Report: Air sample in Tokyo 270 times more contaminated with Cesium-137 than global weapons fallout peak (VIDEO)

Published: July 18th, 2011 at 4:37 pm ET


Christopher Busby presentation in Japan, July 17, 2011:

Christopher Busby, Scientific secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risks

At 12:15 in

Video streaming by Ustream

Published: July 18th, 2011 at 4:37 pm ET


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25 comments to Report: Air sample in Tokyo 270 times more contaminated with Cesium-137 than global weapons fallout peak (VIDEO)

  • Agapit

    Thanks for bringing that to everyone’s attention, Admin. He also noted in the talk that the levels are 100 times higher than those in the UK during the peak of the Chernobyl accident…

  • RadioactiveRealWorld

    How can those people there possibly survive this? They need to leave that city right away.

  • Agapit

    All 30 million of them…

  • more from that video. I’m paraphrasing but I copied the numbers carefully

    Cesium-137 Content From Air Filters

    734milliBecquerels/cubic meter of Cesium-137 for Tokyo air filters sampled

    In comparison, the 1963 global weapons fallout 2.7milliBecquerels/cubic meter for Cesium-137

    Chernobyl fallout was 8milliBecquerels /cubic meter for Cesium 137

    And the Fukushima filters 2.7Becquerels/cubic meter (2700millibecquerels)


    Air in Tokyo contaminated more than the global weapons fallout peak by a factor of 270

    If the filters were people, their external dose would be .2 micrograms per hour just from Cesium-137

    If the filters were people, their internal dose would .3-.5 millisiverts just from Cesium-137 isotopes

  • theypoisonus

    Watching the whole thing on Ustream.

    He is having a hard time convincing them about his.. It is like they can’t concieve that they can’t SEE this stuff, so how can it be there !! DOH.

    • arclight arclight

      japan is a complex western society so there are those that listen and understand, they dont get much air time and are often attacked by the msm.. some links here that might clarify! also busby is at the forefront of attacks so he might be less influential in japan!
      Japan radiation specialists accuses TEPCO of total cover-up regarding radiation exposure of nuclear plant workers
      “One specialist, Nishio Masamichi, director of the Hakkaido Cancer Center, who initially called for “calm” in the early days following the disaster, wrote recently in a top Japanese business journal that the crisis has caused Japan’s “myth of nuclear safety” to fall apart.”

      Censorship in Japan: The Fukushima Cover-up
      by Richard Wilcox / June 29th, 2011
      An audience member asked Kenji Higuchi — a journalist and teacher who has written several books about the dangers of nuclear power — why a documentary film about him and the dangers to Japan’s nuke workers, Nuclear Ginza,6 was not allowed to be shown on Japan’s government news station, NHK. “It was squashed from the top down.” I have shown the film many times over the years to my university students, but I can’t reach millions of people.

      An Ethical Meltdown in Japan: Prof Hiroaki Koide
      A good link here…talk from early april I think…watch the video! This guy was well ahead of the curve! Makes some interesting observations and hes a another nuclear scientist willing to speak out!
      and this article transcribing an interview September 3, 2007 but still relevant
      the last link to the video talk was my favourite! peace

      • arclight arclight

        oh and this article describes the “war” situation quite nicely…this battle one won easily by the nuclear lobby

        “Professor Katsuhiko Ishibashi wrote this prophetic article in 2007, highlighting vulnerability of Japan’s nuclear reactors before earthquake and tsunamis. In 2006, serving on a government committee, he suggested more stringent earthquake guidelines for nuclear power operators, only to resign later when the agencies chose to ignore his calls.”
        and this qoute says it all!!

        In The Asahi Shimbun’s column on Sept. 16 last year, I pointed out that an active fault line had been overlooked in the process of designing the Shimane Nuclear Power Plant in Shimane Prefecture, a serious oversight in the safety inspection. But no action has been taken to address the problem, demonstrating the irresponsibility of the nuclear safety authorities. The expert who advised the power company and took part in the safety inspection–the person responsible for the underestimation of the fault line–is still in an important position on the panel of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.”

