Asahi Source: Locations in Chiba came under heavy nuclear fallout; Borders Tokyo — Contamination has potential to affect ecosystems

Published: February 23rd, 2012 at 7:36 pm ET


Title: Cesium concentrations vary in river, lake sand around Fukushima
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: TAKASHI SUGIMOTO, Staff Writer
Date: Feb 24, 2012

Concentrations of radioactive cesium at the bottoms of rivers and lakes vary widely, but include some with the potential to affect ecosystems, according to Environment Ministry studies on water systems. […]


waterborne radioactive cesium […] of 7 becquerels per liter [was] detected in a river in Fukushima Prefecture.

[Note: 7 Bq/L = 7,000 Bq/m3; The highest concentration of cesium found during the much-publicized research trip headed by Ken Buesseler is 4,000 Bq/m3]


dry sand […] reading was 11,100 becquerels per kilogram along the Nanakitagawa river in Sendai.

Ibaraki and Chiba

Some rivers in Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures also showed high readings. They mostly coincide with locations that came under heavy nuclear fallout from the Fukushima No. 1 plant, the sources said.

Gunma and Tochigi

Sand beneath ponds and lakes in some mountainous areas of Gunma and Tochigi prefectures produced relatively high readings. Cesium likely flowed in from the surrounding woods, where radiation levels are high.

Read the report here

Published: February 23rd, 2012 at 7:36 pm ET


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22 comments to Asahi Source: Locations in Chiba came under heavy nuclear fallout; Borders Tokyo — Contamination has potential to affect ecosystems

  • Sickputer

    Ecosystem failure is an ugly indictment of nuclear energy. It means the land has been literally murdered for human existence. If nuclear energy were a person we would have them on Death Row in prison.

    Lock the plants… Find a place to store their poisonous wares for the next million years safely. Give humans back their right to live on mother earth without fear of nuclear death.

  • maaa

    City councilor to measure radiation in Mizumoto park the first was found dead.

    Japanese Magazine "Sensationalizes": "Thyroid Cancer Suspected on Two Children Aged 4 and 7"

  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    For anyone interested and maybe forgot…here is a direct link to the LiveStream Fukushima Symposium at Willamette, Oregon. You can find the homepage from there, but this link is the Livestream.
    It starts at 3:00 PM on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.

  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    Sister in law just east of Portland, Oregon having part of her thyroid removed this week….grew up 30 miles from Hanford. She's a down-winder, and just a guess on my part, but possibly exascerbated by this last years Fuku iodine blast.
    Other sis in law in Portland having thyroid issues right now too, and one of their cousins from the same area losing her thyroid the same week.

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      PoorDaddy…I think you guess, unfortunately, is very likely accurate. I'm sorry for your families' hardships over our collective insanity.

  • Anthony Anthony

    These numbers are just for starters folks. We certainly haven't seen the worst of it yet.

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    Manifesto of Why Shut Them All Down
    I discovered just how poorly these plants were being run and how poorly
    they were designed from the get-go. And then I discovered how one of
    the basic premises of risk control, separation of risks, was completely
    ignored. That being that the used fuel rods were the most dangerous
    part of the plant, but for "convenience" the most dangerous things were
    stored right next too or even RIGHT ON TOP OF the reactors themselves.

    This is done to conserve cost, if they were to ship off the ……

  • And unlike other industries, if they shut down nuclear right now someone (taxpayers most likely ) would have to foot the bill for years and decades of maintaining all the spent fuel and nuclear waste our childrens children will be stuck with. So they keep them running to give the illusion of a positive cash flow…..

  • Jebus Jebus

    Sorry crosspost…But important!

    Listen to Audio of NRC responding to Fukushima Disaster…

    Marketplace Audio Extra: The Fukushima Tapes

  • kintaman kintaman

    Thanks TEPCO, you have nuked all of my Japanese relatives. You fucking bastards.

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      Yes, kintaman. Let the anger roar! For the lives they have destroyed.

    • Dogleg Dogleg

      Get away at all costs Kintaman! Get as far away as fast as you fucking can my friend! Save the ones you can and run. You have a responsibility to use the knowledge you have that others refuse to accept. It is only going to get worse by the day. Everyone here knows that. The farther away you can get the better. My heart hurts for you and your family and your great and ancient land. Now please run my friend.

    • Very nicely said
      And it's not just TEPCO is the whole nuclear syndicate

    • James2

      Tepco didn't nuke your family Kintaman. That's what they want you to think.

      Tepco no longer exists. Your family was nuked by an industry that has amassed enough power to ignore risks and ignore regulations and control entire governments.

      They built machines that were destined to nuke many families – most secretly, silently never to be seen. They built machines that are so dangerous that the truth cannot be told about them. Then they made them even more powerful and more dangerous – and they didn't tell you or your family of the danger – even after they were radiated.

      This industry must be removed – it is a cancer on humanity – one that we might not recover from. But in case we do – we need to take care of this problem. .

    • retali8 retali8

      kintaman; your name is disgusting, thats probably why there are very few japanese here, they dont like that kind of things,
      my jp gf told me it means penis man,, :O
      surely u had the brains to evacuate,,
      i wonder why they dont listen to you….
      makes you wonder, ha.

      The Nuke industry will die and i cant wait for that, the lies behind them all are crazy and such a dangerous activity cant be continued, didnt they learn anyhing from Chernoybl? remember, fuku was tepco's fault, i never want the blame shifted from them, we need to see someone hung up high for these war crimes,
      * They never carried out the service they were ordered to on this aging design.
      * They were warned about the possibility of a massive quake being on a fault line and all but acted without hesitation to resume duties as normal, and for so long now.
      * They have been aware of every little finding and have incorrectly informed the public, kept data within, and put countless lives at risk due to corporate greed…
      i wont go on,, but many enenews'ers are well aware, if not please do your research on the long list on achieves.

  • StillJill StillJill

    Good news Dogleg,…Our Kintaman did get out already,…and his family thank God. He left,….and now so have you. One, two. I made a move, but not far enough.

    More need to become nimble, yes?