This was one of the scenes aboard the USS Ronald Reagan after the US Navy went to assist in helping after the Fukushima disaster on March 23, 2011. Sailors scrubbed the flight deck and superstructure as a countermeasure to clean any potential radiation from the reactor's meltdown.
“I was standing on the flight deck, and we felt this warm gust of air, and, suddenly, it was snowing,” sailor Lindsay Cooper told the New York Post in an interview published Monday. The metallic-tasting snow was caused by the freezing Pacific air that mixed with the radioactive fallout from the Fukushima power plant that was wrecked in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
~ Source: International Business Times, David Kashi, December 24, 2013Here is the link to the full story and more photos.
Seventy US Sailors that have become ill and are filing a class action lawsuit for compensation. The number grows each day. To read more about this and other nuclear energy stories click here.
"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. ......" - Source: Email received from Harvey Wasserman, January 11, 2014.