“Geiger counters going off their scales” in Watari during recent survey — Radiation levels rise once again after decontamination

Published: October 22nd, 2011 at 12:09 pm ET
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Oct. 20 — “Residents in the town’s district of Watari also found their Geiger counters going off their scales, which go up to 10 microsieverts per hour”, said Kanna Mitsuta, a Friends of the Earth researcher who participated in a Sept. 14 radiation survey in Fukushima City, 60km from the meltdowns, according to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

Can it be ‘Decontaminated’?

Tomoya Yamauchi, professor and radiation expert at Kobe University, said the contamination in the area is so severe that authorities need to remove not only the topsoil but also road surfaces, roofs and concrete walls, reports the DPA.

Mitsuta is concerned that the decontamination effects are only temporary, “Radiation levels drop soon after decontamination work, but whenever it rains, contaminated soil flows into the area from surrounding mountain forests and the levels climb once again.”

What about the reactor that is still releasing radioactive steam? Might that also be why decontamination is not going as planned? From Oct. 18 & 19:

Published: October 22nd, 2011 at 12:09 pm ET
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16 comments to “Geiger counters going off their scales” in Watari during recent survey — Radiation levels rise once again after decontamination

  • Al-Chemisto

    There are two persons being quoted in this article.

    The first, Kanna Mitsuta, a Friends of the Earth researcher, is of the opinion that the decontamination is temporary: “Radiation levels drop soon after decontamination work, but whenever it rains, contaminated soil flows into the area from surrounding mountain forests and the levels climb once again.” This would indicate that structures and roads do not have to be removed.

    This is not the correct perspective as radioactive particles have embedded themselves in the materials.

    The second voice of the article has a correct perspective, when quoted Tomoya Yamauchi, professor and radiation expert at Kobe University, said: “the contamination in the area is so severe that authorities need to remove not only the topsoil but also road surfaces, roofs and concrete walls.”

    Tomoya states that entire surfaces must be removed. But that would be in an environment that has stopped receiving dosages of radiation. Those in Japan (and in many other places) have not stopped receiving radiation. So even if entire structures were torn away and carted off to “safe storage” those that remain would become similar after exposure to the “Winds from Fukushima.”

    This lack of clarity paints two pictures, one of which is not correct.

    Certainly the surrounding soil is contaminated as well, so its flow into a “decontaminated area” would “recontaminate” it. But that begs the question if a simple surface pressure wash or minor structural disassembly would address the issue.

    Neither will address the issue. Neither.

    The source has not stopped emission.

    All persons is tnat area of Japan need to take responsibility for their own lives. I would think they need to accept that their old lives are over and that they are refugees.

    In fact many peoples of the Earth are refugees. And we are refugees from the “present way.” The “present way” is over.

    And we are searching for “our way.” Not everyone…


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  • Cindy

    They are kidding themselves, that these areas can be decontaminated. This is why areas around chernoble were evacuated, because it’s not possible …

    The Japanese government needs to face the music on this one and evacuate much of the population.


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  • StillJill StillJill

    Not only that,..But, if there is no room for a 5’7″ person, or smaller,…as in any evacuation placements,…where in hell are they going to ‘put’ all house concrete, roads, deeper earth??? Oh yeah,…they burn it and send it over the Pacific to their good friends the US. (Sorry, I forgot!)


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  • lam335 lam335

    “Radiation levels drop soon after decontamination work, but whenever it rains, contaminated soil flows into the area from surrounding mountain forests and the levels climb once again.”

    While it my be true that some of this re-contamination is indeed coming from loose dirt/dust etc. from forests, I think the government is using that “story” as a cover for the fact that their own incineration efforts are actually significantly contributing to this continual re-contamination.


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  • lam335 lam335

    Of course, the more they contaminate, the more they will want to burn, so they are caught in a vicious cycle that will also ultimately prove to be a death spiral.


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  • StillJill StillJill

    Thinking about them TRYING to keep water on the MONSTER,…control TRUTH leaks,…find places to hide smaller pieces of the ‘dirty diaper’,….the dissonance will make them go mad,….yeah,…if they’re not already!

    I can almost feel sorry. Managing a tiger by the tail,…while trying to PRETEND YOU’RE Not doing so,…..”I’m dancing as fast as I can”, comes to mind.


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  • john lh john lh

    I am just tired to read all this news from ENENEWS.COM about Japanese.

    Thinking about they fly paper kite to stop the B-29 bombers during WWII,they are the same Japanese, No Change, no progress, they are not the one of the most advanced country on this earth.

    Sorry to point out this, and I am Chinese but not the Chinese want to hate Japanese.

    Feel sorry for them, fly the kite and remove the surface earth are the same practice in real danger.


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    • arclight arclight

      hi john
      you realise that any contamination is likely to be pushed passed the coast of china on its way to indonesia thailand australia etc…this goes on during the northern hemisphere winter…
      peace


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  • pure water

    They are trying copy Sisyphus?! And IAEA confirmed these efforts are meaningful. Their experts said so recently. While simple human common sense says:
    1.Nature redistributes what is on the ground, in the water and in the air.
    2.Seven months of such constant and heavy contamination are just enough to contaminate the region irreversibly.
    3. Burning of radioactive waste redistributes it in a really dangerous way – what is on the ground goes in the air and potentially into the lungs.
    4.The problems at 2 Fukushima plants are not solved. Iodine is enough as an indication.


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  • dodge

    It seems to me that we are using the wrong word when we speak of decontamination It seems with what we know about half-lives, we are talking about containment – long term containment, and isolation for a long time. The difficulty is that dispersal also is working, long term we all will suffer the effects, risks/benefits of low level contamination. The only way to slow the dispersal problem, and the rapid rise of very low level contamination, is to contain the radiation. Indeed this is the basic plan of the industry, contain the danger, gain the benefit, hope to escape major problem. Three things seem to be essential for the world in this present situation. Stop (contain) the ongoing release of radiation,
    isolate the areas of hot spots, (and quit just throwing the radiation back into the air hoping it will disperse to acceptable levels, and work like crazy to address long term storage solutions before another major release adds to our problem.


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    • arclight arclight

      as well as smoke add sea mist contamination!! not being measured or thought of????


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      • arclight arclight

        the tidal current runs south of fukushima straight to tokyo i believe!!!!


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        • arclight arclight

          repost
          ion jean (thanks…timimg!)
          October 23, 2011 at 10:12 am
          High concentrations of radioactive cesium have been found in plankton from the sea near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

          Researchers from Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology collected plankton in waters up to 60 kilometers from the coast of Iwaki City in July. They found 669 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in animal plankton from waters 3 kilometers offshore.

          They say a wide range of fish feed on animal plankton and that the contamination could accumulate in the food chain and have a more serious impact when it gets into relatively large fish.

          The research group’s leader, Professor Takashi Ishimaru, says the plankton were so heavily contaminated because sea currents continuously carried contaminated water southward from the nuclear plant. He says detailed studies are needed to determine how long the effect on fish will continue.

          Source:
          http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/15_08.html

          I guess it’s time to finally give up my canned tuna from Thailand!


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