Fukushima Radiation Hits US West Coast

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The meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is nearing its third anniversary and the disaster and radiation are still being felt around the globe, most recently in the North American west coast where the hit is being felt by Canadians, Mexicans and US citizens alike.

It is believed that an area of ocean as far as ten miles distant from the nuclear power plant was contaminated by the disaster in March of 2011.  With ocean tides and sea life which is by no means confined to only miles within the ocean, that contamination was easily spread.  It presents its most dangerous form in radioactive seafood and fish, which can be caught nearly anywhere and brought to the table in various countries.  Surprisingly, seafood captured on the Pacific coast may be far more likely to contain radionuclides from the disaster than seafood from the Sea of Okhotsky, which is actually much closer to Japan.  The world ocean currents are said to be responsible for this trend.

According to the Global Research Report, recent tests in California have unearthed contaminated blue-fin tuna in nearby coastal waters.  It is believed that the contaminated water has finally reached the western coastline due to the growth of radioactive iodine levels which are now 200 times what they were two years ago.  In addition, the caesium-137 level has also gone up along the California, Oregon and Washington coasts, discovered in local mushrooms and berries.  Residents have also noted that the number of bird deaths has risen.  In Alaska, the sockeye salmon population has declined apparently due to radionuclides as well.

Checking an entire catch of fish for radiation is nearly impossible according to the Eco-Protection International environmental group, which is what makes the hit of radiation contaminated water from Fukushima so dangerous for the US West Coast.

Japan has been feeling the radiation fears for nearly two years now in its fishing industry. South Korea banned Japanese seafood and fish imports in September, becoming the first country to do so but possibly not the last.  Fish factories near the nuclear site must now measure for radiation, but still cannot convince the buying public that the fish are safe to eat, especially with some claiming that fish caught within 20 miles of the Fukushima  power plant are mostly radiated and have to be dumped. Russia Today revealed that some of the fish said to be thrown away do actually make it to local fish markets, where they might be consumed, radiation and all.

Experts say that exposure to the radiation definitely can increase the probability of developing cancer, especially leukemia and thyroid cancer.  Those who were exposed in Japan, especially children, have a higher risk. Anna Sablina, a cancer researcher at the University of Leuven, projected that some 5,000 children may develop thyroid cancer due to the accident.

The crew of the US Ronald Reagan, which was within ten miles of the Fukushima plant when the meltdown occurred, are also experiencing problems and are filing a lawsuit against the company that ran the nuclear power plant. In using ocean water they had desalted for cooking, some of the crew has gone blind as well as developed cancerous diseases.

While it is unlikely that any radiation from fish or water hitting the US West Coast will cause such dramatic effects, the danger and fallout of Fukushima will linger on.  Consequences have not yet been fully vetted and it is unlikely the full effects will be known until many years to come.

By Marisa Corley

Sources:
Russia Today
Voice of Russia
Voice of Russia

62 Responses to Fukushima Radiation Hits US West Coast

  1. Benjamin Chung March 1, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    the point is that we all die. Some earlier than others. Whether in war, disease, famine, illness, stress, natural disasters, accidents, and all the stuff we all face. Nuclear poisoning being just another one on the long dirty list of killers of mankind. There never was a way to completely eradicate the evils of this world…even as we all can agree that we hated death because no one can escape it…if you make it past the dirty list…then last of all age related senility gets all of us…the rest of us….and so we all die eventually…there is no escaping that and therefore no reason to complain about it. However many of the premature death causing man made problems should and could be reduced. It seems that nuclear power is not worth its inherent inescapable risks for humanity and the environment on which we all mutually depend. We should knock nuclear power off the map through legislation and protest! One less killer to worry about. But how can this be done? Many of you will say it cannot be done but at best avoided…405 reactors and more coming on the horizon? WHo will be immune with that much proliferation of nuclear risk? The earth is not getting any larger. Will we have to move to the poles to survive> like the eskimos?

