California Slammed With Fukushima Radiation

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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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smb12321's picture

Jack Ripper - GW specializes in sensationalist "reporting" in the vein of "solar flares threaten" or "heat wave brings drought & starvation" or "Israel will attack Iran in two weeks" (three months ago).  His "solutions" almost always involve  federal action (by fiat) along the lines of buy this, design it this way, don't use those.   It's certainly not libertarian. 

I mean, Jesus, the radiation cloud we're talking was caused by a damn tsunami, not something a central planner or bureaucrat mandated.

KK Tipton's picture

Not the banana dose!

Nuclear propagandists lies exposed and debunked  -

"There are a number of lies about nuclear energy being promoted by the industry, and I figured I’d make myself useful by taking a look at them.

Lie #1: Nuclear energy poses no threat, because your exposure to radioactivity through the eating of Bananas is higher."

Jack D. Ripper's picture

Your link is a lie. It claims that potassium radiation is somehow less damaging than other isotopes.

Potassium 40 decay energy: 1.33-1.46 Mev

Iodine 131 decay energy: 0.606 Mev

Cesium 137 decay energy: 1.1 Mev

Sulfur 35 decay energy: 0.167 Mev

And potassium 40 releases its energy as a beta ray, while some of the others release part of their energy in the form of gamma rays which are less likely to be absorbed.

KK Tipton's picture

Whatever. People can read and see for themselves.
Lots of info out there besides the stuff from unidentified English serial killers ya know ;)
Can't claim a lock on knowledge.

Bananas are radioactive—But they aren't a good way to explain radiation exposure - Boing Boing -

"The Potassium-40 in bananas is a particularly poor model isotope to use, Meggitt says, because the potassium content of our bodies seems to be under homeostatic control. When you eat a banana, your body's level of Potassium-40 doesn't increase. You just get rid of some excess Potassium-40. The net dose of a banana is zero."


Going bananas over radiation | Watts Up With That? -

Jack D. Ripper's picture

Oh, and another point I forgot to mention. Your link claims that there is no need to worry about radioactive potassium because any excess potassium will be quickly eliminated from the body.

But by that same argument, there is no need to worry about radioactive cesium either, because cesium is also quickly eliminated from the body.

Hagbard Celine's picture

potassium is not so quickly eliminated. It gets incorporated into our bones, and on average we have over 4000 Bq of P-40 in us for the long haul. We're all glowing.

gaoptimize's picture

Not to mention that I sleep next to a woman who is almost 160 lbs ;).  I tell her if she is going to eat bannanas, I'm going to sleep downstairs.  I get cancer every day.  In defense, I take Vitamin C, resveratrol, the bark of the Canadian maritime pine (pycnogenol), pomegranate and saw palmeto extract, cummin, tart cherry, olive leaf extract and eat fresh local veggies when I can.  I try to get enough sleep and drink filtered water too.  I count on my immune system to catch the cancer before it becomes a problem, but it will probably catch up with me someday.  It's a race to the Singularity/Methuselarity!

Freddie's picture

Not to mention that I sleep next to a woman who is almost 160 lbs ;).

Is she your wife or just some fat stranger?

smb12321's picture

It's a combination of genes and lifestyle.  As far as I know, no one on either of my parent's side died of cancer (1832 on my dad's / 1564 on my mom's).   My dad had lung cancer from smoking (cured).  I say, eat, drink and live moderately and avoid the obvious - particulates, cigarettes, asbestos and hiking to nuclear reactors. 

Waiting for the Singularity for some new eyes.  I mean, if "it" is as smart as every human on Earth, creating eyes should be a cinch.

dontgoforit's picture!  Thought I was the only one!

Gully Foyle's picture


I have Cancer. When it was first discovered I was xrayed and CT scanned with dye on a regular basis.

A couple of years ago it was discovered that those practices lead to Cancer in later life!

And the dye is especially bad.

I really need to have a checkup, it's been a couple of years, but I know damn well they want a PET scan with dye. If not that xrays.

aerial view's picture

r go to the link above and read about protocel; best of luck!

dontgoforit's picture

Sorry, Gully Foyle.  Hope you don't fare too poorly.  I have several friends or their children fighting that fight now too.  God bless and good luck.

