Kyodo: Gov’t says plutonium appears to be from meltdowns — Found at 6 locations — 45 km from plant in Iitate

Published: September 30th, 2011 at 9:48 am ET


Plutonium detected in Iitate village in Fukushima, Kyodo News, September 30, 2011:

Plutonium has been detected at six locations in Fukushima Prefecture, including Iitate village around 45 kilometers northwest of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, apparently as a result of the crisis at the plant triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, science ministry officials said.

The government has confirmed the spread of plutonium to the village for first time. […]

h/t Anonymous tip

Published: September 30th, 2011 at 9:48 am ET


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39 comments to Kyodo: Gov’t says plutonium appears to be from meltdowns — Found at 6 locations — 45 km from plant in Iitate

  • Anyone notice how the radiation had impacted tokyo with several HOTSPOTS reported, however in all radiation maps released to date, there are no such sites listed…

    As if harmful levels of radiation magically skipped every heavily populated metropolitan area’s of japan.

    What happened to the tokyo hotspots?
    Why are they not listed in the recent dispersion maps?

    food for thought…

    • radegan

      You only have to look back a few days to find a news posting of hotspots in Tokyo at twice the level that required permanent abandonment in Chernobyl. Then they ignore the release of that information. It’s like articles on the coming cold shutdown of reactors where the fuel has long since left the building according to Japanese sources. But today’s reader only sees the reassuring note about the coming cold shutdowns. Whew, saved.

    • It may be tokyo is a huge hotspot already If they are going to burn the waste there !
      If not it will be soon enough !

      • Why did it take until sept to release a map that is clearly not efficient?

        Its as if we can harness the power of the atom, yet we have no idea how to use a machine with less options than a calculator (turn geiger on)…

        Ok so in seattle We had helicopters take a survey of the radiation…

        Why isn’t this an option in a post nuclear fallout zone?

        If I were apart of the Japanese nation; I would not let tepco executives, leave their Tokyo headquarters, until the reactors were completely contained, and the radiation was completely surveyed, in all of Japan.

        If they refused I would give them option B.: Life in Prison…

    • Anthony Anthony

      OMG. Yesterday I picked our beefeater tomatoes (still green) off the plant. I was stunned to pick one which was 3 times the size of the biggest tomato and greatly deformed. You have probably not seen a tomato so big, I know I haven’t! What I see with these tomatoes is they are underdeveloped well past regular harvesting time and several show varying degrees of deformity.

      So if way over here in Vancouver I have gigantism and deformation occurring in a fast growth organism (I believe due to radiation fallout) then how the HELL can Japan believe ANY part of their island country is not affected?

      The truth is Japan is HIGHLY contaminated, not only airborne but profoundly groundwater contaminated. I hope the have mapping of the underground aquifers to see if large cities like Tokyo are linked underground to water tables reaching Fukushima.

      I mean really. Denials and mistrusts become dangerous stupidity left to evolve unchecked.

      • Anthony,
        Can you get a pic of it and let us all see ?

      • radegan

        Are you sure you didn’t use any composted radioactive banana peels for fertilizer? You know how dangerous those bananas can be.

      • I’ve noticed that the organic baby carrots I give to my kids grown in Pleasontville California have an usually high number of deformed carrots recently

        I don’t know if the company’s sorting machine isn’t working properly or whether the carrots are deformed because of the radiation.

        The reports from UC Berkeley about the Cesium in CA milk and the earlier report about radioactive cow patties indicate that bio-accumulation is now a problem in the state.

        Two other oddities.

        We live in Arizona and have a cockroach problem in our backyard in the summer because we have a wet garden for them to thrive within.

        Ordinarily the disgusting creatures (sorry to any Buddhists here or universal animal lovers) congregate on our back patio and try and get into the house at night (ugh).

        Early August when radiation levels picked up in AZ, the cockroaches all completely disappeared from our patio and are now relativey rare in our yard.

        We had not used any pesticides. I quit pesticides some years back to protect our kids and our outdoor cat.

        Usually the cockroaches are around until the night temperatures drop significantly.

        Our adopted stray cat has also shown odd symptoms of sores on her head that coincide with the radiation levels reported by the EPA’s radnet. She is primarily an outdoor cat because of our allergy problems.

