Fukushima nuclear materials reported off China coast near Taiwan — Official: “The authority will publish relevant information in a timely manner once any threat is detected”

Published: March 21st, 2013 at 12:58 am ET


China Daily, March 21, 2013: China’s maritime authority said on Wednesday that to date there are no direct threats to China’s territorial waters posed by pollution from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plants.

China’s exclusive economic zone

Xinhua, March 20, 2013: […] some contamination has been monitored in China’s exclusive economic zone in the waters near the southern coast of Taiwan, said Li Xiaoming, a senior official in charge of maritime environmental protection […] Moreover, different quantities of nuclear materials have been detected in fish caught in the Pacific Ocean […] areas in the Western Pacific region to the east and southeast of Fukushima are found to have been substantially impacted by the nuclear leaks from the crippled power plants. Li promised that the authority will publish relevant information in a timely manner once any threat is detected to ensure food safety for the public.

See also: [intlink id=”report-nuclear-pollution-from-fukushima-to-hit-u-s-in-2015-impact-strength-of-cesium-137-on-west-coast-is-as-high-as-4-percent-due-to-strong-currents” type=”post”]Study: Fukushima nuclear pollutants to reach the east coast of China[/intlink]

Published: March 21st, 2013 at 12:58 am ET


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31 comments to Fukushima nuclear materials reported off China coast near Taiwan — Official: “The authority will publish relevant information in a timely manner once any threat is detected”

  • Mad Scientists Mad Scientists

    "Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives."

    — John Lennon

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Radiation has been found in fish from the Atlantic Ocean, as well as Pacific ocean.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      The countries who have nuclear power plants on the coasts of the Atlantic and nuclear PP on rivers which flow into the Atlantic are discharging radioactive water into the Atlantic everyday. Also there is radioactive dumping into the Atlantic of radioactive waste. Russia has been dumping radioactive waste into the ocean which also reaches the Atlantic. You can't have nuclear energy without destroying all rivers, lakes, and oceans. What is discharged into the air every day from nuclear power plants also comes down to land from the wind, rain, and snow.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        Also all fracking (nuclear or otherwise) in the ocean or on land is also adding to the radioactive levels in the groundwater, rivers, lakes, reservois, and oceans. Coal dust is also radioactive. Fossil fuels are radioactive. Uranium mining is radioactive. These radionuclides are man-made, not existing in nature.

        The nucleocrats insist on this technology for money, but even more for power. Their selfishness is killing their own children, the worst immorality and evil.

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          Russia Dumped 19 Radioactive Ships Plus 14 Nuclear Reactors Into the Ocean
          September 18, 2012

          • 4GaugePA

            With all that nuclear pollution dumped into the oceans (both Pacific and Atlantic)It forces me to ask why are there any sea lions, dolphins, sea snails, and manatee left to die off now??? With all that pollution you named off, Fukushima is just a drop in the bucket, yet all of a sudden everyone is screaming that Fukushima (the huge cover up) is responsible for all the pacific ocean being wiped out.

            I would like to see some authentic reports concerning the marine life before/after the bikini atoll test, along with Hiroshima and Nagasaki. would love to compare and find out why there was so much ocean life left to be killed by Fukushima (small by comparison) after all the previous testing and dumping.

            • Why do these reports become moot when looking at Japan?

              Simply because it's not even comparable…

              This monster (Fuku) has been dumping rad tainted water in mass quantities non stop 24/7 since 2011 into the Pacific.

              All this comparison to bomb explosions and Chernobyl is a total misrepresentation of the facts, and we (as the general public) will not ever know the total damage caused (or the real releases) by this one disaster, period!

              It's like comparing apples (a bomb test that stopped producing rads very quickly using only a few pounds of material) to a raging bull (TONS of radioactive material still being released), there simply isn't anything to compare it (Fuku) too.

              When a bomb explodes the damage is done, Fuku is still roaring after more than 5 years.

              Noble gasses emitted from the initial explosions at Fuku way surpassed Chernobyl. Proven fact.

              Just the fuel pools at Fuku contain more Cs's than all the bombs (and waste) exploded so far.

              3 full melt downs (and out of containment) dwarf all the waste ever introduced to the earth and they are still actively fissioning!!! And flowing into the environment daily.

              If these emissions were airborne (as opposed to shielded by the waters in the Pacific), none of us would be left to write these posts.

              So you simply can't compare this catastrophe to anything that has ever happened before in the history of the world!!!!

              WAY too many differences…

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      “Radioactive pollution in the ocean is nothing new. We've been loosing the stuff offshore since 1944. Here's how.

