Wave of Radiation from Fukushima Will Be 10 Times Bigger than All of the Radiation from Nuclear Tests Combined

George Washington's picture

There was no background radioactive cesium before above-ground nuclear testing and nuclear accidents started.

Wikipedia provides some details on the distribution of cesium-137 due to human activities:

Small amounts of caesium-134 and caesium-137 were released into the environment during nearly all nuclear weapon tests and some nuclear accidents, most notably the Chernobyl disaster.

 

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Caesium-137 is unique in that it is totally anthropogenic. Unlike most other radioisotopes, caesium-137 is not produced from its non-radioactive isotope, but from uranium. It did not occur in nature before nuclear weapons testing began. By observing the characteristic gamma rays emitted by this isotope, it is possible to determine whether the contents of a given sealed container were made before or after the advent of atomic bomb explosions. This procedure has been used by researchers to check the authenticity of certain rare wines, most notably the purported “Jefferson bottles”.

As the EPA notes:

Cesium-133 is the only naturally occurring isotope and is non-radioactive; all other isotopes, including cesium-137, are produced by human activity.

What people call “background” radiation is really the amount of radiation deposited into the environment within the last 100 years from nuclear tests and nuclear accidents (and naturally-occurring substances, such as radon).

2,053 nuclear tests occurred between 1945 and 1998:

 

Above-ground nuclear tests – which caused numerous cancers to the “downwinders” – were covered up by the American, French and other governments for decades. See this, this, this, this, this and this.

But the amount of radiation pumped out by Fukushima dwarfs the amount released by the nuclear tests.

As nuclear engineer and former nuclear executive Arnie Gundersen notes, the wave of radioactive cesium from Fukushima which is going to hit the West Coast of North America will be 10 times greater than from the nuclear tests (starting at 55:00).

This graphic from Woods Hole in Massachusetts – one of the world’s top ocean science institutions – shows how much more cesium was dumped into the sea off Japan from Fukushima as compared to nuclear testing and Chernobyl:

(And Fukushima radiation has arrived on the West Coast years earlier than predicted.)

The Canadian government has confirmed in October that Fukushima radiation will exceed “levels higher than maximum fallout” from the nuclear tests.

The party line from the Japanese, Canadian and American governments are that these are safe levels of radiation.   Given that those countries have tried to ban investigative journalism and have tried to cover up the scope of the Fukushima disaster, people may want to investigate for ourselves.

For example, Gundersen notes that the U.S. government flew helicopters with special radiation testing equipment 90 days after the Fukushima meltdown happened.  The government said it was just doing a routine “background radiation” check, but that it was really measuring the amount of “hot particles” in the Seattle area (starting at 27:00). Hot particles are inhaled and become very dangerous “internal emitters”. The government then covered up the results on the basis of “national security”.

As the Washington Department of Health noted at the time:

A helicopter flying over some urban areas of King and Pierce counties will gather radiological readings July 11-28, 2011. [Seattle is in King County.] The U.S. Department of Energy’s Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measurement System will collect baseline levels of radioactive materials.

 

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Some of the data may be withheld for national security purposes.

Similarly, the Department of Homeland Security and National Nuclear Security Administration sent low-flying helicopters over the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012 to test for radiation. But they have not released the results.

Indeed, residents of Seattle breathed in 5 hot particles each day in April of 2011 … a full 50% of what Tokyo residents were breathing at the time:


 

(the video is from June 2011.)

After all, the reactors at Fukushima literally exploded … and ejected cladding from the reactors and fuel particles. And see this.

Gundersen says that geiger counters don’t measure hot particles. Unless the government or nuclear scientists measure and share their data, we are in the dark as to what’s really going on.

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Notarocketscientist's picture

Fukushima is ejaculating its load like a great big ol bukake festival.

TBT or not TBT's picture

First, some etymology: Shima was a hero of Japanese legends who broke bad, in the parlance of our times, and now the Japanese, in their stereotypically frustrated English, shortened "fuck you. Shima!" to this.

