MAP: Fukushima radioactive plume over 3,000 miles wide by May 2013 — Only includes most contaminated area in Pacific with cesium more than 7 Bq/m³

Published: February 24th, 2014 at 9:17 am ET


Center for Marine and Environmental Radiation, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2014:

*All sampling locations were along a straight line at 30°N. This is over 700 miles south of the most concentrated part of the Fukushima radioactive plume, which is centered at 40°N (see 2012 map at top of graphic below).

  1. 30.0, 147.79 — Apr 15, 2013, Depth: 500, Cs137: 4.8 Bq/m³, Cs134: 4.0 Bq/m³
  2. 30.0, 154.72 — Apr 17, 2013, Depth: 150, Cs137: 4.5 Bq/m³, Cs134: 2.7 Bq/m³
  3. 30.0, 178.45 — Apr 28, 2013, Depth: N/A, Cs137: 4.6 Bq/m³, Cs134: 3.1 Bq/m³
  4. 30.0, 178.45 — Apr 28, 2013, Depth: N/A, Cs137: 5.8 Bq/m³, Cs134: 3.3 Bq/m³
  5. 30.0, 179.72 — Apr 28, 2013, Depth: 50, Cs137: 8.2 Bq/m³, Cs134: 4.8 Bq/m³
  6. 30.0, -177.27 — Apr 29, 2013, Depth: 46, Cs137: 5.0 Bq/m³, Cs134: 2.8 Bq/m³
  7. 30.0, -175.54 — Apr 30, 2013, Depth: 50, Cs137: 3.7 Bq/m³, Cs134: 2.4 Bq/m³
  8. 30.0, -170.92 — May 01, 2013, Depth: 60, Cs137: 5.1 Bq/m³, Cs134: 2.7 Bq/m³
  9. 30.0, -160.59 — May 14, 2013, Depth: 45.75, Cs137: 4.6 Bq/m³, Cs134: 2.7 Bq/m³
  10. 30.0, -160.59 — May 14, 2013, Depth: 165, Cs137: 4.9 Bq/m³, Cs134: 3.1 Bq/m³

View test results on the map here (click ‘All Years’ in top right)

Published: February 24th, 2014 at 9:17 am ET


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36 comments to MAP: Fukushima radioactive plume over 3,000 miles wide by May 2013 — Only includes most contaminated area in Pacific with cesium more than 7 Bq/m³

  • hbjon hbjon

    Radioactive plume and cesium. The tunnel vision is expanding as well as the contamination.

  • Sickputer

    Not to worry. That little plume is not impending, imminent, nor immediate.

    Anybody buy that fuku nonsense?

    Enenews post of mine from Feb. 25, 2013:

    February 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Fifth grade teacher for nucleocrats:

    "Today we will study three adjectives: immediate, imminent, and impending.
    Please feel free to use these intellectual words in any discussions with those alarmist environmentalists. Make sure you preface the words with the adverb "not".

    You may use the word "not" jocularly as a postpositive interjection to indicate that a previous statement is untrue: That's a spent fuel pond on fire! Not!

    "Tomorrow we will study the appropriate way to assign blame for an action to a completely different entity. Example: "That man who died of a heart attack working at Hanford Site was a smoker. That bad habit was also quite likely the cause for his deformed children. Smoking is very bad for humans. Nuclear energy is very good for humans."

  • combomelt combomelt

    Hey, Woods Hole,

    How about a little standardization in your depths of testing???

    Depth: in ft?

    weirdest testing depths EVER.!! SOOOOO scientific over there boys at da Hole! Pathetic
    the only meaning derived from this "testing" is that there is a boatload(oceanload) of shyte almost on our front door step,if its not here in force already

    • Why no surface measurements?

      Why no surface LAYER measurements?

      This is where MOST of the radiation is.

      As the radiation falling from the sky breaks the surface tension on top of the surface of the water (highest concentrations are found here), it slowly sinks down and settles to the bottom.

      Why no bottom sediment measurements?

      It seems like maybe they are purposely avoiding the highest radiation contamination areas and looking for the lowest concentrations..