      “1) Nuclear weapons tests:
      • “For example, at Bikini Atoll between 1946 and 1958, the US detonated 23 atmospheric nuclear bomb tests, including the first hydrogen bomb, which exploded far more violently than predicted and contaminated a swath of ocean 100 miles/160 kilometers away from the epicenter. The fallout affected inhabited islands, fishing boats and fishers at sea, and, obviously, a lot of marine life. The map below shows where contaminated fish were caught, or where the sea was found to be excessively radioactive, after the 1955 hydrogen bomb test at Bikini=X marks. B=original "danger zone" announced by the US government. W="danger zone" extended later. NE, EC, and SE are equatorial currents. Credit: Y. Nishiwaki, 1955, for the government of Japan, via Wikimedia Commons
      • “France exploded 193 nuclear tests in the atmosphere and in the waters of French Polynesia between 1966 and 1996. The tests began after the 1963 Partial Test Ban Treaty outlawing detonations in the air. I wrote about this in my book THE FRAGILE EDGE:

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        “The [first] bomb was exploded aboard a barge in the [Moruroa's] lagoon, sucking water into the air and raining dead fish, corals, cephalopods, crustaceans, mollusks, and all the once living components of the reef onto Moruroa’s motu [islands], where their radioactive forms decayed for weeks. Confounded by this result, the French hastily arranged to explode their second bomb seventeen days later from an air plane 45,000 feet above the featureless South Pacific, some 60 miles south of Moruroa. Without people or equipment to witness, record, or analyze this distant blast, virtually no data was collected, making its detonation more an act of pique than science. Two days later, as described by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:
        An untriggered bomb on the ground [at Moruroa] was exposed to a “security test.” While it did not explode, the bomb’s case cracked and its plutonium contents spilled over the reef. The contaminated area was "sealed" by covering it with a layer of asphalt. …
        “2) Sinking of nuclear-powered submarines:

        • “So far, eight nuclear-powered submarines have sunk or been scuttled: two American, four Soviet; two Russian.
        • “Four in the North Atlantic, three in the Barents Sea, one in the Kara Sea north of Siberia.
        • “Another accident in 1968 in the North Pacific 1,796 miles / 2,890 kilometers northwest of the Hawaiian island of Oahu led to the sinking of a diesel-electric Soviet sub sank carrying nuclear ballistic missiles….

        • We Not They Finally

          These posts are all very impressive and undoubtedly true. The corporatocracy, criminality and cover-ups hardly happened overnight — it's long-range patterns. But what do we do about populations who right-here, right-now, will not look at what is right in front of their face, Fukushima? When the medical system is overrun (as it shall be), who will loudly and credibly identify the cause as RADIOACTIVITY? The public ignorance is so beyond the pall and the media so dumbed-down. At the moment we haven't a clue what kind of a sea change that would take.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        “3) Spacecraft and satellite failures, including:

        • “The launch failure in 1964 of an American navigation satellite with an onboard radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG)—an electrical generator fueled by radioactive decay. This fell into the ocean near Madagascar and deposited a quantity of plutonium-238 equal to half the amount of plutonium-238 naturally present in the entire World Ocean.
        • “The failed Apollo 13 mission (1970) jettisoned its Lunar Module Aquarius with the intention that it would crash into the sea and plummet into the Pacific's Tonga Trench—one of the the deepest places on our planet—since it was still carrying its RTG with plutonium dioxide fuel. So far no plutonium-238 has been recorded in nearby atmospheric and seawater sampling, suggesting the cask is currently intact on the seabed.
        • “At least four other RTG-powered spacecraft have fallen to Earth, including one into the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel off California in 1968.
        • “Between 1973 and 1993, at least five Soviet/Russian RORSAT satellites failed to eject their nuclear reactor cores prior to falling back to Earth. One fell into the Pacific north of Japan (1973), another over Canada's Northwest Territories (1978), another in the South Atlantic (1983). The successfully ejected cores are in still orbit, destined to plummet back to Earth someday….

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        “4) Discharges from nuclear reprocessing and power plants:

        • “Britain's Sellafield (aka Windscale) is a nuclear storage site, an erstwhile nuclear weapons production plant, nuclear reprocessing center, and nuclear power plant, currently in the process of decommissioning. Due to accidents, chronic emissions, and overflows at Sellafield, the nearby Irish Sea is deemed the most radioactive sea on Earth.
        • “The Hanford Site in Washington—home to the world's first plutonium production reactor—purposely released radionuclides down the Columbia River from the 1940s to the 1970s. The contamination travelled hundreds of miles into the Pacific Ocean. Today the radionuclides are used as markers by oceanographers tracking sediment movements on the continental shelf….

        “5) Ocean dumps:

        • “Dump sites for radioactive waste were created in the northeast Atlantic (1 site), off Europe (3), off the US eastern seaboard (1), and off the US Pacific coast (1).
        • “Between 1946 and 1970, the US dumped ~107,000 drums of radioactive wastes at its two sites, including some 47,800 in the ocean west of San Francisco, supposedly at three designated sites. However drums actually litter an area of at least 1,400 square kilometers/540 square miles, known as the Farallon Island Radioactive Waste Dump, which now falls almost entirely within the boundaries of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The exact location of most drums is unknown. At least some are…

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        At least some are corroding….

