California Slammed With Fukushima Radiation

George Washington's picture

The Journal Environmental Science and Technology reports in a new study that the Fukushima radiation plume contacted North America at California “with greatest exposure in central and southern California”, and that Southern California's seaweed tested over 500% higher for radioactive  iodine-131 than anywhere else in the U.S. and Canada:

Projected paths of the radioactive atmospheric plume emanating from the Fukushima reactors, best described as airborne particles or aerosols for 131I, 137Cs, and 35S, and subsequent atmospheric monitoring showed it coming in contact with the North American continent at California, with greatest exposure in central and southern California. Government monitoring sites in Anaheim (southern California) recorded peak airborne concentrations of 131I at 1.9 pCi m−3

Anaheim is where Disneyland is located.

EneNews summarizes the data:

Corona Del Mar (Highest in Southern California)

  • 2.5 Bq/gdwt (gram dry weight)= 2,500 Bq/kg of dry seaweed

Santa Cruz (Highest in Central California)

  • 2.0 Bq/gdwt = 2,000 Bq/kg of dry seaweed

Simon Fraser University in Canada also tested North American seaweed after Fukushima:

  • “In samples of dehydrated seaweed taken on March 15 near the North Vancouver SeaBus terminal, the count was zero; on March 22 it was 310 Bq per kilogram; and by March 28 it was 380 Bq/kg.” -Vancouver Sun
  • Seaweed in Seattle also tested positive for iodine-131; levels were not reported -KIRO
  • No results after March 28 were reported

In addition, radioactive debris is starting to wash up on the Pacific Coast. And because the Japanese are burning radioactive materials instead of disposing of them, .

Of course, the government is doing everything it can to help citizens cover up what’s occurring. We pointed out in January:

Instead of doing much to try to protect their citizens from Fukushima, Japan, the U.S. and the EU all just raised the radiation levels they deem “safe”.


Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen says that high-level friends in the State Department told him that Hillary Clinton signed a pact with her counterpart in Japan agreeing that the U.S. will continue buying seafood from Japan, despite that food not being tested for radioactive materials [see this].


And the Department of Energy is trying to replace the scientifically accepted model of the dangers of low dose radiation based on voodoo science. Specifically, DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley Labs used a mutant line of human cells in a petri dish which was able to repair damage from low doses of radiation, and extrapolated to the unsupported conclusion that everyone is immune to low doses of radiation….


American and Canadian authorities have virtually stopped monitoring airborne radiation, and are not testing fish for radiation. (Indeed, the EPA reacted to Fukushima by raising “acceptable” radiation levels.)


So – as in Japan – radiation is usually discovered by citizens and the handful of research scientists with funding to check, and not the government. See this, this, this, this, this and this.


The Japanese government’s entire strategy from day one has been to cover up the severity of the Fukushima accident. This has likely led to unnecessary, additional deaths.


Indeed, the core problem is that all of the world’s nuclear agencies are wholly captured by the nuclear industry … as are virtually all of the supposedly independent health agencies.


So the failure of the American, Canadian and other governments to test for and share results is making it difficult to hold an open scientific debate about what is happening.

And it’s not just radiation from Japan.  An effort by the Southern California Edison power company to secretly ramp up production to avoid public disclosure may have led to a leak at the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

And see these articles on California radiation exposure courtesy of EneNews:

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notadouche's picture

And yet even remotely questioning the science behind man made global warming is heresy though most that tout and profit from it like politician Al Gore are viewed as experts and above questioning.  Of course I can get behind anything that will destroy the planet but if you pay the right people enough money then you will still be allowed to carry on as normal.  Makes perfect sense to me.  

The trend is your friend's picture

Nothing to see here, now move along and keep spending your money

Westcoastliberal's picture

The U.S. Government has such misplaced priorities.  Instead of sending 3 aircraft carriers & who knows how much other hardware to intimidate Iran, we should be having some straight talk right now with the Japanese government on how they intend to stop this pollution of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii and our Pacific Coast.  This is much more of a threat than Iran developing nuclear energy.

Thanks for a good article, George.

