TV: At height of Fukushima emergency, region in California where plume hit had NO monitors — Email shows EPA ‘decided’ not to deploy RADNET to area — Only one left broke as radioactivity began spiking — “No clue” about exposure levels (MAP)

Published: January 25th, 2014 at 1:05 am ET


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Left: Washington Post map of suspected path of Fukushima plume that hit California’s Central Coast; Right: Light blue dots are RADnet monitors that were not functioning

KION, Jan. 9, 2014: […] when the plume was supposed to hit, there were no functioning RADnet monitors on the Central Coast. Hirsch said the EPA was going to deploy portable monitors. But look at the posted email from the EPA to air quality districts that were to monitor the portables. This was obtained with a Freedom of Information Act request by [University of California Santa Cruz lecturer Dan Hirsch]. […] “EPA HQ has decided at this time to not deploy the deployable RADNET monitors to CA, OR and WA.” So at the height of the emergency the central coast, the very spot where the radioactive plume was supposed to hit the EPA had no working monitors for the air quality in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara counties. Why? […] we really have no clue how much radiation was in the air on the central coast in the days and weeks after the Fukashima [sic] accident. Hirsch said we do know from a monitor in Bakersfield, before it broke in mid-march, that radioactive air quality was spiking. […] I’ve made a call to the EPA for comment on this they’ve yet to respond. Hirsch can only speculate that the EPA was worried about public hysteria over this and chose to now [not?] deploy the monitors.

Results from a sample of ocean water collected near the coast of Santa Barbara County on on March 22. 2011 is now available on the newly published map at Test results found 14.7 Bq/m³ of cesium-134 and -137. Other samples taken further off-shore in the weeks that followed also found cesium-134, which is used as a ‘fingerprint’ for determining whether the contamination originated from Fukushima Daiichi.

View all 2011 results on the map here

See also: [intlink id=”watchdog-inexplicable-epa-shut-down-fukushima-radiation-monitoring-after-finding-high-levels-radiation-drinking-water” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]

Published: January 25th, 2014 at 1:05 am ET


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78 comments to TV: At height of Fukushima emergency, region in California where plume hit had NO monitors — Email shows EPA ‘decided’ not to deploy RADNET to area — Only one left broke as radioactivity began spiking — “No clue” about exposure levels (MAP)

  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    Anonoymous response to Fukushima
    All I can say is it's about fkn time
    Do not buy a Nissan car either
    This is very good and it's new

  • Sickputer

    Maybe the EPA Sadnuts received a last minute tweet from Obama's boys as Air Force One was cruising on down to Brasilia to avoid the first humongous radioactive plume?

    Nah…these boys are too smart to leave a paper or digital trail.

  • kimyo

    malibu high school looks to be squarely within the washington post plume forecast map.

    <blockquote cite="">Twenty faculty members sounded the alarm last week in a letter which said three teachers had been recently diagnosed with stage 1 thyroid cancer, another three had thyroid problems, and seven suffered migraines. The letter also cited incidents of hair loss, rashes and bladder cancer.</blockquote>

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    EPA isn't worth mentioning, they aren't relevant. What's relevant is putting an end to nuclear power.

    It will happen (100% certain, no debate), but needs to happen sooner.

  • Angela_R

    EPA decided not to deploy RADNET. Sounds like another means of preparation for the employment of Plausible Deniability. "We didn't know, so how could we say."

  • mt1000

    Air defenses stood down on 9-11 and EPA stood down all during Fukushima. Investigation needs to be demanded from the senate.

    • We Not They Finally

      The Senate? Ha-ha-ha, hee-hee-hee, ho-ho-ho. But that is purely sarcastic. I wish we DID have a Senate capable of action. But the name of that action would be "impeachment." Not that the other side would have done better. Predictably, they wouldn't.

      Who protects us now? I don't know.

  • NucMed

    How about this?
    Monitoring Results from San Francisco, CA
    Near-Real-Time Gross Gamma Count Rate Data

  • From the article, seems there are A LOT of California school districts that got and continue to receive Fukushima radiation.

    As the children (and the unborn and women) are most susceptible to the horrible effects of radiation, doesn't it make sense to inform those who are in charge of caring for them?

    At the following link are simple, practical (and anonymous)actions we can all take to alert our communities to Fukushima, including linking to California school districts and their state representatives, who may need some help connecting the dots

    What if ALL of our school districts stood up?

