ABC in Fukushima: Radiation to be at U.S. coast early this year — Expert concerned about effects on food chain from unprecedented amount of migrating radioactivity — They tried to stop leaks, it’s just not working — Tepco: We don’t know what’s gone into ocean (VIDEO)

Published: January 10th, 2014 at 12:12 am ET


ABC News ‘Nightline‘, Jan 9, 2014:

Part I at 8:00 in

Cecilia Vega, ABC News (with “Nightline” producer Nick Capote): Will you ever know how much contaminated water has made its way from this power plant into that ocean?

Kenichiro Matsui, Tepco: It is very difficult to give an accurate number.

Part II at 2:30 in

Vega: A lot of cesium you just found. [Radiation expert Dr. Shinzo Kimura] says it’s just what he suspected. […] [Levels off Fukushima] are still 1,00 times higher than before the meltdown. And the effects of long-term exposure for people and the environment are still unknown.

Ken Buesseler, Senior Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: We’ve seen Tepco for 2.5 years trying to stop leaks, trying to decontaminate — it’s just not working. […] We’ve never had this much radioactivity released accidently into the ocean. So now the question is: ‘How long will it take to work through to the land — to the ocean from the power plant, into the sea life, and across the Pacific?

Vega: Some of that radiation is predicted to reach American shores early this year; the levels are expected to be very low.

Buesseler: I think the fear of what’s happening outside the local area has been exaggerated. For Americans to worry about swimming on our beaches when I can swim here, I think is overblown.

Vega: What does concern him? How this unprecedented amount of migrating radiation will affect the food chain.

Watch the 2-part broadcast here

Published: January 10th, 2014 at 12:12 am ET


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70 comments to ABC in Fukushima: Radiation to be at U.S. coast early this year — Expert concerned about effects on food chain from unprecedented amount of migrating radioactivity — They tried to stop leaks, it’s just not working — Tepco: We don’t know what’s gone into ocean (VIDEO)

  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    Are you kidding me ? This is just trash reporting . We must teach the masses to read between the lines . All the talking points as far as nuke speak will be filling the airwaves . Any guesses as to what they might be . Remember peacekeeper missiles .

  • Shammalammadingdong

    Tried to post this in another thread that was overrun by garbage.

    Pacific seafood is now buy 1 get 1 free.

  • Shammalammadingdong

    Mods, you gotta tighten up. If they're controlling what information is available, it's only going to get worse.

  • Stupidbutnotbumb

    Don't know and apparently don't care.. Not the News or the government or anybody else.. Everyone just wants a pay check to do what they say to do.. Which is nothing.. Just lie and lie and lie… The time will come that the truth of matter is plain for all to see..

  • Jebus Jebus

    "We’ve never had this much radioactivity released accidently into the ocean"

    There has never been this many seventeen syllable tsunami chemicals released into the ocean before, all at once.

    We will get what we get. We have already seen it.

    The result will be the sum of the parts…

    • SadieDog

      Well it is true. All of the 1000's of other releases of nuclear death were on purpose.

    • Ontological Ontological

      Bad combo all the chemicals like pool treatments, janitorial supplies, and everything else that went into the sea.
      Now vast amounts of dustificated fuel, and perhaps as much or more after big storms as 500 tons a day of varying degrees of contamination level water has escaped daily.
      We pretty much have established that Fukushima has surpassed Chernobyl in total output, how long until that amount doubles? 100 tons of molten fuel materials is quantum leaps ahead of anything that has occurred in the past so far.
      Indeed we will get what we get. I already know the fear for your life pain of what these fuel fleas can cause to us humans as well. I have suffered along with too many innocent creatures. As a human I deserve this, the co-inhabitants (flora & fauna) of this Earth, however do not.

      • zogerke zogerke

        also there will be a reaction between industrial contaminants and radioactivity- that no one has ever never studied. then add the chemistry of seawater. like the fuku meltdowns being unprecedented, the chemical reactions between the pollution and radioactivity makes the pacific an earth size experimental biological toxin petri dish.

