NHK: Concern over highly contaminated fish caught 100 kilometers from Fukushima plant — Most radioactive marine product detected in over 2 years (VIDEO)

Published: July 13th, 2013 at 11:16 am ET
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Title: High levels of cesium found in fish off Ibaraki
Source: NHK
Date: July 11, 2013

Researchers have found high levels of radioactive cesium in fish caught early this month off Hitachi [almost 100 kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi] in Ibaraki Prefecture [...]

Prefectural officials said 1,037 becquerels of cesium were discovered per kilogram of Japanese sea bass. That’s more than 10 times the government safety limit.

They said it is the 3rd highest level found in marine products in the region. Higher levels were only previously detected in April 2011 — one month after the Fukushima nuclear accident. [...]

They admitted they don’t know why such a high dose was detected more than 2 years after the accident. [...]

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Published: July 13th, 2013 at 11:16 am ET
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60 comments to NHK: Concern over highly contaminated fish caught 100 kilometers from Fukushima plant — Most radioactive marine product detected in over 2 years (VIDEO)

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    " They admitted they don’t know why such a high dose was detected more than 2 years after the accident. [...] "

    Willful ignorance of the effects of an enormous nuclear accident, and its ongoing aftermath?


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      The report makes the high Cesium levels sound like an anomaly. Instead, most likely, most or all of the fish of this type carry high cesium levels in their tissues.

      Bad for Japanese, for whom fish and seafood make up a large part of their diet.


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      • VanneV anne

        The most shocking part of the story for me about all the cesium in the lake near Biel, Switzerland, is that if that nuclear reactor is spewing out radioactive cesium, how much is being discharged by every nuclear reactor every day in the world? Is anyone measuring the cesium in all our lakes and rivers and oceans?


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  • Jebus

    Think about what happens when you throw a bucket of bird seed out into your lawn.
    The birds flock from everywhere to get at the free meal.
    Till it's gone.

    Think about a tsunami wiping everything off the coast of northern japan.
    The creatures came from far and wide to get at the free meal.
    They are still gravitating to the free food after two years.

    Add Fukushima's Ocean fallout.

    The result always equals the sum of the parts.


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  • dka

    " They admitted they don’t know why such a high dose was detected more than 2 years after the accident. [...] "

    no one in TEPCO or the government thought it could be caused by Fukushima! It tells a lot about how irresponsible and incompetent the Japanese authorities are.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    Don't know why, don't know why, don't know why, couldn't be me, cuz I don't know why.

    Has real potential for a hard rock band. For a disaster control team, not so promising.


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  • Jebus

    Fukushima, is it in you?

    If you are not concerned about this,
    then you are part of the problem…


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    • jump-ball jump-ball

      Careful, there's 2 ways to read that: 1) Is the awareness in you, or 2) is it the food and atmospheric contamination in you? The 2nd condition is becoming increasingly evident in Japanese children, and the degree of corporate-media misrepresentation and suppression of news of the several developing radiation-related medical cohorts (child thyroid tumors for one for ex.) is both astounding and discouraging.

      I don't have one family member, friend, associate or acquaintance who is at all aware of or concerned about the danger, so I've stopped trying to talk up what to me is, at the very best, a medium-term medical event, and an eventual or long-term ELE (extinction level event), which will probably affect my my (unconcerned) children, and undoubtedly affect my grandchildren.

      As for whether Nukushima food contamination/bio-accumulation is 'in me', I knew the historic Pacific tuna and other migration patterns and in March 2011 saw the developing seafood problem immediately, and quickly doubled-or-more my existing pre-3/11 200 can prepper stack of long-dated-use-by-2017 canned Pacific salmon, tuna and crab.

      Knowing I'm now eating these safe but no-longer-available Pacific seafoods, with others who 'don't have Nukushima in them', and are also 'not getting Nukushima contamination in them', is a mixed satisfaction.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Fukushima Daiichii situation is getting worse.


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  • We Not They Finally

    The scariest thing may be that YES, they "don't know why" this is happening. Oh, OF COURSE they know that they unleashed the gates of radioactive hell onto the world! But they don't seem to have a clue how to track down the corium, get anywhere near it, much less be able to stop it. They did it themselves, but by know they really "don't know" how to stop it. They are still murderously guilty, but since THEY "don't know" and no one else seems to either, the whole world going to pay.


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  • Cisco Cisco

    Gee, don't know why?

