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Japan: Land Of The Rising Sun And The Irradiated Ground

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Perhaps the reason why so far nobody has been too concerned about the radiation levels in and around Tokyo, some 140  miles southwest of Fukushima, be that everyone is looking for radiation in all the wrong places? As the following very disturbing video demonstrates, a quick trip down the street with your personal Geiger counter indicates, the radiation gradient between the air and the ground is orders of magnitude. It is unclear if the ground is such a more generous source of radiation due to radioactive rains seeping into the ground, due to irradiated water in the subsoil, or for some other reason. What is pretty certain, is that unless Japanese citizens have learned to fly and avoid the ground altogether, by walking each and every day, they absorb substantial abnormal amounts of radiation. How soon before we transition from videos of earless mutant bunnies to those of something far more tragic?


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Wed, 06/08/2011 - 07:57 | 1350097 the not so migh...
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This is a form of genocide.  The media not reporting the truth is guilty of crimes against humanity.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:18 | 1350151 Hammer Time
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My estimate is slacks under the asphalt. Those are always radio active.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 13:54 | 1351623 Harmonious_Diss...
Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:34 | 1350188 trav7777
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Cut the hysterical bullshit, you and Tyler.

This was 5 uSv/hr...there are probably natural alpha emitters like GRANITE in the freakin pavement.

His rad detector was showing .1uSv ambient, which is normal.  IOW, Tokyo is not a smoldering radioactive wasteland.  Certainly everyone there will not be "dead or evacuated" by April 2.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:35 | 1350201 High Plains Drifter
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here we go again...........

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 09:57 | 1350527 fuu
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It's like clockwork.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:42 | 1350224 scratch_and_sniff
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Explain the earless bunny rabbit then? Are rabbit ears a new Japanese delicacy?

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 09:14 | 1350325 TheTmfreak
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Birth deformaties happen all the time. Literally, all the time. Considering evolution is based off of "random" mutations, which weren't caused by failing nuclear power plants.

Also, if I'm not mistaken the rabbits were significantly closer to the plant.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:34 | 1350750 Robsabi
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As a commenter pointed out in a previous entry here about Fukushima, earless rabbits are not unheard of.  The fact that *one* happened to show up in an area near Fukushima doesn't signify much. We'd need to see a statistically unusual rise in earless bunnies in the area before we can say this was anything other than a coincidence.

Check out this 2009 forum from the UK about earless rabbits:

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 12:04 | 1351187 dark pools of soros
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they are definitely unheard of to that rabbit!

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 12:58 | 1351398 mortgageguy
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Hah! Good one.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 13:50 | 1350311 TheTmfreak
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I agree. This is about as sensational as it gets.

Some amateur guy walking around with a geiger counter who doesn't know two shits about radioactivity.

There is trace radioactive particles all over the globes soil. In fact one might want to check here in Virginia where there is a serious problem with edit: (Radon) gas produced by uranium soil...

(I doubt it was granite considering Japan is mafic rich island)

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 09:13 | 1350338 Fiat2Zero
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Background is about .07 micros. .10 may indicate you've got some particles in the wind. A huge slab of granite produces .11.

6 micros is a somewhat, dangerous amount for everyday exposure. If exposed continuously, this would give you 2.5 the limit of the dose limit for a nuclear worker is (20 milli per year). That's 365 x 24 x 6 = 52 millis. Criterion for relocation at Chernobyl was 350 millis per lifetime. So after 7 years you'd need to move.

But the severity is just one aspect. It assumes the level is constant. Sine the winds have only just started blowing onto Tokyo, with dinges and the arrival of typhoon season, we can expect levels to increase.

More importantly, the difference between the two areas shows that our current ways of measuring threat are so wrong it's laughable (e.g. Radnet).

But these things are known by those who have lived through Chernobyl.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:33 | 1350745 tmosley
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No one seems to notice the trend--the radiation dose is increasing as he gets closer to the storm drain, where some radioactive particles have settled.  What about the levels in the water supply?  The levels around that drain were 50x ambient.  What happens when levels in the bottom of the water supply are 50x THAT?

That is the important thing here, as that is the thing that will eventually force a broad based evacuation.  If non-radiated water is not available, people will leave by any means necessary, even if it means diaspora.  

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 09:25 | 1350379 Fanatic
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"His rad detector was showing .1uSv ambient, which is normal."


Correct. Even 0.2 uSv/hr would be normal in the US as background radiation. There were some radiation in the stone dust on the pavement there, but that could be due to granite, shale, etc. The fact that the background radiation is 0.10 shows that there is no excessive radiation in the air at the present time.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:42 | 1350781 medicalstudent
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hot particles. atoms wont register on geiger counters, plumes will.


gunderson says seattle residents breathed in 5 per day in april. 10 per day for tose in tokyo.


denial --> anger --> ... get to acceptance already.



Wed, 06/08/2011 - 12:07 | 1351184 Fiat2Zero
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Hot particles do show up as a spike that recedes, if you have the right type of dosimeter (some may average over a very long period, making spikes go away).

Also, you can hear lots of beeps (decays) despite the measurement being only slightly elevated.

A really hot particle will set off the alarm on my dosimeter.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 12:00 | 1351152 Fiat2Zero
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.2 in boulder CO maybe.

You are smoking crack if you think 6 micros is due to granite.

