South Korea: Radioactive store-bought seaweed measures 0.81 microSv/hr (VIDEO)

Published: January 4th, 2012 at 8:32 am ET


Published: January 4th, 2012 at 8:32 am ET


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60 comments to South Korea: Radioactive store-bought seaweed measures 0.81 microSv/hr (VIDEO)

  • maaa

    I cant believe it.

  • GreenParis

    At :
    David Ritchie says : “I keep thinking about my Korean friends … especially, their diet.
    Koreans love their kimpap — rolls of rice and vegetables wrapped in seaweed. Kimpap is everywhere.
    How many tons of seaweed get eaten in kimpap each day? I can’t guess.
    Nor can I estimate how much radioactivity Koreans (and expats here) are soaking up from food and the environment.
    So, I placed an advertisement, asking anyone with current radioactivity readings from Korea to contact me by email.
    No replies yet, but I’ll keep you posted.”

    • DukeNukem4ever DukeNukem4ever

      the thing is that people here have totally forgotten about Fukushima and it is never in the news anymore … you should see the looks and laughs I get when I tell people about what this strange waygook (foreigner … me) is doing with this clicking gadget … they look at me like I am truly nuts and most do not even seem to know the name: FUKUSHIMA …. I find it just frighteningly unbelievable … even my pharmacist (who is quite well educated) just laughed at me when I told her that she should tell her children to stay out of that rain (the one where I got such a high reading, the one that fell for almost 3 days, the one that I saw soak so many people who could not be bothered to carry a brolly with them … I was speechless) …

      • GreenParis

        If you copy and paste the link to each of your videos in google, you will find Korean blogs linking to them. You could contact them, and then try to organize an event with the most convinced and preoccupied among them, or at least make friends.
        But it is true that most people are sheep. It was very clear in France during World War II when the Nazis occupied our country : only a tiny minority participated in the Resistance (and as many welcomed the Nazis), while most people cared only about one thing : filling their stomach. That is why the head of the Resistance, General De Gaulle said later that most French people are veals (young cattle) !
        And TV brainwashes the subconscious of people when they are children, turning them into consumers who care foremost about pleasure. Anyway, most people have too many sufferings deep inside (past and present), they are too weak to face reality : if they try they quickly feel depressed, and turn back to entertainment.

        • StillJill StillJill

          +1000,…you deserve a psychology degree-IMO! Spot on-FWIW

          • GreenParis

            Thank you ! I may add that considering how mediocre the IQ of the average man is, how many errors such a brain produces, and how insufficiently powerful it is to understand this world in all its complexity, it is obvious that the average man gets easily tired when he tries to understand reality, and prefers to lazily believe TV, and to be conformist, which is not totally illogical after all. Unsurprisingly, many anti-conformists have too low an IQ and/or are too neurotic to do better than those who trust TV. They may end up uncovering some of the lies spread by the mass-media, but at the same time they will be even more wrong than their conformist neighbor about other topics, and may support even crazier politicians than those in power.

          • Enenews Admin

            Hopefully readers are noticing that GreenParis is in the byline of the article… GP basically wrote it with minor editing by enenews. Great job.

            • or-well

              (many glasses of wine raised in a toast to GreenParis!)

            • GreenParis

              Thank you ! And thank you for the editing anf for putting it on the first page. I would like to know if people submit too many or too few articles.
              The one who did the real hard work is DukeNukem4ever of course, who made and uploaded these videos on vimeo and now youtube (as joytek311).

        • Radio VicFromOregon

          To liberally reword the world renown anthropologist Margaret Mead’s sentiment – this is why a handful of a few motivated individuals change the world, not the masses. This is why I come to this site. Not just for the info, not just to read the posts and interact on a shared subject, but, to witness the change we are all bringing about. In fact, compared to many social change movements, we are moving things along at an unbelievably rapid pace. GreenParis, I wish we had a better word than sheep for people who are operating on such an uninvolved level with their environments. Sheep, of course, have been bred to be passive and to follow. In fact, a common death is that if they fall over in water, they will drown rather than try to get up. That bred trait to stay down allows humans to sheer them without much struggle. So, the much used analogy is probably right. I just wish we had a better word.

          • When sheep wool gets wet it gets very heavy, so the sheep can’t get up, even if it wants to.

            Sheep can get stuck on their backs and not just because they have got wet. Heavily pregnant ewes will do it frequently.

            You have to pull them back over. If they’ve been stuck for a long time you need to hold them with their legs under them as the legs will be numb and unable to hold them up – like bad pins and needles.

            Bear with me, born in NZ.

