Radiation now triple May levels in Soma City’s Niida River, double for Mano River

Published: November 16th, 2011 at 1:47 pm ET
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Higher radiation detected downstream in Fukushima, NHK, Wednesday, November 16, 2011:

Officials took sand samples from 2 rivers in September.

[...] The downstream levels of the [Niida] river in an area of Soma City were 13,000 becquerels. [...] measurements had tripled.

Cesium levels near the mouth of the Mano River in another part of Soma City had doubled from May.

Kinki University Professor Hideo Yamazaki says radioactive substances in riverbed sands are probably moving downstream, and radiation levels should be monitored near river mouths.

Published: November 16th, 2011 at 1:47 pm ET
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24 comments to Radiation now triple May levels in Soma City’s Niida River, double for Mano River

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    Here comes the fallout kids. After rainfall there is inevitable washout coming down from the hills are areas unregulated by human presence. The concentrates in the rivers and streams will begin to seep into aquifers leaving a 30 year stain on the planet. Once this fallout reaches the populated waterways there will be massive river life die off cutting animal populations down in affected areas. The levels of cesium are so high that it would be advised to stay away from pooling water on the ground. The Japanese will have to use alternate water supplies if they have any hopes of avoiding tissue damage. The rain will bring higher amounts of pollution with each passing day and it will begin accumulation to dangerous concentrations. 13k Bq is not a safe amount of exposure for any living creature. Decontamination is a sham when you understand how weather works.


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  • 61 whales die in New Zealand mass stranding

    More than 60 pilot whales died in a mass stranding at a remote New Zealand beach, conservation officials said Wednesday.
    Tourists found the pod of 61 beached whales on Monday at Farewell Spit, on the top of the South Island, the Department of Conservation (DOC) said.
    DOC local manager John Mason said a large number were already dead and hopes the survivors would refloat at high tide on Tuesday were dashed when the whales swam back to shore.
    He said 18 whales remained alive early Wednesday and DOC staff decided to euthanize them, rather than prolong their suffering.
    “It’s the worst outcome and it’s not a job our staff enjoy doing at all,” Mason said.
    Pilot whales up to six metres (20 feet) long are the most common species of whale in New Zealand waters, with mass standings occurring about two or three times a year.
    Scientists are unsure why pilot whales beach themselves, although they speculate it may occur when their sonar becomes scrambled in shallow water or when a sick member of the pod heads for shore and others follow.

    http://news.yahoo.com/61-whales-die-zealand-mass-stranding-234554800.html


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    • Scientists are unsure why pilot whales beach themselves, although they speculate it may occur when their sonar becomes scrambled in shallow water or when a sick member of the pod heads for shore and others follow.


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      • alasanon

        There’s definitely an uptick with marine deaths. Apparently, activists in the US cannot get the current admin. to release test results on the 1000′s of dolphins, many babies, that died after the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf…. I was following GOM–morbid. I guess Fuku. may be a worse contender!


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    • Anthony Anthony

      The water is poisoned. I bet it burns.

      There is no excuse to dump land contamination into the sea.

      This is like a whole human community dying at once.

      The whales are Great Ones.


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  • 22 sperm whales die in Australia

    Rescuers are racing against the clock to save two huge sperm whales stranded on a Tasmanian sandbank after 22 others died, the Parks and Wildlife Service says.

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    Marine mammal specialists were on site in Macquarie Harbour at Strahan on Tasmania’s northwest coast, but it was proving to be a slow process.

    Twenty-two of the whales weighing two tonnes and up to 12-metres- (40-feet-) long washed ashore on Saturday at Ocean Beach near Strahan and all of them died.

    Four others came into the harbour and stranded themselves on a sandbank. Two were successfully refloated and swam back out to sea but two remained stuck.

    Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife incident controller Chris Arthur said sperm whales were so big they could not simply be pulled into deeper water by volunteers.

    “A specially-developed net attached to two boats has been designed to slip under a whale enabling it to be hauled from immediate danger,” he said.