  • kintaman kintaman

    It a madhouse. This world is crazy.

    • James Tekton James Tekton

      "This world is crazy."

      Roger that, Kinta.

      More careless than crazy. Crazy comes later after the long term effects of radiation on the human brain. This is why govt is preparing to go to war against the American people soon, and thinks of them all as zombies.

      At least some people are trying to bring some clarity to this huge ELE issue.

  • name999 name999

    …at least they are talking about it…that in itself is rare in the national media. But the message is
    very misdirected towards safety when it is deadly and happening now on our beaches in
    the Pacific South West and North West. And all over the world.

  • name999 name999

    …and funny, planet of the apes.

  • Jebus Jebus

    If you step back, the two issues together are devastating…

    Chemical Aftermath: Contamination and Cleanup Following the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

    It does not look good as recent evidence suggests…


    If you look here

    you can see there are some risky birds.

    sick birds? sick fish? winter? carrion? bald eagles?

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The hastened "extinction event" of Earth moves forward now at an accelerated pace! 🙁

    accelerate |akˈseləˌrāt|
    verb [ intrans. ]
    (of a vehicle or other physical object) begin to move more quickly : the car accelerated toward her.
    • increase in amount or extent : inflation started to accelerate | [as adj. ] ( accelerating) accelerating industrial activity.
    • Physics undergo a change in velocity.
    • [ trans. ] cause to go faster : the key question is whether stress accelerates aging.
    accelerative |-ərətiv; -ˌrātiv| |əkˈsɛlərədɪv| |økˈsɛlərədɪv| |økˈsɛləˈreɪdɪv| |əkˈsɛləˈreɪdɪv| adjective
    ORIGIN early 16th cent. (in the sense [hasten the occurrence of] ): from Latin accelerat- ‘hastened,’ from the verb accelerare, from ad- ‘toward’ + celer ‘swift.’

  • It's no longer a matter of 'if' radioactive contamination from Fukushima will reach the shores of the pacific rim countries.

    Simply stated. The radioactive contamination will only get worse as accumulation and spreading continue unabated from 3 melted out of control cores.

    IMO – To think otherwise would be ill advised. 😉

  • razzz razzz

    I'm using PeerBlock 1.1 and it doesn't like all the tracking IP addresses on the ABC site and blocks them all so I won't be watching the video.

    Kenny the Tool overlooks the collateral damage of a blown Daiichi plant site in favor of a nuclear industry's heartless goal of dominance. The Japanese and their kids are taking the hardest hit. Take a look at the Fukus' Diary site…

    The incubation time for cancers from Daiichi fallout are now ripe for a spike in rare diseases starting now and for the next 100 years. Lying about it will not help the suffering gullible and naive feel any better.

    • ManWithThePlan ManWithThePlan

      I just read that article from Mochizuki a couple of hours ago. Deniers or not, the kids in Japan shouldn't be subject to a disaster made by a bunch of greedy "adults" – I use the term loosely because real adults understand the consequences of their actions. Someone wrote a comment on that article damning that student's diagnosis as most likely resulting in death. I feel extremely sorry for the kid as he is clinging to hope, either not realizing or not accepting what acute leukemia actually means. He reminds of the story 'Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes', and will probably keep hoping until his last second of life. It really is overwhelmingly macabre – all of it.

  • ManWithThePlan ManWithThePlan

    "For Americans to worry about swimming on our beaches when I can swim here"

    Ummm… no one said that YOU can't swim in contaminated water. In fact, YOU probably should take a dip in a radioactive ocean. Other people will probably take a raincheck on that (but we don't really have that anymore either, do we now – TEPCO, I'm looking in your direction!) <shakes head disapprovingly>

    • Arizonan Arizonan

      Yes, the ABC video did a good job of downplaying everything. Never gave any numbers for radiation levels. It showed footage of the plant before the explosions. Amazing graphics, though. Amazing what you can do in media when you have such a large budget. Maybe they are working together with TEPCO as well, like the California Dept. of Health.

