Officials Worried: Radiation levels rise sharply in soil outside Fukushima — Cesium quadruples during past year

Published: December 16th, 2013 at 2:30 pm ET


Kyodo News, Dec 16, 2013: Radioactive cesium levels in Miyagi forest soil up since 2011 […] The government of Miyagi Prefecture […] is worried about the impact on forestry and related industries if the trend persists, an official said. In a forest in the town of Marumori [60 km from Fukushima Daiichi], the average cesium level of 10 samples of fallen quills was 26,684 becquerels per kilogram in June 2012, but rose to 42,759 becquerels a year later. And the level in soil up to 10 cm deep increased from 721 becquerels to 3,225 becquerels [rising 4.5-fold], according to the study. In a forest in Ishinomaki, [120 km] from the damaged nuclear plant, the level climbed about 50 percent to 3,611 becquerels among fallen quills and by 2.5-fold to 620 becquerels in soil. […] The results differ from a study the Forestry Agency conducted in 2011 and 2012 in three municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture, which found levels of cesium increasing in soil but declining in fallen foliage.

Radioactive Cesium in Forests is Limited to the Soil’s Surface Layer
(pdf), Nov. 29, 2013: For more than two years starting in May 2011, [Takahiro Nakanishi of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency] and his colleagues conducted observations of the broad-leaved deciduous forests in northern Ibaraki Prefecture, to determine how radioactive cesium which fell on fallen leaves of deciduous trees and other material migrated to the soil, and behaved after that. […] the research group believes it will be necessary to watch how the radioactive cesium which has accumulated in the surface layer of the soil is incorporated into the internal cycles of forest ecosystems. […] The total cumulative amount of 137Cs from the fallen leaf layer to a soil depth of 10cm was about 20kBq/m2 [20,000 becquerels per square meter] throughout the observation period […]

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Published: December 16th, 2013 at 2:30 pm ET


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72 comments to Officials Worried: Radiation levels rise sharply in soil outside Fukushima — Cesium quadruples during past year

  • KidIcarus KidIcarus

    I just had a chilling thought.

    I live just east of Sacramento, CA. Over the past 4 days, I have seen 6 fighter jets buzzing by overhead. I can't find anything in the news to explain it, and this is NOT normal.
    On the streets of South Sacramento, I've seen 3 unmarked MRAPs caravaning down surface streets.
    I have had many friends see DHS "Police" vehicles around Sacramento recently besides me.

    Then someone in Salem, Oregon took this video yesterday (12/15). MASSIVE amount of armored vehicles, HEADING SOUTH, towards California. Many of them have Red Cross logos on them.

    When was the last time you saw an armored Red Cross vehicle on the streets of America?

    Too many coincidences. But why?

    What if DHS is aware that a major revelation about Fukushima's effect on the US West Coast is imminent? What if they are preplacing their armored vehicles in key locations in California in anticipation of civil unrest or chaos?

    What kind of revelation? Either an admittance that California has been bombarded with radiation, or an evacuation order?

    My 32 year old classmate from high school got diagnosed with thyroid cancer last week. She lives in Santa Cruz. 2.5 year latency period in adults, right?

    The government must be well aware that the amount of thyroid cancer cases is about to explode. Stands to reason that they also deduce that a critical mass will awaken at that point and the shit will hit the fan.

    Thoughts, my sharp-minded ENENews friends?

    • KidIcarus KidIcarus

      Apologies – the video I referenced is here:

    • bozzy54

      Bay area had heuys flying around yesterday. See them on veterian days. Yesterday seemed out of place.

      • Sparky Sparky

        @bozzy54, What are "heuys"? @Netlifromvermont, My son and his new wife are moving back to SF for college. I'm anxious too, urge them to use caution and have a quick exit plan “just in case”. They are cautious (won't eat any fish, boycott anything Japanese)but still skeptical about the magnitude of the danger. They're still optimistic about the future. I wish I could share their optimism….

        • bozzy54

          Military helicopters. I suggest they buy a radiation detector. I check my food and so far it seems okay to eat. It's not that bad here yet but we can't get MSM to report and/or our government to test and report to us. So who knows?

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Kidlcarus, I'm in Sacramento. What is an MRAP? There are fighter jets scrambling periodically near me. I'm west of the AFB.

      Coincidentally, the NETC readings for Sacramento have mysteriously dropped from mid 200's to 15 or 19 level. Wassup with that? Turlock (new monitor) also ridiculously low, IMO.

      Would think it's more likely some kind of false flag likely to take place if all these emergency vehicles are roaming around.

