November 15, 2013 -- (TRN http://www.TurnerRadioNetwork.com) --Dangerous levels of radiation from the nuclear plant accident in Fukushima, Japan are reaching parts of North, Central and South America and are spreading inland by weather systems carrying radiation-contaminated rain from the Pacific ocean. Pacific ocean seafood is now testing positive for radiation and an additional 400 tons of radioactive water is still pouring into the Pacific from the crippled nuclear plant every day, with no end in sight.
According to the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center (NETC) radiation levels in cities along the west coast of the United States, from Juneau , Alaska to San Diego, California have been seeing sudden spikes in local radiation levels. For instance, the typical radiation level in Fresno, CA at its typical lowest end is 12 Count Per Minute (CPM) of Gamma Radiation. As of today, November 15, that level is at 381 CPM but within the last week, went as high as 945! In addition, places far inland from Rapid City, South Dakota to Laredo, Texas are recently setting new historically high levels on local radiation monitoring equipment.
To give you a visual perspective of the radiation reaching the USA, below is a recent snapshot of the NETC radiation graphic for the USA:
The Green colored radiation symbols mean the levels are normal. The Yellow colored radiation symbols mean there's been a noticeable increase in local levels. Bright Red colored radiation symbols mean there has been a serious rise in local levels while Dark Red Colored means there is a DANGEROUS rise in local levels. When a Red radiation symbol is surrounded by a white box, that means a Cancer Alert is issued for that area because radiation levels have become that dangerous.
As shown on the graphic above, the normal jet stream coming down from Canada into the great plains, scoops up the radiation, carries it eastward toward the midwest, then up the east coast. Local radiation readings show how serious the radiation in some U.S. cities is becoming:
Rapid City, South Dakota is setting new record high levels this week, with the having jumped to a new high of 488 CPM.
Reno, Nevada is also setting new record high levels this week, jumping to a new high of 465 CPM.
To give you an idea of exactly how bad things are going to get, take a look at the radiation reading from the Fukushima area itself. Bear in mind that "normal" levels of background radiation run from 10 to 150, with spikes in the U.S. heading into the mid 400's. Now look at the level in Fukushima:
ALASKA ALREADY HIT
Scientists at the University of Alaska are concerned because some radiation has arrived in northern Alaska and along its west coast. That's raised concern over contamination of fish and wildlife. More may be heading toward coastal communities like Haines and Skagway.
Douglas Dasher, a researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, says radiation levels in Alaskan waters could reach Cold War levels.
"The levels they are projecting in some of the models are in the ballpark of what they saw in the North Pacific in the 1960s," he said. Those levels occurred after the US conducted open-air blasts of nuclear weapons in the south Pacific.
This is taking place because the major ocean currents running east from Japan, split as they approach the North American continent; part of the current heads north toward Alaska, the other part heads south toward the U.S. west coast. Those currents are carrying highly radioactive water from the Fukushima disaster throughout the Pacific ocean.
CALIFORNIA: FISH "MELTING"
Enormous amounts of Star Fish on the sea floor off the California coast have begun dissolving into mushy piles of white goo. During an ocean dive Thursday morning, November 7, 2013 off the coast of Santa Cruz, Pete Raimondi [UCSC ecology professor] watched two halves of a broken sea star ravaged by a “wasting syndrome” walk away from each other. Not long after, they would turn into mushy piles of goo, disintegrated by a disease that has so far perplexed scientists. It appears the syndrome is impacting as many as 10 sea star species up and down the West Coast, wiping out entire populations in certain areas. “They can go from great -- to pieces -- in 12 hours,” said Raimondi. The Pacific Ocean is in the middle of a cooling trend, so biologists are at a loss to explain the outbreak. Others, speaking to Turner Radio Network on condition of anonymity fearing retaliation from authorities, said the cause has already been identified: radiation poisoning. These biologists have been threatened with losing their jobs if they reveal this publicly.
On November 11, 2013 FOX NEWS reported that since June, researchers have seen the disease spread from as far as British Columbia, Canada, down through California and, within the past year, from Maine through New Jersey. The scientists tracking the disease find this simultaneous bi-coastal infection especially alarming. “There is no direct route to get from Providence to Seattle,” Gary Wessel, a molecular biologist at Brown University. However, when one considers the evaporation of radiation-contaminated water from the Pacific, being carried inland by weather systems, and the jet stream then carrying those weather systems to the east coast, the explanation becomes obvious.
CANADA: FISH BLEEDING FROM EYEBALLS, FACES, FINS AND TAILS
In British Columbia, Canada, Pacific Herring have been found to be bleeding from their eyes, mouths, fins and tails. Independent fisheries scientist Alexandra Morton is raising concerns about a disease she says is spreading through Pacific herring causing fish to hemorrhage. “Two days ago (on November 11, 2013) I did a beach seine on Malcolm Island [near Port McNeill on northern Vancouver Island] and I got approximately 100 of these little herring and they were not only bleeding from their fins, but their bellies, their chins, their eyeballs. “It was 100 per cent … I couldn’t find any that weren’t bleeding to some degree."
Morton dragged up several hundred of the fish and found the trouble had spread – instead of their usual silver color the fish had eyes, tails, underbellies, gills and faces plastered with blood. “I have never seen fish that looked this bad,” In June, the affected fish were only found in eastern Johnstone Strait, but have since spread to Alert Bay and Sointula, she said.
