Fukushima reactors before last year's disaster.