Strontium reaches 500 Billion Bq/m³ in basements at Fukushima — Record levels reported at 5 locations near ocean — U.S. Senior Scientist: “We see strontium becoming more of concern… food chain will have to be studied more carefully”

Published: June 3rd, 2014 at 12:11 am ET


JIJI PRESS, May 29, 2014: [TEPCO] said Thursday that it plans to improve a cesium adsorption system […] to enable it to remove strontium. The move is aimed at reducing risks when radioactive water leaks from storage tanks […] TEPCO plans to begin test operation of the improved SARRY system at the end of August. Highly radioactive water [is] accumulating in the basements of the No.1 to No. 4 reactor buildings [with] strontium levels standing at 40 million to 500 million becquerels per liter [500 billion becquerels per metric ton (Bq/m³)].

Tepco, Detailed Analysis Results in the Port of Fukushima Daiichi NPS, around Discharge Channel and Bank Protection — Underground Water Obtained at Bank Protection (pdf):

Results Published May 28, 2014 (Bq/liter):

KUSP, May 30, 2014: [Ken Buesseler, Senior scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution] doesn’t worry about cesium-containing fish swimming across the ocean and appearing in other fisheries. The situation is different for strontium-90 […] Strontium behaves like calcium, and it can replace calcium in your bones. “Instead of [cesium’s] 50 days, think of more like 500 days, a couple of years, before it would be released back through natural processes,” he says. […] In the ocean near the power plant, levels of strontium-90 have grown since the accident. But Buesseler says he hasn’t seen alarming numbers for strontium in fish yet. “Down the road, as we see strontium becoming more of concern, that isotope in the food chain will have to be studied more carefully,” he says. Buesseler hopes to monitor strontium levels in the ocean and seafloor near Japan in the future. Should that strontium move across the Pacific Ocean, it will take three years for it to reach the West Coast of the United States.

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Published: June 3rd, 2014 at 12:11 am ET


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249 comments to Strontium reaches 500 Billion Bq/m³ in basements at Fukushima — Record levels reported at 5 locations near ocean — U.S. Senior Scientist: “We see strontium becoming more of concern… food chain will have to be studied more carefully”

  • GQR2

    Hey maybe they can sing and PR away the Hot Zone, and have a few more celebrities sing about how the at least 3 ongoing melt downs is nothing to worry about,move in,eat the food,be happy. The radiation is nothing to worry about.

    The world has song along,business as usual for many genocides this is the final one.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    I can't stop puking either.. 🙁

  • GQR2

    Its going to be an interesting week for all of us watching the WIPPlashers,crawl back into their holes,trying to shut down the conversation feign no knowledge.

    The Latest AP article,i don't want to pee in your latte,or harsh you mellow the AP(totally controlled) says the AP reporter but this is kind of sort of real. There are people who are scared (imagine that)
    Gee wilikers the people are scared. Let's send a cadre of student reporters over there. unbelievable.

    Remember people,give ulcers don't get em 😉

  • Shaker1

    Sorry this is so far from the original set of comments, but there is something in Bill Shutt's claims that bothers me. While I won't doubt that he might be correct in what he says about the deposition of Sr and K in the tissues, if he's using this quoted statement he made to support what is said, "There has actually been very good research on the half-life of Strontium & it's 60 days" and his claims are somewhat predicated upon that, I'm a bit uncomfortable with it all. I'm not a chemist, nor a nuclear scientist, but all the data on half-life that I've seen for Sr-90 is on the order of 29 years and some change. Somehow the idea is that for the initiation of cancer there must be DNA damage, which I can accept. But I might ask, even if I'm unqualified, while that may be one direct causal form, if there aren't relationships of a dynamic system, the living body, that the simple form he proposes is the only form. Personally, I've a different idea (which I can't prove) that those causal relationships might be more complicated, though the manifestations might be similar, that keeps the 'cure' so elusive, assuming cancer or other things observed are manifestations and not a normal state. What is apparent is that Sr-90 is not natural, that there are observations that are anomalies, and dicounting single relationships might not be the proper course in such an environment.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    ..oops.. sorry… you are part of a selected "herd" of sheep from 70 reinforced corrals which are located inside 22 countries that are specifically fed/trained and supported/paid for by the Nuclear Industry?

