Cesium fallout in Fukushima spikes again — Highest levels since day after New Year’s quake

Published: January 17th, 2012 at 9:21 am ET


Title: Environmental radioactivity measurements scheduled deposition (provisional) (Part 20)
Source: Fukushima Prefecture
Date: January 17, 2012 at 14:00 JST

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h/t Fukushima Diary

Published: January 17th, 2012 at 9:21 am ET


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45 comments to Cesium fallout in Fukushima spikes again — Highest levels since day after New Year’s quake

    • how are they measuring this? Is it an in the air reading, or by contact with the ground, or dig up 10-30 cm in the ground?

      Or is it none of these, and they are just measuring the air, or the dust falling out of the air?

      These details matter, as you can cut down the radiation detected by a factor of 10-1000 depending on how you do this.

      Personally, I do not trust the government or certain companies to give me a straight answer to anything at this point. I trust the average guy on the street with a Geiger Counter much more.

  • bmurr bmurr

    I am pretty sure spf 4 is being refilled daily. I am in Connecticut, we got some snow last night. People are posting facebook pictures of their you children eating the snow… I am buying a gieger counter next month.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Oh god. Eating the snow. Wish I could get one. Course I dont go anywhere but I’d PLACE IT HUBS HANDS to take everywhere HE went.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      I have a geiger counter and it rained her, PA. a few weeks ago it was about 2x background thus I would try to discourage children from eating the snow, not only because of Fukushima there is a plethora of contaminates in precipitation. IMHO

      • Dogleg Dogleg

        Hi Moon. I belive much of higher levels in your area are possibly caused by Fort Calhoon.We still dont know the extent of damage at said reactor. They are now admitting a level 4, which means it is probably a 5 at minimum!

        • moonshellblue moonshellblue

          It could be from any number of nuclear plants as TMI recently had troubles, North Anna, and on and on.

      • ion jean ion jean

        @moonshellblue…if you’re talkin about Thanksgiving weekend, my geiger in Vermont was reading double background too…I thought I 131 but maybe it was C 137 All along!

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Philadelphia vicinity has had very high CPM levels on Radiation Network for about two weeks (at least). Take care, be safe. Today was at 73 CPM just before noon today, Pacific time.

    • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

      I told my kid not to eat snow. It was a really big deal. My kid lives for snow. My kid is used to me talking about nuclear and makes fun of me but I had to have a real serious conversation about the nuclear fallout and the snow. I can’t protect my kid when they are at recess so I hope it is not happening there. I do get reports about which other kids were eating the snow. It is making me cringe when I hear about it. I am going to have a talk with the teacher and tell her not to let the kids eat snow. As much as I want to inform others who don’t know what is going on. I really don’t want to be their advisor on this topic.

      • Howdy enoughalready … everybody. Vital1 has an awesome handout you might want to use or adapt to just give out to read

      • lokay5 lokay5

        Watch out where the Huskies Go

        And don’t you eat

        The yellow snow

        Here Fido…

      • LetThemEatYellowCake LetThemEatYellowCake

        “As much as I want to inform others who don’t know what is going on. I really don’t want to be their advisor on this topic.” I hear ya. People really need to look for themselves. I’m sick of telling even some of the people who listen because it’s like they only listen to try to reason it away in their minds – not really listening let alone acting.

        • vital1 vital1

          The point of this flyer is so you don’t need to explain anything. I have herd numerous enenews users complaining that they are frustrated trying to get the message across to others.

          We have to get the message to as many people as possible quickly and efficiently, or we are all doomed. It only through and aware populace that things will change! Simple, you just distribute the flyer. Let them make up their own minds. Make your own flyer if you like.

          The vast majority of people I have distributed this flyer to have thanked me because they had no idea how bad it is. I don’t care about the occasional knock back. This is about saving lives not my feelings

          This flyer provides them with valuable sources of information instantly. Most people out there have no idea what is happening. Give them a chance to find out. At present we are the only source of that information, and if we keep it to ourselves, the world and our families and children will have no chance.

          Chemfood thanks for posting it here.

      • ion jean ion jean

        My kids school principal LAUGHED at me in April when I said don’t let the kids out in the rain…I laughed right back at him and realized then that PhD really does mean piled higher and deeper!

        • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

          I’m so sorry that happened to you. Glad you handled it well.

        • StillJill StillJill

          I got really laughed at at my mj club a few months back, before they were shut down. They tried to sell me some outdoor from 2011, so I told them what was all over it. The place was packed. I didn’t realize they had mostly stopped talking, and were looking at me. Then, one of them says, “She actually thinks there’s radiation around her”! Oh how they all laughed at jeered at the crazy lady. No matter.

          Bet I’ll be one of the last faces and memories they see before,….

          • HoTaters HoTaters


            I hope it encourages to know not everyone thinks it’s a joke.

            Recently sent an e-mail to local mayor and city councilperson. It contained a bunch of links to ENENEWS articles and information from people like Curtis Ebbesmeyer, talking about the incoming tsunami debris —

            The local city councilperson who respectfully listened while I spent about 1/2 hour explaining the ramifications of all that incoming toxic (and possibly radioactive) debris.