    “This method can be used for large animals and is very effective.”

    But conditions were worsening with high winds and seas hampering efforts.

    Another problem in Strahan is its treacherous narrow channel, known as Hells Gates, back into deeper water.

    “Pushing a large whale against sea surging through the 25 metre passage is like pushing a cork into a bottle,” said Arthur, but expressed confidence after seven sperm whales were saved in a similar stranding in the harbour in 2007.

    Whale beachings are relatively common in Australia, and they usually occur in the summer months around December around Tasmania.

    http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/2011/11/14/22-sperm-whales-die-in-australia


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  • Another mass stranding- scores of whales wash up on New Zealand beaches

    November 15, 2011 – NEW ZEALAND – Thirty-two pilot whales were confirmed dead today while the lives of 34 others hung in the balance after a mass stranding on tidal flats off New Zealand’s South Island. The remote location of the stranding meant rescuers were unable to help the marine mammals and their survival will depend on the tide, the Department of Conservation’s area manager, John Mason, told the Nelson Mail. Mr. Mason said the whales, up to five metros long, were stranded on the tidal flats at the tip of Farewell Spit in Golden Bay, located nearly three kilometers offshore at the northern end of South Island.

    “There’s really nothing we can do for them so we just have to hope that they manage to get out by themselves,” Mr. Mason added. The deaths of the mammals follow the stranding in Australia’s island state of Tasmania over the weekend. Twenty-three sperm whales, up to 18 meters long, died after they became stuck on Ocean Beach, near Strahan, on Saturday. One of the whales died overnight on Monday, leaving the sole surviving whale stranded off a nearby sandbank at Fraser Flats. Rescuers had to abandon their attempts to refloat the final whale today due to wild weather, The Mercury reported.
    “We were aware we had only a small weather window to work in today and, as forecast, the strong winds and high seas have interrupted our attempts,” incident controller Chris Arthur, from the Parks and Wildlife Service, said. He did not reveal any details as to when the rescue operation would resume. –News.com

    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/another-mass-stranding-scores-of-whales-wash-up-on-new-zealand-beaches/


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  • Red tide and 4.2 milion dead fish warn Texans to stay away from the beaches

    Department of State Health Services has issued a warning to the harvesting and consumption of oysters, mussels, clams and whelks from Texas waters but not a warning for Texans to stay away from the toxic red tide area. Red tide toxin (in the ocean) also can become aerosolized and cause coughing and irritation of the throat and eyes. People with respiratory conditions such as asthma may experience more pronounced symptoms which usually subside when affected people leave the red tide areas. KITV reportedMonday that the red tide algae contains a toxin that can lead to shellfish poisoning in humans.
    Neurotoxic shellfish poisoning (NSP) threatening human health along Texas Gulf Coast prompted Texas Department of Health to warn people to stay away from the Gulf area from Brownsville through Galveston where4.2 million have been killed in the ongoing great Gulf die-off and to not eat the shellfish from there, a situation slightly relieved after a cold front Thursday blew toxins south according to Texas Park and Wildlife.

    The latest mass fish die-off has been attributed to extreme heat causing extreme red tide in the area plagued not only by Big Oil’s crude and Corexit, but also by Big Ag’s oxygen-depleting algae blooms, fed by fertilizer runoff from Midwestern farm fields that produce aquatic dead zones – water that cannot support sea life. Oil is still gushing into the region, in some areas, as deadly as immediately after the spill, and Corexit is still being used to secretly carpet bomb. A large fish kill stretching for almost 7 miles along the beach.

    http://changesontheearth.com/news/red-tide-and-42-milion-dead-fish-warn-texans-stay-away-beaches


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  • What illness is harming Alaska’s ringed seals? Veterinarians search for clues.