        “A 1996 paper in Health Physics described some of the radionuclides found in the tissues of deep-sea bottom-feeding fishes—Dover sole, sablefish, and thornyheads—plus intertidal mussels in the waters around the Farallon Islands:

        “Concentrations of both [plutonium-238] and [Americium-241] in fish tissues were notably higher than those reported in literature from any other sites world-wide, including potentially contaminated sites. These results show approximately 10 times higher concentrations of [plutonium-238+240] and approximately 40-50 times higher concentrations of [plutonium-238] than those values reported for identical fish species from 1977 collections at the [Farallon Islands Nuclear Waste Dump Site].

        “Of course the fallen satellites, the sunken submarines, the leftovers from nuclear bomb tests, and the dumped drums of waste are all subject to saltwater corrosion and the same destructive tectonic forces that triggered the March 11th Sendai earthquake and tsunami….”

        • weeman

          You are a light in a ever darkening world
          You do us all service and ask nothing in return
          Continue to enlighten the masses
          Your words of wisdom are invaluable
          Never give up
          I personally refuse to lie down and be quite
          Fight the good fight
          Because it is righteous.

        • Wreedles Wreedles

          You're spot-on Anne.

          What TPTB refuse to realize is an essential truth about our planet: All of the water is connected.

          It really is that simple, which makes these ongoing disasters all-the-more tragic: All of it could have been avoided with the simple realization that what poisons 'some' of the water will eventually poison it all.

  • Mad Scientists Mad Scientists

    All nuclear countries use the same nuclear manual that tells them to minimize radiation dangers using dumb statements like these

    — there is no direct harm
    — no immediate harm
    — no immediate health effects
    — will not reach a dangerous level
    — within a normal range
    — at background levels
    — not harmful levels
    — as much radiation as watching TV
    — as much as radiation as your granite counter tops
    — and of course the bananas and airplane flight comparisons

    But this is what they should say

    "the smallest dose of low-level ionizing radiation has the potential to cause an increase in health risks to humans"


    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Right? They wanted to put a picture of smokers lungs on cigarettes but they don't have to give surgeon general's warning about this stuff. Slap a warning on all dairy, Pacific seafood at the least. May cause agonizing painful death. Eat at your own risk.

      • We Not They Finally

        Oh, like the pharma ads on t.v.? Take this drug — you'll feel wonderful! Oh, by the way, the drug may give you cancer, heart attacks, it may drive you to suicide, you might accidentally kill someone in your sleep and not know it, etc., etc. And still people BUY. Dangerous products needs to be BANNED. But that has to be preceded by TESTING, and with open honest results. Then there has to be legislation setting safety guidelines, by the same non-scientist politicians who are paid off to protect companies who market dangerous products. A whole mountain of slippery slopes. Next line of defense: Mass shift in consciousness. We love that one, but good luck figuring out how to get it done!

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      But… Mayor Jim said it was OK.

      One of you must be lying!

  • Mad Scientists Mad Scientists

    On March 9, 2013, over 200,000 Taiwanese protested against nuclear energy.

    I don't think they'll be very happy to learn Fukushima radiation is drifting toward their southern coast.

    • We Not They Finally

      Saw that one and good for them! Even some of the European countries had protests on the second anniversary of Fukushima. But in the U.S. NOTHING.

  • nedlifromvermont

    all this mayhem, thanks be to nuclear …

    the adults should not have left the room …

    Albert Einstein and Hyman Rickover saw into the future and did not like what they saw …

    pull together people … we must slay this nuclear dragon … which is intent on killing us all … if we can … before it is too late …

    now where is Gascon?

    peace …

  • hbjon hbjon

    Water is neither created or destroyed. The amount of pollution in water is increased and reduced by a number of factors. Dillution with pure water decreases the pollution. Dillution with heavily contaminated water increases the pollution. In the long term, pollution will decrease because of forces like wind, ocean currents, gravity and electromagnetism that will trap the pollution within the geometry of materials that can accept it. Carbon and calcium for example. First, the emissions must stop before the cleansing process may commence. Only a fool without proper information would ever dig this evil from the earth.

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

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      • We Not They Finally

        That tragedy continues to unfold as we speak. And not just for the Iraqis. American servicemen have been devastated by depleted uranium fallout. Thank Bush Sr. for getting that ball rolling with Gulf War I. Haven't a clue how he skirted international bans on using nuclear weapons, but he did. And to his great personal financial enrichment, through The Carlyle Group. And his reward? The Presidential Medal of Freedom!

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