Local Official: Alarm over very sick animals washing ashore in Alaska — Fish bleeding from face, bloody entrails coming out of body — “We are very much aware of the possibility of radiation from Fukushima affecting ocean life” (PHOTOS)

Published: March 18th, 2016 at 12:05 am ET
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Janet Mitchell, City Administrator for Kivalina City Council, with Replogle Swan, Kivalina Search and Rescue, Nov 3, 2015 (emphasis added): Arctic char with Saprolegnia mold – Kivalina, Alaska I have an interest in the health of the sea mammals because of the Fukushima disaster… even if the foods we eat from the ocean may not be affected, they do migrate through the bodies of water surrounding Alaska so we do have cause for concern… We have noticed baby seals washing ashore because they are too weak to swim for lengths of time. There are walruses that come to shore also from being so sick. My brother shot a walrus last summer that was so skinny, we were very alarmed at it’s condition. Baby walruses come ashore… alone. We do not know if they survive… Pt. Hope also reports very sick walruses summer time… [T]he most recent discovery was a rainbow trout brought to the city office… I’ve attached photos of the very sick fish… the bloody entrails were exiting out and it was also bleeding through the mouth. There were the beginnings of lesions on the skin… We are very much aware of the possibility of radiation from Fukushima affecting the ocean life but we realize there are other possibilities.

  • Local Environmental Observer (LEO): … LEO Network has received a number of reports this year about illness in fish, birds and sea mammals
  • Dr. Jayde Ferguson, Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game: There appears to be Saprolegnia (a water mold) growing on the tail… The anal fin has a blistered appearance, possibly a proliferative growth such as a neoplasm or tumor that has formed an ulcer. A systemic infection (such as a bacterial infection in blood) may also be involved as there appears to be reddening in the head region…

See also: Unprecedented whale deaths along Alaska coast — Mass die-offs of mammals, birds, fish… “No one’s sure what happened” — Samples “being tested for radionuclides from Fukushima” (PHOTOS)

And: Alaska bird die-off “unprecedented… biggest ever recorded” — Stomachs completely empty — “Staggering… Alarming… Unheard of… Never seen anything like it” — “A host of other freakish phenomena” (VIDEO)

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  • Nick

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/07/09/the-50th-anniversary-of-starfish-prime-the-nuke-that-shook-the-world/#.VvDeR1srLnA

    "There’s plenty of fallout for everyone — well enough to go around. No need to be stingy. And nearly seven decades into the nuclear age, there’s a little bit of fallout in everyone, too.
    "

    http://blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/2012/08/03/enough-fallout-for-everyone/

    ….

    Now add in the unknown or underreported accidents from fission f ups.

    Lots of energetic atomic forces flooding and co-mingling with our precious biosphere.

    ….

    https://books.google.com/books?id=sVdMAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA170&lpg=PA170&dq=The+insanity+of+our+nuclear+age&source=bl&ots=Lui3geFpsH&sig=C1Xw61_AUNrtnvv4_u6zbQYemZs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjO29zY0tPLAhWJND4KHYMzC4kQ6AEIKjAC#v=onepage&q=The%20insanity%20of%20our%20nuclear%20age&f=false

  • Nick

    Just yesterday, GMI, or the inability of humans to function at an optimal level, presented itself at work.

    1. I was asked to cover (sub) for a colleague who had a parent teacher conference for three hours. In the second hour another colleague hunted me down, explaining that they had been paging me for an hour (our speaker wasn't working) and was everything okay?//
    Turns out the request was never written down and went down a memory hole. Yet I HAD to do the cover since it was for 14 pre-K kids!

    2. At the end of the day my duties got switched so as to help get same kids off on the bus, due to earlier mistakes by others (my assignment is basically fail-safe back-up ) yet this was at the EXACT time that I was scheduled for #3.

    3. Move 2 dozen chrome books across street via dolly and cardboard apple box, custom delivering for a coding club. Reason?
    Machines are too valuable to be trusted via the custodial staff (one who resigned just last Friday!) I return same first thing today BEFORE the school day since many students use asap…..

    All in a days work.