    I don't know how to hammer the People like Fukushima, but maybe collectively, from those who come here, We will (and are) playing a significant part in Waking the World Up.

    And once you know, even if ya can't get yer boots on somehow, at least browse that rad combat link, start your own protocols.

    • p.s. for those frustrated with getting the rad word out, think about these "marketing" observations and apply them to Fukushima

      The first time a man looks at an advertisement, he does not see it.
      The second time, he does not notice it.
      The third time, he is conscious of its existence.
      The fourth time, he faintly remembers having seen it before.
      The fifth time, he reads it.
      The sixth time, he turns up his nose at it.
      The seventh time, he reads it through and says, "Oh brother!"
      The eighth time, he says, "Here's that confounded thing again!"
      The ninth time, he wonders if it amounts to anything.
      The tenth time, he asks his neighbor if he has tried it.
      The eleventh time, he wonders how the advertiser makes it pay.
      The twelfth time, he thinks it must be a good thing.
      The thirteenth time, he thinks perhaps it might be worth something.
      The fourteenth time, he remembers wanting such a thing a long time.
      The fifteenth time, he is tantalized because he cannot afford to buy it.
      The sixteenth time, he thinks he will buy it some day.
      The seventeenth time, he makes a memorandum to buy it.
      The eighteenth time, he swears at his poverty.
      The nineteenth time, he counts his money carefully.
      The twentieth time he sees the ad, he buys what it is offering.

      ~ Thomas Smith of London in l885.

      The ninth time … it's all about the follow-up

      that's a lot of boot straps

      • earthsmith earthsmith

        Chemfood……you are a beacon of light in this pervasive darkness. Your positively and tenacity are remarkable. THANKYOU!

        • And that is exactly how it works with getting people aware of how dangerous nuclear is.

          Throw the seed out there over and over again, repetitively.

          Ask them questions, see how much they know. Test where they are in the process of gaining awareness.

          Soon, they will either 'buy' anti nuclear, or suffer/die from the stuff coming out of these nuke pukes.

          Reality is pretty hard to ignore, but most people in the world are trying REALLY hard..

          • First they ignore you

            Then they attack you

            Then you win

            Don't be surprised if you are attacked in the coming days, and/or are blamed despite being the messenger, because this is part of the process.

            Everyone is attacking everyone else right now.. but this is a 'normal' part of the process of growing awareness and not knowing what do with the fear/anger.

            The next stage is 'winning', so keep on going, and never give up, no matter what.

            • Discordian

              Dr. Goodheart,

              You speak truly. Do not be surprised if, as the catastrophe becomes ever more impossible to ignore, enenewsers and others of like mind are not labelled and persecuted as "terrorists." The police state is already here to facilitate it. And nothing gets the average American shitting his pants and whimpering for government "protection" like the T word.

              Just a notion percolating in my overwrought brain..

              • Discordian

                This is just a theory, of course.

                It's clear that Obama serves the same masters that Bush did, and that any future President of the USA will do the same. We talk of ending nuke power and closing plants, but it ain't gonna happen. Those guys own the government, also with the petroleum and prescription drug crowd. Alternative energies are not profitable to these creatures, and thus will not be pursued under the current corporate world system, EVER.

                Obama LOOKS like he "cares" about the environment because he wants to shut down 40% of the USA's coal plants. How will that power be replaced? The building of even more "profitable" Mark 1 nuke plants. coal is bad; but I think we can all agree that nuke is FAR worse.

                Again, perhaps this is old knowledge for the wise ones on here. Perhaps it's just a notion percolating in an overwrought brain. But it looks plausible to me, and the silence of the Obama administration does not disabuse me of that impression.

                • Jebus Jebus

                  It's a corporate energy game.

                  The corporate politician whisperer's, guide the winds of change, by greasing the rails with cash.

                  Big toys for little boys. It's christmas!

                  Born to be. Especially when you grow up and get to play battle chess at work.

                  It's deep and to allow the winds of change to flow freely is daunting.

                  The simple answer, imo, is exponentiation of the truth.

                • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

                  With the amount of manufacturing left in the US, I believe we COULD shut down 40% of the power and not even notice it.

                  There is no demand, so no need to replace.