Numbers and facts matter.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:20 | 1350680 tmosley
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I love how you continuously misquote me in every realm of discourse.

I never said Tokyo would be dead or evacuated due to radiation.  THE FUCKING WATER WAS OFF AND THERE WAS NO BOTTLED WATER.

This is why you have no fucking credibility, it's because you fucking lie at every opportunity, like the sociopath that you are.

Go castrate a gibbon and leave the discussion to the adults.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:05 | 1350558 downrodeo
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This feels like the GOM all over again. Months and months go by with little or no mention of the event in the MSM, which then means that the general populace doesn't think about it. Outta sight, outta mind... 

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 11:11 | 1350940 lolmao500
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About the GOM... One year later, the clean up crews are dying.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 20:55 | 1353167 Thunder_Downunder
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Give it another year or so and see how they explain dozens of Japanese coming down with 'golf war syndrome'.


Governments seem happy to poison their citizens when it comes to radiation... it's just too scary and too expensive to clean up, better to leave it for the future...

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 07:57 | 1350098 swissinv
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Have you seen the exsiting russian mutate human bunnies? Well, I don't wanna see it again.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:01 | 1350100 Sandy15
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How scary is that?

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:01 | 1350101 earnulf
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This is not funny, this is a Snagglepuss "Exit, stage left" moment

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:02 | 1350104 Mongo
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Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:02 | 1350105 cossack55
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Go long balloons.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:11 | 1350106 TheJudge2012
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Since we've been told we're safe from radiation spewed into the sea because it settles to the bottom of the ocean, likewise how much radiation will settle to the bottom of a glass of milk?

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:20 | 1350156 High Plains Drifter
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according to gunderson, many of the plutonium fuel rods that were in reactor 3 , wound up on the ocean , after the explosion there. what do hot plutonium fuel rods do to fish and the oceanic waters? maybe no one really wants to know about this?  very scarey stuff.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:07 | 1350107 TuesdayBen
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Get outta dodge, in, Sayonara Nippon

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:04 | 1350112 Ruffcut
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The gov was saying low rads, 18 meters from the ground. If you get on stilts, you are all set.

It would match will with colorful circus tents.

Maybe the epa and fda should go over there and give the masterful smell tests, like they did with gulf shrimp.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:01 | 1350114 pepperspray
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My congressman who even 2 weeks after the tsunami was still advocating for new nuke energy in our district, has now STFU on the topic.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:14 | 1350142 TheJudge2012
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Which nuke-owned dickhead was that?

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:23 | 1350161 pepperspray
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Gibson still supports nuclear power plant
Despite situation in Japan, congressman wants plant in district
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 13:14 | 1351458 jmc8888
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Why not nuclear? Because you're scared? You being scared doesn't change facts.

What happened in japan is a travesty, but could have been avoided...hello...where did they build it? Ok.  Somehow anti-nuclear idiots forget that key point.  Location. Location. Location.

The alternative until fusion is nothing. (and since we have energy crunches now...just wait a few decades...)

Wind/solar are complete horseshit, and there is not enough oil.  Natural gas is a pipe dream but of course we can increase usuage by a bit.  That said, if there is a 30-50 year lead time WITH a Manhattan style fusion project...(and right now we're without such a program)...can anyone forecast what the energy shortfall will mean? Billions of deaths unless nuclear is there to BRIDGE the gap.  That's it...not a forever situation...just a few decades.

The only way is nuclear until fusion.  Then when we get fusion, we start retiring the nuke plants.  To say that today's plants are the same as those built in Japan is asinine.  Last I checked there are plenty of places in this country that aren't in a fukushima situation, AND are still running just fine.  You already aren't safe, you might as well have enough energy to live. 

The alternative is perhaps a few billion people dying from lack of energy.  IN REALITY, as sad as it is, as much as I DON"T want nuclear, is the fact that WE NEED nuclear. Or we can die without it.  Real death is assured without nuclear.  Only given fuckups are some people exposed.  There won't be billions of deaths from fukushima.  There will be without nuclear.  So unless someone can show me that billions of deaths will occur with fukushima, and I see those many people dropping dead, then Nuclear still is better decision than no-nuclear. 

If you want to shorten the timeframe we need it, fund fusion up the ass.  There is no other alternative.

Nuclear until fusion, and there is nothing else except death.  We must risk death, in order to not actually have death.  Sad, but true. No way to get around it, and I'm not going to advocate everyone dying from lack of energy (yes they would) because some people are too scared of it.

Nuclear tip #1...don't put it next to the sea

Nuclear tip #2....don't put it next to a fault line

Nuclear tip #3....use a better design (pebble bed...or different like thorium)

Nuclear tip #4....federally fund it....without bankster loans so you can shut it down whenever you need to, because there is no bankster calling for his loan payments.

We need nuclear, and you just have to accept that, or else are you going to sacrifice yourself FIRST when the world doesn't have the energy (needlessly) to feed you?

People are fucking stupid.  There's risk in everything, and until fusion, unless you want guaranteed genocide over the coming decades, we need nuclear.

Germany just screwed itself because the same idiocy that let Nazi-ism rise, that same part of the brain activated then, has been activated again, by them, by you, and that's letting ones insane emotions override reality.  Billion die without nuclear.  Billions won't die from multiple nuclear disasters....and we can certainly control the situation better than fukushima to ENSURE billions or even millions won't die because they'll use better reactors in safer locations.

