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Radioactive Iodine Blankets Much of Europe ... Everyone Points Fingers

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Reuters notes that elevated levels of radioactive iodine have been detected in Germany, Sweden, Slovakia, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.

The Stockholm News reports that Denmark and Poland are also experiencing heightened radiation.

NHK notes that Russia has been hit as well.

AP notes that the radioactive releases are ongoing:

An official [from the International Atomic Energy Agency] familiar with the matter, who asked for anonymity because he was not authorized to comment, said the release appeared to be continuing.

Some scientists have made some unlikely claims about the source of the radiation. For example, as Reuters notes:

Professor Malcolm Sperrin, director of medical physics at Britain's Royal Berkshire Hospital, said any link with Fukushima was extremely unlikely.

 

"It is far more likely that the iodine may be as a result of excretion by patients undergoing medical treatment. Whilst such patients are carefully controlled, some release of iodine into the environment may be inevitable but would certainly be well below any limits where health detriment would even begin to be an issue for concern," he said.

(It is unlikely that patients in so many countries would all start excreting more radioactive iodine at the same time.)

The Czechs deny responsibility, but are sending mixed signals. As AP notes:

 

In Prague, an official at the Czech State Office for Nuclear Safety said he was "100 percent sure" that the radiation had not come from any Czech nuclear power plant — or from any other source on Czech territory.

 

[However,] speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to talk to the media, the official said tests are under way around the country to try and identify the source.

 

The Czechs are betting heavily on nuclear power and have plans to dramatically increase production ....

Poland is trying to blame Pakistan for the radiation; but a Pakistan government official denies the allegation.

All of the mainstream commentators dismiss Fukushima as a potential source. However, Fukushima is still far from any stable shutdown – and is still apparently undergoing nuclear reactions (and see this, this and this).

So - while we don't have any idea where the radiation is coming from at this point - it is too early to rule out Fukushima.

For more recent reporting on Fukushima, look here.

 

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Fri, 11/25/2011 - 05:05 | 1912377 steveo
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Mon, 11/14/2011 - 14:38 | 1876225 Jim in MN
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http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20111114p2a00m0na004000c.html

The government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) are trying to achieve a stable condition called a "cold shutdown" of crippled reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant by the end of this year, but they have yet to come to grips with exactly what is happening inside the reactors crippled by the March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami.

Tue, 11/29/2011 - 05:06 | 1924529 Element
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Are you suggesting they are not in fully control? ... dude, just look at the big tent they built, ... face it, it's ok, they got this.  </sarcophany>

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 10:47 | 1875438 pupton
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My impression of that statement was "Shit happens." (pun intended, with shoulder shrug).

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 10:39 | 1875401 connda
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"It is far more likely that the iodine may be as a result of excretion by patients undergoing medical treatment." 

And cow farts are causing global warming.  What a bunch of Fuk-u-shi-ma!!!

Long KI (Potassium Iodide).

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 10:30 | 1875382 steveo
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I found video evidence that indeed, uranium pellets and maybe MOX is just laying around in the rubble of fukushima

 

Caught this from a TEPCO released sampling video. Raw Uranium Pellets just lying in the rubble, very clear cut. Maybe MOX too.

Here is the video, around 4:20 in are these closeups

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GgjHMUVOEY&feature=youtu.be

And here is link to my Nuke info page, with pictures of the pellets screen capped.

http://oahutrading.blogspot.com/p/japan-nuclear-information.html

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 11:15 | 1875524 buckethead
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Shared around my interwebs circle... Thanks.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 10:15 | 1875332 Jim in MN
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http://www.comicvine.com/characters/?origin=6&letter=all

It's gotta be one of these fuckers.  My money's on Atomo Bleep Bleep.  But I haven't seen Doctor Phosphorus in a while either.  And where the hell has Hulk Jr. been???

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 10:10 | 1875311 BRIC-layer
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Didn't FRANCE have a nuclear "incident" a few weeks ago where some type of "not serious" explosion occurred in Southern France?

