Fukushima Fallout

The March 11, 2011 magnitude 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, left many pondering cataclysmic radioactive calamity. Debris washed ashore along the coast of Alaska and British Columbia, raising fears grossly mutated fish couldn’t be far behind. I wrote a post in November 2013 reminding us how grave the situation remained in Japan. (Linked below)


Back in North America, a study published on December 29 2014 by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, claims the “radiation plume” took 2.1 years to cross the Pacific courtesy ocean currents. Researcher John Smith of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth Nova Scotia –

“We had a situation where the radioactive tracer was deposited at a very specific location off the coast of Japan at a very specific time. It was kind of like a dye experiment. And it is unambiguous – you either see the signal or you don’t, and when you see it you know exactly what you are measuring.”

“The amount of radiation that finally made it to Canada’s west coast by June 2013 was very small – less than 1 Becquerels per cubic meter. (Becquerels are the number of decay events per second per 260 gallons of water.) That is more than 1,000 times lower than acceptable limits in drinking water, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Computer models that match fairly closely with the hard data that Smith collected suggest that the amount of radiation will peak in 2015 and 2016 in British Columbia, but it will never exceed about 5 Becquerels per cubic meter. Smith said:

Those levels of cesium 137 are still well below natural levels of radioactivity in the ocean.

Because of the structure of the currents, the radiation levels in Southern California are expected to peak a few years later, but by that time they will be even smaller than the highest levels of radiation expected in Canada.”

I suppose this is good news – Fukushima radiation remains Japan’s problem. Increases in Thyroid cancer, contaminated shellfish, radioactive rabbits, nuclear power plants in volatile seismic regions – nothing to lose sleep over in North America.


Image credit: Bedford Institute of Oceanography


Silent Night – A Perspective

It could be that Fukushima got me pondering, it could be this time of year makes me into a marshmallow, or it could be I’m simply tired of stupidity. Anyway I slice it – take two minutes to watch this video clip.

Remember That Little Accident at Fukushima?

Remember that little accident at Fukushima, Japan?  The catastrophic tsunami following a major earthquake on March 11, 2011? Reactors at the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melting down faster than ice cream on a summer afternoon? Perhaps the powers that be think we’re stupid – keep it out of the news, sweep it under the rug, and we’ll soon be tweeting about the Kardashians again. Take a few minutes to watch this video clip; then ponder how stupid we are – that little accident is more serious than “reported” and isn’t going away any time soon.

Consider not only the 300 tons of radioactive water flowing into the Pacific Ocean for days; think about the million tons of radioactive water stored in thousands of containment tanks on a hill above the plant. Plastic storage tanks with rubber seals; bolted, not welded together – tanks not expected to last five years. Tanks that would roll down the hill into the ocean should another large earthquake hit.

Radioactive rabbits jumping about, farmers who sell produce because they need to survive – but refuse to eat it themselves. Contaminated fish and shellfish – whether exported or migratory – making their way to global tables. The link below is to an FDA page listing imports banned from the area.


Conservative estimates say it will take anywhere from 40 to 100 years before the situation is under control. Fukushima Daiichi is now considered a far graver situation than Chernobyl. Cancer rates are expected to spike within the next 2 – 5 years.

Hard as I try, the logic behind shrugging Fukushima off eludes me.

This is a good link…


Storage tanks at Fukushima – courtesy ajw.asahi.com