Radiation Expert: Enormous amount of contamination flowing from Fukushima will probably imperil entire Pacific Ocean — Threatens other countries, food chain — Absolutely can reach U.S. and Canadian shores (VIDEO)

Published: August 12th, 2013 at 8:40 pm ET


Title: Fukushima Radiation Leakage Still Going on
Source: CCTV (China Central Television of Beijing)
Date: Aug 11, 2013
h/t MissingSky101

At 2:30 in

Anand Naidoo, CCTV anchor: From what we know about what is going on at the plant right now, is this going to get worse?

Dr. Janette Sherman, radiation expert: I hate say this, but yes I think it will. And my concern is the enormous amount of radioactive material flowing with the water into the Pacific Ocean. And we know that the ocean flows northward along Alaska and down the coast of Canada and the United States. And I think it probably will imperil the entire Pacific Ocean, and the the sea life that’s in it.

CAPTION: Leak may imperil other countries, food chain

Naidoo: What you’re saying here is that this water can actually reach other shores, can reach other countries as well?

Sherman: Oh absolutely, we already know that.

Naidoo: The radioactive content in this water — does it dissipate, or does it just stay in the water all the time?

Sherman: Well both cesium and strontium have a half-life about thirty years. It takes 10 half-lives for each of these isotopes to decay down to nothing. We contaminate the plankton, and that’s eaten by shrimp and oysters and fish and mammals. And as most of these move up the food chain they get concentrated. Particularly strontium-90 gets concentrated in the bones.

Watch the broadcast here

Published: August 12th, 2013 at 8:40 pm ET


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67 comments to Radiation Expert: Enormous amount of contamination flowing from Fukushima will probably imperil entire Pacific Ocean — Threatens other countries, food chain — Absolutely can reach U.S. and Canadian shores (VIDEO)

  • snukey

    Finally some coverage MSM can't ignore it forever. Although I'm afraid its too late. and what about Dainii or reactors 5&6. I just want the truth nothing but the truth and all of it.

  • weeman

    They called me obsessive and paranoid, told you so, who was right and on the ball enenewsers?

    • We Not They Finally

      Everyone is so edgy the last couple of days, it’s ridiculous. No, you are NOT “obsessive and paranoid,” weeman. People just needs to calm down and take a break.

      • weeman

        It's been two and a half years since accident and it is finally making the main news, we will have to be tolerant of the people who are now jumping on the band wagon and bring them up to speed, our goal is to stop nuclear fission and we need to cooperate and inform to the best of our knowledge,
        Get it through their heads there is no fix and if we continue down this path ELE, this is not the beginning of the end but the end of the beginning of a new era and we can not fail.

        • sadtexan

          >>It's been two and a half years since accident and it is finally
          >>making the main news, we will have to be tolerant of the people >>who are now jumping on the band wagon and bring them up to speed

          This. It is fine to feel vindicated, though, as we welcome each new voice to the sad chorus.

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    Lets see what excuse the American authorities come up with this time to explain away the threat.

    What ever it is it'll be a doozy, their pet scientific poodles are already looking like idiots now.

    Anyway, if all else fails they can do what one east-coast state did with the rising sealevel… Make it illegal, and therefore it can't possibly happen.

  • Loveistheonlyrationalact Loveistheonlyrationalact

    Connecticut's only nuclear power plant shut down one its operating units because a malfunction caused a drop in the level of water used to cool the reactor core, officials said Monday.


    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Connecticut's nuclear power plant has been leaking Radiation Contamination like a sieve for many years and the cancer/disease rates around and down stream are through the roof!

      You've been lied too..move away and do it quickly!

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Love the finger!

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    "The criticalities INCREASE the inventory of radionuclides at Fuku. They create new isotopes. This is what Tepco is lying about… IODINE…You would think that the radioactivity at Fuku would be DECREASING with emissions & decay, but it is INCREASING. THIS is why I pay so much attention to iodine. It is the CRITICALITIES which are the main problem."