For a country really heavily involved in nuclear power, it is rather surprising that nothing has come forth from them so far on this issue.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 11:08 | 1875503 espirit
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RSOE EDIS had reported a release supposedly originating in Russia a week or so ago.  Since then...news blackout.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 10:06 | 1875308 Georgesblog
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The doctor is either an idiot or a liar. That widespread an area of contamination can only come from a nuclear disaster. Unless the doctor can show proof that radioactive iodine is exclusively used in treatment, and of such widespread distribution, he should retract his statement.

  http://georgesblogforum.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/the-daily-climb-2/

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 09:42 | 1875258 lesterbegood
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Chemtrails and radiation are linked.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 09:52 | 1875274 DogSlime
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How so?

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 09:25 | 1875224 Shizzmoney
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EPA: "We have found radioactivity in the United States on crops, in water, and on homes.  Therefore, we must raise your taxes to pay for all of this "cleanup" to corporations who will do nothing, immediately."

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 09:13 | 1875204 shutdown
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This is terrible.

I hope Israel isn't planning to bomb the Czech Republic's Nuclear plants. That could make matters considerably worse. 

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 09:07 | 1875189 Nate H
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George, what are the odds that SOME of the things you write about are actually statistically normal and not cause for alarm (e.g. the giant hole in GOM spewing oil, or such)?

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 09:51 | 1875270 DogSlime
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Radioactive Iodine is short half-life (about 8 days).  It can't occur naturally in any significant quantity.  There's nothing "statistically normal" about Iodine 131.

Radon gas, yes.  Uranium, yes.  Iodine 131, no - it is being made somewhere (either by accident or on purpose).

This should be cause for alarm because something somewhere is venting radioactive shite.

 

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 10:32 | 1875390 steveo
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Well said

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 08:54 | 1875162 my puppy for prez
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The US is doing a massive cover-up.  The EPA simply elevated the level of "safe radioactive exposure" after it was found that many US locations have increased levels.  See?  Problem solved!  Thank you, dear EPA!

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 08:45 | 1875142 scatterbrains
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If it's Fukushima doesn't that imply that it passed over the USA, Atlantic ocean and that maybe we are only seeing increased  readings in Europe because they aren't lying/covering up or have not disconnected their  sensors yet?

 

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 08:36 | 1875127 overmedicatedun...
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can't see it or taste it.. to anyone who thinks the gov's don't know where it is coming from I got the the Nancy Pelosi best investor prize for you.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 09:37 | 1875248 taraxias
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Ding, ding, ding......WE HAVE A WINNER.

They know EXACTLY where it's coming from, and I speculate a meltdown at some facility within europe, not Fuku.

They don't give a shit about public health as long as they can hush this up and prevent the only meltdown they care about.........the markets.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 08:40 | 1875124 Carlyle Groupie
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Radiation Nutrition Tip 1: Eat more plants. Plants don’t tend to bio-accumulate these materials like animal foods do.

Radiation Nutrition Tip 2: Eat iodine rich foods. Seaweeds are a great source of iodine, so adding these into your diet is a good plan. A body that has sufficient iodine will not uptake radioactive iodine isotopes like a body that is deficient. (Keep in mind, though, that these isotopes that are showing up are iodine).

Radiation Nutrition Tip 3: Eat detoxifying foods like chlorella. Chlroella has shown promise when it comes to removing metals from the body, so adding this food can’t hurt – from a radioactive heavy metal standpoint. Keep in mind, chelation therapy is likely to be more effective at removing heavy metals – radioactive or not.

Radiation Nutrition Tip 4: Don’t panic. Acute food neurosis can cause stress and illness. If you’re always panicked about the food you’re eating, I can almost guarantee – sooner or later – you’re going to get sick. You may not be able to control the amount of radioactive material in our environment, but you definitely are able to control how you think and react to it.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 09:52 | 1875275 UGrev
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The irony here is that most Chlorella is grown in Japan or Taiwan.. most.. not all.. most. 

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 09:16 | 1875212 BigJim
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I often wonder what mercury (and other heavy metals), dioxins, and PCBs you're exposing yourself to by eating seaweed harvested around the poluted coasts of the US and Europe. OK, you'd be upping your iodine levels; but ingesting god knows what else. For instance - I wouldn't eat post-Fukushima Japanese seaweed to up my iodine levels, would you? After all, the seaweed has to get its iodine from somewhere, and that somewhere is Japanese coastal waters...

