“Surprise” — Mainichi: It’s emerged that radiation surged to 700 times normal before people evacuated near Fukushima plant — Residents exposed to “high levels”

Published: February 22nd, 2013 at 2:46 pm ET


Title: Fukushima radiation spread to residential areas hours before venting
Source: Mainichi
Date: February 22, 2013
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Radioactive material from the damaged Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant spread to residential areas hours before workers vented the containment vessel of the plant’s No. 1 reactor on March 12, 2011, to release pressure, it has emerged.

In one area, the level of radiation had surged to more than 700 times the normal level, indicating that many local residents were exposed to high levels of radiation before they evacuated. […]

Over the period up until September last year, the prefectural government collected and analyzed data from the 20 monitoring posts that survived the disaster. […]

Mitsuhiko Tanaka, who served as a member of the National Diet of Japan Fukushima Accident Independent Investigation Committee, expressed surprise at the quick proliferation of radiation. […]

“We haven’t yet been able to identify the location within the reactor containment vessel from which radioactive materials leaked,” he said. “There’s a mountain of issues that should be examined before we start talking about restarting nuclear reactors.”

The prefectural government did not finish analyzing data from the monitoring posts until after the government and Diet compiled their final reports on the Fukushima disaster, and the data is not reflected in heath checks currently performed on Fukushima Prefectural residents. […]

“If the prefectural government was thinking firstly about the health of its residents, then it would have considered the data vital information that needed to be analyzed quickly… As a prefectural resident, I find the Fukushima Prefectural Government’s response shameful” –Reiko Hachisuka, who represented Fukushima Prefecture at the Diet’s Fukushima accident investigation committee

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Published: February 22nd, 2013 at 2:46 pm ET


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36 comments to “Surprise” — Mainichi: It’s emerged that radiation surged to 700 times normal before people evacuated near Fukushima plant — Residents exposed to “high levels”

  • guezilla

    700 times 0 is still 0, so the "N times" radiation measures are little infuriating. The original article's "In the Yamada district 5.5 kilometers west of the power plant, the radiation level at 10 a.m. had increased to 32.47 microsieverts per hour — roughly 720 times the normal figure." might be quite more damning.

    Though of course there's the requisite "dosage from one hour of exposure being less than that received during a chest X-ray". A chest-ray being generally taken to mean 0.02 mSv or 20 microsieverts, this is clearly incorrect and should read "Less than two chest X-rays every hour". The correct measurement to use in this case is 416 Banana Equivalent Doses, per hour.

    • Jim

      What is so sad is that there is NO solutions known to humankind for this situation. Gundersen said, quite rightly, months ago, that the only thing to do was to bury it and return in 100 years. He was being partly facetious. But he was making a point – there is nothing anyone can do. A meltdown is a meltdown and this one is x3/4 – we are out of options. People have died; children are ill and hand-held meters don't measure all the toxins from plants. Gama is from bombs – easy. What might be worth a study is why some people survive or survive longer, and if there is any way to prevent the horrible mutations (deformities)we now see after Chernobyl. I hope the Japanese people understand that the world is not ignoring them – but there is nothing to be done – NOTHING.

      I would like to know if contact with an irradiated person is dangerous. I see on other sites that people are looking for homes? Japan's elite is in denial; while its people are in despair…at least those close to the plants. People in Tokyo and Osaka, etc. think they are immune – they are not. They shun the workers – they should not – there were some real heroes on site. I have watched and listened to chatter for months about studies and plans. It is so very depressing – all in vein – do what they will, there is more trouble ahead. It is time to accept reality and consider other options.

      • We Not They Finally

        You speak of Japan I see the whole world as the victim..Its only a matter of time.Why the radiation will destroy first the pacific ocean and then the rest of the oceans.AS the pacific ocean to the west coast becomes totally contaminated that will serve as a means to transport deady radiation all over North America and no longer support life.But thats not the end..Whats to keep this disaster from spreading all over the world? That is what we call an extinction level event.What do our scientist think? Is this an ELE?