      • jonjon

        Once again these high readings in Korea are probably not due to fukushima. I say that because you don’t get such high readings in Kyushu, Japan. South Korea is even more west than kyushu and usually out of reach from the prevailing winds blowing past fukushima. South western Japan received less fallout than california, and in fact got very little.
        We should be looking at the cause somewhere else. Did north koreans detonate nukes? was there any illegal bomb tests? Is there any nuclear waste dumping coming from south korea’s big neighbor, China? Or North Korea for that matter? There’s a much higher likelihood of the latter than fukushima in this part of Asia.

        • shockwave shockwave

          You never saw those forecasts, do U?

        • Tanuki San

          I checked the forecast. It rained that day, and the wind was blowing from the north, north/northeast and north/northwest at different times of the day. In Japan, the wind was blowing from the north/northeast half the day, so it is possible that the radiation measured was from Fukushima. North/northeast isn’t the normal wind direction. This is one of the reasons I was nervous about living in western Japan, the proximity is so close if anything happened and the wind changed direction.

          • Radio VicFromOregon

            Good checking Tanuki San because with global climate change, the regional wind patterns are changing and doing unexpected things, including blowing more and more often in directions that aren’t so usual. The cold and heat exchange in the upper atmosphere is making winds shift back and forth. The higher jet streams have also all been altered. This is why so many of the projected wind and ocean current models are proving so wrong. The modelers have little historical data to create models closer to todays changes. As an example, that raft of debris from the tsunami arrived an entire year earlier than oceanographers predicted. That is a really inaccurate model but was considered the best that can be done. Another example is how the radiation flowing into the Pacific ocean outside Fukushima Daiichi ended up recirculating right back to Japan because of an unusual and before unknown little ocean current. Everything changes from now on. Looking out the window and checking the news for wind direction IS the best and only way. You got it right. Check things in real time. Relying on historical wind and ocean currents should be avoided.

            • Fudo

              This is not accurate. The current that circles along the Honshu coast is well known. So it was a given that some of the radioactive material would travel down the coast towards Izu. Also the time projection for the debris reaching the West Coast of America was based speed of actual currents, so the lighter weight objects like buoys will move much faster across the water due to wind. It has nothing to do with global warming changing historical currents.

          • jonjon

            I know it rained around April 5th to 8th with 2 or 3 days of sustained north easterlies. I was near Okinawa and was worried about the rain while looking at the radiation plume forecast, and worried about drinking tap water collected from the rain and rivers.
            School in korea closed around that time due to radioactive rain, but at levels deemed very low… Of course I do not know how serious it was or wasn’t as I didn’t have a geiger counter. HOwever the rain in kyushu didn’t seem to have caused any increase in radioactivity so I doubt the same clouds going to korea would produce more fallout. That’s why I say, look for illegal nuclear waste dumping from either north korea or china instead.

        • Dogleg Dogleg

          Was talking with a young soldier back in Sept. He told me he had been stationed in Korea some time earlier and they had a meltdown. He said the soldiers were warned of the danger. They basically sheltered in place. He acted supprised that I had not heard about it, as if he thaught everybody had known. He is one of the few people I have met who took an intrest in Fuku. Said the Army taught him how dangerous nukes are because of that incident.

      • Replacant Replacant

        I mention Fukushima to people (I live in California) and I get “Is that still going on?” No news at all! No information about the fallout in the spring, no news about the food contamination, no news about the debris headed this way. Maybe the sick seals will be the oil soaked pelicans of this disaster as people seem to react more strongly to a baby seal blooding from open soars than the idea cancer deaths in Japan and surround countries will increase dramatically if nothing is done to protect the food supplies; cognitive dissonance mass media version.

        Keep posting these videos as maybe the governments of Japan, Korea, China, US & Russia will start to protect their people and react to this epic and ongoing nuclear disaster.

  • James2

    I believe South Korea is probably at real serious risk of becoming a no-man’s land as well.

  • DukeNukem4ever DukeNukem4ever

    I posted these videos from South Korea. I tried getting joytek as a handle on enenews but it told me that it was already taken so I went with DukeNukem4ever instead.

    I only have a free vimeo account and have currently maxed out my weekly upload quota.

    I have the third part of that test which in fact did hit 0.808 uSv/hr after I re-positioned the Inspector on the sample, however there seems to be an issue with upload on vimeo (I have tried a few times and it is still broken)(btw, I trans-coded the original .MOV file out of my camera into an .ogv (.ogg) file since it makes it a lot smaller, but that seems to be an issue on vimeo even though it lists this file type as an option)

    I also just bought another brand of seaweed today which when I measured it in the store also yielded around 0.7+ uSv/hr … I will prepare another test video and post as soon as I can upload more on to my vimeo account.

    in the meantime I am trying to get a vimeo plus account but do not have paypal nor credit card (I am a cash kinda guy;-)

    I am checking any item I can get my hands on at the store and will post if and when I come across something over 0.4 uSv/hr (I am making this an arbitrary cut off since quite a few items seem to hover right below this level … don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that it is safe or anything but just too common around here.)

