AFP: Scientist warns of new flood of radioactive particles around Fukushima — Those who escaped initial fallout could now be exposed — People in coastal areas at particular risk

Published: November 29th, 2013 at 12:44 pm ET


AFP, Nov. 28, 2013: Typhoons that hit Japan each year are helping spread radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear disaster into the country’s waterways, researchers say. […] “There is a definite dispersal towards the ocean,” LSCE researcher Olivier Evrard said Wednesday. […] Local populations who escaped the initial fallout two-and-a-half years ago could now find their food or water contaminated by the cesium particles as they penetrate agricultural land and coastal plains, researchers warned. […] more frequent and fierce storms in 2013 have brought a new flood of cesium particles. This is, said Evrard, “proof that the source of the radioactivity has not diminished upstream”. […] Scientists “concentrated mostly on the direct fallout from Fukushima yet this is another source of radioactive deposits” that must be taken into account, Evrard warned. Coastal areas home to fishermen or where people bathe in particular face a potential risk. […]

Evolution of radioactive dose rates in fresh sediment deposits along coastal rivers draining Fukushima contamination plume, Oct. 29, 2013: We show that coastal rivers of Eastern Fukushima Prefecture were rapidly supplied with sediment contaminated by radionuclides originating from inland mountain ranges […] [The study authors] suggest that storage of contaminated sediment in reservoirs and in coastal sections of the river channels now represents the most crucial issue.  […] Significant wet and dry radiocaesium deposits occurred on 15-16 March 2011, leading to the formation of a strong contamination plume over a distance of 70 km to the northwest of FDNPP. The area where soil contamination exceeds 100 kBq m−2 of 137Cs was estimated to cover ca. 3000 km2 […]

View the study’s findings here

Published: November 29th, 2013 at 12:44 pm ET


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31 comments to AFP: Scientist warns of new flood of radioactive particles around Fukushima — Those who escaped initial fallout could now be exposed — People in coastal areas at particular risk

  • Gasser Gasser


    "Blowin' In The Wind"

    How many roads must a man walk down 

    Before you call him a man?

How many Radioactive seas must a white dove sail
Before she dies in the sand?

How many times must the Buckey balls fly
    Before on you they land?

The truth, my friend, ain't blowin' in the wind,
Only Cesium is blowin' in the wind.

    How many years can mankind exist

    Before he's contaminated by the sea?

How many years can aging Nuclear reactors exist
Before they're no longer allowed to pollute you and me?

How many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,

    The answer is Cesium's blowin' in the wind.

    How many times can dumb TEPCO look up

    Before they can't see the sky?

How many commonsense ears must man have
Before he can hear people cry?

How many radiation deaths will it take till he knows
Too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,

    The answer is blowin' in the Fukushmia wind.

    ~Gasser Classic~

    • invisible ELEphant in the room

      Genius! You inspired me.

      Billy Corgan – Mina Loy (M.O.H.)

      the siren calls outside
      they want to kill us all
      radiation, wounded fish
      full of cesium
      nowhere to go
      consequences be they may
      I resolve to never change
      I so vow to never yield

      can I give my old radiated heart TO YOU?

      cause when this polution starts
      that's when TEPCO blows it all away

      “here, you're radiated” they'll say
      “to die afraid, to lie awake”

      it's plain the nuclear industry has won
      the days of judgement rise
      radiated innocents, wounded fish
      how could they know?
      they're burning cold
      paranoias be they may
      I resolve to never change

      can I give my old radiated heart TO YOU?

      cause when this radiation sickness starts
      that's when I rip it all apart

      the end's in sight
      we're born to die
      one thousand times

      I'm just one isotope away
      I'm just one isotope away from you kid
      I'm just one isotope away
      I'm just one isotope away from you kid
      I'm not so radiated
      I'm not so radiated now kid

      can I give my old radiated heart TO YOU?
      my old radiated heart…

    • Fall out man!

      +100 , it deserves radio time… lots of radio time!!!!!

  • MVB Michael Van Broekhoven

    Well, here in Japan, checking food contamination with a Geiger Counter that's supposedly not sensitive enough to detect anything unless it's truly extreme, all i can say is this: a significant amount of Japanese seaweed for sale throughout Japan appears to be truly extremely contaminated.

    Here are my results, with 10 minute CPM averages and photos of the tested packages:

    Nuclear Fission Technology ought to be banned planet-wide.

      • tooktheredpill tooktheredpill

        If a regular muller tube is showing these elevated levels then a scintillator would be going off the charts. Even a home made "tin can" detector will let you know if a nuclear bomb has blown up close to you!!!!!

