Highest Yet: Fish 20 times more radioactive than any other caught since 3/11 — 380 times limit for cesium -NHK

Published: August 21st, 2012 at 10:47 am ET


Title: High radiation detected in fish off Fukushima
Source: NHK
Date: Aug. 21, 2012 – Updated 11:51 UTC (20:51 JST)

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says it has detected radiation 380 times the government safety limit in a fish caught off Fukushima Prefecture.


The utility says it detected 38,000 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in a rock trout caught about 1 kilometer off Minamisoma City on August 1st.

The level is 380 times the government safety limit, and the highest so far in the firm’s surveys in the area. The previous high was 18.8 times.


Tokyo Electric says it will survey the same area from next week until the end of September to study rock trout, their prey such as shrimps, and mud from the seabed.

See also: Alarming Level Of Radiation Detected In Fish Caught Off Fukushima

Published: August 21st, 2012 at 10:47 am ET


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16 comments to Highest Yet: Fish 20 times more radioactive than any other caught since 3/11 — 380 times limit for cesium -NHK

  • Anthony Anthony

    I think its still the *early days* of cesium counting…. at what point is it a lethal dose to eat anyways?!

    And if eaten daily or regularly, how quickly would one be sick from such food?

    Science and medicine needs to be on this pronto.

    • "…how quickly would one be sick from such food? "
      – Anthony

      My answer would be… immediately.

      If ingested the contamination will seek out and begin to destroy cells. The body will fight to repair those cells. When your body is fighting, you are sick. Sometimes they repair. Over time, the immune system weakens and finally, at some point, the damage will overwhelm the system. Whether that's a heart muscle, your bone marrow or a gland, the final result will not be good. Proving the specific cause is difficult at best.

      NEVER FORGET! – "no immediate concern" is a lie.

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      The questions: "…at what point is it a lethal dose," "…how quickly would one be sick…"? These really cannot be answered yet. There are simply too many variables; there is too little information. The scientists can't tell us with any certainty, even if they wanted to.

      I think the best thing we can do is simply to be aware that most everything is hazardous now, follow what guidelines we can glean from the information here and so forth. Expecting the scientists to give definitive information is a hopeless expectation.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    These are the numbers coming from Tokyo Electric.
    I assume it real numbers are higher.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I assume it to be a lie.

  • jec jec

    One more study………GAG ME WITH A SPOON!

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Hi jec, yes, revolting. Gag me with an aircraft carrier!

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        2 jec, but a spoon would no doubt suffice …. Just mentioning an aircraft carrier since that's my perception of the scale of the problem. Those good ol' 1980's and 1990's one liners are fitting to describe this …. Hmmn … I wonder how Frank Zappa would have described this?

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          An old friend of mine came up with the "gag me with an aircraft carrier" thing. Not sure if that was original, but she was and is very witty. Sometimes only colorful language can describe ….

  • Cindy Cindy

    Oh yah.. like WE trust the findings from TEPCO! Sorta like the fox guarding the hen house!

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Electric power company testing fish . . (is this a joke)?

  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    If they are eating shrimp, that means radionucleides are concentrating lower on the food chain at the seabed. This would be quite bad for the future implications, since as far as I can tell radiation is still leaking directly into the Pacific. Expect bigger and badder accumulation in the future, maybe we can mutate ourselves a legit Godzilla sea monster down there.

  • Sickputer

    Add this link I posted in General Duscussion earlier to the thread:


    These greenling fish and the rock trout love to eat octopus. So much for the safety of octopus.

    It is so sad the enormous bounty of fish that the Japanese people relied on for sustenance for 6,000 years are now ruined forever. Many people will still eat them because the fish look fine. But invisible poison may not kill the fish, but humans will suffer grave illnesses and death from eating contaminated fish.

    To all the people in Japan who have unexplained upset intestinal disorders…. You are being killed slowly by the food and water you ingest. It is Fukushima's Revenge.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Greetings SP, and just within the past month Enenews carried the report on how happy some Japanese are to be able to purchase Fukushima octopus or squid again. The rock trout and kelp greenling are wonderful food fish. So sad to think they, and the humans (Japanese) who have eaten them as a traditional diet staple are jeopardized. Sigh.

  • mungo mungo

    NHK have pulled this story off their news….link no longer works…..

  • mungo mungo

    Uranium from seawater idea boosted with shrimp shells

    A happy coincidence in the seafood industry has raised the prospects of harvesting uranium – the fuel source for nuclear power – from seawater.

    Oceans hold billions of tonnes of uranium at tiny concentrations, but extracting it remains uneconomical.

    A report at the 244th meeting of the American Chemical Society described a new technique using uranium-absorbing mats made from discarded shrimp shells.

    A range of improved approaches were outlined at a symposium at the meeting.

    The developments are key to a future nuclear power industry. Uranium is currently mined from ore deposits around the world, but there are fears that demand may outstrip the supply of ore as nuclear power becomes more widespread.

    At issue is the tremendously low concentration of uranium in seawater: about three parts per billion, so that just 3.3mg exist in a full tonne of water. As a result, extracting it is an inherently costly process.

    Much work carried out in Japan in recent decades has sought to address that………