Almost entire ground-level of Northern Hemisphere covered in radioactive fission product after 3/11 (GRAPHIC) — Study: “The impact of Fukushima radioxenon releases on the worldwide Xe-133 background must be investigated”

Published: December 31st, 2012 at 3:26 pm ET
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Title: Analysis of Radionuclide Releases from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident Part II
Source: Pure and Applied Geophysics
Authors: Pascal Achim, Marguerite Monfort, Gilbert Le Petit, Philippe Gross, Guilhem Douysset, Thomas Taffary, Xavier Blanchard, Christophe Moulin
Date: September 2012

[…] In this study, the emissions of the three fission products Cs-137, I-131 and Xe-133 are investigated.

[…] worldwide industrial Xe-133 background could be modified by Fukushima radioxenon release affecting the performances of the CTBT radionuclide monitoring network.

[…] during the couple of months after the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident, monitoring capabilities of the network could have been affected by the large amount of radioxenon released by the accident. The impact of Fukushima radioxenon releases on the worldwide Xe-133 background must also be investigated. […]

The maps below show the activity concentration of Xe-133 at ground-level on March 31, 2011 (top) and May 10, 2011 (bottom)

Full analysis in here

Published: December 31st, 2012 at 3:26 pm ET
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63 comments to Almost entire ground-level of Northern Hemisphere covered in radioactive fission product after 3/11 (GRAPHIC) — Study: “The impact of Fukushima radioxenon releases on the worldwide Xe-133 background must be investigated”

  • domjox domjox

    And Xe-133 is good for us, extends our life spans with a higher level of good health.

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    80% of the core inventory has been released into the atmosphere. Guess what, NRC and DOE? Your models SUCK.

    "…The total source term estimated gives a fraction of core inventory of about 8 × 1018 Bq at the time of reactors shutdown. This result suggests that at least 80 % of the core inventory has been released into the atmosphere and indicates a broad meltdown of reactor cores…"

    • weeman

      Would not surprise me if 80 percent of the cores have been vaporized and we probably got of lucky could have been worse, what a pathetic statement we should never have gotten to this point, we are doing a really good job at exterminating ourselfs and a happy new year to you.

    • ion jean ion jean

      And as little as 25% could have comprised the initial fallout plume, with 75% retained still in the upper atmosphere, slowly redistributing in rain and snow outs…Potrblog has some pretty high storm readings in St. Louis through early winter that he posts on Youtube.

      I like the scientific concern over the effects of radioxenon on monitoring equipment: what about the effects on biological (human) life…?

      I watch the puddles underneath my snowboots dry to a crusty white which reminds me of the important part that atmospheric dust plays in forming a snowflake and how Cesium and Strontium love making them…

      Happy New Year All at enenews…we're still breathing!

    • patb2009

      i suspect that much of this source is the SFP at unit 1 or unit 3.

      i'd be surprised if 80% of the cores vaporized, but i wouldn't be surprised if 10% of the SFPs vaporized.

      we have pretty good indication the cores melted out and went down through the basements.
      But the SFPs' are up there, just bubbling away.

  • Sickputer

    Well, based on those maps Central American fruit isn't looking much better than continental USA.

    Australia and South America come out the big winner for human survival past this century.

  • nomoretrust

    shut these weapon factories down NOW! More and more people will awaken to the despicable lies we have been fed. If your not trying to kill us then shut them down Stupid!

  • NUCLEAR Power Plants and FACTORIES producing radionuclides…

    I found this chart very interesting.

    Wow… amazing!
    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00024-012-0578-1/fulltext.html#Fig16

    I should file this one under, 'I didn't know that, but now I'm glad I do.'

    It also helped in understanding the 2 charts above a bit better.
    (note that Figs. 16 and 17 color scales are different)

    see Fig. 16…
    "Global average simulated background in Xe-133 due to atmospheric releases of major nuclear facilities during normal operation:…"

    "…NUCLEAR Power Plants and FACTORIES producing radionuclides for medical use. These facilities are mainly distributed in the northern hemisphere."

