Magazine Headline: “Radioactive black dust striking Tokyo Metropolitan area” — I’ve been told it’s everywhere in city, says reporter

Published: May 15th, 2012 at 7:33 am ET
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May 15, 2012 report in the Nikkan Spa by Rei Shiva translated by EXSKF:

It was this February when the super-radioactive and mysterious ‘black dust’ found in Minami Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture was in the news.

[...] it was considered to be specific only to Minami Soma. However, I’ve been told that ‘black dust’ exists everywhere in Tokyo.

[...] about 10-minute walk from the JR Hirai Station. We found the ‘black dust’ on the playground near the public housing. There were several drifts near the fence, and they looked like just ‘black soil’. When I took a closer look, they were revealed to be something like a dried moss or mold.

[...] Shukan Spa that will go on sale on May 15 has the article ‘Radioactive black dust striking the Tokyo Metropolitan area’, which will report on the danger of the substance [...]

Ayako Ishikawa, head of citizens’ group in Tokyo

  • We found something that looked like ‘black dust’ near the Hirai JR station in Edogawa-ku. We collected the sample and and asked Professor Tomoya Yamauchi of Kobe University to measure the radiation. The result was that it had the maximum 243,000 Bq/kg
  • If you look carefully, ‘black dusts’ are everywhere in Tokyo
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52 comments to Magazine Headline: “Radioactive black dust striking Tokyo Metropolitan area” — I’ve been told it’s everywhere in city, says reporter

  • many moons

    The radioactive black dust still doesn't have a name or true discription…that's amazing….I can only image that the most brillant minds have set about testing it yet the results won't be in for several years…I guess we all need to just keep wondering…what is in the mysterious black dust…I know one thing….if it was yellow it would be pollen!


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    • omniversling

      hi mm..several articles on this:

      http://enenews.com/reports-radioactive-black-cyanobacteria-spreading-tokyo-photos

      http://enenews.com/cyanobacteria-over-1000000-bqkg-outside-minamisoma-city-hall-videos

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanobacteria

      Persistent early bacteria that survive in hostile environments. Believed to have 'sequestered' radiation in the early years of the planet…now deposited as ore (eg uranium). Are we witnessing 'counter evolution'? Process that have not been seen on earth for billions of years? With the widespread new food, old bacteria are waking up?


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    • SacxtraTV

      You know moss rocks (both natural and man made with buttermilk) right?

      I think they ought to call it black moss or blackened moss.

      I say this cause I seen video of some guy videotaping the sidewalk. It looked to me like regular moss has got something mixed in with it, if that something is plutonium, and plutonium kills cells, then that would explain it being reduced to a black colored blob as all the life force being killed out of it leaving dead waste behind. What color is your poo?

      Why plutonium would be drawn to moss is another question. Who knows maybe it's a good thing (relatively speaking) since it isn't in the air. Should Japan go long moss propagation?

      The other thing is since they are burning trash, maybe the color is burnt ash color, from that extremely misguided activity. In that case it makes sense also since moss catches dust which clumps together to grow the moss larger across a surface.

      I have no idea the size and location of burning as to be able to determine burning as the source. My intuition says it just came down in the rain and sticks to live things.

      I had black mold in a house before fukushima, it looks like mold also. Maybe call it black mold?


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      • goathead goathead

        Moss and especially lichens are great indicators of how clean the atmosphere are. For example, where I am in Ireland if you stop for more than a couple of minutes you'll have moss growing all over you. All the trees beside me are covered in a beautiful velvet green moss. However, in the city centres the pollution keeps the tree trunks quite dirty and lifeless. We need more information from Tokyo on these kinds of indications. I'm not sure radionuclides would blacken the moss because dead vegetation usually becomes brown in colour. My guess is that if vegetation in Tokyo is continuing to become that fucked up, one can only imagine what the lungs of its people have suffered!!


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    • irradiatedinbako

      @ManyMoons .. I spent some time today researching what "mysterious black substance" might be. Black soot .. black rain .. nuclear blast debris .. plutonium explosion .. nuclear fallout.

