US West Coast bore “significant brunt” of hot particles from Fukushima disaster, study claims -Bellona

Published: September 19th, 2012 at 10:32 am ET
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Follow-up to: "Fukushima radioactive plume contaminated entire Northern Hemisphere during a relatively short period of time" -- Map: Fukushima air mass hit California after 3/11 and went north to Ore., Wash., Canada (PHOTO)

Title: Impact to US West Coast from Fukushima disaster likely larger than anticipated, several reports indicate
Source: Bellona
Author: Charles Digges
Date: Sept 19, 2012

Note the red line heads east to California then travels up the U.S. West Coast upon making landfall (Image Source: Science of the Total Environment)

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The new scientific paper, which will be published in November 1 edition of the journal Science of the Total Environment says that its research “clearly demonstrates how little dissipation [of radionuclides] occurred [between March 12 and 16] due to the nature of the rapid global air circulation system.”

The massive release of anthropogenic – or non-naturally occurring radionuclides such as cesium 137 and cesium 134 – by the meltdowns and explosions that rocked Fukushima Daiichi occurred in the five days following the beginning of the accident, the report says.

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The report goes on to say that “the Fukushima radioactive plume contaminated the entire Northern Hemisphere during a relatively short period of time” after [3/11]

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Bellona’s article ties in several past reports related to the Fukushima disaster:

  • Statement by Arnie Gundersen: “During April, the people in Seattle could have just as easily been in Tokyo for the amount of hot particles that were there”
  • Sickened Alaskan wildlife
  • Recent aerial radiation surveys on West Coast via helicopter
  • Food safety limits raised in US, Europe after 3/11
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