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
    ― Upton Sinclair


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  • Where does the contaminated 'fish' go? Exactly how is it disposed of?

    "The officials said the sea-bass shipment will not hit the market as it does not meet government restrictions." – from article


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    • KDM KDM

      All the pro puke cult will eat it. It's no immediate health risk, it won't hurt you, it's natural.


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    • dosdos dosdos

      They will probably incinerate it. SOP in Japan.


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      I'm surprised no one has mentioned the new 'fish oil/cancer' scare:

      'Too Much Fish Oil Might Boost Prostate Cancer Risk, Study Says'

      "Eating a lot of oily fish or taking potent fish oil supplements may increase a man's risk of developing prostate cancer, new research suggests.

      Moreover, marine sources of omega-3 fatty acids may also raise the risk for aggressive prostate cancer, according to the study by scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle."

      http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/07/10/too-much-fish-oil-might-boost-prostate-cancer-risk-study-says

      These fish-oil softgel manufacturers use the cheapest fish they can find, then squeeze the oil out of them and put that oil into softgel caps. They're buying fish no one else wants, so guess where that comes from?

      It's more than prostate cancer these little lethal softgels of death are giving people. Highly concentrated levels of mercury and radiation – the very definition of biomagnification – sold to unsuspecting consumers.

      Maybe, just maybe, this is science protecting us, rather than just looking at us as a disposable profit point.


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      • oyamajin

        Thanks TIS! I have often thought that myself. I get most of my DHA and EPA, B-12 and most other precious nutrients from the incredible edible egg…most distant, yet living cousin of the T-Rex.

        My advice to maximize these nutrients is to toss a table spoon of salt into a cauldron of about a litre of H20, when it arrives at full boil, place a half dozen of room temp eggs (double A let's say)
        for exactly 7 minutes. Douse in cold water, peel shell with spoon most easily (thanks to the salt tossed into the dihydrogen monoxide). Then, you will see a glistening non-corrupted and gorgeous yoke with non-rubbery albumen.
        This will save us all from the nasty fish oil smurge you have warned us of.
        Also, that Rocky movie where he drinks raw eggs is farcical. The human stomach can only absorb 60% of the nutrients of a raw egg. And boiling the hell out of it until the yoke is like yellow chalk is worse.
        Yes, it is true I am French!


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    • Cisco Cisco

      Ummm good…The Canadians love Japanese fish!

      "Canadian officials should take notice of Japanese regulator's comments about Fukushima water leaks".

      http://www.straight.com/news/400461/canadian-officials-should-take-notice-japanese-regulators-comments-about-fukushima-water-leaks

      "According to Industry Canada's "Trade Data Online" website, Japan exported $16.15 million worth of fish, crustaceans, molluscs, and other aquatic invertebrates to this country in 2012.

      Earlier this year, B.C. public-health official Eric Young told the Tyee: "I would eat fish from Japan, absolutely."

      I'll bet the US is five times that.


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      • I feel sorry for the children, who have to eat whatever mom gives to them, and for pets whose kibble contains who knows what.

        But adults in general have known for many years about mercury in fish, farm salmon "doing drugs", beef and poultry saturated with antibiotics and growth hormones, and about the meat of sick cattle being sold to consumers …

        The best way to reduce risk these days is to be a vegetarian and to try to eat organic food – from the US and Canada whenever possible. What is imported from other places under the organic label can be considered suspect.

        Tracy
        Canada


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        • Cisco Cisco

          I'm not so sure about that too, Tracy. I believe that all the vegetables we're getting here in the US from the West coast, Mexico and Canada are contaminated. I don't think any of us in North America can escape Fukushima's reign.


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          • You're right. Still, we are now at the point of having to choose among different degrees of toxicity.

            There is no safe food, no safe water, no safe anything anymore. But agricultural products from Asia are much riskier than what's grown around here – in spite of that radiation from Fukushima blown our way, and our own from all those nuclear tests over the years.

            It's so sad. Modern science and technology offered so much promise, and instead they have turned land, air and oceans into toxic and radioactive dumps. Men went to space and the Moon and what they left there was a trail of garbage.

            Sigh….


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          • Time Is Short Time Is Short

            There are no legal restrictions against the spreading of untreated raw sewage on agricultural farmland in Mexico.

            Mexico's agriculture was deadly far before Fukushima laid waste to the world's food supply.

            Yes, we are screwed.


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          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Not to mention the hidden GMO's in "organic" produce.