      • Plutonium And Cesium Bio-Concentrates 26,000 Times In Ocean Algae, Up To 5,570,000 Bq/Kg in Land Algae; via @AGreenRoad

        The really important question is not being answered yet…

        What is coming up the food chain specifically? Iodine, cesium, plutonium, uranium, hot particles, etc..

        Which plant or animal pathways are concentrating what types of Fukushima radiation the most? Is it seaweed, ocean algae going into filter feeders, fish, starfish, etc?

        How can kids be protected the best, by avoiding the highest risk foods? Around Chernobyl, they found food items such as meat, milk, mushrooms, berries carried the highest amounts of radiation, so they advised parents to avoid these foods for children.

        This does not mean the same foods would be the worst in the US, as Fukushima may have done different things, but these are good starting places to test, since Chernobyl may be a good example and Fukushima may have done exactly the same things in the same ways..

        It only takes 5 to 10 Bq/kg on a daily basis to accumulate radiation in a child over several years to get the child to a point where it has 1,500 bq/kg internal body load, which can be lethal, fairly quickly…

        That is the other thing that is needed; whole body internal radiation scans of large numbers of children across the US, to see if there is a problem, and how it progresses over time.

    • underfish

      likely those measurements are in meters of is the international standard used by scientist(wannabes or not)..thats all. conversion would be ~3.3ft to 1 meter..

  • FallOut FallOut

    Horizontal distribution of Fukushima-derivedradio cesiumin zooplankton in the northwestern Pacific Ocean

    134 Cs and 137 Cs were detected in zooplankton and seawa-ter samples collected from the western North Pacific (500– 2100 km from the FNPP1) 10 months after the FNPP1 ac-cident. Because of its short half-life, detected Cs couldand Yoshida, S.: Fukushima-derived radionuclides in the ocean only be derived from the accident. Radiocesium activities in zooplankton were high at around 25◦ N, which does not cor- respond with the horizontal distribution pattern of radioce-.sium activities in surface seawater. We also observed subsur-face radiocesium maxima in the density range of NPSMW in several subtropical stations.

    Both results suggested that contaminated radiocesium in zooplankton were derived from subsurface radiocesium though the vertical migration of zooplankton in the subtropical stations.

    • The biggest worry is not the levels of radiation in ocean water.

      70% + percent of the radiation after the initial plume passes that goes into the human body or into animals comes from food. So the ocean water studies that all of these labs are doing is fine, but it is useless to figure out what is coming up the food chain, which is where most radiation will come from in the future.

      Fukushima Pacific Ocean Radiation And How It Concentrates In Mussels, Sea Stars, Chitons, Clams, Oysters, And Fish; via @AGreenRoad

      • FallOut FallOut

        By his reckoning, what remains is less than three percent of the total discharge, with the rest long since flushed out to the open ocean.

        Yet levels of the cesium radioisotopes are still being measured at several tens to hundreds of becquerels per cubic meter in this area, Kanda noted, considerably higher than the levels prior to the Fukushima disaster. More importantly, levels measured in coastal sediments and in some species of fish are higher than those in the surrounding water.

        As Kanda sees it, there are three sources responsible for this stubborn presence. One is river runoff—the fallout washed by rainfall into nearby rivers that drain to the sea. He also suggested that a small amount of contaminated water from basement compartments in the reaction unit housing is continuing to leak from the plant itself. But the biggest culprit—the only plausible explanation for the steady levels of radioactive cesium being measured in fish tissue—is continuous input through a food source. And that, he said, points to sediments.

      • FallOut FallOut

        Kanda has estimated that a total of 95 terabecquerels of cesium (1012 becquerels) is present in coastal sediments. The question, he maintained, is how it got there. It could have drifted down to the seafloor in the fecal pellets of plankton that consumed it at the surface—and in fact, plankton in shallow waters sometimes showed elevated levels of cesium. It could also be arriving with organic bits and pieces carried along by river water. It could have adhered to clay particles that came in contact with contaminated water; such radioactive cesium is tightly bound to clay particles and may not be easily transferred to marine life.

        Sediment is complex stuff, he explained. Viewed up close, a single grain of what looks like sand is likely a mélange of mineral, organic matter, and pore water—the liquid trapped in the tiny gaps between particles. How contaminants are taken into these agglomerations is not well understood. Echoing Scott Fowler, Kanda noted that the composition and properties of sediments can vary dramatically.

