Australian gov’t confirms radiation cloud over East Coast — Radiation spike 8 times normal reported — Concerns about Fukushima fallout

Published: January 13th, 2012 at 12:11 pm ET


Radiation cloud ‘not harmful’, Sunshine Coast Daily by Kate Clifford, January 14, 2012:

SOURCE: (Brett Wortman)

A radioactive cloud lingering off the Sunshine Coast on Sunday was not dangerous, according to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.

Caloundra IT manager Peter Daley picked up the cloud’s radioactivity on his Geiger counter, a device that measures ionizing radiation in the atmosphere.

The reading was taken at 6.30pm and measured 0.80 microsieverts, which is eight times over the average level of radiation in the atmosphere. […]

Peter Daley, Caloundra IT manager

  • Mr Daley said he was concerned the cloud could have formed from a radioactive fall out from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan
  • “This may be just a one off but even still, any exposure to an increase in radiation is not good”
  • “He then watched the rise in radiation fluctuate for three hours, peaking for 20 minutes at 0.80”
  • “I was shocked to hear the Geiger alarm going off”
  • “I have been recording radiation in the atmosphere for four years and the highest it has ever gone was 0.20 microsieverts”

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency senior environmental scientist Marcus Grezechnik

  • The reading was unusual but not concerning for the Coast
  • “It is very unlikely to be caused from Fukushima, but more likely to be caused by a weather change or dust”
  • “To put everyone’s mind at ease, even if you were receiving that dose every hour for a full year you would have less dose than one CAT Scan”
  • He said radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster had only been recorded in Australia once since the incident occurred in March 11
  • “All reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi site were now in cold shutdown, significantly reducing the likelihood of uncontrolled releases to the environment and associated health impacts”

Read the report here

Published: January 13th, 2012 at 12:11 pm ET


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86 comments to Australian gov’t confirms radiation cloud over East Coast — Radiation spike 8 times normal reported — Concerns about Fukushima fallout

  • James2

    Air mixes slowly between northern and southern hemispheres, but it does mix.

    Who was it that jumped all over me last week when I said the radiation had reached the southern hemisphere?

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      James, I watched a video from Australia recorded in August, 2011, where the person showed the rad levels at (I’m guessing from memory) around 480 CPM. That would have been during their winter.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        A couple of people posted below on open pit uranium mines in Australia. There were also a lot of atmospheric nuke tests in the Pacific. There are nuke plants in the Southern Hemisphere. The rads could have originated in a lot of places.

        Apparently there is still a lot of radiation circling the globe in the troposphere; some of it from early nuclear weapons testing. Some of it is STILL THERE.

        There IS some mixing of air masses between the two hemispheres. That’s a pretty technical discussion. Yes, the N/S air masses do some mixing.

        We have a pretty stinking, nasty, toxic mess up in the troposphere, now. It’s anybody’s guess where these nasties are coming from. Now that we know a lot of the nuke plants outgas near the end of the year; it’s not far fetched to think the Australian cloud could have originated in Brazil, Argentina, or even Chile. That is, assuming they vent at the year’s end. Maybe their laws are different, and their procedures are, too.

        Could the nuke plants are having a free for all? ‘Well, let’s see, boys. The U.S. vented theirs, we’ve got Fuku Ichi and Dai, two locations in Eastern Europe, what the heck? We might as well let off some steam! They’ll never be able to figure out where it came from anyway, so why not? There aren’t any consequences, so why not?” That’s pure conjecture on my part, but nothing would surprise me, at this point.

        This (rad levels several times the background level) has probably been going on for a long time, since the end of above ground nuke testing. Since Fuku happened, we’re a lot more vigilant. IMHO, we’re detecting a lot of emissions which would have gone unnoticed a year ago. We’ve decided to do our own testing because our governments and “environmental protection” agencies have failed us.

        Well, James, I for one am not going to shoot you down. Your thinking there was an explosion at #4 on 1/9/12 seems to be “officially” vindicated, now. Keep thinking and sharing your thoughts…

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          That is, “Could the nuke plants be having a free for all?” Just love it when I type grammos while editing my own stuff ….

    • vital1 vital1


      You are correct. It would appear that the radiation from Fukushima has reached the southern hemisphere. Lets hope I don’t detect anymore.

