Video: Fukushima debris “waist high” on Canadian island; “Catastrophic death” trapped in nets, it’s horrifying; 15-mile long lines of floating trash — Journalist: Radioactive tsunami debris found far from Fukushima plant — Global concern over spread of contamination

Published: July 29th, 2014 at 8:55 pm ET
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West Coast Fishermen ‘Fukushima debris waist high’, Jozef Vass, June 15, 2014:

> Video #1 — 3:00 in

  • Fisherman 1: We saw some dolphins… lots of sea lions… and lots of junk from Japan.
  • Question: I was wondering about Fukushima, and all the stuff… You’re seeing that debris?
  • Fisherman 2: Oh yeah… southwest of Langara [Island] — waist high, full of everything. It’s incredible, piles and piles… Drift nets up there with catastrophic death in them, it’s just horrifying… If you want to see incredible stuff, southwest of Langara… the drift nets have got everything in it dead… it’s bad, real bad — that all comes across from Fukushima… The currents are big, bringing everything in. We’ll see tide lines for 10-15 miles of just rows of shit floating [...]
  • Question: Were you given any warning by the government that it could be radioactive or dangerous to your health?
  • Fisherman 3: No.

> Video #2 — 6:00 in

  • Question: Other fishermen… are saying that there’s a lot of debris out in the ocean now.
  • Fisherman: A lot of debris from the tsunami… lots… everywhere — Refrigerators floating around… upside-down boats.

Stanford University fellow Brendan Jones, July 27, 2014: The opener [of salmon season in Alaska] continued… giddiness only increased. Perhaps folks were becoming a little drunk with radioactivity from all the Japanese tsunami debris — buoys, plastic stroller wheels, a bat of some sort [...]

KPBS, July 3, 2014: Author Kimball Taylor… found that while there are concerns globally about contaminated water spreading, surfers in Japan have returned to the water… Taylor spoke with surfers living in the city of Sendai [100 km north of Fukushima Daiichi]Host: You’re a surfer; did you go in the water? Taylor: No, I didn’t. The whole point was to surf. We’re going along the coast…. checking all the surf spots. The water’s 40ºF… I have my Geiger counter and I’m walking along and measuring tsunami trash, and it’s pinging and ticking… I just looked at the surf and thought, ‘Nah.’ […] The event is not over, there’s and estimate of 400 tons of contaminated groundwater coming through, underneath the Fukushima Daiichi plant every day… This is not over by any means. >> Full interview here

Watch video #1 with the fishermen here and video #2 here

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