        She had small red sores on her head in April-May that didn’t expand and healed on their own. They disappeared in June when the jet stream moved north of Arizona.

        We are now getting higher radiation again (200-300cpm beta) (since Aug) and the sores are back, though so far fewer than before.

        I’ve also commented on the correlation between my asthma symptoms and the EPA radnet levels for Phoenix.

        These all could be coincidences or perhaps there are other causal factors linking these events. Still, I really wonder whether the Fukushima radiation coming in on the jet stream is to blame…

        By the way, I thought cockroaches were supposed to be relatively immune to radiation…?

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    And on the same page Kyodo announces the lift of the evacuation advisory zone outside the 20 km radius around the plant.
    They are insane.

    • farawayfan farawayfan

      Insane, yes, but because they are more concerned about payouts than people. By declaring the area open to return, they head off the ability of people to attempt to claim compensation for having to move and can make the entire cost of evacuation on the people’s backs. Not that the government or TEPCO are going to have any money very soon anyway…

  • Good point Tacomagrove…..but it really possible that major population areas coincindentally missed being hit or radiated.

    …Iz Veree Possibre…

    An dont forget, 45K is really only like 30 miles, after you translate K to M but then add in a little L, M, N, O, P.

    …So iz reeree sayfe two riv in Japan kaneecheewa’san…

    Still, would also be wise to Party like its 1999.

    red red wine

    • Anything to save tokyo, “Including genocide”.

      There is an obvious veil of secrecy in respects to tokyo’s current radiation levels. As we here all know that the hotspots were reported in June…

      I see the potential for the execution of war crimes on the Japanese ministry; Once the information is collaborated by the citizens of japan.

      • an obvious veil of secrecy in respects to tokyo’s current radiation levels.

        Yes Tacoma, veil of secrecy. Japan is a key player in world economy. My take is that there is enough radiation to eventually shorten many peoples lives but not enough to kill everyone. They, meaning Japanese government working for shady super rich global psychopaths, are managing the nuclear crisis with an eye on keeping as many as possible from dropping out from the economy. You can’t see touch or smell radiation. Thus its easy to manage the crisis.
        If 1/3rd of tokyo eventually dies from radiation poisoning that still leaves 20 million people left to build Honda’s.

    • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

      I would say that’s always wise…:-)

  • Toadmac

    Last two weeks of north rains test samples.

  • StillJill StillJill

    That is all the proof any red-blooded HUMAN needs! Sir,….you are a ROCK! Stay safe, stay strong,…in His care–Amen.

  • bmurr bmurr

    ask jeeeeeez. when they need uranium they dig up hundreds of thousands of tons of dirt to get the .01% of it out of the soil. why can’t they just have that tenique applied to the landscapes of Japan to get the crap out of the soil? oh, probably because they can’t get rich behond their wildest dreams at the expense of humanity.

    • radegan

      “Don’t mine uranium, it’s too dangerous and costly. Instead, let TEPCO deliver mixed radionuclides in soil directly to your refining plant. We guarantee our mix is hotter than Australian yellowcake. And you save a bundle on mining and transport.”

  • Plutonium … It is an actinide metal of silvery-white appearance that tarnishes when exposed to air, forming a dull coating when oxidized. The element normally exhibits six allotropes and four oxidation states. It reacts with carbon, halogens, nitrogen and silicon. [“When exposed to moist air, it forms oxides and hydrides that expand the sample up to 70% in volume, which in turn flake off as a powder that can spontaneously ignite.”] It is also radioactive and can accumulate in the bones. These properties make the improper handling of plutonium dangerous. …

    • NoVictimNoFraudNoCrime

      Oh! The most toxic element on the planet is dangerous because it can spontaneously ignite. And by the way, it’s also radioactive. And they tell us that its a silvery-white metal that tarnishes when exposed to air. That’s great because if you have a chunk of silvery-white metal on your desk that’s not tarnishing, you’re probably OK.
      WTF is the point? Nothing against you. xdrfox…I guess I’m just unloading against a stupidly irrelevant Wiki entry. Tired of ingesting this shit.

  • roxy

    Tacoma thank god your back, so many relieved readers, we love you!!

    • StillJill StillJill

      Well there you have it, Tacomagroove! And,…it’s October 1st,….and I don’t think the NaySayers are much in the ‘pie throwing mood’! 🙂