US Gov’t: “Tsunami debris might be contaminated with radiation from Fukushima Dai-ichi”

Published: April 7th, 2012 at 8:47 pm ET
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Though [intlink id=”tv-govt-testing-radioactive-material-along-hawaii-shore-quietly-year-noaa-epa-state-all-preparing-tsunami-debris-video” type=”post”]NOAA has consistently claimed[/intlink] tsunami debris threatening North America will not be radioactive. A new paper by the Congressional Research Service says otherwise.

Effects of Radiation from Fukushima Dai-ichi on the U.S. Marine Environment
Congressional Research Service
Eugene H. Buck, Specialist in Natural Resources Policy
Harold F. Upton, Analyst in Natural Resources Policy
April 2, 2012

[…] Initial models suggested that in a year, debris could reach the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument; in two years, the remaining Hawaiian islands could see this debris; in three years, the debris plume likely would reach the U.S. west coast, dumping debris on California beaches and the beaches of British Columbia, Alaska, and Baja California.

Although much of the radioactive release from Fukushima Dai-ichi is believed to have occurred after the tsunami, there is the possibility that some of the tsunami debris might be contaminated with radiation from Fukushima Dai-ichi.

More recent observations indicate that some debris could be traveling faster than predicted. The debris field has been estimated to contain possibly millions of tons of debris and to be approximately 3,700 kilometers long and 1,800 kilometers wide. […]

h/t Gregg Levine

Published: April 7th, 2012 at 8:47 pm ET
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19 comments to US Gov’t: “Tsunami debris might be contaminated with radiation from Fukushima Dai-ichi”

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Debris is happening now, and we have our geiger counters out. So, no need for any predictions from so-called experts.

  • Fall out man!

    I presume they sunk that drifting Japanese fishing boat because it was contaminated. There was talk that someone had claimed it for salvage. It looked in good shape, high in the water. Perhaps the ship was contaminated enough to be an embarrassment?

    News reports said it was carrying a lot of fuel. Very hard to imagine it was going to be sunk rather than recycled under normal circumstances.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Hi our biggest news outlet here says the ship was about to be scrapped in Japan and out of service. There's a closeup picture. The article says a Canadian trawler tried to pull the ship away but didn't succeed.
      http://m.spiegel.de/panorama/a-826157.html

    • I read 'no where' where the ship was searched for human/humans on board or any dead ! People could have survived on it ! Odd it was not boarded by Coast Guard, but the fear of cont animation may have been a factor !

      • StillJill StillJill

        Doc,…they boarded it! Tell me how the sam-hell they could have located the owner otherwise,….please tell me?!?

  • hbjon hbjon

    How can it not be contaminated? How can it not be even more contaminated than the main land of Japan? A. It has been getting rained on. B. It is usually under the jet stream that has the highest concentrations of death particles. C. It's origin was not far from the FD explosions. D. Air currents usually flow from west to east. E. Good chance that the source particles will be on the debris (not just decay or daughter products). F. The most feared substances like Pu, U, and other strong alpha emitters. G. Possibly even the worst substance known to mankind. Curium. H. They should have detonated some sort of nuke to sink the debris within the first week imho.

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Since the USS Ronalf Reagan Aircraft Carrier ws heavily contaminated sitting of the coast of Japan, there is NO doubt the tsunami debris was likewise contaminated.

  • Come on, where's Greenpeace? Can't they go out to the debris field and probe around with geiger counters and such?

  • We know for a fact that it is highly contaminated.

    And they way they sunk that boat rather than going for $1M in scrap steel value. Hands down.

    • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

      @stock…….
      Exactly. That Canadian trawler could have towed that vessel 100 miles easily. I had a heavy 30 ft. fiberglass charter boat and a friend of mine towed me 0ver 7 miles with a 14 ft. aluminum boat with a 35 hp. outboard. Once you overcome the inertia and the other vessel moves, you can tow it forever. And the video showed it was a flat, gentle ocean that day.
      My guess is the USCG called Canadian govt., Canadian govt. radioed the trawler and told her to stand down.
      That Japanese drifter must have been the radionuclide Maru……tow it home and people will KNOW

  • StillJill StillJill

    TPTB had one motus operondi,(sp)…

    Out of sight,….out of mind!

  • bigfatscaryman sdyogini

    Please pray for my sweet precious little boys who's father is one of the walking dead, they will be flying to Hawaii tomorrow from LA please keep those volcanos quiet and reactor 4 standing and their little guts lined with enough love to reject any injected crap…..get them home back to the frying pan and out of the fire.

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