Gov’t Releases Last Year’s Tests: “Contamination detected even in the Sea of Japan” — “Airborne material” blamed — Includes Niigata, Shizuoka, and Iwate

Published: August 5th, 2012 at 11:30 am ET
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Title: Radioactive cesium found off of Niigata, Shizuoka, Iwate coasts: gov’t study
Source: Mainichi
Date: August 4, 2012

Radioactive cesium likely from the Fukushima nuclear disaster was detected last year in a survey of ocean waters and fish off Niigata, Shizuoka, and Iwate prefectures, the government announced on Aug. 3.

“Even if taken internally, the radiation levels detected are not a risk to human health,” the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology stated. The ministry added it believes the small amount of contamination detected even in the Sea of Japan off Niigata was probably originally airborne material that made it to coastal waters through rain and river courses.

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Test results:

  • In May last year that there were 9.1 millibecquerels of radioactive cesium per liter of seawater off Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture
  • In December, the survey found two becquerels per kilogram in a type of flounder in [Shizuoka]
  • In May last year, the survey found dried sea floor dirt from the southeast of Sado Island [...] was contaminated with 31 becquerels of cesium per kilogram
  • In the ocean off Yamada, Iwate Prefecture [...] 0.7 becquerels per liter of seawater were detected in May 2011
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20 comments to Gov’t Releases Last Year’s Tests: “Contamination detected even in the Sea of Japan” — “Airborne material” blamed — Includes Niigata, Shizuoka, and Iwate

  • rambojim

    Folks..

    You have nothing to worry about…..


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  • sworldpeas sworldpeas

    It's like… finding out there's a turd in the bath tub but don't worry it's a SMALL turd so it won't hurt you! besides you've been soaking in it since last year! whats the worst that could happen? Just keep your mouth shut and smile!


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  • dosdos dosdos

    This is May 2011. What is it today?


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  • CB CB

    Even in Alaska, Canada, Washington, Oregon, California, Michigan, Vermont, Virginia, Florida, Europe, …..even the southern hemisphere. Sooooooooo who new? Who was apart of the problem and who is part of the solution?


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The Japanese government releasing results and referring to the incident..downplays the on-going nature of the disaster.
    This in turn ..does not give the people the sense of urgencynecessary..to make decisions about their own life and times.
    The people must insist on recent and continued testing..
    The people need independent testing..as no results from the government can be considered reliable.


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  • Sickputer

    A fox in an unattended trap will gnaw off its leg and flee. All on Honshu are in a radiological trap, but in Fukushima Prefecture the noose is much tighter. This is unlikely to end in just a leg injury. Many will die and when the hospitals become swamped in Fukushima the rest of Japan will explode.


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    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      Yes..if it was me..I'd flee..silently screaming..as to not draw attention to myself.
      But I'd run..
      Become a test subject ..at Fukushima Medical Hospital..?
      NO!
      I'd rather take my chances on the streets.


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  • GeoHarvey

    Niigata prefecture is on the West Coast, west of Fukushima, on the other side of the island.
    Shizuoka prefecture is south of Tokyo, though they are not adjacent – Kanagawa Prefecture is in between.
    Iwate prefecture is north of Fukushima, past Miyagi Prefecture.
    The Japanese government told us there was radioactive material in the waters off Niigata about two weeks after the disaster, but they insisted it drifted there in sea currents. Clearly, everyone knew this was a fairy tale at the time.
    Now, they admit it was airborne.
    My prediction is that sometime between now and about three centuries after I die they will admit the truth.
    For now, admitting airborne radiation blew all over the Northeaster half of Japan sounds a good deal more real than they have been in the past.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Well…there was these explosions…. you see….


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  • arclight arclight

    Radioactive cesium found in Japan’s fish, seawater

    Published: 05 August, 2012,

    "..harmless traces of radioactive cesium have been discovered in fish and seawater in several areas of Japan, as the country continues to debate whether their fish is safe to consume and anti-nuke protests grow in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.
    Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) stated that radioactive cesium, presumably from the crippled Fukushima I nuclear plant, was found in seawater and fish in several regions of the country, Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported from Tokyo.
    The aquatic radiation was detected in central Japan (Shizuoka Prefecture), the western part of central Honshu (Niigata) and the country’s northeast (Iwate).
    The concentrations of radioactive particles are very small, and pose no health risks to humans, MEXT said. The ministry believes that cesium may have traveled to the area in rainfall…"

    http://www.rt.com/news/radioactive-cesium-japan-fish-seawater-895/


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    • arclight arclight

      this years rt qoute from mext

      "..The concentrations of radioactive particles are very small, and pose no health risks to humans, MEXT said. The ministry believes that cesium may have traveled to the area in rainfall…"

      quote from the headline article of last year!

      "Even if taken internally, the radiation levels detected are not a risk to human health,.."

      "… the small amount of contamination detected even in the Sea of Japan off Niigata was probably originally airborne material that made it to coastal waters through rain and river courses…"

      thats alot of radioactive rain!!


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  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    arclight: "The concentrations of radioactive particles are very small, and pose no health risks to humans, MEXT said. The ministry believes that cesium may have traveled to the area in rainfall". Except for bioaccumulation, and the fact that an internal dose of radiation is more harmful than an external dose. And that there was a lot more than cesium spewing out of Fuku all these many months…


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    • arclight arclight

      hi philip
      the fact they say rainfall is a bit disconserting i thought as there would have to be a fresh release, as you say for cesium to be in the rain.. the other and even more worrying posit would be that it is as a result of sea to land transfer and that would mean pretty high levels of contamination in sea waters upwind of the readings??

      or is this from another problematic reactor??

      it does pose some awkward questions for the pro nukes i believe


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  • SuI33

    “Even if taken internally, the radiation levels detected are not a risk to human health,”

    haha… Oh I forgot that radiation is 'diluted' once it goes into the air/water etc.. That's how it works according to our scrupulously honest government leaders, & since I know their only motive is to protect & support the lives of their civilian populations there's clearly nothing to worry about here gais. All those kids in Fukushima getting sick, having the same symptoms? That's just a coincidence.

    Let's not forget all that radioactive debris these geniuses have been burning. We can only speculate on the amount of radionuclides that's been released into the atmosphere as a result. But since there's no evidence that any of this has had a detrimental impact on our environment I'm sure everything will be fine. Just keep living your lives like it's an ordinary day & keep feeding the lying whore-machine like the good & proper little citizens that they know you are…


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