Study: High concentrations of Fukushima radioactive material will reach west coast of North America — “Entire coast” to be affected from Alaska to Mexico — “Can negatively affect human life for decades… should raise concern” (MODEL)

Published: September 23rd, 2013 at 9:27 am ET
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Title: Numerical study and prediction of nuclear contaminant transport from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the North Pacific Ocean
Source: Oceanology Vol.57 No.26
Authors: WANG Hui, WANG ZhaoYi*, ZHU XueMing, WANG DaKui & LIU GuiMei; Key Laboratory of Research on Marine Hazards Forecasting, National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center
Received January 12, 2012; accepted March 23, 2012; published online May 30, 2012
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[…] nuclear contaminants at the surface will move eastward in the Pacific as far as 140°W, thereafter dividing into two branches. For the south branch, nuclear contaminants will be transported westward by the equatorial current, and can reach the Philippines after 10 years’ time. In contrast, the north branch will arrive at the American west coast and then migrate to the Bering Sea. At 200 m water depth, part of the nuclear materials will move southwestward along with deep ocean circulation, which could potentially reach the east coast of Taiwan. The other part will move to the west coast of America and separate into two branches. One will move northward along the west coast of Alaska, while the other will travel southward to the Hawaiian Islands. […] The physical dispersion model results show that high concentrations of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 (137Cs) will move eastward and reach the central Pacific and west coast of North America in two and eight years, respectively. […]

The radioactive isotope 137Cs, with a half-life of 30.1 years, can negatively affect human life for decades, so the transport and diffusion process of 137Cs should raise concern. […]

Given uncertainty of the volume released into the ocean, one source of leaked nuclear materials was idealized at a unit per second in the ocean model, and would be automatically shut off one month later. The forecast of the 137Cs distribution trend is shown in Figure 6. Because of the lack of space, only the distributions of 137Cs in the 2nd and 8th year are shown.

[…] contaminants on the northern side of the Kuroshio Extension diffuse northeastward with the North Pacific Current, and approach the American West Coast in five years. For the south branch, 137Cs will be transported southwestward. […] After reaching the west coast of North America, 137Cs will be transported southward and northward by coastal currents, affecting that entire coast, including the Bering Sea, but at low concentration. The peak concentration is located east of the Hawaiian Islands and decreases (Figure 6(b)). […]

[…] The peak concentration of 137Cs will move eastward and approach the central North Pacific in two years. The high concentration of 137Cs radioactive isotope will reach the Hawaiian Islands and approach the west coast of North America.  […] The location of peak concentration, east of the Hawaiian Islands, will not change in eight years, but will be a decreasing concentration. The entire North Pacific Ocean north of 15°N will be affected by nuclear contaminants in 10 years. […]

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Published: September 23rd, 2013 at 9:27 am ET
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54 comments to Study: High concentrations of Fukushima radioactive material will reach west coast of North America — “Entire coast” to be affected from Alaska to Mexico — “Can negatively affect human life for decades… should raise concern” (MODEL)

  • bo bo

    Obama visits UN today. On the agenda: Syria. Period.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Weell, Obama already said that no radiation will affect America from Japan. That's all he need to do and that's all he got to say about dat.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      This song might be about Obama — his real life story?

      Utopia – "Back On The Street"

  • Cisco Cisco

    Another propaganda piece masquerading as good science. The ruse is, West-coasters not to worry, you have 8 years before the hot stuff gets to you. This is how the US and Canadian governments would like it played Yeah, and "the check's in the mail"…GFL.

    "The physical dispersion model results show that high concentrations of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 (137Cs) will move eastward and reach the central Pacific and west coast of North America in two and eight years, respectively."

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    All my life..I planned on retiring in Mexico..
    There will be returning to Mazatlan.

    http://www.mazatlan.com.mx/city/sirena-mazatlan.jpg

    I'm broken-hearted.

    • Cisco Cisco

      HOTR…You may be terminated there too, by The Sinaloa Cartel. Not such a good choice?

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        Cisco..Millions of people have led peaceful lives in Mexico for generations.
        I have no fear of cartels..I'm not a poor dirt farmer to be shoved around.

