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Fukushima Update | What Is The Actual Risk for Pacific Coast Residents From Fukushima Radiation?

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The U.S. government is not even monitoring radiation levels in the waters off the U.S. coast. People don't know where to get accurate information on the risks involved. This essay provides reliable information, based upon the known science.


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Ben O (140)
Monday December 2, 2013, 8:08 am
Fukushima is a bloody nightmare!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday December 2, 2013, 8:15 am

Thank you so much for posting this, Judy!

We need clear, easily understood facts. I will be recommending this article.


Angelika R (143)
Monday December 2, 2013, 8:46 am
THX JUDI AND CAROLE ! ( I may return later for comment-no time right now.)

Louise D (44)
Monday December 2, 2013, 10:57 am
I notice that there is a company in Japan that has a cute mascot called Fukuppy which is the most appropriate for Fukashima. Even in the 1980s it was considered to be a bloody stupid place to place a nuclear reactor so close to an earthquake zone but then huge corporations, like Japan's nuclear industry, are protected from their own stupidity at every turn, with people never knowing what lousy decisions they made which contributed to this and other catastrophes, because their money funds election cycles in Japan. Given that there are hills in the UK that are only recently safe after Chernobyl there are going to contamination in parts of Japan and around in the paciffic which will be unusable for decades.

Kaileen Reynolds (60)
Monday December 2, 2013, 11:25 am
Terrifying!!! Thanks.

divergent revolution (309)
Monday December 2, 2013, 11:30 am
plutonium is FOREVER...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Jim P (3257)
Monday December 2, 2013, 11:42 am
I have heard of disquieting reports that the low level radiation is already here in California. I live an hour's drive from the pacific coast.

I do wonder about the veracity of this web site:

We all know that governments do lie nor not tell us the truth or even "ignoring"
reports of any kind by keeping these news and updates out of mainstream
newspapers and other media outlets.

The Fukushima disaster, along with Chernobyl disaster, are both all the right reasons why the world, the Planet Earth, should do away with nuclear power anything.

As for the Fukushima plant having been built on a fault line, let us not forget that the nuclear power plant, the Diablo Canyon in California, is also built on an earthquake fault.

ty, Judy & "C".

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday December 2, 2013, 11:48 am

Yes, Jim. But, until I can debunk all the sources illuminated in this article, I'll accept its validity.

(Gawd knows, we willingly accept so much tripe from mainstream media, with NO accreditation.)

Much of this I have personally learned from a variety of other sources, which I consider to be trustworthy.

Do I believe that my own government would mislead me to protect corporate interests??



cecily w (0)
Monday December 2, 2013, 11:51 am
"In February 2007, Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of NOAA, established a program to serve as the overall coordinator of NOAA’s IOOS activities and to provide a consistent management function. Today, U.S. IOOS has a mandate to "lead the integration of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes observing capabilities, "

If nothing else, you would think that one of our federal politicians would have the sense to ask this group what they think about the need for monitoring. (Sorry this post is so long.)

Fiona O (561)
Monday December 2, 2013, 12:34 pm
Thank you for this posting, Judy. You have found a journal that is not prone to the hysteria about radioactivity.

There is one way that we can all protect ourselves against exposure to radioactivity. I do it. Get rid of your color television and color computer monitor. Don't use any form of telephone. Become Vegan. Move to a part of the world that has a few sunny days ...such as Vermont, Quebec, Scotland, etc. Tincture regular iodine in three ounces of cheap vodka and add 22 drops of the tinctured iodine to a 20 ounce glass of well water tested that has been for radioactivity exposure and several encrusted microbes. Drink the tinctured iodine water everyday. This iodine will strengthen the thyroid gland to fight against possible radiation caused molecular level mutations in your blood cells. Don't have any form of medical test using imaging done to you. All of the radiation I am talking about except sunlight is man made.

I have endocrine system cancer like many people my age who grew up near Savannah, Georgia or Oak Ridge, TN. I am taking chemo for it. I am doing quite well. I grew up in an area where well water picked up radioactivity from nearby human activity. Now, the wells in this area go to a deeper safe level of the same aquifer and there is no problem.

This quote from Judy's article is very important: "“There is no safe level of radionuclide exposure, whether from food, water or other sources. Period,” said Jeff Patterson, DO, immediate past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “Exposure to radionuclides, such as iodine-131 and cesium-137, increases the incidence of cancer. For this reason, every effort must be taken to minimize the radionuclide content in food and water.”

