Typhoons spread Fukushima fallout, study warns


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TEPCO stated Dec.6, that the highest outdoor radiation level is 25 SIEVERTS PER HOUR which has been located at the base of the exhaust stack for reactors 1&2.

This is caused by radioactive material derived from the melted fuel entering the pipes during the venting soon after the nuclear disaster on 3/11. Some of that radioactive material would have left the exhaust vent and out into the environment.

According to researchers from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, radioactive cesium which spewed from the nuclear plant following the nuclear disaster fell in broad-leaf forests and remained near to the surface and most likely didn't spread downwards into the groundwaters.

Radiation around the nuclear disaster site is up to 150 microsieverts per hour.

Both the IAEA experts team visiting Japan/TEPCO?nuclear disaster, and Allison Macfarlane, head of the American Nuclear Regulatory Commission who is also visiting Japan, are recommending the release of the contaminated water in the storage tanks into the ocean. The released waste water would contain tritium which can't be removed with the ALPS cleaning process. Both the IAEA and Macfarlane claim the level of tritium in the released water would be low and would not be an environmental problem.

Its now 1000 days since 160,000 people fled from their homes and communities around the nuclear disaster site.

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The article, which is what I was commenting on, doesn't say more than that. Reading the report was neither needed or helpful in commenting on the article.

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So wait a minute. Someone did a study that shows that rain can wash dirt from one place to another? Doesn't everyone already know this? And somehow this is news?

The scientific report states more than that, so maybe you should try reading it first, but you probably haven't bothered to find it, even though the comments have provided links?

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So wait a minute. Someone did a study that shows that rain can wash dirt from one place to another? Doesn't everyone already know this? And somehow this is news?

Oh and Ranger_Miffy2, sparked is a transitive verb meaning to set in motion, activate. So yes the earthquake sparked (set in motion) the tsunami.

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LOTS of water!

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This is weird: "An earthquake-sparked tsunami slammed into the Fukushima plant in March 2011, sending reactors into meltdown and sparking the worst atomic accident in a generation."

"Sparked" is fire. The tsunami is water.

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Underground water and waterways are all connected. Seepage in Fukushima will make its way to Tokyo is it isn't already there but suppose it's just like cancer. Some people will be predisposed while others will go through life unaffected by the pollution. In that way you have to admire the Japanese way of keeping calm and carrying on especially since this is so much less under their control anymore.

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Oh sorry I forgot to post the link for the Radiogardase Excerpt. I was giving someone 2 thumbs up when I thought to post about what I had read earlier for Radiogardase.

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I was reading that with all of the spreading of fallout. if cesium in ingested it does not leave the body as I had thought previously.

Excerpt from Radiogardase: Radiogardase traps radioactive cesium and thallium in the intestines and keeps them from being reabsorbed by the body. Once Cs137 has entered the body, it goes through a long rotation of re-absorption within the circulatory system. The ingested Cs137 is reabsorbed almost completely from the gastrointestinal tract, and, via the bloodstream, is transported to the liver where it enters the gall bladder and is finally returned to the intestine. From the intestine, around 90% is again reabsorbed into the bloodstream and the enterohepatic circulation starts anew. Radiogardase® interrupts this enterohepatic absorption of Cs137 by knocking this cyclic path out of the gastrointestinal tract and sending it out through the feces

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Sounds an absolute hoot in your household!

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And THAT is why we've drank, cooked and rinsed in imported bottled water. Obvious that IT was getting around, being spread about. From re-suspension to leaching to dumping of collected leaves, soils and the classic burning of gareki. Sharing the wealth. How...

This doesn't even touch the issue of where Tokyo sources its water from. Dear me. Drip, drip, drip... the contamination concentrates within us.

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Which is why I only shop at foreign food import supermarkets.

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All these articles are is fluff either good fluff or bad fluff its still fluff. The whole truth is there is a major on going disaster that isn't going to get any better any time soon and more than likely will get worse before its all over. Its disgraceful !

