Cesium find makes Date rice off-limits, Japan Times, Nov. 29, 2011:
The government on Tuesday ordered a ban on the shipment of rice harvested in two more districts in Fukushima Prefecture, after tests detected dangerously high levels of radioactive cesium.
Chief Cabinet Secreatary Osamu Fujimura said the central government has instructed Fukushima Gov. Yuhei . . . → Read More: Japan Times: “Dangerously high levels” of radiation detected in rice from Date — 60 km from Fukushima meltdowns
Some food for thought on this Friday evening in North America:
RADIOACTIVE Los Angeles AIR 11-16-11 – YouTube
Note: Los Angeles-based Enviroreporter says at 15:00 in, “Los Angeles… which has received some of the lowest overt fallout in the US and Canada”
11/18/2011 — ☢ 349.5 CPM — Airborne particulates — St. Louis . . . → Read More: Air Filter Friday: Radioactivity at 300% of normal background in Los Angeles-area dust — 350 CPM in St. Louis-area Ionic Breeze (VIDEOS)
Radioactive Cesium Above Government Limit Detected in Fukushima Rice, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 17, 2011:
While Japan has battled a series of food scares in the wake of the nuclear crisis, the latest revelation hits at the heart of the country’s proud national staple: Radioactive cesium exceeding the government limit was detected for the . . . → Read More: WSJ: Latest food scare hits Japan — Rice over radiation limit found 60 km from meltdowns — Gov’t said previous tests were under
Report of Radiological Environmental Monitoring of the Environs Surrounding Wolf Creek Generating Station, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, July 2010-June 2011:
“Radioiodine was detected in air filters collected March 25, March 31, April 7 and April 14, 2011. Levels detected were 0.047, 0.137, 0.043 and 0.004 pCi/m3 respectively. Air filters collected before and . . . → Read More: Kansas air filters had Iodine-131 above highest levels detected in California by UC Berkeley
#Radiation in Japan: Spiders in Iitate-mura Concentrating Radioactive Silver 1,000 Times, EX-SKF, November 8, 2011:
Dr. Bin Mori is a professor emeritus at University of Tokyo, Faculty of Agriculture.
In his post on October 30, Professor Mori wrote about his discovery, probably the world first, he made in spiders (Nephila clavata) he caught . . . → Read More: Tokyo Professor: Spiders bio-concentrated radioactive silver at 1,000 times level in soil
June 2011 – Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Monitoring for Japan Nuclear Accident, via Enformable:
Highest detection of iodine-131 was March 20, 2011 @ 5.07e-12 microcuries/cubic centimeter -Source
5.07e-12 microcuries/cubic centimeter = 0.00507 picocuries/liter (Conversion Tool)
0.00507 picocuries/liter divided by 27 picocuries per Becquerel = 0.000188 Bq/liter of iodine-131
UCB Air Sampling Results . . . → Read More: California nuke plant detected 4,000% more iodine-131 than UC Berkeley during Fukushima peak
Nov. 4 — “In Totsuka, Maioka park, Yokohama, which is about 250km away from Fukushima (7km away from my home), they announced that the chinese mushroom harvested in late March had 2,770 Bq/kg of cesium,” reports Mochizuki, “Nowhere is safe.”
The mushrooms “were already served to 794 volunteer park keepers who . . . → Read More: “Nowhere is safe”: Cesium levels in Yokohama mushrooms reached almost 3,000 Bq/kg — Already eaten by hundreds of children under 12 — 250km from meltdowns
Oct. 31 — Monday morning in Washington D.C., Marco Kaltofen, PE, of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, discussed current issues concerning radiation exposure in Japan.
Kaltofen is a Massachusetts Registered Professional Engineer engaged in the investigation of nuclear material release. He investigated the transport of radioactive . . . → Read More: University Researcher: Portland-area topsoil with up to 8,000 pCi/kg of cesium from Fukushima — Over 10,000% higher than highest levels found by UC Berkeley
Oct. 28 — “Health minister Yoko Komiyama announced Friday that the government will lower the allowable amount of radiation in food products from 5 millisieverts per year to 1, but some experts are puzzled,” writes Jun Hongo for The Japan Times.
“The current limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram of radiation for meat, fish . . . → Read More: Japan gov’t to drastically reduce allowable level of radiation in food — 100 Bq/kg expected by April
Oct. 20 — EX-SKF has translated a recent report in the Asahi Shimbun:
“The Ministry of Education and Science announced the result of the survey of water contamination in rivers and wells in Fukushima Prefecture.”
“Radioactive cesium and iodine-131 were measured in all 101 locations.”
“Strontium and plutonium were measured in 10 river locations.”
. . . → Read More: Gov’t Survey: Cesium-137 levels in well water 6,500 times normal — Plutonium detected in 10% of samples
BERKELEY, Oct. 18 — The Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley has posted new test results for store-bought milk from the San Francisco Bay Area.
The total amount of radioactive cesium increased slightly since the last test, and has risen steadily since the minimum detectable amount was lowered in August.
. . . → Read More: 220 days later: Radiation levels in San Francisco-area milk remain above EPA’s Max Contaminant Level — Cesium-137 continues steady increase that began in August
TOKYO, Oct 20 — “More so-called hotspots were found in Tokyo and other areas far from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant,” reports Bloomberg’s Chisaki Watanabe. Two of these areas had radiation levels “exceeding safety limits”.