Max UK's picture


UK Radio 2 had a feature recently on the topic of Aspirin as being a drug that directly attacks cancer cells. I have no qualifications to speak of such things, but I can imagine that big Pharma would be the last to want to test that theory, as there is no money in it for them.

I agree too with Augustus; the right food is medicinal.

Gully Foyle's picture

Max UK

I have some issues with daily Aspirin use.

I also find I'm very sensitive to vitamins, some cause serious depression.

Luckily I am aware of the subtle shifts and can narrow down the culprits.

Augustus's picture

I'm very sorry to read of your situation.  Certainly I know nothing of the progression of the cancer or the form you may have.

I do not have it or any other illness, that I know of anyway.  However, I have done a lot of reading on the subject for purposes of prevention.  Some practices are fairly simple to adopt.  Look carefully into using some curcimin supplement, Vitamin D3, a couple of cups of green tea daily, raw broccoli,  and whey protein for the BCAA content.  Nothing radical or too expensive.  Cut out the sugars and most of the grains from your diet.  Include some parsley and bell peppers in the salad.

You can get some interesting information on the above from the Science Daily web site.  They post the news releases on the various new studies.  there is quite a lot of recent research on dietary factors that seem to prevent or slow a number of illnesses.  Put those recommendations into the search engine there and you will get some interesting results.  My original purpose was to look at Alzheimer's prevention as my mother had that and I don't want it.  Untreatable and poorly understood as to either cause or cure.

Many interesting theories and treatments are being investigated for the cancers.  Hope you are able to benefit from some of it.

Gully Foyle's picture


Thank You

Melanoma. Been over five years since my last surgery.

My opinion is most issues are based on genetic timebombs. It isn't really how you care for yourself so much as what you are genetically prone to. Of course if you surround yourself with a dangerous environment, chemicals/radiation, then they may jumpstart your illness.

My case I believe I lived in a Cancer cluster caused by the local airport. I can name, the ones I know about, five or six different Cancers arising within the same mile radius. Probably jet fuel leaking into the ground water.

The Hoxey clinic is very diet oriented, I think they don't allow Vinegar.

By 1950 the FDA used the courts to demand ingredient labelling and block interstate shipments.  This forced Hoxsey to reveal all, and he detailed a core set of ingredients, with variant extras depending upon the individual and their type of cancer.

The basic solution was:

Cascar (Rhamnus Purshiana)

Potassium Iodide

The additions might include any of the following:

            Poke root (Phytolaeca Americana)

            Burdock root (Arctium lappa)

            Berberis root (Berberis vulgaris)

            Buckthorn bark (Rhamnus frangula)

            Stillingia root (Stillingia sylvatica)

            Prickly ash bark (Zanthoxylum Americanum)

Both the AMA and FDA dismissed the potion as “worthless, without any therapeutic merit in the treatment of cancer”, and did not even analyse it.

In the JAMA 1954 the AMA insisted that “any intelligent physician could testify that all these substances were worthless”.  All Hoxsey’s case histories at the subsequent FDA trial were dismissed as lacking in evidence and neither the FDA nor the NCI provided any detail counter evidence or laboratory trials on cancer efficacy or otherwise.  Commissioner Larrick warned Hoxsey publicly in 1956.

However recent literature does support the ingredients.  For example:

Pokeweed – triggers the immune systems, increases lymphocytes and increases levels of immunoglobulin (Farnes 1964, Downing 1968).

Burdock – ‘considerable anti-tumour activity’ (Szeged University 1966), ‘uniquely capable of reducing mutagenicity’ (Morita et al 1984).

Burberry – anti-tumour activity (Hoshi et al 1976), contains lycbetaine, an anti-tumour substance (Owen 1976).

Buckthorn – anti-leukaemia substances; anthraquinone works against tumours (Kupchan 1976).

