NHK: Extremely high radiation in cedar flowers that release pollen — Not a “great” health hazard says gov’t — 2,000+ grains in a cubic meter of air during season (VIDEO)

Published: December 27th, 2011 at 10:36 am ET


High radiation detected in male cedar flowers, NHK, dec. 27, 2011:

  • Extremely high radiation levels
  • Detected in male flowers of cedar trees
  • Late November to early December to measure the levels of radioactive cesium
  • [Japan’s forestry] agency detected 253,000 becquerels of the radioactive substance per kilogram in the flowers collected at Omaru in the Town of Namie, 11.3 kilometers from the plant
  • Maximum amount of cedar pollen measured in the air when in season by the environment ministry was 2,207 grains per cubic meter
  • [The forestry agency] reports this is not a great health hazard as it is only about 10 times what a person would be exposed to from normal background radiation in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward

h/t Enformable & jec

Watch the video here

Published: December 27th, 2011 at 10:36 am ET


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29 comments to NHK: Extremely high radiation in cedar flowers that release pollen — Not a “great” health hazard says gov’t — 2,000+ grains in a cubic meter of air during season (VIDEO)

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  • unspokenhermit

    The forestry agency says if people breathe this concentration for 4 months they would be exposed to 0.553 microsieverts of radiation.

    I recently came across these atmpospheric simulations, produced an American independent organization, that indicate TEPCO vastly under-reported radionuclide emissions from the Fukushima Plant.

    I’ve suspected for some time that the publicly released emissions data had been manipulated – If the models are correct I suppose this re enforces my hunch. Is there anyone here that can help us explain the implications of this model?

    • They are not including any radiation from ANY spent fuel pool, especially NOT the one that supposedly blew up and threw hundreds of tons of MOX fuel into the air for miles around and in dust form, due to it drying out and melting down.. That would change things a wee bit.

      They also do not include radiation that is several orders of magnitude HIGHER at elevations higher than 32 meters, especially not what is being thrown up via the ‘vent’ tubes where MOST OF THE RADIATION IS GOING.

      They also do not include any actual measurements of radiation in calculations, because none were provided by either SPEEDY, TEPCO or the Japanese government.. No radiation meters downwind, or in the vent tubes.

      They also say that “it is possible the the physical measurements taken at monitoring stations contain some errors or that actual valid measurements have been withheld.” Gee, I wonder why?

      They also are NOT including any radiation in water, in the ocean, or sprayed on forests, in storage tanks on site, filters collecting radiation in vent tubes, etc…

      Basically, more junk science as far as I am concerned.. If you are trying to measure the TOTAL RELEASES, YOU HAVE TO INCLUDE ALL OF IT, not just a tiny sliver.

  • jec jec

    Pollens carry radioactivity over Japan. This is just ONE source of pollen–and up all the others which bloom in the springtime. This just shows the amount of re-contamination of Japan and XXXXX counties due to natural process. Japan needs to immobilize the radiation and not by cut down trees/leaves and burn, burn soil other debris. Or WASH off the radiation into the groundwater, fresh water rivers, lakes or stream or into the ocean. This is not rocket science..its taking care of the environment. Fukushima needs become the repository..similar to Chernobyl of radioactive debris..AFTER the population is evacuated.

    • …Japan has a very urban image, but in fact it is one of the world’s most heavily forested countries — a contender as poster pin-up for the UN designated International Year of the Forests, 2011. According to a UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Global Forest Assessment Report (2005), 25 million hectares or close to 70% of Japan’s land is forest. Only Finland has more trees. The world average is only around 30% and Australia is way down the list with only 21.3% (NZ is 31% ). Japan’s forest may be the critical factor in two current health problems. To understand why, we need to look at the trees, not the forest.

      Japan’s hillsides and mountains used to be quite different from the way they are now. Old-growth forests have long gone, leaving only a few pockets with most of the rest managed forests. Until as late as the 1960s, most of them would be dominated by broad-leaf trees such as beech, oak, elm, birch, horse chestnut, and many others. These forests used to provide people with food, as well as timber …

  • Cindy

    If you breathe in this radioactive pollen contaminated with cesium, won’t it stick in your lung like a nuclear flea, like a fleck of plutonium ?

  • many moons

    Is this a new method of Hari Kari?

    • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

      Would not surprise me to soon see a national decree to be announced that all citizens of Japan would require themselves to become a “National Radioactive Sponge” in order to clean up the environment.

      This move would help to protect Tokyo, the Bankers and political leaders. All participants would receive a credit on their electrical bill along with other considerations.

      Better keep quite before I give them any ideas.

  • dosdos dosdos

    Most pollen inhaled sticks to the nasal and throat area and doesn’t make it into the lungs.

    • I’ve wondered whether or not the Netti pot will help wash radioactive dust out of the sinus area?

    • alasanon

      This is worrisome on other continents. I know where I am we have bad enough regular pollen, blowing around in bushels by springtime!! There are trees everywhere, parks everywhere, blooming vegetation, flowers, and pollen everywhere!!

      Now I have to deal with NUCLEAR POLLEN>? Will it blow here from Japan, I assume, and then combine with the homegrown pollen???! This could be really bad. We have bad enough killer regular pollens in my area!! :<

  • StillJill StillJill

    Yes,…I can attest to this. Must be the tiny hairs, vili???
    My roommate the gardener’s cancer is in his throat,….I have hot totties all over my nasal mucosal linings,…etc.

  • …The incidence of Japanese cedar pollinosis is estimated to be about 13% of the Japanese population. In Japan it is generic to wear a facemask and eyeglasses to prevent pollen inhalation. We examined the usefulness of a facemask and eyeglasses in cooperation with volunteers. The number of pollen particles in the nasal cavity …

  • Japanese cedar is native to Japan and the coastal provinces of China, and is often cultivated in Europe and North America.

    The male Japanese cedar tree flowers between February and April. However, Japanese children born during the winter months of November to January and exposed to Japanese cedar pollen within the first 6 months of life demonstrated an increased risk of sensitisation and of especially severe sensitisation to this pollen, as determined by IgE antibodies (1). As male Sugi flowers disperse a small amount of pollen in early January, some Japanese cedar pollinosis patients will experience allergic symptoms as early as January (2). …

    • midwestern midwestern

      from report:
      “…Importantly, symptoms may persist even after the end of the pollen season. Cry j 1 was still detected in house dust collected 2 weeks after airborne Japanese cedar pollen had disappeared. The authors postulate that some late symptoms of Japanese cedar pollinosis may have been caused by pollen which had attached to clothes and been brought indoors (80)…”

  • Hummingbirds and radiation effects They gather pollen too !

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    Hummingbirds are small with a fast metabolism, would radiation act faster on them?

    death of bees They gather pollen too !

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  • pacific

    Can’t rely on body’s pre-lung air filtering process (nose, sinuses, etc) to keep radioactive pollen or dust out of the body entirely, though, right, bcs it’s swept out of nose/sinuses/etc by mucus, and then mucus gets swallowed? It makes sense, and I read it somewhere also 🙂 …

    And the radionuclides that can pass thru skin, like tritium, would surely pass thru mucous membranes. Not sure how many of can get thru skin, tho, besides tritium. If they’re ‘salts’, do they pass thru mucous membranes? I think I read that Cs137 is a ‘salt’, and considered highly soluble… For whatever that’s worth.