Fukushima Radiation Has Contaminated The Entire Pacific Ocean (And It's Going To Get Worse)

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Submitted by Whitney Webb via TrueActivist.com,

The nuclear disaster has contaminated the world's largest ocean in only five years and it's still leaking 300 tons of radioactive waste every day.

An energy map provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows the intensity of the tsunami in the Pacific Ocean caused by the magnitude 8.9 earthquake which struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Thousands of people fled their homes along the Pacific coast of North and South America on Friday as a tsunami triggered by Japan's massive earthquake reached the region but appeared to spare it from major damage. REUTERS/NOAA/Center for Tsunami Research/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Credit – NOAA

What was the most dangerous nuclear disaster in world history? Most people would say the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, but they’d be wrong. In 2011, an earthquake, believed to be an aftershock of the 2010 earthquake in Chile, created a tsunami that caused a meltdown at the TEPCO nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Three nuclear reactors melted down and what happened next was the largest release of radiation into the water in the history of the world. Over the next three months, radioactive chemicals, some in even greater quantities than Chernobyl, leaked into the Pacific Ocean. However, the numbers may actually be much higher as Japanese official estimates have been proven by several scientists to be flawed in recent years.

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Radioactive Debris from Fukushima approaching North America’s western coast       Credit – RT

If that weren’t bad enough, Fukushima continues to leak an astounding 300 tons of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean every day. It will continue do so indefinitely as the source of the leak cannot be sealed as it is inaccessible to both humans and robots due to extremely high temperatures.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Fukushima has contaminated the entire Pacific Ocean in just five years. This could easily be the worst environmental disaster in human history and it is almost never talked about by politicians, establishment scientists, or the news. It is interesting to note that TEPCO is a subsidiary partner with General Electric (also known as GE), one of the largest companies in the world, which has considerable control over numerous news corporations and politicians alike. Could this possibly explain the lack of news coverage Fukushima has received in the last five years? There is also evidence that GE knew about the poor condition of the Fukushima reactors for decades and did nothing. This led 1,400 Japanese citizens to sue GE for their role in the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Even if we can’t see the radiation itself, some parts of North America’s western coast have been feeling the effects for years. Not long after Fukushima, fish in Canada began bleeding from their gills, mouths, and eyeballs. This “disease” has been ignored by the government and has decimated native fish populations, including the North Pacific herring. Elsewhere in Western Canada, independent scientists have measured a 300% increase in the level of radiation. According to them, the amount of radiation in the Pacific Ocean is increasing every year. Why is this being ignored by the mainstream media? It might have something to do with the fact that the US and Canadian governments have banned their citizens from talking about Fukushima so “people don’t panic.”

 
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Credit – AP

Further south in Oregon, USA, starfish began losing legs and then disintegrating entirely when Fukushima radiation arrived there in 2013. Now, they are dying in record amounts, putting the entire oceanic ecosystem in that area at risk. However, government officials say Fukushima is not to blame even though radiation in Oregon tuna tripled after Fukushima. In 2014, radiation on California beaches increased by 500 percent. In response, government officials said that the radiation was coming from a mysterious “unknown” source and was nothing to worry about.

However, Fukushima is having a bigger impact than just the West coast of North America. Scientists are now saying that the Pacific Ocean is already radioactive and is currently at least 5-10 times more radioactive than when the US government dropped numerous nuclear bombs in the Pacific during and after World War II. If we don’t start talking about Fukushima soon, we could all be in for a very unpleasant surprise.

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remain calm's picture

It will all be 100% restored to ecologically normal by the Olympics

WTFRLY's picture

To be fair, that pic is of tsunami measurements, not the radiation specifically. Fuck-ushima will be global though.

 

BaBaBouy's picture

Japans Nuke garbage dump is the Pacific ocean ???

NoDecaf's picture

Great, now we can add 'walking the plank' to the list of post collapse activities along with guillotines, pitch forks and rope.

BaBaBouy's picture

Don't worry Too Much about all this Radiation, a lot of it will decay NATURALLY In 25,000 Years ~~~

J Jason Djfmam's picture

The world will be fine.

The rest of us, not so much.