            Sorry, but "organic" produce may not be any better unless it's certified GMO free by a reputable, independent laboratory.


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            • Even the product's alleged country of origin should be suspect for us Canadian consumers.

              I do my shopping at a large supermarket. I used to buy organic US grown millet in the bulk section (Canadian millet is hard to find). That was before corn production took over much farmland in the US.

              Then one day I noticed that the grains of millet looked different. I made enquires. The store swore they came from the US.

              What I found out is that there are large companies in the US that import food products from several Asian countries (India, Vietnam, China, etc.)

              Canadian distributors buy from those US mega importers, sell to individual stores, and when we ask where something comes from, stores can say it comes "from the United States". Sure it does, but where was it originally grown? That is another matter and harder to find out.


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    "1,037 becquerels of cesium were discovered per kilogram of Japanese sea bass. That’s more than 10 times the government safety limit."
    Expect the government safety limit to be 10,000 becquerels per kilo soon. Why not call it "cor-fortified" fish? It even sounds like a nice dish; "mmm smells delicious, what is it? …Fresh Becquerel, I could just die for it!"

    Cor-Kissed tuna, the the favorite of hormesis lovers! 10,000 year shelf life. What tipped Monsanto into a jealous rage? Three eyed Bass from Ibaraki, served with glowing saki


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    • We Not They Finally

      Apparently the U.S. "safety limit" is 1200 bec cesium per kilogram, 12 times that of the Japanese. We can stay away from fish completely, or maybe even food completely, and become breatharians. Oh, I forgot, all the crap we get from the air…..


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  • THE ABSURDITY OF JAPAN REARRANGING FURNITURE WHILE THE HOUSE COLLAPSES

    Japan will stop all HPV vaccines out of concern for adverse side effects. http://www.activistpost.com/2013/07/japan-stops-hpv-vaccines-citing-adverse.html

    About a month ago Japan suspended wheat imports from the USA because of their possible contamination with GMOs.

    All this misplaced concern could be considered rather amusing except that it happens amidst so much tragedy and in the context of a national and world catastrophe.

    Yes, vaccines are dangerous, and so are GMOs. But why worry when children are already chewing and breathing radioactive bits of Fukushima fuel rods? (Enenews article of July 11).

    ~~~~~

    http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/


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  • Even in Switzerland!

    What is this world coming to!

    The Swiss, who are so particular about health, cleanliness and tidiness are in shock. Authorities never told them that they were drinking radioactive water from one of their beautiful lakes.

    Scientists have discovered a radioactive substance in sediment under a Swiss lake used for drinking water and situated near a nuclear plant.

    Politicians and environmentalists expressed outrage that the plant and nuclear inspectors had provided no information about the higher levels of cesium 137 released more than a decade ago into a lake that provides 68 percent of the drinking water to the nearby town of Biel.

    Environmentalists questioned in a statement how the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate could have either missed the higher radioactive levels or decided not to inform decision makers or the public about them.

    Read more: http://www.france24.com/en/20130714-radioactivity-found-swiss-lake-near-nuclear-plant


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  • oyamajin

    Having just visited Tochigi Prefecture, recently…I could not see what you folks on enenews speak of.

    I can only suspect that the arm chair generals, thump away with fear and no remedy. That would only = an enterprising agenda.

    Your website is waning. I follow it much. I really do. I have learned a lot. And, it is important to realize that volcanic activity spreads more radionucleaides than the sun's gamma rays.

    Commentators spread only doom and gloom w/o remedy. That is the sign of a con artist. Might you offer a remedy?


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    • Jebus

      oyamajin, where did you go?
      Nikkō? Utsunomiya?
      I read the capital, Nasu, is a bit contaminated…
      ?


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    • razzz razzz

      oyamajin: The Japanese government will be glad to hear of your assessment. Besides radioactivity being invisible and some of the most dangerous radionuclides unreadable by a Geiger counter, any chance of you being exposed to radioactive particles would show up in the form of cancer 5 to 70 years from now. You went by choice. Others have to be there, esp. the children. If you don't understand that children are defenseless then what is the point of talking about radiation exposures. BTW, the tip off will be that you begin suffering from some rare form of cancer that probably never existed 50 years ago.

      We all have vivid imaginations here, the recent results with groundwater monitoring of radioactive isotopes at Daiichi confirm it.