            • zogerke zogerke

              dr good heart, in that is also:

              then they try and discredit you and say you are crazy

  • markww markww

    Breaking Report Dakotas

    Radioactive Waste Dumped by Oil Companies is Seeping Out of the Ground in North Dakota


  • bozzy54

    During this time mentioned in this article accompanied with a map, there are two events worth noting personally. One was the metal taste in the mouth lasted for about a week, another strange event was when the sun laying upon your skin it felt like small needles dancing on the surface and the heat was so intense one would seek shade. After the event the skin rashes with many small red burning bumps. The only product that healed the skin was iodine tincture.

  • American Phoenix57

    “Not much time remains before the chance to avert the threats we now confront will be lost and the prospects for humanity are immeasurably diminished. We, the undersigned senior members of the world's scientific community, hereby warn all of humanity of what lies ahead. A great change in the stewardship of the earth is required.”

    Warning to Humanity issued by the Union of Concerned Scientists
    signed by 1500 scientists from 69 nations

    • humptydumpty humptydumpty

      Scientists can go to HELL. 22 years ago; totally unheeded; no mention of nukes. Many prominent climate scientists like James Hansen and Paul Beckwith currently are advocating continued use of NPPs and development of thorium reactors to help reduce carbon emissions. Other scientists are promoting massive geo-engineering projects for this purpose. They will make us all sick or dead one way or another.

      I have given up on scienctists because they're all head and no heart. Just look at Socref for example. They more than any other profession have caused this mess by doing the bidding of the money grubbers and government stooges, while knowing full well the potential consequences.

      • In late summer of 2011 was when the seals had started falling apart, too. Followed by Alaskan seabirds, Musk Ox, geese, salmon, and bleeding herring. The sardines disappeared. The oysters were sick. Starfish were ‘melting’ all along the west coast of Canada and the US. Many different species showed decreased number of offspring, and what remained of the species, were extremely susceptible to various illnesses. And all this is new, since Fukushima. It will require years of extensive (and very expensive) testing, across multiple affected species, to determine the direct cause, and check isotope analysis in every animal affected. If you’re a human, this would be the perfect opportunity to adopt the precautionary principle.

  • American Phoenix57

    “The element of surprise which could delay the discovery of the great danger, and thus allow more plutonium piles to come into existence, is the fact that scientists are looking near the ground for fallout dangers. The greatest radioactive dangers are accumulating from eight to twelve miles up in the stratosphere.

    The upper atmosphere is already charged with death-dealing radioactivity, for which it has not yet sent us the bill. It is slowly coming and we will have to pay for it in another century, even if atomic energy plants ceased today.”
    (Russell, Walter and Lao. Atomic Suicide? University of Science and Philosophy. Virginia 1957 p. 18)

  • Ontological Ontological

    That chart was for Xe 133 and 1 133 nothing more. We were lucky to have a working unit until May of 2011. Been out since. We had a outside spike of 1000 beta cpm. Now just a moment ago we had a 34 dosimeter reading inside over a 50 second wave. that's mot much less in total beta. 750 or so. So outside could be close. We averaged 180 or so outside Before Fuku. Been 22 or 600 cpm inside ave. now After Fuku. We have another zero point in time, BF & AF. Unfortunately is has all been BS, since the invention of the Mark One.
    What we have here is right up there with the Faux News bimbo standing in front of WTC #7 saying how it had fallen down a 1/2 hour before, as its roof caves in under implosion of said building 7 as she blatantly lied to the public. That was a classic. That point the cloud/plume was only 1000 cpm in S Nv. Now were exposed to that most days inside. Cancer is out of control here. Almost every family has been struck one way or the other. And these sheeple here have no idea the cause. Sad.

  • American Phoenix57

    “It appears that perhaps the most serious unanticipated effects of fallout is long-term, persistent immune deficiency.” . . . “It can weaken the immune defenses of the body at very low total doses leading to unexpectedly large increases in infectious diseases and cancers.”

    “When the radiation from such isotopes as strontium-89 and 90 in the bone marrow mutates an existing virus that invades the T-cells of the immune system and kills them in the process of replication, the stage is set for the complete collapse of the immune defenses and resulting death from opportunistic infections or cancer.” (Ernest Sternglass, “The Implications of Chernobyl for Human Health”, International Journal of Biosocial Research, no.8, p. 18, 19, July 1986)

  • bozzy54

    Two years into monitoring my area with my radiation detector opened my eyes to just how polluted this area really is. It's the pockets of radiation blowing in the air, up then back down then up again. The most dangerest events are driving down are highways ? I drove over the bridge behind a old semi/trailer rig and my meter went to 4.00 McSv/hr, I backed off changed lanes the meter went down slowly to "normal" as I approached the semi again the meter went crazy the alarms went off then I got the he'll out of there. This happened three times since I started watching.

