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…

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  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..

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  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/

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

    If it is cesium 137! Then its also plutonium.

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  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.

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  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. 😛

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  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.

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  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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  9. john f   January 6, 2014 at 12:21 am

    should just nuke japan and wipe them all out since we will be dead in the near future. Thank you fobs for destroying the world…

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    • KH   January 6, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Nice! take it out on the entire population of Japan for this tragedy. i suppose that all of Ukrainian should be taken out for Chernobyl!? I’m sure that you are completely innocent of helping destroy the planet. You Probably don’t use any products made from non renewable sources and you probably don’t drive a car that creates pollution and you probably don’t have any kids or are planning to have any kids, there by saving the planet from over population. Man, get out of here!

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  10. Great Pumpkin   January 5, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    In the case of this article, which IS rather informative, it leads the reader to believe that there is a proverb about a roof… which proverb is that exactly? …

    “…After the meltdown of the Daiichi’s Reactor 3 sales and procurement of Geiger counters went through the proverbial roof. “

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  11. Tony King   January 5, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    The scientific geniuses who took us down the nuclear power path must return their medals immediately. They were all so clever that we are now left with not one but THREE meltdowns that nobody can fix. PLUS the matter of #4 building that should it collapse, it could kill us all within the decade. Thanks a lot genii, for not figuring out how to contain a meldown. Why did it not occur to Great Minds in the past that many unpredictable things can happen, such as war, earthquake, flood, aircraft crash, meteorites, terrorist attack… any one or combination (as we have seen) can cause a global disaster. It was a miracle that there were only about ten nuclear accidents already, including Chernobyl, and not one of the Fuku scale. Why are humans so smart, yet at the same time so dumb, and so accident-prone? Perhaps we are soon to join all those extinct species on this planet. Well, we probably deserve just that because of our greed, arrogance and ignorance.

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  12. Hide Behind   January 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Grew up hearing that Soviet Union , ( always those Russians) , could never be trusted , yet today I seek out their contributions while ignoring any of US, Japan, or any euro news or internet sites in regard to Fukushima.
    ADsHell site is good to have because you know anything they put out there are crafting put together lies and wood las is the case with big lies ( Fukushima#1 which contains 6 old style GE/ US reactors not originally designed but were in process to hide US weapons grade Plutonium from its revived nuclear weapons program, all hidden in Mox rods.
    Where does author question the er ‘re abouts of the GE /Hitachi teams that were working in 3 and 4 when explosions took place.
    Why no mention how rods built in South Carolina but a French firm working at Savana nuke plant research for our military got their experimental 7% plutonium rods to Richland Washington ( Hanford Reach) , and then a cross ocean to a nation not allowed weapons grade plutonium.
    Shills are like toilet paper that once used needs to be flushed for good.

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  13. citywolfe   January 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I feel for the writer in this case, whose editor should have found the mistake. The problem here is all journalists can do is look at scientific data and speculate. That’s why there is such a wide interpretational gap. My hope is that the United States and others are funneling money into broad long range scientific studies on the aftermath. I would very much like to read an article that outlines government responses, allocation of funds for study and preparation, and gives names and faces to the scientist who are undoubtably evaluating the damage. My guess is that they are underfunded and that governments are underprepared. That is what people need to be squawking about.

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  14. Doom Sternz   January 5, 2014 at 11:01 am

    The real rumour that needs debunking is that low levels of radiation are safe. This statement alone is putting more people at risk than any other. The Bier report clearly indicates that low levels of radiation are unsafe and that woman and children are at the highest risk.

    Most of the commenting on Fukushima is about how concerned people are for the biological effects of ionizing radiation at low levels. What are the actual levels and where?

    I want to know facts, that’s what reporting use to be about.

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  15. Hiroshi Suzuki   January 5, 2014 at 9:46 am

    130 ‘radioactive’ Japanese cars banned from entering Russia
    January 05, 2014 Russia Today

    More than 130 used cars from Japan were denied access to Russia last year as consumer watchdog agency remains concerned about the contaminated water leaks at Japan’s Fukushima plant.
    Strict control of all cargo, arriving from Japan, will continue in 2014 as well.
    “In 2013, Russia has banned 165 batches of contaminated goods from entering the country. There were mainly used cars – 132, and spare parts for vehicles – 33,” the statement said.

