Study: Fukushima contamination may be spreading south of Tokyo — NOT blocked by Kuroshio Current as widely reported — “A potential pathway for contaminated water”

Published: April 3rd, 2012 at 2:02 pm ET
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Title: Cesium up to 100 times levels before disaster found in plankton far off nuke plant
Source: The Mainichi Daily News
Date: April 3, 2012

[…] according to a survey conducted by Japanese and U.S. researchers […] radioactive cesium was hardly found in samples south of the black current, which flows south of Fukushima and meanders eastward off the Boso Peninsula, leading researchers to believe that the current blocked the spread of radioactive substances south. […]

Actually, the survey said something much different:

Magenta line running south along coast

It is evident that the Kuroshio Current forms a southern boundary for the transport of these Fukushima-derived radionuclides (at least in the western North Pacific), because samples at this boundary or to the south had 134Cs activities <3 Bq·m−3 (our detection limit for 134Cs was 1.5 Bq·m−3). This finding is supported by the tracks of our surface drifters, most of which traveled east along the Kuroshio or northeast (Fig. 2A, blue and red lines). However, several drifters moved westward toward the coast, with one drifter transiting along the coast to the south of our study area (Fig. 2B, magenta lines), suggesting a potential pathway for contaminated water.

Via EXSKF last December (Emphasis Added):

[…] In the latest result published on December 21 for the items reported since October, radioactive cesium has been found in dried “nori” [seaweed] in:

  • Kanagawa Prefecture – 1 sample, at 11 becquerels/kg
  • Chiba Prefecture – 6 samples, 11, 27, 25, 16.5, 5.6, 17.7 becquerels/kg respectively

Nori grown and harvested in Tokyo Bay, called “Edomae nori”, commands super premium. One sheet of Edomae nori usually fetches over 10 yen a sheet at wholesale (US 13 cents), and used mostly in gourmet sushi restaurants. […]

I’ve never seen the news of radioactive cesium detection in nori in the mainstream media at all. Without Twitter, I wouldn’t have known about it. I’m curious to know how radioactive cesium traveled from Fukushima to Tokyo Bay. The government has claimed that the Kuroshio Current would prevent the spread of radioactive materials south of Ibaraki.

Judging by the reaction to my Japanese tweet, there are many others like me who didn’t know about the detection.

UPDATE: Within minutes of publishing this report, Jiji/Yomiuri ran the following headline: Kuroshio curbs spread of cesium, which distorts the findings of the study and removed the most important part of paragraph from which they quoted: “It is evident that the Kuroshio Current forms a southern boundary for the transport of these Fukushima-derived radionuclides […] several drifters moved westward toward the coast, with one drifter transiting along the coast to the south of our study area, suggesting a potential pathway for contaminated water.”

Published: April 3rd, 2012 at 2:02 pm ET
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25 comments to Study: Fukushima contamination may be spreading south of Tokyo — NOT blocked by Kuroshio Current as widely reported — “A potential pathway for contaminated water”

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Radiation keeps spreading, and spreading, and spreading.

    • jump-ball jump-ball

      It's interesting to me, and maybe important in general, to see other sites recognition on the impending fuki disaster, such as this piece today on Tokyo evacuation, from shtfplan.c:

      http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/its-not-over-government-plans-for-the-worst-forced-evacuation-of-tokyo_04032012

    • the yeoman the yeoman

      Greetings gentle readers,

      I am repling to TheBigPicture assuming this is Thom Hartman and crew. You got something more than slogans right? I mean this in the nicest way, for you and your crew are the most(msm wise) up front and unequivcal about your distaste for anything nuke. Democracy Now has really dropped the ball on this issue. So much so that I can't stand the sight of Amy Goodman and that breaks my heart.

      Now, for those of you who are surprise by this "update" may I refer you to da Vinci and Sfumato. Sfumato (gone up in smoke) is da Vinci's style of painting that reflected his understanding of the the world, that lines and borders are illsionary.

      THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS CONTAINMENT

      duh

      That sounds like a slogan, oh dear, sorry.

