Fukushima Blamed for 500 Percent Higher Radiation Levels (Video)

Fukushima Blamed for 500 Percent Higher  Radiation Levels


Radiation levels 500 percent higher than normal have hit San Francisco, if you believe a video that surfaced on the Internet on YouTube in December, 2013, and it’s being blamed on the the disaster that befell the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. The video has been viewed almost 500,000 times, and follows this article, if you’d like to see if for yourselves.

In California, health officials are telling residents not to worry, even though the Geiger counter of a man walking along the beach appears to indicate radiation levels at five times the normal levels in San Francisco — 150 counts per minute.

This seven-minute video, Fukushima radiation hits San Francisco, has sparked intense interest and the fears of some citizens of California that the radiation that the Geiger counter detected is evidence that nuclear waste from the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan has reached the American west coast.

The unidentified person who took the video wrote in a blog post that he had taken readings for two years in the same area before. The levels had been normal, until the video he took in December 2013.

The concerns some people have about the high radiation levels depicted in the video coming from the Fukushima nuclear plant have been investigated by officials at the local, state, and federal levels. According to the officials who conducted tests, there is no reason to think that the levels of radiation in San Francisco or along the Pacific Coast of California, in general, are unsafe, and there’s no reason for anyone to conclude that the supposed higher-than-normal levels of radiation are a result of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.

According to county environmental health director Dean Peterson, the officials don’t believe that the radiation levels are “an immediate public health concern.” He added that the investigation has not brought the investigators anywhere “close to the point of saying that any of this is from Fukushima.”

Has radiation from Fukushima reached America’s Pacific Coast?

The elevated radiation levels in San Francisco and along the Pacific Coast might not pose an immediate threat to humans, and might not be radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant. However, Geiger counters from Peterson’s health department have registered levels of radiation at 100 micro-REM an hour, or — five times the usual amount.

Mark Noack, of the Half Moon Bay Review, noted that, while the radiation in the area is five times higher than normal, a person would have to be exposed to that degree “of radiation for 50,000 hours before it surpassed safety guidelines by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.”

If the increased levels of radiation aren’t due to the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, what are they due to?

Peterson, interviewed by the The Half Moon Bay Review, said that the radiation could be caused from something as seemingly innocuous “as red-painted utensils buried on the beach.”

Another explanation that Peterson suggested is likely is that the radiation is not really as uncommon as one might think, that maybe what the Geiger counters are detecting are “just higher levels of background radiation.”

Researchers from the Geiger Counter Bulletin website have taken soil samples that indicate the radiation levels are many times higher than what they should be, and there was also an independent soil test done that registered positive for radiation, though the researchers have discovered no indication that the increased levels of radiation came from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

How much progress has been made in the decontamination process around Fukushima?

While some progress has been made in the ongoing decontamination process around Fukushima, there is still a lot of work left to be done before the former inhabitants of the 11 evacuated towns in the area can safely move back to their homes. The cost will be in the billions of dollars.

All of the old, contaminated topsoil must be removed, and dumped at hundreds of locations in the vicinity of Fukushima, and be replaced with new topsoil. Trees must be cut down, shrubs pruned, and the roofs of houses washed. This process continues until the levels of radiation fall to acceptable levels. This cost is expected to be $10,000 for each house.

The government of Japan had set a schedule for how long the decontamination of each of the 11 towns should take, but they kept falling behind their estimates, and now the government has decided not to set any further projections.

About two-thirds of the former residents of Minamisōma have already returned to their houses, but radiation levels are still high in certain areas of the city. Many people who make up the third of the original population who have not yet returned are doubtful that the decontamination plan will work.

One resident, Masami, who decided to remain in the city of Namie despite the evacuation orders doesn’t think that many people will want to move back. He stated that the 11 towns “have turned into Chernobyl.”

Besides the strain and pressure that the people of Fukushima have in dealing with being dispossessed and deciding if they should return to the cities that they once resided in, people elsewhere in Japan have placed a social stigma on them. Many have been asked for radiation level reports when applying for employment, or have been rejected from donating blood.

The Fukushima nuclear plant disaster and the threat of radiation from it reaching the United States has made headlines in the media lately. The disaster is something that the people of Japan live with every day. Are the higher radiation levels detected along the Pacific Coast evidence of that radiation finally reaching America, or is there some other explanation? What, if anything, can be done if and when radiation from Fukushima does reach America’s shores?

Written by: Douglas Cobb

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7 Responses to Fukushima Blamed for 500 Percent Higher Radiation Levels (Video)

  1. raddog April 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Fukushima has been blamed for a lot of things. Pretty much all have been debunked.

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  2. Peter March 16, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I certainly agree with the comment by Skip Barker about the U.S. government not telling the people if there is a radiation problem. I live on Vancouver island and would say the government here would lie through their teeth about any radiation problems on the west coast as well.

    When, if ever, will people learn not to believe a word our politicians tell us? How can the government of any country be so stupid as to put nuclear power plants in earthquake areas like the San Andreas fault or anywhere in Japan?

    If you think things are questionable now, wait until they have the “big one” in California. We’ll all be human glow sticks.

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  3. Gopher January 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Nothing to see here!! Move along!! Go back to sleep!!
    With about a third of our population living on the West Coast, do you really think anyone is going to tell you to move from an irradiated area? Do you have any Idea how much money is generated in that area? What do you think would happen if all of the sudden they came out and told everyone that the radiation was dangerous? Could the US Economy handle a blow like that?
    Nothing to see here! Move along!!Go Back To Sleep!!

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  4. skip barker January 9, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Sorry I left out part of what I wanted to say. The reason we cannot trust the govt. to be honest , is some of us remember duck and cover.

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  5. skip barker January 9, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    I don’t know for sure if there is a problem with the levels, but there is one thing I do know for sure. The govt. would never let it be known there was a problem if true. Imagine the panic, what could they do if they did announce it? You just cannot evacuate the numbers that would be effected, the economic collapse it would cause could be so devastating, that it would effect the entire country. By announcing something, you open up a can of worms, that would almost be beyond control. By down playing it, you buy time, but eventually the truth will come out. For those in the know, you can help you and yours and say to bad for the rest. I hope there is no problem, but I would never depend on the govt. to be honest with me or the public in this regard. Hopefully those with the proper equipment and a soul will speak out before it gets to the critical stage and there is time to deal with it.

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  6. Antonio January 8, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Kathryn, Yes, it’s dry outside since we’ve had no rain, I agree

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  7. kathryn burnett January 7, 2014 at 10:34 am

    i have been feeling a dryness in my soft palette, vocal chords and lower nasal airway for the last week or so, and in particular when i open the door to go outside. the dryness seems to be coming from the outside air. i live 1.5 miles from the San Pablo Bay in the north bay area of SF, Napa County.

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