    Where's Nick?

    Doing NMJ (not my job) oh yeah, add in #4 which was prepping the stage for a talent show solo…no help whatsoever everyone too busy to lend the hand in the slender window that I had available in this UFB monday.

    GMI alive and well.

    Don't get me wrong,,,I love my job but it takes a lot to stay somewhat sane.

    Maybe this is true for us all?

  • Multiple terror plots / explosions unfolding in Brussels.

    Love and prayers to our friends there.
    Stay safe ol friends

  • Hey, while everyone is waiting for Armageddon, let's build a 50 foot WALL, 1000 miles long, and make someone else pay for it.

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Border Wall (HBO)
    https://youtu.be/vU8dCYocuyI

    Why? The barb wire fence was not good enough?

    Then when the walls are not enough, it will be fields of land mines and guard towers with machine gun toting guards, rocket propelled grenades, and such, with orders to shoot on sight.

    sarc

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      It will be to keep Norte Americanos from migrating to South America when People try to escape fuku fallout..

      Very little land mass exists south of the equator…

  • Why?

    A fear…

    When in doubt fear.

    Once you fear, build a wall.

    Fear builds walls, inside and out.

    • irhologram

      Doc. IMHO, the purpose of a wall on our Southern border is to prevent collapse of our economy …giving out free stuff citizens dont get to mostly unskilled people (not the same thing as strong immigrants who orginally formed our country) and to prevent chaos caused by "undesirables," one of whom is too many.

      Now, obviously, in this age of drone surveillance, we can know where and when they cross and can then deploy ground personelle, or even use drone rubber bullets or even better, tear gas in front of illegal advance…a kind of "air" wall… So drones seem more economical to me, but then, I'm not running for office.

      What I do know is we can't take care of our own. The illegals we already have are being used to create more and more handouts as a way of life…socialism. But NOTHING is free. WHO pays for this? Tax payers. You.

      Ours would not be a Scandanavian socialism in a stable society. Immigrants have ALREADY destabalized the U.S. Look at loss of quality of life in Europe if you want to see where this is headed. Or maybe you'd prefer Soviet style mediocrity?

      The ONLY argument I've seen for substandard living conditions in Cuba is the number of Doctors (although they often lack adequate supplies). Say, HEY! I have an idea! Why don't we loosen the grip of the AMA, which chokes off the number of Docs, purposely only allowing small numbers for admission in med schools, and then charging obscene amounts for a medical education?

  • We got to be afeared of a tsunami wave too..

    So let's build a 299 foot high wall along both oceans, to connect with the Trump Wall, (with his logo on it, of course) to keep out the feared tsunami.

    Of course, that will dam the rivers and keep people from enjoying the view, but we got to keep on a fearing, don't ya know?

    Who's with me on this? Come on people! We need MORE WALLS, HIGHER WALLS, BIGGER WALLS, EVERYWHERE!

    START BUILDING NOW!

    sarc

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Ich bin ein Berliner! If we got money for such a wall, why can't they seperate the fire and the rad waste in St. Louis?

      …………………………………..
      In Japan, they just burn rad waste.

      Maybe that's been the plan for St. Louis. Just doing it so we have time to get used to the idea. After all, It has been burning like a fuse for several years.

      …………………………………………..

      How about a rad waste fire trench on the borders, Trump? The crazy Indian trick.

      • If Trump sends back the 10 million 'illegals' that are now here, who will pick, plant and weed the crops that stock the shelves? Don't think the huge agribusiness monopoly will allow Trump to do that.

        If it could happen, will US citizens pick, weed, hoe, and plant?… Nope, that is too hard a work. That is the original reason for allowing in the millions of immigrants.

        Who will clean the houses, offices and more?

        Who will do the dirty work that no one else wants to do, like plucking chickens, cleaning septic tanks, etc?

        Sounds like a great plan; send all of the illegals back home.

        Does that include the white illegal immigrants that stole the land from the American Indians?

        After all of the illegals are sent home, maybe it would be a good idea to build a huge wall, and keep any further illegals out.

