Fukushima Radiation Fallout Rumors Debunked

Fukushima Radiation Fallout Rumors Debunked

While several “less reputable” websites are doing their Chicken Little impression and telling everyone that the sky is falling, other’s have debunked the Fukushima fallout rumors, or at least, they are trying to. In order to get to the bottom of the radiation issue several other websites are publishing their own anti-Chicken Little reports.

Seems like, with several sides of information being represented, things are not quite that bad yet. At the risk of sounding completely pedantic; the devil really is in the details and when all the information is gathered; the world may not be ready to end in a blanket coating of radioactive fallout at this time.

It is a classic case of certain people having the ability to take some information too literally and to disregard other, just as important, information. For example:

Steam is rising from Reactor 3 – yes it is and it has been, rather simply, debunked by at least one website that points out that, in Japan, it is very cold at the moment. Any Fukushima radiation fallout rumors based on the CCTV footage of steam rising is invalid. The same website points out that: “Reactors put out heat. This is the reason that they must be cooled.” In a nutshell, when the reactor broke down, remains of the nuclear fuel remained in the wreckage. These “remains” are still hot and reacting to moisture either through the ground or via the air. Ergo, heat plus moisture equals steam.

Fukushima Radiation Fallout Rumors Debunked
Just one of several misleading maps being published on the internet.

Higher radiation levels are being reported – sure they are. After the meltdown of the Daiichi’s Reactor 3 sales and procurement of geiger counters went through the proverbial roof. As pointed out by one website these radiation readout tools; placed in untrained hands; can give some pretty wild readings. Added to this little fact is the news that radiation levels can fluctuate…a lot. Stand around one area long enough and the levels will go up as well as down.

Unsurprisingly, the world geiger counter supply has dwindled. In order to meet the new demand for these radioactive readers a group of computer hackers have developed Safecast volunteers who have designed/adapted computer hardware to work as special geiger counters. These volunteers are relying on other volunteers to get accurate readings of radioactivity present in the world.

The reactors at the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant were usually cooled by seawater which mixed with the ocean currents – is completely untrue. The reactors were cooled by fresh water, not the saltwater from the ocean. Saltwater was added as a last ditch attempt to cool the rapidly overheating reactor. The result was a run-off of radioactive seawater which joined the eventual groundwater run-off.

Maps show that the radiation is following currents and will reach the U.S. West Coast in a matter of days – and these maps are wrong. Or at the very least, misleading. According to Deep Sea News none of the maps that purport to show the spread of “deadly” radioactivity have any credence whatsoever. Citing three of the maps on offer to the general public, the website states that most of them do not have explanatory legends and that at least one, is an absolute fabrication. The fallout is not moving that quickly.

Fukushima Radiation Fallout Rumors Debunked
Another map which, despite the ominous red color, shows how the Cesium-137 is weaker as it spreads.

The bottom line about the spread of radioactive fallout from Fukushima is that it will reach the western coastline of the U.S. around 2014…in the fall. Not, as shouted from the Chicken Little’s of the internet, in a matter of days. Another debunked rumor about the fallout deals with the concentrations of the fallout itself.

Cesium-137, which is the byproduct of nuclear fission is already in the world’s oceans at “safe levels.” According to another map on the internet, this Cesium is travelling through the ocean in a highly condensed form spreading death in its wake. This is, however, incorrect as well. The fallout, as it travels away from Fukushima, is actually decreasing in its intensity. By the time it reaches the shores of the U.S. the Cesium-137 will be less radioactive, aka dangerous.

In essence, the radiation fallout from Fukushima rumors have been debunked by not just one website but several. The hysteria being propagated by a few “end of the world” websites is far from the reality of the situation. For a rational, and much more educated discourse, on the subject of the dangers of radiation fallout from the Daiichi power plant, Kim Martini – a Physical Oceanographer – has written a very indepth debunking of the Chicken Little scenario.

By Michael Smith
United Kingdom

Sources:

Fairewinds

Motherboard

Deep Sea News

35 Responses to "Fukushima Radiation Fallout Rumors Debunked"

  1. Debunk the debunkers   October 23, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    And the world is stationary and everything stays the same… uh sorry Michael from the United Kingdom.. Who is paying you off to deny common physics, like the earth’s rotation and the jet stream… Guess you have been down wind of forest fire…

  2. Greg   January 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    The article only said Cs-137 that and Cs-137 there, I guess other nuclear fission by-products just have to ignore. Her paper stated that Tokyo Power is still not very forthcoming with their information about the leak and stuff, how can we trust the model display if the initialization of data are “Wrong” to start with?? . Besides, she never explained in depth of bio-accumulation and long term exposure effect. She is a physical oceanographer, not a bio-chemist or radio-bio chemist…. I stay high skeptical with her paper..

  3. Antonio   January 8, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    best source for objective data-stream and commentary on Fukushima from a self-exiled Japanese man, in English, Le Francaise, sometimes even in Le Japonnaise, may be found at: http://fukushima-diary.com/

  4. Stetson Griffin   January 6, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    If it is cesium 137! Then its also plutonium.

  5. Tony King   January 6, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    OK, so nobody knows what’s going on in Japan, nor does anyone really know what’s happening to the Pacific nor to our atmosphere. We continue to be lied to and ignored by governments. Does anyone care? What a bunch of dimwits we humans are.

  6. Gandalf the Gray   January 6, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Yes everyone must evacuate the coast immediately! I’ll be happy to take your worthless, contaminated beachfront property at no cost to you. 😛

  7. Brian   January 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Has this writer ever heard of punctuation? Some of this article reads like a 12-year old’s text message. Here are a few examples. I’m still trying to make sense of this one:

    “Unsurprisingly, the world geiger counter supply has dwindled. In order to meet the new demand for these radioactive readers a group of computer hackers have developed Safecast volunteers who have designed/adapted computer hardware to work as special geiger counters. ”

    What?

    “Steam is rising from Reactor 3 – yes it is and it has been, rather simply, debunked by at least one website that points out that, in Japan, it is very cold at the moment. ”

    Is this really a CNN website or a teenager’s blog? I can’t really tell.

  8. Petar   January 6, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Michael Smith – You are next Paid liar! This article is LIE!
    If you are so sure that the radiation is “Not so Bad”, why you don’t go there and Bread deeply or swam in the ocean???
    TEPCO Quietly Admits Reactor 3 Could Be Melting Down NOW and “releasing 89 Tons of deadly radioactive fuel directly into the air” – Official data, unofficial can be double. All fish in the Ocean i DEAD!
    http://www.occupycorporatism.com/tepco-quietly-admits-reactor-3-melting-now/
    On 30.12.2013 Reactor 3 releasing 89 Tons of deadly radioactive fuel directly into the air and hours later Crop Circle appear in USA to warn all people for the coming Deadly Radioactive cloud.
    http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2013/chualar/chualar2013a.html

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