Cesium-137 levels continue to rise in San Francisco Bay Area topsoil

Published: May 3rd, 2011 at 4:09 pm ET


UCB Food Chain Sampling Results, University of California, Berkeley Department of Nuclear Engineering, May 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm EDT:

Published: May 3rd, 2011 at 4:09 pm ET


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29 comments to Cesium-137 levels continue to rise in San Francisco Bay Area topsoil

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  • Harry PHD

    Am I reading this wrong or is it actually LOWER than it was on 4/6.

    • splashy

      I see that too with the C-137.

      But, with a half life of about 30 years, a few weeks doesn’t matter much. Why would it be lower? Maybe it’s washing away from the place where they are sampling it?

  • micro

    heads up every one
    harry phd=BS
    is a TOOL of the nuke industry

    • mothra

      No doubt. It’s the same for Cs-134 or respiked for Cs-137 (up from prior or only .32 from the 6th). Still depositing, still here and fluctuating. Also, not all isotopes are tested for and EPA is pulling the plug on their already minimal testing. Stat.

  • xdrfox

    I borrowed one of your post to share with others, Hope you don’t mind !
    Left credits with you .
    I was just so appropriate !

    • mothra

      No worries – I’m flattered. It’s about informing people, not props for me. Repeat all you want. I encourage it. I consent. No credit or license required.

  • Decker

    It takes 300 years for cesium 137 to disintegrate so it’s expected for it to either remain on the same levels (which is what the numbers indicate) or increase. Whatever concentrations arrived are going to stay on the soil for a long time.

    • terraohio

      Is the cesium absorbed by plants growing in the soil and present in their fruit? Would you find cesium in beans or tomatoes, for example? What about melons?

      OT, but why would anyone invest their hard earned money in fiat U.S. currency created out of thin air and subject to derivative trading and speculation?

      The Alex Jones radio show is discussing Fukushima now.

      Does anyone know from what ocean you find whiting fish, the fish used as fake crab meat?

      • Jaskal

        The fish used to make surimi include:

        * Milkfish (Chanos chanos)
        * Swordfish (Xiphias gladius)
        * Tilapia
        o (Oreochromis mossambicus)
        o (Oreochromis niloticus niloticus)
        * Big-head pennah croaker (Pennahia macrocephalus)
        * Golden threadfin bream (Nemipterus virgatus)
        * Cod (Gadus morhua)
        * Bigeyes (Priacanthus arenatus)
        * Pacific whiting (Merluccius productus)
        * Alaska pollock (Theragra chalcogramma)
        * Various shark species

      • Decker

        Of course Cesium is absorbed by plants. Right after the fallout the problem are the leaf produces (which collect all the contaminants from the dust), but anything grown inside a greenhouse or under the surface seems to be less affected. After that cesium accumulates in the soil and is absorbed by the new crop. I saw some chart where they showed which produces accumulated it more after Chernobyl (some species seems to absorb it more than others, don’t know why).

        About fish, I think anything not taken directly near Fukushima should be OK at least for some months. It takes more time for the contaminants to spread in the ocean compared to air releases. And it takes time for bioaccumulation to happen also. Right now it’s maybe the last season in which the fish from the pacific can be considered completely safe. After that tests would be necessary or I’m not eating it.

        All this is just my opinion based on what I’ve read on the internet and all that, so better research on your own.

        • Cuica

          Don’t forget, fish swim, and they migrate long distances. They could pass thrugh water that has radiation, only to be caught thousands of miles away.

  • Cuica

    What are we waiting for…you think we are gonna hear…”attention US citizens, because there is a lot of nasty life threatening radiation in the area it might be a good idea to get the hell out cause there is no way to fix it” Nope. They will quietly slip away and leave a recording…”low levels, nothing to worry about, go to walmart.”I think our goverment isn’t telling us the truth about how much radiation pollution has arrived in the USA not because they worry we will panic..it’s cause they know we will leave. The worker bees will leave the nest and then the queen won’t be queen of anything. Meanwhile the leaders are buying up property in South America before the rest of us realize that we should have left long ago….but we kept waiting for the word…we kept hoping it wasn’t so…..I just bought a ticket to Rio.

    • xdrfox

      When foods get short, they will not like foreigners !
      This is anywhere, even here !
      I had talks with peoples in The Republic Of China about these things, and they have gone with only grass from the fields to eat.
      The one is your friend but all others see different in hunger !

  • Heart of the Rose

    The US tweeks the story about Bin Laden’s capture.


