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Stop the Next Nuclear Disaster!

To UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Noda:

As global citizens, we call on you to urgently send an independent team of international experts to assess the dangerous situation at Fukushima Daiichi reactor #4 and recommend clear steps to prevent disaster. A pool of deadly radioactive cesium still sits exposed -- risking a human nuclear catastrophe 10 times as bad as Chernobyl. The Japanese government is not responding. It's time for urgent international action.

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Posted: 22 May 2012
A nuclear inspector just said that the fate of Japan and much of the world depends on Fukushima's Reactor Number 4. If this damaged structure collapses, the spread of radiation would go way beyond Japan's borders and be truly catastrophic.

Since last year's tragic earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, a pool of highly dangerous spent nuclear fuel is being held in reactor 4’s crumbling structure. Experts say another earthquake would cause the pool to collapse and emit such high radiation that the 35 million people in Tokyo would be forced to evacuate. It would also contaminate the skies across the Pacific and into Asia. The area around the toxic pool is vulnerable to regular seismic shocks, but, amazingly, the government is denying the risks, likely desperate not to cause panic.

Global nuclear experts, a US Senator and tens of thousands of people across Japan are raising the alarm. Japan has the technology to stop this disaster. But we need a global wave of public pressure to the UN to force the government to work with the experts to curb this lethal threat that would dwarf last year's disaster. Sign the petition on the right and forward this to everyone.

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