Reports of radioactive black cyanobacteria spreading to Tokyo area (PHOTOS)

Published: April 2nd, 2012 at 6:14 pm ET


h/t Fukushima Diary (1, 2, 3)

This photo was uploaded to Twitter last Saturday, taken in Mizumoto park where the [intlink id=”gendai-1-5-million-bqm2-detected-in-tokyo-park-at-level-of-mandatory-evacuation-area-after-chernobyl” type=”post”]highly radioactive leaf/soil mixture was recently found[/intlink]:

The following two photos were uploaded April 2 and show 3.44 uSv/h in Kashiwa, Chiba about 25km outside Tokyo:

This photo was uploaded March 27, 2012:

Oyama Koichi, a member of city council of Minamisoma City, says the radioactive black substance in his area is cyanobacteria:

Published: April 2nd, 2012 at 6:14 pm ET


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79 comments to Reports of radioactive black cyanobacteria spreading to Tokyo area (PHOTOS)

  • bincbom

    Dear God.. that's straight out of hell..

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Cyanobacteria emit huge amounts of Alpha?

    Or "spontaneous dust generation" from corium:

    "Corium (and also highly irradiated uranium fuel) has an interesting property: spontaneous dust generation, or spontaneous self-sputtering of the surface. The alpha decay of isotopes inside the glassy structure causes Coulomb explosions, degrading the material and releasing submicron particles from its surface.[42]"

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Another set of pictures here
    The person who found this has been having health problem, burn on finger (for 3 months) and the bruise on thighs (for 9 months).
    The black circle on the left bottom of the picture is the size of the bruise back in July. It’s growing.

    • StillJill StillJill

      OMG,…I have a second burn/GASH on another finger too! It is KNARLEY, DUDE! 🙂 Flesh eating to be sure! It radiates it's destruction all around wherever it lands. My only solace is that this is my second one and I think it was iodine 131,…as it is INTENSE for 8 days,….then for the next 8 it hovers,…then after about 20 days,…it STARTS to heal. The one I got two months ago is just now closed over.

      Hell,…to stay,…or to move?
      To maybe live another few years,…or die now?

      Such decisions! 🙂
      Must go pray. The Big Kahoona brought me here,….I'll let HIM decided when, where, and how I go out! 🙂

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Massive low atmospheric pressure is coming toward Fukushima | Fukushima Diary:

  • Gaffney

    So is this just a typical bloom or could this bloom be fuelled by mutation from radiation causing an increase rate of reproduction thus more cyanobacteria?

    • Misitu

      My uninformed guess is the latter, in that the black stuff is being reported as unusual, and in all the photos I've seen it appears in a patch. Mutation should not be excluded. WHERE ARE THE SCIENTISTS!!!! GET ANALYSING!!!!

      [Apologies for the traces of stray punctuation which have spontaneously self generated due to mutation]

      If even we remote onlookers can come up with a off the wall guess like this then where in hell's name are the highly paid experts when you need them !!!!

      [sorry. can't keep the ! under control !!!!!!!![sorry]

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Obviously more research needs to be done on the blooms of cyanobacteria as it is magnetic which could be from the steel containment? I don't know but it is fascinating and a tad eerie but I think they have been experimenting using bios to clean up rads but this is obviously from around the corium. Wow. NO Nukes

  • whathefuku

    This reminds me of the "phazon" from metroid prime, it really is straight out of hell, spliting the world into two and driving everything into a slow corrupting insanity untill the end of time…………

  • What I wonder is when people will start synthesizing the data:

    a. the reported and empirical conditions of the plant (#2 emitting 73 sieverts an hour)

    b. anecdotal, but growing reports of mutations in plants and animals

    c. accumulating scientific research, not based on "modeling," but rather based on the empirical analyses of fallout in specific areas.

    These 3 types of data should start waking people up!

    Can such a disaster really be managed through public relations alone?

    Public relations is powerful, but I think there are too many obvious contradictions in the "cold shutdown, nuclear is 'green'" propaganda

    and the consequences of these contradictions are too significant to be hidden

    • whathefuku

      Its the power of people wanting to believe everything is okay and someone is taking care of them. No matter how much you prove yourself its in vain untill people have a personal revelation and by then its probably too late. Its a sad state of things and many people will fall into endless dispair and slow (or fast) suicide.

  • This is something I've been saying all along. We are always looking at rad levels and how they pertain to humans. "It's only like an x-ray". Well, what does an x-ray do to a microbe, a virus, a bacteria, insects and ALL LIFE forms.