Fix It Again Timmy's picture

The only thing our "leaders" tell us is "Pay Your Taxes", "Fight For Freedom" and "Go Shopping" - sorry, lying, scummy, bastards, the entire lot, not one exception....

akak's picture

"The blobbing-up eternal nature of the symmetry-seeking and prograting parongong of consumptionalization, the US 'american' citizenism citizen, is the crustiest bit of the mattering thing."

outofhere's picture

+1 and then some... you said a mouthful akak

apberusdisvet's picture

Unfortunately, this is an end of the planet event.  Within 50 years at least half of the North American population will be dead or dying of cancer.  There's no place on earth to hide; the trade winds and ocean currents will assure this fact.  In the near term, no food stocks from the Pacific or even California are safe to eat.  Be in denial if you wish, but this is reality.

outofhere's picture

Has nothing to do with fukushima my friend!!!  Look up and you will see the source of your destruction.

 

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

clear sight right to the stars - that's not it.
The radiation isn't coming from there and the radiation is the #1 concern for the next 10,000 years.

1fortheroad's picture

Within 50 years at least half of the North American population will be dead or dying of cancer.

Yes under the normal protocol of modern medicine.

Low level radiation does most of it damage by overwhelming the immune system.

A simple answer is to make a devise that takes over when the immune system breaks down. A simple device can be had here.

http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/chris/2006/10/25/build_your_own_for_almost_free_electromedical_research_devices.htm

http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/chris/2004/07/23/blood_electrification_effectiveness_on_malaria.htm

 

A Xmas gift to those with a open mind.

uk ok's picture

like lambs to the slaughter we are led and always will be

 

 

uk ok's picture

2014 is starting to look like its going to be one hell of a year on many fronts.

If this fukishima scenario plays out im heading south, through france into spain and onward through morocco to the canaries.

unfortunately, just as with cherobyl, we get information too little far too late...

 

WillyGroper's picture

I was thinking of Greece myself.

scraping_by's picture

Uruguay. "The Switzerland of South America" has decided not to criminalize personal choices.

South of the equator, so the northern air/water currents will take a little longer.

Now, if they could get a currency not vulnerable to mainipulator attack.

samcontrol's picture

my father told me that in 1987 when we moved from Barcelona to. Montevideo..I cried when I saw the sea in the taxi ride from the airport.
I asked my dad why is the sea brown?

I'm in the middle of patagonia and don't really care but punta del este Uruguay is a perfect spot for rich farming prepers.

and the currency is the dollar really.

WillyGroper's picture

Looks like greed & avarice ahead in the final stretch.

What's so head banging is this effects ALL people, including the very people that have fostered it and their subsequent progeny. I guess living in a tunnel like a mole is more attractive. God knows that's why they have the seed vault.

Bronson couldn't have scripted it better. 

Death Wish: Final Solution. 

Cue Chuck Wannabe, I mean Freddie.

Charles Wilson's picture

http://www.wentz.net/radiate/cheyla/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyshtym_disaster

Nice work, GW (If "nice" is the proper word for these abomination stories).

CW

 

PS: It's worse than you think.

TNTARG's picture

Places to live are shrinking.

mess nonster's picture

Fukushima: Definitely deflationary. Hard on gold prices. Bad for Bitcoin. If you like your environment, you get to keep your environment. Sorry, Obamacare doesn't cover radiation sickness or corexit poisoning.

I Write Code's picture

That would be the plutonium level plans.

kaiserhoff's picture

Kind of cold to look at the financial aspects of all this misery, but it will happen anyway.

Not sure about deflation.  Lots of people will be looking for lebensraum.  That will get messy.

The most obvious thing is that Japan is fucked as a modern nation.  Like Chernobyl, it will be an open air museum of the most adaptable flora and fauna.

eddiebe's picture

Don't it always seem to go that we don't know what we got til it's gone..... 

I suppose that doesn't apply when you're gone too.

l.kimbot's picture

"If you like your government, you can keep your government"

Kobe Beef's picture

And if you don't like it-- cut their fucking heads off.

kaiserhoff's picture

Never let a crisis go to waste.

thunderchief's picture

I cannot imagine a human race looking back on this epoch without total disgust and hatred. We will have pretty much killed everything in our ancient oceans, rain forests and atmosphere.

