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Fukushima Radiation Spikes After 3 Earthquakes & Typhoon Wipha

Fukushima Daiichi is back in the limelight after recent events caused the situation to go from bad to worse.

Although TEPCO has been insisting for quite some time that the situation is under control, the radiation spike to 6500 times previous levels indicates this is not the case.

On October 11, 2013 three earthquakes occurred off the Fukushima coast. Ten days later the area was subject to wind and rainfall from Typhoon Wipha.  Typhoon Francisco is expected to arrive there this week and is expected to cause flooding of the already drenched region.

NHK World reported that officials of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said on October 18th they detected 400,000 becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances – including strontium – at the site, a level 6,500 times higher than readings taken on October 16th. These readings were taken from a well dug to gauge leakage from a nearby storage tank which had leaked over 300 tons of contaminated water in August, some of which is believed to have found its way into the sea. Both Strontium and Tritium have been detected in the groundwater.

Shinzo AbeThese developments prompted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to make a request for advanced knowledge from overseas. This is a significant change from previously, and indicates the seriousness of the situation. Japanese culture values personal integrity and taking responsibility for errors by correcting them without complaining or asking for help. It is a serious loss of face to admit that one has made a mistake that requires the help of others to undo. At the same time this indicates how serious the situation is, it is also quite a welcome occurrence, since finally the truth is being told.

However, the question remains whether this is “too little, too late.” Significant amounts of contaminated water have found their way into the Pacific, meaning that the entire Pacific basin will be contaminated with Cesium-137 by 2020.

In addition, these events raise questions as to whether or not previous reports have been accurate. There is reason to believe that the situation is even worse than reported, and that the corium from the three meltdowns breached containment months ago and has descended to the bedrock of the ancient riverbed the facilities were built on, currently finding its way to the sea. Even if this is not the case, the amount of Cesium-137 in spent fuel pool #4 is about 15 times the amount released by Chernobyl and poses a serious threat if it were to run dry or topple from its 10th floor position.

This also means that the rest of the world can no longer adopt the “wait and hope” strategy.

Robert Jacobs, a professor at Hiroshima Peace University, told RT the compounding problems at Fukushima Daiichi underscore one critical reality: no one really knows what to do. He added that the health risks are great and continue to increase every year. “Somewhere between 100,000 to 1,000,000 [people] will over the next thirty years get cancer from this accident…1,000 additional cancers a year from eating fish from the Pacific.” http://rt.com/news/fukushima-high-radioactivity-well-335/

People need to consider that continuing nuclear contamination is a reality and take steps to protect themselves.


    Fukushima Typhoon Wipha

    Fukushima Typhoon Wipha

    Update 10/11/2013: Fukushima typhoon Wipha has turned and spared Fukushima the brunt of its force. However, the risks remain. The facility still needs to be secured against future impacts.

    Radiation Risks Of Fukushima Typhoon Wipha

    The Fukushima typhoon brings wind and water. Given the latest developments at Fukushima Dai-Ichi, this is an emergency. Why?

    According to recent reports, it is likely that reactors #1, #2 and #3 have gone into full meltdown and breached containment. TEPCO has been flooding the area with water and the radioactive water has been leaking out to sea. The whole complex has become a marsh. Some even speculate that the corium is following the ancient riverbed the complex was built upon and is causing the coastal waters to boil with radioactive steam.

    In the previous storm thousands of gallons of radioactive water found their way into the ocean.

    Fukushima Typhoon Wipha Worst-Case Scenario

    Unfortunately the situation at spent fuel pool #4 remains. The onset of Fukushima typhoon Wipha puts the structure at risk. The storm surge further saturates the soil and destabilizes the foundation.

    TEPCO has been pretending the situation is under control in order to save face. The truth is that the situation is out of control, has been since the beginning and continues to worsen.

      Amateur Rendering Of Fukushima Situation

      This little animation shows how the reactor cores at Fukushima have melted into the earth and are subject to subterranean water flows that carry the radiation out to the ocean. From http://imgur.com/s7g5XTX

        Effects Of Cesium-137

        Effects Of Cesium-137

        Below is a video of Steven Starr’s talk on effects of Cesium-137 , “The Implications of The Massive Contamination of Japan With Radioactive Cesium” presented at Helen Caldicott’s Fukushima Symposium in March of 2013.

        A transcript with original charts (in English) is provided here:

        We provide a brief summary of the key points below:

        Effects of Cesium-137Facts About Cesium-137

        • Cesium-137 is the most abundant of the long-lived radionuclides released by the rupture of nuclear fuel rods
        • It has a 30 year half-life, meaning it persists in ecosystems 180-300 years
        • It is a water-soluble macro-nutrient and mimics Potassium
        • Quickly spreads throughout contaminated ecosystems

        Radioactivity is a measure of how many atoms are disintegrating over time.