SafelyGraze's picture

just go ahead and release it all

no more of this micky-mouse little-bit-at-a-time

 

jbvtme's picture

earthquake or harpocane?   3/11/2011.  add 'em or multiply you get 33. fuku was a masonic hit.  somebody's got to thin the gene pool.

Dental Floss Tycoon's picture

 

 

 

There is just no way this thing could leak 300 tons per day.  It might be possible to contaminate 300 tons of sea water per day.   Even that seems questionable and misleading.

 

 

 

JLee2027's picture

Whatever the leakage rate, it's hard to accept they cannot back off a mile or two or ten and build some kind of containment ring. 

Gold...Bitches's picture

I think people are missing the big picture.  The whole point is to let it get entirely contaminated and kill off all the life in the ocean.  If its all dead theres nothing to save with environmental laws/regulations then it just becomes the new frontier in resource extraction without having any oversight or regulation cuz nothing does or ever will live there again.

BigJim's picture

That's some high-grade conspiracy theory you've got right there. Have a +1 on me.

beemasters's picture

If it had been China or Russia, it would've been all over the mainstream news media in the past few years and the UN would have stepped in to condemn them.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) beemasters Oct 2, 2016 6:32 PM

So, Godzilla is real?

 

Dimwit's picture

"I think people are missing the big picture.  The whole point is to let it get entirely contaminated and kill off all the life in the ocean."

And then blame Glow-bull Warming.

conscious being's picture

Why the Chemtrails over the Eastern Pacific? Which create a high pressure ridge? Which diverts the JetStream to the Artic? Which results in the ongoing West Coast drought?

They are diverting, attempting to divert some FukuRadiation from making landfall. In anticipation of the usual smart ass saying the contaminated particles won't show up in rain, tell it to these guys.

High radiation detected in L.A. rain

Mr. Universe's picture

Let's put it this way, if we kill off all life on 70% of our planet, we are dead men walking. No recovery from that.

noless's picture

Is there really some kind of mermaid/atlantian angle to this? Because i hadnt considered that.

Diatom's picture

Kill the diatoms and the entire food chain collapses...

Mr. Universe's picture

I figure the less we hear bout it in the MSM the safer it is and alarmists are over reacting. Wait a minute, scratch that, WTF was I thinking. The less you see of this in the MSM the more they are hiding. Damn, this must really be FUBAR.

malek's picture

Yeah, at a rate of 300 tons a day, not just all nuclear fuel but also most of the reacor buildings would have disappeared from Fukushima by now...

Bunga Bunga's picture

malek, Japanese criminals use the Pacific Ocean just as a giant dump site. Ocean water is constantly pumped through the facility in order to "clean" the site. It's called "solution through dilution" - all the waste is spread out and the result is radioactive contamination "below harmful levels", but there are no harmful levels. "Harmful levels" is just a political decision by governments and not based on science. It is just there to make people believe it is not harmful and to make human activities in or near nuclear facilities possible. Otherwise nuclear facilities could never have been operated. Scientific research has proven that anything above natural radiation is dangerous, but criminal politicians ignore that simply.

 

 

malek's picture

How come you are not mentioning two other important facts:
1. The containment of 3 reactors at Fukushima was irrevocably lost. All the "icewall" and similar propaganda bullshit will not bring it back.
2. Unfortunate as it as, the ocean is the best dilution media we have on earth.

One can try to reduce the rate of seepage into the groundwater and ocean as much as possible without letting it overheat so radioactive crap starts evaporating or burning, i.e. much worse dilution into the atmosphere (generally assuming re-criticality is now out of the question due to enough dilution under the reactor buildings) - but that's about all you can do.

All lamenting about harmful levels or similar will not change any of those facts.

 

HockeyFool's picture

Exactly right. This whole article is a load of BS.

gcjblack's picture

The NOAA map appears to show expected tsunami wave height from earthquake in Japan.  Note "cm" printed above the color bar scale.  Misleading to fraudulent. There are many other exaggerations and half-truths in this story.