  • Ontological Ontological

    Well this radiation toxin is coming into the worlds water faucets soon, most of it is very expensive to filer out. And if filtration becomes more practical, where to dispose of the filter, in the local land fill?
    To answer, have seen everything from glow toys for cribs, to key chains and neat little paperweights etc. full of such pretty pure spectral chakra (rainbow)colored lines of T2O within them.
    Great way to "illuminate" us huh.

    • razzz razzz

      May not be able to get those unique key chains anymore but they still use tritium in gun scopes to help night sighting. Since all radioactive elements decay, the night sights will dull over time with the tritium decay rate.

      • Ontological Ontological

        I noted that they are unavailable why I used the link. Was just making a point, what to do with filtered materials. They actually are not that hot.
        Just don't sleep with it too close.
        Ideas like this are what is needed in order to clean up this mess. Making it profitable makes it so.

      • Ontological Ontological

        10 to 12 year light source, handy in space, mines, and other places where light that needs no electricity is needed. Makes me wonder why they shut them down, too hot, not hardly. Perhaps allowing manufacturing these kind of things admits there could be a problem.

  • I'd say it's time to take some precautions so we all don't get really sick from this radiation exposure hitting our country.

  • James Tekton James Tekton

    Dutch is reporting 69.2 CPM in his latest snow check.

    We are getting some snow in the four corners area. Readings are between 50 and 60 CPM. Will do a check soon and share on the reporting thread.


    • zogerke zogerke

      james, better than in phildelphia, pa where both snowfalls i measured were in the 90-110 cpm range last week.

  • name999 name999

    …almost everything we might purchase from umbrellas to keychains have substances in them
    that are recycled from waste that has radioactive fallout and waste in it. The new next thing…

    • Ontological Ontological

      Like forks and knives, oh and those pesky red sporks.
      Actually what needed to be done,originally was teach the truth of these dangers known to be harmful to begin with in science class on all educational levels, in the first place. Failure to do so, has resulted in some nasty consequences.

    • AllenH AllenH

      Somebody here posted a link saying that now the metal industry has it the law passed, that they are allowed to make all manner of kitchen ware and common household things including Pots and pans! With so-called low radiation junk metal.
      Imagine, cooking food in a radioactive pot!

      I guess they think that if you sit on the radioactive beach, eating your radioactive fish with your radioactive take away cutlery, while smiling and drinking beer, you will not be contaminated (sarc)

      • clamshellernh clamshellernh

        I want to say its depleted uranium ..or tailings ?

      • Ontological Ontological

        Its an economic recovery plan, tell people there is DU in certain things to they send out to get a rad detector. Which is a great idea btw, because they probably will be using it to can soup soon.

  • AllenH AllenH

    Sukyo Mahikari – The Japanese doomsday cult and their link to Fukushima.

  • James Tekton James Tekton

    Sad that we have to get real news from communist Russia, and not the formerly free American press any more.

    • pure water

      James Tekton, you are right:
      The main news here are:
      – Totaly broken water filtering system.The repair will take a lot of time.
      – Tepco admits 140 radiation measurements of underground water from June to November were not published, with the excuse these data might be taken uncorrectly, but claims that the published data are correct.
      – The agreement between IAEA and the medical university
      – Hot spots outside the exclusion zone.
      The whole text is written under the video.

  • Proton

    "still 1,00 times higher"…
    The stat looks to be missing some zeros… Clearly evident of tampering or other monkey business

  • ftlt

    Wood Hole is the Cato group of ocean science.

  • johnnyo


    San Diego kelp
    Tested Fuk-rads within months
    Yet still not here yet?

