Gov’t: Highest plutonium concentration found almost 20km away from Fukushima plant

Published: March 14th, 2012 at 4:24 pm ET


Title: Fukushima contamination is much less extensive than Chernobyl – AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Source: Asahi
Date: March 14, 2012

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology released its findings March 13

Soil analysis at 2,200 locations within a 100-kilometer radius of the Fukushima plant since June found  […] the maximum strontium-90 concentration in Fukushima was 5,700 becquerels per square meter at a distance of 4.9 km from the Fukushima No. 1 plant. The maximum combined plutonium-239 and plutonium-240 concentrations were 15 becquerels per square meter at a distance of 18 km from the nuclear plant.

Read the report here

Published: March 14th, 2012 at 4:24 pm ET


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18 comments to Gov’t: Highest plutonium concentration found almost 20km away from Fukushima plant

  • Seems very important to show that Fukushima is not as bad as Chernobyl. But lets say the figures from Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology are correct. (I don't trust them at all) Chernobyl is located in the middle of a huge continent whereas Fukushima is located on the edge of the Pacific ocean. A lot of the fall out would have landed in the ocean. Therefore it is impossible to compare the two in this way. In Europe the fall out fell on the ground and could be measured. You can't measure fallout that hit the ocean. We know that ground winds were blowing a lot of the fall out over the Pacific ocean. Clear mis information on the part of The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. (what a strange mix of duties)

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    It looks like everyone in the Northern Hemisphere should pack their bags. They have been testing inhaled Plutonium in beagle dogs for over 50 years. The beagle dogs seem to die every time, even with minute amounts.

    There is nothing we can do to protect ourselves from inhaled plutonium. The Chernobyl model needs to be thrown out the window. To leave anyone near these clouds of black Alpha death is genocide.

    Of course, it is into the oceans, too, but we need to get everyone as far away as possible. Now.

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      And go where? Could you imagine what South America would be like if the populations of Canada, The U.S., Mexico, and lets say Russia suddenly showed up!

      • NoNukes NoNukes

        Better "cozy" than dead?

      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        La Nina has split the jet stream and South America is also getting dosed thus it would not be advantageous or safe to head south as this is a global disaster.

        • NoNukes NoNukes

          South America is not free from radiation, it is just vastly better off than the Northern Hemisphere.

          • Wreedles Wreedles

            Patience and time, and the contamination will be evenly distributed to everywhere on the planet. There's nowhere to go, unless you can whip up a quick hyperdrive system. It's one of the reasons that using nuclear fission to produce electricity within a biosphere is so manifestly insane; the contamination will eventually reach an equilibrium point, and it's essentially impossible to clean up.

            We've well and truly fouled our nest.

  • norbu norbu

    a real big party, hope know one brings the bucky balls.

  • norbu norbu

    Could that be how the plutonium is going to be distributed? Radioactive Bucky Balls?

  • many moons

    I noticed that some celebs are selling their ocean front property…hmmm

  • Sickputer

    Yes, I think some of the stars read Enenews! ;-). They can get away from the danger zones before the property values tank.

  • Mack Mack

    The Ministry found "cesium-137 contamination in excess of 1,480,000 becquerels per square meter"


    Fukushima Diary has a story that says, "Prof. Onda from Tsukuba university reported the mud sample taken in 20 cm deep underground of the bottom of the lake contained 3,000,000 Bq/m2 of cesium."

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Makes me wonder what' s really there when they start "combining" things they have measured.