Did ZH perform any due diligence before parroting this story?  Mark Twain said a lie will travel around the globe before the truth has put on its shoes.  The natural strength of lies do not need ZH's help.  ZH injures its credibility just when we need ZH to stand strong as a shining example to all the disabled and dysfunctional major media outlets.   I expect better from ZH.  Please don't post crap like this again. 

gcjblack's picture

The NOAA map appears to show expected tsunami wave height from earthquake in Japan.  Note "cm" printed above the color bar scale.  Misleading to fraudulent. There are many other exaggerations and half-truths in this story.

Did ZH perform any due diligence before parroting this story?  Mark Twain said a lie will travel around the globe before the truth has put on its shoes.  The natural strength of lies do not need ZH's help.  ZH injures its credibility just when we need ZH to stand strong as a shining example to all the disabled and dysfunctional major media outlets.   I expect better from ZH.  Please don't post crap like this again. 

OverTheHedge's picture

A ton of water is a cubic metre, so 300,000 tons would be 300,000 cubic metres. The cube root of 300,000 is 66.94 metres. Imagine a cube 67 metres on each side, or 200ish feet in English money. Is that unfeaably huge?

BTW, I read it as 300 tons, which is quite a bit smaller. I would assume that this is water runing through the site, and I have a pump that can move 5 tons of water per hour through a one inch (25mm) pipe, which would be 120 tons per day. Doesn't take much to add up. 300 tons would need less than three one inch pipes runing day and night. Hardly a huge gushing torrent.

roadhazard's picture

300 tons = more like it... but but the pretty colors in the picture.

BigJim's picture

Indeed.

The key point isn't how much water is being contaminated but also the degree to which it's contaminated, ie, in becquerels.

Also the composition of the radionucleides contaminating the water. A billion becquerels of radiation produced by (say) Iodine 131 (with a half life of 8 days) is a lot less worrying than a billion becquerels produced by Plutonium 239, which has a half life of ~24k years.

In other words - "300 tons of radioactive waste every day" is meaningless.

Golden Phoenix's picture

They are frantically pumping seawater over the reactor they can't reach in an effort to keep it cool so it doesn't melt down further.

sharonsj's picture

The 300 tons a day statement comes from a Reuters article published in 2013.  At that time, Fukushima had been spilling an estimated 300 tons a day into the ocean for 2 1/2 years.

The contamination claim comes from the International Atomic Energy Agency, which has a joint task force monitoring the spread of radiation. Another 2014 article stated: "Global Research also reports that radiation from the nuclear disaster actually reached the US West Coast within a few days and long-term exposure has started an epidemic of sea lion deaths in California; caused fish off of the west coast of Canada to ‘bleed from their gills, bellies and eyeballs’; Alaskan polar bears have suffered from alopecia (loss of hair/fur) and skin lesions; and it is predicted that the radioactivity in the west coastal waters of USA could double over the next five to six years."

Global Research has a March 10, 2015 article "28 Signs That the West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima" which includes the following: A senior researcher of marine chemistry at the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Meteorological Research Institute says that “30 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium and 30 billion becquerels of radioactive strontium” are being released into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima every single day.

The inability of Zero Hedge posters to actually research any fucking topic remains a mystery to me.

Lore's picture

Exactly. The writer's facts are scrambled, decontextualized and clouded by innuendo. Note the broken links to enenews.  To be fair, reliable sources are stunningly lacking.  The situation is very bad, but this is essentially doom porn, hardly credible journalism.  One might just as well consult the IPCC about "global warming." (That's sarcasm, for new ZH visitors.)  However, unlike "global warming," this environmental bogeyman is real.

It would be interesting to see what statistical data is being tracked for related health concerns like thyroid trouble in various regions (e.g., Japan, Hawaii, up and down the west coast of North America).  American and Canadian government and amateur radiation monitors don't seem to be picking up significant levels of radiation at this time, but I see nothing about bioaccumulation in seafood or marine biology. Purple sea stars seemed to disappear for a while, but can be seen again on Vancouver beaches, and local seals seem to be doing just fine.

GreatUncle's picture

Its only 300 cubic metres ... 1 cubic metre of water is a metric tonne 1000kg

Small room I am sitting in would 2m x 3m x4m = 24m^3  tonnes so 12x that size.