        Give it all back to the American Indians who had it all stolen from them.

        sarc

  • rogerthat

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/22/fukushima-radiation-a-killer/

    MARCH 22, 2016
    Fukushima Radiation: a Killer
    by ROBERT HUNZIKER

  • rogerthat

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/news/5-years-after-fukushima-residents-warn-of-nuclearpower-perils/article8383678.ece

    MUMBAI, March 22, 2016

    5 years after, Fukushima residents warn of nuclear-power perils
    RAHI GAIKWAD

    Five years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of March 12, 2011 in Japan, over one lakh people from the evacuation zones around the Fukushima nuclear power plant have not returned. There are some who did, and tried to put together their lives.

    Two such residents, who persisted in the aftermath of the disaster, spoke of their struggles at a press conference in Mumbai organised by the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP) and the Jaitapur Anuveej Prakalp Virodhi Abhiyaan.

    Masami Yoshizawa (62), a cattle-rearer has a ranch in Namie town – an evacuation zone 14 kilometres from the Fukushima power plant. He recalled the nightmare when he heard loud sounds of the reactors exploding.

    “We ran towards the mountains and stayed there for four days. After the first reactor blasted, the second and the third too exploded. People began to panic and flee in their cars, leading to huge traffic jams. Our town did not have a bus service and we felt totally helpless. We had no choice but to face radioactive contamination,” Mr Yoshizawa recalled.

    A huge dam in his town, water from which irrigated the paddy fields, is useless now. …

    • rogerthat

      The Japanese government also ordered all the cattle to be killed as they were contaminated.

      However Mr. Yoshizawa and a group of other cattle-rearers decided to defy official orders and tend to their animals. “Many cattle died while they were tied to the ropes. Those who remained were ordered to be killed as nobody was going to eat contaminated meat. We took care of 500 cattle. They are living examples of the impact of radioactivity,” he said.

      After the disaster Mr Yoshizawa protested before the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). “Japan used to consider nuclear power safe. We made 50 nuclear reactors, but then we had this accident,” he said. Even today, his town remains an evacuation zone, where people are not allowed to return.

      Mizuho Sugeno (28), an organic farmer from Towa town in Nihonmatsu city – just outside the evacuation zone — narrated her struggle with eliminating radioactivity from the soil. She was just one year into organic farming when the disaster occurred.

      “There was a lot of contamination, but with the technology available to us we took preventive measures. We build technology to make our lives comfortable, but somehow technology brings discomfort in the longer run. I don’t want this kind of incident to happen anywhere in the world. We must join hands and raise our voice to oppose nuclear station,” Ms Sugeno said. …

  • rogerthat

    http://patriciademarco.com/tag/fukushima/

    PATRICIA DEMARCO PH.D."Live in harmony with nature."

    March 21, 2016
    Reflections on Takashi Morizumi’s “Strange Beauty”

    “Strange Beauty” autoradiography images from Fukushima by Takashi Morizumi

    In the suburbs of Pittsburgh, houses, roads and buildings intrude on the deciduous forest that once covered these hills. Where I live, in Forest Hills, hundred-year-old oaks rise to intertwine branches over the house and yard. Soft snowflakes settle on white daffodils yielding to the warming sun of this Spring morning. The fragile beauty of new growth asserts the vitality emergent from the Earth.

    Sunlight sparkling through dewdrops on new leaves encapsulates in miniature all that is needed for life. How starkly different from the sparkling radiance captured through the decay of Cesium-137 on objects left abandoned after the tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan in March 2011.

    The poignant pictures of Takashi Morizumi, displayed briefly at the Frick Fine Arts Gallery, made the tragedy of that distant place feel close, and unspeakably sad. …

    • rogerthat

      … Other communities around the world have experienced the tragedy of tsunami and earthquake disasters.

      The water goes down, people return to their neighborhoods and rebuild, or sell and move on.

      The compounding complications of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant failure makes return impossible.

      People suffer from the grief of separation from their land, the destruction of the human network of communities, and the uncertainty of their fate from unknown amounts of nuclear exposure.