      Its time to make the Nuclear issue our defining issue…that means walking away from Obama. May I suggest we leave the choice for president blank in Nov.

      Thom san, I triple dog dare you to talk about Neoliberalism, at lenth, on your show.

      In conclusion, I would like to touch on the subject of Troll Jousting. May I refer you to the writings of John Szarkowski pertaining to object quality in photography. It can be a distraction, like Occupy. Careful. In case anyone is thinking I'm a troll or shill(though I can't see why you would) my name is Valerie McMillan, I'm a caterer in the bay area(415) and have an artist page on facebook (haven't been on in over a year).

      Godspeed

      • the yeoman the yeoman

        You know I can't close without a song right?

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3PjfBQjJT8

        Sorry for strong tone above, but it is afterall Tuff Love Tuesday.

        🙂

      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        nice one yeoman. I get everything you're saying. The only thing that surprises me, is that you're only now waking to Amy Goodman's game. She is brilliant but not unlike those we find on the 'right', a part of the controlled opposition. That said, your post was excellent…

        • the yeoman the yeoman

          Thanks Aftershock, but I've been on to her for awhile.

          You notice her website's make-over.

          Brings to mind another song…of course

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIAzQ6M2Bow

          Good lord in the morning I'm so Left of Amy I sound Right.

          😉

          • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

            must run soon so I'll not have the time to do you justice.

            I must admit, I've always been deeply impressed with Amy Goodman. And I don't say that about many on the left. But after her many years of pandering to certain 'elements', I just couldn't take her any more. If she were genuine in her commitment to working class people, she would stop supporting the dissolution of this country. But as said earlier, she's a part of the movement to destroy our nation's sovereignty; which puts her on the cutting edge of what's been deemed fashionable by the globalist elite…

            Ciao good soul!!!

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Wait. They dump the radioactive ashes where they grow their premium nori?

    * jaw drops AGAIN

  • truthseek truthseek

    The .d.i.s.p.e.r.s.i.o.n. solution?

    (grumble)

  • irradiated californian

    Does Tacomagroove1 still post here? I remember her saying if we weren't all in gas masks and jumpsuits by now she would apologize for calling me whatever she did at this time last year. Not that I'm offended, just seeing if she would keep her word.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    blah blah "our surface drifters showed" blah blah. There is a megasized debris field in the water, should be easy to track that one – I'm pissed.
    Need chocolate & red wine & good news…

    *over and out

  • Green Turtles Stranded on Pattaya Beach, And a LOT of GARBAGE, from Japans Disaster ??
    To Mass Animal Death on Tuesday, July 19, 2011
    http://members.beforeitsnews.com/story/838/124/Green_Turtles_Stranded_on_Pattaya_Beach,_And_a_LOT_of_GARBAGE,_from_Japans_Disaster.html

    I think it was moving past Tokyo long ago !
    This is in Thailand !

  • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

    With my girlfriend the other week at WholeFoods and smacked a bag of seaweed out of her hand. Told her that none of it's safe anymore. With a government that does nothing to ensure the safety of imported foods, we are no longer able to consume any sea-derived foods without taking the chance that it's contaminated. We are sooo screwed…

    • I have two packets of pre-Fukey nori left.

      I might sell it at $100 a sheet.
      [NOT – I do have a conscience]

      Shock Doctrine – Disaster Capitalism
      http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine

      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        I really feel bad for all the sushi houses that are likely to go out of business, when people discover the truth.

        BTW. When the bidding starts on your nori, I'll be the asshole waving the hundred-dollar bill. I love sushi!!!

      • kintaman kintaman

        We have about 5 bags of pre-Fuku nori left and have been eating them sparingly on special occasions. Once they are gone that is it forever. The same goes for some other Japanese food items we had (green tea, etc). Never again. Sorry Japan but you did this to yourself you fucking morons (I am speaking to TEPCO and the government here).

    • SnorkY2K

      I was thinking of starting a business to grow food in a facility that removes or reduces radiation exposure. But, maybe instead of tomatoes and peppers I should be growing nori.

  • StillJill StillJill

    No one says,…" you fucking morons", better than our own Kintaman!

    🙂