“Chilling Phenomena”: Fungus emitting radiation 70 times higher than nearby asphalt — “A boy sitting on that patch to watch a baseball game could do real damage to his gonads”

Published: June 14th, 2013 at 1:51 pm ET


Title: Cleanup From Fukushima Daiichi: Technological Disaster Or Crisis In Governance?
Source: Fairewinds Energy Education
Author: Art Keller
Date: June 13, 2013

[…] One of the first demonstrations conducted by [Kevin Wang]’s team was at a Japanese school still in routine use. The contamination was widespread and included troubling accumulations of radiation in biological materials. While the asphalt driveway was contaminated, the grass next to it was four times as radioactive as the asphalt. The worst were the patches of fungus on the bleachers at the school’s baseball field, which had sucked-up radionuclides to such a degree that they were emitting radiation at 70-times the contaminated asphalt.

[Sam Engelhard, an industrial hygenist and certified radiation protection technologist] described the chilling phenomena of the fungus-turned-radiation-sponge as, “a remarkable example of biological amplification.”

Wang said it more bluntly, “A boy sitting on that patch to watch a baseball game could do real damage to his gonads.” […]

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Published: June 14th, 2013 at 1:51 pm ET


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17 comments to “Chilling Phenomena”: Fungus emitting radiation 70 times higher than nearby asphalt — “A boy sitting on that patch to watch a baseball game could do real damage to his gonads”

  • Jay

    That shows that Organized Crime is similar around the world :
    " Disgusted at the shoddy cleanup work being done by the construction firms, Masafumi Shiga, president of a refurbishing company in Fukushima , told the New York Times simply, “ What’s happening on the ground is a disgrace ” .

    The problem those crooks encoutered is kind of unique in their 'business' when come to erasing evidence : they found it's hard to make radiation dissapear !

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Japanese Researchers Use Microbes to Remove Cesium in Water & Soil – Updated Info 06/07/11


    I'm still wonder if this is a bioremediation experiment gone bad.
    The experiment..considers cesium..which might be utilized by the microorganism..but they failed to consider the full spectrum of isotopes…that also would be absorbed.
    If this experiment was implimented…it is an 'open air'.
    Done with the usual short-sightedness…as little thought was given to the containment and control of the microorganism itself.
    Other naturally occurring microbes (mutating?)..taking up this activity as well?
    Not good.

    Cesium..like McD's..everywhere.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Like Sunflowers the Microbes collect the radiation and then what do you do with the Microbes or Sunflowers which are now contaminated. Sounds like transference and not decontamination. Microbes sounds rather dire to me, making a new cyanobacteria? Who knows what could happen. JMHO

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Ah, the fungus, the fungus. Final liquidator. The new reigning kingdom. Cant kill it! Hyphae spreading invisibly through all compromised tissue. People dont know it, but everyone is sick from mycotoxins to some degree, ubiquitous in stored grains.potentized by dish washers, growing unseen in your house, destroying your immune system, causing cancers and illness. It pierces tissues with over a thousand pounds per square inch in an unstoppable invasion. Super radioactive fungus, they just couldnt have anticipated it, just like all the other faulty risk analysis when they ASSURED us the chance of disaster was infinitesimally small. With three exploded, melted down and leaking reactors, they continue with their same dialogue with a twist; anti nukers are terrorists. So sci-fi!

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    "Mutated plants, fungus, dying trees (2013 edition).
    Posted on April 20, 2013

    Mutated cone flower in Alabama, April 2013
    The tree damage seen last year has not abated. Mutated plants continue to appear as more low-level radiation streams over from Japan. From Dr. Satoshi Mori’s blog (poorly translated by Google)…

    The tree damage can be seen in Iceland, western Europe, Indonesia, Fiji, the Maldives, India, Canary Islands, Madagascar, and recently in Australia. But it seems to be the worst in the USA and Canada.

    The growth of fungus and mold is promoted by radiation (8-12). What is happening is that Fuku, the oil spill and sinkhole emissions are weakening the trees. Fungi enter the weakened tree, encounter radioactive substances, and then grow like crazy.

    A fungal meningitis outbreak of injectable drugs prepared at the New England Compounding Center has killed 53 people. Injectable products have been recalled from Med Prep Consulting, Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Pallimed Solutions Inc., and Hospira Inc., due to contamination with fungus…


  • NoNukes NoNukes

    "Radioactive black fungus in Japan, blowing to the US.