      One explanation by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency that was not published in the article was that a local hospital could have released it. This argument sort of fell through because I had taken wind direction measurements at the time of the event. It was coming from the NNE at 22 degrees. From my location, which is only a few kilometers from the ocean, this would have placed the hospital source in the Pacific Ocean. LoL

      I hope our hospitals are not releasing radiation into the local environment!

      The other explanation they put forward was that you can get raised radiation levels at dawn, and dusk during rain events. Well, it was fine at the time. I have measured lots of rain, and storm events. I have never seen anything like this level of increase in background radiation, maybe .10 US/hr if that.

      I am pleased our local paper had the courage to publish the article. This gives hope. If any of you do get provable raised recorded radiation levels, contact your local paper and give it go. Small local papers maybe more open to getting the information out there. See if they will publish an article. After all their families are being affect to.

      Even if the article says, “There is nothing to worry about, harmless.”, it will get some people thinking, and investigating the subject further.

      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. Put it everywhere, libraries, notice boards, web pages, forums, Facebook, and tweet! Think outside the box.

  • Bobby1

    Here is a post from Peter Daley including a graph.

    • Enenews Admin

      nice link

    • arclight arclight

      “The dramatic drop in background reading just before the spike is also interesting. Anyone have any ideas?

      I promised members that I would post any unusual radiation data, I just didn’t expect to be doing this so soon.”

      from your article bobby.. i have been sometimes getting that drop before a spike to!! and the readings are a bit higher but otherwise cosistany with the high readings i get in the uk (given the extra distance the fallout has to travel with the uk.. some us measure ments are higher than mine !

      • Bobby1

        If you have a process that is concentrating fallout from a wide area around a certain point, you would expect that the readings away from the concentrated area to be lower than normal, I think.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Well, interesting …. The spike was recorded BEFORE the recent “alleged” spent fuel pool / #4 reactor explosion on 1/9/12.

  • jec jec

    “All reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi site were now in cold shutdown, significantly reducing the likelihood of uncontrolled releases to the environment and associated health impacts”

    THAT comment really makes me feel “safe”–as we all know the “cold shutdown” is bogus. And this is a scientist? Let him drink the water from Fukushima!

  • James2

    Welcome to the Hotel California

    We are all just prisoners here – of our own device.

    You can check out any time you like

    But you can never leave…

  • or-well


    Fukushima no.
    Weather change or dust yes.

    Without investigation.

    Are we to assume ALL air masses and ALL airborne dust is radioactive, but shouldn’t be concerned about that?

    Why should we be unconcerned at a four times highest previous spike recorded by this guy?

    I’m not saying it came from Fukushima or commenting on health consequences.

    Who knows where it came from without analysis.

    I’m saying it’s irresposible to attribute unusual spikes in atmospheric radiation to normal condotions.


    PS – i’m not shouting. i’m just out of red ink.

  • Tanuki San

    Another ignorant article, no doubt! This should be a cause of great concern, especially since it appears to be widespread. Did anyone hear the interview from the people who detected high levels of radiation on a US flight? It’s at:


    They put on face masks during their flight and detected radiation on their masks after they got off the flight. The website itself where this was posted doesn’t look extremely reputable, but that doesn’t mean the guests weren’t!

  • Gotham

    This radioactive “dust” is most likely coming from all the open-pit uranium mines in Australia. If such dust is inhaled it will be like having a CT scan forever – since the ionizing radiations will barbaque one from within. It’s another version of depleted uranium…

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Hi Gotham, “open-pit uranium mines” – that was my first thought, too.
      In that regard, I’m already looking forward (sarc) to the the readings after the uranium mining plans in Texas turn into reality – remember this sumer’s massive sandstorms?

      Just great.

      • vivvi

        I noticed when this was first posted that the man said the wind was from the NNE. In Caloundra this means it was coming in off the ocean. No radioactive dust likely to be kicked up from there. See? Our $%@&*!!! government lies to us, too.

        Memo to self …. NEVER get one of those CAT scan things. Wow.

        • Gotham

          But what was the wind pattern like days before this…? Was if blowing from inland out to sea and then reversed?