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 11:00 | 1875465 Big Corked Boots
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Also, seaweed is used as a fertilizer and is often applied to organic produce. The suppliers I contacted all told me that their product came "from the clean waters of the North Atlantic" i.e. from contract harvesters in Maine. They did not specifically test for heavy metals.

Personally I need a good source for chicken sh!t. Washington DC is too far to drive.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 08:52 | 1875158 my puppy for prez
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Also, apple and citrus pectin "scrub" toxins, and are helpful in detoxing from radiation.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 09:03 | 1875180 Carlyle Groupie
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US soil, air, and food testing results:

http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/UCBAirSampling

Not exactly unbiased.

Fukushima is deploying a tent/concentrate/blow methodology to control isotope dispersion. They put a tent over the reactor, capture and concentrate the steam or other output, then blow it up a smokestack and try to get it into the upper atmosphere.

We should bomb these fuckers.

Tue, 11/29/2011 - 04:56 | 1924518 Element
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fig-leaf

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 08:31 | 1875120 westboundnup
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Zapoprizhia NPP in the Ukraine appears to be a suspect.  Krsko NPP in Slovenia another.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 08:28 | 1875115 razorthin
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Japan practically vaporizes into a nuclear mist to the stratosphere, and these geniuses say this cannot be the source.  Brilliant.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 10:51 | 1875447 Reptil
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If that were the case, logically there'd be other elevated levels inbetween europe and Japan?
We're dealing with yet another fuckup/orchestrated attack here. At least that's my hunch.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 04:44 | 1874951 fredquimby
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FFS There is an ongoing nuclear incident at a melting down power station with a number of breached reactor cores and people are so stupid as to wonder where strange radiation readings are coming from?  Seriously?! 

I flew from Switz to Europe and measured a 3,33 microsieverts maximum when we hit cruising altitude. This is double what it was not long ago.

I contacted loads of aviation departments around the world to try and see if we are measuring the radiation in the atmosphere and whether 3,33mS is a cause to worry or not.  Funny (If it wasn't sad) as the last one in the email banter below refers me back to the first one I contacted.....great.....oh, and apparently we are not measuring atmospheric radiation.....  But don't worry, just keep flying!!

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 From: AHU [mailto:AviationHealthUnit@caa.co.uk]
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2011 5:22 PM
To: Fred Quimby
Cc: AHU
Subject: RE: Radiation whilst flying in Europe

 

Thanks for the info Fred – very helpful for us to be aware of this.

 

Kind regards

 

Nigel

 

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From: Fred Quimby
Sent: 11 November 2011 16:11
To: Dowdall Nigel
Subject: RE: Radiation whilst flying in Europe

 

Thanks again…..and coincidentally I just got sent this link…

 

http://news.yahoo.com/nuke-agency-reports-unusual-radiation-europe-134506410.html

 

 

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 From: AHU [mailto:AviationHealthUnit@caa.co.uk]
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2011 4:57 PM
To:
Fred Quimby
Cc: AHU
Subject: RE: Radiation whilst flying in Europe

 

Dear Fred

 

Environmental monitoring is carried out in the UK by the Environment Agency http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/110281.aspx. The Health Protection Agency and Office for Nuclear Regulation also have responsibilities in some areas.

 In the aviation environment, route specific data is usually assessed using models such as CARI-6 and Epcard.  These models are validated against monitoring data and periodically updated/refined.

 Kind regards

 Nigel

 

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From: Fred Quimby
Sent: 11 November 2011 15:08
To: Dowdall Nigel
Subject: RE: Radiation whilst flying in Europe

 Thanks Nigel. Does no one monitor radiation levels over the UK on an ongoing basis then? With Fukushima ongoing for the next 30 years (according to TEPCO) it would be good keep an eye on this I would think?

 Respectfully,

 

Fred

 

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From: Eden-Brown Julie [mailto:Julie.Eden-Brown@caa.co.uk] On Behalf Of AHU
Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2011 10:11 AM
To:
Fred Quimby
Subject: RE: Radiation whilst flying in Europe

 

Dear Mr. Quimby

 Thank you for your email regarding measuring ionising radiation.