    Leakage of radiation-contaminated water has been the major threat to population and environment of Japan and neighboring states from the very beginning of the crisis at the Fukushima plant, situated just 250 kilometers from Tokyo.
    However, Tokyo Electric did NOT acknowledge that contaminated water was escaping from the Fukushima plant into the ocean, and that it was unable to stop the leaks, until July 2013.

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  16. Scott   January 5, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I wish it were so but I have my doubts. Wishful thinking can win the day but the fact remains there is 89 tons of dirty spent MOX fuel in that scrap pile once called Reactor 3 and no one knows what is happening. The situation at Fukushima three years on is very tenuous and is being “cleaned up” by the Tepco keystone cops and Japanese mafia. No one can get close enough to reactor 3; since it is putting out lethal doses of radiation and robotics has fried and failed; to see what is going on. So how does anyone know what the steam is from? They don’t. Not you…not me…not anyone. Even if the spent fuel is not entering a meltdown it is still pushing radionucleides into the environment continuously. The corium is not the issue….it is the spent fuel pool that may be losing coolant. Bad news if it heats up. I live on the west coast of the U.S. and Tepco and the Japanese government are playing chicken with our well being over here and some of us are just very non-trusting of what they are saying. It is not chicken little to say we are watching them all closely.

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  17. fat chants   January 5, 2014 at 4:55 am

    “and the stars that we reached
    were just decomposing starfish on the beach”

    we had joy we had fun we had seasons in the sony

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  18. Steven   January 5, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Dear god, the map shown on here is the TSUNAMI map!!! Get some learning people and stop believing everything you hear on the Internet…and yes ill swim in the Oregon ocean and dance in the radioactive rains of Death Valley(“I did hear it on that internet thing!”) Turn the radio channel away from Coast to Coast…get a life you kooks!!! And no the government(reptile people…whatever) doesn’t pay me to say these things…enough. But then I would say that either way…owell you cant win against circular logic. you may start your flaming me now.

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  19. Michael   January 4, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Yeah well if it’s not that bad why don’t you come on over to a beach on the west coast when it gets here and go have a dip. Bet you won’t.

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  20. Tony King   January 4, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    “It is indeed cesium and not celsium, my mistake when writing the article.” Yeah, that’s what Michael Smith, author or the article said. Well, sorry Michael but you just lost all credibility by not even getting a fundamental identifying term correct. Israel’s excellent comment (above) on radioactive readings on the Oregon coast carry far greater impact than anything you waffled on about. And he is not paid to write spurious stuff. In fact, if we listen to you there is no problem at all! And we should keep eating Pacific seafood and sushi as well, huh? Have you heard about the radioactive rain in Death Valley a few days ago? I guess not. I listen to what Mike Adams says on this topic,as he knows what he is talking about most of the time… unlike flunkies like you.

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  21. Jerry   January 4, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Celsium?? Michael Smith: “Celsium-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 Celsium 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 Celsium-137 will be less radioactive, aka dangerous.”

    If you mean caesium (or sometimes: ‘cesium’), you should know that the primary isotope, 137, has a about a 30 year half life. Even a couple of years time, in crossing the Pacific, isn’t going to allow much of it to decay. True, it disperses as it travels, affecting a large area, though in lower concentrations.

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    • Michael Smith   January 4, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      It is indeed cesium and not celsium, my mistake when writing the article. The point of the paragraph dealing with the cesium-137 was the fact that it does indeed drop in concentration, ergo, less dangerous than if the concentrations remained high, or increased, as it migrates. The original supposition was that as it “traveled” the concentration level would be higher, not lower. Radioactive half-life was not part of the paragraph, nor was it implied. Had that been the issue, it would have been spelt out, even if incorrectly. Cheers.