The number after the name of an element indicates the atomic weight of an element. Weight as in actual physical heaviness. Any element with an atomic weight over 77 will not float for very long no matter the volume of this element in ocean water.. These elements will sink to the bottom before they cross the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. So your exposure to these elements can only come from ground water, wells, the flesh of animals who drank the dangerous ground water, the honey of bees who drank the dangerous ground water or fruits and vegetables washed in or irrigated by the dangerous ground water.

Ocean water around the Hawaiian Islands is tested for radioactivity regularly because an increase in radioactivity in ocean water there is used to predict an increase in volcanic activity. But it has never increased enough to make swimming considered to be hazardous.

I do not understand this quote at all: "With the first plume of water carrying radionuclides from Fukushima due to hit the U.S. West Coast any day now, [the senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Ken Buesseler's] latest project is to convince the federal government to monitor radiation levels in the sea water.

What is Buesseler talking about or is he being misquoted? Plumes of radionuclides do not move through liquids, the very slow passage of radioactivity through solid earth has been the standard definition of "plume." Salt water which causes more buoyancy than fresh water will not hold these very heavy particles up.

This is not a doomsday worse case situation.....I almost think it is a diversion for something really nasty like a huge global increase in fascism or some other economic component in the ongoing class warfare the REALLY BIG BOYS are hiding. Of course, there must be all of the components to make this a plausible threat and terrifying to some people....a really nasty corporation, a lying government, and an unprepared government.

Thank you for the article, Judy. I am more interested in the collapsing power plants near me in New England and near you in Wyoming that the NRC keeps giving 20 year operating licenses to ... without even visiting the sites. They are here on this continent. They can do much more harm. Over half of them have moving plumes under the reactors.

Fiona O (561)
Monday December 2, 2013, 12:38 pm
I would rather have plutonium in my bubble bath than californium. They were trying to make californium for the neutron bomb but the Cold War ended.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday December 2, 2013, 12:40 pm

Thank you for considering this, Betsy.

(I value your scientific mind.)


Alice C (1797)
Monday December 2, 2013, 12:53 pm
I reported the spam.
Thank you for keeping us posted.

Jim P (3257)
Monday December 2, 2013, 12:54 pm
For those of you not familiar with the photos of the people living in Chernobyl and the
effects of radiation, here they are:

Read the short story at the beginning and then view the photos.
The Effects of Radiation from Chernobyl. 1997-2000

There was a story somewhere which was read and said that the Japanese Government would allow people back into the Fukushima area and that it was safe.
Looking at the Chernobyl photos and judging from them that the government of
Japan is lying to the people about safety. The Fukushima area should be closed off completely as a human and animal habitat forever.


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday December 2, 2013, 12:54 pm

I reported the spam as well. (Maybe if that woman would get out of her nightie, she could get a job. LOL!)


Edwin M (346)
Monday December 2, 2013, 12:55 pm
Thank you Judy and thank you Carole for the forward

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday December 2, 2013, 12:56 pm

I agree, Jimbo.

I cannot understand WHY people are still living there.


Fiona O (561)
Monday December 2, 2013, 1:11 pm
I reported the spam as well.

Thank you, Carole, for the forward. Thank you, Judy.

Thank you Jim for the Chernobyl pictures. Keeping animals and people out of the really hot areas has been nearly impossible, but it should still be enforced somehow.


S S (0)
Monday December 2, 2013, 1:16 pm
Thank you.

Jim P (3257)
Monday December 2, 2013, 1:39 pm
Chernobyl is represented here in this link since 1986. Fukushima is represented in the other link with photo essays.





Malgorzata Zmuda (203)
Monday December 2, 2013, 1:45 pm
dzięki za info, to co się stało i co dalej się dzieje w Fukushimie jest przerażające

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday December 2, 2013, 1:47 pm

Yes, Malgorzata it is very scary.


Lois Jordan (63)
Monday December 2, 2013, 2:08 pm
Noted. Many thanks for posting this, Judy. Bits and pieces have been coming out since the initial meltdown....or whatever they're calling it now. I've also read that those fishing in the ocean off Japan are having a very tough time. Most of the fish is not allowed to be sold in Japan.....but is being exported to us here in the US. Apparently, the previous levels of toxins allowed in seafood was raised to accommodate these toxic fish.....So, no seafood at all for me.

Roger G (148)
Monday December 2, 2013, 2:43 pm
noted, thanks

Birgit W (160)
Monday December 2, 2013, 3:38 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Gloria H (88)
Monday December 2, 2013, 3:38 pm
How can we trust any government report when these people don't open up a door, poke their noses out and acknowledge that maybe global warming s actually happening?