A blanket...we can't use akin to nazi non-thought.  Seriously.  Use your head and quit pandering to emotions.  They're allowing you to make a genocidal deicison (and think you're right) when in reality, the situation in your head, is nothing like what it's really like.  Sorry that you may let billions die.  I won't. 

If you think billions will die from Fukushima, I'm sure Goldman Sachs has some sub-prime 'shitty deal' products to sell you.

If your congressmen sucks, do it on real reasons like they support wall street bailouts or don't support Glass-Steagall.  Don't blame your senator for wanting in this one case to provide power to be part of the makeup of power that doesn't allow for billions to die needlessly. 

I'm being realistic, and I'm not scared.  But in reality burying our head in the sand, will allow everything to rot around us, and billions would die.  That's reality.  Quit acting like a scaredy cat.


Wed, 06/08/2011 - 13:30 | 1351533 TheTmfreak
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I'm with you but Nuclear has its disadvantages as well. As right now the "storage" issue is FAR from solved. Nuclear waste material is stored well over its capacity in temporary locations at the various Nuclear Plant sites. (If anything happens to this stuff, big time local environment problems happen).

Everybody likes to quote Yucca mountain. Which is closed, and not going to open anytime soon. I talked to a geologist who was working the Yucca Mountain deal, and due to politics (and politics alone) it was closed. The political opponents want things such as millions of years guarrantee for storage, which will never happen.

Also, people like to quote Fusion which is total and complete bullshit. I'm not saying to stop research, but you're making the VERY bold leap that cold fusion that can be used to create power WILL (or can) be created. You even have a timeline. (really? 30-50 years? Since when did major technological breakthroughs ever have a timescale behind them? In fact its WELL known that major technological breakthroughs are happening at a dramatically slower, and slowing pace. Claiming that "this will be the future" before its even created, is dangerous and recklass.)

It seems like you might want to check your assumptions, definitives, and strongly held beliefs before you label everyone who might be skeptical or critical as stupid. Its not nearly as simple and cut and dry as you make it sound.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 21:21 | 1353233 Element
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Nuclear tip #5....Don't put it anywhere near scarce agri cropping land and other food sources

Rational assessment of a hazard.

I like that.

But Japan does not have any spare cropping land that it can just risk on nuclear fallout. It's population really is pushing up against what the country can physically support, and something like 3x somewhat unconfined 100% melted reactor cores is just making that a whole LOT more of a problem. And not just for Japan.

Also, if we are going to take this rational choice that we don't mind enhanced death rates and shortened lives, as long as we have affordable electrickery always that make our life much nicer, but for a shorter period, then you can justify almost any policy with that sort of argument (and not saying it is wrong - for you).

Just saying, because this goes against almost everything medicine, health-&-safety Nazis, and almost all societies stand for, and definitely expect, otherwise we would not have hospitals full of sick and old  people, who's life is less than pleasant - we could just rationalise them all away (please don't take this as a shallow straw-man to defeat your rational argument - just saying - but mostly I agree, people have been trained to be "fucking stupid").

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:02 | 1350116 apberusdisvet
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For my grandchildren I have deep concerns; for me, not so much.  I am tempted to buy a geiger counter and check out the veggie and dairy sections at my local supermarket. but I just know that I'll be arrested for distrubing the peace or some such.  The EPA site screams "don't worry, be happy", but I'm more than skeptical.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:13 | 1350638 MachoMan
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Not likely...  but you could certainly get asked to leave (if you cause a scene, then maybe).  Further, if it is a supermarket you frequent, you might risk getting permanently banned (walmart does this) and they might have facial recognition software and active monitoring of their clientele...  (i.e. you get booted asap upon entrance and get slapped with trespassing charges).

My suggestion would be to go to a supermarket in your general area that has the same produce as the place you usually shop (same brand, etc.) and try there...  you might also ask a smaller store to test their produce during off peak hours...  and then you could report to them the findings...  they might care...

If you're going to go to a big supermarket without permission, go when there are a shit ton of people there... 

Better than average chance no one is gonna care/notice you and it would seem there is significant public policy to do what you're doing.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 13:24 | 1351493 AGuy
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Using a Geiger counter to measure food and liquids doesn't work. Most of the radiation emitted is alpha and beta, which cannot penetrate into the air for the geiger to detect emissions. The small amount of Gamma radiation emitted is also difficult to detect because gieger-mueller tubes are not very sensitive to gamma radiation. Radiation detection in food and liquids is measured using specialize process and expensive equipment.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:06 | 1350117 bob_dabolina
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Put this in your pipe and smoke it:

Nowhere to Run: Hot radioactive particles in Seattle at 50 percent of levels seen in Tokyo — Latches onto lung tissue (VIDEO)

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:36 | 1350206 High Plains Drifter
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radiation is the gift that keeps on giving and never goes away.  south america anyone?

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 12:16 | 1351231 slewie the pi-rat
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makes aluminum look transitory.  who knows what the real situ is?  well, the japanese & the nuclear peeps and other engineering types must be studying it.  so, if this is what tyler presents from "the press" then slewie would assume not quite the worst, but close, which is, here, not good. 

i'll bet tyler could raise the money for zH to send tmosely & trav to do some research and report back thru bob_d.  hahaha.  [trying to piss everybody off @ once dept]

human sacrifice, BiCheZ!