        • 1 Becquerel (Bq) = 1 atomic disintegration per second
        • 1 Curie (Ci) = 37 Billon atomic disintegrations per second

        When people dismiss the effects of Cesium-137 by comparing it to the radioactive Potassium-40 in a banana, they fail to account for the strength of the radioactivity. It is like saying a single stick of dynamite and the bomb dropped at Hiroshima amount to the same thing.

        • Potassium-40 = 71 ten millionths Curies per gram
        • Cesium-137 = 88 Curies per gram
        • Strontium-90 = 140 Curies per gram

        So the effects of Cesium-137 are about 10 million times more radioactive than Potassium-40.

        104 Curies per square mile of Cesium-137 contamination makes the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone uninhabitable.  15-40 Curies per square mile is still considered a strict dosage control zone. In simple terms less than a dime’s weight of this toxic substance is sufficient to render New York’s Central Park uninhabitable.

        Many nuclear power plants have more than 100 million Curies of Cesium-137 in storage.

        Analysis by the US National Nuclear Security Administration’s NA-42 Aerial Measuring System and the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center of the Lawrence Livermore Lab show significant contamination of the Japanese mainland during the week that followed the initial disaster. The Japanese government did not release this information publicly at the time.  Eight months later they issued a map which did not reveal the extent to which Tokyo had been subjected to the effects of Cesium-137 and other radiobuclides.  A 300 square mile exclusion zone was declared. Readings in excess of the 1 millisievert per year limit were also discovered over a 4,500 square mile area but instead of evacuation, officials raised the limit to 20 millisieverts.

        Since radiation impacts different age groups differently, the impact of raising the acceptable levels was to increase cancer rates in baby girls by 1% and in baby boys by 0.5%. These figures are questionable because of the difference between internal an external exposure.

        One of the problematical effects of Cesium-137 is bio-accumulation. Toxins concentrate faster than they can be excreted. Its biological half-life is 110 days, meaning that if consumption stops, it will take around three years to fall to 1/1000th of the starting level.  Concentrations magnify as one goes up the food chain just like mercury in fish. High concentrations can be found in meat, dairy, mushrooms and berries.

        This means that with daily ingestion of 1 Becquerel of Cesium-137 tends to pass out of the body as fast as it accumulates, flatlining at 200 Becquerels. However with 10 Becquerels daily, levels will tend to rise, flatlining at 1400 Becquerels. This can be confirmed by having patients sit in the chair of a Whole-Body Counter to determine the number of Becquerels per Kilogram of body weight. The ICRP classifies these as safe levels even up to a daily consumption of 100 Becquerels daily.

        Effects Of Cesium-137  On Human Health

        However: “Research done by Dr. Yuri Bandazhevsky, and his colleagues and students, in Belarus during the period 1991 through 1999, correlated whole body radiation levels of 10 to 30 Becquerels per kilogram of whole body weight with abnormal heart rhythms and levels of 50 Becquerels per kilogram of body weight with irreversible damage to the tissues of the heart and other vital organs.

        One of the key discoveries made by Bandazhevsky was that Cesium-137 bioconcentrates in the endocrine and heart tissues, as well as the pancreas, kidneys and intestines. This goes completely against one of the primary assumptions used by the ICRP to calculate “effective dose” as measured by milliseiverts: that Cesium-137 is uniformly distributed in human tissues.

        Let me restate that. The current ICRP methodology is to assume that the absorbed dose is uniformly distributed in human tissues. This is, in fact, not the case…It was never previously translated in large part because shortly after Dr. Bandazhevsky presented it to the Parliament and the President of Belarus, he was summarily arrested and imprisoned.”

        Mitigating The Effects Of Cesium-137

        In order to mitigate the effects of Cesium-137 from internal exposure, one needs to accomplish 3 things:

        • Accelerate the rate at which the radionuclides pass out of the body. In other words, chelate. Apple pectin and seaweed do this.  Even better for mitigating effects of Cesium-137 is NCD Zeolite suspension
        • Repair any damage done by free radicals by:
          • Alkalizing – Alkalizing may be done through diet, but many people find it more convenient to drink alkaline water, such as is produced by Kangen and Athena machines. Alkalizing creates an environment where free radicals are neutralized thus mitigating effects of Cesium-137.
          • Mineralizing – High quality mineral supplements in available form are best (liquid).
          • Eating nutrient-dense foods such as fresh green juices, Chlorella and Spirulina helps cells repair damage, thus further mitigating the effects of Cesium-137.

        More on the effects of Cesium-137 later.

        Women Of Fukushima (Documentary)

        Women Of Fukushima Documentary

        The women of Fukushima speak out about political corruption, collusion by the media and nuclear power company deceptions.

        Simply put: ‘To reveal that what the politicians and power companies say about nuclear power are lies, simply insist that they live near nuclear power plants. They won’t.”

        Women of Fukushima-English subtitles from Paul Johannessen on Vimeo.

        women of fukushima documentary