      I am not well versed in nuke physics and it is a steep learning curve.

      In addition to the reactor damages and meltdown and continued radioactive releases you have the untold maasive amounts of incineration.

      I don't know if you watch the webcams but Tepco frequently incinerates something open air at the plant. Has for months since I have watched and IMO probably the reason the blinding work light was installed .. to hide the dancing flames of what is surely radioactive material being burned onsite ..

      And at other sites in Japan.

      The sooner the Japanese press gives up on this misnomer of "mysterious black dust" and calls it what it is .. radioactive fallout .. the better

      Radioactive fallout will hasten remediation better than mysterious black substanc IMHO.


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  • Bleifrei Bleifrei

    sweep up into a letter inside, and down to the deniers.
    so the they are irradiated know with
    sorry but let they eat they owen shit


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  • Carbon 14

    Link to original article doesn't really show much pictorial or video evidence. (I can't read Japanese, btw).

    Don't get me wrong, I believe that Fukushima is an awful, awful disaster with huge implications for Japan. However, this article seems to be a bit of fear-mongering.


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    • SacxtraTV

      Fear-Mongering? — Fail
      Implications for Japan? — Fail

      Other than an internet connection and ENENEWS I don't hear news about Fukushima at all–zip, zero. As far as my abc, cbs, fox, pbs, nbc go it's all done, fixed. Which is propaganda to hide the deception.

      This goes well beyond just implications _only_for_Japan_. As I said two days ago. I have found Fukushima fallout in Sacramento, using horribly low end equipment. If you have an AIR filter in your home, you have fallout as well.


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      • Carbon 14

        No where in my comment did I say that this wasn't a world wide event. Yes, there is fallout from the event that is detectable all over the world, but according to Arnie Gundersen, in Japan it is, for now, a 'public health crisis'. This of course, might change with a SFP4 collapse.

        As for the coverage of Fukushima that is available, while Arnie Gundersen has mentioned sites like ENENEWS, he has also said that internet has been a source of exaggeration about the event. This post probably falls under that category. Fukushima Diary to me seems to be sensationalist for the sake of donations. The picture of 'black dust' in Tokyo on that site (link below by NoNukes) shows a dosimeter sitting on the ground, but no actual picture/video of the reading.

        I want to be shown evidence. Not just fall into some emotional cycle supported by spurious claims on the internet.


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  • goathead goathead

    I wouldn't want to be a road sweeper in Japan right now!!!!!!!!!!


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    What is that black dust – inquiring minds want to know. The poor children breathing that day in day out. Why aren't they being evacuated?!? A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.


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  • ageezerofgiza

    Why can't we call it "soot", i.e. carbon from the combustion of radioactive debris? I'll go with that until there is a more scientific analysis.


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Together we can make Europe nuclear free.
    http://www.my-voice.eu
    ‎"My voice against nuclear energy" is a European citizens' initiative with the aim to ban nuclear energy in the EU.
    European Only


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  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Greater Tokyo has a 32,450,000 people. The international media corporations, military, governments are sitting by silent while storms of "black dust," uranium, plutonium, etc. hit them. No mercy.

    About 2:00 on…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47mvImPLidE&feature=plcp


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    They are Heros and Truthtellers thats 4 sure!


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  • Seems we have a few mysteries to solve now:

    1. Where is Spent Fuel Pool #4?
    2. What is the black dust?
    [3. Why are humans so stupid?]
    and so on …

    If you visit France you'll notice they sometimes get red dust – all over the cars, over everything, and that dust comes from Africa, probably full of depleted and pure uranium from countless wars.

    If red sandy dust can travel that far, then black dust could travel long distances as well.

