Japan Fukushima Radiation Reaching West Coast?

JapanConcerns are being raised about the plumes of radiation released from the meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear reactor during the tsunami that rocked the area in 2011. The radiation from Fukushima is floating through the Pacific Ocean from Japan and beginning to reach the west coast of America.

Ken Buesseler, a research scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, has constructed a program of citizen-scientists to test the waters for radiation along the west coast. The program encourages citizens with or without a science background to raise funds for a sample collection unit and to collect sea water from their area to send back to Woods Hole for testing.

The collection unit is a 19-litre plastic jug and a shipping container to protect the sample. So far, 22 sites from Costa Rica to Washington have raised funds to collect samples and another 27 are in the process.

Buesseler expects the levels of radiation from Cesium-134 and Cesium-137, the main radioactive isotopes reaching the west coast from Fukushima, to be far below the acceptable levels for safe drinking water, but fears without measurement the level of radiation coming from Japan would be impossible to confirm.

One concern in the Pacific is for large mammals, like Orca whales, which eat massive amounts of fish throughout the day that may be contaminated with radiation. Buesseler maintains, however, that danger to humans from contaminated fish should not be a concern as cesium is water-soluble and will disperse from the fish as they swim through the ocean.

US Federal agencies are not taking place in the ocean testing, either because the levels are expected to be so low it is not considered a priority, or because the responsibility falls between agencies. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is responsible for monitoring oceans and atmospheric changes, but do not test for radiation. The Department of Energy monitors radiation levels but not in the oceans.

Many reports have surfaced since the nuclear radiation was released from Fukushima that high levels of radiation were affecting sea life off the shores of America, but health officials have denied that radiation from Japan has caused any serious incursion across the Pacific.

Buesseler said that people are going to be afraid of any reports of radiation because it is something they cannot see, smell or taste, but they know it can cause cancer. As of yet, no evidence has been shown to suspect dangerous levels of cesium in the waters off of the US. Levels of radiation from Fukushima are actually lower and less dangerous than that sill lurking around the ocean from nuclear testing in the fifties, according to reports.
The most dangerous aspect still surrounding the Fukushima disaster is the makeshift tanks at the nuclear facility that were used to draw highly contaminated water out of the ocean. Evidence shows that some of the more hastily crafted holding tanks, containing about 300,000 tons of contaminated water, may be leaking back out into the ocean.

Scientists will continue to monitor the levels of radiation from the Fukushima disaster floating across the Pacific Ocean from Japan reaching the west coast of Central and Northern America, but for now health officials maintain that there is no imminent threat.

By Cody Long

Sources:
Vancouver Sun
Japan Times
Oregon Live

76 Responses to "Japan Fukushima Radiation Reaching West Coast?"

  1. Jean Milu Truesdale   September 25, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Death is floating across the sea,s and scientist brag about their smugness. For the lives of future generations grow up and tell the truth.

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  2. Taylor Byrd   June 15, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Radiation levels far below harmful? Do they think we are stupid, blind sheep? Lets not be naive. The radiation levels are like 160× more powerful than the nuclear bomb we dropped. A world traveler went across the Pacific via boat and said it was absolutely dead. No life. He saw one dolphin that looked to have a huge growth on his head. This is absolutely the worst disaster in world history. And its going to get worse.

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  3. duartmaclean   May 7, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Those brilliant physicists who play around with this stuff may be smart with the arithmetic, but they have the emotional development of a 3 year olds. They are absolutely stupid in their brilliance.

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  4. coot   April 16, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    And the second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood, like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died.

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  5. Raddog   April 15, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    If simply providing facts is your definition of smug, then I am proud to be guilty of being smug.

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  6. Raddog   April 15, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    If simply providing facts it’s your definition of smug, then I am proud to be guilty of being smug.

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  7. Raddog   April 15, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I see little emotional content in either my original post or the responses.

    It you haven’t seen people trying to spread panic and profit of this, you simply aren’t paying attention.

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  8. Sean   April 15, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I love all the armchair, pretend, science, nitwits, that try to downplay this disaster. My favorite stunt is when they denigrate citizens for, “hysterical over reactions”. I suppose something about this story offends their phony political identities. I myself se no reaction from the public at all. Testing the water for possible effects is somehow unreasonable? People, some of the fuel at Fukushima is mixed oxide fuel…a percentage of which is plutonium..not the type of substance you want laying around un contained. Also, yes it is terrible that the west coast could be affected but what about Japan. Japan is in deep trouble. All those millions of people? Jesus. How is it possible that one poster downplayed 30% of children having thyroid nodules. I loved how this fact was downplayed with such an idiotic smug attitude. NICE!

