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Higher Levels of Radiation Found in U.S. post-Fukushima

(APN) ATLANTA -- Higher levels of radiation have been found in several locations across the U.S., as a number of incidents have occurred involving what appear to be mutated animals washing up on U.S. shores, raising concerns about our environment, especially the Pacific Ocean; and the potential role of the recent nuclear disaster at the Daiichi site in Fukushima, Japan.

In August 2013, Shunichi Tanaka, head of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, admitted to reporters that at least 300 tons of radioactive water have probably been leaking into the Pacific Ocean every day since at least July 2013, in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster.

The initial breakdown has caused the largest single contribution of radionuclides to the marine environment ever observed.

Radiation levels in the sea around Japan have been holding steady and not falling as expected, further demonstrating that radiation leakage is not under control.  Strontium-90 has been released into the ocean and is linked to bone cancer and leukemia.  It has a half life of approximately thirty years.

The fisheries around Fukushima are closed and considered unsafe for consumption.

The full impact of the Fukushima radiation released into the Pacific Ocean and its effect on marine life and on people will not be known for years, if ever.  One cannot see, touch, or smell radiation.  It knows no borders.  It travels around the world in the water, air, soil, and food chain for--no one knows how many--years.

Higher levels of radioactive cesium-137 has been found in bluefin tuna caught off the California coast.  

There is clear evidence that bluefin tuna transported elevated levels of cesium-137 from Japan to California, and that the cause is the Fukushima disaster, according to one report, “Pacific Bluefin Tuna Transport Fukushima-revised radionucleides from Japan to California.”  The report is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and was written by Stanford University professor Daniel Madigan and others.

A video posted on YouTube, shows the meter of a Geiger counter--a particle detector that measures ionizing radiation--detecting radiation up to 150 counts per minute, or roughly five times the typical amount found in the environment, at Pacifica State Beach in Pacifica, California, on December 23, 2013.  

APN has reposted the video on APN’s Video Section:

However, local officials denied any connection with Fukushima.

"Recent tests show that elevated levels of radiation at Half Moon Bay are due to naturally occurring materials and not radioactivity associated with the Fukushima incident,” said spokeswoman Wendy Hopkins of the California Department of Public Health, in a widely reported statement.

Radiation in Alaskan waters could reach Cold War levels, said Douglas Dasher, a researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, although John Kelley, a professor emeritus at the same university, doesn't seem as certain that it will reach dangerous levels for humans, reports Huffington Post B.C.

A rooftop water monitoring program managed by UC Berkeley’s Department of Nuclear Engineering detected substantial spikes in rain-borne iodine-131 during torrential downpours. The levels exceeded federal drinking water thresholds, known as maximum contaminant levels (MCL) by 181 times, reported in 2011 by several news sources.

Unusually high levels of radiation from Japan has been detected in air and water in at least thirteen U.S. states.

Traces of radiation have also been found in milk in the U.S., including in Spokane, Washington, and in Montpelier, Vermont.

In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency reported elevated levels of Iodine-131 in rainwater in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts that exceed what is permitted in drinking water.  But EPA continues to assure the public there is no need for alarm.

Meanwhile, a number of recent incidents of dead sea animals washing ashore has led to further concern.

The waters off of Canada, and some places in Washington, are littered with dead starfish.  

A two-headed whale recently washed up on the beach in Mexico.

Seals have washed up on Alaska’s Arctic coastline since July, suffering or killed by a mysterious disease marked by bleeding lesions on the hind flippers, irritated skin around the nose and eyes and patchy hair loss on the animals’ fur coats.

Biologists at first thought the seals were suffering from a virus, but they have so far been unable to identify one, and tests are now underway to find out if radiation is a factor reported by Global Research.

Over 1,600 starving sea lion pups have washed up along beaches from Santa Barbara to San Diego in early 2013.  It is theorized that the decline in the sardine population over 72% since 2006 is the cause.

The sardine industry has collapsed before and if nature is responsible for the decline, they will bounce back.  But without a full understanding of the caused, the decline is raising alarm.

Hundreds of herring in Canada, meanwhile, have been found hemorrhaging blood.

It is unclear if any of these phenomena are connected with the increased radiation in the Pacific Ocean associated with the Fukushima disaster.