  • dpl dpl

    The people of Tokyo are a new kind of “air filter/cleaner”
    They will need to import new ones when these permanently wear out.
    It will be illegal to bury the dead ones unless in a nuclear waste dump site or you must incinerate the corpses and in that case you can’t make it to heaven on Resurrection day.

  • matina matina

    they are smiling and laughing a lot through this seminar…..really bazaaaaar
    but then i guess, i forgot that laughter is a non prescribed medication against radiation in japan

  • kx kx

    hope the air clears until August…

  • Noah

    Internal Dose per particle @ 500 millisieverts

    Dr. Chris Busby in the above referenced video, presented live to Japanese audience, also disclosed that a single radioactive particle (lodged in the lung or other tissue) internally discharges 500 millisiverts to adjacent tissue.

    (He said it while referencing bubble like alpha tracks in plastic film.)

    He said it matter of factly.

    However, it bothered me all night, disturbing my sleep.

    500 millisieverts per particle is a staggering number. Though its penetration is very limited to surrounding cells. No wonder it is a mutagenetic event! If that is not bad enough, these particles also have an attraction to DNA! Which we knew they damaged DNA, but attracted to? No, I thought it was an attraction to cell membranes not the DNA itself. The information just gets more encouraging.

    I have doubled my resolve to find a comfortable practical protective solution to airborne hot particles that can be worn outdoors, throughout the day.

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    He’d better watch out for the little red dot……truth can get ya killed.

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  • Concrete man

    I attended the Busby lecture, he presents his case very scientifically and seems convincing. Of course, a person is not a car air filter in scale, intensity or rate of absorption, but the point well taken, those demon hot damnably unstable atoms were or are in Tokyo and people, many, perhaps most, have ingested or inhaled at least some of them.

    But at the end of the day Busby’s prediction about cancer cases or deaths is just what it was just after the disater in late March, which is about 220,000 over fifty years, mainly affecting people in the Fukushima area.

    I do not think Busby is an alarmist, since 220,000 is actually fairly low given the density of the population. But it does seem odd that so much radiation dosed Tokyo and yet we can only expect a small number of deaths because of it (in Tokyo). If it only takes one demon hot damnably unstable atom to mess you up, we should see thousands or even millions of deaths in Tokyo, but he does not predict that at all.

    As far as nuclear power is concerned, this is all moot: had the wind blown toward the heartland instead of out to sea when those reactors blew, much larger doses would have dosed many more people; and had Hamaoka plant which is much closer to Tokyo blown, and blown toward Tokyo, you would also have seen very high radiation exposures.

    Most Japanese are living in total denial of what is happening, whether or not they will get cancer or not, the danger is still there and the lack of responsibility is glaring.

    • Agapit

      Busby wasn’t even taking Tokyo into account, only the most contaminated zone around the accident. Maybe sparing his audience’s feelings, allowing the brighter ones to “connect the dots” themselves? With Tokyo’s 30 million factored in, the total cancers figure would go much higher. Recall that the Tokyo – Chiba air filter was about 1/3 as contaminated as the Fukushima ones — pretty shocking.

  • Agapit

    More disturbing proof of ongoing fissioning at Fukushima:

    Iodine-131 Still Detected in Sewage Sludge in Tokyo

    h/t: ex-skf

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Agapit, I read this news yesterday, and it freaked me out. Today, after a good nap, I wonder: if iodine has a half-life of 8 days, what happens afterwards? it doesn’t disappear, does it? Just the dose becomes smaller, or not?
      If so, could it be that the I-131 found is much older than 8 days, and just its dose declined?
      What do you think?

      • Agapit

        Yes, that’s possible. After 16 days the iodine would be 1/4 as radioactive, after 24 days, 1/8 as radioactive, and so forth. After 4 months, however (and the major Fuku releases occurred in mid-March, 4 months ago), the remaining radioactivity would be negligible. Therefore this iodine is more recent, judging by the significant levels, much more recent.

  • milk and cheese milk and cheese

    Thank you, Concrete man, I hope you can continue to post.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    ugh…animated Fuki wind forecast Tue – Fri:

    not nice.