Someday—if humanity is still around—this silence will stand out as an egregious journalistic crime, far worse than (say) the New York Times' disgraceful record of downplaying the Holocaust while it was going on.
From Douglas Yates:
Total atmospheric releases from Fukushima are estimated to be between 5.6 and 8.1 times that of Chernobyl, according to the 2013 World Nuclear Industry Status Report…so we may stop calling it the “second worst” nuclear power disaster in history.
What most people don’t yet grok is that radiation released at Fukushima is the equivalent of thousands of Hiroshima-sized bombs. Why the lack of interest in the ranking? It is economically and geo-politically disadvantageous to point fingers at Japan. Risk of loss buys silence. It’s a bargain that sustains the status quo at all costs. West coast obituaries provide one index of the accounting. In a sane world, the media would be discussing personal mitigation measures.