      As for the jets, I'm not too worried about that, as I'm told they'll use Sacramento Int'l Airport when their area won't accomodate all the air traffic.

      But hmmn … kinda creeps me out to hear there's all the DHS activity, too. I know these entities gather like flies on poo before the false flags occur. Think Oklahoma City, 911, London 7/11.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Oh yeah, and there are a couple of nukes missing, and all that Cobalt 60 from Mexico floating around ….

        I'd actually be more concerned we're about to have a flu outbreak.

        Let's take further discussion to the non-nuclear Forum since it's OT here.

        • jonnyboy jonnyboy

          they found the medical Cobalt,,,, therre are no nukes missing…. put down the bong bro….

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Great. Glad to hear all of the above. As of a couple of days ago, there were nuclear materials on the loose.

            That's not to say TPTB aren't planning some kind of a false flag. Or preparing for chaos, should the Fed be stupid enough to do some serious tinkering with QE. Their track record so far isn't reassuring.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Hey jonnyboy, wish I could blame it on the bong …. but I'm just paranoid by nature.

      • Sparky Sparky

        Hey HoTaters, Turlock–that would be mine. 🙂 Still unreliable, see my post below from the "Post your Rad Monitor Results" forum.

        Sparky December 16, 2013 at 8:11 am @Paulie777 and all, my GMC-330E in Turlock, CA (Central Valley) is posting on NETC (Yeah & Thanks, Harlan!!). Internal and external readings have been in the range of 12-30 CPM gamma. However, I wouldn't consider these figures reliable just yet (stationary only within the past 32 hrs. or so) until I get the GC and Pi set-up outside under covered roof, with small air purifier. Given some work deadlines, that probably won't happen for another few days yet. In the meantime, my set-up is inside, stationary, near an outside wall. So…I'll celebrate and alert others when all is in order. Also, I noticed that there are a few other new, private sites posting on NETC from OR. Yeah!

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Sparky, thanks for the update. I noticed Turlock is a new station.

        • KiloCharley KiloCharley

          Sparky, Glad to see your Turlock site up and running, Congrats! We do have a couple new ones here in Oregon, Tualatin, (mine) and Aloha, just started recently. From what I see there are two states without monitors. Wyoming and Mississippi. I expect they will join in before long as it is clear we're on our own. these detectors are by no means replacements for what the Gov. should be providing us. But at least they provide some sense of Rad levels eh?

          • Sparky Sparky

            @KiloCharley-thanks, and Congratulations on getting your new rad sites up and running! Are there 3–all yours? I'm impressed! Yeah, EPA is the ultimate slacker on providing timely, accurate data. Rather cowardly that they pull them just when they're edging upwards–which is often, these days. I'm not sure who they're protecting, but it sure isn't us/U.S. I haven't even gotten my GC fully, reliably situated and I beginning to feel like I need to have another just to carry with me at all times in case the 'Net goes down and/or I get stuck in some local or massive rad hotspot. Strange, getting stranger has become the new normal.

            As an aside, the conversations on Enenews are kind of sprouting organically, posted off-topic, off-forum and then some. My apologies to all as my post here might just be a case in point. But sometimes the site and conversations become a bit disjointed for time and content, so you have to chase them down just to respond. Interesting, gratifying and frustrating at times. But I'll try not to be part of the problem.

            So stay well and keep posting KC. 'Good we're building a strong network.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      MRAP's, now that is kinda creepy.

    • We Not They Finally

      KidIcarus, thanks for alerting the rest of us. We also just had a friend diagnosed with not just thyroid cancer, but lung cancer. They still are not sure whether she just got metastasized cancer seemingly from out of nowhere, or the freaky simultaneous occurrence of two cancers. Unfortunately, that may become more common.

      • We Not They Finally

        Also, you can check on current beta count readings in several major cities, but not all. gives a link to radnet, which is EPA run. (I know that that doesn't inspire trust, but at least you get something.)

        Apparently, when the readings go too high, that's when they turn the monitor OFF. Apparently that happened recently in Denver, where it spiked to over 1,000 CPM at least for a short while.

        I noted that in cities like Seattle, there are no readings given at all, probably because they are too high. The monitor itself only goes up to 1,000 CPM.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          WNTF, agree, the monitors get turned off or data is just missing when the readings get too high. My observation, too.

      • KidIcarus KidIcarus

        WNTF, I'm very sorry to hear that. I wish your friend a full recovery.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      We can evacuate California, and the Japanese can move in. Then, China can have Japan, and Iran can be moved over a bit… and make room for a Palestinian State, and voila! World Peace.