          • vivvi

            Caloundra is nowhere near any uranium mine. Our uranium mines are in south australia and northern territory/western australia, thousands of miles away from the sunshine coast. If this had been the source of the radiation, I suppose this man’s geiger counter would have detected it during the four years he says he has been monitoring it. No, this one is either from fuku, or else something sinister is going on off our coast.

    • uranium is pretty darn low in radioactivity, its danger is much higher as a heavy metal, this is clearly from the Fukushima Jan1 re-release. It is too coincidental. But it would be nice if they talked isotopes, alpha, beta, gamma, anything more.

  • Frances

    CT SCAN: notoice it is no longer a “chest x-ray” but equal to a CT scan which in itself is equal to at leat 100 chest x-rays!

  • bleep_hits_blades

    For every such report of abnormally high radiation readings, I wonder how many have been suppressed, not reported – world wide? The answer to that question, if we but knew it, would be mind-boggling.

    Tanuki San – re the website, you question whether it is ‘reputable’ — Rense has a lot of good news, guests, info, and some that I think are not so good or trustworthy. But I’d take over ANY ‘reputable’ mainstream source, hands down. Ditto is a site I check daily, and yoichi shimatsu is on as a guest for half an hour weekly with really good Fukushima info and analysis. Rense has many other very good and informed guests and analysts on that site.

    As many readers here know or are coming to realize, ‘reputation’in a news/info source is or can be a carefully manufactured illusion/hoax/lie. Often the most reviled/ridiculed are telling truths that TPTB don’t want known.

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      Yes..ohh the nuke industry have billions to lose….WE DON’T CARE…. people stand to lose their lives.
      Reputations are on the line all around..really.
      In my little visit to OWS..I discovered that many many things..we discuss here as common knowledge …is considered conspiracy…even by the most liberal…
      That’s when I knew for certain..this country is in trouble.
      No… I take that back…it was when I dicovered that the majority of the science community were whores to corporate the supposed best and finest failed to tell the truth about the BP oil spill….failing both Man and Science.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        The environmental movement, most non-profits, and the “green movement” get a lot of their funding from foundations. Who funds the foundations? Connect the dots ….

  • TalonThorn

    Science, slave to psychology, naturally assumes that this is a temporary situation and will (quickly) revert to the past. When you’ve never actually been burned on the stove, it doesn’t seem all that bad to touch it (or breathe it, in the case of radiation). Considering that a CAT scan is gamma radiation and this is not, the comparison is moot. Breathed-in radioactive substances can be for life, not just “one year.” Also, a CAT scan is spread across a large area of the body, whereas a radioactive particle concentrates on a small group of select cells.

  • arclight arclight

    this was reported by one of enenews citizen gieger heads!!

    got this info to.. explains whats happening now and for how long! in the spring it will be mostly heading east from japan steadily again for the northern hemisphere summer! but the “meteoroligists dont want to tell you… illegal information!!

    ““With the onset of the Northern Hemisphere winter, an intense surface high- pressure system develops over the East Asia continental region, centered south of Lake Baikal. The dominating characteristics of this anticyclone can be seen by noting the huge geographical area over which it lies. The anticyclone is sustained and intensified by strong radiational cooling over the frozen land mass and by consistent cold air advection from Arctic latitudes.”

    And this

    “Cloud lines in westerly to northwesterly flow are apparent in the Sea of Japan and in the East China Sea, north of Taiwan. Bulging of high pressure southward is characteristic of a cold surge as cold air of the high pressure drains toward lower latitudes.”

    And this

    “A tremendous surge of northwesterly winds is shown extending across the Yellow Sea and into the East China Sea.”


    • arclight arclight

      “With the onset of the Northern Hemisphere winter, an intense surface high- pressure system develops over the East Asia continental region, centered south of Lake Baikal. The dominating characteristics of this anticyclone can be seen by noting the huge geographical area over which it lies. The anticyclone is sustained and intensified by strong radiational cooling over the frozen land mass and by consistent cold air advection from Arctic latitudes.