Serious damage has already been done to the environment including the air we breathe the food supply and water, the ground is badly contaminated too. It is a very serious and major catastrophe and should be considered as such, buy your products with caution, be prepared for further spills and contamination, make sure you know where the food and water you consume comes from and maybe even stay out of the rain if possible.

Forget about every little sensationalist news article that is generated to either put fear into you or alleviate your fear and concerns, and just get on with your life and proceed with caution knowing the truth. Or simply pack your bag and leave, don't continue to sit here and act shocked and disgusted any longer its meaningless.

I hardly pay any attention any longer to the news about fukushima, we know its a major fubar and people are lying there pants off about what's happening and what's not happening, sure there is steam coming out of the ground, the core has melted into the earth up there, so what, pack up and leave if you cant handle it. put down that news article and get on with your informed life.

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The text says:

dispersing cesium particles which typically cling to soils and sediment

Yes, and when it clings to soils and sediment, it cannot enter the food chain because plants cannot absorb this. It sits there harmless. No big threat.

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hardliner, your old video link above simply feeds the conspiracy theorists. This is irresponsible.

Listen to the sound track, repeatedly saying the 3/11 event took place "160 days ago". This news clip from RT has been retitled by someone as 'Nov 2013', but it was shot way back in August 2011.

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Thanks, there are alot more like it on youtube. Just everyday people trying to make it better for the kids and for their life. I did not know of the Companies that are working on Decontamination & will look them up.

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So, according to Shinzo Abe, Tokyo is safe? Wait another few years to get the Tokyo deadly enough for the Olympics.

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good video link.

Every documentary I have seen of Decontamination efforts outside the no go zone have been done by the local community.

The decontamination works inside the exclusion zones, some areas outside it with hotspots and some work in places like Fukushima City were carried out by the top 5 or so building companies who originally built the nuclear power plants. This is a ¥billions goldmine for those companies.

There are no nuclear experts working for those building companies. The workers are tradesmen and labourers, including a large number of temporary workers, day labourers and nuclear gypsies who can no longer work at the nuclear disaster site because they reached their limits for radiation exposure.

Some of those companies were discovered to be dumping the decontaminated waste along river banks and in open fields.

The country, like nearly all the countries with nuclear waste have no current solution for shortage of both low and high level radioactive waste. The high level waste will need secure storage for probably 1,000 years and longer.

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Every documentary I have seen of Decontamination efforts outside the no go zone have been done by the local community. unqualified they may be and they are not being paid to decontaminate and have no secure place to store the radioactive material they collect. but they are trying to keep the contamination down.

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This comes from another country, under Japanese law it is a secret.

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I don't think the report is telling us anything new or anything we didn't already know. Following the 3/11 nuclear disaster, radiation and debris was spread over a very large area, especially in Fukushima Prefecture. Some of the contamination spread to the mountains and the plant life which grows there.

When the heavy rains from typhoons come, or other heavy rains and winds, or the snow melt, that contamination is washed off the mountains and down into the rivers. Probably, the level of contamination is less than the water leaking into the ocean from the nuclear disaster site. Most the washed down contamination will sit on the bottom of river beds or banks rather than being washed out to the ocean.

The trees on the mountains are contaminated with radiation and every new leaf growth and leaf fall contains some level of contamination.

From the report,

The area where soil contamination exceeds 100 kBq m−2 of 137Cs was estimated to cover ca. 3000 km2.

To date, the gov't have spent ¥billions on decontamination work, especially inside the 30 km no go zone but it hasn't worked as well as first hoped and also the work is taking much longer than first estimated. High levels of radiation remains a problem inside the exclusion zone and other areas. The levels of radiation have been reduced but not to legal limits in all areas. Some of that contamination also reaches the rivers and out into the ocean.

It's almost impossible to decontaminate the mountain areas so its a problem what will likely remain for some decades to come.

The exclusion zone should have been made permanent until the nuclear disaster is resolved and the victims compensated.

There needs to be constant monitoring for radiation on the land and in the ocean.

