CBC Headline: Radiation from Fukushima arrives on Alaska coast — University scientists concerned — “Is the food supply safe?… I don’t think anyone can really answer that”

Published: November 3rd, 2013 at 1:34 am ET
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CBC News, Nov. 2, 2013: Radiation from Japan nuclear plant arrives on Alaska coast […] Scientists at the University of Alaska are concerned about radiation leaking from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, and the lack of a monitoring plan. Some radiation has arrived in northern Alaska and along the west coast. That’s raised concern over contamination of fish and wildlife. More may be heading toward coastal communities […]

John Kelley, professor emeritus at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks: “The data they will need is not only past data but current data, and if no one is sampling anything then we won’t really know it, will we? The general concern was, is the food supply safe? And I don’t think anyone can really answer that definitively.”

Douglas Dasher, researcher at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks: “The levels they are projecting in some of the models are in the ballpark of what they saw in the North Pacific in the 1960s.”

Recent reports have noted health problems in Alaskan wildlife, including seals, polar bears, walruses, whales, and sea stars.

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Published: November 3rd, 2013 at 1:34 am ET
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32 comments to CBC Headline: Radiation from Fukushima arrives on Alaska coast — University scientists concerned — “Is the food supply safe?… I don’t think anyone can really answer that”

  • vital1 vital1

    It is not just the radiation they should be worried about, but also its indirect effects.

    As radiation contamination weakens the immune systems of animals and
    humans, we could see viruses that would normally be under check become more
    infectious, or mutation of a viruses strain into more infectious strains.

    There are a lot of animals presently dying in large numbers from strange
    infections worldwide. Seals, turtles and birds are just a few I have heard
    about.

    Virus infections may be killing them because their immune systems
    have been weakened from the radiation contamination in the first place.

    We could equally see pandemics in the human population, or epidemics like the pneumonia epidemic in Japan in 2011 as a results of these dynamics.

    In the long term more human and animal life may die from the indirect effects of the radioactive contamination, as a result of the weakened immune systems, or from virus mutations.

    The more people we educate the sooner change will happen.

    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, Facebook it, Twitter it, or email it. Think outside the box, put it on public notice boards, hand it out to people, or put it into letter boxes when you go for a walk.

    http://technologypals.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/lifesaver.pdf

    • We Not They Finally

      That's totally true. Like huge numbers of children near Fukushima (60% under the age of 12 by May, 2012) contracted DIABETES because ONE of the about-2,000 radionuclides attacks the pancreas. Radiation is a total health-wrecker, not just cancer at all.

    • Lacsap Lacsap

      Also (many) radioactive particles are (very) TOXIC as well this is why Pu (most toxic material on the planet) can kill you instantly. The Toxicity could be worse for you body then the ionizing from the radiation..

      "All caesium (USA Cesium) compounds should be regarded as TOXIC because of its chemical similarity to potassium. Because of this similarity, the isotopes 134Cs and 137Cs (present in the biosphere in small amounts as a result of radiation leaks) are VERY TOXIC. Rats fed caesium in place of potassium in their diet die. Large amounts cause hyperirritability and spasms. http://www.webelements.com/caesium/biology.html

      Real nasty stuff.

  • Type: EarthQuake
    107 minutes ago
    Magnitude: 5
    DateTime: 2013-11-03 00:25:16
    Region: Near S. Coast Of Honshu, Japan
    Depth: 80
    Source: CSEM-EMSC Feed

    Anyone else catch that. It wasn't on usgs

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Yes I saw it on JMA site or Japan Meteorlogical Agency. It was 4.8 as I recall not big considering

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    " if no one is sampling anything then we won’t really know it, will we? "

    The University of Alaska…could get off their behinds and do some testing..

    • jec jec

      Dr. Kelley HAS the sick seal samples..from 2012. Where is the data and information from those poor animals. The HEALTHY seals tested were not effected by radiation; sick seals the testing was not released. Was this due to US government guidance? Lots of laboratories and universities have been banned from releasing information on many topics IF they receive government fundings. Sounds like the Japanese Fukushima PLAYBOOK!!! The FEMA and EPA playbook lookalike…

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        Thank you..for the correction here…Jec.
        I didn't recognize his name.

        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          "I don’t think anyone can really answer that”..
          Science is about answers not suspense.
          We resist..the "suspense pit".

          Like K.Blanch says.."Bring answers or sit down and shut up."

        • jec jec

          I am just frustrated with the slow or NON release of information, @Heart of the Rose. Darn it we are all here on a polluted Earth, and very very concerned….

    • SS4U SS4U

      no testing = " we are unsure "
      testing = " we are awaiting the results "
      results of testing = " we are baffled "

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Coast is history.

    Nuclear ruined nature.

    Radiation is spewing from Fukushima continuously, not-stop, 24/7.

  • harengus_acidophilus

    Is poison letal?

    " (…) I don’t think anyone can really answer that"

    h.

  • Dugisme Dugisme

    2.5 years of tides behind it.

  • mairs mairs

    Didn't the US conduct several decades worth of radiation testing on beagles, the bodies and radioactive waste of which are in barrels at Hanford? It's not like this is a new field for them and no one knows anything. They KNOW the effects of various radioactive isotopes on animals and how to look for indicators.

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    They sure got it right when they thought up the name for the reality TV show depicting Alaska's crab fishing industry ="Deadliest Catch" didn't they??!! 😐 And every 10 minutes I'm seeing TV commercials for the big seafood chains offering unheard of low price specials that should be a hint to even the most stubborn of the sleepwalking lemmings!! 😐 WTF??!!!

    • Michele

      The crab fishermen have already had a poor season last year. This year will see their livelihood gone. When the fishing fleet went out from Canada, they were unable to catch 1 sardine. You are correct about the seafood restaurants that must know at the top level that they are ruining people's health; but the economy which is already failing would collapse.

      My Michigan home is in the Traverse City area, known as the Mid-West Hamptons. Attempts to educate the manager of the seafood department in my local grocery store, did no good. In late Summer, their "Seafood Festival" was well attended by the purchasers who could afford to pay the exorbitant prices. The manager responsible had no guilt.

  • Michele

    An agreement has been reached between the US and Japan for the "opportunity of jobs and to help the economy" according to a Fed. document that I read late last month. When I attempted to post the document, my facebook page was affected and I could only read what others were posting. Presumably, the employment market will have openings since people will and are dying.

    Beginning in January 2014, "organic produce" will be exported between the two nations without the aggravation of having to fill out those unnecessary forms that help protect people with regulations. They may as well keep this agreement because most of our produce is grown in California and it is already contaminated.