A Geiger counter reading on its own may not give an accurate estimate of the effective tissue dose of ionising radiation. Additionally, I should point out that environmental radiation levels, including cosmic radiation, are not constant. 

 I attach a link to the IATA medical manual, which has a good section on cosmic radiation which may be of interest to you:

 http://www.iata.org/ps/publications/Pages/medical-manual.aspx

 

May I also suggest that you contact the airline, who may be able to provide information on the estimated dose for that route on that day.

 Kind regards

Nigel

 Dr Nigel Dowdall
Head of Aviation Health Unit

Medical Division
CAA Safety Regulation Group
Aviation House

Gatwick Airport South
West Sussex
RH6 0YR  

Tel: +44 (0)1293 573664
Fax: +44 (0)1293 573995 

Mobile: +44 (0)782727640
Email:
 

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From: Fred Quimby
Sent: 08 November 2011 15:41
To: AHU
Subject: RE: Radiation whilst flying in Europe

 

That’s great! Thank you Julie!

 Fred

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From: Eden-Brown Julie [mailto:Julie.Eden-Brown@caa.co.uk] On Behalf Of AHU
Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2011 4:29 PM
To:
Fred Quimby
Subject: RE: Radiation whilst flying in Europe

 

Dear Mr Quimby

 Thank you for your email to the Aviation Health Unit.  I am currently seeking advice on your enquiry and will respond to you when I have more information. 

 In the meantime, may I point out that our correct email address is as follows: aviationhealthunit@caa.co.uk

Kind Regards

Julie

Julie Eden-Brown
Aviation Health Unit

 

Tel:  01293 573674
Fax: 01293 573567
Access to Aviation Health Unit Website

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From: Fred Quimby
Sent: 07 November 2011 16:23
To: 'aviationhealthunit@caa.co.uk10'
Cc: Pearce Phil; AHU
Subject: Radiation whilst flying in Europe

 

Dear Sirs,

 I have had no response from your “advice” email address so far. Here below is my question again after being referred to a different address this time (and I also included below all the replies from various UK Govt. bodies).

 “On a recent flight from Zurich to London I measured 3.33 Microsieverts/h at cruising altitude. Please can you tell me how "normal" this is? I am sure it used to be only around 1.50 Microsieverts on this route?? I have a Polymaster personal geiger counter that has proven very accurate in my own testing.”

 Thank you

 Fred Quimby

Ex-pat

Switzerland


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Dear Mr Quimby

Thank you for your enquiry.

 Unfortunately flight radiation is not part of HSE's area of responsibility.  You would need to contact the Aviation Health Unit of the CAA.

The contact details are:

e-mail: aviationhealthunit@caa.co.uk10


Telephone: 01293 573674

 Regards

John Brazendale

Health & Safety Executive

Head of Specialist Safety Unit

Desk 32, 6.2 Redgrave Court, Bootle

Merseyside L20 7HS

Tel: 0151 951 3100 / VPN 523 3100

Mobile:-07876421213

email: john.brazendale@hse.gsi.gov.uk

 

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Good Morning Fred,

 

Thank you for contacting the Environment Agency.

 Radioactivity in the environment comes from different sources. This includes natural radiation, residue from the Chernobyl accident and atmospheric weapons testing, as well as radioactive discharges from nuclear and non-nuclear sites.

 It is our job to control radioactive discharges and carry out environmental monitoring in England and Wales. We make sure that levels of radioactivity in the environment and the amount of radiation the public are exposed to stay below legal limits. please see the following link to our website for details:

 http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/110281.aspx

At normal passenger jet cruising altitude (around 30,000 to 40,000 feet) you may have been experiencing atmospheric radiation. Unfortunately we do not monitor atmospheric radiation at that altitude over European countries (although we may monitor it around a nuclear site here for example).

 You may want to contact the Civil Aviation Authority regarding this matter. Their website is:

 http://www.caa.co.uk/

 I hope this information was useful Fred. Please get in touch if you have any further questions, we will be happy to help.

