Navy sailor says clumps of hair fell out after Fukushima plume exposure — “A lot of us knew people were getting sick… bad headaches, some threw up a bit”

Published: January 8th, 2013 at 7:29 pm ET
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Follow-up to: Navy crew members sue Japan over Fukushima cover-up -- "Irreparable harm to life expectancy" -- Gov't and Tepco conspired

(Subscription Only) Title: Sailors sue for alleged radiation exposure
Source: Navy Times
Author: Gidget Fuentes
Date: Jan 8, 2013 9:40:27 EST

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Kim Gieseking

  • “A lot of us knew people were getting sick. … Some were starting to get bad headaches, some threw up a bit.”
  • She said she’s also battled exhaustion and poor health
  • At one point, she lost clumps of hair
  • Last June, severe back pain revealed a bulge in her spine
  • “I was a healthy, healthy person. I’m not the same person I used to be.”
Published: January 8th, 2013 at 7:29 pm ET
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17 comments to Navy sailor says clumps of hair fell out after Fukushima plume exposure — “A lot of us knew people were getting sick… bad headaches, some threw up a bit”

  • Anthony Anthony

    “I was a healthy, healthy person. I’m not the same person I used to be.”

    – You are right, you've been irradiated.


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  • xxxxvelocityxxxx

    This person is definitely lying. I was on the USS Ronald Reagan when this happened and nothing like that happened to anyone. I actually work in the reactor spaces and know a little something about radiation. We got nowhere NEAR the amount that would be needed to have any immediate effect on anyone. The highest dosage that was received by anyone was the pilots and crew of the helicopter that first went to investigate the damage caused by the tsunami and they were fine. Everyone else got VERY low levels of radiation (I.E. in the mrem range). The lowest dosage that would cause something like this is about 15 Rem. We decontaminated everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) that was even remotely contaminated after about 2 weeks.


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    • kalidances

      If you were on the USS Ronald Reagan what do you really think these levels of multiple illnesses can be attributed to? How were you able to decontaminate MOX residue when the government has said that they don't even know how to?


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Yes, and maybe you haven't read the NRC's reporting, released under the FOIA's? It might be worth your while to do so, if you haven't already done so. (I'm writing to the xxxxvelocityxxxx poster).

        If you're not already aware of how the DOE, military, etc. downplay the risks of radiation exposure, maybe you should do yourself a favor and find out what the "linear dose threshold" model of expsoure is. That's the model the scientific community uses (the people who do real science and practice real medicine, not the pro-nuke people).

        You might want to do that while you're still feeling well, in case some of the effects of exposure don't affect you until later on.

        If you haven't learned a healthy skepticism toward military authority, maybe it's time to disabuse yourself of the idea those at high levels are always benevolent dictators.

        You might also want to watch the Oliver Stone videos on "the secret history of the U.S." They are posted on YouTube.

        Sorry to rain on your parade, but you sound thoroughly indoctrinated. That kind of thing could make you old or dead or too sick to function normally, long before your time.

        You should be aware people who call the shots (folks like Henry Kissinger) consider most of us "useless eaters" and military personnel to be "cannon fodder."

        I admire the men and women who serve in the military, but blind allegiance to the possible illegal and immoral acts of one's superiors does not make one a hero.

        Just…


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    • dka

      1- To confirm that you are not fooling around and pretend to be who you are not:
      When did you make the measurment? What was the level measured?

      2- Of course, all authorities claim that the levels measured were not dangerous. What they do not tell you is the there are levels that have not been measured and that they were very very dangerous.
      Similar to someone smoking in a location, a smoke detector place at a distance might not detect the smoke until the smoke flies in its direction and reach it. What was the level of the detector next to the sailors when the smoke from Fukushima reached them? What the change in radiation levels just before the smoke reach them and just after?
      Very likely, it is possible that only this measurment matters since it is the one that usually kills people.
      the "SAFE" measurement level that measure the radiation levels of the reactors (and not their smoke), is probably the one that naively rely on to think that you were safe. In reality, you probably were not safe, unless the smoke only reached some of the sailors (as a cigarette smoke might not reach and be inhaled by everyone around it but only where the smoke flies to).


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    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      "…The highest dosage that was received by anyone was the pilots and crew of the helicopter that first went to investigate the damage caused by the tsunami…"

      Dosage? How on earth would they even know what they were exposed to, much less what type of radioactivity? I'm sure they had some kind of basic geiger counter but were most likely not carrying or using the alpha probe. The standard beta-gamma probe would have only measured shine from the plume or gamma a few feet off the ground. They didn't use portable particulate samplers, did they? I'm asking here because I have no idea what they were equipped with.

      "…and they were fine…"

      That's good to hear. How did you manage to get all the micronized metallic aerosol particulates out of their lungs?

      "…Everyone else got VERY low levels of radiation (I.E. in the mrem range)…"

      How is that possible? The only way I-131 could be measured was by taking a charcoal canister sample back to Yokohama for analysis. The first sample wasn't taken until hours after encountering the plume. The thyroid effective dose alone would have been higher than 'a few mrem' the first hour.

      Not sure how many aerosols would have been blowing around, but parts of the core did reach several thousand degrees – almost the whole inventory of light volitiles and many of the heavier ones were released.


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      • Sickputer

        PW3 sez: "Not sure how many aerosols would have been blowing around, but parts of the core did reach several thousand degrees"

        SP: The meltdown cores topped 5,000 degrees Celsius. Like a mini-sun on earth.

        Actually the sun is a nuclear fusion reactor and it is 93 million miles away which is as close asvhumans really should be exposed. The crazy bastards who extended the atomic war weapon to a deadly electricity device were in my opinion certifiably insane naked apes. Not humans. Their offspring inherited their genes.


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      Always attack the person who is the victim, especially when that victim is claiming harm from something a corporation did..

      Rule #1 of trolls


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  • Sickputer

    The commander said don't drink the ship water because it was contaminated. Quite a run on the bottled water, but not enough to go around.

    Internal inhalation of radiation is dangerous and a dosimeter won't detect those tiny particles. That's why so many people are sick and dying in the Ukraine and Japan.


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  • PurpleRain

    Why was decontamination done two weeks later? — that's a long time to wait and god only knows where people and/or clothes and equipment came into contact with what or who during those full two weeks or 14 days….


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  • RememberThis RememberThis

    xxxxvelocityxxxx

    Youre a joke…….and a sick one at best


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  • Aye, had the chance to buy some pretty powerful Russian binoculars at a rummage shop last week…but did I really want metal Chernobyl era surplus in my cupboard..


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