“Yellow rain” around Tokyo caused by pollen officials say – Rain may have contained radioactivity

Published: March 24th, 2011 at 2:06 am ET
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Cause of ‘yellow rain’ found to be pollen: weather agency, Kyodo, March 24, 2011 at 1:05 am EDT:

The “yellow rain” seen Wednesday in the Kanto region surrounding Tokyo was caused by pollen, not radioactive materials as many residents had worried, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Thursday.

The agency received more than 200 inquiries Thursday morning about yellowish residue left on roofs and elsewhere by the rain…

A health official at the Tokyo metropolitan government also said there is a possibility that the rain contained radioactivity but not at a level to have had adverse effects…

Read the report here.

 

Published: March 24th, 2011 at 2:06 am ET
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13 comments to “Yellow rain” around Tokyo caused by pollen officials say – Rain may have contained radioactivity

  • bobby

    chernobyl yellow rain link

    yellow rain is radioactive
    google yellow rain chernoby
    lie after lie but when lives are at stake.
    please someone tell these people the truth.

    http://dailybruin.detroitsoftworks.com/index.php/article/2006/04/remembering-chernobyl


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  • Jimmy

    How stupid do they think people are?


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  • Jean

    Unfortunately, the Japanese government, just like the U.S. government, seems to think people are really stupid and will believe anything they say. I don’t know anything about the types of pollen found in Japan, but here in north Florida we get pollen at this time of year that leaves a yellow residue, especially on cars. It’s not deposited by rain, though; it happens day and night, rain or shine, for about a month. Saying the “yellow rain” is pollen sounds lame to me.


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  • thank you bobby.

    heres the relevant parts of that article:

    ffrom

    http://dailybruin.detroitsoftworks.com/index.php/article/2006/04/remembering-chernobyl

    Thinking back to 20 years ago, it’s the splashing in yellow rainwater that Antonina Sergieff vividly recalls.
    The third-year graduate student didn’t know it then, but the unnatural color of those puddles in her hometown of Gomel, Belarus were due to radioactive particles spewing from a nuclear explosion 80 miles away.
    Surrounded by ancient pine forests, the Chernobyl nuclear power station exploded during the early morning hours of April 26, 1986, setting off a raging radioactive fire that expelled over 190 tons of toxic material into the atmosphere.
    Today, on the 20th anniversary of the incident, the Russian languages and literatures student can look back to the explosion and accept a childhood surrounded by radioactive contamination.
    “We all jumped in the puddles with the yellow stuff. … You don’t see (it in) the air, it doesn’t materialize. But when you see the yellow dust, you see radiation,” Sergieff said.
    The accident was originally caused by a small testing error that resulted in a chain reaction in which highly pressurized steam literally blew the top off of a nuclear reactor.
    The result was the release of 100 more times radiation than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, according to the United Nations issue brief on Chernobyl.
    Among the unstable elements released were iodine-131, caesium-137, strontium-90 and plutonium-239. Scientists say that exposure to such elements, especially in such high doses, impairs critical cellular functions and damages DNA.
    When these elements first reached Sergieff 20 years ago, they came in the form of yellow rain.
    It was not long after that residents in her hometown knew it wasn’t simply “pollen” – which is what government officials assured them, she said.
    Soon, people started losing their hair, pictures of deformed animals sprouted up in independent newspapers, and incidences of cancer in Belarus skyrocketed, Sergieff said.
    According to the U.N. brief, cases of breast cancer in Belarus doubled between 1988 and 1999, among other increases.
    Tatyana Abrazhevich, Sergieff’s mother, said she and friends would periodically try to make and develop photographs, but “it was all blank: the level of radiation was so high in those days, that it was impossible to photograph,” Abrazhevich said, as translated from Belarusian by Sergieff


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  • bobby

    i STILL CANT BELIVE THEY JUST LIE GET CAUGHT AND LIE AGAIN AND AGAIN ETC. AND THEY WONDER WHY PEOPLE THINK A CIVIL WAR IS COMING.. A LOT MORE PEOPLE THEN EVER HAVE FINALLY WOKEN UP MORE AND MORE. JUST GOT MY WIFE AWOKE. SHE STILL IN THE SHOCK AN AWW STAGE JUST CANT BELIVE UNCLE SAM WILL LIE OR DO US HARM… WE ARE ALL SLAVES TO MEDIA.. SNAP OUT WAKE UP DONT GET SUCKED IN TO THE GOVERNTMENT.. CANT STAND WATCHING THE NEWS DONT KNOW IF IT WAS RADATION BUT I ACTUALLY VOMITED WATCHING A NEWS SHOW ON 24 HR NEWS CHANNEL RED DRESS BLONDE HAIR NO BRAINS., JUST THREW UP OUTTA NO WHERE.. FOR REAL. DISCUSTES ME. NOT UNCLE SAM ITS UNCLE EARLLL


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  • theres more — go read it at the link above


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  • hey bobby — we need you — no unnecessary flippin out –


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  • hey i just wanted to tell everyone that i translated the above excerpt from the bruins article into japanese and commented with it and the link on a japanese blog worried about the yellow rain. the second blog i got to had a japanese captcha, and that stumped me, but at least i did one….

    ps i fixed the link to my website, it works in this comment

    pps hope you are ok bobby you can write to me if you want. female DOT faust AT gmail etc.

    be seeing you.


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  • xdrfox

    I have been seeing snow and frost on video clips from there and everyone in heavily clothed picking up a camera in the wreckage covered in heavy frost, so when do plants produce pollen in cold weather ?


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  • Michelle

    I can’t get anyone in my family to take this seriously.


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  • Mothra

    It’s likely a Xenon compound that appears mustard yellow. It’s like a salt. Of course, the implication is what else comes with it. Unlike other contaminates, xenon compounds are not invisible – they’re pollen-like.


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