            The mayor promptly called me back (the next day, which was on Sunday). He asked me to come and speak at the next city council/water board meeting.

            Pressing personal business intervened, and I couldn’t attend. Nonetheless, want to put together a packet of informational materials, and get them out at a meeting, soon.

            People are listening! Not all will listen, but there ARE actually some responsible decision makers who will listen, and genuinely want to help their constituents.

            Even if I can’t get to a meeting to do a presentation, I’ve (thanks to ENENEWS) helped to raise awareness, and to put this in the forefront of the minds of local officials. It’s gratifying to know they are at least thinking about it, now.

            Now I need to do my part and follow through on this.

            Someone else here is planning to work with local city governments.

            It’s no reflection on you, if people are not receptive. It’s their problem, not yours!

  • StillJill StillJill

    Here’s something interesting,….
    Last night, on the local six-O’clock news,…the weather, the head weatherman said this about the approaching BIG storm for the west coast,…” This one is never-ending folks,…rushing in straight from Japan! We’ll be feeling this one all the way through Monday, that we know of. But there may be more behind it,…”

    Look for yourselves folks,…..time to DO, and not HEAR only!!!!!

  • The winds will give up secrets too !

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    I just read that Reactor 2 temp, the so called, perhaps faulty gauge, is now reading 148.7 C or almost 300 F thus it is no wonder that a spike in radionuclides is happening, not saying this is the reason but it could be a contributing factor along with so many other complications at the never ending saga of Fukushima.

    • Centaur Centaur

      In the end, it showed -6°C and was proclaimed as “almost certainly broken” now. Here’s the story. This way, the confirmation of measurements of rising temperatures within the past days remains “scientifically indecisible”. I think, we will hear from block #2 soon enough anyway. 😐

  • TEPCO Believes Mission Accomplished

    I like his description of dynamic stability versus static stability.

    He does not mention corium melting down into the ground, or even the fact that the company does not know where the melted 65 ton corium blobs in all of the melted through reactors actually is.

    He really gets into the burning of nuclear waste, and how the government has transferred all of the risk of radioactive exposure onto ordinary citizens, instead of onto TEPCO.

    The government is making citizens take on ALL OF THE FINANCIAL and LEGAL risk around radioactive substances and exposure, instead of making the company do that.

    This is the same old story, repeated over and over. Huge monopolies are bailed out, are rescued, are given corporate welfare, and their messes are covered up.

    Meanwhile the CEO’s get golden parachutes, no one gets punished for anything, except maybe a lowly worker or staff that ends up being blamed and being fired. Everyone involved at the top gets bonuses at the end of the year.

    I expect this company to make record profits this year, just like the major banks right after the financial Armageddon. I expect this company to buy out other energy and other companies and become even bigger as far as a monopoly is concerned, just like the mega banks in the US after their Armageddon. They got rewarded for failure, and this company, I expect will also be rewarded for its failure. Wait and see.

  • So who knows how to translate this 110 bq per square kilometer into Bq per square meter?

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Hi AGR, 1 square kilometer is 1000×1000 meters = 1.000.000 square meters.
      So I’d divide 110 bq / 1.000.000 = 0,00011 bq per square meter.


      • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle


        • Hogweed

          Except that the values are given as Mega bq/km2 so multiply by 1 million again.

          So a total of 196.7 bq per square metre on the last day adding Cs137 and Cs134 together.

          • If a kid eats this dirt, they will be getting 196 Bq/kg of exposure to cesium, which is known for going into the muscles, including the heart. Any food grown in this soil will concentrate this dose by 2 to 10 times, resulting in 1,000 Bq/kg.

            Research in Russia showed that if a child gets 50 Bq/kg in their heart muscle or any other organ, it will form permanent lesions and compromise heart health.

            If we can say that radiation seeks its own level in the body as well as the soil, this is not an area that should be lived in.

            I will bet that the water and/or bottom of the streams/rivers/ponds levels are much higher as well…

            Now add bio-accumulation on top of that, because humans are at the TOP of the food chain, and you have a recipe for disaster…. LONG TERM.

            • matina matina

              to convert a dietary intake into a dose multiply the Bq by 0.11 and the answer is the dose in microSieverts

  • So what does this tell us? Iodine is NOT DETECTED. This isn’t criticality. This is coming from somewhere else. The wind is blowing from Fuku right into Tokyo right now. Anyone think this is coming from the radiation slick off the coast?

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      I’ve read this ND before and it wasn’t the case thus I’m a tad skeptical, gee I wonder why? I hope we are getting accurate info concerning measurements. I can’t remember when that was but will try to find the article and post.

  • I think part of it is coming from all of the disposal of nuclear waste, which they are BURNING in open air, with no filters at all.

    Part of the cesium goes up in the air, part of it stays in the ashes. The ashes get dumped in Tokyo Bay, as landfill. Guess where the radiation goes? Tokyo Bay, connected to the ocean.

  • trinityfly trinityfly

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