    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      I've read that the radiation increases for the next 250,000 years. Cesium levels haven't dropped around Chernobyl.

  • larry-andrew-nils

    if it's steaming in reactor 3 doesn't that mean that there is radiation also going into the air?… i ask because they talk as if its only effluent… so is it only effluent at this point or is there also airborn ???

    • Kassandra

      No one with formal authority will discuss publicly the very large and frequent steam eruptions

      Fukushima is also rapidly contaminating the atmosphere, in addition to poisoning the Pacific Ocean

    • Absolutely.

      The CONTINUOUS atmospheric airborne FALLOUT is ever present.

      The initial FALLOUT(s) have now circled the globe over *22 times since 3/11, depositing seemingly random, hard to trace, radioactive contamination throughout the northern hemisphere and the world. The airborne fallout does not discriminate between land or water when depositing its radiation back down to the earth.

      Emissions of all kinds are spewing from the Fukushima NPP facilities directly into the atmosphere every day. Adding to those initial fallout(s).

      Every time the fog rolls in and out like giant waves, which it does almost daily, it intermingles with some highly radioactive materials. If you get my drift? Those particles go somewhere.

      I wonder if anybody's calculating that?

      🙁 885 days since 3/11
      *Fallout circles approximately every 40 days

    • nedlifromvermont

      About twenty per cent of the radioactive inventory is released as gas … which they have no way of stopping (thing a nreally big hot air balloon (with a big Brought to life by the GENIUSES AT GE logo (Anne, please let me get away with this just once)))

      About twenty per cent is soluble in water, the cesiums and strontiums which will make it back onto land with ocean to land exchange (stay away from a strip one to two miles along the coast!!)

      Heavier metallic isotopes, uraniums and plutoniums will sink to the bottom … but all isotopes will undergo the bio=magnification process …

      they knew about this in the 1970's … when they should have shut the door on the stupid technology (Pugwash and others tried) … when no experimental efforts to accomplish emergency core cooling were successful … the pressure from the accident will simply blow the emergency cooling water out the broken pipes which caused the loss of coolant accident (LOCA)

      so idiot industry (GE, CE, Westinghouse and B&W) invented some fancy computer simulations, with highly complex and suspect computer codes, to show all would work fine, when all experimental efforts failed totally (ECCS controversy and hearings from Feb. 1972 to Oct. 1973) and James (Idiot) Schlessinger presided (economist, Harvard, not an engineer or a nuclear scientist) ruled everything okay (A**hole Number one)

      and GE went with vcheap cheap containments and invented the MYTH of "Net Positive Suction Head"

  • nedlifromvermont

    which name they probably thought of when they went to the local strip club …

    peace …

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Strip Club?
      What is that?
      Never been to a Strip Club.
      Where is this Strip Club?
      I think I want to visit this place called Strip Club.
      Tell me where to find Strip Club.
      Will Bobby know where this Strip Club is?
      I will ask him before he reports to incinerator #4.

      Girls you now know we are all in such big trouble.. and its called Strip Clubs!

  • I trust that everyone following Energy News voted for the anti-nuclear candidate in the last presidential election.

  • nedlifromvermont

    There wasn't one.

    Anne says Hillary Clinton would be anti-nuke … but I'm not so sure … she shilled for Japan by deciding not to test the imported food from that blighted rat hole of a nation. (Was once exquisitely beautiful and enchanting …)

    oh well, you really can't ask for everything now …

    peace newsers!

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Sorry, Hillary wasn't in the last election. But Dr. Jill Stein was in the last election. I voted for Dr. Jill Stein.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        How will we ever shut down nuclear when people don't even know who is on the election ballot?

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          Hillary has never been a nominee for president; she was on some primary ballots in 2008. There is a difference between a primary and the actual election. Colorado usually has no primary for the presidential nominees–only once in the 45 years I've lived here, in 1991.

          • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

            After Hillary signed a law ..allowing easing of radiation testing of imports from Japan.
            She should be on the list of those that need to be prosecuted for ..crimes against humanity.
            Too bad…they didn't catch her slimy involvement in Benghazi.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      A secretary of state has to support the president and administration, or she is no longer secretary of state. Period. Secretaries of state do not determine policy. They only deliver policies set by others. The president has the final say so over policy. Policy is actually guided by Bilderberg, Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Council, etc.

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        It's called RESIGN..before doing things unethical.
        Ohh… no… can't do that.

        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          This isn't the 'draft'.
          People make choices.
          She should take her 'backward' ways back to Arkansas.. and take Bill with her.

          • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

            Hillary's deception was brought to our attention by Mr.Gundersen

            Radiating Americans: Fukushima rain, Clinton's secret food pact
            Aug.14 2011


            I may not always agree with Gundersen..but let's not deny his good work.

            • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

              And has the present Secretary of State Kerry renounced this pact? Does Secretary of State Kerry have any power at all? Why not speak out about Secretary of State Kerry? To change the future you have to work with the present people in power.

              Women in the US don't even have the right for equal pay for equal work. America still lives with the slave mentality. Women received the right to vote many years after black men received that right. No woman will be president of the US until the constitution can be changed to give equal pay to women for equal work.

              No woman will be president while there is still an electoral college. No woman will be president until there are only primary elections to determine the nominee. There should be primary elections held on the same day across the country to determine the nominees. Until these changes are made, there will never be democracy in the US. What we have now is a fascist kleptocracy.

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          She hasn't been an elected official since 2008. And she has resigned. And it is very, very unlikely that she will ever be on an election ballot again. Why not target those will actual present voting power who are actually shaping US nuclear policy?

          Targeting Hillary is like targeting a cloud. I agree with kez. Be activists for the victims of nuclear energy which is the entire earth.

          Arguing a mythical election in the far future is just deflecting from the real issue current today.

          Why don't you take on the chairman of the NRC? Or the Secretary of the Department of Energy? Or your senators? One of my senators, Sen. Udall, is in favor of spreading small nuclear reactors around the US and the earth. I will never vote for him again. He sends me emails about space exploration. He voted to retain lack of GMO labeling on food. Because he is a Morman, I wonder if his positions are mandated by the Morman church. IMHO, his votes are destroying life on this planet.

          • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

            Ya..she already has done what ever dirty deeds she could do in her position.
            The lying, deceiving Democrats are warming up to have her run for President
            Anyone…everyone to blame but her…

          • jec jec

            Ever wonder if Hillary's "stroke" was caused by radiation..all those airline miles, and those visits to Japan? You have to think twice. If so, she has more problems than just a stroke. And then they send the last Kennedy to Japan as ambassador. Great, just great..

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      nedi, are you really from Vermont, or is this just a disinformation moniker?

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      nedi, why don't you try to shut down Vermont Yankee NPP? Doesn't radiation affect you?

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks


  • stay calm guys:
    UC Berkeley Professor Claims: “No matter what happens in Fukushima, it’s not going to be a problem over here” — U.S. Gov’t: “Any kind of release in Japan would be non-detectable here”

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Sure and your tax system is voluntary too..go ask Wesley!

  • UncleCrusty

    Yes you moron interviewer. Water in the ocean MOVES. Additionally, I nominate the interviewer to go under reactor #(pick one)and get-a-cleaning. About an hour should do. Oh, and take a caulk gun with you. Also, Dr. Sherman? Why the failure to mention Plutonium? Dost thou fear waking the sheep too abruptly?

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    I have sheep and they are pretty skittish and they run like hell if I spook them or move a little to fast…

    Cattle on the other hand, do nothing accept look at you, and I am pretty sure we have both now inside the same human corral these days…

  • irhologram

    Obewanspeaks. I don't see that. I see a whole bunch of sheep crying wolf, immobile, hypnotized by his eyes, as the cows watch.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Yes, I am afraid when reality eventually sets in.. many sheep and even some cows night be crying non stop…our masters/shepherds do not want to panic/startle any of them..and they are now diligently preparing for any potential stampede that might occur.. just in case.

