Natural News – 2011-04-01 00:44:09
Japan Radiation Detected in at least 15 States and in Milk Samples in Washington State
Ethan A. Huff / NaturalNews
(March 30, 2011) — Radioactive isotopes unique to the Fukushima disaster are now being detected in at least 15 US states, according to recent reports from CNN. And the Associated Press (AP) has issued a report claiming that milk samples taken in Washington state have tested positive for low levels of the same radioactive component, Iodine-131, raising concerns about the true widespread effects of the Fukushima nuclear fallout.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and various state and local authorities continue to repeat the same empty reassurances that all detected levels of radiation — whether they be in air, water, or food — are far below levels of concern, and that people do not need to worry or do anything in response. But is this sound advice?
Earlier in the week, several nuclear facilities in North and South Carolina, as well as in Florida, reportedly detected low levels of Iodine-131 in the air. That same radiation has also been detected across the West Coast, as well as in northeastern states like Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, which clearly indicates that Fukushima radiation has made its way throughout the US, at least in very low levels.
But now, reports have been issued claiming that milk samples from Washington State have also turned up contaminated with Iodine-131. The levels were allegedly far lower than the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concern limits for the radioactive particles, but they are not necessarily safe even at the levels being detected.
According to the FDA “Radiation Safety” website, the Derived Intervention Level (DIL) for Iodine-131 is 170 becquerels per kilogram (Bq/kg). A Wall Street Journal report of the milk incident explains that the Washington samples contained only 0.8 picocuries per liter (pCi/l), or 0.03 Bq/kg. That level is clearly far lower than the FDA’s DIL for Iodine-131, but is any level of this radiation actually “safe”? And what about the other more serious types of radioactive particles being emitted from Fukushima that authorities appear to not even be looking for?
Based on Japanese guidelines for radiation safety, Iodine-131 is the least of our worries. Cesium, uranium, and plutonium all have much lower maximum “concern” thresholds, with plutonium being the most serious. A Bloomberg report explains that just one Bq/kg of plutonium is enough to cause major concern if found in water or milk. Are authorities testing for plutonium and the other serious radioactive particles that we know have escaped from the Fukushima plant?
The mainstream media has mostly abandoned the Fukushima incident in favor of the newly-instigated war in Libya. And yet reports are still continuing to trickle in — though mostly without much fanfare — concerning Japan radiation popping up across the US in air, water, and now food. But all the while, the EPA and others repeatedly dismiss the situation as being no big deal, despite the fact that conditions at Fukushima have basically reached a frightening dead end.
As we keep saying here at NaturalNews, preparedness is key. And preparedness, of course, does not involve panic. It does, however, involve using your critical thinking skills to evaluate the seriousness of the situation, consider the anomalies surrounding the official US government position on it, and take appropriate steps to prepare you and your family for whatever may soon come as a result.
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Fukushima Meltdown Could Become
‘Worse than Chernobyl’
Video Fukushima Update with Michio Kaku
Three raging meltdowns are underway. Direct quote from Dr. Kaku:â€¨â€¨
“If it goes to a full-scale evacuation of all personnel, it means that firefighters are no longer putting water onto the cores. That’s the only thing preventing a full-scale meltdown at three reactor sites. Once they evacuate, then we past the point of no return. Meltdowns are inevitable at three reactor sites, leading to a tragedy far beyond that of Chernobyl, creating permanent dead zones in Japan.”
Meltdown in Fukushima Dusts US in Fallout
(March 31, 2011) — Make no mistake, Fukushima is in a meltdown, and radiation is now showing up in US milk products.
In a stunning new video, the famous Dr. Michio Kaku (physicist) lays it all out on a news interview without mincing words. He said, to the great shock of many:
“If it goes to a full-scale evacuation of all personnel, it means that firefighters are no longer putting water onto the cores. That’s the only thing preventing a full-scale meltdown at three reactor sites.
Once they evacuate, then we pass the point of no return. Meltdowns are inevitable at three reactor sites, leading to a tragedy far beyond that of Chernobyl, creating permanent dead zones in Japan.”
He also goes on to say, “If there is a full abandonment of the reactor site, we could be in freefall… Three raging meltdowns [are] in progress, one spent fuel pond [is] open to the air….”
If you are living anywhere in Hawaii, Alaska or North America and you are NOT prepared for radioactive fallout, you are falling behind the curve on what this world-renowned physicist is describing as “three raging meltdowns” happening right now.
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Stricken Nuclear Plant’s No.3 Reactor ‘May Have Cracked’
As Fukushima Fifty Workers Are Treated for Radiation Contamination
Oliver Pickup / Daily Mail
(March 25, 2011) — Some of the so called ‘Fukushima Fifty’ have been exposed to 10,000 times the normal amount of radiation as they battle to cool and restore power to the damaged nuclear plant, according to the Japan nuclear and industrial safety agency.
While the official death toll of the earthquake and resulting tsunami, which struck a fortnight ago, reached 10,000, many of the workers at Fukushima Dai-ichi, who have also been dubbed the Atomic Samurai, were taken to hospital after coming in to contact with contaminated water.
Three men were scorched when knee-deep water sloshed down their boots and the contamination is believed to have come from one of the plant’s six reactors — reactor 3 –which is thought to have been cracked.
The Japan nuclear and industrial safety agency official, Hidehiko Nishiyama, said there is a possibility of ‘some sort of leakage’ from the reactor, and he speculated that the unit’s containment vessel could have been cracked.
He implied that the damage may have occurred in the reactor’s core, but that it was limited, and said: ‘Something at the reactor may have been damaged. Our data suggest the reactor retains certain containment functions.’
Other officials said the damage at Fukushima, located 140 miles northeast of Tokyo, could instead have happened in other equipment, including piping or the spent fuel pool.
Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano has said a rigorous inquiry is under way to establish the cause of a leak at the plant.
Either way, with the levels of radiation so extremely high, it calls in to question whether the safety measures in place are adequate, where 536 people are currently stationed, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co. — the plant’s official owners — including government authorities and firemen.
Workers are undertaking various measures to prevent the further release of radioactive substances into the air and beyond and 17 people already have been exposed to 100 or more millisieverts of radiation since the plant’s crisis began two weeks ago after the size 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
To highlight the extreme levels of radiation, a person in an industrialised country is naturally exposed to 3 millisieverts of radiation a year — 3 per cent of the amount the workers are currently being exposed to.
In a televised address, Prime Minister Kan said this afternoon: ‘The current situation is still very unpredictable.
‘We’re working to stop the situation from worsening. We need to continue to be extremely vigilant.’
He thanked the workers, firemen and Self-Defence Forces for ‘risking their lives’ to try to cool the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.
The Japanese government has said that it will offer transportation and other assistance to those in a buffer zone around the plant, admitting that those people have been put in a ‘difficult’ situation.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano said authorities are encouraging people living in the exclusion zone, between 20 and 30 kilometres (12.5 and 19 miles), from the plant to leave the area voluntarily because of the challenges they ‘have faced in their daily lives’.
More alarm bells rang as Chinese officials revealed this morning that they have detained two Japanese travellers — thought to be trying to leave Japan — whose radiation levels were found to be well above safety limits.
‘Tests showed that the two travellers seriously exceeded the limit,’ the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said.
The tourists flew into Wuxi city, located in the east of China, on Wednesday — and the radiation detected marks the first time serious contamination from the nuclear crisis in Japan has reached the country.
In a statement the agency said the individuals — from Nagano and Saitama prefectures — were given medical treatment and presented no risk to others.
As many scramble to escape the chaotic scenes and fall out, an immigration official confirmed today that more than 161,000 foreigners have left Japan since distaster struck a fortnight ago — an eight-fold increase from about 20,000 in the same period last year.
Meanwhile tap water tested at four sites in the Ibaraki prefecture — located in the north east, 60 miles from Japan’s capital, Tokyo — all showed radiation levels above what is considered safe for babies to drink.
Government data released today — and taken from samples yesterday in the cities of Tokaimura and Hitachi — showed between a low of 119 becquerels of radioactive iodine per kilogram of water to a high of 230 becquerels of the same radioactive substance.
The Japanese government suggest that any level above 100 becquerels is not considered safe for one-year olds and younger to drink. However, the levels are still below the 300-becquerel limit recommended for all adults.
On hearing the news local residents — and those in Tokyo — stripped store shelves of bottled water and some other basic necessities.
‘The first thought was that I need to buy bottles of water,’ said Reiko Matsumoto, a real estate agent and mother of a five-year-old girl. ‘I also don’t know whether I can let her take a bath.’
In addition, radiation has been found in raw milk, seawater and 11 kinds of vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower and turnips, grown in areas around the plant.
While the country battle on as best they can, the official death toll passed the 10,000 mark today, and it is expected to rise for some time — the National Police Agency said more than 17,400 people are still missing.
Those tallies may overlap, but police from one of the hardest-hit prefectures, Miyagi, estimate that the deaths will top 15,000 in that region alone.
Hundreds of thousands of survivors are still camped out in temporary shelters, some 660,000 households do not have water and more than 209,000 do not have electricity.
Damage could rise as high as $310 billion, the government said, making it the most costly natural disaster on record.
China Finds Radiation on Japan travelers, Ship
Channel News Asia
SHANGHAI (March 25, 2011) — Two Japanese travellers were taken to hospital this week with elevated radiation levels after arriving in eastern China on a commercial airliner from Tokyo, the Chinese government said Friday.
The country’s safety watchdog also said in a separate statement that radiation was detected on a Japanese merchant vessel that berthed in the southeastern port city of Xiamen on Monday.
The two cases are likely to fuel fears over radiation contamination from Japan’s stricken Fukushima plant, which sparked panic-buying of salt in China and led the government to tighten checks on incoming passengers and goods.
The two Japanese travelers arrived in the city of Wuxi on Wednesday night, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, said in a statement.
They were later sent to a hospital in the nearby city of Suzhou, where they were “decontaminated”, given iodine tablets, and released after a short time, Liu Yulong, the doctor who treated them, told AFP.
“We found there were radioactive particles on them and decontaminated them. They were sent back to their tour group,” Liu said. “The (radiation) dosage was not very large and should not harm their health,” he said.
The government statement had said radiation levels that “seriously exceeded standards” were detected on the pair when they arrived in Wuxi.
The two Japanese lived in areas of Japan within 200 to 350 kilometres (125 to 220 miles) of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, the government statement said, adding that the pair posed no harm to other people.
Authorities in Taiwan said last week they detected radioactive particles on 26 passengers arriving on planes from Japan, however they said the levels detected — mostly on shoes and clothes — were not harmful.
A spokesman for the Beijing-based safety watchdog told the official Xinhua news agency that the Japanese bulk transport vessel that docked at Xiamen was still in the port on Friday and said that authorities needed to “take more measures,” without elaborating.
The spokesman did not say whether the ship itself or the goods onboard were showing abnormal radiation levels, Xinhua said.
Dow Jones Newswires reported that Chinese authorities had asked the vessel, owned by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd, to keep out of the port. The vessel arrived in Xiamen from Tokyo on Monday, the statement said.
More Grim News from Japan
(March 31, 2011) — In response to the Fukushima fallout, the EPA plans to raise the legal limits of radiation allowed in food, water, air and general environment — a thousand fold for strontium-90 and a 3000 to 100,000-fold hike for iodine-131.
Radioactive, contaminated milk has been reported in Washington State — along with spike in very small children who are sick.
* Today’s ocean radiation level in Fukushima is over 4,500 times the allowable limit — up over 1,000 times from yesterday’s reading.
* TEPCO plant workers are reportedly eating only “small bits of rice and crackers” — probably because they are now so sick they can’t keep the food down. They may begin to start dying of leukemia in as little as two weeks.
* In one town located 25 miles from the damaged reactors, radiation levels are reported to be 50 times the allowable â€œsafeâ€ level.
* Japanese officials think it could be several years before meltdown is brought under control.
* Japan has appealed for hardened robots capable of working in highly radioactive environments — probably because the workers won’t last.
* When typhoon season rolls around, the whole contaminated mess could be uprooted dumped in areas like Tokyo and Osaka — if it doesn’t explode first.
* The Aleutians and Gulf of Alaska may be hit hard by the fallout. The Pentagon just announced that it will be moving several installations down to Washington State (not for this reason, allegedly). British Columbia can expect a share of the fallout and another stream is moving through Southern California, the southwest and up through Massachusetts and into Ontario.
The Tohoku 9.0 was over 100 miles from Fukushima. If it had hit as close as 2 miles away (as is the fault at Californiaâ€™s Diablo Canyon nuclear facility), we wouldn’t be having a conversation about this being a problem here in the US, you would be getting daily readings as to how to survive radiation levels 1,000 times higher than the nuclear bomb ever released on the planet that would make all of our fresh produce in California so contaminated that it would need to be stored in a nuclear waste dump.