Peak of Fukushima radiation now moving to West Coast — Levels much higher than predicted — Huge red blob of nuclear waste near shore — San Francisco area being hit hardest — Concern over Iodine-129 with 15 million year half-life (MAPS)

Published: May 3rd, 2017 at 4:52 pm ET


Feiro Marine Life Center, Apr 18, 2017 (emphasis added): Speaker Series: Studying Fukushima Radiation off the Coast of North America — The Integrated Fukushima Ocean Radionuclide Monitoring (InFORM) project is a partnership between academic, government, non-governmental organizations, and citizen scientists to monitor the arrival of Fukushima-derived contamination, cesium-134 (t1/2 = ~2 years), cesium-137 (t1/2 = ~30 years), and iodine-129 (t1/2 = 15.7 million years) in the open Pacific and Arctic Oceans and North American coastal waters. In response to public demand, monitoring began in the fall of 2014, when models predicted the arrival of radionuclide contamination from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident. Monitoring efforts will capture the peak of the radionuclide contamination, predicted to occur in our waters… Contamination levels continue to be below levels that are known to represent a significant threat to human or ecosystem health.

Peninsula Daily News, Apr 28, 2017: Radiation from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster appears to have peaked off the West Coast of North America… Scientists already have seen contamination peak offshore and are now watching that apex move toward the coast, [Jay Cullen, a professor at University of Victoria’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences] said… Offshore, scientists are measuring seawater with up to 10 becquerels of Cesium-137 per cubic meter…

John N. Smith et al., Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Government of Canada), Nov 3, 2016: Transport of Fukushima Radioactivity to North America… Fukushima radioactivity levels continued to increase on Line P through 2015 with 137Cs levels increasing to 10 Bq/m3 compared to fallout background of 1.5 Bq/m3… In Feb. 2016 levels of 137Cs were still increasing over the shelf.

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Published: May 3rd, 2017 at 4:52 pm ET


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318 comments to Peak of Fukushima radiation now moving to West Coast — Levels much higher than predicted — Huge red blob of nuclear waste near shore — San Francisco area being hit hardest — Concern over Iodine-129 with 15 million year half-life (MAPS)

  • SadieDog

    "SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Congress should consider authorizing the U.S. Department of Energy to study encasing much of the nuclear waste at the nation's largest waste repository in a cement-like mixture instead of turning it into glass logs, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
    Doing so before burying the waste would be less expensive than a process called vitrification to turn the waste into the glass logs, said the report issued Wednesday.
    The process called grouting might also allow waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in a remote part of southcentral Washington state to be treated more quickly, the report said."

    Should cost really be considered when making this decision? Just sayin.

  • SadieDog

    "Japan will hold soccer and baseball events in Fukushima Prefecture for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This is not a spoof. Effective March 2017, the Japan Football Association displaces Tokyo Electric Power Company’s emergency operations center at J-Village, the national soccer training center before the nuclear meltdown occurred."

    • SadieDog

      JT – “We are considering handing over J-Village after cleaning it up through decontamination work,” the Tepco executive said, adding that using the facility as a training camp site would contribute to post-disaster reconstruction.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Contribute to the cover up a more accurate statement.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I saw a link on their site about how Humans are harder on the wildlife than radiation.
    The reason that animals flourish when Humans are not about is simple.
    It's called displacement.
    Humans displace most other creatures, by lessening their habitat or domestication. (Our filth draws flies.)
    Radiation contaminates the food chain, settling in our organs and bones.
    It's bioaccumulation for one and all in the area.
    Cognitive dissonance allows Humans to receive the facts ..then play with them.. until their mentality is no longer troubled.

    But REALITY it's said..IS WHAT IT IS.

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      Japan is not the one debating the current wave.
      It's the US.
      I think playing baseball in San Francisco(etc.) might be 'interesting'.


    San Fran – Farallon Islands National Widlife Refuge

    30 miles from SF – map

    From 1946 to 1970, the sea around the Farallones was used as a nuclear dumping site for radioactive waste under the authority of the Atomic Energy Commission at a site known as the Farallon Island Nuclear Waste Dump. Most of the dumping took place before 1960, and all dumping of radioactive wastes by the United States was terminated in 1970. By then, 47,500 containers (55-gallon steel drums) had been dumped in the vicinity, with a total estimated radioactive activity of 14,500 Ci. The materials dumped were mostly laboratory materials containing traces of contamination. Much of the radioactivity had decayed by 1980.

