Paper: Gov’t, IAEA to monitor radioactive substances 7,000km from Fukushima in seas off Sri Lanka

Published: March 2nd, 2012 at 3:57 pm ET


Title: Tab on radioactivity in seas off Sri Lanka
Source: Sri Lanka News, Online edition of Daily News – Lakehouse Newspapers
Author: Disna MUDALIGE
Date: March 3, 2012

A special programme to monitor radioactive substances in the seas off Sri Lanka has been commenced by the Atomic Energy Authority with the aid of International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) and local stakeholders.

The intention of this programme is to analyze the impact on Sri Lankan seas from the radioactive leakage of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan last year. During this leakage, radioactive contaminated water had mixed with sea water posing a threat to aquatic life. […]

Recent Seminar

A special seminar to educate local specialists with regard to this special programme was held at the AEA recently.

Representatives from Environmental Conservation organizations, NARA, marine and aquatic life conservation organizations, university professionals and experts participated in this seminar.

IAEA Involvement

The IAEA had proposed this project in the seas off 17 IAEA member states of the Asian Pacific region to monitor radioactive substances in sea water by collecting samples of sea water, sea plants and fish. […]

Australian expert Ronald Szymczakiaer of the IAEA arrived in Sri Lanka last week to provide necessary guidance for this programme.

The Program

The marine samples collected from selected 10 places in Sri Lanka within 1km distance from the shore would be checked for radioactive substances, specially for caesium 137.The programme would be continued for next two years.

Read the report here

Published: March 2nd, 2012 at 3:57 pm ET


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26 comments to Paper: Gov’t, IAEA to monitor radioactive substances 7,000km from Fukushima in seas off Sri Lanka

  • jec jec

    Test where the radiation could have gone..and thats everywhere in the Pacific and Atlantic. Processed squid off Peru show Fukushima radiation–fish in the China Sea show radiation contamination. Now add Sri Lanka, Pacific Islands, India and Africa.

    Plus, any word on the amount of radiation in the Harp Seals dying around Alaska? And what types of radiation have been and will be tested for? Doesnt make sense to TEST, if results are not made available in a timely manner. For example, just now word on contaminating plumes covering Western, Northern USA, North Atlantic–dated March 20,2011. Can anyone do preventative actions ONE YEAR later?

    • Misitu

      Peruvian squid

      That caught my eye when it came out earlier, for personal reasons.

      On reflection, and with the disclaimer that I personally would not want it to be true, it seems to me that food labelling in Japan these days is a possible weak spot in the safety chain. For example, food from Fukushima has been labelled to disguise its origin. This mislabelling is already public domain knowledge.

      It seems equally likely that this is

      (a) squid caught locally to Japan and relabelled "from Peru" as a means of passing on otherwise unsaleable product
      (b) squid already migrated across the Pacific

      I don't know about squid travel habits. I do know about mislabelling and misinformation, regarding the first option above.

      Anyway when I get back to Peru eventually (it's taking too long) will run my little beta/gamma detector over the seafood at every opportunity.

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    jec, It looks like the labs are not allowed to test for radiation.

    Maybe instead, they could turn themselves into children's birthday party places since their historical work has now been outlawed.

    You know, "You're invited to a Mad Science Birthday Party at Nukey Racoon's! Pizza and cake will be provided."

    As long as children are still around, that is, as looks like they will become historical, obsolete, as well.

    The plan was:

    1. "There is no immediate threat."


    2. "It is too late."

    • NoNukes,
      And IAEA Involvement most likely means we will never hear what the situation really is or they may play with the number to keep the nuke industry going !

    • Kevin Kevin

      Nukey Racoon?

      You crack me up, I am still giggling….

  • or-well

    Why the waters off Sri Lanka and why 2 years?
    Maybe, just maybe….

    because the currents in the Indian Ocean are such that of anywhere, these waters are the LEAST likely to show traces of Fuku radiation, at least for awhile, say, two years?

    What do I know, I'm not an IAEA expert.


      @or-well: you may have missed this one:

      Newspaper: Fish contaminated with Fukushima radiation detected in Sri Lanka, says chairman of nuclear agency β€” Load included fish from seas off China

      [ ]

      Don't know if this answers your question, but it may be relevant. I also think this may be an attempt at damage control; something we're likely to see a whole lot more of, in the coming years…

      • or-well

        AFTERSHOCK, I didn't miss it, but thanks.
        I understood that one to be about fish Imported into Sri Lanks, not fish caught in local waters.