      They are now very busy mending/tidying up and reinforcing all the fence boards, gates and corrals as I type this..of course adding fluoride to all their watering supplies/troughs might just do the trick.

      I say its always best to be prepared either way/for anything..since they surely will be.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Graphene has been created. It is the age of graphene. Like the age of iron, like the age of electricity, it may be our only hope. I read that graphene cloth allows water to pass through. It's on Batman's utility belt, it's in Spiderman's silk. It is a scary thought, this new age of graphene. Someone could put a single thread of graphene across a highway and sever many heads, I suppose. It's very strong. Let's put it to use. Necessity breeds invention. Let's get on it people.

    • 6feetunder 6feetunder

      I think the problem is political and economic will. Graphene filter may work but so would many other micro filter elements. Bentonite and Zeolyte capture heavy metals. The deal is the markets look for quick returns on an investment or the capitol flows elsewhere.

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        I hope the world can realize the return on investment in containing this nuclear snafu = 1 world (used, but serviceable) versus a pile of cash in an uninhabitable world.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Oh, and graphene is real cheap, too. I think a square centimeter is about the same cost as a hammer or a toilet seat, when bought by the military industrial complex. I saw some some prices on Wikipedia.

  • irhologram

    Graphene! Ticket! It deflects H2S. Could it be used to stop the NPP failures (that I believe are H2S related: transformer and switch yard fires, turbine fires, CO2 release possibly from automatic fire extinguishers of "flash" H2S, leaks in coolant tanks, pinholes in welds, etc.)?

    "The possibility of adsorption of a toxic H2S gas molecule on graphene is investigated using first principles methods…..Three different configurations of graphene: (a) pristine graphene, (b) graphene with defects, and (c) III-N-doped graphene have been studied. No adsorption of H2S molecule is observed in all the three cases."

    "… to exploit the adsorption potential of pure and doped graphene for H2S molecule using density functional theory (DFT) modelling. Boron, aluminium and gallium atoms (IIIB) are used as dopant. For each pure and doped graphene system optimum position of adsorbed H2S molecule is determined and adsorption energies are calculated. Further electronic properties are investigated by the analysis of Mulliken's charges and energy band-structures. The results indicate that H2S molecule weakly binds to the pure graphene and boron doped graphene with small adsorption values…" http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921452613003268

  • 21stCentury 21stCentury

    NSA – DHS – TSA = ALL EPIC FAILS, shrink'em back to 1990 !!

    These bloated govt agencies have done NOTHING since 3/11/11

    Their charter for funding was to keep americans from getting dosed with radiation, and they totally failed.

    Graphene expensive ?..nope, there's a 300million ton pile of it sitting in a rockface a few hundred feet above Windy Cove, Alaska.

    goog: graphene radioactive
    goog: graphene kalmykov tour

  • Gasser Gasser

    I saw Tokyo's diming harbor lights.
They only told me we were parting.
Those same old harbor lights.
That once brought fish to you and me.


I watched the harbor lights.
How could I help it?
Tears were starting.

    Good-bye to golden nights
    Beside the Strontium glowing seas.


I long to hold you dear,
And kiss you just once more.
But you were on the radiated ship,

    And I was on the Plutonium laced shore.

    Now I know lonely Cesium nights.
For all the while my fear keeps praying.
That someday all Japans harbor lights.
Will sink into the polluted sea.

  • James R. Martin

    Radiation Expert: Enormous amount of contamination flowing from Fukushima will probably imperil entire Pacific Ocean


    "will probably imperil entire Pacific Ocean"

    And yet that's not news. Its not in any newspapers I've seen. Nor is it even on any progressive radio shows….

    Is it just too big and scary to be news?

  • 2014 – Fukushima Ocean Radiation Compared To Chernobyl and 2,400 Open Air Nuclear Bomb Tests; via @AGreenRoad