National Science Foundation research proposal by Bethany Kolody, NSF graduate research fellow at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (emphasis added):
Impacts of Radioactive 137Cs on Marine Bacterioplankton: Effects of the Fukushima Disaster on Hawaii’s Kaneohe Bay Bacterial Communities
• Introduction: … Despite our dependence on marine bacteria, very little research has been conducted on . . . → Read More: Expert: Parasites ‘never seen before’ are washing up on West Coast; Finding unidentifiable creatures ‘new to science’… “We’re worried” — Scientist anticipates Fukushima radiation will cause marine bacteria in U.S. to mutate
Dr. Daniel P. Aldrich, Associate Professor and University Faculty Scholar at Purdue University, Feb. 25, 2014: “We had scientists in Hawaii tracking the radiation in the water and yes, some fish [caught] off the coast of America and of course near Hawaii have had high level of caesium.”
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Feb 16, 2014: Senate . . . → Read More: Professor: “Fish caught off coast of America and of course near Hawaii have had high level of cesium” — “We had scientists in Hawaii tracking radiation” from Fukushima
Assessing potential radiological harm to Fukushima recovery workers, Bobby R. Scott Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, June 2011: A radiological emergency exists at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan as a result of the March 11, 2011 magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the massive tsunami [...] News media misinformation related to the emergency triggered . . . → Read More: U.S. Gov’t-funded Study: West Coast and Hawaii residents are Fukushima downwinders — Effects of this radiation exposure expected to be ‘beneficial’
March 21, 2011 — Modélisation par Météo France de la dispersion des rejets radioactifs dans l’atmosphère à l’échelle globale suite à l’accident nucléaire de Fukushima, Jan. 29, 2012:
From Yesterday: TV: Hawaii Senators introduce bill to require Fukushima radiation monitoring for at least next 5 years — Nuclear engineer concerned, wants to ensure . . . → Read More: French gov’t map shows ‘maximum’ radiation directly over Hawaii on March 21, 2011 — Highest levels of anywhere in world, including Fukushima (GRAPHIC)
Follow-up to: TV: Hawaii Senators introduce bill to require Fukushima radiation monitoring for at least next 5 years — Nuclear engineer concerned, wants to ensure people are safe — Official: “The fact we can detect it throws fear into individuals” (VIDEO)
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (CMER):
Date: May 14, 2013; Location: 30.0, -160.59 (600 . . . → Read More: ‘Extensive’ plume of Fukushima radiation almost due north of Honolulu in May 2013; Cesium of 8 Bq/m³ found — Japan Musicians: Very important for Hawaii to do tests; “The world should know what’s going on in the Pacific” (VIDEO)
KITV, Feb. 7, 2014 (Emphasis Added):
KITV: Hawaii lawmakers say they are still hearing from residents who fear some of the radiation will end up here in the islands.
Adrian Chang, retired nuclear engineer: I just want to make sure what we consume is going to be safe.
Catherine Cruz, reporter: Adrian Chang is . . . → Read More: TV: Hawaii Senators introduce bill to require Fukushima radiation monitoring for at least next 5 years — Nuclear engineer concerned, wants to ensure people are safe — Official: “The fact we can detect it throws fear into individuals” (VIDEO)
The Garden Island, Nov. 25, 2013: Swath of debris spotted off Na Pali Coast [...] Capt. Mike Birchett said he was about one mile off the coast of Kalalau Beach when he spotted [...] what he described as a massive amount of marine debris. “You had to be there to see it,” he said. . . . → Read More: Captain: Massive amount of debris off Hawaii, “You had to be there… just kept going & going… so odd it was in straight line” — Japan Expert: It’s accumulated off islands, warns of fish contamination — Rare dolphin washes up with heart problems & stomach lumps, last examined in 1980s
KITV News, Nov. 13, 2013: A new wave of possible tsunami debris starting to wash up on our state shorelines. [...] This isn’t tsunami debris Hawaii’s used to seeing. Pieces of a 20-foot wood beam that recently washed up on Malaekahana Beach on Oahu. It’s probably from a home. Gisela Speidel of the University . . . → Read More: Sailors in Hawaii being asked to monitor Fukushima plumes — TV: New type of debris washing up on islands, “Really looks different… it’s more current driven” — Study: Japan nuclear contamination moving same speed as current (VIDEO)
Title: Numerical study and prediction of nuclear contaminant transport from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the North Pacific Ocean Source: Oceanology Vol.57 No.26 Authors: WANG Hui, WANG ZhaoYi*, ZHU XueMing, WANG DaKui & LIU GuiMei; Key Laboratory of Research on Marine Hazards Forecasting, National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center Received January 12, 2012; accepted . . . → Read More: Study: High concentrations of Fukushima radioactive material will reach west coast of North America — “Entire coast” to be affected from Alaska to Mexico — “Can negatively affect human life for decades… should raise concern” (MODEL)
Title: Real Time with Bill Maher: Ep 293 Source: HBO Date: Sept. 13, 2013
At 5:25 in
Location of simulated plume in April 2014: “Waters with Cs-137 concentrations above 10 Bq/m3 are projected to reach… the Hawaiian archipelago by early 2014.” — Hawaii located inside black square (Rossi, et al, 2013)
Bill Maher: . . . → Read More: Senior Scientist on HBO: I’d worry about swimming in Hawaii’s ocean starting in 2015 due to Fukushima plume (VIDEO)
Title: Pollution, Fukushima radiation tracked by environmental websites Source: KHNL Author: Kimberly Wright Date: Sept. 11, 2013
Caption: The radiation plume from the 2011 disaster is expected to reach the U.S. coast by 2014, according to a model.