I think this is a link to the report,

Measurement of radioactive dose rates in fine sediment that has recently deposited on channel bed-sand provides a solution to address the lack of continuous river monitoring in Fukushima Prefecture after Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant (FDNPP) accident. We show that coastal rivers of Eastern Fukushima Prefecture were rapidly supplied with sediment contaminated by radionuclides originating from inland mountain ranges, and that this contaminated material was partly exported by typhoons to the coastal plains as soon as by November 2011.

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Not too shocked by this news report, more shocked that the JAPANESE news is trying to HELP us FORGET about Fukushima and all of that mess up there!! When was the last time that any JAPANESE news tv show etc...gave us any information about FUKUSHIMA, the DAI ICHI plant etc..???

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bigfujiyamaDec. 04, 2013 - 09:11AM JST

Studies show that 80% of news sites don't check any data in articles that say 'studies show.'

Most sites just cut and paste stuff from other news outlets.

You (and xkcd) are correct. I found the text of one of the articles online (

Studies have shown that soil erosion can move the radioactive varieties of cesium-134 and 137 from the northern mountains near Fukushima into rivers, and then out into the Pacific Ocean.

The scientific article doesn't say a thing about "... and then out into the Pacific Ocean". Perhaps because the scientists (unlike reports) understand that radioactive particles are very dense and, like gold sitting at the bottom of an ocean bed, don't move easily.

This is why reporters should be required to have at LEAST an undergraduate degree in the area they're reporting on. I believe in free speech, but I also believe in the sensible, "not shouting FIRE! in a crowded theater" restriction. Reporters not educated in the field they're reporting don't understand what they're reporting and, given how many people they reach every day, have too much potential to cause harm. Incorrect reporting (as is so common these days) should be a punishable offence.

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Im Sure you have seen the video Fukushima out of control NOVEMBER 2013 on YouTube talking about steam coming up from the ground

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Just think, another couple of weeks and there will be no more bad news from Fukushima cos the government will silence it all with the secrecy bill.

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Studies show that 80% of news sites don't check any data in articles that say 'studies show.'

Most sites just cut and paste stuff from other news outlets.

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falseflagsteve: "It is all down to a handful of people who want grants or other monies to fear monger and make people scared. Noting to see here, get on with your lf you are outside restricted areas."

Call the people who care 'fear mongers' all you want -- the only thing worse is an apathetic person who insists nothing is wrong and does nothing (usually someone far away from any problems), 'falseflag'.

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Another day and a another good message :(

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Reminds me of US drugs commercials, "one study showed that some daily activities will make hair grow on your palms..."

Well, it isn't a TEPCO study so maybe there's something to it but there's nothing here to hang your hat on.

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Stopped drinking tap water and buying food from that area the day of the disaster, eat seafood sparingly now too and only if its from further south than shizuoka.

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It is all down to a handful of people who want grants or other monies to fear monger and make people scared. Noting to see here, get on with your lf you are outside restricted areas.

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Where is your data from, MEXT? With measeurements from 15 meters in the air as an area measurement sure. It seems like the dose of contamination is low. Have J Govt my some Yen into taking the accident seriously finally and take proper measurements all from the same heights and range them accordingly, like a responsible Govt should.

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It will soon be classified as a State Secret, and then no-one will know the full details…except that it is under control!

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More fear mongering by idiots that want money for research. They want us to live in fear rather than be independent and enjoy life. The risks for anyone outside the immediate area are remote.

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So, where are the result of these studies?? Who are the most at risk?

Good point. There is absolutely no data in this report.

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After the accident, I remember Tea leaves in Chiba were affected and that is a long way from Fukushima. Daiichi is still emitting radiation and radioactive water is a serious problem due to the cracks in the bedrock underneath Daiichi. This article is good but it makes it sound like Daiichi is not still emitting radiation but it still is doing so ans strong winds will carry it far and wide.

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So, where are the result of these studies?? Who are the most at risk? I know we are not being warned by tepco....

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