    I get the feeling the dust is normally very fine and pervasive, but that it only becomes properly visible when the rains happen – makes patterns near roadside drains and at the bottom of walls and such.

    http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/05/black-substance-keeps-coming-back/

    Somebody thought Tokyo was dusty and sooty in 2004, but I'd guess it wasn't that radioactive back then:

    "Tokyo’s dusty and dirty, too. Every surface in the house is gritty ten minutes after it’s been dusted. My desk is covered with enough crud to make muddy circles with my coffee cup. And it’s not for lack of cleaning. I wiped off the desk on Friday. It’s been worse than usual this summer and I’m blaming it on the construction site 2 blocks over."

    http://www.mediatinker.com/blog/archives/2004_09.html

    Another black dust pic:

    http://ex-skf.blogspot.ca/2012/03/radioactive-bamboo-shoots-takenoko-from.html


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    • TraderGreg

      IIRC over 30% of pollution in Southern California is traceable to China. The dust from the Gobi desert can deposit in San Francisco – no problemo.


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  • Where's Colombo when you need him.

    I'm wondering if they're using graphite as a neutron moderator in some way? Either that, or the corium hit a coal deposit …Or, the corium is eating into the dirt and causing a reaction of some kind.

    http://neurovoresnuclearnetworknews.blogspot.ca/2011/07/nuclear-technology-basics-part-7.html

    "Many reactor designs use graphite as a moderator. Graphite is not as effective of a moderator as heavy water, but it is cheaper and it also has a low degree of neutron capture like heavy water. This makes it possible to use un-enriched or natural uranium as fuel. Graphite is somewhat susceptible to corrosion and annealing because the moderator blocks are often located in the hottest part of the reactor. Graphite also has a tendency to expand with prolonged neutron exposure. However, modern reactor designs have mitigated these issues so graphite remains a viable choice for a neutron moderator. The earliest energy reactor designs were graphite moderated, but some generation IV designs also use graphite as a neutron moderator."

    Also,

    "At Chernobyl, radiation was mostly spread in soot from the graphite fire."

    http://www.stowetoday.com/stowe_reporter/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/article_47c3b1f4-0ea9-11e0-a665-001cc4c03286.html


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    • TraderGreg

      Graphite – thanks. We haven't thought about it. I wonder why would they use it instead of the heavy water but maybe they are trying to save money. I hope this soot does not make it to the West Coast and stays in Japan where it belongs.

      Sadly Colombo died last year. Real heros are gone.


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  • Sam

    en.rocketnews24.com/2012/01/17/tokyo-clinic-to-test-internal-radiation-exposure/
    FULL BODY RADIATION SCAN

    "On January 16th, a clinic was opened in Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward to check the levels of internal radiation exposure. The clinic, loosely translated as Radioactivity Premium Dock, offers a complete body scan for radiation levels, among other services, which the general public can access for a fee. The company hopes to reduce anxiety resulting from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster and to help the public manage their health."

    'The clinic was established by Japan Third Party, a Tokyo-based IT firm listed on the JASDAQ. They’ve imported machinery and tools developed in Belarus after the Chernobyl disaster."

    "The cost of a full-body scan and a test for thyroid exposure is 12600 yen (about $160 US)."

    I quoted this article from Japan from January 16th, 2012
    When are we going to see something like this over here on the West Coast
    as the Radioactive Noble Gas Clouds keep; coming our way bringing
    fall out upon us. Be nice to know the radiological load our bodies are carrying.

    Maybe there is a very wealthy patron out there willing to fund a center here.
    Could also set up a lab too to do scintillation testing of foods etc………

    This black radioactive dust that can become airborne is out of a nightmare movie.
    there seems to be no end to this suffering.


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    • el

      they can just retro-fit the TSA porn scanners?

      No, theres money in litigation and poor health.

      Western medicine is a joke unless you need a transplant.


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  • el

    CRAZY! NBCUniversal, LLC is owned by Comcast (51%) & General Electric (49%)).

    HA! can you say Fascist State?


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  • Bleifrei Bleifrei

    do anyone
    now? are the Radiation level in Tokio now

    the last 12 month i look very often the output from Denphone
    counter(Azabujuban, Tokyo) but it is death now
    some happens ?