TUNA: 100% OF SAMPLES TESTED SHOW RADIATION
In addition, out of fifteen Pacific Tuna fish caught and tested from various points in the ocean, one hundred percent tested positive for radiation contamination! Researchers at Stanford University studied samples from 20 blue-fin tuna caught off California between May and August 2012 and said they detected radioactive cesium. They concluded the source of the contamination was the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
GROUNDWATER RADIATION IN JAPAN 10,000 TIMES HIGHER THAN LEGAL LIMIT; POURING INTO OCEAN
More signs of serious radiation contamination in and near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were detected, with the latest data finding groundwater containing radioactive iodine 10,000 times the legal threshold and the concentration of radioactive iodine-131 in nearby seawater rising to the highest level yet.
Radioactive material was confirmed from groundwater for the first time since the March 11, 2011 quake and tsunami hit the nuclear power plant on the Pacific coast, knocking out the reactors’ key cooling functions. An official of the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said, ”We’re aware this is an extremely high figure.”
The contaminated groundwater was found from around the No. 1 reactor’s turbine building, although the radiation level of groundwater is usually so low that it cannot be measured.
EXPERTS SAY U.S. WEST COAST MAY HAVE TO BE EVACUATED
Experts have made clear that the full brunt of the radiation from Fukushima will begin striking the U.S. west coast in early 2014.More worrisome is the fact that another earthquake is expected to strike the Fukushima area by 2015. At present, one of the damaged reactors still contains fuel rods and on-site, there are over 6,000 additional spent fuel rods, all of which have to be removed VERY carefully. If the rods touch each other during removal - or as a result of another earthquake - they will react violently and release staggering amounts of radiation into the atmosphere; thousands of times greater than the atomic bomb at Hiroshima. It would be an uncontrolled "air-meltdown." In such a scenario, most of Japan would have to be evacuated as would the entire west coast of the United States.
The Japanese nuclear agency recently green-lighted the removal of the spent fuel rods from Fukushima reactor 4′s spent fuel pool. The operation is scheduled to begin this month. The head of the U.S. Department of Energy correctly notes "The success of the cleanup also has global significance. So we all have a direct interest in seeing that the next steps are taken well, efficiently and safely."
If one of the pools collapsed or caught fire, it could have severe adverse impacts not only on Japan … but the rest of the world, including the United States. Indeed, a Senator called it a national security concern for the U.S. "The radiation caused by the failure of the spent fuel pools in the event of another earthquake could reach the West Coast within days. That absolutely makes the safe containment and protection of this spent fuel a security issue for the United States.
Award-winning scientist David Suzuki says that Fukushima is terrifying. Tokyo Electric Powere Company (TEPCO) and the Japanese government are lying through their teeth, and Fukushima is “the most terrifying situation I can imagine”.
Suzuki notes that reactor 4 is so badly damaged that – if there’s another earthquake of 7 or above – the building could come down. The probability of another earthquake of 7 or above in the next 3 years is over 95%.
Suzuki says that he’s seen a paper that says that if – in fact – the 4th reactor comes down, “it’s bye bye Japan, and everyone on the West Coast of North America should evacuate. Now if that’s not terrifying, I don’t know what is.”
The Telegraph newspaper in London reports: The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant … will begin a dry run of the procedure at the No. 4 reactor, which experts have warned carries grave risks. “Did you ever play pick-up sticks?” asked a foreign nuclear expert who has been monitoring TEPCO’s efforts to regain control of the plant. “You had 50 sticks, you heaved them into the air and then had to take one off the pile at a time. If the pile collapsed when you were picking up a stick, you lost,” he said. “There are 1,534 pick-up sticks in a jumble in top of an unsteady reactor 4. What do you think can happen? I do not know anyone who is confident that this can be done since it has never been tried.”
ABC News reports: One slip-up in the latest step to decommission Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant could trigger a “monumental” chain reaction, experts warn. Experts around the world have warned … that the fuel pool is in a precarious state – vulnerable to collapsing in another big earthquake.
Yale University professor Charles Perrow wrote about the number 4 fuel pool this year in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. “This has me very scared,” he told the ABC. “Tokyo would have to be evacuated because [the] cesium and other poisons that are there will spread very rapidly.
Perrow also argues: Conditions in the unit 4 pool, 100 feet from the ground, are perilous, and if any two of the rods touch it could cause a nuclear reaction that would be uncontrollable. The radiation emitted from all these rods, if they are not continually cool and kept separate, would require the evacuation of surrounding areas including Tokyo. Because of the radiation at the site after two rods touch and react, the remaining 6,375 rods in the common storage pool could not be continuously cooled; they would fission and all of humanity will be threatened, for thousands of years.
Former Japanese ambassador Akio Matsumura warns that – if the operation isn’t done right – this could one day be considered the start of “the ultimate catastrophe of the world and planet”:
Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen and physician Helen Caldicott have both said that people should evacuate the Northern Hemisphere if one of the Fukushima fuel pools collapses. Gundersen said: "Move south of the equator if that ever happened, I think that’s probably the lesson there."
Harvey Wasserman wrote two months ago: "We are now within two months of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Should the attempt fail, the rods could be exposed to air and catch fire, releasing horrific quantities of radiation into the atmosphere. The pool could come crashing to the ground, dumping the rods together into a pile that could fission and possibly explode. The resulting radioactive cloud would threaten the health and safety of all us.
A new fuel fire at Unit 4 would pour out a continuous stream of lethal radioactive poisons for centuries.
Former Ambassador Mitsuhei Murata says full-scale releases from Fukushima “would destroy the world environment and our civilization. This is not rocket science, nor does it connect to the pugilistic debate over nuclear power plants. This is an issue of human survival.”
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