    I am quite worried about the levels around here, that much is for sure … and in a little while the predominant winds will once again be blowing towards SK from Japan bringing with them all sorts of nasty stuff …

    • Bobby1

      DukeNukem4ever, you might consider testing the Korean fish cakes, they are very popular. My son and I love them.

      Northeast China and eastern Russia are getting contaminated too.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Thank you joytek. I posted to HP. It IS a worry considering what you told us about how much the Koreans eat all these types of foods. Hope your stocked up on foods that AREN’T contaminated.

    • Might want to try an account on youtube. I believe accounts are free with no limit on uploading.

    • GreenParis

      Thank you very much for these very important videos.
      I hope you can get a friend to pay for you to upgrade your account. The more videos the better !
      It would be even better if you could get a Korean friend to help you shoot Korean versions : videos with a Korean citizen talking in Korean would maybe be more convincing. At least it is worth a try.

      • Japan. The fish is highly contaminated with radiation.

        Uploaded by radiationtest on Dec 28, 2011

        safe to say, check your fish too !

        • GreenParis

          Very interesting video, thank you ! The radioactivity climbs fast considering it is a dosimeter. Japanese people should really stop eating fish ! And capitalists are criminals for selling it. But capitalism only counts money; the fact that the fish is radioactive, if hidden to the consumer, does not lower the margin of the capitalist selling it. That is why capitalism is an insane system : accountancy produces a deeply dishonest and deformed picture of reality.
          On his site the guy of the video tries to analyze food using his Geiger counter; but the graphs he shows are not very convincing. He would need a mass spectrometer to be able to really analyze food and find radioactive particles inside. Unfortunately such a machine is quite expensive :

          That would be great if we had several of these !

    • Tanuki San

      Thank you for examining this because when I was in Japan I bought Koren seaweed thinking it was safe. Right now I have some Korean BekSul nori in my kitchen cabinet that my toddler has been eating. Your findings raise the question of how the seaweed got contaminated over in Korea.

    • James Tekton James Tekton

      Hey DN4E,

      Please get a free U-tube account where you will not be limited to your uploading. You can do about 12 min for each video you upload.

      Also, Joytek, please do the same. If you both get on U-tube, we the Inspector crew can communicate there a lot better. I don’t think you can use vimeo for communicating with other counter people or have folks comment on your videos there. I posted this yesterday asking you to do the same.

      Now we are asking you both the do this. GO TO U-TUBE!

      Blessings to you all!

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      “History of Irresponsibility
      The story of how this state of affairs came about reveals much on how politics and profit can undermine food safety.”
      Boy if that isn’t the TRUTH. Thanks RK for all you’ve done spotlighting this!

  • shockwave shockwave

    It seems the east China may be bad as well.

    Still silent!

    Human is doomed

  • DukeNukem4ever DukeNukem4ever

    just a quick update … I just did another test on the new (different brand) seaweed I just bought today and it also hit a high over 0.8 uSv/hr … not “just” 0.7 …

  • Someone checking Salmon and Tuna of late ?

    • James Tekton James Tekton

      Did you see the tuna check we did?

      • @ James Tekton,
        tuna check ? I don’t recall seeing it !
        But anyone buying fish should be checking it for problems, look at Chinas sea’s and that was last summer, got a lot more dumped in it since then ! My Word !

        • James Tekton James Tekton

          Hey xdf,

          Sorry that you missed this.

          Here is the TUNA check we did some time back. This is a base reading for comparison to future checks. No doubt they will start to go up as time and new tuna makes it in to the food system.

          All these kind of reports are on the radiation monitoring network at the permanent reporting thread.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    North Korea …I suppose N.Korea is about in the same state. Yakuza…I told it wasn’t far enough…..

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      Yakuza..I told YOU it isn’t far enough going to Korea….your loved ones are not safe…..the original blasts sent material in all directions…I still suspsect Ohi…

  • DukeNukem4ever DukeNukem4ever

    ok guys I got a you-tube account:


    I am in the process of uploading the previous vids including the last on that did not work on vimeo …

    plus I will be shooting another test of the new seaweed (different brand) that I bought today in a moment … so it should be up in an hour or so …

    please direct people to my you-tube account and I will continue to search for other “hot” food items and do more testing for everyone to be informed about what is actually going …

    thank you all for passing on the links to my vids … so far there has been more than 35000 hits so that means that quite a few people might actually start asking some long over-due questions about 3/11 and its repercussions on our common future


  • DukeNukem4ever DukeNukem4ever

    hmm … how does this work … how can I find my play list and my account when searching youtube? I am new to this guys … when I type my user name (joytek311) it comes up empty … how can people find my channel?

    help greatly appreciated.