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  • So, we know it's in the tap water, the rice, fish, pollen, the air and now the dust and getting more as the winds and currents go south. I think living in Tokyo is probably not a wise long (or short) – term thing to do:

    “Black Dust” in Tokyo? With 243,000 Bq/Kg of Radioactive Cesium

    http://margotbnews.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/black-dust-in-tokyo-with-243000-bqkg-of-radioactive-cesium/

    「この前来たときと微妙に場所が変わっていますね。風雨で移動したのかもしれません」と石川さん。ガイガーカ ウンターよりも信頼性の高い、国産のシンチレーション式放射線検知器を「黒い粉」に近づけてみた。すると数値が急上昇し、毎時2μSvを超えた。東京都の 平均的な空間線量(地上1m)の約20倍だ。山内教授は「一般的に携帯式の放射線検知器は周囲の放射線量の平均値を表示します。つまり、少量の物質に検知 器を向けて数値が急上昇するならば、その物質が極めて強い放射線を出している可能性があります」という。

    Ishikawa said, “They are at slightly different locations. Rain and wind may have moved them.” We measured the radiation with the scintillation survey meter made by a domestic manufacturer because it is more reliable than a geiger counter. The number shot up quickly, and exceeded 2 microsieverts/hour. That is twenty times more than the average air radiation level (at 1 meter off the ground) in Tokyo. Professor Yamauchi says, “In general, a scintillation survey meter shows the average radiation level. If the number rises rapidly when the survey meter is directed toward a small amount of substance, it is possible that the substance is emitting extremely strong radiation.”


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    • Quote above from margotbnews seems to have been posted today:

      May 15, 2012
      Freelance journalist Rei Shiva [Shiba] writing for Nikkan Spa, a daily tabloid in Japan (part; 5/15/2012):


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  • Max1 Max1

    Blood Sweat & Tears – Spinning wheel
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK62tfoCmuQ

    What goes up… must come down.


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  • Another possibility, Unit 4 has blown up:

    Nuclear weapons cause explosions, which then causes things around the vicinity to start burning, which in
    turn releases black carbon; it is not the nuclear material or fallout causing these affects but the black carbon
    from fires
    o Predictions based on Michael Mills + other colleagues model
     100 Hiroshima bombs in northern subtropics detonated
     Released 5 Teragrams (5 x 10^12 grams or 1.1 x 10^10 lbs) of soot (black carbon) into the atmosphere
     Black carbon absorbs solar heat, which in turn makes it goes higher and depending on factors, into the stratosphere
     It heats the stratosphere and thus it causes faster catalytic reactions, effecting rates of odd oxygen
    and Chapman reactions and thus more ozone depletion
     It also changes Brewer-Dobson circulation patterns which further adds to ozone depletion

    In other words, nuclear explosions can mess up the weather, and cover everything in radioactive soot.


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  • Also, the Cesium in Tokyo Bay is increasing:
    (May. 16, 2012)

    Cesium found in silt of Tokyo Bay increasing
    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120515006130.htm


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  • doctorwhowhatwhere doctorwhowhatwhere

    Some 2.75 billion years ago, a literal sea change set the stage for life as we know it on Earth: the sulfate-using anaerobic microorganisms lost out to oceanic cyanobacteria, which began utilizing CO2 to produce oxygen, and the oxygen released into the atmosphere began to turn the atmosphere into something breathable by lifeforms distantly akin to us. It took nearly half a billion years for the oxygen-releasing to take hold and for oxygen to begin appearing in the atmosphere, and many hundreds of millions of years passed before more complex aerobic organisms appeared. To this day, scientists have only a rudimentary understanding of why this cyanobacterial conversion to a CO2-to-oxygen cycle began, or why it continues, or even how much oxygen exists in the atmosphere at any given moment.

    We owe our presence here, as highly developed oxygen-breathers, to the cyanobacteria. What isn't much discussed, though, is that those same cyanobacteria could just as easily stop the oxygen cycle. If there was a notable mutagenic change in cyanobacteria, one that wafted throughout Earth's entire ecosphere, they could begin shifting towards a new cycle — perhaps back to sulfates, or perhaps to something we haven't even dreamed of. One of my biggest concerns, and it's one I've yet to hear voiced anywhere, is that the Fukushima event could initiate such a mutagenic change in the radiation-bathed cyanobacteria and that change become entrenched, and that deeply concerns me.


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