    • Sparky Sparky

      **Sigh** Sorry, off-topic to the article but consistent w/the conversation here re: NoCal troop built-up. Recall the very scary Oct. 31, 2013 article, “Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.” with map.

      Excerpt: “The article features 30 photos and graphics detailing, among other things, damage projections for Seattle and Los Angeles after being hit by Chinese nuclear warheads and the deadly radiation that would spread all the way to Chicago.”

      [Also posted to Off-Topic Nuclear Issues forum]

  • dka

    The levels did not go up. Levels don't go up like that.
    The previous results were just plain lies and now people are gradually being told the truth.

    • nedlifromvermont

      Thank you dka for the insight. This rings true.

      My son moved to San Francisco in August to work for Facebook as a programmer. What should I be telling him. "Don't go out in the rain. Don't eat local dairy. Don't go near the ocean. Stop breathing."

      What a tangled web of lies and deceit we have woven all 'round.

      peace 'newsers …

  • Nick


    How about this chilling thought:

    Since Fukushima's been somewhat of a secret for 2 plus years, governments all over the planet (might) have been readying for martial law which will have to go in to place once the masses KNOW.

    The cesium levels in Japan will not magically go away. I suggest Japanese folks get up to speed real quick on Chernobyl's reality.

  • bozzy54

    Tepco updated the fuel rod removal to 88

  • Nick

    One of a brazilian (sorry George Bush made me do it) articles on Chernobyl's Promise.

  • elenews

    Is there any news about the fuku site being too hot to enter yet? Seems like we are getting close, that was a line several of you here warned about

    • bozzy54

      Check the vidoeo out on reactor building #1, @ Tepco. Google it. Camera show the radioactivity on the east side on all floors.

    • We Not They Finally

      What I've gathered is that no one can get near reactors 1, 2 and 3, so naturally, it is reactor 4 that is supposed to be "the real hazard." Or so we're told. They also apparently do no follow-ups on health after they fire people for reaching the dosage limit.

      It's all a death trap and getting worse.

  • Socrates

    The Bay Area has some cancer clusters. I lived there in the fifties and visit often. One should research some of these cancer clusters as a starting point. There is a history of chemicals in manufacturing and nuclear activities, including navy, etc.

    Seafood has known elevated levels of various things.

    What do you tell young people? Do some research. That is all you can tell anyone.

  • Lady M

    When you click on the link, the caption below the Salem, Oregon video says the military vehicles are headed NORTH (to Washington state?), rather than SOUTH. Is that an error?

    • KidIcarus KidIcarus

      Read it again. It states that the transport is headed NORTH to SOUTH.

      In other words, from Oregon (or further north), headed south towards California. Yippee!

    • jec jec

      OH WAIT..its not 19 reactors dumped into the ocean! Good NEWS (sarcasm)..its only 14 reactors and 19 radioactive ships..including K-27 with its two reactors FULL of spent fuel.

      Read and weep..and people wonder WHY thyroid disease, cancer and birth defects are rising? Fukushima is terrible but so is the cavalier attitude of governments ignoring the danger. No wonder Japan dismissed the radiation dangers..EVERYONE IS DOING IT! Russia no thanks to you….radiation is dangerous!

      • bozzy54

        Did you read the full article ? Scoll down and read holy shit everyone dumping in the ocean up until the 90's.
        And the amounts are unbelievable ? Don't mean to sound ill-informed. Back then I wonder if those drums where the old standard 55 carbon units. Unbelievable!

        • We Not They Finally

          The BEST source on nuclear dumping is a film you can watch on youtube called, "Secret Nuclear Waste: The Dark Side of Humanity." It goes into the Russians and Chelnyabysk (I've probably misspelled that), what was dumped into the oceans by the Russians and others, Areva in France, Sellafield in the U.K. It's very well done — "must" viewing.

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          How is that/those oceans doing these days?

          Everything is dead or dying! 🙁

          Shut all these Nuke Puke boys and girls down and do it right now! 🙂

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        What do old warships do when they retire? Now we know. Still killing after all these years.

        Welcome back killer, sung to the tune of welcome back Kotter.

  • bozzy54

    If link don't work google it

  • KidIcarus KidIcarus

    Sorry for thread jack, just cross posted to non-nuclear issues but this may be related.

    A Sacramento County law enforcement officer (friend of a friend) chimed in on a Facebook thread about noticing the troop buildup in Sacramento.