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:03 | 1350118 swissinv
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Time to leave the earth and go to the moon. Sadly, I even don't believe in a moon landing...

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 09:56 | 1350518 Mec-sick-o
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Can we send you to the moons of Saturn?

Fly me to the moons of Saturn

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 13:24 | 1351508 AGuy
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There is far-far more radiation on the Moon than virtually anywhere on Earth.  Mars also has more radiation (cosmic rays) than Earth.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 19:11 | 1352894 slewie the pi-rat
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well, that totally explains why everyone keeps showing up here...

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:09 | 1350119 Robslob
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Governments lie to survive.

Politicians lie for power.

Bankers lie for money.

Lawyers destroy anything and everything just to lie.


Accountants unkowingly lie.

People knowingly believe lies until the lies no longer suit their purpose...then they rebel.

It is possible our own government (through too many lies) is slowly awaking the sleeping giant of freedom...believe it.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:08 | 1350120 writingsonthewall
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Did anyone else notice that the reading is taken near a drain? Maybe it's the water that's the problem.

However - for balance, I do recall that natural radiation is greater at ground level.....but I'm not sure this level is expected.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:54 | 1350257 TheTmfreak
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Well to be honest its an extremely simple thing to understand. The density of the ground is significantly larger than the air (obviously). Therefore more radioactive particles can exist there.

Its not uncommon to have trace radioactive elements on the ground.

To me the video really isn't that "chilling." Positive radioactive tests of consumables would be much more meaningful.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:06 | 1350126 Cdad
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Any minute now [holding my breath], Doug Kass is going to reconsider his opinion that Japan represents a "generational buying opportunity."  Specifically, he made this call because he loosely determined that the Fukushima problem was "under control."  Of course, for most people here on ZH, it has been clear for weeks/months that no such thing as "control" is now nor shall be related to the word "Fukushima" anytime soon.

So as Godzilla stirs in the deep and prepares to emerge as an even more immediately pressing problem for Japan, so too shall Doug's large intellect reform itself and emerge in an attempt to help folk NOT grossly misallocate capital to a place where radiation is on the dinner menu.

As for things more tragic than earless bunnies...I suspect it is only a matter of time now until those tragedies appear.  

And these criminal syndicate Wall Street guys are supposed to be the creme of our crop.  This is "the smart money."  

Good grief [and by that I mean...less fluoride, please]

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:07 | 1350127 High Plains Drifter
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it may not effect them for a while but the effects will become more and moe evident with the birth of their children at this point. look at what is happening in iraq with the depleted uranium poisoning. i was listening to rense the other night and he was speculating on these brand new empty cities being built  in china and what their purpose may become. i was thinking the same thing. maybe one day soon, we shall see a mass migration of japanese people to mongolia proper. perhaps they shall make some kind of economic deal with the chinese government and then pick up where they left off with their cars and is obvious , they cannot live in any areas in japan that have been effected by this. it is my understanding they are finding high levels in osaka as well. radiation poisoning at this point, is permanent. there is no known antidote. and let us not even talk about what may happen on the west coast of the united states. God forbid.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 09:05 | 1350289 Gully Foyle
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High Plains Drifter

"he was speculating on these brand new empty cities being built  in china and what their purpose may become."


About six months ago one of the ZH posters claimed to be a frequent traveller in China.

He stated that he watched previously unoccupied cities, the one we are talking about, fill up in three to four months. Meaning he visited empty cities then revisited them months later and they were full or filling with citizens.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 09:20 | 1350355 High Plains Drifter
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these cities are being used? i wonder....

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:14 | 1350130 swissinv
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GS to issue some death derivatives for Japanese market

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:06 | 1350601 Boxed Merlot
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Gs to start selling radiation credits. Ratio of carbon:radiation credits to mirror Ag:Au.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:09 | 1350131 Id fight Gandhi
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What's the measurement of this mirco or mili Sv/hr?

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:19 | 1350153 Fanatic
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It's MicroSieverts per hour. It's not really that high. You get around 5 in a commercial airplane.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:49 | 1350248 Hobbleknee
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Do we fly aiplanes 24/7/365?  Nope.  But if you did, you would like a dried potato.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 13:44 | 1351591 TheTmfreak
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Tell that to pilots that might spend at least half or more of their day in the air.

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 02:35 | 1353811 Hook Line and S...
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pilots don't die from radioactivity, they die from std's

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 11:33 | 1351016 idou
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Radiaton exposure != Radioactive contamination

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 13:32 | 1351532 AGuy
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Well there is a big difference. The radiation in Japan is coming from radioactive particles, which can easily be ingested or inhaled and remain inside of your body for years or decades.

Consider a Plane trip like quickly moving your hand past an open candle flame. Consider Radioactivity from fall out like holding your hand over the flame for minutes or hours.



Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:20 | 1350154 johngaltfla
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I just wonder why the news media is suppressing stories about hot containers being refused in Belgium and Holland. From what I understand this problem is becoming more pervasive as Japan is trying to sneak those hot exports out of their country. If you've ever wondered what will happen when the northern 1/3 of Japan is evacuated and it becomes a 2nd world economic power, you're about to find out.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:23 | 1350164 High Plains Drifter
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i hope the people in these harbors that are checking these containers are wearing suits.  how do you decontaminate a shipping container?

