Reuters: Contamination concerns growing… High radiation levels 270+ km from meltdowns — Gundersen: Over half of Japanese living in contaminated areas… Includes places 400 km away from Fukushima (VIDEO)

Published: February 13th, 2012 at 1:40 pm ET


Title: Tragedy in Fukushima: when can we go back to home again?
Source: Reuters
Author: Kim Kyung-Hoon
Date: February 13, 2012

[…] Two million Fukushima residents have growing concerns surrounding radiation contamination. Masks to prevent radiation from getting into their respiratory organs have been necessities for children and they were advised not to play outside. People line up to get their cultivated vegetables and food tested for radiation. Governments monitor radiation levels in the town and announce the level every day to ease concerns.

The thing is that these concerns are not limited to Fukushima. High radiation levels have been detected in several places, including Tokyo, more than 270 km away from the nuclear power plant, and the nuclear contamination fears have plagued the country.[…]

Read the report here

Title: Nuclear expert Arnold Gundersen with the first 2012 Fukushima update
Source: If You Love This Planet Radio with Dr. Helen Caldicott
Date: Feb. 11, 2012

At 25:15 in

  • More than half of the population of Japan are in areas that are contaminated… more than half
  • Potentially even if you’re 400km away you’re seeing contamination
  • It’s essentially the very southern parts of Japan that are almost radiation free

Listen to the broadcast here

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Published: February 13th, 2012 at 1:40 pm ET


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60 comments to Reuters: Contamination concerns growing… High radiation levels 270+ km from meltdowns — Gundersen: Over half of Japanese living in contaminated areas… Includes places 400 km away from Fukushima (VIDEO)

  • WindorSolarPlease

    What is going on there, is contaminating the oceans, and carried through the jet streams to other Countries.

    Maybe I have missed it, are there any breaking reports in the media about this world disaster?

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      NOPE. NoahScape at HP will tell you, it doesn't matter what's happening in Japan, Noah will tell you it's FULL STEAM AHEAD for Nuclear PP's all over the world, Noah will tell you "little blogs" like the one I just found ….MATTERS NOT. I say BULLSHIT.
      We've all said it over and over again:
      <H2>AS LONG AS FUKUSHIMA REMAINS IN MELTDOWN MODE, the Nuke Industry SUFFERS.</H2> Sorry for the LARGE PRINT but it's TRUE. They know it…and we do too.
      Be like a postage stamp…
      stick to one thing till you get there.
      (shutting ALL NUCLEAR DOWN!!!!!)
      Josh Billings 1818 – 1885

      ♥ We Are The Media Now ♥

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        Oh well. NO LARGE PRINT HERE ANY LONGER. Admin, hope your working on that. I dont use h2 much BUT SOMETIMES it's needed. 🙁

      • Sickputer

        Nice quote Whoopie… Here's another one apropos:

        Occident: The part of the world lying west (or east) of the Orient.  It is largely inhabited by Christians, a powerful subtribe of the Hypocrites, whose principal industries are murder and cheating, which they are pleased to call "war" and "commerce." These, also, are the principal industries of the Orient.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

        • StillJill StillJill

          You do know though,…that just because 'they' call themselves Christians,…God surely does not approve of ANY of them,…period!

          To say they give Christianity a bad name doesn't go far enough!
          They blight His very name, His house, and all His true children.
          Please consider the distinction my friends!

        • Whoopie Whoopie

          We truly are in uncharted territory here.
          Pro-Nukes will fight us the whole way.
          They are concerned too, dont be FOOLED.
          As long as Fukushima is critical, the Industry is suffering "blows to the head". The longer this crisis is HEATED (reactors), they suffer!!
          SHUT THEM DOWN!

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            You are correct, and minimizing the extent of the problem using "weasel wording" in news articles is a key tactic.

          • These are the reasons we screamed for them to leave, for the gov. to save it's people, the children, as we shortly saw, and knew we could watch the days coming forward to the sorrow and suffering each new day brings, and this is only the beginning of pain and tears, who can bare to see tomorrow !

    • Why would the government care about actual environmental issues when they can convince the entire world to pay taxes for a "toxic" gas that is necessary for all life on earth?

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    And this:

    Maybe not as "all out there" as we'd like to see, but certainly doesn't just attempt to minimize the seriousness of the situation.

  • CaptD CaptD

    Radiation hits Tokyo from 2/13 to 2/15
    Japan is now a majority TEPCO Stock Owner, where is their TEPCO Board seat and who is asking questions and demanding answers for all those in Tokyo receiving TEPCO’s radioactive fallout?