    He said "you'd be amazed, that's all I can say". And that the larger presence is "for good reason".

    I have a screenshot. HoTaters could be right that it is non-Fuku… QE tapering? Welfare discontinuation? Flu? Meteor strike? Who knows?

    I am now convinced that something major is coming (as I have been feeling for the last two months).

    Please stay safe, everyone.

    • We Not They Finally

      There is some clause (I think in the Constitution, but really not sure) called "posse comitatus" which makes it illegal for soldiers to be in the streets policing Americans (well, shy of the National Guard.) But it was either Clinton or W who lifted that. Whatever protection we have there, I believe that it's gone.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      The Land Sharks are coming.

  • name999 name999

    Even though many of us have been following the hard to believe poisoning of our planet with a broad array of toxic substances for several decades the proportions now are so great and so vast and penetrated into our lives at seemingly every level. No where to get away from it. No trip to the ocean, hike in the meadows, letting snowflakes melt on your tongue, drinking the rainwater, catching a fresh fish to fry on a fire under the stars. How I long for that natural world as this new reality takes the place of the world we have known for hundreds of thousands of years…now the stuff dreams are made of…

  • RememberThis RememberThis

    This thread contains at least one "Distraction Shill" and 1 or more shills trying to gently ease us into spreading the blame for commercial pollution that already exists.

    I am more worried about what will happen when the 2 mix.

    As for the thread itself, which is kinda derailed….I'm surprised they let those readings out.

    Like we dont know anyway….

    • jump-ball jump-ball

      "This thread contains at least one "Distraction Shill".

      Not to mention one, and a couple of other probable 'gatekeepers', who praise the mindless efforts of many, while deriding the harsher words of others, while infusing a fatalistic, defeatist, resignation amongst the bulk of the 'newsers'.

  • Lady M

    Oh, KidIcarus, I see now — it IS "north to south." Thanks! Yikes!

  • jonnyboy jonnyboy

    im sorry.. but there is a lot of stupid in this comment section…… you dont just 'evacuate' california….. it just does not happen…. no way…. freaking think about this for just a second, and put down the bong…

    no im sorry about peoples being diagnosed with cancer… its happening everywhere.. but i highly doubt it is from fuku….

    there is a lot of over reaction here, and everyone is getting riled up because someone saw a black helicopter…. jesus christ settle down….

    you stand a much bigger chance of being killed from some mass panic, or the shitty living conditions assumed if there 'were' some evac….. (no food or infection)

    • Inspector

      Wow. One voice of reason in a sea of paranoia. Many here do seem to be going off the deep end.

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Boy and/or girls you really need to catch up on what is and has happened to this world you now live in since Nuclear rolled out on this planet in 1945!

        Tell those 31,750,000 people now living in Japan today, that will eventually die from cancer, not to go off the deep end!

        Then go tell the other 3 billion around the world that will die from cancer, if they are alive after 2030, how they feel too about your flippant comments. 🙁

        Good luck with that task/one! 🙂

  • pepperland pepperland

    Has anyone heard\found any info about the encroaching tsunami debris? Maybe that massive sprawl is ready to make landfall, hence the national guard movements.

  • elenews

    Hmmm. Maybe that is plausible. A giant raft of radioactive telephone poles and parts of ships. They would need to keep people away from that. Must have been one helluva satellite image coming over.

    I was hoping maybe ET finally arrived. The words ' you would be amazed' leave a lot to the imagination…

  • jonnyboy jonnyboy

    why would debris be radioactive???? it washed away in the wave before all the problems at fuku began…..

    • pepperland pepperland

      the exposure of the slower moving debris to the weather(rain,snow) after 32 months at sea ? just a thought.

  • name999 name999

    …some folks clearly don't understand what is going on. Welcome. It takes time to sort this out…

  • Nick

    Back to cesium…

    It's my understanding that xenon gas daughters down to cesium 137… it can be transported

    as a gas, then become a particle for water vapor and go anywhere the wind blows.

    So if the rogue reactors are spewing xenon 24/7 then cesium is constantly being injected into the biosphere.

    The mountains of the West Coast would be a good bet to find radioactive snow.

    We all have to grapple with the reality that fission fleas are continually escaping from Fukushima, into the air, into the water.

    Bet news starts to come out of Japan that will make us weep.

    Our tears will never wash away this horror, not till the end of time.

    Man, that is hard to fathom.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    This Nuclear Industry is just one ongoing ever growing in size… true horror!

    Shut all these "Nuclear Rattle Traps" down.. Now!