Easy it is not alot by volume.

SILVERGEDDON's picture

Hey, Dental Floss rocket scientist - do some fucking homework. 

Reason why it is leaking 300 tons of water per day, is because they are pouring even more than that on the melted down cores of the reactors to prevent them from going critical, burning, and putting out a global extinction event plume of plutonium and other radionucleides for your sorry ass to breathe in.

Water loss from boiling nuclear core water, evaporation, and ground absorbtion makes up the rest of the total amount being poured on to the cores.  

No recirculation any more with everything blown up and fucked up with radiation levels so high it has fried every piece of robotic equipment they have tried to use to work on damage clean up and damage control.

So, only answer they had ? Put a tent around each of the buildings to partially capture emissions escaping as steam and evaporation, keep pouring water on the cores, and let it leak into the ocean.

It also happens to be the cheapest fix for Tepco, and their share holders. Great for the company quarterlies, bad for the entire population of the planet.

I have a grade 9 education, and i figured out all this on my own.

You must be a university graduate, with a doctorate, PHD, and a Special Snowflake award for participation, you fucking dumb ass.  

Mr. Universe's picture

Only one real pertinent fact here; That after 5 years, they still have virtually zero % containment on these breached cores.

Ex-Oligarch's picture

The Japanese government is still pumping vast quantities of water into the reactor buildings to cool the cores, which have melted through the containment vessels long ago and are now somewhere in the depths of the reactor building basements which leak.  (No, they don't know exactly where.)  Attempts to pump out the water and decontaminate it have proven unsuccessful, and huge quantities of contaminated water are stored on site in pools and tanks, which are also leaking.  So yes, the 300 tons per day figure above is what TEPCO and the government belatedly disclosed.  Given the inaccuracy of TEPCO's prior disclosures, it wouldn't be at all surprising if the number is in fact higher.

Verlorenes Geld's picture

300 Tons = 600,000 pounds
600,000 / 8.34540449 (weight of plain water) = 71,895 gallons/day
71,895 / 24 =  2,995 Gallons/Hour
2,995  GPH / 60 = 49.92 Gallons Per Minute

The average shower flows around 2.1 GPM, so it'd be like having approximately 24 showers running 24/7 - That sounds reasonable, actually, for leaking/released contaminated water.  Hell, in any of the large hotels on the Las Vegas Strip there are probably 40 times that number running in the morning during a one hour time period.

I agree that the 300 Tons/Day figure seemed largely inflated, but breaking it down into GPM and something that we all experience, makes me believe the numbers are correctly stated. 

Young Buckethead's picture

That's a dark hole you don't want to go down.

We can only hope they don't have the protection they think they do.

wee-weed up's picture

 

 

When oil spills happen, big oil companies are forced to pay billions for cleanup...

Why is no one forcing Japan to pay?

Arnold's picture

No worries eh?

When Baja Cali slides off into Pacifica.......

847328_3527's picture

"It's contained...."

 

...to the planet earth.

NidStyles's picture

Easy solution, start making leaded glass beads by the ton. Find the source of the leak and start dumping the beads on it.

When you get enough on there that humans divers and robots can get near the pile of glass beads, go in and start building a fence of concrete pillars. around the leak so the ocean can be pulled back from the site once it's closed off. Proceed to bury the site in leaded concrete until the radiation is no longer leaking..

 

Fuck it, I'm sending them an email...

quartshort's picture

+1

Don't be eyeballin' me's lead tho. :P

 

0hedgehog's picture

That's YUGE!

 

We'll build a wall and make Japan pay for it!

Déjà view's picture

Bikini & Moruroa Atolls Off Limits For Another 25,000 years...nothing new...

boattrash's picture

Having just seen the movie "Deepwater Horizon", that Fresh Gulf Shrimp is sounding better and better every day...

Young Buckethead's picture

No one has a date when the Corexit is no longer lethal, either.

Plus, all the flooded nuclear power plants in the mid-West on the flooded rivers are discharging all their radioactive water down the Mississippi into the Gulf.

No, there is no escaping what is coming. Hug your kids and grandparents, they're first.