    • razzz razzz

      Move the slider to 24:20 and listen about 'routine releases'…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP0LGlV_DH8

      • FREEDOMROX

        This is as about as depressing a set of documents I have ever read. Nuke Plants have to go. Anyone else feel like the "Toxic Avenger" right about now?

      • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

        @razzz

        I clicked on the link but it would not allow me to move the slider over to 24:20. It was too late to listen to the whole 58 minutes. It may be my computer….

        • razzz razzz

          YouTube videos have to load esp. the longer ones, there is a shadow bar with the red playback bar that shows how much of the video has/is loaded. Once it is completely loaded you can slide to any time point you are looking for.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    How Cesium And Strontium 90 Kills Children (German w English CC) via A Green Road
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/german-how-cesium-and-strontium-90.html

    Radioactive Xenon Gas; Dangerous And Lung Cancer Causing Isotope; via A Green Road
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/10/radioactive-xenon-gas-dangerous-and.html

  • Help Please!

    When they write 80% of the "core inventory" was vaporized do they mean 80% of the inventory of noble gasses from the reactor cores or do they mean 80% of the ENTIRE RADIONUCLIDE inventory?

    Moreover, they make a couple of claims I find problematic in the abstract:

    1. "Atmospheric transport simulations suggest that the main air emissions have occurred during the events of March 14, 2011 (UTC) and that no major release occurred after March 23."

    2. "The radioactivity emitted into the atmosphere could represent 10 % of the Chernobyl accident releases for I-131 and Cs-137."

    My opinion with respect to #1:
    I think major emissions occurred in Dec 2011 and Jan 2012 and the radnet data for the US west coast show it. Their data set only goes until May 2011.

    With respect to #2:
    I have data from other sources establishing that cesium releases from Fukushima are equal to cesium releases from Chernobyl.

    Of course, their data collection period is very limited. Still, I think this is a vast understatement.

    I think we need to read the article carefully. Not tonight for me…

    Happy New Year's All!!!

    • vital1 vital1

      I just posted this long term recorded data into the enenews radiation monitoring forum,

      http://enenews.com/forum-post-radiation-monitoring-data-april-30-2012-present/comment-page-20#comment-319315

      It verifies your Dec 2011 and Jan 2012 theory.

      "My opinion with respect to #1:
      I think major emissions occurred in Dec 2011 and Jan 2012 and the radnet data for the US west coast show it."

      You may now have to also include November and December 2012.

      ——————————————————————

      Get the message out there on how serious the Fukushima nuclear disaster is
      quickly, and efficiently. You don’t need to explain anything just distribute the lifesaver.pdf. (or create your own), hand it out, mailbox it,
      or email it.

      http://technologypals.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/lifesaver.pdf

      • Excellent and telling data

        I posted on the data monitoring thread my concern given your location in the southern hemisphere.

        Great flyer. Its clear and to the point. The problem is that people do NOT want to know because they feel they cannot control the fallout.

        I've been struggling since it happened to raise awareness. The only people who really seemed concerned were mothers. But they quickly diverged from the food practices I recommended (avoiding fresh milk after detections of Iodine-131, avoiding berries from the west coast, avoiding salmon from the Pacific-Northwest, etc.).

        People are happy to sleep until it is too late. Then it is regarded as a personal tragedy unless the problems are overtly epidemic.

        So sad.

        • vital1 vital1

          The flyer has been successful in reaching a lot of people.

          Some still do not comprehend the seriousness of the situation. Mainly because of the government and media silence. Also they can't see it, taste it, or feel it, until it is to late. Long term data provides people with something concrete to comprehend.

          From commentary here and other forums, more and more people are starting to report serious health symptoms.

          In the long term more people may die from the indirect effects of the
          radioactive contamination, as a result of the weakened immune systems or virus mutations, causing epidemics.

    • Sickputer

      Majia: Don't spend much time examining these tired old rehashed BS from the French nucleocrats et al.

      It's some of the old crappy "10 percent releases compared to Chernobyl" and same dumb simulated maps Pascal used two months after the crisis began:

      http://www.ctbto.org/fileadmin/user_upload/SandT_2011/posters/T2-P3%20P_Achim%20Contribution%20of%20Isotopes%20production%20facilities%20and%20nuclear%20power%20plants.pdf

      I as a layman see holes in their "research" I could drive the big Daiichi crane through. 😉

      Cheers,

      SP. Happy 2013! May it be better than the past two years.