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    • Rational Db8   April 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

      re: post by Sean April 15, 2014 at 8:09 am

      The facts are simple. There have been several studies done using the same ultrasound techniques on Japanese children who couldn’t possibly have been exposed to radiation from Fukushima. They found MORE cysts and nodules in those non-exposed children compared to the exposed children. And you are comparing the common cysts with the far less common nodules too. Here’s one example: “Our sample size was much more limited, but the frequency of thyroid cysts and nodules was relatively high in our study, when compared with the data presented in the Fukushima Health Management Survey (56.83% vs. 42.56% for cysts and 1.65% vs. 1.15% for nodules). Since we used the same ultrasonography as was used in the Fukushima Health Management Survey”

      Only ONE of the plants had a small amount of MOX fuel. Plutonium is a VERY heavy element – essentially none of it traveled beyond the plant boundary – it drops out very very quickly, and doesn’t travel very far. Furthermore, there is still plutonium world wide from atmospheric weapons testing – in other words, it’s not killing people and a tiny bit more won’t make any real difference to anyone.

      People in Japan are just fine – including those who were near the plant. In fact, almost all of the exclusion area has lower levels of radiation than almost all of the USA, simply because Japan has lower natural background radiation levels than the USA does! “All those millions of people” aren’t even being exposed to any Fukushima radiation anyhow – the bulk of it went over the ocean, with a smaller bit that went to the Northwest – the vast majority of Japan got nothing from it, no exposure.

      Knowing the real facts and the science and biology involved and saying as a result that there is no major problem for Japan and none for the USA isn’t being smug or downplaying anything. It’s presenting actual facts instead of fearmongering that isn’t based on any reality.

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  9. Raddog   April 15, 2014 at 4:34 am

    “Sane” and “rational” doesn’t generate webpage hits. They don’t sell KI or zeolite.

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  10. Raddog   April 15, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Your friends left Japan without good reason.

    30% kids have thyroid nodules, not problems. Nodules usually go away in a few years. They’re common in kids.

    Yes. Celebs are a great source of scientific information.

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  11. morris67   April 15, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Does this mean they’ll get even crazier out there?

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  12. Chris   April 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    My garden produced a 20 pound tomato this week…. and I live on the West Coast. So you know the radiation did it.

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    • morris67   April 15, 2014 at 3:18 am

      Could be a promo for the new “Godzilla”?

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  13. [email protected]   April 14, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    NOT A BIG DEAL!? You are only figuring this out now? My friends left Japan a year ago. Over 30% of the children in Fukushima have problems with their thyroids. Have you noticed many celebs selling off their beach front property? Wake up! They lied about Fukushima because they didn’t want Japan’s economy to tank!!!!!!

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    • squid_hunt   April 15, 2014 at 4:33 am

      There’s not a bit of what you just said that is relevat to concern in the US regarding Fukushima. Neither your friends leaving, thyroid problems in Japan, Tepco lying, or the irrational actions of idiotic celebs. Tepco lied because failure is culturally stigmatized in Japan, plus liability. Thyroid problems in nuclear are caused by radioiodine, which has a very short half life and wouldn’t significantly affect the US. And celebs are morons with huge egos and demonstrably retarded critical thinking skills.

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  14. Rocky Racoon   April 14, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Wait till the rest of it blows….all aboard for fun time. Plus, this stuff accumulates over time as little fishes get eaten up by bigger fishes and there are different kinds of radiation as well. And it is still pouring radiation into the pacific which will end up a dead zone all the sooner. The only reason the world went nuclear was for weapons and poor Japan still got the American boot on their necks and USA won’t let them up. All for weapons grade plutonium.

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  15. David Coker   April 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Fukushima isn’t a big deal. It can’t be. NBC, CBS, FOX and the rest would be all over it if it posed a danger. Look at all of the coverage of the NSA before the Snowden revelations. Same goes for the chemtrails that are sprayed daily in our skies under the pretext of weather modifiction. Not once have I ever seen a local weather forecast mention the chemtrails. We have nothing to fear because our trusted reporters would be warning us. Everything is going to be OK. Our president is a gift from God. We have been blessed with an infiltration of Commies and they will reshape America. America will become a kinder gentler prison.