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:29 | 1350171 the not so migh...
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dump it in the marianas trench

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:43 | 1350227 johngaltfla
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You bury it for 400 years.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 12:41 | 1351336 flattrader
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This gray swan is turning blacker all the time.

The hit to Japanese and Global GDP isn't evident (yet) because no one really wants to look.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:21 | 1350158 MadMonkIvan
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Assuming that there is not some anomalous effect by grounding the detector this is really disturbing. This implies alpha emitters down on the ground, since these are most rapidly attenuated in air. I notice it was by a road drain and it looked a little damp - in fact it should be rainy season in Japan about now - so maybe the rainwater is the culprit. Your gonads may be safe 1 metre above ground, but if rainwater is that radioactive there must be alpha emitters working through the entire food chain, and that is the worst kind to ingest.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 11:04 | 1350885 Clamdigger
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That's cold comfort to those of us with sub-1-meter inseams!

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:23 | 1350163 hangemhigh77
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Well, let's face it the REAL problem that the lying scum will see with this video is the fact that the geiger counter is accurate.  I would think that soon here in the USA all geiger counters manufactured will, by law, have to be adjusted to indicate no radiation at all even if you're standing in the Fukushima reactor itself.  This will alleviate any possible panic that one might experience if they were to actually KNOW the truth.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:28 | 1350166 sabra1
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i would like to see mutated playboy bunnies with boobs on their backs! great for those slow dances!

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:47 | 1350245 bronzie
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"with boobs on their backs"

three feet tall, flat head (place to set the beer), ears like handlebars ...

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 11:40 | 1351075 Ruffcut
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I don't care who you are, that's funny.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:28 | 1350168 milanitaly
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MotoGP riders have appointed an expertize to check the risk of radiations at Motegi (around 150 miles from Fukushima) in order to decide if run or not

If they will not run ........

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:39 | 1350767 MachoMan
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IRL is set to race there in September...  would also be interested if they have similar concerns.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:26 | 1350172 virgule
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Dark humour: I guess they'll be ok with lead slipers, definitely an investment opportunity there.


PS: I was on a very long distance flight recently, and wondering how much radioctive stuff gets pushed and stuck in the upper layers of the atmosphere? Anyone has any data about long-haul pilots exposure to radiations since Fukushima?


Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:30 | 1350174 kitty123
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Gundersen was interviewed by John King, very interesting!, and scary. I would link it, by not sure how.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:28 | 1350178 Singularity05
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 I have no experience with Radiation, What is a dangerous level on this device? What is this level equivalent to?

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:32 | 1350181 drchris
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TEPCO solves the homeless problem in Tokyo.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:32 | 1350182 b_thunder
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the good is that most of this "ground radiation" will get washed away with the next rain.

the bad is that sicne reactors are still leaking, radioactive elements will accumulate on the ground again

the ugly is that while radiation won't sink into asphalt, it will sink into the soil, which will infect the ground water and everything that grows in that soil or uses that water


Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:44 | 1350234 High Plains Drifter
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whatever happend about the tent idea tepco was talking about, you know installing a big tent over the whole thing to contain the radioactive smoke and emissions, he said oh sure, that will work.....duh?   the trouble is, human beings cannot work anywhere near that place. only robots and even they can only take it so long before they malfunction.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:29 | 1350184 spanish inquisition
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Just waiting for #4 to collapse to see if the government and TEPCO still hold to the "no problem" party line.

BTW: Japanese people, just because you think you have nowhere to go, does not mean you should stay.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:42 | 1350213 scratch_and_sniff
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I think that was a little drain or sewer he has holding it against, god knows what the reading is like inside it. TAXI!!

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:44 | 1350218 bugs_
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ground truth.  how much more do they have to admit?

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:45 | 1350220 pupton
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Somebody beat me to the punch on "GODZIRRA!!!!". And that is just insensitive anyway. I know nothing about radioactivity, but if I lived anywhere near the fallout (or whatever the proper scientific terminology for the radioactive shit hitting then fan) I would be very concerned about the food and water my small children were consuming. I have no doubt that governments will lie to people about the dangers, including our own. I might want to get one of those gadgets for the supermarket produce/diary isle as well.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:59 | 1350273 Gully Foyle
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Gunderson - Seattle Residents Breathed
Ten 'Hot' Particles A Day


Arnie Gundersen: Well, I am in touch with some scientists now who have been monitoring the air on the West Coast and in Seattle for instance, in April, the average person in Seattle breathed in 10 hot particles a day. 
Chris Martenson: What? I did not know that. 
Arnie Gundersen: Well, the report takes some time to make its way into the literature. The average human being breathes about 10 meters a day of air, cubic meters of air. And the air out in the Seattle area are detecting, when they pull 10 cubic meters through them, this is in April now, so we are in the end of May so it is a better situation now. That air filter will have 10 hot particles on it. And that was before the Unit Four issue. Clearly we all can't run south of the equator to our second homes in Rio or something like that. But it will stay north of the equator for anyone who has a Leer jet and can get out. But I guess what I am advising at that point is keep your windows closed. I would definitely wear some sort of a filter if I was outside. I certainly wouldn't run and exercise until I was sure the plume had dissipated. This isn't now. This is, as you were saying, this is worst case. 
If Unit Four were to topple, I would close my windows, turn the air conditioner on, replace the filters frequently, damp mop, put a HEPA filter in the house and try to avoid as much of the hot particles as possible. You are not going to walk out with a Geiger counter and be in a plume that is going to tell you the meter. The issue will be on the West Coast, hot particles. And the solution there is HEPA filters and avoiding them. 
Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:42 | 1350225 bam_son
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"For passengers, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) recommends a limit of 1 mSv per year. This equates to about 200 hours flying per year on subsonic trans-equatorial routes." since the video shows similar radiation to flying over the Atlantic, just dont stand on the ground for more than about 8days a year.....