      • Thanks Sickputer!

        I thought so…

        Often the problem is the source terms, but sometimes sampling techniques or time periods are suspect.

        Best wishes for your family

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      Part I sounds like just 80% of 133Xe reactor inventory.

      http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs00024-012-0581-6

      "…On the basis of a comparison between the reactor core inventory at the time of reactor shutdowns and the fission product activities measured in air at Takasaki, especially 95Nb and 103Ru, it was possible to show that the reactor cores were exposed to high temperature for a prolonged time. This diagnosis was confirmed by the presence of 113Sn in air at Takasaki. The 133Xe assessed release at the time of reactor shutdown (8×10^18 Bq) turned out to be in the order of 80 % of the amount deduced from the reactor core inventories. This strongly suggests a broad meltdown of reactor cores…"

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      Pt II: Received December 8, 2011, revised August 6, 2012, accepted August 12, 2012

    • razzz razzz

      Experts still argue over how much of Chernobyl's core was released into the atmosphere. Some say 25%, some say 100%. Chernobyl's core burned for 10 days straight before the fire was put out. So one would think most of the core went airborne. The initial explosion blew the lid off and sent pieces of fuel rods and graphite all over the site…that must have been 10% of the core just to start with probably more.

      Daiichi seems to have suffered the same fate with Unit 3's SFP discharging its fuel rods around the site during the explosion but it is still a guess until you can confirm the reactor and containment lids are still in place.

      IOW, if all the units' lids are in place and the cores melted down mostly releasing gases and aerosols, then the worst fear has been realized with a fuel pool exploding in Unit 3 (Maybe Unit 4 also). Talk and worries of Unit 4's pool collapsing and burning causing a deadly fallout cloud might have already partially happened with Unit 3 exploding and vaporizing some or all of its fuel rods.

      I think they already know what happened, they are just not going to tell us. Probably because it is such bad news. Contents are known, residual heat can be calculated, all the possible radioactive poisons are known, they already know how much output of anything is possible whether it burns up inside a working core or in an explosion. They know.

      Could it be worse? Sure, the other SFPs are in jeopardy.

  • waterbug

    The greed factor rules all. The shame falls on them. We all suffer the consequences.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    "And that no major releases have occurred since the initial explosions, thus the radiation is 10$ of Chernoby? I think Reactor two has had some recriticalities and Japan still finds hot spots. I don't think so and I wonder if SpringerLink is pro nuke but perhaps I'm missing something.

    • Anthony Anthony

      Lies. You know that by now.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Sorry 10% not $ Springer R&D is indeed pro nuke one example:

      Editor Affiliations
      1. Los Alamos National Laboratory
      2. Institute of Nuclear Physics, National Nuclear Centre of the Republic of Kazakhstan
      Authors
      K. K. Kadyrzhanov (3)
      S. B. Kislitsin (3)
      K. M. Kikkarin (3)
      A. T. Kuketaev (3)
      A. D. Lopuga (3)
      T. E. Turkebaev (3)
      Kh. Sirajet (3)
      Author Affiliations
      3. Institute of Nuclear Physics, National Nuclear Centre of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan

  • Sickputer

    Msb sez…" I wonder if SpringerLink is pro nuke but perhaps I'm missing something."

    SP: as Anthony says… We're only missing the truth. Liars and damn liars. Fukushima Daiichi has gushed ten times more radiation than Chernobyl…20 times more if we count the fate of the fissile fuel in the ground being slowly washed into the ocean. And another 50 Chernobyls are still in danger of gushing out of the spent fuel ponds if the whole place goes rogue.

    Didn't see too much about MOX or plutonium or strontium-90 in the nucleocrat "research".

    Abe may be the new Nippon PM, but he certainly will never gain the adjective Honest. Smart nucleocrat to stay on the bus…wouldn't want bone cancer to sidetrack his newfound political rise from the ashes.