Even the least studied herbs, stillingia and prickly ash, have anti-inflammatory or anaesthetic properties and are used in European folk remedies.,5523,0.htm

One is the Hoxsey tonic which is a variety or different herbs and roots. They mix that up there. They also gave him Yew tips which is the natural form of taxol which is a chemotherapy drug. They gave 2 things that I've never heard of called Artemisinin and Livlife. They also put him on Ester C and Calcium. The regimin is not the same for everyone. They vary what you'll take depending on the type of cancer and where it has spread. The diet is very similar to all the other detox diets, but no tomatoes, vinegar, pork, or alcohol. No peanuts, no peanut butter, sugar, refined or processed ANYTHING. No microwaved food, no preservatives, nothing in a can. Lots of fresh fruits and veggies. No aged cheese. It spells it all out for you in this packet that they give you. That's very briefly what the diet consists of. It's more complex than that though. They tell you how many times a week you can eat certain meats, or fish. You'll never really be able to eat out on this diet. And, it's very hard to find a bread that doesn't contain vinegar, or a form of vinegar. We had to bake our own.


have a friend who had a melanoma on her arm and the doctors wanted to take all the flesh off her arm from the shoulder to the wrist. She went to the Hoxsey clinic in 1974. At that time the life time treatment was only $600 dollars. She had to give up: white flour, white sugar, table salt, vinegar, alcohol, carbonation, pork, and tomatoes. She is 73 years old today and still cancer free.

Hagbard Celine's picture

don't forget a calibration source

nothing can go wrogn's picture

Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico...massive cover up, spraying of Corexit and GMO bacteria, "the blue plague."

Fukushima multiple meldown...the worst industrial accident in the history of the world (by a long shot). Ongoing radiation end site, massive cover up.

Three gas rigs now ecavuated in the North sea, Elgin platform spewing gas uncontrolled, chance of explosiion.

Tar sands, fracking, the oil wars...

If I was a martian that just landed on earth. I'd say that industrial civilization is collapsing, but I haven't heard anything like that on CNN?

The most terrifying thing about this disintegration for a society that believes in prediction and control will be the randomness of its violent consequences. The chaotic violence will include not only desperate, ruthless struggles over the wealth that remains, but the last great rape of nature. What will make it worse is that, at least at the beginning, it will take place under a cloud of denial and cynical reassurances. We will be told that "War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength," even after Big Brother is dead and his empire a shambles. ~David Ehrenfeld

Money 4 Nothing's picture

"And the Sea turned to Red" Just saying...

nothing can go wrogn's picture

Downpresser man
Where you gonna run to?

You gonna run to the sea
But the sea will be boiling

You gonna run to the rocks
The rocks will be melting

Downpresser man
You can't bribe no one
Them no want no money
That money get funny

Bubble's picture

I guess the benefits received from the nuclear lobby is more important to the politicians than the people they pretend to represent. Just typing that made me feel comfortingly naive. I wonder who the last decision making politician was who wasn't just utterly self-interested?

If California's getting heavy doses of radiation, Tokyo must be getting fed some strong poison for breakfast lunch and dinner daily...

dontgoforit's picture

God help us.  God forgive us.

the grateful unemployed's picture

this gives new life to the "Nuke the Whales" movement

JOYFUL's picture

..."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."

Phew!  That's good news!!!! For a minute I thought that the core problem was that the world in general & the USA in particular is being held for ransom by a group of genocidal maniacs running a small but uber-aggressive rogue statelet in the M.E. Their propensity to use suitcase bombs and stuntex devices in the confines of other countries' nuclear facilities is obviously an overblown, and probably transient phenomena.

We call all relax from worrying about where the next false flag nuclear event stage-managed from Dimona will be, and blame Fukushima on those wackily inefficient nuclear engineers and their cheapskate corporate employers! Easy listening to get you through your day!

Bartanist's picture

Just one more arrow in the quiver of the elitist "slow kill" plan. Working hard to get the population down to a level that they are competent to manage.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

definitely absurd. Over-population is self-correcting in civil wars & class-wars at the bottom of society in every nation & culture. Over-population leading to this, during this & after always makes more slaves for the elite.