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:52 | 1350246 casey13
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All forms of energy have risks associated with them. We need to stop the scare crap and have an adult discussion about the risks of each form of energy. Yes radiation is one of the scariest because it is invisible to the naked eye and it causes cancer.

The world still needs energy. Our entire way of life depends on it. The Japanese plants were 40 years old.

The new uranium nuclear plants are designed with a gravity feed system. No generator is needed to keep them cooled.

The new thorium nuclear plants use salt as a coolant and require constant electricity to keep the reaction going.


Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:53 | 1350266 High Plains Drifter
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the thorium idea has been around since the 60's no?  why are they still using uranium? 

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:58 | 1350279 casey13
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From my understanding thorium is not used because it can not be turned into bombs. The governments at the time wanted the bombs and chose uranium for that reason.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:34 | 1350730 earnulf
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OK, my degree is not in nuclear science and I may have missed this on the news, but Thorium has been around for 50 years and we haven't used it because it doesn't create a thermonuclear bomb?

Gods what fools these mortals be

I guess I need to brush up on Thorium reactors.    Is there any downside to such a reactor other than it doesn't create bomb material?

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 13:48 | 1351601 AGuy
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1. Its possible to create Bombs from Thorium using U233 as fissible material. Its just a lot more difficult.

2. Thorium isn't used because of U232 daughters which is created in a Thorium reaction. U232 emits very high energy gamma radiation which is extremely difficult to shield. U232 Gamma radation requires about 1/2 meter of lead or about 3 meters of concrete for shielding

3. A Thorium reactor breach would be much worse that Uranium Fueled reactor breach because of U232 daughters.


Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:58 | 1350277 Hobbleknee
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"All forms of energy have risks associated with them."

But only one form has side-effects that last 24,000 years.


Wed, 06/08/2011 - 09:00 | 1350285 casey13
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If you read the article you will see that thorium reactors can burn the waste from uranium reactors. it is no longer waste it is fuel.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 09:06 | 1350293 tip e. canoe
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casey, i have no doubt that the tech exists now to make nukes much more safe than 40 years ago.   but aye, here's the rub: what happens when shit happens?   more obsfucation which just compounds the problem expontentially?

until human society is willing to embrace an overall ethic of being realistic about risk, rewarding responsibility and refusing to tolerate selfish, careless & greedy behavior, personally i'd rather stick with the poisons we know than the poisons we don't know.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:53 | 1350265 Gully Foyle
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I've watched enough Anime to know all Japanese know how to fly. Most of them just hide their powers.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 08:59 | 1350274 THE DORK OF CORK
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The Japs have a special cultural protection - they leave their shoes outside.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 09:13 | 1350321 boooyaaaah
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Wasn't Hiroshima and Nagasaki irratiated?

Quit the fear mongering, Tyler you pussy

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 09:39 | 1350455 topcallingtroll
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Fear mongering is not necessary.

Reality is scary enough.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:42 | 1350765 tmosley
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Not on a continuing basis.

This is worse than that, because things have the possibility of getting a LOT worse.

This event has absolutely DESTROYED the third largest economy in the world.  The consequences of this will be farther reaching than most people realize.  It may not pose an immediate health risk to Americans, but the economic risk more than makes up for that.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 09:12 | 1350330 casey13
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On a side note US coal contains thorium. If the thorium were extracted and burnt in a reactor and the electricity produced were used to turn the rest of the coal into gasoline the US could end its dependency on foreign oil.


Wed, 06/08/2011 - 09:54 | 1350512 zero intelligence
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"How soon before we transition from videos of earless mutant bunnies to those of something far more tragic?"


About nine months.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:03 | 1350579 Jim in MN
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Like I've been saying for a couple of weeks, they have no clue what the situation on the ground really is.  They are just beginning a new systematic soil sampling program all over Fukushima Prefecture but the results won't be in until August.

It is a real issue; the French nuclear safety institute was there by invitation a week or so ago and found levels above the current evacuation limit in several areas outside the current zone, including in Fukushima City itself.  This poses a significant problem for two reasons: there are a quarter million people there, and the main highway to northern Japan runs there.  Big, big problems if that turns out to be a 'no live' zone.

This whole mess is just getting started.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:32 | 1350722 davepowers
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hi, Jim

do you have a take on the Aveda (sic?) water treatment system that is being put in place at Fuk?

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:49 | 1350794 Jim in MN
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Aveda's the hair care stuff.  Areva's the nuclear stuff.  (Aveda was founded in MN).

I have said that it would be lucky if the decontamination system could treat even a tenth of the water on site in a year.  I'll take a look at the biggest such projects in the world, but my slightly dated recollection is that this is far and away the most ambitious such effort ever undertaken, and will have to overcome a series of challenges to scale up. 

Obviously it would be best if it all went without a hitch!  Another unknown, just seems like it will take a long time to design, demo and 'go large' even under perfect conditions.  And then...assuming it all goes perfect...thousands of tons of radioactive sludge.  Voila!  Beats having all that cesium and strontium airborne by a long shot.

