December 14, 2013 -- (TRN http://www.TurnerRadioNetwork.com ) -- Well-water tested for radiation spreading from the Fukushima, Japan nuclear meltdowns (in 2011) has shown an enormous spike of deadly radioactive Strontium-90 heading into the Pacific Ocean, then toward the U.S. west coast. The level is now one-million times worse than the levels of Cesium-137, which have been pouring into the Pacific for over 1,000 days, and which is approaching the west coasts of The U.S. and Canada. The half-life of Strontium is 28.9 years and the estimated travel time from Japan to the northern coast of Hawaii and the southwestern Aleutian Islands off Alaska is 1 1/2 years; to North America, around 2 1/2 years. When it hits those coasts, mass evacuations will be required.
On Dec. 13, 2013, a record 1.8 million becquerels per liter of beta-ray sources in water were detected at a monitoring well at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.
The reading involves strontium and other beta-ray sources.
The water was sampled at a monitoring well in an area close to the sea near the No. 2 reactor building on Dec. 12. The well is located close to trenches holding highly radioactive water.
TEPCO said the reading apparently spiked after highly radioactive water seeped into the surroundings through failed parts of the trenches.
Groundwater from wells No. 1-16 (pg. 3), Collected Dec. 12, 2013:
- Cs-137: 1.8 becquerels per liter (Bq/L)
- Co-60: 0.55 Bq/L
- All β: 1,800,000 Bq/L
View the complete results here (Japanese only)
This revelation comes on the back of information released by Japan's former Prime Minister, Naoto Kan who revealed at Japan Press Club Luncheon on December 12, who said " [People think it was March 12th but] the first meltdown occurred 5 hours after the earthquake." This means that the government of Japan KNEW there was horrific radiation being released, but did not tell the U.S. Navy which had deployed the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to assist with rescue efforts. As we reported days ago on TRN, 51 Sailors from that ship have now developed Thyroid cancers, Leukemias, Brain tumors and more, just 3 years after engaging in rescue efforts off the coast of Japan subsequent to the earthquake and tsunami which occurred on March 11, 2011. (Story Here)
The former Prime Minister went on to reveal "we consider what could happen in Japan: 1/3 of the land of Japan could no longer be used. 40% of the population might be affected, have to move. That is the situation that we were facing, the worst case scenario that we were facing and we escaped that worst case scenario by only a hare’s breath."
TEPCO QUIETLY REVEALS MORE
Tokyo Electric Power Co., (TEPCO) the operator of the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, said Friday it is highly likely that coolant water injected by fire trucks immediately after the accident on March 11, 2011 did not fully reach reactor cores where meltdowns occurred.
TEPCO, has been looking into developments at the plant in the early days of the disaster, said it has confirmed that water supplied by fire trucks flowed into pipes not leading to cores at the Nos. 1 to 3 reactors.
The utility said the amount of coolant water provided by fire trucks as an emergency measure was several times the amount needed to cool reactor cores, but part of the water was unexpectedly diverted to pipes not connected to the cores.
The company also said workers could not operate valves to keep coolant water from flowing into unintended pipes due to high dose of radiation at the plant.
TEPCO said if the prepared water was fully injected from fire trucks into reactor cores, it could at least have slowed melting of the fuel.
The Nos. 1 to 3 reactors suffered meltdowns as a tsunami triggered by the devastating earthquake flooded electrical equipment and disabled key cooling functions at the units.
The company examined water flow in the pipes as it unexpectedly confirmed the existence of a considerable amount of water at a steam condenser at the No. 2 reactor in late March 2011.
The utility also said it is possible that the amount of coolant water injected into the core of the No. 3 reactor had fallen before workers manually stopped a high pressure coolant injection system.
As for reasons behind a sharp fall in pressure at the No. 3 reactor pressure vessel on March 13, 2011, TEPCO said it is highly likely a valve opened to reduce pressure as the automatic decompression system was turned on by coincidence. The company had previously pointed to the possibility that the reactor pressure vessel had a hole.
IMPLICATIONS FOR THE U.S. AND CANADA
What are the health effects of Strontium-90?
Strontium-90 is chemically similar to calcium, and tends to deposit in bone and blood-forming tissue (bone marrow). Thus, strontium is referred to as a “bone seeker.” Internal exposure to Sr-90 is linked to bone cancer, cancer of the soft tissue near the bone and leukemia. Strontium mimics calcium in the body, becoming part of the bone marrow tissue and damaging blood-producing cells.
Radiation dose and damage:
Indication of a substance’s activity alone does not say anything about its biological radiation effect. The relation, between the activity of a radioactive substance, and the radiation dose, which is caused by radiation. Which is expressed by the so-called dose factor, which has to be determined individually for each radioactive substance. Today, the absorbed radiation dose is computed and indicated mostly as effective dose equivalent. The unit used is the “Sievert” (Sv). In the past, the unit “rem” (roentgen esquivalent man) was used, with 100 rem = `1 Sv. The lethal dose is about 10 Sv (1000 rem), i.e. death occurs within a few days after radiation exposure. At doses of 4-6 Sv, the survival rate probability is 50% within the first four weeks after exposure. From a dose of abo;ut 500 mSv directly changes the blood cell count. Up to 100 mSv no direct radiation damage occurs but there may by random stochastic effects.
The radioactive half-life of Stronitum-90 is 28.9 years. The estimated travel time from Japan to the northern coast of Hawaii and the southwestern Aleutian Islands of Alaska is 1 1/2 years; to the southern coast of Alaska and the west coast of North America, around 2 1/2 years. When it hits those coasts, mass evacuations will be required.
AREAS OF THE USA, CANADA, EXPECTED TO BECOME UNINHABITABLE
The graphic below, (File is 14.4 MB May Take Time to Load) produced by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) an agency of the United States Government, shows the MONTHLY predicted spread and potency of radioactive Cesium-137 from Fukushima throughout the Pacific Ocean. The GIF runs from March, 2011 when the disaster took place, all the way through to the year 2041.
Based upon these projections, northernmost Hawaii will be uninhabitable by January, 2015. The government is concealing this to protect real estate values and tourism because there's nothing the government can do to stop the radiation.
By October, 2016, all of southern Alaska including the Aleutian Islands will be uninhabitable. The government is concealing this to protect the fishing industry because there's nothing the government can do to stop the radiation.
By June, 2017, the entire west coast of Canada and the United States will be uninhabitable. Both the U.S. and Canadian governments are concealing this to avoid a panic, to preserve real estate values in some of the wealthiest areas of both countries, to preserve farming and fishing industries in those areas from being driven out of business when consumers shun their products due to radiation contamination and because there is nothing the governments can do to stop the radiation.
(Note: The government projection below uses only 1/3rd the amount of Cesium that was actually released initially and DOES NOT take into account the 300 metric tons of contaminated water which has leaked into the Pacific Ocean EVERY DAY since the accident in March, 2011. This chart also DOES NOT take into account the newest information reported in this story, about Strontium-90 entering the Pacific Ocean in December, 2013)
EFFECTS ALREADY OCCURRING INSIDE U.SA. AND CANADA FROM FUKUSHIMA RADIATION
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