      The occurrences of winter season cold air outbreaks cause high pressure to extend eastward over coastal waters off the China mainland. Strong winds turning anticyclonically around this eastern extension of high pressure and the associated weather is referred to as a Northeast Monsoonal Surge (NEMS). These surges produce strong, steady, northerly to northeasterly monsoon winds along the East Asian coast near Sakhalin Island, across the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, the Philippine Sea and into the South China Sea.

      A cold surge or NEMS is generally progressive, starting first in the far north and then moving southward with time. A major surge takes about 6-7 days before its influence is apparent at near-equatorial locations. Blocking action, as detected at the 500-mb level near 160ùE, appears important in anchoring low pressure in the region north of Japan, and thereby providing a stationary channel for cold northerly wind surges. The influence of the winds, as indicated above, extends well to the south through the area of the maritime continent, which consists of the Indonesian and Malaysian Islands.”

      • Bobby1

        That’s what I think happened… there was a ridge north of New Guinea that pulled some of the contaminated air out of the jet stream. It went to the Indonesia/New Guinea area, and a ridge over Australia pumped it back up (counterclockwise) to the sunshine coast.

  • goathead goathead

    It used to be governments and religious orders that we were up against! But now we’re between a ROCK, a HARD PLACE and a community of ‘more than useless’ scientists!!

  • goathead goathead

    Of course, I naturally respect the USEFUL scientists!!!!!!!!

  • goathead goathead

    Time to put your degrees on the line and call a ‘spade’, a spade!!!!

  • Bones Bones

    Could this be from damage at the reactors from all the recent earthquakes? Much larger releases coming forward I believe. Is it possible for certain nuclides to leave the water into air? Perhaps, some decay into gases and maybe there have been large releases due to that? Just thinking aloud and Arclight posted some great info. Many possibilities, but my money is on damage from the earthquakes at Fukushima causing these releases. Either that, or a reactor in Australia is releasing radiation.

    It is a shame he couldn’t determine the isotope(s).

    • vivvi

      We don’t have reactors here, Bones, just a small one in Sydney that makes medical isotopes. No, our crime is that we are stupid enough to mine yellowcake by the megaton and sell it to other poor ignorant bastards to make nuke puke fuel. Our government craps on about our wonderful mining boom, and jobs jobs jobs, but never mentions how DANGEROUS it is for the health of young people to work in these toxic pits, breathing in uranium dust or any of the other toxic metals. NNNNNOOOOOOO its all about money money money all day every day. The powers that be DO NOT CARE AT ALL about us, our health, our future our kids, none of it. They worship the almighty dollar.

  • Dirt bags, one CAT scan is a major major dose of radiation

    I bypassed one, because the doc wanted to see something that could otherwise be inferred by a 100 point blood test and waiting 3 days. The Cat operator was interrogated about how much radiation was involved and they could only spout off some BS of like, its something like flying on airplane. The f’n operator had no fn idea what he was dealing with. NONE.

    • hbjon hbjon

      What about the hypocratic oath? First,to do no harm. A major dose is relative. Compared to the releases in Japan, a cat scan is the least of anyones worries right now. How much cat scan radioactive materials could have been harvested from all that fuel? I don’t even want to think about it.

      • Doctors are way past that, for the most part they are captured by the drug industry. They have these powerful but dangerous toys called CAT scans, I would have taken more rad from that CAT than from FUKU,

        A CAT is over 20msV, 10 years of Background !!!!!!

        And 50 years of background get 50% of us to cancer.

        • jimbojamesiv

          What’s an MRI?

          In better English, how much radiation is one exposed to in an MRI?

          Come to think of it, is it possible that an MRI doesn’t use radiation, or am I an imbecile?

          Granted I could go to Google, which I will, but it’s good to have the info. in one place, no?

          • jimbojamesiv

            Interesting, Google says that MRIs do not expose someone to “ionizing” radiation.

            Very interesting, I never knew the reason for the difference between a CT and an MRI, except something about how one offers a better picture, or resolution, than the other!

  • entropy

    I tried to change my name from entropy to radioactive toy. We are not entropizing, we are being subjigated into extinction. There is some solice I guess that cardiac failure will come before cancer. I can’t blame men drunk on the atom. They lied to us and they have lied to themselves.

