By March 21, 5 nuclear isotopes from Fukushima detected in Seattle: Iodine-131, iodine-132, tellurium-132, cesium-134 and cesium-137

Published: March 28th, 2011 at 7:39 pm ET
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Japan nuke accident seen from Seattle , Science News, March 28, 2011 at 6:47 pm EDT:

… Starting March 16, [Andreas Knecht, a nuclear and particle physicist at the University of Washington in Seattle] and his colleagues saved and analyzed the air filters that clean 100 million liters of air every day in the ventilation system of the University of Washington’s physics and astronomy building. … On March 18, the first nuclear isotopes arrived from Japan. …

Fukushima plant… released… five isotopes measurable by the Seattle team’s equipment: iodine-131, iodine-132, tellurium-132, cesium-134 and cesium-137. …

The scientists have analyzed only the first five days of data so far but will continue to monitor the air above Seattle. …

Read the report here.

Read the Nuclear Experiment report here.

Published: March 28th, 2011 at 7:39 pm ET
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19 comments to By March 21, 5 nuclear isotopes from Fukushima detected in Seattle: Iodine-131, iodine-132, tellurium-132, cesium-134 and cesium-137

  • xdrfox

    Ingenuity at it’s finest !

    Thank you, Andreas Knecht

  • Afu

    They have to filter 100 million liters to find something,
    which means there’s nothing.

  • Afu- the building filtered that much, its not that they detected nothing until that level.

    The building’s filter is also probably not optimal, or even as good as our lungs. And since we breath 10,000 liters of air a day the numbers do become meaningful.

    Consider further how much air our food, and the food of animals we eat, filter each day. This stuff bio-accumulates, when it gets into the food chain it stays there, and the food chain is what killed hundreds of thousands from Chernobyl.

  • Afu

    To bio-accumulate, you need something to bio-accumulate. There’s just nothing. A bio-accumulation of nothing is nothing.

    The impact of Fukushima (outside Japan) is below what remains from Chernobyl in 1986 and the open-air nuclear tests of the 1950s and 1960s. Only Japan will suffer from this self-inflicted disaster caused by idiotic neglect of security. I can’t believe they have been stupid enough to set only a 6,5m high level for tsunami at this plant and neglected to maintain rescue pumps properly and covered up that neglect. Now these idiots have tons of seawater soaking fused nuclear fuel in three reactors… A burning lesson.

    The measurements of radioactivity in St Pierre et Miquelon off Quebec are currently about 80 nano-Sv / hour. Nano- a a ten billionth of what can kill you.
    Tahiti in the middle of the Pacific is currently at 60 nano-Sv / hour.
    These levels are ordinary and inside the daily variations.

    The natural radioactivity of the human body is between 5000 to 10000 Bq depending on how big you are,
    what they have detected in France is 0,07 milli-Bq / m3, which is just nothing. You need four days of filtration to see sth.
    They have been looking for Fukushima butd there’s more stuff remaining from Chernobyl since 1986.

    PS: Chernobyl did not kill hundreds of thousands.

  • ConradN

    On some points, I agree with Afu, on others I don’t:
    – Levels you quote for St Pierre et Miquelon and Tahiti are just natural background, no there’s no change detected there.
    – However St Pierre et Miquelon are off the Us East-Coast and Tahiti is in the Southern hemisphere: it does not tell the American public anything about what’s going on around the Us West-Coast.
    – So, the US Public are stuck with their EPA, and I can imagine it’s not very reassuring…

    BTW, Afu, what’s going on in Fukushima IS infuriating, but why take it on Japanese stupidity? Do you really think it is is that better elsewhere? I don’t believe French EDF is any better than Tepco.

    The only difference lies with the watchdog: French Nuclear Safety Agency is strong and powerful, whereas Japanese NISA was not strong enough… It IS sad.

  • ConradN

    @xdrfox, thanks for the link.

    Actually, there has been a long ongoing debate in the scientific community on the effects of Tchernobyl:
    – Some, as the boo you point at, claim there were huge health effects;
    – Others claim health effects were very limited (http://www.unscear.org/docs/reports/2008/Advance_copy_Annex_D_Chernobyl_Report.pdf)
    – And they are even those who are convinced that a bit of radiation is good for your health (unfortunately, they are rather powerful within some organizations, such as the French Academy of Medecine)

    So, you have 3 completely opposed view points, a raging debate, and no scientific consensus… In this mess, every one can pick the figures that suit them most…

  • SickO'shills

    I am getting so tired of the industry shills out “battling” the ignorant and panicked. Obviously much information is being withheld. Specific numbers are given far less often then such lines as “25 times less then would be harmful to human”. The sad thing is that their are people right now getting paid by the industry $15.00 per hour to challenge anti nuclear sentiment on news and information websites. Consider the source… and then… consider the source.

  • SickO'shills

    @ AFU… you are either playing dumb (what I think) or you are actually dumb (which would be sad). Their testing filters that have a throughput of 100M liters of air daily, is given to make note of the sampling size. It gives their findings more weight then if they were sampling filters from your closet (which you should come out of as an industry shill).

