Unprecedented Spike: 1501 atoms of radioactive sulfur per meter³ was detected in California air

Published: August 16th, 2011 at 3:41 pm ET


UC Researchers Produce First Quantitative Estimate of Fukushima Radiation Leak, Daily Tech by Tiffany Kaiser, August 16, 2011:

On the other side of the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, California on March 28, 2011, [Mark Thiemens, study leader and Dean of the Division of Physical Sciences at UC San Diego] and his team noticed an “unprecedented spike” in radioactive sulfur in the air. […]

Over the four days that the team took measurements, which ended March 28, Thiemens measured 1501 atoms of radioactive sulfur in sulfate particles per cubic meter of air. They mentioned that this was the highest they had seen in two years of observations and recordings.

According to the researchers, the radioactive sulfur observed was produced by partially melted nuclear fuel in the storage ponds or reactors. […]

Published: August 16th, 2011 at 3:41 pm ET


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42 comments to Unprecedented Spike: 1501 atoms of radioactive sulfur per meter³ was detected in California air

  • fuckyoushima

    neoair cruiser.

  • vaporlock vaporlock

    What’s with the big news from March? First the Berkley guys say it’s impossible. Now we are supposed to be impressed that the geniuses are sharing old data? How about today? How about yesterday? Or hasn’t the Nazi government said that’s allowed yet. Waiting for the MSM to publish so you can be famous?….up yours. Breathe deep…enjoy. The BaCl2,Ba(NO3,)NH and N2H4 in the chemtrails will clear the isotopes out for you.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    I want off this Planet asap.

  • Noah

    Radioactive Sulfur from Fukushima in California?

    This proves the unpopular theory that planet earth has only one atmosphere.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    “Highest level in two years?”
    What happened two years ago?
    And what else did they catch?

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Sorry – repost, but I think it’s important:
    Excessive levels of radioactive cesium found 100 km from plant / 186.000 bq/kg:

    “Excessive levels of radioactive cesium were found in sludge in a ditch at a district court branch in Fukushima Prefecture, about 100 kilometers west of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the court said Tuesday.
    The isotope in the sludge, sampled from a ditch at the Fukushima District Court’s Aizuwakamatsu branch, measured about 186,000 becquerels per kilogram, the court said, adding it plans to remove the sludge after consulting with local governments.
    Under government standards, sludge can be used in a landfill as long as the radioactive cesium contained in it measures 8,000 becquerels per kilogram or lower.”


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Good recent recap at Fukushima dairy.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    …typo… diary…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Look..it’s enenews….good work folks…keep fighting!

  • update up…

    Cracks found in seabed off Sanriku coast – video

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    (Reuters) – About 120 Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station employees moved back into the flooded plant’s administration building on Monday.

    • arclight arclight

      The comedy duo had one of their TV programs cancelled by the TV sponsor.

      They told the duo,”TV show is a product to sell,so we can’t be against our sponsor.It’s taboo to talk about Tepco and Genpatsu at variety program.”

      The duo was imposed silence on which TV channel and what TV show it is,but they say it is the major one.

      Here we can learn two things from this.

      1) Detection of neptunium239 was crucially important.They needed to conceal the fact to keep the nuc power going on.

      2) They purge.

      nice example of censorship in action….been seeing alot of that recently!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Truth is such a filthy thing.. I guess…causing a need for purging those that are so afflicted…with the disease of truth telling.

  • If you haven’t seen Potrblog yet, check it out. The blogger really seems to know what s/he is talking about and evalautes this research study (the enenews headline)

    Also, here is a very important article about protecting children’s health in Japan from Fukushima radiation

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Pissin on the Roses?…..lol

  • Emergency International Petition to PROTECT THE CHILDREN OF FUKUSHIMA

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    OT..I know…Nuckelchen is a sky watcher …So am I…..
    Vielleicht wird Deutschland dafür ist keine atomare Haltung bezahlen?