        The fact that you're getting these reading's and you have been so meticulous to set up a base line and cross reference a LOT of different product's shows that (even with an inaccurate low cost device) the CPM'S are massively elevated.

        A million thanks for what you are doing….and it really scares me what you could actually show if you had access to a state of the art scintillator.


          @tooktheredpill: shielded PIN detector diode coupled to a low-noise preamplifier would work. You'd have to 'calibrate' the circuit against a known emitter source. Lots of lead bars and the heavy lifting's done. You only have to build some baseline data…

      • Au Au

        Much appreciation to you Michael. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kashiko Kashiko

      Great site, great work, but scary for us in Japan

      • MVB Michael Van Broekhoven

        Thanks. And yes… the monitoring that could happen to keep the food supply safe is obviously not being done. I feel bad to report it, as I expect that when the true scale of the contamination is acknowledged, it could ruin many very good people's livelihoods. And yet, it it doesn't, it's bound to ruin many people's health many years from now. Scary indeed. ;-(

    • vicky13 vicky13

      Hi Michael,,

      Really good work. Like Kashiko just said, scary for the people of Japan and everywhere else for that matter.

    • We Not They Finally

      Michael, something else that is REALLY scary? Here in Albuquerque, NM, the background seems to be 100 CPM to start with! And we've had spikes as high as 680 CPM! (beta count) It makes those Japanese seaweed readings look tame!!

      We're trying to move, but that's not an immediate process at all.

      Are we the worst American city? Maybe not quite, but "up there." And it may well be getting worse everywhere as we go along.

      What we are trying to do is GENERAL protections, like lots of vitamin C, Iodoral (for iodine), baking soda to keep the PH alkaline. We all have to do what we can. It just freaked me a little that you thought the Japanese seaweed readings were bad, knowing the very AIR we are breathing in the U.S.

      • MVB Michael Van Broekhoven

        'We Not They Finally', Yeah… I've been looking at that… Troubling indeed. Seen EnviroReporter's test of rain in SoCal this week? Disturbing: 2700% (27 times) above background…

        Rain spikes have become more pronounced on EPA monitors (they very often correspond with rain out events, as you can see on my overview of some monitors in September:

        • Socrates


          Thank you for the information about high levels in rainfall in Death Valley during recent rain-outs. I am glad to see Michael and Denise Anne Collins are still reporting levels of radiation since our government prefers to either fail to measure or fail to report this data. In fact, I will be out in the desert around Palm Desert this weekend and live in the San Diego area and would appreciate my government providing me with information that levels of radiation in rainfall might be 27 times background so that I can take adequate precautions for myself and my family.

          I usually presume that rainwater carries high levels of radiation since 3-11. I have had melanoma. The last thing I need is rain drops falling on my head. I was exposed to testing in Nevada in the 50's and had much sun exposure on the beaches in Southern California. I avoid x – rays and excessive UP exposure.

          My first skin lesion was at the age of 10. That was too early to have been caused by sunlight exposure. I urge people to keep their children from being exposed through precipitation whenever possible. Rain outs are bad.

          I urge

          • Socrates


            people reading this reply to keep yourselves and your children from being exposed in the rain outs as both Michaels are advising. Eating Pacific Ocean fish from the West Coast is not as bad as being out in the rain in my opinion based on measurements I reviewed this morning. Fallout comes down in precipitation more than in ocean currents.

            I use reverse osmosis with two filters for drinking water. The cost of that runs about two – hundred dollars per year for the entire family.

          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            Melanoma usually shows up where the Sun does not shine and therefor it is from/caused by manmade radiation exposures and not the Sun. 🙁

            I had a close friend who removed the diesel generators from Nuclear Power Plants and he died from melanoma..proof is in the radioactive sludge radiating down down/on all of us pudding.. 🙁

            We do not have much time left to change this Nuclear Pollution direction… 🙁

            Shut them all down via international law..and do it quickly!

            • Socrates


              It was really stupid for mankind to do testing and adopt nuclear power. I would qualify under the Nuclear Compensation Act except for the fact that melanoma is not listed as one of the cancers believed to be caused by fallout from testing. As I understand it, the compensation is around $50,000.

              I stay out of the rain these days, but I get a little sunshine on the basis that vitamin D is produced by sunlight ecpisure. Probiotics helps with vitamin D, especially Lactobacillus reuteri which produces vitamin D in the gut thereby boosting blood levels of viatim D in the blood by 30%. I eat Meeker raspberties -organic- for the elagic acid in the seeds. That helps repair the P53 gene and prevents unlimited replication of daughter cells.

              Glutathione levels can be kept high to combat cancer. Paleolithic diet with lots of exercise -no sugar, salt, slcohol, dairy, wheat, rice, corn, GMO….