The very lowest levels of radiation are harmful to life, according to the Cambridge Philosophical Society's journal Biological Reviews.;jsessionid=132EF311ACC72E5961421BA9A96D9006.f03t03

Reporting the results of a wide-ranging analysis of 46 peer-reviewed studies published over the past forty years, researchers Dr. Timothy Mousseau from the University of South Carolina and Dr. Anders Pape Moler from the University of Paris-Sud found that variation in low-level, natural background radiation has small, but highly statistically significant, negative effects on DNA, as well as several measures of health.

This study concluded even low levels of radioactivity are damaging to human and animal health, with significant negative effects in a variety of categories, including immunology, physiology, mutation, and disease occurrence.  The frequency of negative effects was beyond that of random chance.

Dr. Mousseau is considered one of the leading world authorities on the impacts of low dose radiation on natural ecosystems.  His research is supported by the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust.

"With the levels of contamination that we have seen as a result of nuclear power plants, especially in the past, and even as a result of Chernobyl and Fukushima and related accidents, there's an attempt in the industry to downplay the doses that the populations are getting, because maybe it's only one or two times beyond what is thought to be the natural background level," Dr. Mousseau told MSN News.  

"But they're assuming the natural background levels are fine."  The study shows emphatically that they are not.

In August 2013, Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds chief nuclear engineer, told Energy News that for people on the West Coast there is a wedge of radioactivity working its way across the Pacific Ocean, called a plume, of cesium-137, strontium-90, and other isotopes.  The plume is now only months away from hitting the coast of the Pacific Northwest.

Some reports expect it sooner.

“That plume is ten times more radioactive than the ocean was before [cesium in the ocean from bomb testing was the only source of radioactivity] and likely to grow because the Daiichi site is going to continue to leak into the environment for years to come,” Gundersen wrote.

“The other thing people on the West Coast should demand is transparent analysis of fish.  There’s no state organization that’s sampling the fish, no government is sampling the fish and telling people what the numbers are.  If the government’s sampling it, they’re not telling anybody,” Gundersen wrote.

“The truth is that there is minimal funding available for independent scientists to conduct research.  Among the scientific community that is not associated with the nuclear industry or the nuclear agencies, there is virtually no funding for this kind of work," Dr. Mousseau explained on a University of South Carolina website.


Comments (22)

Said this on 1-12-2014 At 11:37 am

In California, it is not Fukishima, that would leave a Cesium 137 signature.  It is all of the high power, pulsed microwave military and weather Doppler Radars energizing the atmosphere which is ionizing the Earth and waterways below, damaging immune systems and causing chronic wasting disease and damage in a whole host of animals, including star fish, deer, yellow cedar, fish, manatee, autism, etc.  The three radars in Melbourne, FL are damaging th Indian River Lagoon

Said this on 1-12-2014 At 03:58 pm
You are confusing RF or radio frequency energy with nuclear radiation.They are two different forms and not even related!
Said this on 1-12-2014 At 04:29 pm

I know the difference.  I also know that when you pulse 10 megawatts of doppler microwave radiation into the atmosphere, which is already a weakly ionized plasma, you get greater ionization from the atmosphere to the surroundings.  I have two years of research and statistics to prove it it. What do you have?

Said this on 3-2-2014 At 10:57 am

The fact that cesium 137 is not generated by radio waves, even microwave emissions?  

It is a byproduct of nuclear fission.  If you have findings, post them.  

Said this on 3-2-2014 At 11:20 am

They did not find Cesium 137, they found elevated levels of natural, ionizing radiation.  The microwave radiation from the radars (> 5,000,000 watts pulsed ) is energizing the atmosphere which in turn is increasing weakly ionizing radiation in the surroundings.

Said this on 1-12-2014 At 03:55 pm
The people at Half Moon Bay never got anywhere near the water!It even could have been a video playing and they were using Green Screen in a studio somewhere else.Of course the say its OK and nothing to worry about! They don't want a paniced public and riots!
Said this on 1-12-2014 At 04:21 pm

Tokyo Electric “There is NO way to shield Bremsstrahlung (braking radiation) from contaminated water tanks”
January 12th, 2014 Fukushima Diary

There is NO way to shield Bremsstrahlung from contaminated water tanks, Tokyo Electric stated in the press conference of 1/10/2014.
The contaminated water tanks contain high level of β nuclides. As shielded by water and the tank material, it turns into Bremsstrahlung.

