Radiation “hot spot” found near Tokyo in Chiba prefecture — 200 km south of Fukushima

Published: June 17th, 2011 at 5:39 am ET


The Geiger Club: Mothers Bust Silent Radiation Consensus, Wall Street Journal By Mariko Sanchanta, June 17, 2011:

Yuka Sasaki, who is 28 years old and has a four-year-old son, lives in Kawashi in Chiba prefecture, which has been designated as a “hot spot” with higher-than-usual radiation levels – even though it’s 200 kilometers away from Fukushima. She says she can’t afford to move. Instead, she has invested in a dosimeter, which she’s waiting to be delivered.

Published: June 17th, 2011 at 5:39 am ET


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12 comments to Radiation “hot spot” found near Tokyo in Chiba prefecture — 200 km south of Fukushima

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranium-238


    Uranium-238 (238U or U-238) is the most common isotope of uranium found in nature. It is not fissile, but is a fertile material: it can capture a slow neutron and after two beta decays become fissile plutonium-239. 238U is fissionable by fast neutrons, but cannot support a chain reaction because inelastic scattering reduces neutron energy below the range where fast fission is probable.

    This is not good… Not good at all…

  • milk and cheese milk and cheese

    Where did it go? A friend in Los Angeles reported ‘strange orange clouds’ for most of March and April.

  • Fall out man!

    I met a person from the Ukraine early on in the crisis. When I told her that a contact in Tokyo had told me about yellow stuff everywhere, and the news had spoken of yellow rain, she looked alarmed and said; “Oh no, they have the yellow rain.” I looked up online what it might be. Strontium Oxide is yellow, and I believe that is what makes the rain yellow. Early in the Crisis I saw reports of yellow rain in three different parts of the USA (apologies for not being able to say where now, but some of that was reported here in Enenews.)
    In Chernobyl the authorities blamed the yellow rain on pollen. But when kids played in the yellow rain, their hair fell out.

    Gunderson reported that there had been a plume blow down the eastern coastal edge of Tokyo which meant a corridor of high contamination there. Perhaps this could be related to that. Looking at Google maps, there is a Chiba east of Tokyo. (correct me if I have the wrong Chiba)

    However, there is another possibility. A number of nuke plants are offline despite industry desperately needing the electricity. Obviously there are big problems at some other plants. For example there are two fukushima plants and the one that is allegedly “ok” may not be.

    Here are some others that had problems, though its not clear how bad…
    Onagawa – mar 13 – problems
    Ibaraki region (Tokai Daini plant) – problems and leaks months before the quake – It is south of fukushima, right on edge of Tokyo (83 miles south of fukushima). Tokai has an operational reactor, a decommissioned one, and a fuel reprocessing plant.
    Water pump stopped at Tokai no 2 on march 13
    Tokai Daini plant – and another one, both nearer Tokyo – Mar 20 big spike in radiation near there, right when another after shock occurred.

    So while Fukushima is a disaster, it is not at all clear that it is the only disaster. When someone says “how amazing, radiation is stronger further from the plant” it may be a freak wind, or it may have come from another plant we aren’t being told about.

    • BetaFlare

      Yellow rain in Finland. Kids have burned blisters in foot soles when barefooted…

      No. Not official, of course. Just own observation that will never hit the news.

      Mind you, Finland is on the opposite side of the scientific high-temple of fucuevolotion…
      http://wp.me/pwIAV-19 (repost)

    • I said it then here, When these reports and videos were coming out in Japan, the weather there in videos showed snow and frost in pictures and videos so it was too cold for the News reporting officially it must be pollen, for the plants and trees at that time could not be blooming enough in cities to produce that amount of pollen !
      It appeared to me to be an obvious cover for a situation out of control and avoid panic but if handled correctly the information could have been disseminated to make people aware and save peoples health !

  • Darth

    I see some posters are reporting that plumes are now rising out of the stacks. These TEPCO people are nuts! This will only help to loft this radioactive material around their own shores now that summer is here and winds tend to be on-shore.

    Stacks are meant to disperse the radiation should there be a leak – disperse out to sea and not on Fukushima prefecture. One of the “safety” measures to help sell the plants to local populations.

    When are the latest version of the apes going to see we are all interconnected? Now they help to further nuke the wider island of Japan.

    • Fall out man!

      To be fair to them, puting the emissions up higher may make the immediate site a bit safer for the workers there. That may help the clean up. It may be possible to work people longer on site before their health is so bad they have to stop.

      Tragically it does spread the radiation more quickly round the world, mostly to the USA. They need to stop this quickly, and one really wonders if there is a hidden agenda there, or if it is that they just cannot handle it. I look at what the Russians could accomplish and cannot help but think the Japanese could do a lot more.

    • Wonder ? Do these stacks have scrubbers or filter systems in them ?

      • patb2009

        The stacks have filters. The problem with the stacks is theyaredesignedto vent closed containment buildings. With the roofs cracked, walls busted and holes burnt through the basements I am unsure how much you can use the stacks for.

        They can’t work in the fuel pools, and they can’t pull pressure in secondary containment.

        • May be they will use to relieve steam and humidity they have been talking much about with men becoming ill from heat ?and try to cool buildings before the the summer comes and really hot weather !

  • Fall out man!

    I feel very sorry for those people in Kawashi who want to get out but can’t afford too. It may be that if they knew how bad things really were they might decide they cannot afford not to get out!

    Just some simple frank advice on what foods to eat and what to avoid, filters to get, masks to wear, might save many lives. But all the advice they get is from Japan’s head of medicine, Dr Ya-Im-Shitinya. He reckons “Only people who think negative thoughts are affected by radiation”. ( Lay off the weed Doc, that stuff ain’t good for ya, even if it does make ya happy! )