Here's a nice summary from Nature:


Wed, 06/08/2011 - 11:02 | 1350897 davepowers
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thanks, I suspected I had it wrong but was too lazy to look it up.

I was surprised by photos presented last week on ex-skf which appeared to show they had made substantial progress on getting the thing built, although the picture of the control room was underwhelming. Given the usual 'trip and stumble' impression that I get from TEPCO's activity, the photos were at least encouraging.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 12:33 | 1351294 Kurion
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It is called Kurion and they are installing it currently...

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:16 | 1350639 1911A1
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In fact, the fly ash emitted by a power plant—a by-product from burning coal for electricity—carries into the surrounding environment 100 times more radiation than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy.

Coal contains thorium and uranium which remains in the fly ash.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:36 | 1350741 Jim in MN
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Funny how that article has been flagged with an asterisk and changed by the editors as misleading. 

Should read: an UNCONTROLLED coal plant releases more radiation than a COMPLETELY CONTROLLED nuclear plant.

Which is of very little practical interest. 

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 11:30 | 1351018 flattrader
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I had some moron tell me the very same thing re: coal being much more dangerous.

Then I asked him whether he'd rather live downwind 20 mi. from a from a nuclear plant with four bad reactors or a coal plant that had exploded.

He shut the fuck up pretty quick.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 21:15 | 1352857 Plumplechook
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Exactly.  When is the last time an accident at a coal-fired power station led to the indefinite evacuation of of everyone within a 50km radius of the plant.

One of the most cliched propaganda points of  nuclear industry shills is that more folks die in accidents at coal-fired plants than at nuclear plants.  That may be the case - but SO WHAT. It's totally irrelevant.  The longterm disruption/dislocation caused by acccidents at nuclear sites like Fukushima are on a whole other level of magnitude.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:34 | 1350723 medicalstudent
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that geiger is 99% certain a gamma only geiger counter. radiation, like magnetism, has an exponentially increasing power as distance decreases. while no internal organs are near the foot, peripheral blood cells circulate there, and can become mutagenic.


the granite hypothesis is very good, and i would have liked him to walk a few blocks, but rainwater would collect there, and fallout is in the rain water.


either way, 5usv/hr is a very high reading to get from granite in my inchoate inexpert opinion.


alpha particles, picked up by higher end models like the inspector (sold out and now going for a couple thousand dollars on ebay), are very difficult to pick up.


global geiger run.


(hepa. reverse osmosis. polimaster pm1208/terra mks05.)



Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:41 | 1350760 Bastiat
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"Now with an adjustable alert, the Inspector+ is a small, handheld, microprocessor-based instrument which offers excellent sensitivity to low levels of alpha, beta, gamma, and x-rays."



Wed, 06/08/2011 - 11:00 | 1350853 Bastiat
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Here's the scoop on the detector used in that video. Chinese and selling for around $800.

"Dp802i dosimeters is a hommization instrument which mainly used to monitor X/γ and βrays,its widely used in nuclear power plant,electron accelcrator,isotope application and industrial X/γcrack detection and many other occasions.
Dp802i adopt new SCM techniques and equips a energy compensating GM detector,it has wide measuring range and good energy respond,it has self detecting and overload alarm function"


Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:34 | 1350731 Bastiat
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Parents urge Tokyo to rethink radiation monitoring

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:44 | 1350777 dark pools of soros
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Chocobos Bitchez!!!

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:41 | 1350779 Hurdy Gurdy Man
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If this was America, well, we'd just roll out the biggest cookie dough and let it bake up all that nasty radiation into some tasty Tollhouse goodness!  Then we'd have a radibake-tion sale and pool the money together to buy razors to chew on and give our children guns to shoot other kids with.


Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:46 | 1350786 Hurdy Gurdy Man
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Wind.  Empty streets.  Kicking the gate open.  Footsteps.  Sole car.  It's like a zombie movie with that counter being like the Jaws theme.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:50 | 1350816 Silver Dreamer
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I'm no nuclear expert, but I have studied the subject for survival purposes after an incident.  A lot of posts above seem to suggest people do not understand the basics.  For example, water and air are not radioactive.  The particles in the air and water are.  This is why the ground in areas where water concentrates after rain fall will be far more dangerous since the particles will accumulate there.  Since it is somewhat related, another thing I have always read is that small children should be carried after such an event.  They are far more vulnerable to the particles than we are as fully grown adults.  What will only make us sick will kill children in other words.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 11:25 | 1350988 Doc Strangelove
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In a second video he measures radiation in the garden and the third video shows measurements on the roof of the house The measurements are consistent with the one on the street as shown above. That hints to radioactive particles washed out by the rain and accumulating on the ground.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 11:26 | 1350992 flattrader
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Reactor #4 is a big issue.

If collapses under the wrong set of circumstances--well, the worst could yet be to come.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 11:40 | 1351066 SWRichmond
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Rainwater runoff would contain particulate contamination removed from the air.  On open ground, much of this particulate would be directly deposited where it falls.  In the paved portions of cities, that runoff would be directed into the storm drains.  The particulates in the runoff would settle or interact with dirt and debris at the mouth of the drain, exactly as shown, due to chemical and mechanical interactions with the dirt and debris and flow oddities there.  That this surprises most, and makes for great youtube, is not a surprise to me.