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    • Mike Gapske   April 14, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      @David Coker
      I love the comment ! Dripping with sarcasm and humor, however the general public will think of it as a bash…..anyways, it made me laugh…just took time to let you know….Godbless

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    • Ralph Nadle   April 14, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Speaking of chemtrails……I just got back from Portland….back to Vancouver BC….and I was amazed at the chemtrails. On a glorious morning last week….crisp and clear as a bell 3 planes were flying abreast….south to north and spewing their “trails”….there was another pane flying northwest to intersect the 3 trails. This was at 7:45 am on the north side of the Columbia river along the I-205 corridor. By 9:30 am there was significant haze and a faint outline of a “web” that the trails made…..My car also had a fair amount of crap on it. When I got into it I noticed a decent film of white pebbly material on the windshield……

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  16. Tom G   April 14, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I’m not the smartest tool in the bag but I’m betting the Radcon people will agree with me when I say that it’s not radiation but “contamination” from Japan that’s reaching the west coast. Contamination is dirt or particles that have been “irradiated”. What we have is contaminated particles that has contaminated the water. (not radioactive water) Without the particles there is NO contaminated water.

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  17. Don   April 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    You will get more radiation sleeping next to your partner than you will get from Fukishima!

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    • I hate idiots   April 14, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Really Don? What kind of disgusting pig do you sleep beside? Feel sorry for your choices in life….FOOL!

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      • Troll killer   April 15, 2014 at 3:59 am

        Well at least he can put a rational statement online… While you and Chicken Little run off in stupid abandonment!

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  18. Htos1   April 14, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Well, either way, Darwin’s theory will be tested.Okay with you, commie/lib/dhimm/marxist/gov’t workers?

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  19. Rick   April 14, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    My greatest hope is that the radiation will be strong and swift enough to fatally poison all the illegal alien, sub-human trash and liberals in CA before they are able to escape!

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    • Not a ib or consrvative moron   April 14, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      Hey rick FU#K YOU

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  20. Troy To You   April 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Does this mean I have to stop eating Orca meat?

    😉

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  21. Dee   April 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    There is NO safe exposure to this type of radiation.

    Dr. Gofman found that even radiation in ONE track can cause a cancer.

    This radiation is linked to Cancers, Heart Disease, Thyroid Disease, Birth Defects, Miscarriages, Diabetes, and more.

    Since this radiation is in our oceans, air, water, vegetables, meat, fish, rain, snow…it is something you NEED to learn more about.

    This is NOT spam when I say that ENENEWS dot com is THE best place to learn more about this.

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    • Bob   April 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      ENENEWS dot com is a fear-mongering, extremist anti-nuke website that cherry-picks information for it’s scary headlines. I strongly suggest everyone avoid this site if you want the truth.

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      • I hate lib/conservative retards   April 14, 2014 at 7:20 pm

        Yeah Bob, nuclear power is just friggin great. Wake up you myopic moron. All it takes is one fu#k up and we are all screwed, makes perfect sense, right? Gawd the lack of brain capacity is staggering!

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    • Redneck   April 14, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Dee: You already receive about 125 milllirem of radiation exposure every year from naturally occurring background sources in our environment. Even your body contains radioactive materials, as does that of your spouse … so you are exposing each other to an additional 2 mrem per year by sleeping together. If (as you said) ANY amount of radiation is dangerous, then I suggest you get separate bedrooms. Chill out – the Pacific Ocean is a huge dilution pool and nobody is going to be hurt by the low concentration of cesium or any other isotope coming from Fukushima. It may even be so low that it is indistinguishable from background. Now, before you go blasting my comments, I will tell you that I am a retired nuclear engineer (masters degree) and know what I’m talking about.

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      • I hate morons with "degree's"   April 14, 2014 at 7:29 pm

        Sure redneck, you were a nuclear engineer with a masters. I suppose you believe in the safe, clean form of energy that is nuclear power? I bet you think that the waste produced by these short sighted, foolish plans are not a danger to the world, right? Wow, goes to show that you can be a complete retard even with a degree. The world is DOOMED. That includes you….genius!

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        • squid_hunt   April 15, 2014 at 4:23 am

          You know who likes nuclear? Sierra club AND Greenpeace. Wrap your conspiracy saturated brain around THAT.