  • Digilert 100

    I’m located in northern Japan, and I am monitoring the air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There have been NO major radiation increases this year in the air up here where I am so far. None. And the wind does frequently blow up here from the south. So my guess is that the radiation spike in Australian is coming from something else. Whether it be the open-pit uranium mines, another nuke plant outside Japan, storms or winds sucking up and transporting natural radon from elsewhere, etc. I have no idea.

    • jimbojamesiv

      I think you’re wrong, and the radiation spikes are coming from Fukushima, but I admit I have no idea either.

      I tend to think that if an explanation offers the best answer, then that’s what I’ll go with until proven otherwise, but, unlike many, I’m not going to insist I’m correct.

  • StillJill StillJill

    Northern Japan,….”no radiation”,….? Could you be a BIT more specific than that, so I can believe it?

    Thank you.

    • Digilert 100

      Hi. I thought I was being specific enough. I said ‘There have been NO major radiation increases this year in the AIR’ (from my monitoring where I live). I didn’t say there was no radiation in northern Japan. Please don’t twist my words. My point is that if the detected increase in Australia was from Fukushima, I would have most likely also detected an increase in airborne radiation here, probably before Australia would have. I am getting a bit tired of every little detected increase of radiation in rain or air in other countries being blamed on Fukushima. There are other sources of detectable radiation besides Fukushima, both man-made and natural. There needs to be more level-headed, rational thinking on this site. All the sensationalist, unsubstantiated speculation and near-panic here is doing nobody any good.

      • gr81 gr81

        Can you “substantiate” your “speculation” that WE are incorrect?

        • Digilert 100

          The burden of proof falls on those who claim there has been a large, ongoing release of radiation. It’s not my job to prove that something isn’t.

          I do find it fascinating that those of us who live in Japan and report our observations here and elsewhere are quickly dismissed. I guess those residing outside of Japan must know better.

          I am beginning to realize that posting my observations here is becoming a waste of time. People will believe what they want.

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

            It is natural to be in a state of denial. The outcome is not a matter of belief. They have known the results of radiation since Madame Curie died of radiation poisoning. And there is huge evidence from the last almost 70 years. And don’t ever forget the winds were blowing toward America when the accidents occurred and most of the time since then.

            It is ridiculous to talk about the burden of proof. You sound like you are working for an insurance agency. When you see with your own eyes as I have my loved ones dying horrible deaths because of radiation poisoning you won’t have anything left to say. Look at the studies of Chernobyl. Fukushima Daiichi alone is at least 400 times worse than Chernobyl as of today. And if other reactors in Japan are in meltdown or melt through and there are more megaquakes as in the past 10,000 years, good luck.

            • Digilert 100

              So I report my personal observations, and I’m in denial, huh? Just for your information, the winds regularly blow all different directions in Japan, not just east.

              And once again some here twist what I say. I never said this disaster wasn’t bad. It’s one of the worst in human history. That much is obvious. But there is no reasoning with those who think we are all already doomed with no future. Why even get out bed in the morning? According to the mentality of most posters here, we are all walking corpses.

              I try to bring a voice of reason, and look what happens. People twist what I say and I get branded as being in denial. That is so typical of the internet. Have fun wallowing in your despair and hopelessness. Good or bad, it’s time to get on with life. Every person dies, but not every person lives.

              I’m through with posting in this blog. Have a nice day.

              • NoNukes NoNukes

                Well, no one likes long goodbyes, do they?

              • jimbojamesiv


                Someone struck a chord, or a nerve, or someone’s feelings got hurt?

                I don’t blame the internets as much as I blame you. If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen, nes pa?

                I haven’t read all the comments directed towards you, but they seemed far more decent than I’ve seen on the internets you mention and rational (of course, including my own–lol).

                No nukes, I think Digilert will back.

          • voltscommissar

            @ Digilert 100 20120113 at 11:35 pm · “The burden of proof falls on those who claim there has been a large, ongoing release of radiation. It’s not my job to prove that something isn’t.”

            I seem to recall Ken Buessler, Woods Hole oceanographer did recent studies that strongly indicated the only plausible reason the rad levels could still be so high in the sea off of Fuku was if there was a constant ongoing leaching from the groundwater into the ocean. That would be scientific evidence of a large ongoing release of radiation in my book.