  • DukeNukem4ever DukeNukem4ever

    I guess this is the web address I gotta give people so they can find my vids

    but how can one search in youtube for a specific users channel? (that was my original question)

    as to how to use my account to set up my channel … I am starting to figure it out now … have just added tags and descriptions …

    Thank you Kevin … help is always appreciated.

  • Clocka

    Someone said the yakuza has no connection to North Korea.

    Wrong. many of the yakuza are korean-japanese posing as pure japanese, and they mostly have allegiance to Pyongyang.

    In any case, this radioactivity cannot happen to a country more deserving than that peninsula.

    Check who mistreated the PoWs in the camps of Malaya and others. (Hint: it was not Japanese)

    The Koreans are cruel to their own kind; they are even more cruel to those who are not their own kin.

    • waddirum waddirum

      “In any case, this radioactivity cannot happen to a country more deserving than that peninsula.”

      Absolutely disgusting. No country is deserving of radiation. Are infants and children responsible for what happened 65 years ago?

  • Clocka

    Also, for those who are not conversant on Korean geography, Chunchon is in the north-center of the country, far away from the coastline but fairly close to Seoul.

  • DukeNukem4ever DukeNukem4ever

    ok guys and gals … I just uploaded the first test of my second kelp sample which was bought today and is a product from a very famous brand here in SK, Ottugi (full product name is: Ottugi Dashima kelp)

    the readings are very similar to the previous product’s, hiting a high of 0.802 uSv/hr with around 0.22 uSv/hr background.

    so now we know that this is not an isolated occurrence, and can look forward to finding even more such “hot” products on grocery shelves all over. I will keep testing and posting.

    • James Tekton James Tekton

      Hey DN4E,

      Search using the title of your video. When you upload them, you can re-title them any way you want. There are also edit options to change things on the video information.

      Also, see if there is a place on your account page to switch back to the original format of the u-tube channel. They recently changed the page format and it is NOT better than the old one. It is easier and more user friendly.

      Thank you for your great work brother. Keep on keeping on!

  • bc


  • DukeNukem4ever DukeNukem4ever

    @ James Tekton

    thank you for the kind words sir … I am also trying to get some “big guns” to help me … there is this Korean youtuber who has access to some gamma spectroscopy equipment … I have written a request to him to meet up with me and identify the exact isotopes in my samples. Here is one of his vids in which he has found a Cesium hot spot:

    (his handle is LuccaBack and he does speak English reasonably well too)

    I will keep you guys posted as the situation progresses.

    I gotta hit the hay … it is 5:05 am!!!!

    over and out

    • Waffles

      I live in Seoul. What can I do? That is really a shock, Ottugi is one of the most famous brands here…

      Also, the media blackout here is amazing. Nobody is following this. Nobody. I’ll try to contact the MSM on these matters.

      • James Tekton James Tekton

        Welcome Waffles,

        Be careful.

        Use false fronts to put out your news, or help us do it from here for you all there in Korea.

        This is big and it must be known to everyone who eats this.

        Prayers and blessings to you all there for healing and awareness.

  • DukeNukem4ever DukeNukem4ever

    I agree with James’ warning … there is a clearly established practice of shooting the messenger here especially if they happen to be from the outside (read: a foreigner)

    instead of being seen as a concerned citizen you (“we” by association) will become seen as a squeaky wheel at best and prolly more as an agitator and antisocial element in need of immediate deportation …

    I have lived here for more than a decade and know this type of reaction all too well … in the Asian mind if the whistle blower or “wave maker” is removed then whatever problem he/she was talking about basically ceases to exist … form over function I tell ya, every time … just so as not to lose face and grease the cogs of status quo … dissent, even in a polite way is not an option that much is clear … and the authorities told us it is all good so there … end of discussion … 🙁

  • bjsnm13

    Hi DukeNukem4ever, I just tested some pre-Fuku Natures Way kelp capsules. I tested the capsules first and then the powder from 2 capsules.
    The 10 minute count to determine background was 63 CPM. (Western New Mexico normal @ 5000ft elevation is 60 CPM +/-20)
    10 minute count with the capsules was 68 CPM.
    10 minute count with the powder was 65 CPM.

    So mine wasn’t above normal background radiation for my location.

    • James Tekton James Tekton

      Good work B13,

      Please report on the radiation reporting thread your numbers and pictures/videos if you can please.

      Great reporting!