    • arclight arclight

      lol !! margeret the rap thatcher… you have probaly damaged this puppy for life! 🙂 really good music though , very clever! 10 out of 10 (only because i was on the hills of wales in the mid eighties….brings back fond memories of being chased by helicopters, buzzed by fighter jets and photographed and id checked by the police….happy days! 🙂

      and to your point on the layered cloud affect, i have noticed this…more so in may/june
      also, the rain isnt falling right in the uk….always short showers, lots of cloud and very little rain! the wind is largely blustery, hardly ever still…..wierd!

      • cosmicwind

        Yes the wind is very strange. I live in Rio de Janeiro and about 3 months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster we had a weak of very strong winds and some tornados, something we have rarely in Brasil and I believe it was the first in Rio. Every night the wind blew in a strange way.

  • StillJill StillJill

    And I don’t care what anybody says,…the sun is somehow hotter. I washed my car today,..like I often do,…but the soap kept drying in seconds it seemed, before I could get the hose to rinse. Very different,..weird I know.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      The ozone layer is becoming depleted. The electromagnetic field protecting the earth is becoming weaker.

      The radioactive krypton and other nuclear isotopes released from the various nuclear disasters is making changes in the atmosphere and the climate.

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      It’s not your imagination! I’m a native of Florida and have NEVER seen the humidity at 35 until this month when the temperature was in the upper 90s. Usually, when it’s hot, the humidity is in the upper 90s as well. This is weird.

    • arclight arclight

      still jill
      in the uk, in the middle of the summer when clouds go over the temperature seems to plummet, the cloud clears and the sun comes back and then it seems very hot, however its like the ground isnt warming up as much as it should so we have had very little in the way of humidity…i work driving a motorcycle all day across southern england…ive listed other weather differences very recently somewhere too…think this bears a bit of investigation…hmmmm!

  • irradiated californian

    wasn’t this posted yesterday already…here on enenews? again reposting stuff i see…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    ..the disaster not moving fast enough for ya?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Is this a chip on the shoulder type thing?

  • Jebus Jebus

    UC Researchers Produce First Quantitative Estimate of Fukushima Radiation Leak

    IMHO, There is a missed point here in this thread topic.
    We have witnessed many, many reports of different radionuclides on the west coast.
    Radionuclides that were reported outside mainstream media.
    Radionuclide reports that were labled as not possible and minimized by many researchers.
    Reports of health threats, radioactive counts higher than normal by citizens.
    Strange burnt metallic smells and metallic tastes reported by citizens. Yellow rain.
    Radnet taken down, no one agency reporting the results officially.

    Now researchers come out with radioactive sulfur as their gauge as to the amount of radiation that actually leaked from the reactors at fukushima?

    Okay fine, radioactive sulfur was released.


    Quotes from article:

    “When fuel rods melt, products like neutrons leak from the fuel rods. Seawater is used to cool the hot reactors, and absorbs the leaked neutrons. These neutrons “collide” with chloride ions in the seawater, which results in the loss of a proton out of the nucleus of a chloride atom and turns the atom into a radioactive form of sulfur. Most of this vaporizes into steam when the saltwater comes into contact with the hot reactors, and to avoid explosions due to the collection of hydrogen, operators vent the steam into the atmosphere. Once in the air, the sulfur reacts with oxygen to create sulfur dioxide gas and eventually sulfate particles.”

    “The next step was to calculate how much radiation had leaked from the reactor based on the path over the Pacific Ocean. They took into account that some sulfate particles had fallen into the ocean or decayed along the way, and concluded that 400 billion neutrons were released per square meter surface of the cooling pools. They predicted that this occurred between March 13, 2011 and March 20, 2011. March 13 was when operators began flooding the reactor with seawater.”

    “Although the spike that we measured was very high compared to background levels of radioactive sulfur, the absolute amount of radiation that reached California was small,” said Thiemens. “The levels we recorded aren’t a concern for human health. In fact, it took sensitive instruments, measuring radioactive decay for hours after lengthy collection of the particles, to precisely measure the amount of radiation.”

    End quotes

    End article?