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          The Northern Hemisphere is involved already. More than just North America. Central America, and Northward above the Arctic Circle was fully blanketed during the first weeks after 3/11. There was a lot of deposition of radioactive particles, just during the first six weeks. And let's not forget the massive plumes continued continuously with huge "bursts" in May, August, December 2011, and January-February 2012. There were huge spikes in cities all over the U.S., as measured by EPA RadNet, throughout 2011, into 2012, and right up until the time EPA made the data virtually inaccessible to the public.

          People like Peter Daley were documenting large spikes in radiation levels back in 2011, during the months of August 2011 (and around that time). That was during the Southern Hemisphere's winter months. Some of us had researched meteorological and weather patterns to find out how air from the Northern Hemisphere intermingles with that in the Southern Hemisphere, during Southern Hemisphere winters.

          Monsoon season (November through April):


          Discussion of Coriolis effect in No. and So. Hemispheres:


          Real time monsoon index:


          Here's are technical papers on the Asia-Australian monsoon patterns:


          • HoTaters HoTaters

            First bear in mind the flow of the air masses in the No. and So. Hemispheres can vary from year to year. The Coriolis effect is "fictional" in that it is a type of climate modeling, and modeling prevailing wind patterns. It's very complex modeling.

            Several "old timers" here had mentioned counterclockwise spin of air masses in Asia, carrying air from, say, Japan eastward into Mongolia. Then the air mass could travel southward into the Himalayas, and be picked up and carried into the Southern Hemisphere.

            Of course all of this depends upon what was happening during any given period of time. As I recall, Vital 1 and/or someone else from New Zealand and/or Australia had posted re: very high radiation levels when Fukushima was "belching." We had been discussing how the radiation might have been picked up on the jet stream, traveled into Mongolia, then carried in a counter-clockwise direction southward toward the Indian Ocean and the Himalayas. We actually had found a model showing how the air masses spin during the time of year in question. The model showed how some of the air masses could mix, and air from the No. Hemisphere could be carried into the So. Hemisphere. And the model, if I'm not mstaken, showed how it would work during that particular time of year.

            Am wanting to think that was in the So Hemisphere's winter. But it could have been in Dec. 2011 or Jan. 2012.

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              Anyway, the point is, large amounts of radiation have likely already been carried into the Southern Hemisphere. If there was precipitation, then some of that was deposited in the Indian Ocean and the Southern Oceans. Much of it is still likely airborne, circulating around in the air masses of the Southern Hemisphere.

              While it is likely true there is LESS airborne radiation in the Southern Hemisphere, some radiation has no doubt been carried southward (So. Hemis.) from Fukushima.

              It is also likely there is less radiation from Fukushima in Southern Pacific waters, but no one really knows for sure. Eventually the "Great Conveyor Belt" will cause the waters of the Northern Pacific and Southern Pacific Ocean to intermingle. And eventually (it can take a long time), radiation will be carried into the Atlantic Ocean. Unless the particles precipitate out of the water and are deposited on the ocean floor, or are uptaken by living creatues, and transported.

              Then there's always the water evaporating into the atmosphere, and radiation gets preciptitated out again, and deposited wherever air masses are traveling.

              W/O experts doing complex modeling on what global air masses have been doing at any given point in time, it's really difficult to say who was dosed with what, and when. And then there's the problem of not really knowing what FUKU (and Co.) have been doing in terms of releases, at any given point in time.

              • HoTaters HoTaters

                BTW, it's hard to spell correctly and do proofreading when I'm typing on the fly, so please bear with me….

                Bottom line, we've likely ALL been exposed to the FUKU mess to some degree. Historically, there have massive releases of radiation all over the planet. The junk has been dumped everywhere w/o regard for the health of humans and every living thing on the planet.

                It's a travesty against every living thing, and it's just plain wicked for this technology to continue to be used.

                Sorry to sound like the harbinger of bad news here, but NO ONE gets off scot free. As long as TPTB and vested interests make it difficult or impossible to know the truth of how we're all being harmed by this, it's nearly impossible for us to fight back.

                I'm so thankful there are academics and scientists beginning to ponder this, and people like Majia and Pattie B, who are educating the public, and other academics/scientists.

                Gotta love the headline, "Surprise! Mainichi …."