    • The Hanford List

      I guess dead bin was opened to raise laden to cont newSKate-jubilee = Sink rad from news … Maybe he was laden already four yrs ago, nobody can tell for sure.

  • xdrfox

    Best to form small communities of 20 to 25.
    A company all for one and one for all !
    All must contribute, and willing to learn skills of survival or start learning now !
    Find a place out in the rural areas. Cities will be war zones, much death will follow.
    Will need to depend on wilderness as mother !
    Property is useless, not much will be left that is useful to survive !

    • terraohio

      Heh, my garden! Right now my “sunken” backyard garden looks like a swamp. I will be planting something within a month or so and hopefully I will plant yellow wax beans, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and catnip for my cats. Is there a way to check for radiation before planting? I save brittle wax bean seeds year after year and my gardens are completely organic by using shredded leaves and kitchen scraps as fertilizer.

      Thanks for the info on cesium and fake crab meat. I appreciate all of your help at this forum. πŸ™‚

      • dan

        Mothra posted an article from the onion a while back, and it mentioned a few things about what veges take up radiation. Beans were mentioned, and I think it was because they take up cesium. You might want to research what you’re growing, and see how you can minimize your chances of exposure.

        • mothra

          Hiya, just wanted to clarify:
          Fallout food issues, lists and protective measures by microbiologist here:
          Foods prone to fallout contamination here too:
          * Mushrooms that absorb cesium link at page bottom

          I’ve not seen a specific report on beans, but assume waxy or smooth varieties grown on poles above soil are safer than fuzzy edamame. I suggest protecting gardens from fallout dust and precipitation while using filtered water. Also, wash your fruits and veggies well (use a grapefruit enzyme wash, or baking soda rinse per instruction). Peeling fruits and veggies (potatoes, carrots) is an option. Thick or waxy skinned varieties (peppers, apples) are more protected than leafy greens (spinach, kale) or flowering cruciferous (broccoli, cauliflower). Washed blueberries are safer than raspberries, blackberries (bumpy, fine hairlike “raspis” surface) and cranberries (water bog). Nodes on bumpy smooth skinned fruits and veggies are less accumulative like cucumbers and squash, but wash well or peel them (close to soil). melons have thick rinds and tomatoes are smooth and usually grown upward or hanging above soil. Cilantro is known not to accumulate.

          Getting the hang of it? If unsure, ask yourself, “Are these in contact with soil or dust or rain water, are they a known accumulator, what is the nature of its surface – leafy, bumpy, hairy or fuzzy, smooth, thick peel or rind, thin peel, waxy, flowering crevices?”

      • xdrfox

        Has the FDA listed your city/state in there reports the last month, what ever is near you in a report is your back yard.

        We have suggested indoor, Green house grows !
        The dirt should also be clean, under house.

  • John

    nice how the sample mass is getting bigger and bigger -.-

  • Cuia

    Brazil has a year long growing season so there are plenty of possibilities there. Also less radition is expected to enter the southern hemisphere. As for horrible behavior in the face of hunger just wath what happens to air dropped rations…the healthy men push women, children and the elderly aside….nothing to do with nationality.

  • Many BRIGHT stars here on this ‘forum’!
    I am feeling VERY comforted hearing your words today, especially. Many are POISED to assume something would be required of them,….and ‘they’ are plantSTANDING NOW! πŸ™‚

    “A child is born with a heart of gold, ways of the World makes his heart grow cold,…” I now feel a lot of heart’s ONFIRE. πŸ™‚

  • What was the name of that cruise ship that had it’s Captain and crew SLIP AWAY like RATS on all the lifeboats,….leaving the passenger’s UNAWARE of the FIRE,.. left to CERTAIN death?

    Why I’m reminded of ,….?

    Could the SILENCE from ALL THOSE we think we’d hear from, like environmentalists in bloody general,…are they already in bunkers? Am I being stupid and nieve again?

  • That Fukushima continues to spew would lead to the logical conclusion that RAD readings would increase. Radioactive isotopes do not diminish in STRENGTH with distance, only in quantity.

    Low levels over a long period of time are very harmful and it should be obvious that we can anticipate long term, low level internal and external ionizing radiation.

    Our protections need to include detox, protecting specfic organs that are targeted by specific radioactive elements and to detox our soil IF we plan on gardening. None of it is hard or expensive, but if it’s not done we’ll pay with our health.

    Be informed & learn about simple solutions that will make the difference for the rest of your live, because none of us will outlive the effects of Fukushima.