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  2. william malinowski January 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I live in Shelter Cove Ca. rite on the Pacific Ocean n no one wants to talk about of discuss the subject of radiation pollution, it’s unbelievable. Is there any reliable sources monitoring the progress of the contamination plumes? Thank you.

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    • ANTHONY March 12, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      I DOUBT VERY MUCH IF ANY GOVERNMENT RAN ORGANIZATION WILL EVER REPORT ANYTHING THAT WOULD MAKE US THINK THAT WE ARE IN TROUBLE FROM THE FUKED UP SHIMA FIASCO. IF THEY DID THEY WOULD HAVE TO ACT ON IT AND THEY KNOW THEY CANT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. THATS THE REASON WHY THE WEST COAST HASNT HAD ANY GOVERNMENT MADE DEATH AND DESTRUCTION LIKE BACK EAST OR THE SOUTH . THEY GOT A TWO FOR ONE SPECIAL WITH THE JAPAN EARTHQUAKE . SO IF I WERE YOU AND IF YOU HAVE THE ABILITY GET AS FAR FROM THE WEST COAST AS YOU CAN . IM THINKING WYOMING OR NORTH DAKOTA MIGHT BE SAFE.. OR EASTERN ALASKA.
      GOOD LUCK

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      • Hope June 16, 2014 at 9:30 pm

        ENE News http://www.enenews.com is an excellent source of articles and reports posted daily from scientists, medical professionals, officials, eyewitnesses, and the international news media. They’ve been covering Fukushima from the beginning.

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    • Linda May 28, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Dear William,

      I would suggest checking out http://www.netc.com. There are people independently monitoring the situation mostly across the US and Japan, and the levels are directly uploaded onto that site.

      We are not being told anything of value by the media.

      I for one have already been exposed to high levels of Radiation from the environment.
      For those who think that we all will die anyway, It is a horrible way to go, and I for one, do not wish that on anyone

      You may want to check out some ways of mitigating Radiation on Youtube.
      They say that B-3, and Chlorophyll will help.

      I wish you, yours, and all of us in harm’s way, the very best!

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  3. allen heart January 16, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    World press reporting on Israel can lead to retaliation. Yoishi Shimatsu, former editor of the Japan Times Weekly reported that Israel sabotaged Fukushima. Even if Shimatsu is really onto something that would direct attention to the real cause of the meltdowns at Fukushima, some suggest he temper his reporting so he won’t be delegitimized.

    What if Israel could be shown to have had motive, means, and opportunity? Shouldn’t we be good detectives or journalists and dig for evidence where the fundamental elements of a criminal investigation are the focus for our forensic activity?

    We know that Israel had motive as Japan supported Palestine and had offered to enrich uranium for Iran. Only a few months later, Magna BSP sought and won the security contract at Fukushima, had access to the infrastructure, and Magna technicians completed their work a week before the “earthquake” and tsunami. Motive and opportunity. Did they have the means?

    Consensus among IT experts is that Stuxnet virus was developed at Dimona, tested in the Negev, and used in Iran to destroy centrifuges via the Siemens SCADA valves. At Fukushima the Siemens valves controlled the cooling water. Those valves normally are open unless a COMMAND closes them. The only way the cooling water is blocked is by sabotage. In Iran the control room didn’t know there was a problem …that’s what stuxnet does. At Fukushima technicians didn’t know reactors were overheating.

    Motive, means, and opportunity… and now nuclear blackmail.

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    • Cale Mc January 25, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      yeah, no. The valves were open, the pipes cracked open and released the coolant. Your comment about the coolant is ridiculous. If you want a time line and a factual informative source to try and test me on it go to simplyinfo.org read the data, reports, etc then come back.

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    • halcar6 January 27, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      I don’t see why Israel would want this. And the control room did know there was a problem with the reactors overheating, that is what everyone was concerned about. The earthquake was huge and cracked things up. Why is it always Israel?? The radiation would eventually affect them also. Doesn’t make sense.

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