Researchers: Radioactive materials detected off California, levels spike to 400% normal — Crew then discovers ‘island’ of tsunami debris — Never seen so much garbage in ocean before — TV: “Disturbing new images from Pacific… looks like islands of plastic” 1,000 miles from coast — 7 tons and 80 ft. long, can walk on it as if land (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

Published: July 28th, 2014 at 4:09 pm ET
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Algalita Marine Research Institute Blog, July 7, 2014: Radioactive Rope — Just after midday a piece of rope was pulled aboard. As part of our logging protocol, I brought out the Geiger counter and took a reading. The ambient reading that morning had been about 30 CPM so it was a surprise when the reader climbed, and spiked at 120 CPM – our highest reading yet.

AMRF, July 13, 2014 at 5:57a: Charlie spotted a black spot on the horizon he thought looked to be something industrial […] By the time we were several hundred meters away, we could see a series of black buoys, maybe 70 of them, with a few orange floats mixed in as well. To be less conspicuous and not disturb whatever might be living in, on, or around it, Jesus rowed us in for final approach […] It was amazing to see the school of more than 50 mahi mahi […]

AMRF, July 13, 2014 at 8:12p: Alguita and Crew spent the night moored to the approximately 7 ton island [and] mapped the island this morning using […] a tape measure to get its size […] It would be capable of causing considerable damage to even large ships. […] The plastic debris the island has accumulated is substantial […] For years I have been telling people that there is no such thing as a “plastic island” in the Pacific Gyre. I now have a map of one that has aspects of permanence, a metal anchor 40 feet deep, solid rope beaches, some of which you can walk on as if you were on land.

AMRF, July 27, 2014: [The] Lantern fish or ‘myctophids’ […] stomach contents were analyzed and no obvious plastic particles were found, which is interesting and a bit surprising. The liver size and color is significant as it indicates a response to pollutants – the lighter color liver likely suggesting more exposure to pollutants.

ABC 7, July 15, 2014: Disturbing new images from the Pacific Ocean, what looks like islands of plastic […] “They found a lot more plastic farther away from the area that’s called the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ than they’ve ever seen. So they ran across it sooner than they expected, and it was a lot of debris,” said Algalita Executive Director Marieta Francis. […] They’re… taking samples to determine… whether the livers of fish… are riddled with toxins […]

89.3 KPCC, July 21 2014: Island of trash discovered in Pacific 1,000 miles off California coast […] The mass is made up of fishing gear, nets and buoys that are believed to have come from [Japan’s] 2011 tsunami […] it has […] become so  compact and large that researchers were able to stand on it in places. “It’s 80 feet long. It’s about 30 feet across in some places. If you were looking down from above, it would look like an island floating in the middle of the ocean,” said Marita Francis […] it’s the first time her organization has seen something like it. […] the researchers […] saw more instances of garbage on this trip than ever before. “On this expedition, they’ve seen more debris in the ocean than they’d ever seen before,” Francis said.

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105 comments to Researchers: Radioactive materials detected off California, levels spike to 400% normal — Crew then discovers ‘island’ of tsunami debris — Never seen so much garbage in ocean before — TV: “Disturbing new images from Pacific… looks like islands of plastic” 1,000 miles from coast — 7 tons and 80 ft. long, can walk on it as if land (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

  • jec jec

    NOAA or some concerned international organization should 'collect' this is island, or at least mark it with a buoy/gps device to warn mariners (people on ships and boats..).

  • NOAA… lol, not until we sue them

  • just breathe just breathe

    Why not TUG it back to Japan. By the time it gets there,
    surely Ineptco will have figured out a way to use the debris
    as an additive to help build their ice wall.
    Look out folks the Pacific toilet seems to be backing up.

  • The tsunami debris are toxic in nature, as they came from docks stocked ready with things people use. Chemicals mainly, horrible toxic crap we are told we gotta have; many required by law. The washed away packaging filled with pool chemicals etc. have killed anything that got too close their entire journey afloat. They could recycle the plastic mountains into floating hospitals for those too radioactive to be in society. Why they have not recycled the mountains of trash in the gyres remains a mystery to me…Oh yeah BIG OIL. Killed the ocean we have, the entire aqua system is next. Oxygen will become a very expensive luxury, as well as water in the short term. Add tsunami toxins to the already huge gyres, and a big problem looms.
    Sunlight depletion, water shortages, toxins, carcinogens, radiation. Right. Clean energy. Check.

    http://s1273.photobucket.com/user/CesiumSky/library/Cesium%20Sky

    http://s1273.photobucket.com/user/CesiumSky/library/Cesium%20Sky/ELEmentSky

  • papacares papacares

    and if this is not enough the nukers are installing a new facility at OS (OSU) to further their death agenda

    http://www.newslincolncounty.com/archives/120345

    whoopie Corvallis will get 100 new jobs and 100 million will die due to the continuance of this nuclear nightmare

    also notice the article says " Instructors gave a demonstration of how a NuScale reactor would be able to withstand a situation similar to the one that struck the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011."