  • PattieB PattieB

    I posted a document on facebook… 110920e.pdf one of their internal GOV. ones… shows just how MUCH non-MOX type fissile PLUTONIUM was in that BIG BANG but fizzled-out type criticality EVENT !!!

    The 137, 131, 132 and such that those guys on the Reagan took in are minor… when one considers that amount of PU-139, 140, 141 that they all got… it's a a death-sentance level, and even we standing in the USA… it's just a time factor for us all, really.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    U.S. and Europe is totally engulfed.

  • weeman

    Let us take it to the basics, if true we are fucked and it is over, please let me see some data that is. Relevant that is the problem no data that is relevant, so they led us down a slippery course, bastards no morals, money talks and the devil creeps in no god no drivil, yin and yan you explain it, try.
    Happy new year keep the true light signing bright

  • Bananastan Bananastan

    From the report:

    1. "Until early May, levels of activity concentrations remained significant throughout the northern hemisphere."

    So for almost 2 months, radioxenon levels were still significant throughout the northern hemisphere.

    Not 1 day, or 1 week…

    Almost 2 months.

  • charlie3

    I want to know what the medical implications of this are for te population of the northern hemisphere. Is there not one doctor or scientist willing to face this issue and speak to it?

    • +1

      Great question! I know there is an answer.

      What I see is that the people I know, in my small mountain town in central California, are SICK! I personally suspect they are suffering from all of this.

      If it's not ear aches and breathing issues it's chronic fatigue and muscle pain. I would also include psychological issues into the mix as well. I would go so far as to say, one way or another, it is indeed affecting everyone… literally.

      Medical doctors and the CDC have to be seeing weird trends.

      That's just how I see it at this time.
      That's my layman's observation this first day of 2013.
      (disclaimer: I am not a medical professional)

      Someday, this historic catastrophe may be seen more by the unmeasurable amounts of 'suffering' than by it's countable deaths.

  • datura17

    ChasAha, does this fit?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coccidioidomycosis
    i wish you well.

    • Thanks for the concern.

      (Coccidioidomycosis) – Valley fever is what we call it here.
      I have known a person who did die of this. Very sad.

      My general point above was that the 'mixture' of ongoing fallout (cesium, strontium, xenon, plutonium, iodine, etc…)in various amounts will most likely weaken the immune systems for everyone.

      Radiation exposure weakening the immune system can/will be a trigger for many different diseases. This will allow all kinds of illnesses to be more frequent. That would not be a good thing and there's no 'good' way that I know of to track a such a thing except to say, "hey, there's a whole lot of sick people here".

      Those who took mitigation measures early on, such as… iodine pills, avoiding rain and toxic cleansing methods may be glad they did. The rest may wish they had been more aware.

  • patb2009

    bear in mind folks that Xe-133 has a half life of 5 days, so, we had between 15-20 days from the time one set of samples was collected and the other. THat's a factor of 8-20 more release
    that burned away as beta radiation

  • Bananastan Bananastan

    >>>>>>Here's a recap of the Decay Chain and Health Effects of Xenon 133:

    Decay Chain:

    Iodine 133 (half-life 20.8 hours) decays to Xenon 133 (half-life 5.243 days) decays to Cesium 133

    Possible Health Effects of inhaling Xenon 133:

    "Cough
    Difficulty with swallowing
    Dizziness
    Fast heartbeat
    Hives
    Itching
    Puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    Shortness of breath
    Skin rash
    Tightness in the chest
    Unusual tiredness or weakness
    Wheezing"

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DR603525/DSECTION=side-effects

    >>>>>>Remember this plume map:
    http://www.zamg.ac.at/pict/aktuell/20110325_Reanalyse-I131-Period2.gif

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Hillary Clinton signed a pact with Japan that she agreed there is no problem with Japanese food supply and we will continue to buy them so we are not sampling food coming in from Japan" according to Gundersen.

    Radiating Americans: Fukushima rain, Clinton's secret food pact
    August 14,2011

    http://www.examiner.com/article/radiating-americans-fukushima-rain-clinton-s-secret-food-pact

    Note: I quoted Gundersen here…

  • Since ground level is contaminated Russia is now completing a floating nuke so the sea can be immediately poisoned further.