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Fukushima is here: Californians to spell it out for the world to see via All Voices

If you’re concerned about radiation from the damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan, reaching the United States, you’re not alone.

That concern has prompted California-based FukushimaResponse to declare Saturday a “global Day of Recognition” to help people all over the world realize “that radioactive contamination from Fukushima threatens life everywhere,” as stated at fukushimaishere.info.

People will form a human mural spelling out the words “Fukushima is here” at 11 a.m. Saturday morning on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Their message will be photographed from the air.

The group hopes to begin a “public discussion of the grave threat we face in the massive amounts of radioactive contamination released into the air and leaking into the sea every day since three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant exploded in March 2011.”

“We need to start demanding that our elected officials and agencies do what is necessary to test the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat,” the group’s website states.

FukushimaResponse describes itself in a press release as “a group of concerned Sonoma County residents who have been meeting regularly for two years, working together to understand, inform others and lobby elected officials for action in response to the ongoing threat of Fukushima contamination.”

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With more than 1,500 fuel rods sitting in a damaged storage pool inside the shell of the reactor 4 building, TEPCO is about to begin the delicate task of removing the rods and relocating them to another storage pool, Voice of America reported. VOA said the fuel rods have to remain submerged and must not touch each other or break – nuclear experts say an accident could cause an explosion many times worse than in March 2011.

Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday that radiation levels in Tokyo and surrounding areas are safe and that it expects that to be the case as well during the 2020 Summer Olympics scheduled in Tokyo, Japan Daily Press reported.

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