    Break the chain of life and it will sooner or later affect us.

    Here's a Disney 'like' video from the early sixties that explains some of what we know.

    • americancommntr

      A man I did some work for once, said he worked for the AEC as a graduate student, studying fallout, in the early 1960s. He said the reason above ground testing became a concern was the risk of epidemics, from mutating microbes, if background levels of radiation continued to increase.

  • Replacant Replacant

    This reminded me of when they came back to Three Mile island after ignoring/mothballing the core until they had the technology to clean it up, they found algae in the water that was in an area so highly radioactive they thought nothing would grow "algae that not only grew, but thrived in the contaminated water."

    This article as a lot of references and points to an article called "Postmortem on Three Mile Island" by BOOTH
    Science 4 December 1987: 1342-1345.DOI:10.1126/science.238.4832.1342

    but it requires a membership, though bactrias and algae that thrive in toxic areas is the direction we should be looking to identify this black radioactive junk. I'll keep digging.

  • arclight arclight

    i bet someones let this loose in the hope of cleanup!!

    Isolation and Characterization of Cesium-Accumulating Bacteria

    "…37Cs in various organisms, such as a cyanobacterium (1),
    fungi (9), mushrooms (13), and mosses (7), was studied as an
    indicator of radioactive contamination. However, only a few
    studies of cesium accumulation by bacteria have been conducted.
    Studies of the bioaccumulation process could be useful for
    the removal and monitoring of radioactive compounds, such
    as uranium (19, 21), neptunium (20), and cesium (16, 25), in
    the wastewater of nuclear facilities and aquatic environments. An important factor in the design of a bioaccumulation process study is the isolation of the appropriate microorganisms…."

    the japanese were the guys doing some study on this!

    • arclight arclight

      Cyanobacteria: Pioneers of Planet Earth

      "…The ability of these organisms to fix N2 either independently or in symbiosis with other organisms not only contributes to natural ecosystems but is applied in certain countries particularly for rice cultivation. Their ability to grow in highly polluted environments is also used in the treatment of sewage and industrial effluents. Cyanobacteria are the most efficient among all living organisms in the harvesting of solar energy and are currently looked at as highly attractive candidates for biofuel production. A few species are being used for the production of highly nutritive food supplements. On the negative side, some cyanobacteria form massive growths called „blooms‟ in water bodies and many of them produce toxins harmful to fish, digastric animals and are suspected to be responsible for certain human ailments. Having reviewed most of these aspects of cyanobacteria, it is concluded that knowledge on these little known organisms would be invaluable not only for students, scientists and environmentalists but also for industrialists and policy makers…"

      maybe it came from somewhere else?

      • arclight arclight

        Unraveling Cyanobacteria Ecology in Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP)

        `"…Problems regarding the occurrence of cyanobacteria in WWTP are not limited to toxin production. Other cyanobacterial secondary metabolites may act as antibacterial compounds leading to the disruption of bacterial communities that biologically convert organic materials in WWTP being fundamental to the efficacy of the process. Studies reveal that the potential antibacterial capacity differs according to cyanobacteria specie and it seems to be more effective in Gram (+) bacteria. Thus, to understand the effects of cyanobacterial communities in the efficiency of the waste water treatment it will be necessary to unravel the complex interactions between cyanobacterial populations, bacteria, and protozoa in WWTP in situ studies…."

        • InfoPest InfoPest

          Black Stuff Might Be A Scientific Field Test.

          "Development of high affinity biosorbents by surface display of metal binding proteins"

          "The project is to develop profit oriented economically feasible to implement by all metal handling industries including DAE establishments for the treatment of low and medium level metal containing effluents and nuclear wastes using enhanced whole-cell biosorption technology. It is aimed at to proceed from the proof-of concept to "field testing stage." The development of such an efficient and affordable technology for nuclear waste treatment is essential. In this project we will develop a technology for the display of metal binding proteins at the cell surface of "cyanobacteria." The strains will be tested for immobilization for the development of bioreactor to remove the radioactive and non-radioactive metal from industrial effluents. The process parameters will be optimized for scaling up. The proposed project may provide a cost effective, quick and more metal binding capacity and it will find an essential alternative method for online treatment in DAE and metal handling industries for safe discharge of wastewater."