    Fantasy pure FAnTasy

  • weeman

    Plastic another manmade poison, it does not exist in nature and its chemicals bioaccumulates in living things.

  • Mmmmmmmm more word on tsunami debris! Finally!
    Take a walk and get the rad word out, People!
    http://tinyurl.com/fukushimabusinesscard4u

    Other rad resources
    http://enenews.com/forum-best-practices-combating-effects-radiation/comment-page-13#comment-478924

    No one will ever know unless We tell them so

    • Haven't listened yet…
      Douglas dietrich [ Fukushima Daiichi nuclear attack ] LNM
      Published on Aug 5, 2012
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSrgf8bERAo

      • Bungalow Phil Bungalow Phil

        Heelo, yes,
        Some of the stories he tells are fsscinating. The shit that goes on is mind-boggling. He nailed it when he link the PEn=ta-goN to satA.nick cults and the nuke industry, wherein he stated that the there will never be a peaceful or safe nucl=ear industry because it is rooted in de-m-=onic worship. I would add alchemy is part of the system to create disease and more virolent toxins. 7/22/2014 CrtclOmissions.
        Have a good one.

  • Arizonan Arizonan

    Hi all, am posting this here because the "Comments" buttons on the Petitions and Low Level Rad forums have been disabled. The link I am providing here makes it very easy to comment on the EPA proposal to relax radiation standards in the US, when in fact we all know they should be strengthened. This link has the docket number, a draft letter you can use or change as you wish. The organisation behind the campaign, the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, has a long and venerable history of resisting all things nuclear, esp nuclear power. They are also well worth donating a few dollars to, if people have it. They do good work and fight the good fight against the nuclear industry. Here is your opportunity to comment now on the insane plan by the US govt to relax radiation standards: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17863

  • EKO KLAP$$ 2014

    Oh joy of sunshine, smiles of glee, all is well; consume as Atlahtia burns with atomic radiation.

    Now those with the ability to read between the lines can see the media blackout from the devil dust empire. The reporters at ABC 7 are trying the only way they can to warn Californians of the eco dissaster looming on their doorstep. Reminds me of a song called brave, I believe this song is very popular at the moment. More truths my friends .

    Bad religion also sung a great prophecy song about these very times.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxoD9zWY9Rg

  • Jebus Jebus

    Thanks admin, these connect…

    This is our story, here on the west coast, comin at us…

    Much sadness for what can not be stopped.

    Much much inspiration for what can.

    As for that wild and crazy guy. I think everyone is right.

    If Admin wanted him banned, you would not see that username.

    Leave him to be that crazy guy, flailing about the comments.

    He's not fooling anyone and it's not about the comments…

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      It's very sad to see a grown man floundering around in his own created Nuclear cesspool… 🙁

    • name999 name999

      jebus, I am mixed on this one…I think people have to respond to the situation as needed and the comments are important. If the post is banned then the site needs to evolve it's ability to really ban someone/thing.

      Always appreciate your view on things Jebus.

      • Jebus Jebus

        I would thumbs up a thumbs down button.

        Collect 'em all and …

      • MFX 1209

        The bloggers on this site do not want to grow. They are stagnant in their knowledge and beset with confirmation bias. They know that my presence is a thorn in their side. I like being the foil. It keeps me sharp. Plus I really dont give a sh*t what they think of me personally.

        One person, Jebus is so self righteous. He thinks he is above it all.

        • zogerke zogerke

          Notice 999: User MFX 1209 is a porn-linking pronuker at Fukushima Diary with several recurrent pseudonyms who has been banned from this blog in the past. Please do not respond to his postings other than to copy and paste this notice. Thank you for your repeated patience in this matter.