    East Bay, San Francisco. California

    Watch out people and good luck!

    • Wondering what the heck was in that truck? Radioactive medical isotopes? Medical nuclear waste?

      • bozzy54

        We have the Navy, Berkeley, Pleasanton, San Ramon,livermore all with reactors. One can Only guess?

        • Again, your story points out the critical NEED for people to buy their own pancake detector radiation monitor.

          Imagine being behind that truck for hours, thinking you were saving money on gas by drafting it.

          Remember, the 'authorities' do not warn you in event of a nuclear emergency..

          Only people with radiation detectors get warned, and then only if they have them turned on and alarms set to go off, like this example.

          Take your detectors with you everywhere… test everything.

  • sworldpeas

    I have been saying this since the beginning! When the accident happened the EPA told the Air Pollution Control districts for the California coast that they were EXPRESSING equipment overnight to start monitoring and IT NEVER SHOWED UP! Call the APCD's and ask them. They are supposed to protect and notify the public of such events. Diablo Nuclear power plant and San Anofre both have monitors they know EXACTLY how much radiation made it to the coast but their information is "private" Pressure your local representative to get them to release their information, it's our best and only hope if we ever want to know how much radiation made it to the coast.

  • earthsmith earthsmith

    Society has become so sensationalized with individuality we(nothing personal) have lost the ability to understand the strength in numbers. Wether it be the strength of bio accumulating numbers that are killing us or the strength in numbers of people to come together to heal themselves and this planet.

  • sworldpeas

    U.C.Berkley has a nuclear research lab. They have all kinds of monitors running. They know how much radiation made it here and they are NOT a private company that can withhold information. Although… Berkeley is a pro nukes university so their information is probably not entirely accurate. Point is we don't need the EPA to monitor, there are already monitors in place we just need to utilize them!

  • SadieDog

    Alaska Public Radio to host program on Fukushima radiation on Tues. Jan. 28, you can call in or email a comment or just listen –

  • bluetick

    VERY SIMPLE they can not be held liable for that which they did not know… if they test and are aware then the govt has to do something..if they dont have any monitoring then they just play dumb…POLITICS 101

  • SadieDog

    " if they test and are aware then the govt has to do something…" not necessarily –

  • many moons

    and what about California's produce that got hit by the massive plume that sent most of Washington scurrying to S.A… then the produced was shipped out to a grocery store near most of us…never tested.

    What the hell is Radnet for if the findings are kept secret for only the elite to know about?

    • Daisy207

      And all that water coming out of there is tritium – half life 12+ years – beta source – behaves just like water – rains out on the crop land and incorporated into the vegetables and anything else that's grown – into the water supplies – and its the indicator parameter – if it is there so is the rest of the toxic soup. The water is used in baby foods – formula etc., in everything you drink and eat. You can't tell the difference. Drinking water standard I think is 50 piCu/L – that's very low. For the most part only nuclear plants produce it. It should be around $75 for a test. And yes, California's produce and probably everything pretty far inland got hit – as well as the soil – that will allow anything that is grown on it to migrate into the produce for a very long time.

      • many moons

        How long is a very long time? How long will it last in the soil? The half life of cesium? of strontium? Plutonium?
        The soil will NEVER be the same….we have changed many things for a long time…maybe for forever
        10 YEARS
        100 YEARS
        1000 YEARS
        100,000 YEARS
        1,000,000 YEARS
        The soil will NEVER be the same….we have changed many things for a long time…maybe for forever
        And there is no plan to shut them down…how dumb is that???

  • We shouldn't be surprised by EPA betrayal.

    Gina McCarthy, who then administered the radiological division of the EPA, was responsible for overseeing Radnet in 2011. (Radnet is a contractor that is also invested in radiation-based medical scanning technology)

    The EPA’s Inspector General issued a report stating Radnet monitoring during the disaster failed and that basic maintenance protocols had not been established. Yet, McCarthy, the point person for Radnet, was still appointed to head the entire EPA:

    McCarthy no doubt played a vital role in raising the EPA's protective action guidelines for radiation emergencies. The new standards for radionuclide levels are in some cases thousands of times higher than before.