        What I meant to say was..there will be NO returning to Mexico…the Pacific side..is being ruined by Fukushima..the gulf side being ruined by the BP oil spill.
        Perhaps the mountains..a better pick…
        At that time ..I won't be announcing where I'm going.

        http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+of+mazatlan&qpvt=images+of+mazatlan&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=E033D1F66F5CE958D42D972C48557AAAE04B671C&selectedIndex=181

        Like I said.."There are other dreams to dream".

        PS..Where ever I'll be….I'll be on foot sans modern types of communication..(computer…phone)…(the usual travel mode)
        Get you some of that..NSA.

        • MichaelV MichaelV

          Adonde vas amiga? Te necesitamos aqui…!

          No hay muchas personas intelihentes como tu…:-(

          • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

            It's like this..for two and one half years..I have held a certain opinion of the state of Fukushima and the state of human affairs in general.

            It's going to be rather like the "Twilight of the God's".
            All sides losing to a state of 'void'.
            What is the proper demeanor..in such times?

            Grace..

            ..I might have to return to a more natural state to find it.

        • Anthony Anthony

          There is something to be said about Happy Trails.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      I hoped to return to Washington State after living there, while I was in the military. Someday…

      Might as well go to Mexico now. Oh hell, there is a gas station across the street and I can probably count on radiation here from the Saint Louis Landfill fire…

      Might as well stay here…

  • Anthony Anthony

    If there was real transparency on this coastal contamination of our continent, some of us would have helped try nurse the savable seal pups back to health. Now that we are all affected real transparency on this matter is essential for survival. Anything less leaves even humans to the fate experienced by the sea lion pups this summertime….all up and down the coast.

    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

      Anthony, you are so right; and with the unusual mortality event of the seals in Southern California, it is strong evidence the radiation has already arrived.
      http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health/mmume/californiasealions2013.htm

      • Anthony Anthony

        I have spent two years trying to see it differently, always trying to keep hope alive. I still have that innate sense of hope. I have a deep connection with nature and animals for a reason. Yesterday I watched An Apology To Elephants which left me deeply bothered about how may sees the Utopia and its creatures. You would have to be dead in the heart and mind not to see the Elephants crying. History just repeats itself so I must be a voice for our animals. They are us – we are them. Elephants cry. We break their hearts. We are next but they and the sea lion pups are now. I'm feeling it today.

        • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

          I agree, we are all in this together on this little blue marble flying through space. I don't think I would want to live on a planet with only humans. Animals are sentient beings, and they are innocents in this; we are the aggressors in the destruction of Earth.

          • Animals and every innocent creature and child on this floating blue marble are now caught in a web of radioactive lies.

            🙁 It is unfair. Very unfair!

            That is why this must STOP NOW.

      • ShutItAllDown

        The contaminated fish swim faster than the current, so they will arrive prior to the radioactive particles.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      The only transparency we can count on is the radiation.(can't see it) I guess that was one of Obama's promises — more transparency.

  • ftlt

    Look at the Bering sea America's fishing hole.

    I can't stand slimy so called Alaskan Cod = Pollock…

    But, it is the white fish served everywhere in the state..

    It is being over fished as any school fish is by industrial fishing ships… Strange thing is, perhaps, the FUFU pollution may save it… ..

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    It's already on west coast North America. Radiation been flowing steadily since March 2011, non-stop.

    Stay, or get out.

    You choose.

    • nedlifromvermont

      @TBP: I suspect most will stay. Radiation causes no "immediate danger" and you can't smell it … it's kind of like take your chances here or take your chances over there …

      Besides, GE has no manufacturer's liability to worry about … so the one company which really could afford to do something to remedy the situation, or at least to help with the costs of relocation many will face, has no incentive to help or to pay one penny …

      Not that blue chip, industrial icon GE pays one cent in taxes either …

      And not that GE didn't stoke the fires of a widespread cancer epidemic, to ensure a booming business for their Cat scans and other tumor imaging devices …

      GE: playing both sides of the fiddle, and uniquely tone deaf to the problems Americans face in their daily lives …

      not to mention the seals and the dolphins … and the seafood industries … all collateral damage in the headlong rush to commercialize vast investments in otherwise worthless uranium ores …

      How have we not become the United States of General Electric? We are all become cannon fodder for their profits campaign …

      and it's sickening.