          • name999 name999

            zogerke, those who post the repeat message are taking one route but as long as the postings keep getting on then there will be discussion about what is being posted. This one poster is just a reminder of the ignorance that is wreaking destruction.

            I am well aware of what you are doing and have no problem ignoring when it is appropriate to do so, and discussing when that seems right.

            Best is to really ban this poster, if that is not possible, then numerous approaches and strategies will surely be applied by the enenews community. Censoring ours own views is not a remedy.

        • Cooter

          Spoken like a true aristocrat, of the new world order, who's wisdom has fallen on deft ears. Your not a thorn in anyone's side, its that your so wrapped up in yourself you cannot see the forest for the trees.

          Nuclear energy has caused so many problems with the largest problem of spent nuclear waste. Its like you have a huge back yard and you choose to shit in the house. Problem is this shit won't go away for thousands of years and you keep on shitting in your own home and won't, can't clean it up, yet you expect us to do your dirty work and pay for YOUR follies. The money you spend comes from us the taxpayers of America, so don't ever forget that you work for US, not the other way around.

          As far as these bloggers who don't want to grow, I can assure you this is quite the opposite. It is you who will not engage in a logical and meaningful dialogue but instead prefer to attack Jebus out of your own self righteousness.

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

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  • We Not They Finally

    They could not even clean up floating debris? Floating? Right out there on the open sea? They could not even do that? Really?

    • name999 name999

      We are through the looking glass. We finally realize what is happening…is it too late WNTF?

      Probably, but something in me wants to have hope. If we SHUT THEM ALL DOWN that would be
      a very hopeful thing.

      Instead they are making them purse size.

      • MFX 1209

        Yet people know in their heart of hearts that shutting down nuclear power world wide really isnt an option. For if one country decides not to adopt nuclear, there is another country willing to do so if not for their own energy security.

        • or-well

          Arrogance on parade! The Cultist presumes to speak for people!
          And lies too! And only partially coherent! I smell brain cells cooking…Pu!

          • MFX 1209

            Cultist. You are too funny.

            Pot this is kettle, you are black.

            I dont presume to talk for people.

            Its common sense. You think Russia and China are going to stand by while antinukes try to implode US security?

            The US wont stand by either. Even a Democratic president is pronuclear. Go figure.

            • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

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          • Funny how the troll tries to equate US security with nuclear power. Same way the cartel rammed nuclear into Japan's throat, aka thyroid.

            • Jebus Jebus

              Yeah, I'm thinkin that Japan and the Ukraine are pretty much secure.

              They got nuclear…

            • Wyakin Wyakin

              Stock-equivocations are the lifeblood of nuclearists.

              ENE readers know, "Security," is a hollow and banal NPP justification used for assault against all DNA species, supported by dogma parrots with the same stale, dry and inconsequential public service announcements, brought forward by the ministry of propaganda.

              There are NPP rattletraps on the brink of failure across the US and around the globe, and we know that FU drove up ultra conservative IAEA statistical modeling probability that a meltdown will occur within the EU by 1000%. Yes, no typo, 1000%! Same stats are close to applicable in US.

              http://enenews.com/study-iaea-website-core-meltdown-risk-around-1000-higher-because-fukushima-engineer-nuclear-disaster-certainty-next-30-years-europe

              The lack of comprehensive liability insurance coupled with indemnification of NPP operators and manufacturers, encourages negligence underlying a failed and inherently dangerous technology, which continuously scatters radioactivity into the environment and, results in a wide range of human illnesses.

              Nuclearists have no skin in the game, and benefit from corporate welfare, paid for directly by taxpayers.

              Outdated concepts of radiation effects have been left intentionally uncorrected(E.G. ICRP apologists, et. al.)to deceive the public on the true devastating health effects of INTERNAL contamination radionuclides.

              Peace, ~W~

              • Well said, can you put that up as an EPA comment?

                • Wyakin Wyakin

                  Stock yes, of course.

                  My previous EPA submissions included papers which provide further discussion on the biochemical health effects of internal contamination.

                  No matter what each person's background is, they should submit comments to the EPA.

                  I'm not sure what happened to the dogma parrot.

                  He seems to have inexplicably disappeared.

                  ~W~

              • MFX 1209

                PRA is a little more complicated than "take 3 meltdowns and divide by 25 years"

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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        And they're going to start building them in Corvallis, Oregon, of all places. Whoda thunk the people in Oregon would allow it? Or are universities exempt from the normal process of putting experimental reactors on a site w/o public oversight?