 Best Regards,

 Alexander Haigh 

The Duty of Care Team

National Customer Contact Centre

Part of National Operations

The Environment Agency

03708 506 506

 

www.environment-agency.gov.uk

 

 

How would you rate the service you’ve received from us?

Let us know by completing our short online customer survey.

https://web.questback.com/theenvironmentagency/customerservicenccc/

 

 


From: Fred Quimby
Sent: 19 October 2011 12:56
To: Enquiries, Unit
Subject: FW: Flight Radiation levels

 Dear Sirs,

I hope you can answer my query or point me in the direction of someone who can.

On a recent flight from Zurich to London I measured 3.33 Micro-sieverts/h at cruising altitude. Please can you tell me how "normal" this is? I am sure it used to be only around 1.50 Micro-sieverts on this route?? I have a Polymaster personal geiger counter that has proven very accurate in my own testing.

Thanks and kind regards,

Fred Quimby

Switzerland

 

 

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 10:37 | 1875411 marchare
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Try emailing the airline pilots or flight attendant associations.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 09:51 | 1875271 BorisTheBlade
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Chernobyl residue yada yada, we don't do that yada yada, please refer to the manual yada yada, ionizing radiation comes from several sources yada yada, please contact somebody else, Fukushima EHH? Thanks for your concern.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 09:46 | 1875264 JOYFUL
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Dear "Fred"

I cannot for the life of me make out what you are on about, bothering all those people, whose jobs, in this age of austerity, are probably hanging by a shoestring...it is possible that you are of a certain age, and therefore need to finetune your understanding of the role of government, and it's servants, in the millenium we are presently part of:  so let me help out...

to whit, the role of government, Fred, is to collect things....taxes, vast amounts of data about you and the rest of the taxpayer base, criminals, such as those of you who neglect your obligations as indentured servants to the state,er, that is to say,  taxpaying citizens, entitlements for serving politicians and their support staff, and most important of all, to collect more debt...so that we can perform our role as members of an international community of democratic societies which proactively seek out opportunities to stimulate reform and development on the part of less advantaged countries.  There is no element of this new, performance based governmental mandate which involves us giving out things Fred: be they information, pensions, protection of person or property, or any such spurious notions which may be occupying your aged mind....

I hope the forthgoing is useful to you in clarifying your governments' role, and yours related to IT!  Please bear in mind that we will be monitoring your grasp of this information, and compliance with its' implications.

yours irrespectively,

Senior NeighbourhoodWatch Supervison Authority {insert your neighbourhood here} Domestic Terrorist Pre-emption

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 09:44 | 1875260 DogSlime
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That's really worrying - they're playing "pass-the-parcel" alright.

Doesn't do much for confidence in the "authorities" does it?

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 09:40 | 1875253 john39
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radiation is being dumped into the atmosphere in increasingly higher levels.  this is no accident.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 10:11 | 1875318 knukles
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That's right.
If it were radioactive veggies being grown in Ma & Pa Kettle's garden in Dubuque, Iowa, the Federalies would have 7 swat teams, 4 APC's, 9 decontamination units with Huey Cobra air support within 3 minutes of the fucking readings to kill Ma  & Pa, not because of the radiation, but for growing the fucking vegetables.

There is no fucking accident likr this.
WTF.  And now they say they can't find it?

Bullshit.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 04:25 | 1874946 RagnarDanneskjold
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The perfect time to blame Iran...

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 08:27 | 1875112 russki standart
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And a prelude of what we have to look forward to, if Iran is attacked and nuclear materials are 'accidently' scattered all over the ME.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 09:07 | 1875192 BigJim
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Is Israel downwind of Iran?

Tue, 11/29/2011 - 04:54 | 1924510 Element
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China and the 'stans are.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 07:54 | 1875078 ReeferMac
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OMG, too fucking funny....

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 08:29 | 1875107 Carlyle Groupie
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It's true. Those f*ukers have lost control of all 16 radioactive magic carpets that make up the national air force.

I hope it's not a false flag.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/world/devastation-at-japan-site-seen-u...

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 10:48 | 1875400 Reptil
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That's not such good news. (about the carpets)

Anyway.. The NY Times article seems to have been SANITIZED??!!
This sentence has been edited:
"A glance at my radiation reader revealed the levels were 300 microsieverts per hour – the highest reading of my visit."

source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/8886466/Eyewitness-...