      • jimbojamesiv

        Oh, yeah, Digilert, the “spikes,” which you mention, in all likelihood, have nothing to do with a radiation cloud that has apparently settled over Australia, and putting it in those terms, it’s almost incomprehensible that it’s not Fukushima.

        In case, I’m not making myself perfectly clear, I’m saying you’re comparing apples (spikes) and oranges (radiation clouds over Australia).

  • StillJill StillJill

    I once went through a car wash in a convertible,….and I didn’t get any on me! 🙂

    • many moons

      well given the circumstances, it’s not likely that you would! I can only assume you were smiling at time!

  • entropy

    Digilert- evidence is quite strong there has been a large release of ongoing radiation. Check the batteries.

    • Digilert 100

      My batteries are fine. If there is large release of ongoing radiation, I would surely know about it. But I am not detecting any increase in the air above normal levels, with any of my instruments.

      I can’t say positively the increase detected in Australia isn’t from Fukushima. But from my personal observations, I would say it’s probably not. I guess I don’t care if anyone here believes me or not. People will believe what they want.

      • mungo mungo

        hi, i dont think we should be hounding digilert100, every opinion helps, every rad reading helps… no one KNOWS the truth, lets be courteous please?

  • Sickputer

    Reminds me of the naysayers when the European detectors went off the scale last fall and theories abounded… Even NASA make-believe stories of cosmic radiation bouncing crazily down from outer space.

    There is one major nuclear polluter and it is responsible for the global contamination. And yes we may well be be walking corpses my dubious friend… My nosebleed returned tonight for the first time since March 16. Yes, it is an On the Beach scenario. On a slower pace than the movie, but it is picking up steam.

  • a_beautiful_nightmare

    Just to point out the positive in this piece – at least they’re honest enough to say CAT scan dose, rather than X-ray dose.
    It’s raining where I am now. Even though the spike was almost a week ago, I wonder what’s in the rain right now? Or what’s been in the rain since this mess started last year – because I haven’t been able to source any readings. I currently live in SE Queensland – about 200km SW from where the spike was measured. It’s making me scared about the health of my children – including the unborn one. At least I’m moving to Tasmania in less than a month. I can’t wait to have that extra distance between my family and Fukushima.

  • voltscommissar

    congrats to vital1, you are still the lead story at

    and for posterity, souvenir this screen grab:

    keep up the good work with the Geiger counter logging. Toadmac was measuring a fair bit of radioactivity in rain off car windscreens in Melbourne a few months ago, but it seemed to decay rapidly after 12-24 hours as I recall. Try mopping rain with a tissue, place in polythene bag and bring close to G-M tube. Might also be worth contacting Kate Clifford and explain the spin about “cold shutdown” is utterly irrelevant when the corium is “lost” underground, and dangerous for millions of years. If you can get some high readings from rain and from discarded air filters at your local motor mechanic, then the story gets new life (based on hard facts, not a beat-up). Maybe its drifting in from Aussie uranium mines, who knows? Does Qld govt give a stuff, as long as they are raking in the royalties?

  • many moons

    If this is what they are telling us…I can only imagine 10-100 X worse

  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

    More repetition of the lie: “All reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi site were now in cold shutdown, significantly reducing the likelihood of uncontrolled releases to the environment and associated health impacts” (Australian Nuke Agency). There is no such thing as cold shutdown. The emissions are perpetual.

  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

    Here’s a new and improved exposure (dosimetry) chart for ionizing radiation: The .8 micro Sieverts exposure works out to a minimum doubling of the highest estimated annual backcground radiation EXTERNAL exposure. Of course, the .8 measurement was the highest recorded over a short period of time. This was an AIR sample and this is not representative of what the actual total EXTERNAL exposure would be for any individual in any open-air setting to fallout from Fukushima. The total EXTERNAL exposure would be much worse. External exposure rates could be many hundreds of times higher if you are gardening, walking past an area with accumulated concentrated and dried fallout sediments. The highest readings are in such sediments. Dust deposition in climates prone to long droughts will increase the exposure risks for residents as dust is mobile in wind and with disturbance of any sort. Therefore, my bottom line two cents on this report, is that the external exposure is, of course, far worse than the spot measurement would indicate as it is anywhere the fallout has been detected in air and that there is definitely no end to the increases, even if these increases are not neatly logarithmic in the short-term sense, as there is no such thing as a cold shutdown at Fukushima. In addition, we have no idea how many other reactors are partially or fully melted down in Japan or anywhere else. This is true because unless there is a whistle blower–rare in our cowardly times–or an obvious explosion and destructive breach of a containment, deny deny deny is all we’re likely to hear from those we stupidly continue to allow to administer these death factories, whether civilian nuclear power or, six sunken nuclear submarines and more, a la global military.

