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Study: Fukushima fuel burn-up spread over entire northern hemisphere’s middle latitudes — First time measured in southern hemisphere

Published: June 11th, 2013 at 12:46 pm ET
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Title: An overview of Fukushima radionuclides measured in the northern hemisphere
Source: Science of The Total Environment
Author: P. Thakura, S. Ballard, R. Nelson
Date: August 1, 2013

The Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 resulted in the tragic accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) and subsequently uncontrolled release of radioactive contaminants into the atmosphere. [...] The radioactive gases and particles released in the accident were dispersed over the middle latitudes of the entire northern hemisphere and for the first time also measured in the southern Hemisphere. Isotopes of iodine and cesium were detected in air, water, milk and food samples collected across the entire northern hemisphere. Elevated levels of fission products were detected from March to May 2011 at many locations over the northern hemisphere.

[...] The activity ratios of 131I/137Cs and 134Cs/137Cs measured at several locations are evaluated to gain an insight into the fuel burn-up, the inventory of radionuclides in the reactor and the isotopic signature of the accident. It is important to note that all of the radiation levels detected outside of Japan have been very low and are well below any level of public and environmental hazard.

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Published: June 11th, 2013 at 12:46 pm ET
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47 comments to Study: Fukushima fuel burn-up spread over entire northern hemisphere’s middle latitudes — First time measured in southern hemisphere

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Remember how furious all of us got when the article came out on the Cesium found in Pacific Blue Fin Tuna caught in California in 2012?
    Well, this same group of researchers recently released a new study. Guess what? People who eat contaminated Pacific Blue Fin Tuna will get almost no Cesium. ;)

    Well, I'll just bet you these researchers got an ear full of criticism from the nuclear power industry, the government, and the Pacific seafood industry from their first paper, and have worked very hard to sweep this here little bit of cesium right under the rug where it belongs, you betcha. Here's what they did in the new study:
    They use their earlier data, where they found Fukushima cesium in California tuna.
    Then they take a single helping of tuna.
    Run some calculations on the data.
    And, presto, no more cesium!
    "The additional dose from Fukushima radionuclides to humans consuming tainted PBFT in the United States was calculated to be 0.9 and 4.7 μSv for average consumers and subsistence fishermen, respectively. Such doses are comparable to, or less than, the dose all humans routinely obtain from naturally occurring radionuclides in many food items, medical treatments, air travel, or other background sources."
    Can you say "Bioaccumulation" boys…

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  • Okay, I'll say it…

    BS! No Way! I don't believe it!

    "It is important to note that all of the radiation levels detected outside of Japan have been very low and are well below any level of public and environmental hazard."

    Statements like this are a disservice to innocent people of this planet. Criminal in my opinion.

    It's accumulating non-stop with no end in site.
    The initial FALLOUT(s) have circled the globe over 20 times now.

    :( Total days since 3/11 is 823 DAYS.

    Fallout circles the globe and periodically falls down somewhere, sometimes onto you and I, approximately every 40 days.

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    • Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR VII)Report

      The reports conclusions are:

      There is no safe level or threshold of ionizing radiation exposure.
      Additional exposures cause additional risks.

      Radiation causes other health effects such as heart disease and stroke, and further study is needed to predict the doses that result in these non-cancer health effects.

      It is possible that children born to parents that have been exposed to radiation could be affected by those exposures.

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      • We Not They Finally

        Actually, for "children born to parents exposed to radiation," the genetic damage shows up WORSE in succeeding generations, but few will claim direct traceability because of the elapsed time. Remember Al Pacino giving demonic advice in "The Devil's Advocate"?: "They'll never see you coming."

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    • Cisco Cisco

      Hey, we need you to churn out a research paper on the Fukushima fallout. We want the following conclusion/statement, “It is important to note that all of the radiation levels detected outside of Japan have been very low and are well below any level of public and environmental hazard.”

      This report brought to you by the US DoE and their cooperating shill university…Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring & Research Center (CEMRC), 1400 University Drive, Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA

      Two faux researchers/scientists P. Thakura and S. Ballarda are with CEMRC, and R. Nelson is with DoE.
      Department of Energy, Carlsbad Field Office, 4021, National Parks Hwy, Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA

      Move along folks, there’s nothing for you to see. Don’t worry, be happy!

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  • combomelt combomelt

    Its impossible to accept the disconnect between the science-fiction and truth re: fuku.
    2 diametrically opposed viewpoints
    The truth(enenews)
    The lies(almost everything else)
    The following link is not for the weak-stomached
    But i feel like the little kid every time i read another "press release"!

    Lots of other similarities between the video and fuku.

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  • jec jec

    Guess Japan has radiation issues per this article? "It is important to note that all of the radiation levels detected outside of Japan have been very low and are well below any level of public and environmental hazard".. while I am thinking bull Pucky about that comment, it does show the researchers recognize a 'problem' in Japan from the radiation. Guess that is the only good news to read about in study..which you have to pay 42 buck USA to read on the research site. I wonder how much taxpayer money went into it as a university (which has funding by nuke industry) is also involved.

