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

63 Responses to Fukushima Radiation Hits US West Coast

  1. southernpatriot May 21, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    This one event continues to be a crises of epic proportion. Planet earth and the lives of the citizens of the world continue to be bombarded by radioactive materials that are still being dumped into the ocean. Plums of radiation are being distributed by oceans currents thru out the globe.Fisheries around the globe are being harmed from the radiation being dumped into our oceans.This is shear madness!
    There appears to be a conspiracy of silence when it comes to any coverage of this event. The main stream media,along with the government of Japan and the United States,feel compiled not to keep it’s citizens informed that a nuclear meltdown is taking place.
    Instead of throwing a full court press of manpower and resources to tackle this crises they do nothing. At this late date it might be useless,but we should not throw in the towel and do nothing. Our planet and the very lives depend on doing something to contain the millions of gallons of radioactive water that is being dumped into the oceans.

    As a scout, we were always told not to go to the bathroom up stream from our camp. You always went down stream for obvious reasons.You did not want o pollute the water that you would swim,bath or drink from. Pretty simple concept. We were also told to leave our camp cleaner then you found it. It appears that those engineers and politicians who decided that using atomic energy was the way to go, were never scouts and they never learned those 2-rules. Guess they don’t give a “HOOT,because they still pollute!”

    With regards to the comment that we all die, while that is true I for one don’t want to die before my time, because a bunch of Yahoo’s in Tokyo or Washington DC where more interested in making a buck,instead of leavening the genie in the bottle and using solar,Geo-thermal,hydro-electric to generate the power we need.

    As a farmer I make it my mission to produce good quality organic foods without applying poisons to may crops.So why would I want to eat foods from the oceans that are poisoned with radiation, mercury and God knows what else they have dumped into the worlds oceans. We no longer eat any seafood products from the west coast.
    That would be the only fundamental change I would support,stop dumping toxic and life altering garbage into our waterways.

    Well I guess I’ve said my 2-cents worth,but before I sign off,go look at the movie “Planet of the Apes”. In the final scene Taylor-Charleston Heston is riding along an ocean when he comes to the head of the Statue of Liberty,with it’s head & torch sticking out of the water. He finally realizes that he was really back on earth. He get’s off of his horses,get’s on his knees in the water and slams his fits into the sand and surf. He screams “You finally did it”. “You blew up the world” “Dam you”! “Dam you all to hell!!”

    To all of you that are doing your damnest to blow up planet earth,to pollute our air,water and the air we breath with poisons, DYATH!! That is all! Good night. Prepare for what to come.TSIHTF as we speak. SP

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