    Alex DeMarban | Oct 25, 2011

    Mysterious outbreak killing Arctic Alaska ringed seals
    Walruses suffer from similar disease afflicting Alaska ringed seals
    Scientists hoping to learn what’s killing Arctic ringed seals, an affliction that’s peppered the animals’ skin and organs with ulcers, turned their attention Monday to a fresh seal carcass shot by a Northwest Alaska subsistence hunter.

    In a cramped University of Anchorage laboratory, veterinarians and assistants in biomedical scrubs carved the big marine mammal into bits, all in the name of science.

    They plucked out eyeballs, sliced off skin, and snapped open ribs with garden-pruning shears. They clipped nails, pulled whiskers and placed pieces into vials and plastic bags for shipment to several labs in the Lower 48 and Canada.

    Part of an international mystery, more than 45 ringed seals have been found dead in Alaska’s Arctic since late July, gathering on beaches instead of ice floes, which they prefer. The North Slope Borough’s wildlife experts said dozens more were reported sick with the lesions and patchy hair loss.

    Skin sores have also recently been found on ringed seals in Russia and Canada, as well as walrus in Northwest Alaska and harp seals in Greenland, giving marine mammal experts plenty to ponder.

    Is the widespread sickness from the same thing? Is it caused by a virus, bacteria, toxin or fungus? Is this a new disease or an old malady never known to scientists in the little-studied Arctic? And what role could climate change play?

    “The big question is is this something new?” said Kathy Burek-Huntington, a private veterinary pathologist who’s spearheading the lab work.

    http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/what-illness-harming-alaskas-ringed-seals-veterinarians-search-clues


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  • Dead seal numbers declared ‘unusual event,’ get fed attention


    Dead seal numbers declared ‘unusual event,’ get fed attention

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    Gloucester Daily Times
    Sunday, November 13, 2011

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    GLOUCESTER, Mass. —Federal officials are stepping up an investigation into the deaths of 146 harbor seals along the New England coast since September after samples of five of them tested positive for the Influenza A virus, authorities say.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the deaths have been declared “an unusual event,” enabling the agency to pour more resources into the probe. The declaration came after consultations with a panel of international experts established under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to monitor and investigate sea animal health concerns.

    The 146 seals generally were less than a year old and had healthy appearances. They were found in Maine, New Hampshire and across northern Massachusetts, including along Cape Ann.

    The deaths of the young harbor seals grabbed the attention of scientists in late September when six carcasses were found on Rye Beach in New Hampshire. Some of the seals had been dead for up to two weeks and others only for a matter of a couple of days. By mid-October the number of dead seals had risen to nearly 100.

    Accordingto the NOAA Fact sheet http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/newsreleases/2011/Pinniped_FactSheet2011.pdf
    This “disease” was first noticed in July of this year.
    I also feel it relevant to point out the symptoms the pinnipeds are experiencing (hair loss, lesions) Are eerily similar to later signs & symptoms of radiation exposure http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/radiation-sickness/DS00432/DSECTION=symptoms


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  • Experts miffed by mass fish die-off


    By Soe Sandar Oo
    October 31 – November 6, 2011
    A MASS fish die-off in Pazundaung Creek last week has stumped the Myanmar Fisheries Federation, a spokesperson said, adding that specimens have been sent to laboratories to determine what caused the sudden event.

    U Win Kyaing, the federation’s general secretary, said the die-off happened on October 24 and was reported to the federation by locals.

    “A huge number of fish, especially fry, flooded the whole river when it reached low tide at about 9am. Locals told us that this was the first time in about 15 years they had witnessed such an event,” he said.

    Possible causes for the die-off include a sudden drop in temperature or an influx of chemicals into the water, he said.

    “It seems likely that something happened to deprive the water of oxygen, which suffocated the fish,” U Win Kyaing added.

    “We will test both the water and the dead fish and will release the results of those tests afterwards. But I can’t conclusively say what led to this die-off before we’ve done our research,” he said.

    However, he warned that there was a possibility that the fish had been poisoned by a chemical dumped into the water and cautioned people against eating fish caught in the creek until the results of the tests were known.