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      • oyamajin

        I agree that areas around Fukushima are an ongoing nightmare. And, I believe that families with children should be evacuated. The evacuation is doable to Southern Tochigi, given its proximity to Fukushima and Tokyo. I don't believe that Tochigi is anymore contaminated than Southern/Western Japan, or even the US West Coast.
        I will resume residency in Tochigi with my wife and teach children there because I honestly believe this.


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        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          will your family eat fish? Cesium travels down the rivers depositing at a maximum level 15 kilometers from river mouth. It works its way through the food chain. Radioactive particles will continue to spread widely, as the oceanic environment mixes with the inland; as more radioactive elements are added from burning and from the continual leak at Fukushima. What effect will a collapsed fishing and farming industry have on the economy? Some places in England are too contaminated from Chernobyl, this should give an idea of the extent of serious contamination which is possible.


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          • oyamajin

            I agree. I wanted to get a pig and harvest all the truffles that grow among the roots of our filbert/hazelnut trees here in Oregon. But, since I believe that Oregon got hosed with cesium, and truffles are magnets for this nuke puke, I decided against such a lucrative hobby. But, I still love to slow roast the raw shelled hazelnuts in my cast iron skillet.
            I will shop more with the Foreign Buyer's Club and the Seikyo Coop while in Tochigi. I have no vested interest in these organizations, just a lack of trust in other food sources, and would recommend that families with children research a food source they can trust.
            This is admittedly a best of the worst scenario in an endless and growing labyrinth of accumulated hazard, especially for the kids.


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            • razzz razzz

              You say one thing negative to kids about the Daiichi fallout and you will be asked to leave Japan.


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              • oyamajin

                Sedition laws in Japan have made a persona-non-grata out of me before. Was never asked to leave, just psychologically tortured with never ending spiritual warfare tactics for 20 years. It takes a lot for an American to get deported. But, intimidation is normally all that is necessary to persuade the undesirable to be a "flyjin".
                We were never allowed to talk about WWII when I arrived in 1990 (especially to the youth). I can imagine it will be worse with a war against all of humankind. So, I both appreciate your warning and have every intention to heed it.


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    • IMO – Ongoing man made radioactive contamination should not be compared to volcanoes or the sun.

      @oyamajin
      Tell me, do you ever stop to think about the damage to chromosomes and DNA and long reaching affects to future generations?

      The ingested particle, possibly spread by the wind, may not cause damage, death or suffering for several generations. You'll never know. I agree that is scary.

      The remedy is to get people to understand how much they've been lied to and to bring the exiting Nuclear Plants to a halt and not build any more.


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      • oyamajin

        I have thought about many things. I had Lasik surgery on my eyes last spring, given that my military experience with goggles and gas masks always made my glasses "ALL FOGGED UP" when I was in Germany right after Chernobyl blew. I do not trust the cedar pollen blowing from Fukushima, so will wear goggles, whenever outdoors in the Japan spring. I will encourage others to do the same–even "doggles" for when people walk their dogs.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    TEPCO Myth: Groundwater leaks into Torus Basements1,2,&3 through cracks in the foundation caused by the earthquake, becomes contaminated, and leaks out, eventually getting into the Pacific Ocean.
    Fuku Reality: Corium1,2,&3 have left the Reactor Buildings, and highly contaminate groundwater flows around them, or more likely flows through lava tubes filled with radioactive debris, and right into the Pacific Ocean.

    The real story about Fukushima, the story that will be told a hundred years from now, is the destruction of the Pacific Ocean Fishery by Coriums1,2,&3, IMHO. If you look past the propaganda and doublespeak, you can see that TEP.gov is now admitting that the Pacific Ocean is heavily contaminated.


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    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      "This April, Tepco had a series of leakage from under ground reservoirs.
      They were short of contaminated water storage, so made holes underground and stocked highly contaminated water. The vinyl cover was immediately broken and contaminated water leaked from several reservoirs.

      "Soon as they found the leakage, amazingly they stated we don’t need to worry because the leaked the radioactive material (Sr-90 and Tritium) takes 10 ~ 100 years to reach the sea. Also, they reported the radioactive material would be diluted to be 1/1,000 ~ 100,000,000.