  • Afu

    To ConradN

    I agree the EPA is nothing but a bag of sell-out assholes, as proven by the GOM ecocide among other recent feats.
    Their reliability and credibility is zero. That’s an issue American people have to address sooner or later.

    St Pierre et Miquelon is not that much far away from America as a whole. To me it’s part of it. They have detected nothing there, so I consider it good news, generally speaking, for the USA and beyond eastward.

    Tahiti is in the southern hemisphere, it’s a good indicator of average radioactivity levels. Currently outside Japan, levels are very low, hardly twice above everyday noise levels.
    I see nothing to worry about (momentarily). I’m quite uncomfortable with the prospect of another big tsunami washing all the nuclear crap out of Fukushima wreckage. I wonder how they (or we?) are going to address that issue on the long run: 10 000 m3 of highly radioactive seawater in three snafued reactors?? How do we deal with that shit??
    So far no answer in sight.

    I’m watching China’s behavior with utmost scrutiny. They are a good sensor of what’s going on for real.

  • xdrfox

    ConradN
    Yes what you say is true so many augments, but the tolls of Cancers and deformities were not before as afterwords so it gives weight to the harm done when you look at the numbers of animals affected and Bores still being radioactive and sheep in other countries being safe after 24 years, the grounds and active areas still unlivable were livable before the fall out.
    Too much there to say nothing disturbed and dangered the lands and people ! The industry are most powerful and disinformation are rampant and it is deadly to all life.
    Cancer increaser’s coincide with nuclear power plants where every they are across the globe.
    Just as Cancer rates sky rocketed after all the Nuclear testing in the U.S.

  • xdrfox

    Scottish Sheep Farms finally free of Chernobyl Fallout
    Thursday, March 24, 2011
    http://members.beforeitsnews.com/story/505/601/

    Radioactive Boars Part of Chernobyl’s Legacy
    Thursday, March 24, 2011
    http://members.beforeitsnews.com/story/505/588/

    2010 Wildfires in Russia Spread Chernobyl Radiation Again11
    Thursday, March 24, 2011
    http://members.beforeitsnews.com/story/505/617/

  • xdrfox

    Scottish Sheep Farms finally free of Chernobyl Fallout
    Thursday, March 24, 2011
    http://members.beforeitsnews.com/story/505/601/

    Radioactive Boars Part of Chernobyl’s Legacy
    Thursday, March 24, 2011
    http://members.beforeitsnews.com/story/505/588/

  • xdrfox

    2010 Wildfires in Russia Spread Chernobyl Radiation Again11
    Thursday, March 24, 2011
    http://members.beforeitsnews.com/story/505/617/

  • Helena

    Watch the 2005 documentary “The True Battle of Chernobyl” – revealing never before seen interviews with Chernobyl scientists, Gorby himself, and surviving workers, and the only photographer out of four who lives to tell the story. Only a few out of the 500,000 Russians (yes, 500,000) who were brought in to the Ukraine to build the sarcophagus and clear the area, were still alive at the time – some kind of quality of life, since they were only alive because they required hospitalizations every year. The head nuclear Soviet “expert” committed suicide. Of the 500,000 emergency workers, only 200,000 were still alive just a few years later. There goes your ‘official death toll”. The Video runs 90 minutes. Do you have the guts to watch it?

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5384001427276447319#

  • ConradN

    Hi guys,

    Thanks for the links. I’ll try to watch them whenever I find time, and dig a bit deeper into all this mess. I just can’t make any sense of all the discrepancies I see from one Tchernobyl report to the other! TBC…

  • Hey, will HEPA air filters help with this.

  • Instead of wondering and arguing about how much radiation is leaking or getting to Seattle, let’s just work hard to shut down INDIAN POINT the most dangerous plant in the country. An accident there would create a dead zone that would bankrupt the entire economy of the USA and therefore the world economy, too. As the Japanese economic fall will effect all. We have 104 plants in the USA, and a third of them have the failed Japanese technology. How many calls did you make to shut down and clean up these dangerously fail deadly plants? Call representatives. Do something. Complain. I’ve been writing and calling senators, Gov. Cuomo of NY, and house representatives to SHUT DOWN INDIAN POINT for starters, and once that dinosaur plant is NOT re-licensed others will fall to a dismantling clean-up, too. Let’s fight hard now. The horrible Japanese disaster must be grieved, but now is the time to fight the nuclear plants here in the USA. The Germans have marched en masse to shut down theirs of late. We must do the same, call, protest, complain, march, send e-messages to representatives, etc. It’s better than doing something and has some effect.

  • Stock your potassium iodine pills and fight, fight fight to shut down and clean up dangerous nuclear energy plants. Call, write, complain, demonstrate. Doing something is better than doing nothings. Get all your friends to act, too. Spread the word. Join the Coalition for Clean Energy.