      • FallOut FallOut

        The process starts with zooplankton,phytoplankton then up the food chain it goes.

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    'See Something, Say Nothing'. Include me out of that deadly mistake:

    I intent to find and report on localized, 'leopard skin' contamination concentration patterns on N.American agricultural, residential, commercial, coastal and beach lands, as well as rolling, circulating, moving, sporadic atmospheric 'hot spots' around our homes, gardens, schools, farms and ranches.

    'Do Detect, Do Tell' is what we'll need to do to protect ourselves as the Fuku poison increases and 'our' politicized multi-billion$ federal waste-ocracies attempt to bury the growing deadly radiation numbers, while hiding in plain sight.

    • jump-ball jump-ball

      …I intend…

    • Good plan, because most people are now aware of this effect..

      Bottom line, the only way to protect yourself at all, is with a pancake style radiation detector, and test everything, everywhere. Take it with you and leave it turned on.. 99% of the time, it will show normal, but then that 1% or less of the time when the alarm goes off on it, is what protects you, just like a smoke detector.

      • Ontological Ontological

        Thor's Hammer I call that ominous looking graph most simulations come up with.
        My wife had a 65,000cpm reading after a PET scan last week. For about 24 hours she was 50k+ even at 20 feet. That way too much of a dose for a 6 minute scan! Was C15.3 C15.9 atomic mass isotopes, and a few other short lived but lively while active materials. Imaging for heart and other medical scans can severely add to the ever increasing background issues of today. She is cooled off now but still is a source at a few inches from the injection site. She pegged/reset our GM 300E three times in her first 4 hours after the test! (they peg at 100k BTW)

        All this new future medical practice saves lives for what? To live a few more years until some other evil they have released gets you back in their clutches yet again.

        I knew about polonium in tobacco long ago. Second hand smoke is deadly indeed. This city is a giant glittering gulch of an ashtray.

      • 99% of time normal? Normal should be between 3-12, historically for the USA. Our Inspector plus pancake geiger counter shows a daily average of 45 to 60 and we live ten miles from the ocean in southern california.

        45- to 60 is NOT NORMAL


        And that's every single day, inside and out, no matter what we test or just leave on the get the air. Everything has these high counts. Food, water, the air, the carpet, the cars, everything.

        Let's face it, we're zapped and zapped good and there is damn little we can do about it.

        Fukushima Research blog on articles and videos since 3-11-11

    • GQR2

      More youtubes need to go up made by random people all over the country. Lots of them everyday.

      • GQR2

        vids with the GC readings,just the readings from all corners of the country and the world.

        • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

          GQR2…I agree..there needs to be real documented testing going on, because many perceive this as a "boogey man in the closet" problem. No one can see smell or taste radiation, so when they are told about this problem, they can easily deny the existence of radiation contamination.

  • Correction; Not aware of this effect..

  • Is this location up stream or down stream of the Fukushima radiation current?

    30.0, 147.79 — Apr 15, 2013, Depth: 500, Cs137: 4.8 Bq/m³, Cs134: 4.0 Bq/m³

  • FallOut FallOut

    At Fukushima, a radioactive mess wrapped up with nowhere to go

    In total, 250,000 tons of soil are bagged and stacked in 30 locations throughout Fukushima prefecture. But not all the bags are up on a mountain, conveniently removed from the Japanese population. Thousands of bags are in the middle of communities, waiting to be relocated.

    One evening in December 2013, an elderly man named Toshio Okoshi showed me around his village in the Shidamyo district of Fukushima. He took me to a vantage point where I could see piles of thousands of blue bags, from village to village, rice field to rice field, home to home.

    But where does a nation dump hundreds of thousands of tons of radioactive trash and millions of gallons of isotope-emitting water?

  • SadieDog

    Japanese residents allowed to return to Fukushima evacuation zone in April …

  • SadieDog

    United Nations report – Effects of Atomic Radiation, post Fukushima

  • Mark Wonclunker

    Why sample at 30N when the main plume is at 40N ?

    Maybe looking for some nice low results to publish.