          Cyanobacteria; This is Blue/Green Algae. Also Known As The Black Stuff

          • arclight arclight

            i was thinking that they were using it at the waste water treatment works or in the drinking water supplies? maybe it got loose! a bioengineered version!! bioaccumulating when it spores! yikes! doess this land form of cyanobacteria spore in the air??

            great link info pest! thanks

            • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

              The damaged reactors at Fukushima are pouring out radioactive material over Japan and around the world, but the solution may be tiny microbes that actually eat uranium and plutonium. These microbes are called extremophiles and they have been known about since 1956. They can withstand radiation 15 times what would kill humans and they actually seek out and eat uranium and plutonium transforming them into far less dangerous substances. These microbes actually live and thrive in environments that would kill almost anything else. They can grow on nuclear rods, in nuclear waste, in toxic waste, and in boiling water. Despite numerous studies that have been conducted on them, scientists aren’t sure how these creatures are able to survive exposure to intense radiation,. There are different theories about their origin. Some believe that they may have been brought to the Earth by an asteroid while others speculate that they were the first life forms on the planet when the Earth was forming. Extremophiles are considered to be a new category of life form known as: archea.

              • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

                A variety of species of extremophiles have been discovered such as Kineococcus, Geobacter sulfurreducens and Geobacter metallireducens. These microbes not only eat radioactive material, but they actively seek them out like a predator seeking out its prey. The U.S. Department of Energy and other government and private entities have conducted experiments using these microbes to help clean up the billions of tons of nuclear waste sites around America. The tests have proven very successful.

                “Researchers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy have used the microbe to reduce uranium in the water at Rifle Mill by over 70 percent and further research this past summer reduced uranium in water at the site by 90 percent.”

                Researchers have found that the growth of extremophiles can be encouraged with the use of vinegar among other things. Fortunately, extremophiles are harmless to humans.

                …*Some genetically modified versions are more problematic because of the many unknowns about what they will do once released into the environment. One of these genetic modifications have been labeled “Super Conan”.


                • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

                  "Super Conan" refered to in my above post.


                  D. radiodurans is capable of withstanding an acute dose of 5,000 Gy of ionizing radiation with almost no loss of viability, and an acute dose of 15,000 Gy with 37% viability.[9][10][11] A dose of 5,000 Gy is estimated to introduce several hundred double-strand breaks (DSBs) into the organism's DNA (~0.005 DSB/Gy/Mbp (haploid genome)). For comparison, a chest X-ray or Apollo mission involves about 1 mGy, 5 Gy can kill a human, 200-800 Gy will kill E. coli, and over 4,000 Gy will kill the radiation-resistant tardigrade.

                  Several bacteria of comparable radioresistance are now known, including some species of the genus Chroococcidiopsis (phylum cyanobacteria) and some species of Rubrobacter (phylum actinobacteria); among the archaea, the species Thermococcus gammatolerans shows comparable radioresistance.[5] Deinococcus radiodurans also has a unique ability to repair damaged DNA. It isolates the damaged segments in a controlled area and repairs it. This bacteria can also repair many small fragments from an entire chromosome.[12]

                  Michael Daly has suggested the bacterium uses manganese complexes as antioxidants to protect itself against radiation damage.

                  A team of Russian and American scientists proposed that the radioresistance of D. radiodurans had a Martian origin.

                  In 2009, nitric oxide was reported to play an important role in the bacteria's recovery from…

                  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

                    Deinococcus has been genetically engineered for use in bioremediation to consume and digest solvents and heavy metals, even in a highly radioactive site. For example, the bacterial mercuric reductase gene has been cloned from Escherichia coli into Deinococcus to detoxify the ionic mercury residue frequently found in radioactive waste generated from nuclear weapons manufacture.[22] Those researchers developed a strain of Deinococcus that could detoxify both mercury and toluene in mixed radioactive wastes.

                    In 2003, U.S. scientists demonstrated D. radiodurans could be used as a means of information storage that might survive a nuclear catastrophe. They translated the song It's a Small World into a series of DNA segments 150 base pairs long, inserted these into the bacteria, and were able to retrieve them without errors 100 bacterial generations later. However, since only a small portion of the information can be stored in DNA of D. radiodurans, several species had to be created, each holding a different part of the song and species needed to be kept segregated over time. If species are evolving together after a number of generations certain species will emerge dominant and others will become extinct and parts of the encoded message which were stored in extinct species will be lost.

                    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


                      "In 2003, U.S. scientists…translated the song 'It's a Small World' into a series of DNA segments…."