Local officials in Higashimurayama, Tokyo measured radiation at 2.153 microsieverts per hour, equal to a dose of 11.32 millisieverts . . . → Read More: Tokyo-area: 11.3 millisievert per year radiation dose at elementary school in Higashimurayama — Saitama tea leaves over 2,000 Bq/kg
TOKYO, Oct. 20 — Greenpeace said 34 of 60 seafood samples bought from at least several different stores in eastern Japan had radioactive cesium-134 and -137, reports the AFP.
The group also noted that the Japanese standard for cesium in food of 500 becquerel per kilogram compares with a 150 becquerel per kilogram limit . . . → Read More: Japan allows triple amount of cesium in food than Chernobyl did — Over 50% of store-bought seafood samples contaminated with radiation
TOKYO, Japan — Vladimir Babenko is deputy director of the Belrad Institute of Radiation Safety in the former Soviet republic of Belarus. Babneko advised local residents after the meltdown at Chernobyl, just across the Belarus border in Ukraine.
During a press conference in Tokyo he urged Japan to lower food . . . → Read More: Belarus Expert: Radiation limits too high after Fukushima — Japan allows 20 times more cesium in drinking water than near Chernobyl
SOURCE: News: Actual fallout was 10 times more than reported, Fukushima Diary by Mochizuki on October 9, 2011
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology admitted that they have made a “mistake” on the report about fall out [in the rain from June 6 - August 4] in Fukushima. [...] 10 times more . . . → Read More: Radioactive fallout in rain 10 times more than originally reported
SOURCE: Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Okutama cesium level seen spiking, Japan Times by Mizuho Aoki, Oct. 8, 2011:
An aerial radiation survey of the capital and Kanagawa Prefecture has revealed the northwest tip of Tokyo was tainted by an unusually high amount of fallout [... in] the mountainous Okutama region on Tokyo’s western fringe. . . . → Read More: Japan Times: Cesium levels spiking with unusually high amount of fallout in Okutama, Tokyo up to 300,000 Bq/m² — Home to World’s largest drinking water reservoir of its kind, built to supply Tokyo
SOURCE: News: Tokyo tap water in crisis, Fukushima Diary by Mochizuki, October 8, 2011
[...] Okutama area, where Tokyo tap water comes is as dangerous as “contaminated area” in Chernobyl.
According to the data above, 100,000 ~ 300,000 Bq/kg was measured in Okutama area. [...]
“It is not harmful in the short term, but . . . → Read More: Report: Tokyo tap water in crisis? Comes from area that is radioactive as Chernobyl’s ‘contaminated areas’ — 100,000-300,000 Bq/kg
SOURCE: Google Maps
SOURCE: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Measures Soil Contamination in Shinjuku, EX-SKF, October 7, 2011
[...] according to the just released Ministry of Education’s aerial survey [...] most of Tokyo has less than 10,000 becquerels/square meter of radioactive cesium, with the exception of the western-most Okutama and the eastern . . . → Read More: Tokyo gov’t finds at least 5 times higher cesium levels than Japan gov’t — Over 50,000 Bq/m² near city center (PHOTOS)
SOURCE: High dosage of cesium found in soil outside Fukushima no-go zone, Kyodo, October 5, 2011
High levels of radioactive cesium were found in an independent study in a Fukushima city district [...]
Up to 307,000 becquerels of cesium per kilogram of soil was detected in the Sept. 14 survey, triple . . . → Read More: Kyodo: High dosage of cesium similar to Chernobyl evacuation levels found in large city 60 km fom meltdowns — 307,000 Bq/kg in soil on Sept. 14
UCB Milk Sampling Results, Nuclear Engineering Department At UC Berkeley, September 27, 2011:
Pasteurized, homogenized milk obtained from a San Francisco Bay Area organic dairy
Best By Date of 08/22/2011:
Cs134 @ 0.047 Becquerels/liter (Bq/L) Cs137 @ 0.052 Bq/L
Best By Date of 09/29/2011:
Cs134 @ 0.080 Bq/L Cs137 @ 0.101 Bq/L
Above EPA’s . . . → Read More: Cesium nearly doubles over past month in Bay Area milk — Now well above EPA’s maximum contaminant level
Fukushima finds cesium in Nihonmatsu rice, to hold more tests before shipment decision, Mainichi, September 24, 2011:
The Fukushima Prefectural Government said on Sept. 23 that it had detected 500 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram — the government-set allowable limit — in a sample of “Hitomebore” rice collected in Nihonmatsu’s Obama district. It . . . → Read More: High levels of radiation in rice from Obama district — “Set off alarm in the Japanese media”
IRTA restricts MotoGP teams from taking personal food supply to Japan, MotoGP news, September 23, 2011:
International Racing Teams Association (IRTA) has warned the MotoGP teams not to carry any type of food items to Japan.
The teams are conscious about the nuclear radiation at the surroundings of the Twin Ring Motegi circuit [100 . . . → Read More: Warned: Race competitors told not to bring personal food to Japan — Many teams wanted to — Told do not pack food in luggage