      I'm going to stop now.

      peace to the 'newsers!!

      carry on with your truth telling!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Correct!

  • larry-andrew-nils

    “Can negatively affect human life"

    …and the negative of human life is…

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    This gentleman says that fukushima is releasing radiation equivalent to 10 (TEN) Hiroshima bombs EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY SINCE DAY 1!! What say you? Also says he has the fix? Anyone heard of this fellow before?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PqnlM5ya9k

    • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

      Well he definitely has my attention after looking him up…Pretty damn smart guy. Look at his laboratory,

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoMkewyGy4U

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        Ive been following Patrick Flanagan for 35 years. He MAY have a solution. But where is it exactly, why isnt it on his website? Col. Bearden and friends also say they have the solution to neutralize radionuclides. So, if this is all true, and they send in their solutions to the world governments, which they must have done if they are sane people, then what? Then governments, DOE etc now know how to fix it. What are they waiting for? I dont give up hope, but its pretty disappointing. If someone says they have a solution, they had better present it or they lose credibility

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      10 bombs per hour is
      240 bombs per day
      87600 bombs per year
      220,000 bombs so far, 15x as much cesium as in spent fuel pool 4

      compare to the 2000+ total nuclear bomb tests; we should already be at 100x the peak nuke bomb atmospheric levels if this figure is true

      cmon Patrick, reveal your solution!

      • Sickputer

        Remember some of the nearly 2000 military atmospheric bomb tests were pretty huge…Hiroshima was tiny by comparison.

        The 1961 blast Tsar Bomba by the Soviets was the equivalent of 3,300 Hiroshima blasts.

        Castle Bravo in 1954 by the US was about 1000 Hiroshima bombs.

        The point to remember is that nuclear plants produce many more long-lived radioisotopes than nuclear bombs which kill mainly by the shock wave and heat. A large meltdown commercial plant is the ultimate dirty bomb. No major heat explosions, but fallout that is far more dangerous than fallout from a conventional thermonuclear weapon. Nuclear power plants are indeed extermination machines.

  • Sol Man

    It is all bad, but the Pu is certainly the absolute worst. A few people understand.

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  • FXofTruth

    Radiation has encompassed the Earth first from Chernobyl and now completely covered by Fukushima. I just heard the China has brought 25 new reactors online!

    So, it that the World has a death wish or is stupidity a genetic trait? Worrying and complaining about this shitstorm is tiring. Most people are just as oblivious in the same way they were during 3/11…."What happened? Oh, that's in Japan. It doesn't affect us."

    So, here we have Obamacare and the death panels deciding on cancer patients living or dying. Fukushima is going to be constantly supplying cancer patients for generations to come.

    The World (of humans) will NEVER recover from this situation. All is lost. It's just a matter of time before the SFP 4 collapses and the fireworks begin. YOU better say and do EVERYTHING you have always wanted to do. Wait and you'll miss out!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Correct! All of this was approved by the Civil Authority and therefor they must bear the entire cost of the damage caused to the humans they by force control…

  • isogoodhumans

    Patrick Flanagan, if you have the solution, then get on with it, speak up, instead of waiting for people to contact you.

    Imagine, holding the fate of humanity in your hands, and not using that knowledge for want of a phone call?

    I am not sure I like him, regardless the credentials.

  • Mack Mack

    From my understanding, here's what the abstract predicts:

    * American West Coast ~ nuclear contaminates on the northern side of the Kuroshio Extension will approach in 5 years

    * American West Coast ~ high concentrations of Cesium137 after 8 years

    * American West Coast ~ 200m water depth contaminates will reach and branch off to the west coast of Alaska and Hawaiian Islands

    * Hawaiian Islands ~ high concentrations of Cesium137

    * Central North Pacific Ocean ~ peak concentrations of Cesium137 in 2 years

    * Entire North Pacific Ocean ~ (north of 15°N) in 10 years

    * Phillipines ~ after 10 years

    * South China Sea ~ after 10 years

    * Taiwan ~ east coast of Taiwan in 12 years, but low amounts of Cesium-137 could reach it in 5 years