More lies exposed here: http://enenews.com/
And a very good overview (the first I've seen that's worth it's salt), showing the FAULTLINE RIGHT UNDER FUKUSHIMA!
http://fukushima.over-blog.fr/article-the-geology-of-fukushima-88575278....

Kudos for GW for continuously keeping tabs on the deteriorating circumstances. Please remember, contrary to an oil spill, which will be absorbed into the ecosystem in a decade or two, the effects of these radioactive isotopes are CUMULATIVE.

It's all falling apart, and they're pushing everywhere to get the contracts for new fission powerplants.
Here's an interesting talk about nanotech carbon stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wHGh2eRbLE
It seems to me, the casual observer, there are alternatives on the horizon. Anyone that has some info on the Rossi Cataliser project?

Oh to top it off, the Phobos-Grunt satillite will return to the surface at the end of the month or so. Some radioactive Cobalt and a heap of nasty fuel, were supposed to get the bacteria strains to that moon, Phobos. It didn't quite work out that way. Coïncidence or sabotage as well?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lue5pmXiVhM

FFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUU

 

Tue, 11/29/2011 - 04:52 | 1924492 Element
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And a very good overview (the first I've seen that's worth it's salt), showing the FAULTLINE RIGHT UNDER FUKUSHIMA!
http://fukushima.over-blog.fr/article-the-geology-of-fukushima-88575278....

 

'Active margins', such as where Fukushima is situated, are almost always cross-cut with many inactive faults (i.e. not moved for as much as a few hundred million years or so) and occasionally, a still active fault network. The general public jump fair out of there feckin skin at any mention of a 'fault line', it's one of the hot-button fear-mongering topics., and almost always complete bunk.

The reality is almost all faults are defunct - BEEN INACTIVE FOR A VERY LONG TIME in human terms, and are rather unlikely to ever move again. Sometimes these old dead faults 'reactivate' after a few million years of doing nothing, but that's unusual. What rather often happens is the stress field changes and propagates further away, and the area of active faulting migrates away from the old fault, and creates new faults many miles away.

This routine process of active-margin crustal deformation is why you check the rocks, via drill coring, to examine any structures present, and date when they last deformed that area, before you build any stuff like the Dai-ichi complex.

The real issue here is that these sediments are rather 'young', and thus still poorly 'consolidated', in geological terms ('Quarternary' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaternary - basically, sediments about as old as humanity's oldest known early ancestors), but have been ruptured by a younger vut CURRENTLY INACTIVE fault.

You could look under almost any industrial-scale building in Eastern Japan and you will find such inactive faults. They are very common structural features of such uplifted and rotated sedimentary terranes, but rarely are these faults actively periodically deforming the sedimentary-pile. The vertical movement measured at Dai-ichi after the quake was a regional event, lot a local one.

When sedimentary blocks uplift and rotate within a sequence of dippin thrust faults, typical of a "benioff-zone" like this terrane, let's say along approx north-south oriented series of faults, as in Japan, then one side of the block will rotate downward, as the other side is rotated upward. etc. But these moving upper crustal blocks, in the Japanese context, are on the scale of tens of kms across, with smaller networks of localised fault ruptures within them.

And that is the nature of what has happened under Dai-ichi, within the past million year or so - small-scale local slumps amd rupturing. It's not that there is zero risk from such a fault but it's very low risk over the time-scale of human civilisations.

The real risk at Dai-ichi, as we have just seen, is the powerful seismic waves from far bigger and deeper active fault-ruptures, 80kms away, and what happens to the ocean when these move.

We should keep such things in perspective, is all I'm saying, because the general-public (that's you BTW) has  Z E R O  sense of perspective and of proportions, on a good day, especially when it comes to anything remotely geological, geodynamic or geotechnical.

 

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 10:17 | 1875341 Bicycle Repairman
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What's a little iodine?  The EPA says that hay is a pollutant and that sh*t is everywhere.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 03:48 | 1874924 williambanzai7
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Its excreting from Berlusconi's Bunga Bunker.

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