                      (sarcasm) This study was funded by a grant from (insert your favorite government agency here) in the amount of $200,000.

                      Their next project will be:

                      "Glow little glowworm, glimmer, glimmer

                      my little world grows dimmer, dimmer,

                      thanks to other scientists just like you,

                      we're really in a stew."

                      Where IS Orwell?

              • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                Since we are also bioaccummulating radiation, they are also probably able to eat us also. All this genetic engineering combined with nuclear fission is going to mean our doom. I really don't want to be consumed by radiation OR genetically engineered microbes or a genetically engineered virus or morgellon gmo or any other genetically engineered monstrosity.

              • Misitu

                My take on this is that they are not actually following up their thinking. Because if for example a bacterial colony can find and consume uranium (,plutonium, curium, caesium, …) then it will end up containing those elements, still decaying and producing radiation in the same way as before the bacteria discovered a source.

                The only way this process is useful is if the radioactive material can be filtered through the bacterial colony and the heavy metal concentrate collected.

                Conversely, if the bacteria gets out into the wild then all bets are off. Dust blows about, can be breathed in by animals (houseflies anyone), and taken up by growing plants.

                In the haste to develop a /profit/able (as pasted by your goodself) technology the scientists/engineers concerned it seems have not covered the risks of escape. This it appears is what Japan is now facing.

                Not Good.

              • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


                "…they actually seek out and eat uranium and plutonium transforming them into far less dangerous substances"

                Such as???

    • Misitu

      April 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm · Reply

      i bet someones let this loose in the hope of cleanup!!"

      That would be great – blokes going out at dead of night in anonymous white vans going out at dead of night and stopping to pour paint tins of CB fluid over bits of road, pathways –

      • Misitu

        sorry typo am off to get coffee, bit early here (tho' not dead of night)

        imperfection grrrr

  • arclight arclight

    Health Effects of Toxin-Producing Cyanobacteria: “The CyanoHABs”

    " Cyanobacteria toxins (cyanotoxins) include cytotoxins and biotoxins with biotoxins being responsible for acute lethal, acute, chronic and "..sub-chronic poisonings of wild/domestic animals and humans. The biotoxins include the neurotoxins; ana-toxin-a, anatoxin-a(s) and saxitoxins plus the hepatotoxins; microcystins, nodularins and cylindrospermopsins. Confirmations of human deaths from cyanotoxins are limited to exposure through renal dialysis at a haemodialysis center in Caruaru, Brazil, in 1996. A major effort to compile all available information on toxic cyanobacteria including issues of human health, safe water practices, management, prevention and remediation have been published by the World Health Organization. This paper will review our current understanding of CTP's including their risk to human health…"

    supposed to live in water???

  • Stephengn

    Last time I checked, cyanobacteria was not magnetic.

    Come on! This black stuff mystery has been going on for a month or so now and no one can tell us what this sh$@ is yet?

    Is this another instance of the govt holding back info in order to "not cause a panic"

    • Misitu

      Stop Panicking, Stephengn !

      [sorry. black humour, blackdust humour]

    • many moons

      Good point Stephengn
      Whatever is in that black stuff is a magnetic (metal) substance…
      aren't many radioisotopes metalic?

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Please COPY PASTE THIS TO YOUR BLOGS (if you haven't)
    from my link at HP from Naoto Kan translated by D'un Renard: "Everyone is trapped in the web of nuclear village"
    By D'un Renard in 福島 FUKUSHIMA 311 WATCHDOGS 福島 ·
    From GEN Blog in french Translated by D'un Renard:

    I know some of you dont have face book…but HP (shock of all shocks) posted D'un's comment in full.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      TURN IT UP!!
      "Close To The Edge"
      This fits too!!
      "Soon oh soon the light
      Pass within and soothe the endless night
      And wait here for you
      Our reason to be here
      Soon oh soon the time
      All we move to gain will reach and calm
      Our heart is open
      Our reason to be here
      Long ago, set into rhyme
      Soon oh soon the light
      Ours to shape for all time, ours the right
      The sun will lead us
      Our reason to be here
      The sun will lead us
      If YOU CANT GET INSPIRED BY YES…then I'm sorry for you.

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    If anyone can find a link on how cyanobacteria emit Alpha radiation then I'll have some kind of reason to consider that the black dust emerging from the reactors flying around as far as Tokyo, testing high for Alpha radiation is not (the much more simple explanation of) Mox corium dust.