    Fauna and flora
    Nuclear Waste Dump

    USGS.. USN.. Backs Ocean Dumping gets worse


    • GOM GOM


      Published on Feb 4, 2014
      22 Reasons To Fear the Worst from Fukushima & the Farallon Islands.
      Harvey Wasserman | [This is the first in a two part series]

      Please click 'read more' under video

      We demand UCB clean up the radioactive waste from the ocean.
      It is a lot easier to clean up the waste from the Farallons than it is from Fukushima.

      Fukushima's missing melted cores and radioactive gushers continue to fester in secret.

      Japan's harsh dictatorial censorship has been matched by a global corporate media blackout aimed—successfully—at keeping Fukushima out of the public eye.

      But that doesn't keep the actual radiation out of our ecosystem, our markets … or our bodies.

  • Cooter

    Nuclear boys and their toys, they call it "tickling the dragons tail".
    First prize is death.

    Decisive Epidemiological Evidence from Humans or the radiological effects of ionizing radiation on life forms.


    Published on Jun 1, 2012
    This is a report about the nuclear waste that was dumped into the sea around Europe between 1967 and 1982.

    All 114.726 tons are still there – thousands of barrels, corroding or even rotted through by now. It was broadcast Nov.1, 2011

    Take a look..

    Dumping Radioactive Waste at Sea – proves how stupid humans are.

    The Nuclear Insanity


    MOST DANGEROUS TRAIN IN THE WORLD | Radioactive train in Utah desert.

    [took a couple of min to load]

    ..i tried to stop vid to get a close up of the very apparent symbol on each car. can anybody see what this is?



    ..intact to completely deteriorated.., from completely intact to seriously deteriorated..' (figs. 4, 5). , and the video tape showed that one of them had imploded in the center (fig. 4). ..

    " the survey only covered about 200 km2 (80 mi2), or 15 percent of the
    waste dump area. [which is 540 mi2]

    Using the enhanced side scan-sonar images as guides, Sea Cliff and ATV were able to
    “drive” directly from one suspected drum site to the next.


    Try Not To Cry..

    The [first] bomb was exploded aboard a barge in the [Moruroa's] lagoon, sucking water into the air and raining dead fish, corals, cephalopods, crustaceans, mollusks, and all the once living components of the reef onto Moruroa’s motu [islands], where their radioactive forms decayed for weeks.

    An untriggered bomb on the ground [at Moruroa] was exposed to a “security test.” While it did not explode, the bomb’s case cracked and its plutonium contents spilled over the reef. The contaminated area was "sealed" by covering it with a layer of asphalt.

  • Jebus Jebus

    The Blob That Cooked the Pacific

    When a deadly patch of warm water shocked the West Coast, some feared it was a preview of our future oceans.

    Beginning in late 2013, a bewildering patch of warm water formed in the Gulf of Alaska. A stubborn atmospheric high-pressure system, nicknamed the “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge,” was keeping storms at bay.

    Just as blowing across hot coffee frees heat, winds usually churn and cool the sea’s surface. Instead, heat within this shifting mass, which University of Washington climatologist Nick Bond dubbed “the blob,” built up and morphed into a wider patch along North America’s West Coast, where it met warm-water masses creeping north. Sea temperatures in some places rose seven degrees Fahrenheit higher than average. Some patches of ocean were hotter than ever recorded. At its peak the warm water covered about 3.5 million square miles from Mexico to Alaska, an area larger than the contiguous United States.

    Unprecedented, what could have possibly been the precedents driver?

    A force multiplier? Or many as the chemical tsunami flows?

    What could have possibly been the overload? The straw?

    Even if the amounts from 3/11 were marginal, they were definately powerful.

    Yet they continue…


    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is ready to assist Japan in the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant cleanup and offers the latest technologies for cleaning contaminated soil and reprocessing radioactive waste.

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