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes, he is fried…. 🙁

  • Jebus Jebus

    So are we.

    We've been dosed.

    The largest release of radionuclides into the environment ever and ongoing…

    Ya always want to top yer last act. Wasn't big enough.

    Nobody learned. Plenty of data though.

    Look back if you want to look forward.

    We got dosed. And for that to work, the bar has to be raised.

    Thing is, it's still pouring out. Not on land. The Ocean.

    We got dosed and no one can deny it. How much?

    Remember, your supposed to keep track of that.

    Look at all you have seen with your own eyes.

    Forget what anyone has told you.

    What did you learn by yourself?

    I learned, we got dosed…

  • Jebus Jebus

    GE – We Dose All Life.

  • dunkilo

    I wish I knew how to post…..chk out spaceweather.com
    for the red auroras ..I see you !!

  • dunkilo

    they look more pink to me …just sayin

  • bo bo

    7/28/14 multiple spikes in Hirono (?) Koya (? Can't read the unique use of Kanji) ) – eitherways, town outside Fukushima

    https://mobile.twitter.com/n0ri_tiki/status/493603022782484484

  • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

    Global moratorium on mankind-induced criticalities, for a minimum of one year while the cases are filed and stacked.

    All nuclear facilities are to immediately begin controlled movements in cooperation with neighboring facilities toward states of cold shutdown, and then prepare to hold those states indefinately.

    Then hold the global nuclear crime trials…there are some people that need to go before a jury to plea their cases…

    The greatest threat to the national security of any nation, is the operation of man-made nuclear fission reactors anywhere on the planet.

    The willful act of putting the materials together in order to produce a fission reaction is tantamount to pulling a trigger…a trigger from a gun with unspeakable millions of rounds…wildly into a crowd of billions…

    Fukushima Daiichi is a global tragedy that is occuring as symptomology of the greater, over-arching problem: Entire nations, in fact, much of the world is now being occupied by greater numbers of people who do not know how to live their lives in a way that is non-destructive to the surrounding plant/animal life/environment.

    Whole nations are filled with people who have lived their entire lives with the presence of electricity…much of it originally designed and installed to be out of view, and thus out of mind.

    The average individual is creating massive areas of devesation, every day, by his/her choices and actions/inactions.

    • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

      Continued:

      The knowledge of the plant and animal life around us is fading, and is completely absent from 90 percent of current people.

      It's like losing your vocabulary…if you don't know what the plants are, then you aren't able to make use of them at all…soon enough you won't care to see someone shredding them with a gas-powered torture device.

      It shows that the person will go to great lengths and expenditure to stick with convention–even if it means destroying something that is living–rather than make a personal judgement call.

  • this is a clear attack on solar from the nuclear cartel. Solar and nat gas killed Kewaunee. Kewaunee couldn't compete at 14 cents per kWH.

    So now they want to charge half your bill as "overhead" and then people have little incentive to conserve, since the kWH charge is also cut in half.

    freaking insanity. I will have to get right in their face.

    http://host.madison.com/business/wisconsin-utility-companies-take-aim-against-solar-power/article_cd1fb31a-c1ad-56a4-a71b-375830d5b6e1.html

    • Sparky Sparky

      Stock, I think you're right. This is a wedge, a foot-in-the-door. WI will be a political proving ground of what's to come in other states. They (nuclear/fossil-based energy) are staking their claim to WI because it is a small market and they think they can win there.

      Excerpt from the article:
      "Solar impact still small
      Wisconsin is 27th in the nation for solar power capacity, with 17 megawatts’ worth of solar units, enough to power 2,600 homes, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

      RENEW estimates 0.02 percent of Wisconsin’s electricity comes from solar energy, based on 2012 data. “Financially, the impact it’s having on utilities is almost imperceptible,” Huebner said."

      Here is the nuclear/old energy mouthpiece Edison Energy Institute's policy brief–a roadmap to stopping the spread of "disruptive technologies" (e.g., solar, wind) framed as a call to "align" energy co. (investors) and customers' interests. [see summary] They're afraid that customers will move to energy independence from the nuclear/fossil energy companies, off-grid, cutting into their profits and control they now enjoy at consumers’/environment’s expense.

      http://www.eei.org/issuesandpolicy/finance/Documents/disruptivechallenges.pdf

      WI is presidential wannabe Congressman Paul Ryan's home state. He's framed the issue as a need for American energy independence and federal government intrusion/market interference via subsidies to "green energy." Surprise. **sarc**

      • Sparky Sparky

        [continued] Wave that flag and pledge your allegiance to the nuclear/fossil fuel cartel! ***triple sarc***
        Here's the Paul Ryan link, http://paulryan.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=9977.