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  • combomelt combomelt

    $41.95 grrrrrr
    3.99/day read only no print

    Isnt there a cheaper kindle edition?
    it takes all ive got not to….
    Who funded it? Us?
    Who should get to read it for free? Us?
    Info suppression at its finest once again

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  • weeman

    Let's just say that they are correct and we dodged a bullet, nuclear power still makes no sense considering the dangers and waste associated with it period. Run by the ministry of silly ideas for nations of sheepish people, exceptions to rules apply.

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    minor timestamp "August 1, 2013" error…

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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    OK, they forget inconvenient science that shows the error of their ways.
    Such as bioaccumulation, and the accumuation of genetic mutation, which only shows up in later genrations. They are not counting nearly 14,000 excess deaths across the USA, many of them due to a sudden post-Fukushima increase in infant mortality.
    They do not take into account migratory habits of tuna and salmon, which take them to Japan, then to California or Alaska.
    Did they include, for instance:
    Incineration of nuclear waste?
    Fungus and cyanobacteria making black grit along roads.
    Fukushima ground water and Pacific Ocean contamination from below ground corium?
    And, are they counting on the death toll across central Japan, over the next 30 or 40 years, because of the Government's failure to evacuate Tokyo?
    Tokyo would be classified as a nuclear waste dump if it were in the USA.
    And people live there, still.
    If and when the death toll exceeds even 5 million, all these people will shut up.
    This is all but a certainty, because Central Japan is today a nuclear waste dump.

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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    We really need to move on from this crap nuclear technology.

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  • We Not They Finally

    Must there always be a proviso like [end of the article's quote from the scientist) "It is important to note that all of the radiation levels detected outside of Japan have been very low and are well below any level of public and environmental hazard"? They get fired otherwise? They lose their funding?

    Not that no one should be doing at least partial testing. But the public itself is so under-educated, that they would not even know what "very low levels" MEANS. Like that the tiniest invisible speck of plutonium, if breathes in, can lodge in the lung and cause a fatal cancer. And (according to agreenroad) there were 3,000 BILLION LETHAL DOSES of plutonium unleashed across the globe as of a year ago.

    This study is SO deficient, not even estimating ingested or inhaled radiation which becomes an internal emitter ongoing. And as PhilipUpNorth pointed out, what about BIO-ACCUMULATION?

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    • voltscommissar

      "ingested or inhaled" ignored? I fear you are right. The ingested Cs134/Cs137 are not passing straight through the gut, but being incorporated into the skeletal and cardiac muscle of subsistence fishermen, or regular fish eaters, so the research conclusions are utterly meaningless.

      Nobody has seriously challenged Arnie Gundersen's conclusions that large swathes of North America, especially California and the Pacific NW, were affected to the extent that there were lots of pregnancies that miscarried, and there will be a "public health issue" of a statistically significant increase in the cancer rate, for the foreseeable future.

      With natural background radiation, cancer has always been a game of Russian roulette: a six-shooter is loaded with two bullets, you spin the barrel and fire it at your DNA. You _must_ pull the trigger, but only once during your lifetime. A "bullet" hitting DNA and causing a cancer mutation represents your lifetime risk of getting cancer (about 33%) throughout the 20th Century.

      Man-made nuclear pollution, through atmospheric weapons testing, routine tritium refuelling releases, Chernobyl and now Fukushima has by now raised the bullet count in the barrel from 2 to 3, a rate increase that was _not_ attributed to nuclear pollution in this recent BBC article:

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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    I smell the blood of an Englishman,
    Be he live, or be he dead
    I'll grind his bones to make my bread.

    Theres a study for everyone, to pick and choose as they like. Who won? who lost?

    Notes from other reliable sources;

    radiostrontium at 10,000 to 100,000 times pre-fuku levels, far out in the ocean
    fifty to one hundred thousand Hiroshima bombs worth of radiation released to the environment
    We already know that the liquid releases are ten times Chernobyl (Gunderson)
    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution estimates that 16.2 petabecquerels (10^15 becquerels) of radioactive
    caesium leaked from the plant".

    HOWEVER,this leak is 10 times smaller than Japanese version or report. Japanese version says 16.2 x 10^16 becquerels".
    Study: Up to 47 quadrillion becquerels of cesium-137 released into Pacific from Fukushima
    — Nearly 50 times original Tepco estimate


    As of today, about 10 million people have been left in areas that should have been designated radiation controlled areas, and they are exposed to continual radiation every day.