    Who wants to star in a Japanese radioactive pollution Film!
    Everyone in Tokyo is now staring in the latest Japanese Radioactive Horror Film, courtesy of TEPCO and the Japanese Gov’t. approved burning and dumping of radioactive contaminated waste… Stay indoors and use TEPCO’s electricity…

    Ostrich roundup continues in nuclear evacuation zone

    I guess they will soon start putting bags over Tokyo residents heads to calm them down!

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      So fucking sad CaptD. We have to start TAKING THIS TO NEW LEVELS. I know we've all talked about that before. I'm more guilty than most – WE need to hit Stars Tweet pages like a suggestion from I forget said it HERE. SORRY ENENEWS'ER whoever it was. It's a great idea.
      THAT and posting on threads at HP whatever SUBJECT it is, hoping the MODS will let it fly. I finally got posted on the Jamie Lee Curtis thread. Whether it woke anyone up, I DONT KNOW. 🙁

  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    Kind of a re-post, but want everyone to know how important you all are to me and to each other…

    This is the favorite part of my day….reading or-well and responses to or-well's fertile, perceptive thoughts as they gather momentum.
    Good Morning Jill, Ho taters, AfterShock, B&B, Whoopie, Stock, x-docfox, Heart,…..and a big welcome to openeye.
    I've got 19 years clean and sober, and Enenews is like a big, wonderful AA meeting as we struggle with our planetary nuclear addiction…….Atoms Anonymous!

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Me too POOR DADDY. We all got ENERGY in the mornings and afternoon.
      ATOMS ANONYMOUS! I like that too! Dont forget CaptD too! He is TIRELESS IN HIS EFFORTS! Many others too numerous to name.

    • or-well

      Poor Daddy, All, finding ENENEWS helped me find some measure of acceptance of the denial all around me, boosted my hopes, has taught and is teaching me a lot.
      I wish I remembered whose post made me register. It doesn't matter. I thank this community with all it's diversity.

      I'm off for awhile to get "stuff" done!

      (PoorD – I was thinking of Stock and Whoopie last night, watching The Walking Dead on TV.
      It's about survivors in a Zombie world – hahaha! – so during commercials I wrote a troll/shill poem. It's on the "Professor" thread. Maybe good for a laugh…)

      • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

        You were definitely "on" in the professor thread this AM. Thats where my first post is re-posted from. As always, thanks for the sanity.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Congrats to you, PoorDaddy. Your Avatar makes me smile every time I see it, although I know there are children and other creatures born with one eye due to genetic damage from NP run amock. Isn't there a cartoon guy that looks like that? Reminds me of something I can't quite pin down ….

      I'm thankful knowing others here sometimes have a really bad day (due to rad and not just me?) and we're in this together.

      In the meantime, let's be careful not to get stuck in stinin' thinkin' ! Some 12 step wisdom I always found helpful — don't get too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. Especially important in times like these!

    • StillJill StillJill

      I knew it! 🙂

      Just hit 25 years on the 8th!

      So why does 19 years sound so bloody L O N G to me?
      Because IT IS! Way congrats on being teachable and humble, my friend! 🙂

    • 8thandLamar 8thandLamar

      Ha! No wonder I love this site…I've got 23years and hope to keep counting.

      Thank you ENE EVERYBODY !

    • truthseek truthseek

      Gotta chime here (worked late)

      I feel like I have a (ENE) home with this collective awareness (with others here). I am feeling near desperate… not crazed or depressed. But just at my wits end with unfolding world events (bogus 911, false flag events, global stock markets in collapse, Ponzified 401k / retirement system and 600T derivatives black hole, NDAA… FEMA camps and martial law. on and on… Nibiru…

      But the last straw (real threat to ALL life) with the epic FUKU (and the real dirty truths about the wretched nuclear industry) rushing my bucket list has become a .real. priority for me.

      I thank you all and find fine SOLACE in reading everyones impressions here! I wish Japan could access our awareness, to save themselves.

  • Gotham

    <blockquote>Essentially the Southern part is radiation free…</blockquote>

    Radiation free IF none of the following is occurring: radioactive cars, building materials, food, nature's critters, etc.

    • Gotham

      ADMIN – why are the HTML tags not working?

      • Gotham

        While this is not working can someone tell me how to use the HTML tags to embed a picture?

        • Sickputer

          Look under the Submit Comment button:

          NOTICE: html in comments has been disabled

          SP: The HTML stuff…mainly movies and photos was wreaking havoc on the speed of the site pages loading and causing bad web page rankings. Bad rankings means advertisers go elsewhere….and this site needs advertisers to pay for the big bandwidth needed and webmastering duties.

          HTH, Sickputer

  • More lies of Nukes

    You can always expose these at "Da Pimp"
    This one examines the lies in the PBS propaganda timed to sway public opinion, create doubt that hey maybe these new plants are really safe….answer is, no they are not, they still involve abusing atoms and an abused atom stays angry and damaged for a long time, ready to bully beat your body in revenge.