        Yes, this is an attack on solar, wind and other more viable, cost-effecient and ecologically sound "disruptive" energy alternatives. I think you and a whole lot of other people will have to "get right in their faces."

        Folks, get your solar now while you can, while still affordable and readily available. Take whatever steps you can now to decrease reliance on/support of the nuclear/fossil fuel energy cartel. That is true energy independence.

      • Sparky Sparky

        **note, that should read He's [Ryan] framed the issue as a need for American energy independence and LESS federal government intrusion/market interference via subsidies to "green energy."

  • Sickputer

    Far be it me to think ill of Capt. Moore…but there is inherent danger in handling contaminated Japan garbage at sea:

    http://www.algalita.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Screen-Shot-2014-07-08-at-3.05.32-PM.png

    They measured the ambient… What if that rope was loaded with mire than just some cesium-137? The cesium alone is bad enough, but what if she was exposed to Strontium-90 or Plutonium particles?

    Those isotopes aren't picked up by a regular Geiger counter.

    For goodness sakes get some gloves at least and a charcoal respirator.

    • SP, funny, a friend of mine who just watches here called me and said the very same thing. She couldn't believe someone would touch anything on that floating pile of contamination without protection.

      • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

        If you guys are keen to it, watch how the schools and children-volunteer organisations are going to be the first ones into the ditches to start picking up the trash…

        It tends to be the women and children because the "men" get out of going to the volunteer thing using the excuse of "work", many of them using transportation, food/drink products,and services that end up in the very ditches their wives and children are gleefully rolling in throughout the day…

        It's everywhere; litter and chemicals and rad-waste oh my!…Pick a square of land and watch it…count how many bits of trash end up in it or pass through it. That constitutes only the bits that can be seen…essentially the least-dangerous of them all.

        You can't see a smudge of 400 million Cesium-137 atoms…on the tip of your finger…

        200 million of those atoms come off on the handle of the 'cheen mug…another 150 on the spoon…

  • NOAA is also quite corrupt. I have a former friend who started there in the 2008 and 2009 economic blowup era….I can't stand him anymore…he laughs at what they get away with for lack of work, and pokes fun at those who pay his salary…..us. Because some of them have to pass a swim test to work in the ocean, they only have to work 36 hours a week (so they can swim purportedly) not to mention all the vacation and sick days…. and they work it to the limit.

    Disgusting.

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      Stock;TPTB would call it a "death threat" if they ever overheard anyone conspire to fill MF's shoes with Preparation-H even though they make "troublemakers" "disappear" from the face of the Earth in the interest of security of the nation. LOL, I forgot to thank you again btw!, "the Dr. said it'd be best to lose 10 lbs or so over the next few months and since I put that Forbes pic from NukePro,(well half of the pic anyway)on the refrigerator door held in place with a much cuter collectible Yoda magnet I've lost 7 lbs in a week!!! THANK YOU!! (and you said that MF wasn't good for anything & a son only a mother could love!!) See,he DOES have a place here! To remind us that no matter how we turned out or have to show for our life's work,we should be prouder of where we "didn't" go or aspire to be!! Good Night ALL

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    yoohoo??!!! "special frieeennnddd"??!!! alternative occupation option befitting only the "Specialist" of "speshul fwends"…
    http://provo.craigslist.org/sad/4591912243.html p.s.,you're welcome!! 😉 Tell 'em Bobby sent ya'!! 😉

  • mutante mutante

    This really just about says it all: islands of radioactive garbage, floating about in the Pacific, and these morons in Washington are off on their little, insulated get aways, after their difficult, past year of lying through their teeth. We should stick the lot of them on these islands of radioactive garbage. They're garbage — so they should live on these islands of radioactive garbage,.

  • Nick

    Teacher. Class, we are going to study oceans and the life forms in them. Each of you get to choose a topic, like dolphins, whales, seaweed, sea stars, etc.

    Student 1: I want to research whale sharks.

    Student. 2: I think I will go for sea turtles.

    Student. 3: Me? I want to study those cool radioactive death islands with the mutated life forms.

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