Fukushima is here, it is no longer a Japanese problem ~ it is a growing world problem which is still being ignored. Here’s an update on my report of May 14,2013 where I demonstrated that a creeping and never ending deadly fog of radiation, invisible to the eye but not to the immune system, continues to blanket the West Coast while its human cost is barely being mentioned ~ mainly due to a worldwide media blackout:
The Fukushima Genie that was released over two years ago is still spouting and leaking forth deadly radiation while silence remains supreme among the worldwide media.
A new study in April of 2013 suggested that nuclear fallout from Fukushima in March of 2011 has led to significant elevated rates of congenital thyroid illness among infants born on the West Coast and Hawaii ~ keeping in mind that President Obama not only denied this threat but ordered the EPA to stop weekly & monthly testing for radiation in April of 2011 . As such, a creeping and never ending deadly fog of radiation, invisible to the eye but not to the immune system, continues to blanket the West Coast while its human cost is just beginning to be perceived. See my May report ~
As Change.org reports~ “Although the initial meltdown of three reactors, from the earthquake/tsunami of March 11, 2011, occurred over 2 years ago, the complex is still highly unstable, and leaking radiation constantly into the air and water. The Pacific Ocean is more and more contaminated. West Coast marine mammals are dying by the thousands, and West Coast babies are sick. The FDA is not testing food for radiation, although many fish are contaminated, and there have been reports of milk, mushrooms, seaweed being radioactive. Nor is the air along the coast being checked by official agencies.”
According to Natural News reporter Ethan Huff, the lack of reliable information ~ at least in Japan ~ may be less the fault of government than mainstream media:
“New data released by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) shows once again that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is far from over. Despite a complete media blackout on the current situation, levels of Cesium-137 (Cs-137) and Cesium-134 (Cs-134) found in produce and rice crackers located roughly 225 miles (~ 362 km) away from Fukushima are high enough to cause residents to exceed the annual radiation exposure limit in just a few months, or even weeks.” See report:
But here is the hair raising report that impelled me to write this update ~ Radiation leaking into groundwater from Fukushima Daiichi has increased 100 fold in the past two weeks.
- 11,000 Becquerel’s per liter – TEPCO’s measurement of Cesium-134 on July 9.
- 18,000 Becquerel’s per liter — TEPCO measurement of Cesium-137 on July 8.
- 22,000 Becquerel’s per liter – TEPCO’s measurement of Cesium-137 on July 9.
- 900,000 Becquerel’s per liter – TEPCO’s measurement of the total radioactivity in the water leaking from Reactor #1. This radiation load includes both Cesium isotopes, as well as Tritium, Strontium and other beta emitters. There are more than 60 radioactive substances that have been identified at the Fukushima site.
Japan ~ Fish and Ocean contamination / 2 minute video
Here’s another Becquerel perspective on the same situation:
- 10 Becquerel’s per liter — The officially “safe” level for radioactivity in drinking water, as set by the NRA. A Becquerel is a standard scientific measure of radioactivity, similar in some ways to a rad or a rem or a roentgen or a sievert or a curie, but not equivalent to any of them. But you don’t have to understand the nuances of nuclear physics to get a reasonable idea of what’s going on in Fukushima. Just keep the measure of that safe drinking water in mind, that liter of water, about a a quart, with 10 Becquerel’s of radioactivity.
- 60 Becquerel’s per liter — For nuclear power plants, the safety limit for drinking water is 60 Becquerel’s, as set by the NRA, with less concern for nuclear plant workers than ordinary civilians.
- 60-90 Becquerel’s per liter — For waste water at nuclear power plants, the NRA sets a maximum standard of 90 Becquerel’s per liter for Cesium-137 and 60 Becquerel’s per liter of Cesium-134.
- 9,000 Becquerel’s per liter — On July 8, according to TEPCO, the company measured radioactive Cesium-134 at 9,000 Becquerel’s per liter. Since TEPCO characterized this as 90 times higher than on July 5, the implication is that the earlier reading (about 100) was less than twice as toxic as the allowable limit and only 10 times more toxic than drinking water for civilians.
This water seeps into the Pacific, loading the food chain with radiation. Fish off the coast of Japan are also showing radiation spikes.
Meanwhile, TEPCO is secretive, severely limiting access to the complex by journalists and by any experts who are not beholden to the nuclear industry.
TEPCO has been accused of doctoring photos and videos to hide cracks in the aging concrete buildings and containment tanks. The workers are overexposed to radiation, underpaid, and must be rotated out after a few months, to be replaced by others with little experience of the facility.
In March 2013, researchers from the Stanford University Hopkins Marine Station issued a report on Bluefin tuna caught off the California coast and tested for radioactive cesium. The report found that Bluefin tuna were 100 per cent contaminated, that not one was cesium-free. The report did not address such questions as whether cesium would continue to accumulate in tuna or whether it was appearing in other fish species.
The important aspect of this research, according to the Stanford News, was that:
“The work supports the idea that the Fukushima radioisotopes can be used to reliably determine the previously unknown trans-oceanic movements of juvenile Pacific Bluefin tuna. This information could be used to prevent tuna from being overfished.”
Would You Like a Side of Hot Seaweed With Your Hot Tuna?
Reporting on the same radiation leaking information, the Two Rivers Tribune in northern California noted:
“On the coast of California, there is a deep sea kelp forest at Corona del Mar that now contains concentrations of radiation that are 250 times higher than levels found in kelp prior to the Japanese nuclear accidents. A research article published in Scientific American reports that radiation accumulated in fish that ate near the kelp…. Presently, there is no research as to what is the exact effect on fish and their offspring will be from the increased levels of radiation that are being found….
“The Japanese government has banned both the domestic sale and international export of most fish that are caught off the Fukushima coast. Radiation levels are still rising two years after the nuclear accidents. In January of 2013 the tested levels of cesium were about 2,540 times what is considered safe for human consumption. Strontium levels are 240 times the legal limit.”
See full William Boardman July 2013 report on Fukushima :
There can no longer be any doubts ~ FUKUSHIMA IS HERE ~ Two minute video
We obviously desperately need an independent investigation. Please continue to send out this petition:
“The first thing to know about the danger from the radioactive mass remaining on site in the three reactors that melted down at Fukushima is that nobody knows how much radioactive material there is, nobody knows how much uranium and plutonium it contains, and nobody knows how to make it safe ~ so no one knows how great the continuing danger is.” William Boardman
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