    • AllenH AllenH

      The troubling think is most people still believe what they are told by these nuclear-rats.

    • Arizonan Arizonan

      The original I-131 readings in the kelp were from the initial atmospheric fallout of the first two months. As we are all learning, this initial blast was much more significant than was admitted at the time. The DOE says they detected plutonium in Las Cruces, NM in the week after the first blast. That is extremely significant.

      However, the water plume is another matter. It appears to be arriving on the California coast as we speak. No, the level isn't high enough for people to get skin burns, and you could probably be in the water a long time without ill effect. However, it would not be good to breathe or drink in any water or beach sand. Internalized radioactivity is much more dangerous than external radioactivity. Even chronic low-level radiation levels only 2x background have been shown to increase the risk of cancer. (Stewart and Mangano, for example.) See low-level radiation forum for lots of peer-reviewed science about the effect of low-level radiation. Anyone who tells you there isn't enough science to know what the effects of low-level radiation are, is simply lying.

      • Arizonan Arizonan

        ABC news video says the radiation levels in the bay are 1000x background. Not water I would want to get into!

  • Nick

    Radiation is natural.


    Don't expect sanity to prevail with this disaster.

    The time of great sorrow is coming.

    No force in the Universe can stop it.

    Get ready.

  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

    With this presentation, ABCs Nightline has reached a new low in Main Stream Media's "news." Shame on this atrocity. It is full of lies, lies, and more lies.

  • sworldpeas

    Tepco is DeathCo
    Extinction level event
    No life on planet

    • Donald Shimoda Donald Shimoda

      I agree about the ELE although I am unclear on the timeline and the specifics. While these meltdowns are enough to finish us off alone — I believe governments and people behaving badly will hasten things.
      Hope we will give "peas" a chance before the bitter end to display the seldom publicly seen good parts of humanity.
      I can still dream!

      • KidIcarus KidIcarus

        Hi Donald, welcome. Glad you're seeing things clearly and CALMLY. our world will need a lot of calm in the years to come.
        This community is special – haven't found another forum like it. Wonderful, bright minds here.

    • johnnyo

      nice one peas

  • cooterboy

    Ms. Vega is a journalist and not an investigative journalist. She has a nice job with ABC and reports what others don't know.

    Another talking head asking questions that she knows are unanswerable. Lousy copy, however ABC can say they covered the story. She should have gone to ENEnews or googled Fuku. and prepared for these interviews. Garbage in garbage out.

  • tsfw tsfw

    They tested one area near Fuku, now test Alaska to Mexico where it's accumulating! If I flush my toilet, I don't expect the shit to still be in the same place 3 years later. Sorry for the visual, but man this made me mad. We all know ABC is in bed with the nuc industry so I should have expected this. I hope someone shoots that Ken Buesseler between the eyes some day soon.

  • sworldpeas

    They tried to stop leaks

  • Why did Dr Chris Busby Vigorously Substitute Natural Radon Radiation for California Fukushima Rads .

    We know that the entire California coast got massive Cesium 137 than anywhere else in US that is not going anywhere for 30 years . So the real question is why did Dr. Christopher Busby Claims its not Fukushima radiation but that its Natural Radon Radiation in California boggles the mind . Its the first time i have seen Radon injected into this event and now people are repeating that and its very worrying . Remember the reactors do not run on Radon or Iodine or Cesium they run on Uranium 234 , Uranium 235 that last for 4.5 billion years , and Plutonium that last for 24,000 years You can watch the bizarre switch and bait here from yesterdays Jan 8th 2014 interview

  • SamuelRose

    At U.S. coast? What about those humid winds blowing in off the ocean? Where do they precipitate out? In larg part, the Rocky Mountains.

    The story below describes a simple "wipe test" to do on a large smooth surface, such as a car, after a fresh rain. The first-hand observations are from Colorado and Wyoming samplings, but likely can be reproduced elsewhere.

    Here is the link: