Friday, August 29, 2014
"Fukushima Increased Cesium Levels 100 to 1,000 Times Worldwide... and 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 Times On the U.S. West Coast"
and 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 Times On the U.S. West Coast"
by George Washington
"We noted 2 days after the Japanese earthquake that radiation from Fukushima could end up on the West Coast of North America. And see this. We started tracking the radioactive cesium released by Fukushima within weeks of the accident. In fact, U.S. nuclear authorities were extremely worried about the West Coast getting hit by Fukushima radiation but publicly said nothing. We reported that Fukushima radiation had spread worldwide, and we documented for years that the failure to test the potentially high levels of radiation hitting North America is a scandal. Sadly, we were right to be worried.
The journal "Environmental Science and Technology", published by the American Chemical Society, reported last year that airborne levels of radioactive cesium were raised by 100 to 1,000 times (what scientists describe as two to three 'orders of magnitude'): "Before the FDNPP accident average 137Cs levels were typically of 1?Bq m-3 in central Europe and lower values were characteristic of northern, central and southern Europe. During the passage of contaminated air masses from Fukushima airborne 137Cs levels were globally enhanced by two to three orders of magnitude. Indeed, even hot particles and nuclear core fragments from Fukushima were found to have traveled all the way to Europe.
The French government radiation agency – IRSN – released a video of Fukushima cesium hitting theWest Coast of North America. (Remember, again, this is from March 18,2011. We've had 3 1/2 more years on continual radiation release. -CP) EneNews displays a screenshot from the IRSN video, and quantifies the extreme cesium spikes:
Cesium-137 levels in 2010: 0.000001 mBq/m>
Cesium-137 levels in March 2011: 1 to 10 mBq/m> in Western U.S.
Cesium levels increased 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 times after Fukushima
Radioactive cesium bioaccumulates in large fish and animals (including humans.- CP). The radioactive half life of cesium 137 is usually 30 years. But scientists at the Savannah River National Laboratory say that the cesium at Chernobyl will persist in the environment between 5 and 10 times longer – between 180 and 320 years. And the Fukushima accident has pumped out some entirely new forms of radioactive materials … in “glassy spheres“, buckyballs, ball-like spheres, and bound to organic matter. Scientists don’t really know how long these new forms will last. Levels on the West Coast were up to 500 times higher than estimated. Cesium levels from Fukushima were higher than expected worldwide, including in the arctic region of Europe.
The Day Tokyo Got Blasted by Fukushima Radiation: On March 15, 2011, the winds shifted…The Fukushima radiation which had been blowing out to sea suddenly turned and hit Tokyo:
As we’ve reported for over 3 years, Tokyo got nailed by radiation. For example:
• Tokyo Soil – Blanketed With Fukushima Radiation – Would Be Considered “Radioactive Waste” In the United States
• Over 20 Radioactive Hotspots Found in Tokyo … Despite Government and Media Attempt to Cover Up Spread of Radiation
We knew what happened. Now we know when..." (And remember, this was in March, 2011. - CP)
"Fukushima Radiation Protection: A Basic Primer"
"With the destruction done to Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear power plants from the tsunami, there has been much speculation about how much harm and what the released radiation is going to do, not only in Japan, but also on the west coast of Canada and the United States. There has been a lot of panicked reactions and wrong details out there in the social media sphere. This is what has persuaded us to carry some strong details to everyone, and to provide you some idea of how to protect yourself and your family members during a nuclear catastrophe.
Fukushima Radiation Protection A Basic Primer: First, let’s take a quick look at what types of radioactive substances you will encounter.
Radioactive Iodine, or Radio-Technetium. This is released in venting steam, very lightweight, and can travel on the air currents and in the water for considerable distances. Levels of radioactive Iodine after the Fukushima meltdown have already been found in California kelp.
Cesium-137. This is the 800 pound gorilla in the corner. This element spreads quickly in rainfall around the affected area, gets into the food chain rapidly as it concentrates in plants and animals. Cesium-137 also concentrates in milk, dissolves easily in water, and is chemically similar to potassium. In that way, it can enter the body through the foods we eat, especially in milk. The major long term health risk is going to be Cesium-137. There are a number of radioactive elements such as Americium, Cobalt-60, Plutonium-238 and 239, Sulfur-35, Zinc-65, and Strontium SR-90.
Here’s how we can minimize our exposure to these elements. All radioactive materials, both natural and isotopes, mimic how vitamins and minerals are absorbed into the human body. By taking the correct supplements, you can minimize the effects of these compounds in your body. For Radioactive Iodine, an iodine supplement can be taken. Iodine concentrates primarily in the thyroid gland. By taking an iodine supplement,(KI), you fill up your thyroid with non radioactive iodine and your body will process out the harmful substance as waste. This is especially important for expecting mothers and children, especially below the age of 12. Once again, our bodies only hold a certain amount of vitamins and minerals, and discard the rest through urine and feces.
• Cesium-137 – Take Potassium
• Strontium SR-90 – Take Calcium
• Cobalt 60 – Take Cobalamin (vitamin B12)
• Plutonium 238 & 239 – Take Iron
• Sulfur-35 – Take Sulfur
• Zinc-65 – Take Zinc
• Uranium – Take Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
• Americium – Take DTPA (Diethylenetriamine pentaacetate)
Vitamins A, C, D, & E will also help block these substances from metabolizing in your body and help your DNA repair itself. Anti-oxidants have been found to be beneficial also. I would highly advise those living on the west coast to, if you are not already taking vitamins, to start now. Keep your body full of the recommended levels to minimize the affects of it passing through your system. For the iodine, only take it in the doses that are chosen by a doctor or rad specialist. Okay, that’s pretty much the gamut of what you can do to minimize the damage it will do to you internally. Let’s look at some other information on reducing the exterior sources.
First of all, if you live on the west coast, I highly recommend purchasing a radiation meter, (Geiger Counter). They have become easier to find and much less expensive as the technology has improved. I have seen meters from as low as twenty dollars to three thousand. I’m sure there’s probably one out there to fit your budget.
Radiation is measured in Sieverts.
Here’s a scale of radiation doses, in micro Sieverts/hour – (mSv)
0.20 = Safe, normal levels
0.50 = Safe, medium levels
1 = Safe for short term habitation only
2 = Elevated risk, take safety precautions
5 = Elevated risk, relocate as soon as possible
10 = Danger, relocate now
20 = High danger, sickness risk
100 = High danger, heightened sickness risk
1000 = High danger, Evacuate immediately
100,000 = Severe radiation poisoning
1,000,000 = Severe vomiting, 1 in 20 chance of cancer
10,000,000 = Organ failure and death within hours
To give you a better idea of the amounts of radiation involved, a chest x-ray is .1mSv, average background for a full year is 3 mSv., and a full body CT scan is 10 mSv. It can be confusing, because of the micro sv – the milli sv – the sv – just remember it’s like the the metric system.
As far as exposure outside and inside your home, leave your shoes outside, Asian style. Make sure you have HEPA quality filters in your heating/cooling system and vacuum cleaners. Don’t take chances! If you think you are contaminated, (or "crapped up", a highly technical term used in nuclear plants), strip off your outer clothing in a safe area and survey it with your rad meter."