      The disaster has left a miasma of fear and despair. Once fertile fields of the Fukushima Prefecture lie idle, their topsoil scraped into black plastic bags in an attempt to reduce the radioactive contamination.

      Even as areas are cleaned, the rain and snowmelt re-introduce Cs-137 from untreated areas.

      The sea water being pumped into the crippled plants becomes radioactive, and is being stored in thousands of tanks, with much leaking through the bottom to flow into the ocean in a radioactive plume that has not been stopped or contained yet.

      Plutonium has a half-life of 24,000 years, essentially contaminating the core site of the melted reactors forever. Takashi Morizumi’s images capture the heartbreak of those who can never come home, and the tears of the Earth laid waste for hundreds of years. …

      • rogerthat

        The promise of nuclear power, using atoms for peaceful generation of electricity, rings hollow in such a place and time.

        There are 328 nuclear power plants operating worldwide, 104 in the United States. Of these, 63 are of the same design as the Fukushima Daiichi plants.

        The Price Anderson Act protects the nuclear power plant operators from liability with a government-backed insurance policy. But what happens to the communities, if the worst does occur?

        Each power plant in the US has a “spent fuel” pool nearby to store the highly radioactive spent fuel rods removed from the reactor cores. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission fact sheet on nuclear power states, “There are no permanent disposal facilities in the United States for high level nuclear waste.”

        Several nuclear plants around the world are situated along earthquake fault lines, including the Diablo Canyon plant in California. Even the Fukushima plant remains in the path of future earthquake or tsunami events.
        There is no way to assure that such disasters will not occur again. The most advanced technology is no match for the full force of nature.

        The unintended consequences of using nuclear power technology are subtle. They unfold over long periods of time and the effects are not immediately obvious.

        Radiation can accumulate in food chains and concentrate in biological systems. Chronic exposures to phytoplankton and zooplankton in contaminated ocean waters, even at low doses, …

        • rogerthat

          can magnify up the food chain.

          As the Fukushima Daiichi plant continues to leak, long-lived radionuclides spread through the biosphere. Environmental effects can accumulate over generations. There is no way to be sure what the ultimate effects will be over time.

          The saddest part of this story is that the power requirements of this mostly agricultural area can be easily met with solar and wind power for irrigation, domestic uses and heating. Generating large amounts of electricity in remote areas to send away to large cities has placed the burden on poorer people, living simply.

          The injustice of their burden gives pause for the future of nuclear power. The probability of an accident may be very low, and the risk small compared to other kinds of exposures, but in case of a nuclear disaster, the effects are catastrophic.

          There is no “Planet B.” We need to take precaution to protect the living earth and the essential life support systems of fresh air, clean water, fertile ground and the biodiversity of species that form the interconnected web of life.

          In Rachel Carson’s words, “Underlying all of the problems of introducing contamination into our world is the question of moral responsibility – not only to our own generation but to those of the future.” (Rachel Carson. ”On the Pollution of Our Environment” in Lost Woods. Linda J. Lear (ed.) 1998. Beacon Press. Page 242.)

          (Summary of remarks made at University of Pittsburgh, Frick Fine Arts Center, March 15)

  • rogerthat

    http://blog.zef.de/?p=823

    MARCH 21, 2016 / ZEFBLOG

    “SCIENCE AND POLICY ADVICE ARE CLOSELY INTERLINKED.” ABOUT FISHERY, THE IMPACT OF FUKUSHIMA AND CHANGING CONSUMPTION AND LIFESTYLE PATTERNS IN JAPAN

    Interview with Professor Nobuyuki Yagi, who is Associate Professor of Resource Economics and Marine Policy at University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

    … You have a research project in Fukushima. Can you tell us something about it?

    Once a month we as scientists meet with the local authorities in Fukushima to discuss and assess the situation there. We collect and provide scientific data on radioactive substances in water, soil and the fish species.

    We do random samples among caught fish. We can see that some of the fish species are already safe – some have migrated, some have short reproducing cycles and new generations have been born after the Fukushima disaster.

    Other species are still not safe for human consumption because they still have high amounts of radioactive cesium. A real problem is sport fishing. The government can control commercial fishery but not what sport fishers catch and where and to whom it is sold and by whom it is consumed.