                Yeah, pull the barbecue fork out of the hotdog. Surprise, surprise, my hot dog has eyes! (Said by a very wise and witty sixth grader I once knew.)

                And thanks to you, Admin, for your tireless efforts.


    this may likely go down as one of the greatest understatements of our times: “There’s a mountain of issues that should be examined before we start talking about restarting nuclear reactors.”

    • We Not They Finally

      I try to educate huffington post readers to no avail…People are totally brain washed and all governments try to do is prevent panic understanding and education. The best the govs can do is hold off panic a few years and then society as we know of it vanishes in the night.No wonder they didnt warn preganant women in seattle a nuclear plume was coming.Whats the point?The damage is done.There is nowhere to run nowhere to hide and gradually at first and then much quicker the end will come sort of like On the Beach….

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Radiation fallout swept through Japan and the United States. It's everywhere.

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      @TBP;"Radiation fallout "STILL SWEEPS" through Japan and the US"-It's STILL accumulating EVERYWHERE"!!(including in our bodies,our loved ones,our pets & everything we eat,drink,breathe,absorb-even bathe in! The keyword in the posted transcript being "BEFORE" they began venting!(?)~IMO the "700 x normal" is used because the readings "after" venting were probably so high the instruments can't even display it!(?) it's disgusting!…. 🙁 ~**

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Woh, PB, great! Those are excellent resources. Thanks so much.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            I'm very extraordinarily sensitive (physically and emotionally) to EMF's, HAARP, HLF and ELF waves, and so on. I feel just plain ol' crappy when there's a lot of airborne radiation around), too. Have noticed for years I have fatigue and severe tinnitus when HAARP is very active in my area. I'm going to be checking out those links you posted and charting my symptoms.

            I'm one of those unusual humans who hears far above and below the normal range of hearing, and I'm very EMF sensitive. A mixed "blessing."

            Maybe this will help people like me who are "sensitives" to protect ourselves when there's a lot of "static" being added to the air and elsewhere ….

      • guezilla

        If you read the linked article, it states "Thirty minutes after the fourth venting operation, the radiation level in the Kamihatori district stood at 1,591 microsieverts."

        Although that is just one sample, we can easily calculate this is about 40,000 times normal. But the "times normal" measurements are inane, as pointed out. 1,591 microsieverts per hour is 1.6 millisieverts per hour. Or around same level as highest contamination in Chernobyl exlusion zone today, after 25+ years of half-lives, weather and rain washing it down (They've arranged tours there for quite a while, though areas that high in radiation are still supposed to be off limits). In Fuku that was mostly short-lived isotopes; the releases are still going on so we don't know for sure what level it'll settle at of course.

  • Sol Man

    I hope for your continued good health. Everything is fine until it is not and then we realize very quickly that maybe there was too much. The number of people around me (and you) that have cancer is staggering.

    • We Not They Finally

      Cancer is only ONE of the health hazards. A lot of people die from heart attacks caused by the cesium before they can even develop cancers. Over 60% of the kids already have diabetes from the radiation exposure, but no one seems to be distributing insulin. That alone can destroy the health of children.

      • Sol Man

        Yes, true, and thanks for the correct modification. Can anyone here put up any information about the dosing of food and wine coming from CA? The information is scant. The greens from the Central Valley and the grape crop for the wine is of great interest. PattieB had put up the CPM (above) for Bakersfield and it was damn high.

        • We Not They Finally

          Its safe to say that we can no longer trust what we eat what we drink and what we breath..Bucket lists are a great idea.As far as im concerned its a kind of surrendur to what i was warned about in 1978…When my Teacher appeared in a vision and told me he had a wonderful surprise for me. I went into the panic filled future.
          Then i started to have visons of Tidal waves and massive earthquakes….Just before the Fukeshima disaster,five days before.I told my wife something terrible is about to happen and it will be the beginning of the end.