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      • Jerry   January 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm

        As to the question of whether there was an implication of the half life of cesium-137 being a factor, that was exactly what was implied, as I read it.

        Michael Smith: “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 Celsium-137 WILL BE LESS RADIOACTIVE [emphasis added], aka less dangerous.”

        Perhaps, instead:

        “The fallout, as it travels away from Fukushima, is decreasing in its concentration. By the time it reaches the shores of the U.S., the cesium-137 will be dispersed, and pose less of a radiological threat, aka, less danger.”

        With that, I’d agree, and I don’t think you’d find many in the anti-nuke community disputing that. Though there are always a few nutters out there… But, I’d hasten to add that I would not be quick to discount the potential danger that is posed to, not only the western shore of the USA, but the Canadian and Mexican west coasts, as well. How much will the impact be? Catastrophic? Incidental? Very likely something in between. Too early to say, methinks, as radioactive material is pouring out of the damaged facility all the time, adding further to the load on the environment.

        Bio accumulation, toward the top of the ocean food chain, of various radioactive nasties, remains a concern, too. We’ve seen how laden with mercury swordfish and tuna are (mostly from coal burning), now, radionuclides are building up in them, too. The amounts found are small, thus far, but we’re only in the opening stage of this nuclear drama.

        Putting pressure on the Japanese government, Tepco, and international aid, to mitigate the problem as quickly as possible, would be to the benefit of all.
        On that point, I think there should be total agreement, no matter what one’s stripes. Especially, it would be helpful to the pro-nukers, who would like this problem to go away, so they can push on to their nuclear utopia, unencumbered by this weighty albatross about their necks.

        Best,

        Jerry

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  22. Doom Sternz   January 4, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Cesium-137 is not a naturally occurring substance, it has only been present since atmospheric testing in the late 40’s and the 2000 odd tests since.
    The Beir report would indicate that there is no safe level of radiation and that woman and children are more likely to be affected.
    This article is ill informed and pure shill for the nuclear industry.

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  23. DC   January 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Good post Israel! I guess Michael Smith thinks radiation that is moving slower is safer.

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    • Ian Greene   January 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Do some research on radiation before you support him.

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  24. Jess   January 4, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I would like to know about the rumour that North America is toast IF the rods touch.. Or if there is another earthquake.

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  25. Israel Elliott   January 4, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I would like to now who you are being paid by to write this story and have you done any research or investigation yourself. I live on the Oregon coast and i have been on the beach with a Geiger in the days right after the first reactor indecent and the alarm never went off now i go everyday down to the water and as soon as i am within 50 feet of the ocean the alarm start buzzing and if i get within 10 feet of the ocean I’m getting readings close to 200 everyday all the time at anytime it never is up and down as you say now just always up explain this to me it was not like this not even a year ago now just standing on the beach and the alarm is buzzing always it will never go below 100 when on the beach anywhere at anytime. I see this with my own eyes and 2 years ago it never buzzed i could be standing in the ocean with it and it wouldn’t buzz now just getting close and the alarms going off 24hrs a day 7 days a week.

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    • Ian Greene   January 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Okay, Israel, prove it. Prove that Fukushima is going to wipe out all life on Earth. No seriously. Prove it.

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    • Ian Greene   January 4, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      I don’t think he’s being paid by ANYONE, ya jerk. I think he’s putting more thought into this than you. Why don’t YOU do some research of your own.

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    • keith jackson   January 4, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      same readings as a man in pacifica ca,,,you tube vid….same numbers!!!!!concentration in a big ocean swirl!!!!

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  26. Larry   January 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Repeatedly getting the name wrong of the radioactive fission byproduct caesium 137 lessens the argument somewhat.

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  27. Juliana   January 4, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks finally someone is covering the truth unlike those other websites that say evacuate and all. Thang scary stuff thankyou (:

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  28. Doom Sternz   January 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Yeah steam from reactor 3 is nothing to worry about. Nothing to see here move along. Now i am seeing reports of underground explosions at fukushima, 31/12/13.
    Define less reputable? Aint nothing but a white trash party.

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