Tokyo Electric’s spokesman commented it is technically impossible to shield each tank. Even if Tokyo Electric puts the shielding material inside of the tanks, it also causes Bremsstrahlung.

Having the contaminated water endlessly increasing, contaminated water tanks are also increasing. Tokyo Electric’s workers involved in tank construction, leakage patrol, and maintenance are significantly exposed even without touching the contaminated water directly.

Said this on 3-2-2014 At 11:15 am

Bremsstrahlung is Xray radiation produced by emissions from nuclides interacting with non-radioactive matter.  This is not a source of ongoing contamination.  It occurrs only in direct proximity to the nuclides.  As the water is releaased and moves further from the nuclde materials, the Bremsstrahlung will rapidly decrease and then stop at a quite short distance away.  This radiation only occurrs in close proximity to nuclide material

Another good quote from Huffington Post:

"Some radiation from the accident has also been detected in Tokyo and in the United States, but experts say they expect no significant health consequences there."

david reed
Said this on 1-12-2014 At 11:17 pm

how long do we have before the plume hits 

Said this on 1-13-2014 At 08:46 pm
Very will written article by Ms. Tatum.  Thank you.Everyone should know this --->"Nuclear Radiation:  There is No Safe Dose""The "small" amount of radiation, claimed to be "safe" by authorities, added to our increasingly fragile environment will cause serious harm to the health of human beings and other living organisms all over the world. Radioactive particles, especially Plutonium, Strontium, and Cesium are bioaccumulative, extremely persistent  and highly toxic. They travel long distances and will contaminate all regions on earth. Particularly devastating would be the inevitable damage to the genetic pool which will lead to an increase in the number of seriously defective offsprings who will be born in future generations."
Julian Bailey
Said this on 1-17-2014 At 08:47 am

Interesting well written article. Of course it raises a tremendous amount of questions to be answered as more & more information is uncovered.There will never be definitive proof of all the far away worldwide effects of the damage this radiation & others combined has done & is continuing to do. It ends up as statisical over our lifetimes. We know there is a degree of coverup by various governmental (Japan, the U.S., etc.) and private (nuclear companies, utilities, fisheries, restaurant & food purveyors, etc., etc.) that have economic & other interests to downplay the effects. However, the extent of the covering up is also somewhat hidden from us. We do know that the Japanese government has passed laws regulating free speech & press on this issue. We do know that the U.S. has adjusted its "safe levels" of allowable  radiation in fish sold to the public as food. What high level back room discussions led to these decisions? Also, governments & other people in power use practical "reasons" to "shield" the public from this type of information.  They don't want people to panic over something they can't quickly fix. They don't want the entire fishing,  seafood & related industries to be decimated. So a consortium of enties  with their own separate as well as common agendas  participate in the downplay of this event and its continuing aftermath. Out of curiousity for myself, I wonder about eating the wild caught salmon that I get in cans from the Pacific Northwest.  I wonder about continuing to eat sushi at the Japanese food restaurants I used to frequent and use of seaweed & kelp type products in food that I regulatly consumed. We already know that all tuna being caught off  the California coadt contains much higher rafioactiviyy since the Fukashima "accident".  The world is already polluted in so many ways besides radiation that even if we were all "enlightened" as a species cooperating with eachother for the good of the world's population we would have many many years of hard work to straighten things out. Not to be pessimistic because I always believe in fighting for improvement but we are living in a period of time, just like the smog of the early industrial revolution, when mankind is being exposed to serious health hazards of all types from all sorts of chemicals & other hazards. Anyway while we are struggling one fight at a time, is it crazy of me to ask if individuals can cost effectively purchase a geiger counter to monitor at home the radioactivity in food that has been purchased such as the canned pacific fish I earlier referred to? Any other feedback for actions we can take in addition to opposing further  proliferation of nuclear energy which I understand is already on the downturn due to financiers realizing the investment return is now becoming a bad risk.

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Just wont be happy until this planet has been completely destroyed :(

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