If you want to read how the gov is lying to us about the new NSA center, check this out from Linda Moulton Howe:

KK Tipton's picture

Also go to for all the info on Japan. Scary stuff happening *right now*.

pashley1411's picture

Looks like the science for the radiation plume was dead-on

central and southern California


Metal Minded's picture

I like to eat Alaskan Salmon. Does anyone have any knowledge of radiation in that area?

groundedkiwi's picture

i hope you don't take that salmon with Califorian wine or orange juice.

nothing can go wrogn's picture

Sick and dead ringed seals began showing up in July on the Beaufort Sea coast near Barrow, the country's northernmost community. Strandings were reported as far west as Point Lay and Wainwright on the Chukchi Sea. Symptoms, but no deaths, were also observed in Pacific walrus.

The animals had lesions on hind flippers and inside their mouths. Some showed patchy hair loss and skin irritation around the nose and eyes. Stricken live seals were lethargic, allowing people to approach. Necropsies on the dead ringed seals found fluid in lungs, white spots on livers and abnormal growth in brains.

The fisheries service in December declared the deaths an "unusual mortality event," giving researchers access to more funds and expertise to find out what had happened. NOAA last month announced that symptoms were probably not caused by radiation.

The Alarmist's picture

That can't be ... Some "expert" poster here a while back said that radiation doesn't cause cancer ... It comes from viruses.


Cathartes Aura's picture

hmm, might it be that radiation destroys the immune systems, thus allowing viruses to multiply?

Jim in MN's picture

Japanese scientist grabs a bunch of rad meters and takes a hike through Fukushima City, the quarter million person city that the government brutally refused to help.  Readings are into the 2-4 microsieverts/hour range, elevated about 20-50 times 'normal' (Japanese normal is 0.081/hr and includes fallout from the war etc.).  For background readings in real time, although mostly not at ground level, see


This is from March 16 of this year. 

Greenpeace radiation survey team was there in December and reported signs in parks warning people not to spend more than one hour due to radiation.  Readings up to 37 microsieverts/hr around homes; the current reading at the Fukushima Daiichi plant gate is about 24. 

For reference, the Canadian limit for public health exposure is 1,000 microsieverts per year (0.11 per hour) and Ontario Power Generation's own guideline is no more than 10 microsieverts per year for public exposure to nuclear releases.  So these readings are, yes, up there.

Common_Cents22's picture

Glow in the dark sushi,  it will be a cool hip new place in hollyweird!

Madcow's picture

here's a live reading - its really not that bad - you're safe if you don't eat fish or vegetables and avoid California milk -


The Alarmist's picture

You should be able to simply wash off the beta-contaminated vegetables ... Can't help you with the fish.

ThisIsBob's picture

One should consider avoiding California all together.

KK Tipton's picture

Fallout reached Kansas. At least they are honest and reported something:

Read the part about the grass fed cows and the radiation levels in their milk.
It's on page 25. Print out and show to all the know-nothings.

"Milk was sampled quarterly in Coffey County at two locations.  Indicator samples were obtained
from the Sunrise Dairy near Westphalia, KS.  Control samples were obtained from Linsey Dairy
near Lebo, KS.    Each milk sample is analyzed for low levels of radioiodine and other gamma
emitting nuclides.  Radioiodine was detected in milk samples from Sunrise Dairy on April 14 and
March 20.  This was determined to be the result of the Japan earthquake and tsunami and
resulting incident at the Fukushima nuclear power plants, not from operation of WCGS.  Sunrise
dairy cows are fed on pasture grass, while Linsey dairy cows are fed on stored feed, which
accounts for no radioiodine being detected in Linsey milk samples. "

Gov’t Report: Kansas detected Iodine-131 in grass at over 2,000 pCi/kg — “Attributed to Fukushima” — About 700% higher than highest levels reported by UC Berkeley -

Kansas does testing from the Wolf Creek nuke plant.
They test surrounding areas regularly *and actually report what they find*

Big props to them!


Hagbard Celine's picture

We detected trace amounts of I-131 here in N. Cal. within days of Fukushima, but... HALF-LIVES people! jeez.

Chupacabra's picture

What are the half-lives of Strontium-90 and Caesium-137?

AchtungAffen's picture

Naniwazu ni
Sakuya kono hana
Fuyu gomori
Ima wo harube to
Sakuya kono hana...

