Chernobyl expert: Fukushima is “largest delivery of radiation into the ocean ever seen” — “We still don’t know how much was released”

Published: September 29th, 2011 at 9:59 am ET


Fukushima’s Contamination Produces Some Surprises at Sea, New York Times, September 27, 2011:

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  • Ken Buesseler, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who in 1986 studied the effects of the Chernobyl disaster on the Black Sea, said the Fukushima disaster appeared to be by far the largest accidental release of radioactive material into the sea. […]
  • “When we saw the numbers — hundreds of millions of becquerels — we knew this was the largest delivery of radiation into the ocean ever seen […] We still don’t know how much was released.” –Buesseler
Published: September 29th, 2011 at 9:59 am ET


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14 comments to Chernobyl expert: Fukushima is “largest delivery of radiation into the ocean ever seen” — “We still don’t know how much was released”

  • Lacsap Lacsap

    And we don’t know how much will follow / still being released..

  • Anthony Anthony

    New Radiation Limits Demanded for Children
    By Suvendrini Kakuchi

    TOKYO, Sep 29, 2011 (IPS) – The threat of radioactive contamination faced particularly by children after the Mar. 11 nuclear disaster in Japan has touched the heart of the Japanese public, and become a major political and social issue.

    Mothers are inevitably in the forefront of citizen groups working to protect children. At a meeting this week at the Ministry of Welfare, they presented an appeal that included a demand for the world’s first radiation safety standards for minors.

    During a meeting with Vice-Minister for Health and Welfare Yoko Komiyama, Emiko Ito from the Fukshima- based Kodomo Zenkoku (Children Across Japan) Net called on the government to do more to protect children. “Safety standards established in nuclear power countries are currently set for adults,” she said. “It is a given fact that children are far more vulnerable to exposure.”

    Paediatrician Dr Makoto Yamada from the Network to Protect Children from Radiation told IPS: “The hard truth is that radiation levels set in countries today are continuously challenged. Against such a backdrop, it is almost impossible to set a medically accepted rate for children.”

    Yamada says he believes children should be protected from all levels of radiation, which is the reason he started his network. The network is comprised of doctors from across Japan who visit Fukushima voluntarily to counsel anxious parents and provide independent radiation testing.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Hermitage cancels Japan exhibition over radiation fears
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    Published: 29 September, 2011, 16:16

  • Anthony Anthony

    UN criticises Japan on nuclear disaster
    A floating structure is holding contaminated water from Japan’s nuclear power plant at the quay of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. [ABC]

    A floating structure is holding contaminated water from Japan’s nuclear power plant at the quay of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. [ABC]

    Thu, 15 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0700

    The United Nations says Japan was ”too modest” in assuming possible accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, before the earthquake-tsunami disaster crippled the facility on March 11.

    ”The principal lesson of the Fukushima accident is that assumptions made concerning which types of accidents were possible or likely were too modest,” the UN said in a report.

    ”Those assumptions should be reviewed for all existing and planned reactors, and the possible effects of climate change should be taken into account,” it said.

    • jonjon

      The UN supports nuclear power. No amount of safety check will make nuclear power safe. Anything human made can and will eventually fail. This is a form of propaganda that the UN is guilty of doing. Basically it’s saying, nuclear power is so safe no accident would ever happen if new safety checks are put in place. We heard it after Chernobyl too… BS. This stuff will kill us all if it is allowed to continue operating.

  • arclight arclight

    while I was surfing around I found this stuff! Anybody want it ?? 🙂

    “A quarter-century later, I can still measure fallout from Chernobyl in the Black Sea, though fortunately at levels that are safe for swimming, consuming seafood and, if you could remove the salt, even drinking. I never thought I’d see another release anywhere near the magnitude of Chernobyl.”
    Interesting point to add! No mention of the present day land contamination concerning chernobyl in this early article … obviously didn’t want to rock the boat?

    And this was a good statement in my view!……
    “After 25 years, we are just beginning to grasp Chernobyl’s legacy. Now Fukushima presents similar challenges, but with the added complication of leaving its imprint on the ocean, a complex system that is vital to human health and the world economy.
    Perhaps somewhere a young scientist’s career is being shaped by the events unfolding right now in Japan. I certainly hope there is more than one, because the questions we face are many, and they will not be answered soon. Or easily.”

    and this was an interesting find!
    “Nick Fisher of the State University of New York at Stony Brook will lead the team of researchers looking at microscopic plants and animals at the base of the food chain, as well as seaweed, fish and shellfish consumed by people, to determine how much radioactive material they accumulate.