Social uprisings to overthrow the slave-masters are rare & when they happen, they rarely win. There is no elite agenda to decrease population.

smb12321's picture

Absurd.  If "they" are so smart as to continually manipulate us, why would "they" have to worry about reducing numbers, particularly in such an ass-backward way as waiting for an effing earthquake?  I can think of lots easier ways to reduce population - bio weapon, nuclear bomb, etc   I realize folks assign almost magical powers to the Masters of the Universe (though they can't agree on who they are) but pulling off a tsunami is a stretch.

I don't understand the point of GW's article.  Yes, there is a radiation cloud coming this way.  Far as I know, there is no scientific antidote to fallout this dispersed.  Geiger counters are a waste of money unless you find precious metal.

Cathartes Aura's picture


I can think of lots easier ways to reduce population - bio weapon, nuclear bomb, etc

bio weapons = corporate fud supply and poisoned water/air.

nuclear bomb = fukushima, doh - plus the eternal fall-out from decades of global testing.

of course, "they" don't need to kill everyone off all at once - that would be foolish - better the slow poison method that drives the herd to pharma & doctors, make some monies off them while using them as test subjects for the pill pushers & scapel hands - like war camps, yes?

just an other perspective. . .

MarcusLCrassus's picture

I like how governments around the world (including the US and Japan) keep increasing what they consider dangerous levels of radiation. 


Very honest of them, and good that they are worried about preventing their citizens from getting cancer. 

DaveyJones's picture

they do the same thing with elements in your food

(and the amount of time they can hold you without charging)

wombats's picture

Where can I go to buy a decent Geiger Counter?

Hagbard Celine's picture

besides buying one, it's pretty important to know how to use it. They need to be calibrated all the time... How do you know if the 'spike' that you just got on your wamadyne counter that is freaking you out and making you run for the door isn't just a voltage fluctuation in the ciruitry. What's the efficiency of the instrument today, given the ambient conditions, the 'normal' background dose rate, altitude above sea level, month in the year, etc. etc. What do the clicks even mean? Is 100 counts per minute high or low? What's an alpha beta gamma or neutron dealio, and what can your instrument even detect?

Really people. There's a reason radiation protection technicians make good money. It's called education...


(Where I work, there's a whole team of people who calibrate and repair instruments all day long, and still there are error bars in the reported data. Having your own counter without any training is an expensive exercise in scaring yourself needlessly)

Silver Dreamer's picture

I own one of these and highly recommend it:

PRM-8000 Geiger Counter - Nuclear Radiation Detector & Monitor

They sell for about $500 on Amazon.  The important thing about it is that is detects all three types, and it runs on a single battery for many years.  Set it in your house, and forget it.  If it detects a spike, it will sound an audible alarm.

Intoxicologist's picture

Longtime ZH addict, recent account signer-upper.  Thanks, all, for an education money can't buy.  Seriously. 

Anyway, here's a link that might be helpful. 

Disclosure: I've bought a lot of books from this guy, but none of the items on this page.


divide_by_zero's picture

Inspector Alerts even in the EXP version are back in stock (like $550 and $750 I think, just google) measure alpha/beta/gamma.

the grateful unemployed's picture

the government supply store, of course all the gauges are painted with the needle in the safe position.

Money 4 Nothing's picture

Lolzz! and the speaker wire cut. Rendered useless, kinda like our Administration.

MarcusLCrassus's picture

You can pick them up on ebay for about $50. 


Someone needs to create a viral video/marketing thing that makes people aware of this.  Force the government to start handing out geiger counters to the populace for free. 


You are going to start seeing a lot of people walking around with these. 

GeezerGeek's picture

"Force the government to start handing out geiger counters to the populace for free."

Nah, make it a women's healthcare issue. Force the health insurance companies to pay for them.

flattrader's picture

Yeah.  Just like they cover limp dick pills for men.

El's picture

For "free?" Free is a euphemism for "at taxpayer expense."

divide_by_zero's picture

$50 ones are pretty much garbage

Boxed Merlot's picture

You mean to say there's not an app for that?


Seems apple falling behind the curve.

Bay Area Guy's picture

From a March 1, 2012 article in Gizmo Magazine:

Pocket Geiger: The $46 iPhone Geiger counter

Guess there is an app for that, as long as you get the portable geiger counter that goes with it.