Professor Sasaki: Radioactive ‘black soil’ on Japan’s west coast is from Fukushima Daiichi

Published: June 14th, 2012 at 9:18 am ET
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Subscription Only: Radioactive ‘black soil’ patches: A scourge or a solution?
Asahi Shimbun AJW
By SHOJI NOMURA/ ASAHI SHIMBUN WEEKLY AERA
June 14, 2012

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Further studies found similar patches of soil–along with high radiation readings–in parts of Tokyo. In fact, the radioactive soil has been discovered as far away as Miyagi, Yamagata and Niigata prefectures.

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[Hideaki Sasaki, an associate professor of microbial physiology at Iwaki Meisei University] also pointed to the cause of the radioactive cesium detected in Niigata Prefecture along the Sea of Japan.

“While the United States and the Soviet Union conducted nuclear testing in the atmosphere in the 1960s, there are almost no effects from that testing in the soil today,” Sasaki said. “The only possible explanation is the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.”

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Published: June 14th, 2012 at 9:18 am ET
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10 comments to Professor Sasaki: Radioactive ‘black soil’ on Japan’s west coast is from Fukushima Daiichi

  • People on the west coast might also want to keep an eye out for the black dust. It probably won't be as pronounced as that in Tokyo, but who knows.

    One good rainout could bring it down.


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  • norbu norbu

    have not seen any yet. will watch for it.


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  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    Japan is doing a great job of minimizing public awareness of this horrific threat. It's a visual marker for the invisible radiation circling the globe. It's easy to tell people not to worry about something they can't see, but much harder when there is something staring them in the face.

    If this shows up on the US West Coast, then what would signify the impending spread around the planet, and the governments would have a much harder time covering up this ELE.

    You sure don't hear about private citizens taking their personal geiger counters down to the beach to measure the rad count on the Fuku Debris. Total silence, whether it's radiated or not. And there's a lot of it.

    Total silence on what happened at Cook. Hasn't anyone been up there to see what is going on? Nada.

    The silence is deafening.


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  • cgrl

    One day, a sort of black dirt covered the TOP of my very white vehicle after parking it out at night (usually rains here a little every night). Normally I find dirt on the sides, near the tires, and brown – and after a rain the top would typically look clean. So indeed noticed something, here on Kauai, 3-4 months ago. In the humid rainforest zones we often have dark mold-looking areas on the concrete, pre-311 as well; no geiger so can't tell if it's hot.


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  • takedake

    Two statements (I'm sure there are more) immediately stand out in this article:

    "Yet black soil, as ominous as it may seem, could end up actually helping in the decontamination efforts following last year's accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    But for now, nothing is being done about the black soil with high levels of radiation."

    I leave in the last sentence only because it shows the article just moves on without explaining how this stuff "helps." Without any backup to this claim it's just pushing propaganda.

    And speaking of propaganda:

    "'Because it normally is found on the ground, we believe it is not something that will have immediate effects on human health,' a Minami-Soma municipal government official said."

    Logical non-sequitor, at best. Complete and total mis-direction is closer to the reality here. He's saying radiation on the ground is not harmful because…..it has to be trodden on to have contact with humans? Then, this over-used word "immediate." Morre downplaying of risk by a gov. official, as if that's surprising.

    And then the Asian Wall Street Journal (which, like KFC, hides its odious origin behind its acronym) makes no critical comment on this obvious BS.


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    • I echo your concerns Takedake

      I found the article to be unbelievable.

      The levels of contamination of this soil are simply mind boggling.

      If it is in the streets, it is in the fields.

      I hope those rumors about Japan secretly working with China and Russia to evacuate citizens is true.


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