Bay Area Guy's picture

I wish I was joking about this, but I Yahooed geiger counter and one of the first things it came up with was this article from Gizmo Magazine:

Pocket Geiger: The $46 iPhone Geiger counter

Ain't nuthin ya can't get with an Apple.

tempo's picture

Radiation in Japan is a danger and appears to be getting worse.  Reactor #2 is not under control after 1 year (see for current press releases.  This story is not covered by the media. Tebow vs radiation danger...which one do you want to follow?

Jim in MN's picture

Well, it is in the New York Times today....


Japan Nuclear Plant May Be Worse Off Than Thought
tempo's picture

Tebow coverage is 1000 times that of Fukushima Radiation. Too bad the Central Bankers and stimulus can't not stop radiation

LouisDega's picture

 I dont read the New york times. Its thick and heavy, plus they dont have The wizard of id

The Alarmist's picture

Plus they sometimes write in complete sentences sprinkled with polysyllabic words ... Head will explode!

divide_by_zero's picture

Several weeks ago when the jet stream dropped down to San Diego during one of our winter storms, that following Monday I was getting up to intermittent 1200 CPM readings on my geiger counter while driving around doing random air samples( all beta/gamma as I had the protector on the pancake probe ).

Hagbard Celine's picture

From what you write here, it sounds like you are driving around holding the probe in the air and seeing how many counts you get? Is that right?

Do you know the difference between measuring a background dose rate (as you seem to be attempting) and measuring airborne contamination (which would require filtering an air sample and then analyzing the filter medium)? Did you calibrate your instrument against a known source?

I apologize if this sounds insulting, but this is the interent, and any joe blow with no understanding of the physics can buy a geiger counter and turn it on. Means nothing... or less than nothing.

Hulk's picture

I was wondering what cleared up my 25 year old case of Herpes Simplex IV !!!

Freddie's picture

Take some of that Fukishima MOX plutonium from reactor 3 and put it on your pee pee.  Clears it right up.

Money 4 Nothing's picture

Two Million doesen't sound like alot...

DaveyJones's picture

and here I thought it was your green pigment

DaveyJones's picture

goodness gracious, great balls of fire

Hulk's picture

"whole lot of baking going on"

Jack D. Ripper's picture
California Slammed With Fukushima Radiation

Funny, the article makes this sound like a bad thing. I wonder if Robottrader eats seaweed...

Gully Foyle's picture

Most of the Radioactive seawater hasn't even hit the coast yet. I think it just started arriving in Hawaii.

Radioactive Seawater Impact Map

Controversy after US gov’t estimate showed 40,000 microsievert thyroid dose for California infants from Fukushima — Data not released to public — “Very high doses to children”
Freddie's picture

I think it just started arriving in Hawaii.

OMG!  Obama's fictional birth certificate may become irradiated!  It might damage the shoddy photoshop job!

Hagbard Celine's picture

not a picture of any actual plume.

Augustus's picture

Avoiding exposure to these radioactive materials is why I stopped using Scotch Tape.  It all adds up I suppose.  But I've been taking iodine supplements for years just for good health.  Am I protected?

Scotch Tape Unleashes X-Ray Power

Jack D. Ripper's picture

You do realize that potassium naturally releases 31000 Bq/Kg of radiation, compared to 2500 Bq/Kg for the Corona del Mar seaweed. So if you are taking potassium iodide supplements, they are probably a lot more radioactive than the contaminated seaweed.

The Bq, which corresponds to one decay per second, is an incredibly small unit of radiation. That is why scare journalists like Chicken Little (aka George Washington) love to use it.

TradingTroll's picture

Unless you quote the half life your comment is meaningless. Maybe it only releases that radiation for 10 minutes. Some Fuku radiation has 500,000yr half lives

bunnyswanson's picture

Iodine deficiency is the concern.  Manufacturers do not use iodinized salt any longer.  A person would need 3 tsp of iodinized salt daily to maintain the required level.  If you are deficient of iodine, you are more vulnerable to uptake of Indium III.  Do a google search for iodine deficiency, global, 2012.  Salt on the shelf is ambiguously labelled and many could easily pick up the wrong container.  Rich dark soil is the only other source of iodine other than ocean life. 

Green Leader's picture

"Rich dark soil is the only other source of iodine other than ocean life."

Pear juice does the trick.