Most people see the human race ending in Armageddon. What they don't see is human beings going the way of the ne-androthal. Marginalized, stupid, zero intellect, and pushed into cold dark corners of the globe and then killed off and driven to extinction.

Humans will have no fresh air, no sea food, no fresh water, no ecosystem, just smart phones, retarded children, cancer, and then extinction.

The world will be a beautiful place a million years later.

PoliticalRefugeefromCalif.'s picture

.."I cannot imagine a human race looking back on this epoch without total disgust and hatred"..

Good chance the human race will not be looking at anything much less the final chapter in the history of man..

(this isn't the only black swan out there)

thestarl's picture

One can only wonder how much the final costs of cleaning this nightmare up if at all they can?

CuttingEdge's picture

Cost to mankind or Tepco shareholders?

All the sub-contracted kamikazi Tepco "engineers" crazy enough to want a gentle warming dose aren't going to be putting this broken egg back together in our lifetimes.

 

 

scraping_by's picture

Nuclear power is predicated on socailized costs. Everywhere all the time. Always has been. This is just the real world demonstration of that economic theory.

Matt's picture

neccessity is the mother of invention. Maybe we'll get autonomous robots out of this.

Yenbot's picture

And that's a benefit because... we'll all have no jobs and archaeologists will find our heads ripped from our bodies by Skynet?

spinone's picture

They can't.  Fukushima is the perfect time to learn the difference between a problem and a predicament.  Problems have a solution, predicaments have outcomes.  Fukushima is a predicament.

Citxmech's picture

Bosie:  "That's what you call a conundrum. . . "

-- from "Cold Mountain."

Tsukato's picture

Great, lets just keep bitching about it on the Internet, and do nothing.

DaveyJones's picture

yes, two political birds with one stone

1) remain physically passive (with a psychological outlet)

2) help them catalog their critics in Utah (for future opportunities)

oh shit, I just made another list..

 

Stuck on Zero's picture

"What people call “background” radiation is really the amount of radiation deposited into the environment within the last 100 years from nuclear tests and nuclear accidents (and naturally-occurring substances, such as radon)."

Not counting cosmic rays, natural radiation within our bodies from potassium, airborne, etc. etc. etc.

 

Bagbalm's picture

Not to mention granite is hot as hell. That's why some stone houses have radon levels way beyond what is safe. Or the ground water goes through enough hot stone you really don't want to drink it every day.

There was even a uranium ore body in Africa that got concentrated enough that when it got wet (water is a neutron moderator) it went critical and heated up just like a reactor.

I'm tired of the lies at BOTH ends of every issue. Everybody exaggerates and lies to make their point. Good old George included.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

What about that granite kitchen countertop, dark grey 'uba tuba' from Brazil, I installed just last week?  Bad idea?

Edit: apparently, reds/pinks/purples are the worst colors: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/granite-countertops-a-health-threat/

tenpanhandle's picture

"Edit: apparently, reds/pinks/purples are the worst colors:"

 

Those are usually the potassium rich varities of granites and other igneous rocks.

Stuck on Zero's picture

By the way.  It's easy to detect radioactive particles. Most people in the Seattle area have not changed their engine air filters since Fukushima so grab your old air filter and stick a geiger counter up to it.  Cheap and easy.  Why hasn't the idiot Gunderson or his shill "George Washington" done this?  Two hundred measly bucks and you have your measurements.  No, instead it's a mammoth conspiracy theory and blowing of horns to make yourself heard. 

 

BigJim's picture

 By the way.  It's easy to detect radioactive particles. Most people in the Seattle area have not changed their engine air filters since Fukushima so grab your old air filter and stick a geiger counter up to it.  Cheap and easy.  Why hasn't the idiot Gunderson or his shill "George Washington" done this?  Two hundred measly bucks and you have your measurements.  No, instead it's a mammoth conspiracy theory and blowing of horns to make yourself heard.

