“Excessive levels of highly toxic strontium” detected in groundwater — Rainy season is raising levels of strontium contamination

Published: June 14th, 2011 at 8:46 am ET


High Level of Toxins in Water at Japan Plant Raises Risks, Wall Street Journal, June 13, 2011:

Excessive levels of highly toxic strontium have been detected in seawater and groundwater at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, the plant operator said Monday, a development that suggests an increased risk of radioactive contamination further entering the food chain. […]

“With the arrival of the rainy season, more and more radioactive fallout is being washed into groundwater and the sea, raising the levels of strontium contamination,” said Ikuro Anzai, professor emeritus at Ritsumeikan University.

Strontium acts like calcium and accumulates in bones. […] “Japanese people often eat small fish, such as sardines, whole, including the bones and head. There is therefore a risk of consumers taking in strontium from contaminated small fish,” Prof. Anzai said. […]

Published: June 14th, 2011 at 8:46 am ET


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14 comments to “Excessive levels of highly toxic strontium” detected in groundwater — Rainy season is raising levels of strontium contamination

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    “Excessive levels” – what does that mean? The article presents no data at all.

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    I’ll requote this here:

    “We do what the member states tell us we should do,” he says.

    Although that was an intl radiation network quote, it fortuitously uses pronouns, because it applies to all data monitoring at F.D. No data will be presented officially on this, because the data is awful.

  • radegan

    Fukushima Trade Association announces a new Strontium fortified cola – “Hot Cola”. They claim it will help older folks with osteoporosis, as the strontium can substitute for the missing calcium. And, of course, it will have no effect at all on happy younger people.

    “Happy Hot Cola – now with Strontium strength!”

    • ocifferdave

      Me and my shiney avatar would like a six pack of Hot and Happy Cola!

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      “Vitamin Strontium”….

      • We missed the soul vitamin. But now the soul after passing away from the radioactove body will find rebirth impossible in a healty body because the available bodies to be born will all be unacceptably radioactive. What a nuclear genie and its infallibility! Has the unspeakable happened already? Or can we master the genie (democratically)? Will human ingenuity rise to design around the infallibility of the genie?

      • War Is Peace

        You can (and likely should) take non-radioactive strontium to block the uptake of the radioactive version into the bones. It is in many trace-mineral formulas. Same principle as with the iodine…

      • BetaFlare

        What are u smokin? Pill offering comin? This forum is not for pill consumin distributin jۤuits, mind u coward.

  • War Is Peace

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  • blackmoon

    Latest report from Alex in Japan, commenting on strontium detected in groundwater (contains some cursing):


    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Thank you blackmoon,
      Alex speaks very well for all of us. I almost died of cancer 22 years ago. Our wonderful government never told us we got radiation from Chernobyl. I never knew about the accident in Santa Susanna just 10 miles from where I was living. My father actually took us on vacation to Nevada when I was 7, because he wanted to see an above ground nuclear test.
      Thank goodness for this website and all the bloggers. I didn’t want to stay indoors today and would have spent all day outside. After all, we didn’t have any rain.
      But someone here reported EPA/Radnet had reported elevations of radiation in Denver, and I witnessed all the activity the last few days on live cam at Fukushima.
      Thank you to everyone.
      I love the attitude of Alex.

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