    “I saw people collecting lots of fish from the water at about 9:30am when the water level was quite low. About 45 minutes later the water level rose and most of the fish disappeared,” said U Hla, a Pazundaung township resident.

    U Than Oo Wai, a spokesperson for the Yangon Fisheries Department, said die-offs happened nearly every year but the number of fish that died this year appeared to be unusually high.

    “This is a really strange event. From people who saw what happened, it was like the fish were trying to breathe the air, as if they were dizzy or something,” he said.

    “We are trying to find out what caused this die-off as soon as…


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  • ‘Mass Die-Off’ Found at Malibu’s Surfrider Beach


    There is no clear cause for the massive death, a Heal the Bay scientist writes.
    The stench of death recently arrived at Malibu’s Surfrider Beach and the surrounding area. Sarah Sikich, Heal the Bay’s coastal resources director, recently wrote about what she called a “mass die-off of marine life” in the blog Spouting Off.

    She wrote in the Oct. 14 entry that Heal the Bay has contacted marine ecologists and invertebrate specialists to determine the cause of the massive death, “but we have found no clear cause.”

    “It’s impossible to walk along the stretch of beach between the Malibu Pier and the Colony without noticing the thousands of dead urchins washed ashore, strewn amid the seaweed, driftwood and swarms of kelp flies,” Sikich wrote. “There’s even an occasional dead lobster, sea hare and seabird in the mix.”

    Sikich wrote that the massive death “seems to have coincided with the breaching of Malibu Lagoon” that took place the previous week. The breach occurred near Third Point, Sikich wrote, around the time of the recent major rainstorm.

    “There is a reason the first major storm of the year is called ‘first flush,’” Sikich wrote. “All of the pollution that has accumulated in the watershed and the lagoon over the last six months was flushed out to Surfrider. The urban slobber poured across the nearby reef, coinciding with the large-scale invertebrate die-off.”

    Sikich wrote that a similar “die-off” happened a year ago “after someone artificially and illegally breached the lagoon in advance of projected good surf.” She did not mention him by name, but she was writing about Malibu surfer Andy Lyon.

    Lyon, who was forced to do 10 hours of beach cleanup as punishment for his action, wrote in an email to Malibu Patch that when he breached the lagoon, it was already breaching.

    http://malibu.patch.com/articles/mass-die-off-found-at-malibu-s-surfrider-beach


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  • Pollution check after mass river fish die-off


    2011-11-08 08:20
    ENVIRONMENT officials are checking a suburban river for pollution after hundreds of fish were found dead there over the past few days.

    The river, named Changbanggang, passes through the Qingcun Town in Fengxian District and is a popular spot for nearby residents to fish and swim in the summer.

    When dead fish began floating on the river around four days ago, villagers said many people took them home to eat, thinking the bad weather had caused the die-off.

    But as more and more appeared dead on the river, villagers began to worry that the fish they ate had been poisoned.

    Residents point the finger of suspicion at a riverside factory, because while dead fish are found within 2 kilometers of the factory, further away it seems unaffected.

    Over the weekend concerned residents reported the incident to the environmental authorities.

    “We have taken samples from the river and waste water discharged by the factory for examination and investigation,” said Zuo Haiqiang, an official with the district environment agency.

    Meanwhile, a picturesque river running though Huangxing Park in Yangpu District has become cloudy and foul-smelling in recent days.

    Nearby residents, who enjoyed strolling by the Zoumatang, say they have to keep windows and doors closed now to escape the smell.

    Yangpu District waterway management authorities said they pump water from Yangshupu Port into the Zoumatang to improve its circulation.

    But Metro line construction work near Yangshupu Port has made it difficult to get enough water, said officials.’
    http://english.eastday.com/e/111108/u1a6192807.html


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  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2011/10/27/ontario-bird-deaths-botulism-confirmed.html

    Ontario bird die-off


    CBC News Posted: Oct 27, 2011 5:40 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 27, 2011 8:19 PM ET Read 41 comments41

    Preliminary testing confirms that the thousands of dead birds that washed ashore along a stretch of Ontario’s Georgian Bay appear to have died of botulism.