      "These reservoirs are 880 m from the sea. 2 months later, the contaminated groundwater was collected at 40~4 m from the sea."
      http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/07/column-the-brand-new-lie-of-tepco-leaked-water-takes-100-years-to-reach-the-sea/

      Lori Mochizuki, you rock! Many thanks for all your good work.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    This very interesting potential cause for increasing radiation readings from the wells comes from Ex-skf:
    "…construction of the impermeable wall along the ocean side, east of the turbine buildings at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, may have caused and/or accelerated the leak of groundwater contaminated with high levels of tritium, strontium, and in one observation hole high cesium."
    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2013/07/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-contaminated.html
    Also some good photos of the steel pipe sheet piles in front of Unit1.
    There has been much speculation here to the effect that Corium1,2,&3 may have followed layers of mudstone towards the Harbor. If a sheet pile were to hit Corium Lava Tube1, left by the passage of Corium1, we could expect significant new releases of radiation, both to the water and atmosphere. Perhaps the sheet pile installation project is the key to the current uptick in radiation readings at the Fuku Ruins.


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    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Some additional thoughts concerning the steel pipe sheet piles:
      This project is designed to keep contaminated groundwater from reaching the Pacific Ocean.
      I have advocated running steel pipe sheet piles uphill, past the ruins of Units1,2,3,&4, and creating a closed rectangle around the 4 plants.
      TEPCO's plan is to use a series of shallow extraction wells, placed uphill from Units1,2,3,&4, to pump groundwater out before becoming contaminated, and dumping it directly in the ocean.
      The effect will be to lower the groundwater level under the plants, and stop groundwater from entering the buildings.
      TEPCO will then be able to pump out water from the torus basements and turbine buildings.
      They intend to filter this water, and dump it into the ocean.
      If corium is in the ground immediately under one of the three buildings, and groundwater flow is slowed or stopped, the corium will heat up the remaining groundwater, producing clouds of radioactive steam.
      If this happens, TEPCO will be forced to install a closed loop cooling system with cooling towers.


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      • We Not They Finally

        Non-scientist here: How can you enclose contaminated groundwater when you have no idea how deep it goes in its UN-enclosed state? How far down did the coriums sink? How deep are the aquifers there? How likely it is that construction equipment and/or workers can get anywhere near it? Just asking. Like maybe we should "enclose the wind," or "enclose the bottom of the sea." Not trying to be sarcastic. Just trying to gain some idea if this IS feasible at all. Thanks.


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        • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

          Frequently, there are two or more aquifer layers at any given location. If this is the case at Fukushima, then the corium may encounter water at several depths along its journey. Moreover, the corium lava tube in the wake of the corium is likely to be porous, allowing groundwater from the surface aquifer to drain down the corium lava tubes to the corium far below. Also, the corium may encounter old earthquake faults that are filled with seawater. My guess is that the corium has been continuously bathed in water since its departure from the reactor buildings.

          TEPCO drilled test holes to determine the depth of the surface aquifer. The surface aquifer ends at a "low permeable layer", and they are driving the pilings a meter and a half into this impermeable rock layer, making certain that they will be able to cut off the flow of the groundwater.

          As for the workers, a photo in the EXSKF shows lots of workers standing around watching the piles being driven, meaning they don't seem to be very worried about the pile driving operation stirring up a lot of radiation. My personal feeling is that they should be more concerned then they appear to be, lest they hit actual corium. But upon reflection, the molten corium would have penerated the mudrock straight down, and the layers in the mudrock would have guided the molten corium towards the sea in a gradual arc, rather then in a sudden turn. So the corium probably passed well under the harbor.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    New map of radioiodine deposition in the early days of the Disaster:
    http://enformable.com/2013/06/new-map-of-radioactive-iodine-released-from-fukushima-daiichi/
    If you were to flip this map, onto the Ocean, you could safely speculate that winds would have deposited a similar amount of radioiodine in the Ocean. Probably did. Hence, radioactive fish.


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  • THE FUKUSHIMA TOMATO – SOON IN YOUR SUPERMARKET?

    See photo gallery of several mutant vegetables from Japan.

    http://now.msn.com/fukushima-vegetables-mutated-in-viral-photos-possibly-due-to-radiation

    ~~~~~

    Maybe in a few years, once the Fukushima radiation has permeated the whole planet, all veggies will look like this.

    But what will humans look like? Like a portrait painted by Picasso?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/


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  • We Not They Finally

    Michael Collins (enviroreporter.com — VERY good with radiation measurements) said that in Japan, the government "safe limit" is 100 becquerels cesium per kilogram, but in the U.S. it's 1200! So this was 10 times over the safe limit in Japan, but yummy-go-eat-it in the States! We have NO PROTECTION here. Quite alarming.


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