    Cleaning up the ocean sediments and other areas near shore would be “enormously expensive, and the effectiveness of such actions is very uncertain at this time,” he said. There are some cleanup methods that have been used for other pollutants in sediments, but they generally haven’t been used for contamination with radioactive materials, he said.”
    Huh! did I read this, or was it my imagination?
    “looking at microscopic plants and animals at the base of the food chain, as well as seaweed, fish and shellfish consumed by people, to determine how much radioactive material they accumulate.”
    Duh! My head hurts! Better post this…. It might clarify things a tad!! Old chap and chapess
    “The 15-day expedition on the research vessel Kaimikai-O-Kanoloa is the first major international collaboration. Scientists from the U.S., Japan and Spain will be on board, and they’ll work with scientists at labs in the U.S., Europe and Japan.”

    15 days huh? What was the date they set off? Do you think they have the analysis of the biosphere?? Hmm?? Everything was ok was it? Nice!/sarc

    nice to see the press on the ball!! Remember .. you heard it here on enenews first lololol!

    Peace light and love (darclight)

  • arclight arclight

    500 words!!!! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    luverly……hehehehehe!! happy arclight= unhappy nuke industry!!
    thanks for the freedom admin!

    press: what about the fish then?

    press officer we found no fish so therefore no contamination in the biosphere…phew that was lucky!!!!

  • OlympicLight OlympicLight

    Sept. 26: Fukushima’s nuclear disaster is a nightmare. Ghostly releases of radioactivity haunt the Japanese countryside. Lives, once safe, are now beset by an ineffable scourge promising vile illness and death.

    Large sectors of the population are accumulating significant levels of internal contamination, setting the stage for a public health tragedy.

    A subtle increase in the number of miscarriages and fetal deaths will be the first manifestation that something is amiss.

    An elevated incidence of birth defects will begin in the Fall and continue into the indefinite future. Thyroid diseases, cardiac diseases and elevated rates of infant and childhood leukemia will follow.

    Over the next decade and beyond, cancer rates will soar.

  • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

    I Don’t see how anyone can extrapolate that there will be
    a “next decade” within which will be any civilization,
    nor internet, nor electrical networks.
    Whale Wars
    Whale Wars
    I haven’t checked up on the latest action.
    I thought they were unnecessarily risky,
    the Sea Shepherd and Steve Irwin crews,
    in the small boat close-attack, trying to
    board the Japanese ships.
    How ridiculously karmic, sad for the whales as
    all of us, but the Nipponese justifying their whale-kill
    and eating that whale meat… Those are going to
    be some of the most RAD contaminated whales ever!
    scooping up krill and everything in the water.

  • OlympicLight OlympicLight

    Just because there’s going to be a next decade, doesn’t mean it’ll be a fully functioning one. Obama, NASA, FEMA and 80 other organizations are running to their underground bunkers in Denver for a “defcon 1: nuclear imminent attack drill”


    And what’s this operation called one might ask? Operation Mountain Guardian. AKA OMG.

    This is where the elite, if and when, a cataclysmic event occurs, will dictate the New World Order.

    Several other world leaders have empty schedules after today as well. Coincidence???

  • OlympicLight OlympicLight

    Here are some of the effects we’re seeing of what’s been released as of late:

    “Radiation spikes in sea near Japan nuclear plant:

    Sendai: Radiation levels have jumped 10-fold in days in seawater near Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear plant, officials said, as workers battled to stabilise the crippled power station.

    Drinking a half-litre (20-ounce) bottle of similarly contaminated fresh water would expose a person to their annual safe dose, said an official who however ruled out an immediate threat to aquatic life and seafood safety.

    The iodine-131 level in the Pacific Ocean waters just off the Fukushima plant was 1,250 times above the legal limit — compared with readings of 126 times higher taken on Tuesday, and 145 higher on Thursday.”

    To get these kinds of readings gives us a clue to how much radiation has leaked.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Hartmann with Dr. Helen Caldicott – Should NW Japan be Evacuated?

  • newsmedia

    In 1957, I was seven years old and living in Shropshire, UK. I began to suffer from extremely sever stomach pains and cramps – so bad and so frequently that I was taken to our family doctor. After much examination, I was given the remedy – to stop drinking milk (I was a big milk drinker) except for very small amounts. The remedy worked, the pains decreased and eventually went away.

    The Windsdcale accident of 1957 released radiation that spread across the UK and levels of strontium were so high that local authorities gave out iodine tablets.

    Though I cannot provde it now, I do believe that I underwent a form of radiation poisoning and though the levels of radiation released by Windscale were high, they were nowhere near the levels of Fukushima…