  • I love it when the schills do us a favor….they automatically re-spout the very things that misinform the unknowing public who can not imagine only MONEY runs the nuke 'em show at all levels. NOT common sense, scientific sense or safety…

    My god Bill Schill and Guy A. Troll….I'm cracking up, absolutely rolling on the floor, because now I've got a whole new page of your incorrect Spewness along with Enenewrs corrective sanity that I can copy/paste to all the friends and forums where I do daily updates. My 10 year old grandson would be able to debate you. And he'd do it for free. He always says those guys that don't care about us get paid to say bad stuff, don't they.

    So thanks for the appearance….and I especially love having all the informative links posted in one place. Awesome day! Thanks Enewsers! You rocked it!

    • Bill Schutt

      Why don't you give your grandson to independently find out how many natural Becquerels live in the ocean?
      Avoid giving him any directions, just ask him to find out from Prof Google. See what he comes up with.

      I do hope you've repeated many times my claim that the natural radiation in the ocean is 30000x than the Fukushima release. It's easily verifiable, and absolutely true. That's the conclusion so many have reluctantly come to like James Hansen, James Lovelock, Barry Brook and 1000s of others

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        Bill, since the animals living in the ocean for millions of years did not die out due to DNA damage caused by k-40, yet much smaller amounts of other radioactive isotopes cause illness and death, there must be a reason…or several reasons why this is so. And why this comparison is misleading. Can you enumerate/elucidate them?

        • Bill Schutt

          Animals have survived the 16000 ExaBcq of K40, Rb87, Ca14, H3, U238, U235, Th232 in the ocean. They have DNA repair mechanisms. After Fukushima, they now have another 0.5 ExaBcq to cope with. This will add another 0.003% Bcq to the problem.

          You might also want to visit Ramsar in Iran.

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            Bill, are you really so confident in your overview of the toxicology? We know there are repair mechanisms. Its obviously not as simple as that, or this would be a logical conclusion of your premise; The ocean could handle 30,000 more Fukushima meltdowns/explosions.

            Dr. Yuri Bandazhevsky, correlated whole body radiation levels of 10 to 30 Becquerels per kilogram of whole body weight with abnormal heart rhythms and levels of 50 Becquerels per kilogram of body weight with irreversible damage to the tissues of the heart and other vital organs. Only children with less than 10 Becquerels per kilogram of body weight had normal Electro Cardiograms

            500 days ingestion of as little as 10 becquerels per day from cesium will exceed the levels found by Bandazhevsky to be harmful.

            After thousands of scientific studies conducted in the affected regions around Chernobyl UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announced that Chernobyl had caused chronic illness in 7 million people, and the premature deaths of 3 million children. We can roughly extrapolate that Fukushima will cause over 80 times this illness and death, and if you multiply again by your 30,000 it would kill 1000 planets worth of people. So clearly there is something wrong with your analysis

      • "Bill Schutt
        June 10, 2014 at 3:23 am · Reply
        Why don't you give your grandson to independently find out how many natural Becquerels live in the ocean?
        Avoid giving him any directions, just ask him to find out from Prof Google. See what he comes up with."

        I'm surprised you can't figure that out Bill. Statistics are distracting dry and time wasters to a curious kid. He's in San Diego right now with his mom, visiting the same beaches they swam in a year ago….comparing what he sees on the rocks and in the tide pools.