    • Misitu

      I don't believe that we should consider the two explanations as exclusive. If CB can concentrate heavy metals, some of these being alpha emitters, then CB can concentrate heavy R/A metals in nanoified corium dust.

      The urgency is to sample and identify.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Maybe it is coming from all the incineration of radioactive materials. We had better stop incineration in the US as well including what we incinerate for other countries.

    Shut down all nuclear reactors immediately!!!!!

  • arclight arclight

    cyanobacteria diversity in extreme environments!

    cool read up!

    • Misitu

      Thanks for your research arclight. Without an academic library subscription, many articles are inaccessible. Hence your findings are appreciated.

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Forget Nuclear
    February 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm · Reply
    Have you seen the black cloud parked over Fukushima?

    I have never seen anything in my life like that before…


    February 28, 2012 at 3:38 am · Reply
    asking me really?
    (because "a parking cloud went black @ tepco fukushima" is a nuckelchenblogde trademark…)

    @ ruth:
    black nano powder could be backed here on that day

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    March 17, 2012 at 2:35 am · Reply
    thats one of the moxoriums down there…

    please think about when you talk about MOX–
    -how will MOX be builded?
    okay, from gas…
    like everything in the stupid physics you can do it backwards…
    means mox into gas?
    just think about it…
    there was a new delivery to japan with some tons of helifluxinuckybridium-whatevergas – moment – okay – not in gas, they send it in powder:

    isn't powder not the new instant gas?
    the prozess from gas into solid matter?
    jet-trail to condensation nuclei

    nucleation is…
    …like if you would swell and instead of stink would be a fine cloud of dust fall to ground…

  • Whoopie Whoopie

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  • blackrain66

    black rain. fallout.

  • pure water

    I do not see a contradiction between the dust from fuel or burning waste and the radioctive bacteria, because bacteria thrive in suitable for their nutrition environment. It is interesting how this matter travels – by winds, by rain, how high? How the areas occupied by it on the ground change in time? What makes the matter accumulating and what can spread it? Can this bacteria spread into multicelular living organisms, and if yes, what happens to them?

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    @ alles…Try this: Götterdämmerung – Trauermarsch


    …oder dies–Bathory


  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    It is time to hold environmental criminals liable… If you make thousands of square miles uninhabitable for tens or hundreds of thousands of years, I would say that qualifies for the term ECOCIDE.

    UN Proposal To Establish Ecocide; Prevent Damage To Environment

  • Misitu

    Warning: this thread may attract traces of trolling.

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      Misitu…I hope you are not pointing fingers at me as a troll. I am in incredible pain. If my posts seem inappropriate or unduly negative or somehow irrelevant or extreme, please know this is not my intent. It's just my way of dealing with what increasingly looks like the demise of our species, as we drag other species along with us. Apologies, if needed!

      • Misitu

        Sorry not at all dharmasyd. Sincere apologies for any offence or hurt caused completely by accident. I was concerned at any attempt by anybody to discredit the need to

        You have been here a long time and have always supported the cause of taking this seriously.

        Again, my sincere regrets for the hurt which was not pointed at you,


      • Misitu

        Sorry not at all dharmasyd. There was nothing in my comment triggered by anything of yours.

        Sincere apologies for any offence or hurt caused completely by accident. I was concerned at any attempt by anybody to discredit the need to keep investigating.

        You have been here a long time and have always supported the cause of taking this seriously.

        Again, my sincere regrets for the hurt which was not pointed at you,


  • razzz razzz

    Mold spores travel in the wind or settle on the ground or can be frozen in ice for millions of years before being released and then finding the proper conditions to grow and thrive, like in a damp area away from sunlight where they consumes wood and leaves among other things. You can't really see the mold itself has it roots into wood but you do see their chimneys or vents where byproducts they produce are evacuated while its enzymes breakdown cellulose.

    In an enclosed area their (the mold's) byproducts in mass are deadly as they enter through open wounds or via airways.

    Point is, maybe these organisms were dormant (like mold) until they found the right conditions and/or foods to thrive on. And if they thrive, to much of their byproducts could turn harmful while at the same time neutralizing nuclear fallout/waste, as they might have done early in earth's history.

  • many moons

    Interesting point….I can't see how they could neutralize radiation???? But if it's possible to do, we need to study it and develop a mechanism for doing the same.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The black plague approaches. I don't think any bacteria or fungus is healthy when its this color.

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