Fiona O (561)
Monday December 2, 2013, 3:39 pm
Judy, thank you. I read your article again. Your article was designed more to inform than to terrify. I appreciate that.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday December 2, 2013, 3:43 pm
OMG, Gloria . . . that IS truth!

Thank you.


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday December 2, 2013, 3:47 pm

And, we STILL have persons, in positions of responsibility, who DENY climate change.


Bob P (394)
Monday December 2, 2013, 3:52 pm
Thanks Judy

Sheryl G (360)
Monday December 2, 2013, 4:20 pm
Buesseler also talked with U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., who agreed the federal government has a role in making sure the oceans are healthy and safe.

But Markey said in an email that an increased federal role is not likely [because of budget cuts].

Another reason the Corporations and others who find ways to avoid paying taxes need to do so. We should at least have monitoring!

From the article:

Indeed, the overwhelming consensus among radiation experts is that repeated exposure to low doses of radiation can cause cancer, genetic mutations, heart disease, stroke and other serious illness (and see this.) If a government agency says anything else, it’s likely for political reasons.

Fukushima has spewed much more radioactive cesium and iodine than Chernobyl. The amount of radioactive cesium released by Fukushima was some 20-30 times higher than initially admitted. Japanese experts say that Fukushima is currently releasing up to 93 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium into the ocean each day.

And – as we will see below- the cesium levels hitting the west coast of North America will keep increasing for several years. Fukushima is spewing more and more radiation into the environment, and the amount of radioactive fuel at Fukushima dwarfs Chernobyl.

I found this statement to be of most interest......

As such, the concept of “background radiation” is largely a misnomer. Most of the radiation we encounter today – especially the most dangerous types – did not even exist in nature before we built nuclear weapons and reactors.

Internal emitters steadily and continuously emit radiation for as long as the particle remains radioactive, or until the person dies – whichever occurs first. As such, they are much more dangerous.

Fukushima has also dumped up to 900 trillion becquerels of radioactive strontium-90 – which is a powerful internal emitter which mimics calcium and collects in our bones – into the ocean.

But cesium-137 and radioactive iodine – the two main radioactive substances being spewed by the leaking Japanese nuclear plants – are not naturally-occurring substances, and can become powerful internal emitters which can cause tremendous damage to the health of people who are unfortunate enough to breathe in even a particle of the substances, or ingest them in food or water.

John Kelley, a professor emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, says he’s not sure contamination will reach dangerous levels for humans but says without better data, who will know?

“The data they will need is not only past data but current data, and if no one is sampling anything then we won’t really know it, will we?

“The general concern was, is the food supply safe? And I don’t think anyone can really answer that definitively.”

Gee, now isn't that reassuring. NOT

I'd say we have some real serious issues going on that I don't feel enough is being told to us. As it was said, our Country, USA, isn't even monitoring. Enjoy your swim and seafood. In fact it seems to me we have daily a Russian roulette game going on with our health. Why people would still defend having nuclear plants is beyond me.

Angelika R (143)
Monday December 2, 2013, 4:42 pm
Gloria nailed it pretty much, yep! Nothing much else for me to add here, again, thx Judy for another excellent post.

Fiona O (561)
Monday December 2, 2013, 5:01 pm
Hurray, Gloria.

Gloria, you are so correct. If we did have monitoring, why should we believe the monitoring??? Or much of anything the government says.

Global warming is going to put some small Pacific islands underwater 1000 years before lethal radiation floats over them.

Pat B (356)
Monday December 2, 2013, 5:14 pm
Thank you, Judy for this, and for all the very good comments too. I appreciate this, and thank you (dear Carole) for the FW.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday December 2, 2013, 5:48 pm

I finally found the courage to view the photos offered by Jim.

I am overwhelmed by profound sadness -- and anger at those who would use this method of power, even knowing its possible consequences.


SuSanne P (193)
Monday December 2, 2013, 5:56 pm
Thank you Judy and *C* for the forward. There are far too many great posts for me to share my feelings. Monitoring and transparency are on the Endangered Species List. NOT, they are cut!

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Monday December 2, 2013, 6:29 pm
I take potassium iodine for safety measure of radiation! Thanks Judy for the information, Carole for the forward.

Evelyn Z (300)
Monday December 2, 2013, 6:51 pm
Thanks Judy & Carole for fwd.

Judy C (91)
Monday December 2, 2013, 11:27 pm
I am so glad people are noticing and reading this article. I have been away from my computer all day, except for a few minutes around dinnertime, when I had to leave again. Thanks so much for passing this article on, Carole. I thought it had value as a scientific look at the Fukushima radiation situation, as some of you point out. I appreciate all the thoughtful comments here.