        He's merely a young investigative reporter gathering evidence…such as seen here…

        You could benefit from some boots on the ground curiosity Bill. 🙂

      • Nemo Me Impune Lacessit Stax

        Hansen,Lovelock ,Brook and 1000s of others are obviously wrong oh obfuscator,your smokescreen is very silly,do you imagine the reactors are powered by bananas and that k40 is the only byproduct?
        Where have you been all these days,just think of all the worry you could have saved.
        Oh aye Leuren Moret knows a lot more than most,Leuren is quite an exceptional human being,perhaps what you are missing is Critical Thinking.

  • GuyGadois

    At the end of that vitriol of abuse, it still remains a fact that the entire radiation release from Fukushima is less than 1/30000 of the natural radiation in the ocean.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Guy, it's just is not the same as what you have naturally occurring in the oceans and you should not want to eat any of this manmade radiation contamination. I recommend staying clear of/from Tuna.

      This will all get much worse since Nuclear Power Plants are scheduled to implode/explode/meltdown on a regular scientific schedule in the future and I think that it is about every 7-10 years. I have shortened the time span for these events a little, since the Earth is going through an expansion process and geothermal energy is being released from stress on tectonic plate destabilization all over the world. It's a geological quickening that has been going on ever since the smart ones detonated 2053 large scale Nuclear bombs all over the planet. These have a tendency to break things and the Earth is no different and it can be broken.. 🙁

      • GuyGadois
        “A year of eating albacore with these cesium traces is about the same dose of radiation as you get from spending 23 seconds in a stuffy basement from radon gas, or sleeping next to your spouse for 40 nights from the natural potassium-40 in their body,”
        It's a good idea to read the whole article.

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          I read it all, the article, and I will not eat any tuna…bon appetit! 🙂

          Do you believe everything these highly educated people are telling you?

          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            Guy this one is for fun…and you had better run! 🙂

          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            I could go on and on, but why? 🙂

            We live in a world of conspiracy to commit more compounding lies and they are everywhere around us and inside all our prestigious institutions.. 🙁

            We should logically expect more of the same.. 🙁

          • GuyGadois

            I always check whether assertion is consistent with verifiable facts.
            X says levels of radiation tripled in tuna. X has quoted Y.
            Y (in this case WHOI) says Cesium has tripled, it's still < 1/1000 of the level of Polonium210 which itself is much less than a dental xray.
            The debate started with the 5000000000 Becquerels claimed. Only Bill had asked how much 5 x 1E9 Becquerels is compared with say the Washington monument or the Pacific Ocean.
            let's go to
            The natural radiation in the ocean is 1.6 E22 Becquerels, more than a trillion times larger.
            I can calculate how many Becquerels in the Washington Monument 16000cm (height)x 1350 cm (ave width) x 250 cm (ave depth) x 2.7 gms/cc x(density of granite) 1.184 Becquerels/gm.
            Answer – Washington Monument contains 1750 Billion Becquerels.
            Ayers Rock (Uluru) is the largest single rock on earth at 348m high, 3.1 km across, 1.9km wide and 9.4km around the base. It contains 80 E18 Becquerels

            • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

              Not going to eat the monument or any of the tuna..sorry.

              The Nuclear storm is fast and still approaching.

              Have any idea what 8 million people look like in a hospital room?

              31,750,000 Japanese will die directly from cancer if they are alive today and 55+ million based on the above link after or alive in 2030.

              We nuked them with bombs and then we cooked them with 50+ nuclear power plant installations and now we have destroyed all their food sources with Fukushima..nice! 1.36 is their current birth rate and this country is in the process of dying.. 🙁

              Go ahead and eat the tuna if you want too! 🙂

            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              and the ocean despite or because of k-40 supports life, whereas the man made isotopes have killed and will kill untold millions. Why not spend your valuable time using your depth of knowledge to elucidate why this is.