        • or-well

          I should have been clearer.
          I looked at ocean current charts in several large atlases.
          They picked a good place place to look, if they DONT want to find radiation.
          Ang you know they dont.


            @or-well: as a 'control', it may be an excellent point for study. If they start seeing contamination, maybe they'll be able to extrapolate the extent of it into other areas. Just a thought…

            • or-well

              and it's a good thought.
              Sediment sampling?
              Well, Sri Lanka is in the vast sediment deposition basin of the Ganges and Brahmaputra river sysytems, so that could "muddy the waters" so to speak.
              Deep water sampling or surface sampling?
              Well, 10 (carefully selected?) locations WITHIN one kilometer of shore suggest MINIMAL interest in what the major currents are carrying.
              Could even be somehow connected to Sri Lankas' tentative plan to have a Nuclear Power by 2025/2030.
              I doubt whatever they say whenever they say it will be trustworthy.


                @or-well: as things are unfolding, I have to agree with your closing statement, that none of what they say can be trusted. They've not only done an excellent job of keeping a lid on this catastrophe, they've also blown – all – of their credibility…

              • HoTaters HoTaters

                One might also get a sense of what the rivers are carrying downstream from inland sites in India & the Asian mainland. It might be telling, to measure what made it over the Himalayas, across the Gobi Desert, and so on — deposition from monsoon rains, the atmosphere, and so on. Hmmn ….

                Didn't Arclight post something on Asiatic cyclones coming out of Northern China, and moving in a counter-clockwise direction? That is what was hypothesized to be pushing the radiation into the So. Hemisphere, and Australia, at one point.

                (Buried in me bookmarks, somewhere.)

  • Tanuki San

    They can test all they want, but however this turns out it's not gonna be pretty.

  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    "program will continue for 2 years".
    stay tuned….results of tests available at the end of the program….if results are not great enough to panic population….if you are all still here….if we feel like it.

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    "local stakeholders"…money to be made…they intend to make it appear that a real study of environmental impact has been done. They already have the report that will made to the public…same ole song & dance they have been singing, they will add how beneficial Nuclear power will be to ensure "the local stakholders" plans will go through.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Y'know, I just had a thought. Maybe all those rich Japanese who are migrating to India want to know how safe their local food supply will be ….

  • Sickputer

    "to analyze the impact on Sri Lankan seas from the radioactive leakage of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan last year."


    Publicity statements convey meaning and hidden agendas to naked apes intelligent enough to find special innuendo…I find the words "last year" all too obvious when this venture has the sponsorship of the IAEA. It offends me.

    We all know here that the crisis did not end "last year" and is ongoing…the water pollution to the Pacific Ocean is possibly far worse than the air emissions which are also ONGOING.

    The "leakage" DID NOT END in March of 2011…nor any month since. 356 days and counting of millions, perhaps billions of gallons of radioactive water leaked from Fukushima Daiichi directly or on purpose into the Pacific Ocean.

    If there is any reason why that radioactive leakage will not reach Sri Lanka in two years it will be because the ocean currents takes longer to flow around the earth's salt water system to reach some areas.

    But eventually the entire saltwater system of the world will be contaminated by the Japanese feed and bleed operations of cooling the submerged and open nuclear fires at Fukushima. The oceans are all interconnected…no place to run, no place to hide.

    • lokay5 lokay5

      The evaporation of seawater will carry the radionuclides with it to become widely dispersed as rainfall.

      In short; we're toast. Radioactive, cancer and leukemia laden toast.

  • lokay5 lokay5

    Allow me to correct the IEAE's statement;

    "The marine samples collected from selected 10 places in Sri Lanka within 1km distance from the shore would be checked for radioactive substances, especially for caesium 137, and we will minimize, lie about, and cover up the results to minimize the impact on the nuclear industry which funds us."

    There. That's better

    Just keepin' it real, folks. Just keepin' it real.

  • Oh so the IAEA finally figured out they better keep up with us. How nice.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The IAEA does nothing of value in these radiation contamination disaster circumstances.

    What did they do after Chernobyl and or TMI? Where there not just two new Nuclear Power Reactors approved in Georgia after this latest Fukushima Radiation Contamination Disaster event?

    If we are creating 2500 jobs in order to sacrifice 2.5 million people through a horrific death sentence and life dependent on chemical chemotherapy and drug maintenance, I am not sure this is the kind of a jobs program any Nuclear Regulatory Agency or human being should be proud of or even attempt to promote as a sane direction to go.

    It is what it is and this can only be called mass promoted scientific educated insanity.