    There was a study planted in Environmental Health Perspectives that provided the scientific 'evidence' for raising the levels. I read EHP and was skeptical of the study, which suffered from gross ecological validity problems because it extrapolated human health safety from genetically modified mice exposed to gamma radiation only for 6 weeks and then killed. Yet the researchers concluded from their laboratory study that radiation exposure levels could be raised significantly.

    Wow! What a propaganda campaign. Bernays would be proud.

    I then realized there is a conspiracy of silence around Fukushima because the problems there are beyond control, as in Hanford.

  • mairs mairs

    I'm 30 miles from Los Alamos, and the government deployed 70+ radiation monitors during the fires that threatened the labs in June of 2011, or at least they said they did. There were stationary monitors in the area and in the surrounding towns, mobile monitors, and flying overhead. That's all I heard. I never found out what the readings were. Just heard, "no problems".

    I guess they are forced to do that here. It's much too visible and everyone knows the problems they've had over the years with dumping and burying radioactive waste in the surrounding canyons.

    That's what they should have done in California after the meltdowns. They could have placed portable monitors everywhere. They have the capability.

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    The RadNet sites they are talking about here are the "deployable ones"…not the stationary in-place ones. If they weren't "deployed" during this event, I doubt they even ever existed.

    The stationary ones WERE operational…however, the data, at that time, was not available to the public. You needed a password to log on to look at the data. WTF EPA? Why?

    And then came Alexander Higgins. You remember him? I don't remember the exact date he got on-line, but he somehow got a hold of the RadNet data and wrote a program to graph it all out…like RadNet SHOULD have done in the first place! He had a wonderful website…but his home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and he lost everything.

    • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

      I finally was able to locate a graph of the radiation from RadNet for Corvallis Oregon that was operational during the event.

      However…the graph must be some sort of JOKE because it shows NO spike during any of the plume events.

      So…I believe the RadNet graph that I have is made up…false…no good…

      Do we have a lawyer in the crowd that would like to take this matter on and receive InterNational Fame and fortune?

      Come On…must be someone here who is a lawyer.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture


    Archive jet stream maps shows where the nuclear radiation went

  • humptydumpty humptydumpty

    This demands a congressional investigation, Senator Boxer.

  • Nick

    Do not eat food from California, Washington, Oregon, BC, Alaska.

    Where do you stop?

    Do you decide that the Rockies and Cascades and Sierras protect the rest of the country?

    How will the consumer decide?

    Let's do a live twitter vote.

    Today we are trending towards 78% of voters boycotting California produce……..

    CA = .06 of world's economy.

    YOU DO NOT MESS WITH CALIFORNIA. All is well. Can we talk about something else?

    I mean, do you really want to get a pit in your stomach when you peek into the recent past and ascertain just how hosed California and the West Coast got from Fukushima?

    Methinks folks are going to wake up pretty quick now.

    • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

      Yeah…where do you stop?

      Maybe at the tomatoes with noses?

      How about the apples with dimples?

      Or the potatoes with lots of little bumps?

      Are these JUST mutations from the West Coast?

      Doubtful. The whole country is in the same pickle.

  • combomelt combomelt

    EPA is blind
    Rads spike, the Ocean is dead
    Our beaches are safe

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    A Dutchsinse Classic

    Dutchsinse Classics Remix: Radiation Plume / Fukushima Forecast 5/4/2011


  • sworldpeas

    Time for a Haiku…

    Nuclear power
    Man wins the Darwin award
    Nothing left but goo

  • soern

    even here in germany all monitors which went over 0,44 microsievert/h went offline after 0311.
    Even here obviously electronic traders were not allowed to sell handheld geiger counters by april 2012.
    I proved it when buying my own geiger counter like:
    I looked for "Gamma Scout" devices at all german traders in april and may 2011 – all the same: not on stock -wait until april 2012.
    So I googled "Gamma Scout Austria" (Austria has no nuclear lobby)
    and bingo i got an offer with 3 weeks delivery from a trader who works in germany also. So I ordered it.
    Now guess where from the shipment came?
    It came from northern germany.
    Any questions?
    Austria is neighbour of germany not australia – just to mention 🙂

