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

64 Responses to "Fukushima Radiation Hits US West Coast"

  1. jamesofthecommonsj   July 19, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I live somewhere in the eastern US, and I have noted some subtle, but significant changes as to vegetation growth, propagation, seeding,flowering, and leafing since the Fukishima meltdowns. Most notable amongst these changes is the large number of mutations I am now seeing in plant specieces, which prior to the meltdowns almost never produced mutations. We have also had an unusual number of small trees die since 2011, even as some of our trees seem to be healthier since that same year. Of note also is the eratic bloom habits that much of our vegetation has developed since 2011.
    I do not believe Fukishima will prove to be the end of life on earth; but I am convinced that those meltdowns will result in the end of life as we humans have known it for the past tens of thousands of years. We can only hope the changes ahead will be to our benifit, somehow though, I doubt that.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Giovanni LiCalsi   January 9, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Nuclear power plants are upside down economically and will never be cost effective.
    What are the ocean fisheries worth. I would think much more than the energy produced by the dirty nuclear power plants. The sad thing about the use of the nuclear power plants is that Japan has enough wind, geothermal and solar resources to more than generate all of their electrical power.
    I have stopped eating ocean fish and would advise all others to beware of the hazard of eating contaminated fish, not only contaminated by nuclear waste, but contaminated by drugs, coffee, plastics, mercury, led, fuel, oil and cruise ship garbage.

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  7. SH   January 9, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Yes all those involved in the decision to build the power plant near the ocean and in a
    location perhaps affected more because of earthquakes, but it also needs to be stated
    that the blame should be placed at the feet of those who sabotaged the plant in the first
    place with the stuxnect( sp) virus, but I see no mention of that. For a tiny nation of 65 years
    they have managed to damage so many countries and now possibly the planet. They need to be stopped. Please someone address that……

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    • aaheart   January 9, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Four days after the Fukushima nuclear disaster Jerusalem Post reported that “Although Magna is able to gain remote access to its computer system, which receives the cameras’ images, Siboni said his company had not yet been authorized to do so. “We have not been allowed to take control remotely yet,” Siboni said.

      Israel has frequently acted “without authorization”, but they HAD ACCESS.

      Three days later, on March 18, 2011, one of Israel’s leading newspapers, Haaretz reported, “The CEO of the Israeli company that installed the security system at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant said Thursday that those workers who have elected to stay behind are “putting their lives on the line” to save Japan.”

      Stuxnet virus is a cyberweapon that appears to have been designed by Israel in conjunction with the CIA and was responsible for the cyberattack on Iran’s centrifuge array that enriches uranium to fuel Iran’s nuclear industry. Cyber experts generally agree that Israel used the stuxnet in Iran. It targets Siemens SCADA system through the local computer network on site. It replicates normal readings so that control room technicians are unaware of a change in the performance of the equipment as it runs out of control. Stuxnet then sends information to a remote facility that can monitor the destruction.

      The Siemens valves at Fukushima control the flow of cooling water to the reactor. Normally they are open. The can only be closed on command. Fukushima’s cooling control valves were locked SHUT preventing the flow of cooling water. This can only happen by sabotage.

      In late 2009 Japan offered to help mitigate an international dilemma as Israel militantly demanded that Iran’s nuclear facilities be destroyed. Japan offered to enrich uranium for the Iranians. A few months later, Magna BSP sought and won the security contract at Fukushima Daiichi. One week before the tsunami pushed walls of water onshore, the Magna BSP completed the installation.

      They watched their handiwork turn Fukushima Daiichi to rubble and pollute the northern hemisphere with radioactive fallout. They had the motive, means, and opportunity.

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      • Maya   January 11, 2014 at 6:31 am

        fascinating, but this is what’s known as circumstantial evidence. any proof?

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        • allen heart   January 11, 2014 at 12:20 pm

          Civilians are hardly ever in a position to interrogate, subpoena records, indict, detain, or arrest suspects. That’s the job of the government authorities. Motive, means, and opportunity can only define suspects, but not convict. We know from this, however that the earthquake and tsunami are cover stories and those who promote those cover stories are possibly complicit. All we have is the words of the Magna BSP CEO as quoted by an Israeli newspaper. Even this is hearsay in a court of law.

          All we can do is follow the truth wherever it might lead, but our official status is as an observer and citizen. In a democracy that is supposed to mean that we can put pressure on the government authorities to act. This becomes problematic when that government might be complicit.

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  8. Norbert Senf   January 8, 2014 at 7:14 am

    I did a Google search and found a Forbes article, that states that eating 200 g of Pacific Blue Fin tuna gives you a radiation does equal to about 4 nSv. A CT scan is around 8 mSv. According to that, you would have to eat about 500 tons of tuna to equal one CT scan.

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    • Antonio   January 8, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      BS, non-equivalence alert. Ignore the comparisons heard all the time about air travel exposures, cat scans etc.
      There’s a distinct difference between exposure from an external source, and exposure from a particle that lodges in your liver, bones, blood, kidneys, brain etc.
      You get a scan and it’s over; you get a particle and it may stay with you.
      Think about it.

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      • Norbert Senf   January 9, 2014 at 8:34 am

        Granted. However, do you have no interest at all in the 1:1,000,000 ratio ? This discussion is kind of pointless without numbers.

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  9. Guy mckinney   January 7, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Where can we receive accurate and immediate information ? That is the question and why aren’t the Japanese government doing much about the release of this disaster ? I love the Pacific Ocean and all the fish it has to offer my plate !!!!!

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