      • mairs mairs

        I didn't know you're in Albuquerque! I'm a little south of Santa Fe. My readings have been 49 CPM average, and range from 18 to 130. Elapsed time for this range has been 79 days, since I finally bought a detector. I have a unit that can also pick up alpha. I've also gone out in the rain to take readings on the ground right afterwards, and it's been a bit higher than 130 but not for more than a few seconds. Move up here.

      • MVB Michael Van Broekhoven

        By the way, both alpha and Beta radiation can be shielded with as little as a piece of paper, so in my case of testing the seaweeds (, those wouldn't even get through air + packaging My readings are therefor implied to be for just gamma radiation, which makes the measurements all the more striking. I suspect it's loaded with Cesium-137.

        Your rain samples, high in Beta, could be from Iodine (if there were new criticalities like which was likely the case this summer, see ), or perhaps all that Strontium-90 that is leaking into the Ocean gets picked up in rain clouds (?). Sucks Sr-90 is so hard to even test for.

        Take rain samples and have 'm tested at a professional lab and share your findings, if you can. From a practical point of view, there is essentially no government, just a bunch of corrupt officials covering for the interests of big corporations. Until that changes, we're on our own.

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      Michael – Very interesting web site. Thanks for the link.

  • pkjn

    Fukushima getting worse
    November 25, 2013

    The whole world is trying to watch….so Tokyo Electric has complained that the media is actually photographing their operations! With a state secrets act on its way, we anticipate a formal crackdown. Tokyo Electric wants to open four other reactors in Japan and pursues overseas investments while toying with the fate of the Earth at Fukushima.

    Fukushima radiation has been confirmed off the coast of Alaska, & will soon be in California. Reports from the Pacific of the disappearance of sardines and salmon, the death of California sea lion pups, a horrible plague among starfish off the northwest coast of the US, and much more, remind us how little we know about the effects of pouring gargantuan quantities of radiation into the ocean.

    And that the survival of human life on our planet has never been more threatened.

    • jec jec

      News story just airing about up to 5,000,000 bird deaths in NZ. The birds migrate from the Bering Sea..the fallout area. They are dying up and down the coastlines. Some are muttonbirds, some are other species..all are sea birds.

  • weeman

    First it states that local population that escaped the initial fallout, no one escaped fallout, not even me and you.
    We know it is in the environment, that is a givin, I also know about hot spots, we're radioactive isotopes accumulate naturally as it is washed out of soil and redeposited in low lying areas etc.
    Are we still observing iodine isotopes, yes so criticality is on going and continuing to be deposited.
    Cold shut down my fanny.
    Remember TEPCO motto as they are fascists " work will set you free" , now they have new and improved ovens, nuclear ovens. I do apologize if this offends some, please take in different context please.

  • Bowtieman Bowtieman

    Hot is hot… No where to run… No where to hide….Get the rocket ready. We need a new home…

    • jec jec

      Mars was trashed a billion years ago. So no place to send a rocket…


      no need to find a new home Bowtieman. We have the knowledge to build space platforms which would afford adequate protection. Add to this, unlimited materials that are constantly flying by. It's only a matter of choosing to do so; which will eventually be done. Right now, we're still dithering about while the fire expands to engulf us all…

  • Igmz Igmz

    Hey We Not They..where r us getting those readings in alb. NM? Most of my family lives in Albuquerque and I live just north of there..some r skeptics and I did one see a radnet reading i think..a while back but do not remember where…if u could point me in the direction of your source would help me greatly with the dubious family..

  • Socrates

    Enenews readers should learn how radiation Fallout vectors work to better protect themselves and their families. This study shows how particulate matter contaminated by the Fukushima reactors in meltdown ultimately contaminate through internal portals of entry years after showers of hot particles and gases may have been inhaled immediately following 3-11.

    The new reality is to protect yourself and your family by avoiding or limiting exposure. Sometimes the transport vectors are not apparent or even counter-intuitive. The sediments will be in food and drink, even in bath water in Japan.

  • jec jec

    People near the radiation spewing Fukushima Diiachi Nuclear Plant need to keep an eye on the wind and weather. Since fuel rods are being moved, no one can say for sure what will happen. Since during 3/11 the victims were not notified of safe exit areas, based on wind directions, citizens MUST do their own weather research, daily. Look at weather sites showing one or two days of wind in advance. Then every day have an escape plan for your family. We live near a nuclear plant, without the F-affect, and we check daily which way we would leave the area. Have plan for safe evacuation, your own considered plan based on the best knowledge. Don't expect anyone to help in an emergency. If they do, good, but YOU become self reliant.