    Release of radiation has reached 10,000 teraBequerels (10,000 trillion Bequerels) per hour, measured for radioactive Iodine-131.”
    1,000 trillion becquerels of 90Sr or strontium-90


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  • Mack Mack

    Whenever you see a statement like this one in the study ->

    "It is important to note that all of the radiation levels detected outside of Japan have been very low and are well below any level of public and environmental hazard"

    Instead, read this article which was written by a doctor:

    —-> "NUCLEAR RADIATION: THERE IS NO SAFE DOSE, by Romeo F. Quijano, M.D."

    Important points made by Dr. Quijano:

    (1) "Government "experts" are actually misinterpreting the standards used world-wide as the common basis for radiological protection standards."

    (2) "The concept of "permissible" or "acceptable" level is derived from toxicologic assumptions and extrapolations which do not constitute a valid rationale for a conclusion of "safety"."

    (3) "The "small" amount of radiation, claimed to be "safe" by authorities, added to our increasingly fragile environment will cause serious harm to the health of human beings and other living organisms all over the world. Radioactive particles, especially Plutonium, Strontium, and Cesium are bioaccumulative, extremely persistent and highly toxic."

    (4) "Particularly devastating would be the inevitable damage to the genetic pool which will lead to an increase in the number of seriously defective offsprings who will be born in future generations."

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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    You know, a tsunami poses no immediate risk….wait about 30 minutes, then you know it's coming, but too late…

    Radiation? What radiation?

    …30 years later…

    Oh, that radiation!

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    • By that time, the nuclear industry and nuke scientists on the payroll will make sure you forgot all about the accident.

      What accident? 30 years ago? That is ancient history, and has NOTHING to do with my cancer today.. so say the experts and my doc too. He wants to give me lots of radiation…

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  • Mack Mack

    "Fukushima Accident Raised Levels of Radioactive Strontium Off the East Coast of Japan by Up to 100 Times"

    "The samples analysed show the impact of the direct release of radioactive materials into the Pacific Ocean, and indicate that the amount of strontium-90 discharged into the sea during those three months was between 90 and 900 Tbq (terabecquerels), raising levels by up to two orders of magnitude."

    Credit to "Fukushima Update" for picking this up:
    "Fukushima Accident Raised Levels of Radioactive Strontium by Up to 100x"

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  • dosdos dosdos

    The report left out the word "immediate". Shame on them.

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  • pure water

    I posted this on the other thread, but the topic corresponds here as well. Very good summery, imho:
    The Effects of Fukushima's Cesium Pollution by Steven Starr

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  • Cisco Cisco

    And when certain geographic locations (clusters) come down with flu like symptoms and high motality, it will magically be that new chinese flu virus [] that is the cause.

    Hey, the folks will buy that one too, because we tell them so. The MSM will cover us because they will have to cover themselves.

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  • CB CB

    From ENEnews….
    Fukushima nuclear plume "covered most of North America" – Now over N. Atlantic; Including Caribbean, Canada's east coast · Feds admit radioactive xenon-133 from Fukushima detected TWO days ago in Washington State · Radioactive fallout has now reached Southern California: Diplomat -AP Austrian forecast map shows possible radioactivity EAST of Los Angeles by March 18 (ANIMATION & PHOTO) Heading for U.S.? · Radiation plume animation map from Fukushima – via Spiegel Online · Don't drink the rainwater says State of Virginia (VIDEO) Radiation from Japan Found in Milk from Washington – EPA, FDA "stepping up nationwide monitoring" · Radioactive Iodine-131 in Pennsylvania rainwater sample is 3300% above federal drinking water standard Fukushima Forecast: Radioactive particles to be concentrated over Midwestern US on April 1, 2 (VIDEO) · EPA: Penn. and Mass. have seen elevated levels of radiation in rain – "Short-term elevations" not a health concern… How about Long-term? · Spike in radiation levels for West Coast? "Abnormal" readings on 8 of 18 EPA monitors for California, Oregon, Washington – Devices now "undergoing quality review" · SURFACE forecast shows radioactive Xenon-133 lingering over Florida, Eastern Gulf (VIDEO) Phoenix milk sample exceeds EPA's maximum contaminant level for radioactive iodine-131 · Canada: Local official advising residents not to drink rainwater after tests find increasing radioactivity – Under pressure from Gov't to…

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  • Mack Mack

    A new interview of Japan's ex-prime minister, Nato Kan, helps explain who is pushing for Japan's re-start of nuclear reactors.

    Kan was asked:

    Q: Who is in favor of returning to large-scale nuclear energy development? Is it just the utilities, or do other industries also lobby for resumption of nuclear generation?

    Kan answers:

    Kan: It’s almost exclusively the electric companies. These companies that control the nuclear reactors are all in debt. Their vision is very short term, to get these reactors back online and their operations back in the black, even though they are very old and need upgrading. And these companies are paying no attention to the expense that will be incurred to store spent fuel. These companies aren’t thinking about their responsibility to deal with this.

    He also says 70% of Japanese are AGAINST nuclear energy.,0,5550936.story

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