Radioactive rain causes 130 schools in Korea to close — Yet rain in California had 10 TIMES more radioactivity

Published: April 7th, 2011 at 6:06 am ET


Citizens arm themselves with umbrellas, raincoats, boots, Korea Times, April 7, 2011:

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… The Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS) said radioactive iodine and cesium were found in rainwater collected in the early morning at a checkpoint on the island. The concentration level of iodine-131 was 2.02 becquerels per liter (Bq/l), that of cesium-137, 0.538 Bq/l, and that of cesium-134, 0.333 Bq/l. …

Following the news that minuscule radioactive substances were detected on Jeju, people in all parts of the country carried umbrellas to work or school even though the rainfall was light.

Parents had their children not only use umbrellas but also wear raincoats, rubber boots and even masks. Some of them gave their children a ride to school, with streets near schools congested.

In Gyeonggi Province, about 130 pre-, elementary and middle schools were closed after the regional educational office allowed school heads to close them if they deemed it necessary. More than 40 others shortened school hours. …

Read the report here.

UCB Rain Water Sampling Results, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Nuclear Engineering:

Iodine-131 level in rainwater sample taken on the roof of Etcheverry Hall on UC Berkeley campus, March 23, 2011 from 9:06-18:00 PDT

20.1 Becquerel per liter (Bq/L)

Read the report here: Radioactive Iodine-131 in rainwater sample near San Francisco 18,100% above federal drinking water standard

Published: April 7th, 2011 at 6:06 am ET


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10 comments to Radioactive rain causes 130 schools in Korea to close — Yet rain in California had 10 TIMES more radioactivity

  • Rica E

    Koreans are known to cherish their children more than anything else in their lives. I’m with them , better to err on the side of caution!

    • xdrfox

      There was a huge plume to go over them as well as a large mass of mainland China on the eastern side as well as it reached down to Taiwan, the animated map was posted on this site the first of the week.

    • xdrfox

      Yes, Children are the future, They are highly cherished in Asian Countries.

  • why arent we doing ANYTHING???

    • Because you don’t want to miss “Dancing with the stars”?

    • Frank Snapp

      Because doing something would mean overthrowing the scumbag billionaires whose asses we’ve been kissing, particularly in the U.S. as a culture, since the time of the Robber Barons or perhaps from our so-called Revolution against other parasites, the royals (see coverage of royal wedding).

      Truly, we need to “eat the rich” or we are doomed to allow them to wipe us and everything else out. There is no working within increasingly fascist (corporativist) systems. To work slowly within when you have a crisis with such immediacy is typical U.S. stupidity. We need, in other words, total revolution of the “General Strike” variety, NOT permitted, as every protest and strike from Reagan onward has been.

  • why arnt we doing ANYTHING???

  • Rain across the USA and even in France has tested higher than that. Yet in the USA they say its safe and my neighbors collected some of today’s rain into their cisterns for domestic use and drinking.

    WHY won’t the EPA warn people that the rainwater is unsafe? Oh yeah, cuz Obushma says nuclear power is “Safe and Green”… sigh.

  • Seems parents here are also more interested in the bottom line than a livable environment, more interested in it than living kids, and all in the name of family values, too. Certainly they are more interested in conforming than thinking. That much is clear.

  • As the jet stream continues around the world some radioactive particles will fall with rain, snow or as dust particles, before it continues it’s deadly circle.

    The number of radioactive particles may diminish but the STRENGTH of each particle does not diminish. Weather pressure systems can protect or impact areas during rain.

    Have we forgotten our own capabilities to research and ferret out the truth? Why do people rely on government authorities or the media to tell them what to do?

    Have we become a response population rather than a proactive one? A response population only responds to some stimuli, like Pavlovian dogs responding, but not thinking. Isn’t it time to think, do our own research and share knowledge with others?

    April 11, 2011 TEPCO reluctantly admitted that Fukushima was now a Level 7, the worst possible. However, nobody disputes that it is multiple times worse than Chernobyl, yet there isn’t any higher measurement. If TEPCO had admitted it sooner, would people have taken other precautionary measures?

    The total amount of radionuclides iodine-131 and caesium-137 released since the start of the accident until March 23rd 2011 is so high that they are equal to three class 7 accidents. and it continues until stopped.

    Chernobyl had one nuclear reactor and only 3 months of radiation while Fukushima has failures at four nuclear reactors which hold about 1,000 times more radiation than the bombs at Hiroshima, and 40 years of improper nuclear storage and numerous smaller nuclear events. All federal agencies that regulate radiactive expsoures agree that any radiation exposure raises the cancer risk.

    Chernobyl took aggressive action after only 10 days of buring out of control. They dumped tons of sand and Boron and began entombment procedures. TEPCO worsened the nuclear disaster by adding salt water!

    Are they that incompetent, do they really believe the laws of chemistry cease to exist in Japan, or is there something more deliberate going on? Is this really about protecting future profits?

    Protect yourself naturally, isn’t it the only choice?