    • We Not They Finally

      A single molecule landing in the lungs of a victim will cause cancer…There was a terrible spike of radiation coming from the explosions at fukeshima. The plume went over the world.AS a North American and the corruption of the pacific ocean caused by massive emptying out of contaminated water coming from the fukeshima plant It seems soon within 10 yrs that the whole basin between Japan and north america will be totally contaminated..That means North America will no longer be safe to live in.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Sol Man, where are you, geographically? Did you say you're in or near the S.F. Bay Area? Yes, the cancer rates are staggering here. I'm going on anecdotal evidence (what I see and reports from people around me). I haven't seen the "official" stats on changes in cancer rates since 2011 began, but I'm 100% SURE there has been a massive increase in cancer cases here in No. California and around the S.F. Bay Area.

      One of my doctors told me patients who were tested for Cesium (blood or urine tests, urine I think) showed "high levels" of Cesium, which indicated unusually high levels of exposure. That was likely people who complained, were aware, and had the time and financial resources to get tested. So it may or may not be a "statistically valid sample" of people. Nonetheless, it seems to be an indication people were exposed to a lot of Cesium here in 2011.

      That being said, "high levels" is a relative term w/o further definition and clarification.

      Don't take my word for this, though, I'd have to ask them at the practice if they could tell me what their overall stats were, testing methods, no. of people tested, and what the results actually were. Then we could possibly draw some "meaningful" conclusions.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Go ahead, turn to your coworker or neighbor and try to lightly explain the severity of this ongoing event.
    All you get is crickets chirping in the backround…

    • We Not They Finally

      denial is in some cases a mercy.Who in their right mind wants to face the enormity of losing all life on this planet.I have people telling me that there was no plutonium in japan .If we could change our destinies we would do it but this has no answer.Spiritually it creates a dialogue with death.Death happens to all of us but all at the basically same time???No future for everything?No hope for a miracle?No way to undo what has happened?The warning must be there
      If denial is the answer so be it….

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      And the deer in the headlights stare.

  • We Not They Finally

    It takes them TWO YEARS to check and NOW they say how badly people were nuked? Well, for that tiny short while at least. The evacuation zone was proportionally tiny. And I guess that they AT LEAST gave all those people potassium iodide and insisted on regular medical follow-ups? What, they didn't? What else didn't they do? Almost nothing? Is this ALL science and math? Has there been NO HUMANITY?

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Not from their government, not from the US government, Britain warned it's citizens I heard, not from the nuclear industry, not from the shareholders, not from the people keeping the steam up in the boilers. There has been humanitarian effort from common citizens in Japan towards each other and from concerned people around the world and even a few low level nuclear workers and from 1 or 2 nuclear executives.

      The balance will shift. Then they will hope for their mercy.

  • We Not They Finally

    They want to know "the location within the reactor vessels from which the radiation leaked"? O.k. That is FOUR MELTDOWNS, meaning it went OUT of containment, totally UN-contained to this day, and it was hardly "a leak" — it spewed death all over the place.

  • japan guinea pig

    For my money I think they knew !!,but not wanting to cause panic,they hide the facts from the people.Truth is they are still hiding the facts from the people….Japan has a government with no shame,no heart or love for their own
    people…Shameful,disgusting,obscene.I read all the comments and they are all true,thank God some people are not blinded by the veil of LIES.

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Gee! We could have told them this. Wonder why they did not ask.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Dr. Ernest Sternglass PhD; Childhood Cancers/Deaths Caused By Nuclear Power Plants; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/dr-ernest-sternglass-childhood-cancer.html

    Dr. Chris Busby; Consequences of Burning Radioactive Waste In Japan; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/dr-chris-busby-consequences-of-burning.html

    Death is all around.. no need for accidents to kill people. Invisible poisons floating in the air…

    Breathe it all in deeply. Eat much, drink long… it is everywhere.

    Humans have become death angels, poisoning their own children.

    What kind of love is this?

  • We Not They Finally

    This meansurement was VERY early on and apparently only included the explosion from ONE of the FOUR melted down reactors.

  • I've not only told folks.. I've showed folks… I've posted the papers… both Tepco's and the Japan ministry as to the plutonium… even the shipping manifests.
    I try not to let them hide a single solitary thing they are doing… most don't like to consider what I post, as it's horrific! But, it true, and I've put it out-there on as many info-outlets as I can.
    That's documents.. and more being added.. My rad-graphs are different link that's posted already.

    There will come a time of judgement…