    “to precisely measure the amount of radiation.”

    I call bullshit. This was nothing more than an effort to minimize the event and the amount of radiation that was released and the amount that has reached the west coast.
    Radioactive sulfur was not the only radionuclide that was released from those reactors. Seawater was not pumped into those reactors continously up until now. It was only pumped in the first few days. You can not gauge the total amount of radionuclides released from that one last ditch effort to cool the reactors.
    From the moment that #1 started melting down to today is the total amount, or sum of the radionuclides released.
    Last I checked the reports, the beasts are still alive.
    What about all the other radionuclides released? What about the nuclear standard of tracing Iodine-131 and Cesium-137 as the standard that I have read about? The Iodine-131 and Cesium-137 that they stopped testing for at the extremely sensetive radiation sniffers that the nuke plants here in the US have. What about RadNet? What about the military network of the most sensitive sniffers on the planet?



    If they can detect a fucking radioactive cat, then why the hell can’t we get REAL readings as to the amount that has escaped from those reactors and what has wafted in on the breeze to the west coast of the US? WTF?

    Why radioactive sulfur now? From some researchers in SOCal?

    Is this the best that the MSM and the PTB can give to the people of the US/World?

    • arclight arclight

      if you remember with the scientists measuring the radioactive isotope signature, they said that it was incredibly stable unlike the signature at chernobyl! for some reason or other…meaning that the component isotopes of maybe at least half a dozen isotopes (they did not specify the others)….we could assume that the fallout comprises of these ever changing isotopes till they reach thier final daughter product..some of those changes good! iodine and some bad, neptunium to plutomium…and this fact is being hidden…why? maybe to hide releases of other radioactive materials that dont have the fuku signature…thats my humble take on it…

      • Jebus Jebus

        Agreed Arclight,
        Mostly my point was that they know. If they can detect a radioactive cat travelling up I5 in a metal car at 70 miles an hour, then they know the amounts and are not telling. Why?, Why?, Why?
        If the data says all is okay, Why not tell us?
        No data is not good data…

        How long can the three evil monkeys hold their arms like that?

        When the power of love overcomes the love of power, there will be peace…

        • arclight arclight

          the french revolution began in the coffe shops of london, they are currently filled with upper/middle class housewifes with pretentions of grandure and they drink fancy vanilla coffee lattes in huge ceramic mugs…this is not a place to ferment revolution, its a place to ferment methane! lol!

          the new coffee shop of the revolution is here on the web….and no lattes! bonus no methane! no global warming! sorted!
          peace and definately good night

  • Bobby1

    Star Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to rejoin team

    “Burkholder said Maclin began experiencing symptoms — night sweats, fever, loss of weight, loss of appetite — in March, synonymous with lymphoma, a form of cancer. But a five-month battery of tests taken in both Philadelphia and St. Louis came back inconclusive, and not until Wednesday, was Maclin finally cleared of all serious conditions.

    Maclin was tested for HIV and numerous other diseases and underwent several tests, including scans. He also consulted with a hematologist, an oncologist and an infectious disease specialist, among others.
    “Frankly,” Burkholder said, “nobody could come up with a definitive diagnosis.”
    Burkholder, speaking on a conference call from Pittsburgh, where the Eagles face the Steelers in a preseason game Thursday, reported Maclin’s symptoms disappeared at some point before late July. He said the cause of the symptoms remains “vague.”

    “We’re confident that the life-threatening stuff is out of the mix,” Burkholder said. “Right now, we’re going to look at him as having an inflammatory condition that caused him to have the symptoms and the abnormal blood studies.”

    Maclin underwent a laparoscopy procedure last Thursday so doctors could get a clearer biopsy than previous tests had provided. The results came back Wednesday, and were negative.

    Asked why his description of the cause of Maclin’s condition seems vague, Burkholder replied, “It is vague.”


    Hmmm he got sick in March, vague cancer-like symptoms nobody can track down. Did they test for radioisotopes in his body? Nahhh, there ain’t no radiation here…