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        • Redneck   April 15, 2014 at 4:28 am

          Well, I see that nothing has changed since I retired several years ago. I used to face off with the anti-nukes in debates. I would establish my professional credentials and state hard facts … then they would trash me with personal name-calling, and throw out all sorts of “what if” questions and “the sky is falling” speculation. They don’t want facts or logic … they just want fear-mongering to bolster their irrational phobias. And they want others to buy into those phobias.

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          • Sean   April 15, 2014 at 9:43 am

            What fear mongering? A few angry post on a couple of websites, so what. I think much of the frustrated posting is the result of a complete stone walling from the pro nuclear people. We know that people in Japan are seeing health effects, even if your side claims these effects are not a concern. How on earth, even given your understanding of the issue, do you expect to dictate peoples concerns, fears and responses when it comes to the health of their families, themselves and the public at large? No one should listen to you. It is their prerogative to be worried if it seems warranted. Maybe i’m wrong, it seems to me mixed oxide fuel rods are not the thing you wanna leave sitting around near so many people. Please enlighten me, if this is an over reaction.

  22. Eric Jon Olsen   April 14, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Why would I have to pay for the test collection kit? Screw that. If you want the data, do it yourself!

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    • squid_hunt   April 14, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      It’s good info to have, but this would be a pretty expensive endeavor. They’re betting on enough concerned or interested people to make it useful, would be my guess.

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  23. Justin McCarthy   April 14, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Check out the Surfriders Foundation website regarding this issue if you are concerned.

    They have a real interest.

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  24. squid_hunt   April 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Dr. Buesseler seems like a fairly level headed scientific guy. He doesn’t seem to think they’re going to find much, but it will be good to get the data and get it to the public and kerp an eye on things.

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  25. Tom Wyckoff   April 14, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    How do you tell if someone from the government is lying? Easy, if his lips are moving he’s lying. Our government will say anything just to get people to sit down, shut up, and leave them alone. A nuclear plant, first thing out of the government mouthpiece’s mouth.. “There’s no danger, nothing to worry about, relax and go back to watching American Idle”, meanwhile he’s so irradiated his kneecaps are flashing red & blue like the strobes on a police car.

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  26. Dave   April 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    buh bye california

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  27. Ron Hascal   April 14, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I’m not worried about American West Coast seawater. I worry about fish caught in highly contaminated Asian waters and farm fish that are fed shrimp grown in highly contaminated Asian waters. Our family has avoided seafood ever since this started, and we might resume eating it when we can find some credible information.

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  28. George   April 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Um Um Um. Too bad it wasn’t a coal-fired power plant!

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  29. Francis Bacon   April 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    End global radiologic warming!

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  30. Andy   April 14, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Where in this article does it state that there was a positive test for radiation along the west coast?

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    • raddog   April 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      There were several just after the event; none has been detected since.

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  31. Dave Wallace   April 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I suspect collusion and denial. That’s why I just dumped 12 cans of tuna. There are born liars around that care about nothing but power and money. To Hell with the people.

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    • Bob   April 14, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      Educate yourself. You should worry more about mercury in the tuna than any low amounts of perceived cesium.

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  32. Les Legato   April 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    “”…because the responsibility falls between agencies. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration WAS responsible for monitoring oceans and atmospheric changes, but IS BUSY FOLLOWING PRES HUSSEIN OBAMA’s MANDATE TO SPREAD THEIR SKILL SET TO THE MUSLIM WORLD ( look it up before you delete my comment, it’s true).

    [and] The Department of Energy monitors radiation levels but is BUSY OPPOSING ANY AND ALL ATTEMPTS TO MAKE THE U.S. ENERGY INDEPENDENT, FOLLOWING PRES HUSSEIN OBAMA’s MANDATE TO oppose the keystone pipeline until his biggest donor, Warren Buffet has made enough using his trains to transport the stuff. look that up before you delete my comment, it’s also true).

    / fixed it.

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  33. jeff gibson   April 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Don’t waste your money contributing to these bums. Universities in Oregon and California are already testing the water.

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  34. Big D   April 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Well,, so you need 19 l of water to be able to detect any radiation? At least they admit that it’s not expected to approach the ridiculously low limit for safe drinking water. If it weren’t for natural background radiation, we’d all be less healthy. Radiophobia.

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    • Bob   April 14, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Agree. But the problem is all the anti-nuke extremist wackos won’t believe any test that doesn’t show positive for cesium. They think California is currently glowing from radiation and that there is some huge cover-up. They blame all their illnesses on Fukushima radiation. *shrugs*

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  35. Taperandy   April 14, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Well that’s it! I a never going to drink water from the Pacific Ocean again!