Beta and gamma emitters, maybe, but it's not easy to detect alpha emitters in water or in your food, because the substance they're embedded in absorbs the alpha radiation. But after you consume the water or food, say hello to your little, undetected friends as they embed in your tissue and cook your genes from the inside.

Mmm! Cancer... it's what's for dinner!

DaveyJones's picture

"Why hasn't the idiot Gunderson or his shill "George Washington..."

yes, they're so much worse than the powers that be. The motivation is nearly naked. It must be their massive connections, political careers and shoddy investments 

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Stuck on Zero said:

By the way.  It's easy to detect radioactive particles.

It's easy to detect beta emitters and gamma emitters. The nature of alpha emitters makes them fairly harmless externally, as alpha particles are stopped by a few centimeters of air and cannot penetrate the skin. This is why their detection requires taking samples of air, water, or other suspected contaminated material and taking measurements from a distance of nearly direct contact.

When alpha emitters are ingested or inhaled, though, they are far more dangerous. Because alpha radiation is the most biologically destructive form of ionizing radiation, it causes 10 to 1000 times the damage of the equivalent amount of beta or gamma radiation. These are the 'hot particles' that the helicopters taking air samples were looking for.

Most people in the Seattle area have not changed their engine air filters since Fukushima

Sounds like an off-the-cuff bullshit fabrication unless, of course, you have evidence of this.

so grab your old air filter and stick a geiger counter up to it.  Cheap and easy.

...and, unless your Geiger counter is specifically designed to detect alpha radiation, wrong. Alpha radiation won't penetrate the metal of which a Geiger-Mueller tube is made. Tubes designed to detect alpha radiation have a window at the end made of a material (usually mica) which is at least partially transparent to alpha radiation.

Why hasn't the idiot Gunderson or his shill "George Washington" done this?

Gunderson did mention in 2011 something specifically about measuring alpha radiation from air filters. I don't recall if he made the measurements himself or if he was reporting on the results of others.

Two hundred measly bucks and you have your measurements.

...and your false reassurances that everything is safe, because your $200 Geiger counter wasn't designed to detect alpha radiation. Oh, sure, you can purchase Geiger counter kits with an alpha-detecting tube for that much, but if you want a quantifiable measurement more accurate than "this thing is making some clicks", you'll need to send it off to a lab to have it calibrated, which will at least double the cost.

No, instead it's a mammoth conspiracy theory and blowing of horns to make yourself heard.

Yes, that's it, take a few deep breaths and pooh-pooh the hazards. Maybe you can at least convince yourself.

Stuck on Zero's picture

This particular diatribe is about Ce137.  It is an easily detectable beta emitter.  I have thirty years experience in particle detection.  For your level of science I suggest you read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_particle.  Then get back to us.

 

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

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This particular diatribe is about Ce137.  It is an easily detectable beta emitter.

Yes, it is an easily detectable beta emitter, as is Iodine-131. Fortunately, with a half life of 8 days, the Iodine-131 has been a non-issue for the past two years. The Cesium-137, with a half life of 30 years, will be a problem for the next two to three centuries.

My "level of science" is sufficient for me to know that Cesium-137 is a beta emitter, which prompted me to give a +1 to your comment above stating such. Having said that, my take on the article is that it is about the radioactive contamination released into the environment from Fukushima Daiichi, of which Cesium-137 is the major, but certainly not the only, relatively long-lived component.

Plutonium, an alpha emitter, was also one of the radioisotopes released into the air from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Since you have thirty years experience in particle detection, you should be able, if not necessarily willing, to confirm that my statements regarding alpha radiation detection, Geiger-Mueller tube design, and Geiger counter calibration are accurate.

scraping_by's picture

The mental picture most people have of radioactive fallout is of dust or sand particles hanging in the air, blowing around like the American Dust Bowl.

However, Cesium has an incredible affinity for water. Unless it begins as some sort of salt, it's going to be an aqueous solution. That means water spray, perhaps evaporative transport, and far wider range.

Cesium beta creating heavy water, which are alpha particles? Too much trouble to dig up the old physics text.

Altogether speculation, true, But we are in the realm of theory being tested out.