  • Stacy

    We have Japanese friends in Nagano and Tokyo. We asked, several times, if they would like to send their minor child to stay with us here in the USA. (No) We asked if they would like to come and stay as a family. (No) We sent one last letter over the holidays practically begging. (No) They continue to stand by their country and seem to feel that leaving is somehow unacceptable…in fact, that there is no real issue. I read this post today and I'm heartbroken; by the time people truly grasp what has happened it will be too late. So many children around me are being diagnosed with "asthma"…adults with pneumonia / bronchitis that has lingered since last fall. (LAST FALL!) Well, YOU all know how this has gone. Thank God for all of you or else me and my family might think we were the crazy ones. This is sheer madness we are witnessing.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Thanks for your story Stacy. It helps to understand, somewhat what the Japanese are feeling, whether it's about those "unaware" or visa versa. TY

    • Sickputer

      They love their country and family and in many ways it is like a ship sinking with too few lifeboats.

      Many would rather die than emigrate and leave parents and other loved ones behind.

      In so doing they may see their children die horribly so it is a heart-rending decision. Very stoic population…perhaps more so than any other nation in the world. The 6,000 years of isolation on their beloved island is a factor outsiders can not understand. I respect their decision even if it is a death sentence.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Hi Stacy,

      We have "norovirus" going around in the U.S. county where I live. Am curious to know if it's actually norovirus or radiation poisoning. Have heard several cases now where people got sick in Japan and elsewhere and it was dismissed as "norovirus." And no positive tests for it. Am going to call the County Health Dept. and ask if they actually FOUND norovirus in any of the people who have had it. Had something that at least "looked" like norovirus last week. It was so bad I almost called an ambulance to come & get me. Problem was I was too sick to get to a phone to call the ambulance.

      It passed after two days, but it made me wonder …. What were background radiation levels like in the S.F. Bay Area last week? Didn't notice anything unusual.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        I mean, ask if people have tested positive for norovirus who have possible norovirus symptoms.

        • alexa

          Once every few weeks I wake up at night and feel like throwing up – it passes after a lot of vitamin C pills. We are all subjected to radiation treatment and we have the side effect of cancer radiation treatments.My son is so pale some days I am very worried about his health.

      • Bobby1

        We don't know if the novoviruses have mutated due to radiation. I'm sure though that people are more susceptible to them now, with immune systems being weakened.

      • RE Norovirus or Fallout

        A couple of weeks ago I posted about the growing incidence of stomach problems in college students, children, and adults in Phoenix and among some people I know in California.

        I know for a fact that 4 people with these symptoms have gone to the doctor. 3 of the docs were specialists, including a gastroenterologist.

        No one received a diagnosis of any bacterial or viral infections.

        There is no explanation in any of these cases.

        A week ago I looked at the CDC stats. There was 1 outbreak of norovirus confirmed in AZ, in an elderly home.

        I am not sure what is correct:

        A. The stomach and other problems are symptoms of radiation exposure

        B. A hard-to-detect virus (maybe a norovirus) has mutated and is spreading more rapidly than usual

        C. We are weakened by exposure to fallout and therefore more susceptible to viral infections

        D. B and C

        I truly hope that these stomach and other problems are NOT symptoms of radiation exposure.

        I did google the symptoms experienced by cancer patients receiving radiation and sore throat and stomach problems are primary symptoms. Asthmatics also have more trouble with their asthma.

        If we are experiencing radiation fallout significant enough to cause these symptoms, than we had better start YELLING because there will not be much time for remediation if this is the case…

        Sorry to be redundant on this issue…

    • StillJill StillJill

      Yes Stacy,…very meaningful post! I needed that reality check–unfortunately! Please keep the anecdotal reporting coming, eh?

      We need to know what the folks are thinking and saying.

    • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

      Hi Stacy,

      Here is my own personal plan if a nuclear accident occurs near me may help you with your friends. Step three is what may help them. It is what I call an “Evacuation Vacation”. I live in Illinois it has the most nuclear reactors and stored nuclear waste of any state in the USA. We just had an incident at a nuclear plant in Byron, IL this month.

      1) Determine if I am in immediate danger based upon proximity to the nuclear plant, wind patterns and the nature of the incident.
      2) Shelter in place if the plume is right over me and evacuating would put me in more danger.
      3) If I am not sheltering in place but believe I may soon be in a harmful situation I will take an “Evacuation Vacation”. I will pick a place a safe distance away and plan to be there for a month to evaluate the situation and here is the key point…from a safe distance.


      • enoughalready45 enoughalready45


        An “Evacuation Vacation” gives a person or family the following advantages.