  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

    I above emphasized EXTERNAL contamination on purpose. Why? Because if you can measure even a nominal increase in source traceable radionuclide fallout in air, the problem as far as INTERNAL exposure (through respiration, contact to wet tissues of eyes/wounds/ears/etc., in ALL food consumed, but particularly dairy, meat, fish, root crops, starchy crops, everything eaten more or less) are exponentially worse and without any containment in sight, far likelier to worsen continuously. Therefore, now, we can much more probably be right in saying that at least in this part of Australia, if not everywhere in the Southern Hemisphere, all food raised is going to be, as has been the case in the Northern Hemisphere, radionuclide contaminated. In addition, all surface recharged watersheds in the Southern Hemisphere should now be considered contaminated. Humans can’t not drink water. We can get by on very little food. Internal ionizing radiation product contamination is far worse than most external exposure scenarios and is the cause of most problems associated with radiation, leaving out severe acute external contamination events (Hiroshima) or standard or botched medical uses of ionizing radioactive substances used in radiation “therapies” or for radiological imaging.

    • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

      One of the things we, the masses, ought right now demand is that the world’s fossil water sources be secured for DRINKING WATER only. Fossil water should no longer be allowed to be used for agricultural purposes at all. The world’s largest volume of fossil water that Khaddafi just finished connecting to extractive infrastructure needs to be secured as drinking water for ALL the world’s people now that all surface sources of drinking water are contaminated worldwide. Drinking water contamination is going to worsen as Fukushima, not the only location emitting radionuclide fallout but perhaps the worst, is still continuously emitting trillions to quadrillions of Bequerels each day of radionuclide fallout in aerosolized and dust form. Fukushima is not under cold shutdown and will continue to worsen in its emissions to the rest of the world, it should be assumed for planning purposes, for at least the next 250,000 years. Believe and know that the billionaires and the tops of all the wealthiest world governments and hierarchies are well aware that suddenly we live on a desert world as far as uncontaminated drinking water goes. This is the primary reason for the invasion of Libya, and is why the hurdy gurdy NATO invasion occurred so quickly and with such sloppy, planning. This invasion was to have taken place, according to U.S. Congressional record (available to the public, no FOIA required dated May 1, 1986), in May 1986 due to contamination of surface waters by Chernobyl nuclear explosion and corium emissions fallout in the Northern Hemisphere at that time. There were two things that prevented that NATO takeover of Libya to secure drinking water for the wealthiest alone. One had to do with the fact that the corium at Chernobyl glassified and temporarily ended its emissions. The second reason is because Khaddafi was about 20 or more years away from finishing the infrastructure required to extract this Libyan and Egyptian Nubian Sandstone acquifer sourced drinking…

      • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

        The name of the now completed Libyan water project by Khaddafi is, “The Great Man Made River Project” (GMMRP). If this Great Lakes volume of water were to be used by Khaddafi as intended it would be gone in about 20 years. He intended to use it for agriculture of the wasteful factory farming sort. Maybe it will last for several hundred years if it is preserved for drinking water alone. Of course, how long that water lasts depends on many factors including whether or not we can convince humans to stop breeding ourselves to death.

  • StillJill StillJill

    Good luck Pallas,…statistics show ‘we’ can’t even get them to use a shield.

    • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

      You’re right. I’m just planting seeds and definitely realize the impediments of human nature, status quos and the overarching need for total revolution against many sacred cow sorts of status quos at the moment. 🙂

  • The Fukushima disaster occurred March 11, 2011, we’re nearing 1 year…and it’s still not contained, it’s getting around.

  • alasanon

    Hey guys, what happened to Australian Cannonball’s Nuclear News? I hope they are OK out there! Stop the censors!!