I'm not saying this is OK; but please, point the detector at exposed ground, at the road itself, at the stairs the guy went down...then we'll talk again.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 13:21 | 1351144 Bastiat
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Edited to clarify

So with a Inspector+ detector, current indoor background where I am is .007 microsieverts/hr.  Putting the detector within a millimeter of a stack of an orange glazed depression era Fiestaware bowl (Uranium dioxide glaze) runs it up to about 7 microsieverts [should have been "millisiverts" which equals 70 microsieverts].  If you put the sound on it is a constant squawk at that level.

I grew up eating off that stuff and orange was a favorite color. I once read that three meals a day off a full place setting of old orange Fiestaware would be equal to about twice the "normal" background radiation (of course what's normal depends on where you are -- but it gives an idea of the level of exposure). No big deal.

Of course, two things to remember: first it's a function of distance, alpha particles only go about an inch or so through the air, for instance; second, the emitting particles are bound in that glaze.  So if you are sitting a foot away from the plate getting zero alpha while eating and very little beta and for a limited time.   The real danger would arise if the plate cracked and some of the uranium oxide leached out and was ingested.  Once you get the stuff inside it can be very damaging--not so much if it passes but if it ends up lodged in an organ it can cause damage. 

If the drains outside were at the 5 millirems/hr [that would be] right around the level of a Fiestaware plate, that would mean the dirt (and dust) is hot and the chance of breathing in hot particles (dust) or of their concentrating in food is high.   This is 140 miles south of Fukushima!!! There is a lot of farmland between that drain and the source!!  This is the situation now and there is no solution in sight.  NOT GOOD

[But I can't tell what units that detector is displaying.  The Inspector does CPM (counts per minute) or it does millirems -- you multiply by 10 to get milliseiverts ]


Wed, 06/08/2011 - 12:13 | 1351220 Fiat2Zero
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Since monsoon season has only just begun, Tokyo has been spared by the winds. No more.

From now until January expect a constant slow rise of accumulated radiation.

At what point do people start leaving though? There's a pretty high pain threshold and there may not be any "big events," just the slow burn.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 12:14 | 1351225 dondonsurvelo
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All of you wind/solar investor friends of Leo have to realize that nuclear is part of our energy mix for the future.  Stop whining and make sure that the current plants are up to date for safety.  As for future plants, the technology is so far advanced from Fukashima that you would not even recognize it.  If you are reading this on an ipad and have an IBM computer from the 70's you will know what I mean.

Those of you that have installed granite counter tops in your kitchens and bathrooms will die soon of radiation poisoning according to what is being shown in the vid above.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 12:30 | 1351297 Doc Strangelove
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Nuclear energy may not be as dead as disaster area, but it is dying. Read this, understand the math and you will know:


Hint: If you scroll down the report you will find some pretty self explaining graphics.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 13:39 | 1351549 Bastiat
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Those of you that have installed granite counter tops in your kitchens and bathrooms will die soon of radiation poisoning according to what is being shown in the vid above.

Right because any amount of radiation is equal to any other amount of radiation.  And it makes no difference whether it is free in the environment or bound in a stone countertop rock. 

Here's an article about granite countertop radiation  20 microrems is measured or .2 microsieverts (vs the 5 microsieverts in the video -- or 50 microsieverts if the detector is displaying millirems).  Any danger from the granite would come from radon gas which can be breathed in.  The article estimates that the exposure to radon gas from typical granite countertops is less than 1/8 the average home exposure and about 3% of the EPA guidline.


Wed, 06/08/2011 - 13:51 | 1351615 TheTmfreak
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I mentioned this somewhat above. I said Argon gas when I meant Radon. The biggest threat of radon gas comes from decaying uranium in rocks where a house is built. It gets trapped in basements and what not if not properly vented.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 12:52 | 1351378 majia
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READ THE ENTIRE TRANSCRIPT OF ARNIE'S CNN INTERVIEW (sorry for the yelling but the content is a must read)


Wed, 06/08/2011 - 13:06 | 1351439 slewie the pi-rat
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ok & t.y.

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 13:03 | 1351413 tahoebumsmith
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OK.... the popcorn is popping and the previews to the feature attraction are almost over. Dim the lights and get comfy in your seats because the horror show you are about to see will disturb you. The wind of change is not only closing in on Tokyo with radiation, the Middle East with war, Europe with Austerity resistance but also here in America with bankruptcy as our Ponzi falls apart right before our very eyes. The Gulf is dead from the Corexit cover-up and now the Pacific Ocean is being used as a nuclear dumping ground. The wind of change is here and I recommend you prepare for times unlike we have ever seen in the past....

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 13:21 | 1351474 majia
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I think this is more representation of what we can expect

DU and Birth Defects

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 13:24 | 1351510 Gimp
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In preparation for all out collapse I just watched the cult classic " A Boy and his Dog"

Great movie...

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 14:04 | 1351600 Bastiat
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I find this really helps you get the idea of the dynamics of ionizing radiation.  You can see it in a cloud chamber -- note the high energy (alpha particle) emissions -- they only go about 1 1/2 inches but have lots of energy.  You don't want this stuff lodged in your organs!

Here's another one:

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 14:12 | 1351695 Bastiat
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Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen talks to CNN's John King about the dangers of the radiation situation in Japan

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