A website map from the University of New South Wales models how pollution moves across oceans, . . . → Read More: Hawaii TV: Fukushima plume to reach coast of U.S. next year — “Radiation increase will be measurable” (PHOTO)
Title: Radiation leaks in Japan lead to fish worries in Hawaii Source: KHON Reporter: Brianne Randle Date: September 6, 2013
Radiation leaks in Japan lead to fish worries in Hawaii
Joe Moore, anchor: Growing public worry over radiation contamination has prompted South Korea to ban fish imports from Japan. That move is stiirring concern . . . → Read More: TV: Worries in Hawaii over Fukushima radioactive leaks — Concern as to whether seafood coming into state is safe (VIDEO)
Title: Hawaii Scientists Seek To Calm U.S. Fears About Fukushima Radiation Source: Huffington Post Author: Sophie Cocke Date: Sept. 3, 2013
University of Hawaii scientists are seeking to lessen anxieties about the potential health risks from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster in the wake of recent international reports warning that dangerous levels of radiation could . . . → Read More: Report: Study warns Fukushima contamination “is becoming more concentrated as it crosses Pacific Ocean, rather than dispersing” — “It’s making a beeline for U.S. West Coast” — “Scientists causing panic in public”
UPI, Aug. 28, 2013: Fukushima radioactive plume being tracked toward U.S. West Coast [...] The radioactive plume from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster will reach U.S. shores within 3 years of the date of the incident, Australian researchers say. [...] “Observers on the West Coast of the United States will be able to see . . . → Read More: UPI: Fukushima plume to reach U.S. West Coast in months; Measurable increase in radioactive material — Study: Prolonged exposure for California lasting 10 years; Hits Hawaii early 2014… may already be surrounded (PHOTO)
Title: Researchers find high cesium in some Pacific plankton Source: Kyodo Date: May 22, 2013
Researchers find high cesium in some Pacific plankton
Scientists said Tuesday they have detected radioactive cesium from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in plankton collected from all 10 points in the Pacific they checked, with the highest levels . . . → Read More: Kyodo: Highest levels of Fukushima contamination in plankton already east of Hawaii? (MAPS)
Title: Boat brought into Honokohau Harbor is a possible Japan tsunami debris Source: Hawaii 24/7 Date: January 16, 2013
Confirmation pending assistance by NOAA and Consulate General of Japan in Hawaii
KAILUA-KONA — A Kona fisherman has retrieved what could be the sixth confirmed item of Japan tsunami marine debris in Hawaii.
Tuesday afternoon . . . → Read More: Gov’t contacted to test radiation levels of Japanese boat found in Hawaii
Title: Troubling signs in paradise Source: NBCNews Author: Miguel Almaguer Date: December 11, 2012
Last month we showed you what [the wave of debris coming ashore in the U.S. after the tsunami in Japan is] doing to one of the most spectacular coastlines in this country, creating the world’s dirtiest beach in the big island . . . → Read More: NBC: Japan tsunami debris may be impacting U.S. food supply (VIDEO)
Title: Where’s the “New Day” as Promised? Source: Malu ‘Aina Date: December 5th, 2012
A group of 2 dozen Big island residents, many wearing Hazmat type suits, dramatically urged the State Health Department (DOH) to stop being bystanders and become pro-active advocates of public health [...]
Jim Albertini, of Malu ‘Aina said “DOH action . . . → Read More: Report: Hawaii doctors finding uranium in people’s urine — Residents demand action (VIDEO)
Title: Tsunami debris washes up in Hawaii Source: Nightly News Date: November 28, 2012
Tsunami debris washes up in Hawaii
Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News: The tsunami in Japan was almost 2 years ago, and yet, wait until you see the pictures of what we found on the beach in Hawaii. The amount of . . . → Read More: NBC News: “Wait until you see pictures of what we found on the beach in Hawaii” — “Leading edge of what many fear is an oncoming wave” (VIDEO)
Follow-up to: USGS issues announcement about polar bears with oozing sores, hair loss in Alaska — Gov’t testing for radiation — 3 of 4 captured yesterday affected — Similar symptoms as recent mystery seal deaths (PHOTO & AUDIO)
Title: USGS: Outbreak of coral disease is an epidemic Source: AP Date: November 23, 2012 h/t . . . → Read More: USGS: Rapidly-spreading disease in Hawaii coral — New strain of cyanobacteria blamed — Fish with lesions, turtles having problems — Big concern whether infectious to humans — “Truly an unusual event” (PHOTOS)
Title: RadNet Source: US EPA h/t Fukushima Diary
Uranium-238 in 2011: 0.000215 picocuries per cubic meter (pCi/m3) Uranium-238 in 2010: 4 attocuries per cubic meter (aCi/m3)
The conversion factor is 1 picorcurie = 1,000,000 attocuries
This equals 215 aCi/m3 in 2011 compared to 4 aCi/m3 in 2010, a 53-fold increase.
The EPA’s ‘risk range . . . → Read More: Uranium-238 spiked to 50 times normal levels in Hawaii air after Fukushima disaster — EPA changed unit of measurement after decades
Title: New radiation detector monitors tsunami debris Source: KHON2 Reporter: Tammy Mori Date: 9/23 6:18 pm
The City’s Emergency Services Department just got a brand new [$15,000] state of the art radiation detector.
[C]ity, state and federal agencies are using extra caution when handling the debris.
NOAA says that . . . → Read More: Hawaii TV: There was a radiation person out here checking debris from Fukushima — Officials buy ‘state of the art’ detectors — “Will be with us for a number of years” (VIDEO)