              • GuyGadois

                Every person every second (approx) has 4400 becquerels of K40. Each and every second 4400 K40 nuclei decay to either Ar40 or Ca40. Some of the 4400 beta rays & gamma rays from the K40 hit the DNA in the nucleus or a mitochondrion & if DNA repair is imperfect a mutation may occur.
                If you eat a banana, maybe the K40 Bcq will increase to 4430 for 1 to two hours and then your body will excrete it.
                I choose to eat a Tuna caught in California. I eat enough Sr90 to boost my radiation by 20 Bcq. Strontium is ~20% absorbed, so I end up with 4 Bcq in my body from Sr90.
                Now every second, 4400 K40 nuclei decay and 4 Sr90 in my body. Both the 4400 Bcq from the K40 & the 4Bcq from the Sr90 have some potential for harm. The potential for radiological damage has been increased by 0.01%

                • GQR2

                  go eat some bananas guy. You're feckin idiot. Go choose to eat some tuna too. And remember be happy happy happy. If you get bored you may want to look at some other studies done by the people who aren't paying your check. oh look we engaged you. ca-ching!

                • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                  Guy, these people ate the same stuff you want too eat and look how things worked out for them. Of course they had no choice, since it was shoved down their throats and lungs, but you do have a choice..choose wisely my friend 🙁

                • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                  Guy, thanks for the breakdown. I have seen this before. But you somehow missed the point.

                  This paper estimates at least 220,000,000 kg of sea life and at least a million people will die from Fukushima. If your premise of relative toxicology is correct, then the k-40 ubiquitous in ocean and plants would have long ago wiped out all life. What I was asking for was an elucidation of why man made radionuclides are so much more dangerous, per becquerel.


                  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                    Guy/Bill etc, imagine where our understanding of radioactive toxicity was in 1934 when Curie died in the sanatorium of Sancellemoz, France, due to aplastic anemia. Now just 80 years later, you are confident you know all there is to know about radioactive dose rates, free radical damage and DNA repair mechanisms. You imagine only a few details will be added in the next 80 years?

                    Look at the 30%+ rate of *observed* genetic damage to moths around Fukushima. Even if they could reproduce, future generations would be less perfect than prior ones a fast track to devolution. In this context, lets take it back to the beginning, the primordial soup; What came first, complex DNA repair mechanisms or k-40 gamma destruction? I wonder if there is a clue to the observed negentropic evolution of life in the milieu of an equivalent quantity of man made radiation that is seen to cause catastrophic genetic destruction even with highly evolved DNA repair mechanisms then in the cytoplasm?

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      Indeed attenuation coefficients, compton scattering and photelectric downregulation seem certain dead ends. Ones mind wanders to quantum wells and biophoton coherence. Consider these words on cytoplasma microtubule coherence while keeping in mind the high Q gamma peak at 1461 keV as ordering operator;

                      Zero energy ontology leads to the notion of unitary U-matrix having as its rows M-
                      matrices which are "square roots" of density matrices which are products of hermitian matrix and unitary S-matrix. These matrices define time-like entanglement coecients between the positive and negative energy states at the opposite boundaries of causal diamond. For braid strands along light-like 3-surfaces defi ning string ends one obtains entanglement between
                      fermions at the ends of strands. Since the entanglement matrix is unitary it defi nes density matrix which is sum over projection operator acting as identity matrices and state function reduction yields a negentropically entangled state carrying information.

                    • GuyGadois

                      I stand by my estimate that there is 30000 times the natural radiation in the ocean than was the total release from Fukushima.
                      I affirm that as I understand it, the radiation arriving on the US west coast or elsewhere remote to Fukushima is completely negligible, always <1/1000 below background.
                      I reiterate the fact that a gamma ray is a gamma ray and the DNA cannot tell whether any particular gamma ray came from a K40, a Sr90, a Ca48 nucleus & the damage is determined only by the energy of the gamma ray.
                      A 1% increase in body Bcq from 4400 to 4440, will at worst, increase cancer by 1%.
                      In the particular incidence of bone, the Sr90 is 1000s or 10000s further from the DNA than the K40. It is unlikely that even 1000 Bcq of Sr90 would increase DNA damage beyond that caused by K40.
                      Sr90 decays at a lower energy 0.55Mev, than K40 1.4Mev or Ca48 4.3Mev.