    …It was shown in a previous post here that an astounding amount of fungi were transported across the Pacific from Japan to the US in spring 2011. It is springtime again, and this is the season for fungus transport.

    It is likely that fungi are growing on the spent fuel pools and underground coriums. Tepco announced that they are adding hydrazine to the pools in order to control the growth of microorganisms. But these fungi are highly radioresistant, and probably can tolerate toxic chemicals also. They are almost certainly mutated by radiation…"


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    SOS from Minamisoma part 2 "What is the most dangerous?"
    August 8 2011


    Lest some forget…

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Fact is, we've all been irradiated. And forced to become more irradiated, thanks to nuclear.

  • ask questions

    When this fungus becomes airborne, people might be able to contract fungal lung diseases which cause breathing problems, fungal pneumonias, fungal meningitis…even death.

    Years ago I heard of people who moved to Arizona ending up with a fungal lung disease called “Valley Fever.”

    I’m wondering now if it could caused by a radiation-induced fungus from atomic testing?

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Beware the deadly fungi! Valley Fever dramatically increased -nearly 10x- in several southwestern states from 1998 through 2011. Being largely a respiratory ailment, its statistically insignificant for people who dont breath

      • ask questions

        Fungus can mutate and become deadlier.

        A rare fungus called "Cryptococcus gattii," which is usually found in the tropics, (Australia, Papua New Guinea, Egypt and parts of South America) is now being found in British Columbia, Washington State and Oregon.

        They claim this fungus "likes to hang out in forests," but my theory is that while the fungus is airborne and blowing around, it just settles on the tall trees because they're the largest thing in the fungus' path, and the fungus takes up residence on the trees.

        Another fungus called "Cryptococcus neoformans" kills more than 620,000 a year.

        How this relates to Japan is that the fungus found in Japan might not stay in Japan. It could become airborne and end up on the Pacific Westcoast, too, or even further.


      • And harmless to all non carbon life forms.

        Thus, radioactive fungus is healthy for everyone.

        Smile! That will protect you from the radiation, which of course, cannot hurt you.

        Fukushima Black Dust or Black Fungus Tested – 583,333 Bq/Kg of Cesium Found; via @AGreenRoad

        Everyone In USA And Around The World Exposed to Massive Amounts of Radioactive Xenon Gas; via @AGreenRoad

  • ask questions

    Have you seen this slideshow from Wall Street Journal on Fukushima, from March 11, 2013?


  • pure water

    Fungus is may be the best known bioaccumulator, and a difficult one to clean. Living pretty comfortably on and inside human body!Dr.Simonchini suspected fungus is the cause of various kinds of cancer and treated his patients with baking soda:
    How to prevent yourself of thinking that fungus hikes for raioisotopes in human body? About the use of baking soda in desactivating uranium for example, most of you know.
    I want to share with you the observation of one farmer, I met in a train. He said, that whenever he does cleaning of the accumulated with years dung near his barn, his thyroid gland makes him sick.So many years after Chernobyl, and a thousand+ kilometers away, radionuclides go through the food chain, and the waste product cosidered one of the best fertilizers in fact is far from clean!
    Sediments near the rivers, and the river fish are accumulators as well.

  • weeman

    If I was to hazard a guess, the asphalt repeals the contaminated rain water, the camber of the road causes the contaminated water to accumulated at roads edge and after road is dry, cars pass and blow contamination to verge at road side.
    Makes you wonder about fungal organisims and there tolerance to radiation, what's their edge, good chance these were the first organisms to thrive on land at a time when the background radiation was much higher, just a theory. By the way there is no nutritional value in a mushroom, no calories, what a strange organism.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Folks, Abe has ended second effort at Decontamination.
    Remember the stories that each new spring run off from the mountains put down new contamination? Meaning that Decon had to be redone? Well, no more. The Abe administration has quietly syspended the second Decon practice, and dialed way back on the entire Decon effort. Apparently, TPTB have admitted, at least among themselves, that Decon is impossible. The Japanese will simply have to live in a contaminated environment.
    Japan is toast. 🙁

  • Sol Man

    Bad for the young boy's gonads sitting watching a ball game, but terrifying to the genome- but, he may not know that until he tries to start family.