  • Sparky Sparky

    No worries [SARC], msn and California Dept. of Health countering Fukushima NPP radiation contamination of US Pacific Coast "rumors":

    • Sparky Sparky

      @Enewsers, Need your help! Please weigh-in with the counter-arguments (or confirmations) to this CA Dept. of Health notice:

      This CDPH memo is being cited extensively across the Net and among decision-makers, family and friends to dismiss the radiation contamination from the Fuku NPP (and dismiss those “spreading” such “rumors”). While I can anticipate eseveral of the counter-arguments, I don’t have nearly the knowledge or expertise that many of you more seasoned ‘Newsers have. Comments welcomed!

      There's definitely an upswing in the "nothing to worry about", dismissive PR lately. Normalcy bias at all costs, even at the cost of human and ecological health and survival. Apparently more people are realizing the extent of this (massive!) problem. We probably can expect more dismissive/discrediting PR as we approach the 3 yr. anniversary of the Fuku NPP (initial) disaster.

      Thanks, everybody! 🙂

      • califnative califnative (NY)

        Sparky – thanks for the link/memo, I agree there is more and more dismissive PR lately because the word is getting out about Fukushima. Interesting paragraph in the memo:

        The Department recently responded to reports of elevated radioactivity readings on California’s beaches in the vicinity of Half Moon Bay. Preliminary data compiled by the Department indicates the elevated radioactivity is due to naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM), not Fukushima related activities. The NORM on the beaches is not causing an impact to public health. The Department’s final report on its investigation
        will be posted on its website within the next few weeks.

        OMG! not causing an impact? Guess we will have to wait for the report in the next few weeks, just enough time to sweep it under the rug for a while.

        • Sparky Sparky

          @califnative, I think they already have/have analyzed the data. Now they're just trying to figure out how to "spin" it, checking with superiors, other agencies, getting everybody organized around key talking points. Whatever the result, we can expect that they'll be trotting out their shills and those "science-based" talking points on all MSM outlets–just prior to the 3/11 Fuku disaster anniversary.

          Perhaps we need a renewed Chemfood-style, boots-on-the-ground effort to counter their efforts. I think we need to counter the CDPH document point-by-point.

  • Sparky Sparky

    US Office Inspector General 2012 rpt., "Weaknesses in EPA’s Management of the Radiation Network System Demand Attention",

    EPA 2013 response:

    EPA 2014 response:

    All better, right?? Wrong!!! 🙁

  • Mack Mack

    Forbes journalist Jeff McMahon reported this about the EPA:

    " Covering the story, I watched the government pursue what appeared to be two strategies to minimize public alarm:

    1. It framed the data with reassurances like this oft-repeated sentence from the EPA: “The level detected is far below a level of public health concern.” The question, of course, is whose concern.

    2. The EPA seemed to be timing its data releases to avoid media coverage. It released its most alarming data set late on a Friday—data that showed radioactive fallout in the drinking water of more than a dozen U.S. cities.

    Friday and Saturday data releases were most frequent when radiation levels were highest."

  • druidozone

    I was up there monitoring as a human guniea pig. as an organic farmer I spend a lot of time outside, and I took notice of the fact that on day one, the big sky over Humboldt Bay was completely covered from end to end with the airplane trails. naturally, I could see the logic in our benevolent big brother trying to protect us by making it rain out over the ocean before the fallout came over here and INDEED it did proceed to rain up here for 2 weeks straight following fukushima. now with our new deforested rain pattern you'd have to say that the 2 weeks straight was somewhat anomalous, and given the extensive plane trails i'd say it was pretty obvious what was happening. ON DAY FOUR I GOT OUT OF THE CAR AT HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY and felt the hail hitting my head and immediately I knew that I was getting the stuff on my skin from fukushima. I had thought that there would be a lot of diffusion as the stuff crossed the pacific, but in at least that one cloud over arcata on day 4, there was a high concentration of something from fukushima. I wrote about this on facebook, and you wouldn't believe how I was viciously attacked by 'working' scientists and every other cant happen here idiot under the sun. I KNEW THE FEELING WELL that day BECAUSE in decades gone by I had travelled 4 or 5 times to the US Nuclear weapons test site north of vegas to protest and it was the same sensation. it was like a metallic feeling. I read later that coal emissions from china can reach here in 4…