                    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                      GuyGadois, I note your analysis and conclusion that radiation reaching the US coast and elsewhere is completely negligible. I wonder if you could conclude that dumping all spent fuel from all nuclear power plants somewhere in the middle of the ocean would be a safe solution? It would still be a fraction of the k-40.

                      Perhaps your analysis does not consider biological distribution and concentration. Fission products such as Cesium-137 and Strontium-90 emit 10 to 20 million times more radiation per unit volume than does Potassium-40. K-40 is ubiquitous in cytoplasm and remains at a constant level. Strontium will be concentrated into small and specific areas, so you may have a factor of 10 million when considering effects.

                      You make an assumption of toxicity of Sr90 based on its location relative to DNA. Its an assumption…is it born out by study? Dr. Yuri Bandazhevsky et al in Belarus during the period 1991 through 1999, correlated whole body radiation levels of 10 to 30 Becquerels per kilogram with abnormal heart rhythms and levels of 50 Becquerels per kilogram of body weight with irreversible damage to the tissues of the heart and other vital organs.

                      Unless you compile studies, your theory is only a theory, and one not consistent with observation

                • Nemo Me Impune Lacessit Stax

                  GuySadois you don't stand,you slither around like the slime you are,do you feel happy to have blood on your hands-"actually extraordinarily safe",tell that to the 100,000 deaths (not including in-vitro).
                  You are a nuke whore,and as such you will be held to account.

      • It is much more rapid a schedule than that, seeing that over 30 reactors have melted down since the atomic age began..

    • I just repeated the schill's last post in a twangy little robot voice….Try it. It's cool. 🙂

      (Night Obe and everyone…sleep well) Busy day tomorrow.

  • GQR2

    Guy that's great you stand right there,have a few bananas,go surfing or sailing,and have some sushi. You have won free tickets to California Rivera as a prize for the best assessment of Fukushima ever!!! YAY GUY you are so smart. so good you stand by your assessment and don't forget to bring your children.

  • Sickputer

    nuclear supporters… Take the modified Bernie Cohen challenge with an Enenews volunteer. You eat one hundredth gram of Strontium-90 and we will consume two pounds of bananas and a big cup of Brazil nuts.

    Take your time and post back in the morning. Or better yet…post quickly after ingestion. It will be quite an experience.

  • LOL SP! So do we give those 2 schills a pass? or a fail? …. for appearing here to fulfill what ever obfuscation quota their bosses gave them to complete before they get their next job evaluation.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Last, I am not sure either of these people can or should be considered shills. I do not look at all newcomers to this site that question our current combined negative thoughts/beliefs about Nuclear Power Technology as shills. They may have valid arguments from an education stuck in/shoved into their minds that is currently a little misguided. When these people arrive we should give them the information/education that they need to reassess their current thinking about the inherent dangers of using Nuclear Technology on this planet.

    We already have large swaths of land on the Earth that is rendered uninhabitable and the square miles grow each time a Nuclear Accident occurs on the face of this planet. Many people do not realize what is like to have their once owned property ripped from them in heart beat or what it is like to fight an incurable cancer and/or to be close to death from the chemo treatments required.

    The negatives concerning the use of Nuclear Power on this planet are now growing exponentially and we need to keep the direction focused on proper education for all those that arrive here at 🙂

    It makes no sense to use a poison to heat water and generate electricity when the Sun's energy is harmless and free for the entire world! 🙂

  • Obe, you have an admirable talent for being a good cop when appropriate and you & many here provide the data that I'm pretty lame at remembering. I respect that. A lot. I felt more like letting my inner mother bear do the talking on this one. 🙂