Thank you Betsy for sharing about your radiation-linked illness, and for your suggestions for prevention and treatment. I'm glad you are doing well! You said (above): " I am more interested in the collapsing power plants near me in New England and near you in Wyoming that the NRC keeps giving 20 year operating licenses to ... without even visiting the sites. They are here on this continent. They can do much more harm. Over half of them have moving plumes under the reactors." These plants deserve close attention, and I didn't even know about these plumes!?! Not exactly your front page stories in the MSM!

Thank you Jim for your link to the Chernobyl story and excellent, heartbreaking photos from Chernobyl as well as the Fukushima photos.

Many of you discuss the lying and lack of transparency of governments and corporations. It seems like the whole Earth and Her inhabitants are subjects in a jumble of uncontrolled experiments, conceived by greedy elites and mad scientists. Any contribution to actual data is worthy of consideration.

Past Member (0)
Monday December 2, 2013, 11:35 pm
As for me, I will not be eating any fish from anywhere because bodies of water eventually get 'involved' with each other, even a tiny bit is too much. Besides, I'm almost 100 percent vegan. And I won't be swimming in the ocean.

We can speculate all we want, but the truth is that no one really knows the degree of contamination now, or in months and years to come.

The article was well written though and seemed unbiased. Thank you Judy, Jim, C, Betsy and others for your info and points of view.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 12:25 am
If we ever get the full story on Fukushima, my guess is that it will turn out to have been the most serious nuclear accident to date by a very long way. I fear its effects will be observable for many many years to come.

Karen Chestney (112)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 3:40 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 4:29 am
No more danger to harm our home and all living lives

Karen Chestney (112)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 4:40 am

John Holton (344)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 5:40 am
S and N

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 6:09 am
My view on this issue is that had Japan NOT APPLIED AND WON THE OLYMPICS, we would hear much more of the TRUE MAGNITUDE ofthe disaster and dangers involved- EVERYTHING "official" voices out of Japan have been and will be saying must be seen and understood in relation to that event. Possibly even pushed by the IOC and its might as well. They will fight tooth and nail to host the games, even if it will cost lives sooner or later.

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 7:44 am
I concur with your assessment Angelika on above statement.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 9:57 am
As early as months back already some scientists and experts have voiced their opinion that it will be impossible to have the games in Tokio because of vast contamination, I read that on RT quite some time ago.

Kerrie G (116)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 10:34 am
Noted, thanks.

Richard Smith (81)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 11:24 am
thanks! important to have information on this stuff.

Jane H (139)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 1:29 pm
service was down at the time I tried to view it.

Angelina F (25)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 1:37 pm
thank you for sharing. great article. the effects frighten me... living on the west coast and all...

Michael Carney (217)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 3:39 am
I would think the Government should be doing everything possible to get an accurate Radiation Level from the Pacific Ocean, and then inform the American People, what they plan on doing about it, and what the plan is for protecting to the best of their ability the Citizens of our Country!!! Sounds like another "You're Doing A Hell Of A Job, Brownie" moment to me...What do they think if they pretend nothings wrong, then nothing will be wrong, and it will all disappear, and no one will get sick? Man God help us all!!!

Judy C (91)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 4:44 am
Good points, everyone. Angelika, the Olympics is no doubt playing a role in suppression of information in Japan, as if they need more reason to suppress the truth. Michael, I agree with your assessment.

Fiona O (561)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 5:08 am
I returned this morning to give one more star for posting this article, and stars again to two comments.

Judy, truth is presented coherently from your site. Everyone who has read or will read your article is or will be well informed.

Judy C (91)
Wednesday December 4, 2013, 3:39 pm
Thank you for contributing your knowledge to this important discussion, Betsy!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 2:28 pm

Fukushima: An Update from Japan
[Feel free to submit this as Care2 news, if you wish.]

Angelika R (143)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 4:15 pm
it will have to be the citizens, the consumers of their prducts, who need to declare war on all kisha-clubs, both in Japan AND the US!

Angelika R (143)
Sunday January 5, 2014, 2:26 pm
Nothing really new herein but well written and again raising awareness, this needs way more public discussion!

By William Boardman, Reader Supported News 03 January 14

Does anyone in authority anywhere tell the truth about Fukushima?

f there is any government or non-government authority in the world that is addressing the disaster at Fukushima openly, directly, honestly, and effectively, it's not apparent to the outside observer what entity that might be.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday January 5, 2014, 2:29 pm
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