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  36. verbusen   April 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Another reason to stay away from California. BTW, did the radioactivity miss Hawaii?

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  37. Marik   April 14, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Between 1946 and 1962, 105 atmospheric nuclear weapons were detonated in the Pacific Proving grounds with a total yield of over 200 MEGATONS.

    Funny, we’re all still alive. Huh…

    Never go full retard.

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    • david s   April 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Cancer rates have never been higher and keep rising. One in four men will get it in thdir lifetime and one in three women. That sort of cavalier attitude is exactly the one the government wants and supports in it’s sheeple.

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      • Edge Copier   April 14, 2014 at 3:44 pm

        People are living longer than ever before … you have to die from something.

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      • Bob   April 14, 2014 at 5:02 pm

        Increased cancer rates in recent years can be mostly be attributed to sedentary lifestyles (no exercise), people eating more junk food than ever (becoming fat), all the chemicals and growth hormones they put in foods, all the sugar they put in most foods these days (sugar feeds cancer growth), plus increased exposure to EMF and RF (microwave) radiation from cell phone towers, smartphones and other devices.

        Stop blaming nuclear radiation on everything.

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  38. supershwa   April 14, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I don’t get it…cesium is water soluble, and this won’t be an issue for humans, but Orcas? If it’s water soluble, shouldn’t it disperse similarly via the Orcas and the fish they eat?

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  39. MooreGreen   April 14, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Ken Buesseler is a shill. Please YouTube him @ beautifugirlbydana.
    You will find that this man is completely untrustworthy.
    Ask yourself “why is this man the leading spokesman for such a huge disaster? Why are no REAL nuclear scientist speaking out about this.”
    Ken, manmade isotopes have nothing to do with bananas. You know what I mean?

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    • raddog   April 14, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Totally agree. beautifugirlbydana is completely untrustworthy.

      What a poor, confused man.

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  40. mack   April 14, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Barry, you must be overdosed on zeolite. This staff is a poison.

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  41. Barney Farmdog   April 14, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I know it’s nitpicking, but Orcas are not whales, they are oceanic dolphins, members of the family Delphinidae which includes spotted and spinner dolphins.

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  42. nygrump   April 14, 2014 at 11:00 am

    “health officials have denied that radiation from Japan has caused any serious incursion across the Pacific.” Yet they have done no research to sustain this allegation.

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    • raddog   April 14, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      I would bet that you could find many at NASA that would say there is no danger of the moon falling from the sky. Yet they have done no research to sustain this allegation.

      The silence is deafening.

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      • bigdumbape123   April 14, 2014 at 5:19 pm

        LOL — “Yet they have done NO research to sustain this allegation”?

        I hate to break this little news flash to you, but extensive research HAS been done as to “why” the Moon — or other celestial objects — don’t “just fall from the sky” and slam into the Earth. It’s this thing called ASTRONOMY — coupled with this other thing called PHYSICS — that LOTS of scientists partake in every day. Gee, just imagine that!

        And there is no “deafening silence” since a simple Google search would reveal lots of scientific papers and discussion on that very topic.

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        • raddog   April 15, 2014 at 3:26 am

          But the MSM is not covering this – why not? Is it some kind of conspiracy?

          Are you sure that the Illuminati are not using HAARP to bring the moon closer to earth to commit genocide?

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  43. Barry   April 14, 2014 at 5:46 am

    I don’t trust what the so called experts say as long as TEPCO continues to dump millions of gallons of highly radiated poison into the Pacific Ocean while lying about the true amount of radiation that is really being released! Listen People! This has been going on for years now and radiation is accumulative! If you have been eating fish or seafood from the Pacific Ocean I recommend that you think hard about doing a radiation detox with the mineral called Zeolite that has been proven to safely remove both radiation and heavy metals from the human body! For more information on this, do a search for the single word Zeolite.

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    • squid_hunt   April 14, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Or just check your nearest nuke plant for the next time they do tours. You’ll get a body scan in the process.

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    • raddog   April 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      I have seen no reports that TEPCO has continued to dump millions of gallons of highly radiated poison into the Pacific Ocean. All the articles I have seen simply say “tons” of (radioactive) water, with absolutely no numbers given for the actual amounts of radiation in the water.

      But many people are dumb enough to believe that “radioactive”, “slightly radioactive”, and “highly radioactive” are all the same.

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