    The first bird to be tested, at the University of Guelph, came back positive for Type E botulism, a spokesperson for the provincial Natural Resources Ministry said Thursday.

    The birds would have eaten fish laced with botulism toxin, the ministry said.

    Thousands of dead loons, ducks and gulls washed ashore along a three-kilometre stretch around Wasaga Beach, on the southeast part of Georgian Bay.

    Ministry spokeswoman Jolanta Kowalski said other samples of the thousands of dead birds have been sent for testing, with more results expected next week.

    Such die-offs are common in the fall and residents shouldn’t be concerned if dead birds wash ashore, she said. “It could continue for a few more weeks depending on water temperature, waves,” Kowalski added.

    Type E botulism toxin is produced by a bacterium that lives in lake bottom sediment, and under certain conditions it begins producing the toxin, which then enters the aquatic food chain, according to the ministry. Birds who eat affected fish can die.

    Botulism toxins are easily destroyed by heat, meaning fish and birds that people catch pose no risk provided they’re properly cooked. However, residents in the area are being warned to keep a tight rein on their pets and prevent them from getting near the dead birds and fish on the beaches.


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    • Anthony Anthony

      Oh my God.

      Overwhelming added to the years animal death count 2011.

      The frequency, volume, cross species collapsing … Across a wide general area seems like hyper toxicity. These are way beyond some troubling natural occurence.


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  • James Tekton James Tekton

    Howdy Taco.

    Got yer mesg. Roger that.

    We should start a special thread for these stories. Keep adding them for posterity purposes.

    GB is right in his post above.

    What we should be watching VERY CLOSELY are the reactors for any abnormal activity. Since NO ONE wants to stop the population control agenda that is killing us ALL, and most are content with slowly dying, it is only a matter of time before these babies blow more corks and then we will have to employ the citizens emergency response EneNews team network to determine the wave approach, estimated time of radioactive fallout dispersal over all parts of the North America, and measurements of the amounts coming down on us all in different parts of the country. They will figure it out in Europe two weeks later as usual and pretend it is coming from everywhere else besides fukushima. Patterns are being well established. Study them. This comedy of tragedy is getting to be predictable.

    Some day I should grow up to be a real scientist so I can replace all the worthless trash that are impersonating as learned what ever they want to call them selves. You all know, those “useless idiots” at the epa, nrc, iaea, and ALL other sorted places that keep this information secret and do all they can to COVER UP the real truth of what is ONGOING in japan that has NO ENDING.

    It is like being in a psycho movie with no end in sight and knowing most do not even care…or being seat-belted on on a train you can’t get off of that is about to go off a cliff into oblivion.

    Yeah…grow up some day.


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Hi Taco, thanks for the important info. Would you mind using the standard headlines just like everyone else here does for THEIR important info? Would be appreciated.


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  • goathead goathead

    Holy Phuck!!!! The thing is they probably wouldn’t think or want to test for irradiation as the cause because that would really point the finger wouldn’t it?!! Aren’t scientists supposed to be curious and driven by their curiosity?? Enough to at least start with the obvious first!! Calling all mavericks!!! Get testing now!!! forget your who your sponsors are and do what’s right!!!!!!!!


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  • ExposeEvil OriginalSinRising

    http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/lessons-from-japans-nuclear-crisis-2011-11-04

    - “In the affected area, there were five nuclear power stations (NPSes) with 15 reactors between them. These were the Higashidori NPS (one reactor), the Onagawa NPS (three reactors), the Fukushima Dai-ichi NPS (six reactors), the Fukushima Daini NPS (four reactors) and the Tokai Daini NPS (one reactor).”

    Remember that in addition to the 6 Reactors at the Daichi complex there are 9 additional affected reactors within geographical proximity. The total sum of criticality cannot be measured by any preceding context.


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