        1) It removes them from a potentially dangerous situation immediately.
        2) You do not have to pack up your worldly belongings and find a place to keep them. You can go back and get your stuff later. If the area is too contaminated to go back to then you did the right thing by getting out immediately. You can get new stuff.
        3) You can continue to pay your mortgage, rent, phone bill etc…
        4) You can have someone take care of your plants, fish and pick-up your mail. (Maybe one of those stubborn relatives that refuses to evacuate.)
        5) You do not have to officially quit your job. Lie; say you have to go take care of a sick relative for a week or two. If you need two more weeks call in sick after that. Trade places with your spouse let them go to work for a week then call in sick for a week, and then you take a turn. This is especially a good way to keep your children out of an area while the parents try to keep life together while reducing potential exposure.
        6) Going on an “Evacuation Vacation” is not abandoning your family. Actually if the situation becomes obviously worse and other family or friends decide they need to evacuate you have in effect set up a base camp location for them to come to.
        7) When you feel the situation is safe you can return. If the situation is not safe then you can convince your family to come to where you are or you can back with the knowledge of what the risks are.
        8) No money for a sudden “Evacuation Vacation”? Charge it!! If later you determine that you saved your life or your children’s lives you will be happy to pay off the bill.

        • truthseek truthseek

          WOW – potent thinking…
          great post, thank you.

        • StillJill StillJill

          BRAVO enoughalready45! I will steal this one FOR SURE!!! (I thank you)!

          Also,…..when 'we' lead,…good people follow! 🙂

          Let's be "leader Lemmings", eh? 🙂

    • Stacy,
      Do they have passports and visa's, proud people would not want to be a burden, to work is means to live, last hope's of a life that will go back to normal, but they will still be exposed to dangers of what they can not see or taste ! Keep nudging them !

  • Frances

    Yes, a very stoic nation except for the 50,000 or so who will be heading to a new Mini-Japan in India…….

  • Laterlukemayb Laterlukemayb

    Hi Stacy, I understand your concerns and the on going silence from media and health organizations about many strange illnesses being reported around the country is deafening if you know what I mean. The media gives it a mention. then it's blackout, like it never even happened. I just checked for any info about norovirus outbreaks and there is nothing there except an info page about what it is and prevention. You'd think it would have gotten a mention on the main page in light of the fact that many passengers have been allegedly struck down on cruise ships by what they have claimed to be a norovirus. Not only that but there are friends of mine and friends of friends that have passed away recently. I had a good friend pass away a couple of weeks ago. He was diagnosed with leukemia just 3 months ago and now he's gone. Can't believe it. I have a friend and her niece died a week and a half after being diagnosed with liver cancer. Recently a friend's daughter had a still birth. All of this has happened within the past few months. So there are many tragedies occurring and few answers being given, or they are just withholding the information from the public to avoid panic. I live in the Eastern U.S. so I don't know if any of these deaths were a result of Fukushima fallout, but it does seem very suspicious.

    • Laterlukemayb Laterlukemayb

      Here's even something I find even stranger. My friends obituary newspaper clipping and the bulletin from his funeral service is missing. I have looked everywhere for it. It was sitting on my table and that is where it should still be! This isn't the first time things in my home have been tampered with. It frustrates me to no end but I also know that the powers that be want everyone suspicious of their friends and family. They want us isolated and afraid. They don't want us to ask questions, they just want us to keep our mouths shut while they continue to rape, pillage and plunder people and countries with impunity and at the same time make US feel like the criminals.

      • GoFrodo

        That's really strange. And I'm sorry to hear about your friend and all these other people. 🙁

        I found this post researching norovirus. I'm starting to think that some of the illnesses being reported are indeed norovirus, and that some of them are radiation. I still suspect radiation because nobody's talking about it and we don't have a reason to believe they are testing for it. All that gets told to the news is that there is possible "food poisoning" or "stomach flu" usually (symptoms in common with radiation sickness, so the public knows no different).

        Today on Free Republic, I found a post by "TigerLikesRooster" about the supposed norovirus TEPCO claimed hit their workers (, which pointed me to a study on norovirus and gamma radiation:

        I don't feel like deciphering that article, but I think it's saying norovirus and other viruses could be resistant than bacteria to radiation. So viruses could be mutating.

        Regardless of whether germs are mutating due to radiation, or people are getting sick from radiation itself, or if people are getting sick from radiation _and_ germs with their damaged immune systems (likelier scenario since we know they _will_ get sick from radiation, add the germs to that), it's still from radiation.

  • Yes indeed. At the early hours of the accident, only (if I can say) 5 to 7 regions of Japan were concerned. Today, it is the whole nation that is getting badly heart… due mainly to a bad monitoring of the accident with the spread of radioactivity all over the places…