    Prof. Yagi, thank you for the interview. The interview was conducted by Alma van der Veen

  • rogerthat

    http://dailycaller.com/2016/03/21/this-map-shows-if-you-live-near-an-aging-nuclear-reactor/#ixzz43YFCLZID

    Sixteen American nuclear reactors are more than 42 years old, according to government data compiled and mapped by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

    Energy Information Administration data shows most of America’s aging reactors are on the East Coast, close to major population centers. The average American nuclear reactor is 35 years old, nearly obsolete by modern design standards and near the end of its operating license. Instead of building new more modern reactors, the government is planning to simply extend the operating licenses against the advice of its own technical staff. …

  • rogerthat

    http://www.dianuke.org/noam-chomskys-message-no-nukes-world-social-forum/

    Noam Chomsky’s Message to the No Nukes World Social Forum being Held In Fukushima This Month

    MARCH 22, 2016

    2min 20sec video

  • rogerthat

    http://www.psr.org/?referrer=https://www.google.com.au/

    Physicians for Social Responsibility | PSR
    http://www.psr.org/
    8 hours ago – PSR & IPPNW released 5 Years Living with Fukushima, a report outlining the devastating health effects of the still ongoing disaster of the meltdown of three …

  • rogerthat

    ???? in case this means something …

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/1873-3468.12147/abstract

    Hepatocyte nuclear factor 1 beta induces transformation and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition
    Authors
    Atsuka Matsui,
    Jiro Fujimoto,
    Kosuke Ishikawa,
    Emi Ito,
    Naoki Goshima,
    Shinya Watanabe,
    Kentaro Semba

    Abstract

    Gene amplification can be a cause of cancer, and driver oncogenes have been often identified in amplified regions. However, comprehensive analysis of other genes coamplified with an oncogene is rarely performed. …

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Dilution is the solution to nuclear pollution?

    Worked for the sand in the ocean…

    …………………………………….

    Why not put nuclear waste in desert sand and use nukes to turn the sand to glass?

    ………………………………………

    Or, if they can get 50,000,000 degrees in a fusion reactor, build the reactor in the desert next to the buried waste and at least if the fusion experiment fails there will be the benefit of waste glassification.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Japan should open sushi bars for terrorists. Everyone gets what they want.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    If Fukushima was nuclear era's "finest hour" why don't they blow up all the nuclear plants when they build them?

    ……………………………………………….

    Instead of licensing new nuclear plants, why not just license scrap metal yards and send us a bill?

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Why are autopsy forms not per-printed in mass saying, "Mysterious death, definitely not caused by radiation or contamination. " ?

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    When we do autopsies, why don't we just test the air above the body? That's how we investigate the rigor mortis affecting 98 percent of the ocean floor.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Terrorists should kill using "warm blobs." No one investigates those. What, are they stoopid?

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    18:37 Classic. Vintage Dana Durnford on U tube

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DaLpqA3rtk

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    With all of Dana's new equipment, he should have his virtual studio look like the wreckage of Fukushima. He should wear a rad protective suit and be modern. He looks like a suit lately.

    • PostNuclear PostNuclear

      Excellent suggestion.

      Unfortunately, Dana is sometimes blind to the things that sap his credibility. Let's hope he sees the coolness of your suggestion.

  • Code

    http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2013/12/pixelation-of-high-res-photos-indicates.html

    Radiation Detection by simple Digital Camera "Saturation Leveling Effect" Proof on Fukushima
    This is going to trip you out. I discovered this by accident while doing a "super zoom" into some high res Fukushima photos from a drone flyby in March 2011.

    Areas of exposed high radiation (melt out or blow out) show as a set of 36 pixels being all the same color in a Mini Block. They are never all the same color, except when the radiation flashes them and the camera can only react by "printing" a single color.

    Very interesting. When the same "source" has the same effect on different picture shot at different times and from completely different angles, you just have to say hmmmmm.

    Also confirms a meltout from Reactor 4. Look at all these and let me know what you think.

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