Fukushima Plume Headed to Southern Hemisphere: Enters South Pacific and Indian Ocean after 2 decades — Will contain around 25% of total cesium-137 release

Published: September 3rd, 2013 at 1:29 pm ET


Huffington Post, Sept. 1, 2013: [T]he [Fukushima] plume will eventually begin to escape the North Pacific gyre in an even more diluted form. About 25 percent of the radioactivity initially released will travel to the Indian Ocean and South Pacific over two to three decades after the Fukushima disaster, the model showed.

Multi-decadal projections of surface and interior pathways of the Fukushima Cesium-137 radioactive plume, October 2013: [O]ur simulations suggest that after 30 years about 25% of the initial Cs-137 release is likely to exit the North Pacific toward other oceanic basins, with most exiting via the Indonesian Throughflow and/or crossing the Equator to join the South Pacific; only a small proportion leaves via the Bering Strait into the Arctic, a pathway also simulated by Behrensetal.(2012). This finding is consistent with the analysis of interbasin transport of the previously released Cs-137 undertaken by Tsumune et al.(2011), who find that the North Pacific has been a source of Cs-137 to other ocean basins, in particular via the Indonesian Archipelago toward the Indian Ocean. This is also inline with the global simulations performed by Nakano and Povinec (2012), which indicate that the Fukushima-derived Cs-137 will be transported to the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean after 20 years.

See also: UPI: Fukushima plume to reach U.S. West Coast in months; Measurable increase in radioactive material -- Study: Prolonged exposure for California lasting 10 years; Hits Hawaii early 2014... may already be surrounded (PHOTO)

Published: September 3rd, 2013 at 1:29 pm ET


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20 comments to Fukushima Plume Headed to Southern Hemisphere: Enters South Pacific and Indian Ocean after 2 decades — Will contain around 25% of total cesium-137 release

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    They need to update that model to use a continuous 2+ years leaking, not just the 'initial' leak…

    And 2 decades to get to the Southern Pacific & Indian Ocean… In 2 decades it'll be in the Mediterranean & Black sea. And in practically every open body of water that is fed by rain water.

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  • Anthony Anthony


    All we ever had to do was just take care of this planet and it would sustain and nourish us in return for infinity.

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  • drinkupdreamers drinkupdreamers

    So much for South American produce..?

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    • We Not They Finally

      For now it might be better. California seems to be the bugaboo for the moment. But California is the breadbasket for the western States. That's a lot of people!!

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      • micky thered micky thered

        please explain why you feel it would be better. America is the only nation ( so far ) to drop nukes on civilians, if it is the first to bear the brunt of this horror – well karma not always what we want, it's what we have made for ourselves.

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        • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

          I'm pretty sure the author was saying that "South American PRODUCE might be better for now",unless I missed something in the post that implied otherwise?…The chance to make ANYTHING related to nukes "better" is long gone since they missed their chance to allow humanity & nature to persevere by NOT SHUTTING THEM ALL DOWN when they realized mankind was/IS too irresponsible & stupid to possess their untamed & ultra-harmful nuclear inventions! :|

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  • This crisis at Fukushima Daiichi transcends the politics of being being pro- or anti-nuclear. The evidence overwhelmingly indicates that Fukushima Daiichi’s current management is an unsustainable threat to the future of the country. To be polemical: Abe can save Japan or TEPCO, but he can’t save both. When put in those terms, the choice is an easy one. Or at least it should be.


    This article also recommends a panel of at least 12 experts, drawn from NO CORPORATION OR STATE INTEREST, and they would be put in charge of this project..

    GREAT IDEA! Hire Gunderson and people like him.. outside of industry and government, yet experts in their field. Give them authority to FIX THIS MESS.

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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    As of 3/11, the "Haves" live in Southern Hemisphere, the "Have Nots" don't. Simple as that.

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  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    Does anybody know if some whales migrate between the Pacific and Atlantic ??

    My reason for asking is that, if they do, then it may explain this…

    "Ghana: Huge, mysterious mammal appears on beach in Jomoro District"


    I can't shake the feeling that it's whale in origin, but obviously deformed / MUTATED.

    And any whale that's swimming in the North Pacific, will be awash with the radiation discharged from Fukushima, and if they're pregnant, then so is the foetus.

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  • Events and Conditions at Fukushima ..

    Recent Report by Yoichi Shimatsu…Radio Interview Aug 26th


    Transcript http://wyynd.tripod.com/Shimatsu.txt

    Secret Facilities, Thousands Dead…

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  • FXofTruth

    Let's do some simple math to check Nuclear statistics.
    Also, we will compare TEPCO's laughable numbers.

    These are facts:
    Water is poured on to a melting core at 30,000 gallons per minute – scientific estimation during emergency meltdown
    – 7 pounds is the weight of a gallon of water.
    – 210,000 pounds of water flow per minute
    – 2,000 pounds equal one ton
    TOTAL WEIGHT of ONE MINUTE of water flowing over a melted core is 105 tons.

    So, the one-hour flow is equal to 6,300 tons of water flow.
    – 151,200 tons of water flow per 24-hour day, 7 days week.
    – 1,058,400 tons of water flow in a 7-day week.
    In one year, 55,036,800 TONS of water flow over ONE reactor.

    Then in one year, 165,110,400 TONS OF WATER FLOW OVER THE THREE MELTED CORES.

    There are 3.5 million tons of water in a cubic mile of ocean.
    To keep it simple –
    – 50 cubic miles of water is run over the 3 melted cores a year.

    TEPCO says that 400 tons water flows over 3 melted cores in a day.
    They are only off by 5,900 tons of water flowing per day over one melted core.
    Or added together – 17,700 tons of water flowing over 3 melted cores!

    So they are also saying that 146,000 tons a year are flowing into the Pacific. They are only off 54,890,800 tons a year of water flowing.

    Even if we cut my numbers by 50%, their numbers ARE STILL not based in any reality!

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