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Japan has declared the leak of hundreds of tons of radioactive water at the Fukushima nuclear plant a level 3 "serious incident".

Tokyo Electric Power Co. says about 300 tons (300,000 liters, 80,000 gallons) of contaminated water leaked from one of the tanks, possibly through a seam. The leak is the fifth, and the worst, since last year involving tanks of the same design at the wrecked Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, raising concerns that contaminated water could begin leaking from storage tanks one after another.

TEPCO said the leaked water is believed to have mostly seeped into the ground after escaping from the barrier around the tank. It initially said the leak did not pose an immediate threat to the sea because of its distance — about 500 meters (1,650 feet) — from the coastline.

But TEPCO reversed that view late Wednesday and acknowledged a possible leak to the sea after detecting high radioactivity inside a gutter extending to the ocean.

The company also said the tank may have been leaking slowly for weeks through a possible flaw in its bottom. That could create extensive soil contamination and a blow to plans to release untainted underground water into the sea as part of efforts to reduce the amount of radioactive water.

The leaks have shaken confidence in the reliability of hundreds of tanks that are crucial for storing water that has been pumped into the broken reactors to keep melted radioactive fuel cool.

The plant suffered multiple meltdowns following a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 — a level 7 "major accident" and the worst since Chernobyl in 1986.

"The growing contaminated water has been one of our biggest concerns since the March 11 accident," said Zengo Aizawa, TEPCO's executive vice president. "The contaminated water remains a problem that could lead to a crisis."

"Maybe you have heard about sick seals, polar bears, tainted fish, mutations in dandelions and fruits and vegetables, possibly even animals already, and seaweed. In fact the kelp from Corona del Mar contained 40,000,000 bcq/kg of radioactive iodine, as reported in Scientific American several weeks ago. If you don’t know your becquerels, its a lot. That’s what your pacific fish feed on. And that was only ONE isotope reported. There were up to 1600 different isotopes that have been floating around in our air, pouring out of the reactors, and steaming out of the ground, every second of every day, for 13 months. Have you seen this in our mainstream media?"

The leaked water's radiation level, measured about 50 centimeters (2 feet) above the puddle, was about 100 millisieverts per hour — the maximum cumulative exposure allowed for plant workers over five years, Ono said.

Contaminated water that TEPCO has been unable to contain continues to enter the Pacific Ocean at a rate of hundreds of tons per day. Much of that is ground water that has mixed with untreated radioactive water at the plant Source

A nuclear expert has claimed that the current water leaks at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant are much worse than the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) authorities have stated, as they lacked accuracy in measuring radiation levels.

The BBC quoted Mycle Schneider as claiming that around 400 tonnes of extra contaminated water was being released into the ocean everyday as 1,000 storage tanks had a capacity of holding only 85 percent of the toxic water used as a coolant for the reactors.

Schneider, who has consulted various organisations and countries on nuclear issues, also revealed that the water was not just leaking from the tanks, but also the basement and the cracks everywhere at the site.

The Japanese nuclear energy watchdog has, meanwhile, raised the incident level from scale one to three on the international scale that measures the severity of atomic accidents, the report added. A former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland has urged the withdrawal of Tokyo's Olympic bid amid safety concerns.

Mitsuhei Murata wrote a letter to the UN secretary general saying that the official radiation figures published by Tepco could not be trusted.Source

How far does radiation travel?

Travel distance depends on the type of radiation, as does the ability to penetrate other materials. Alpha and beta particles do not travel far at all, and they are easily blocked. By contrast, gamma rays, x-rays, and neutrons travel a significant distance and are much more difficult to block (particularly for large radioactive sources). For additional information

Radiation found as far away as

Back in,BOSTON, Mar 27, 2011 (Reuters) - Trace amounts of radioactive iodine linked to Japan's crippled nuclear power station have turned up in rainwater samples as far away as Massachusetts during the past week, state officials said on Sunday.

Japan's Ministry of Health, 4/8/2013 - New data released by Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) shows once again that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is far from over. Despite a complete media blackout on the current situation, levels of Cesium-137 (Cs-137) and Cesium-134 (Cs-134) found in produce and rice crackers...

Months on from the Fukushima nuclear accident, radioactivity has been found in one of the Pacific Oceans most iconic Fish – the Blue Fin Tuna. Scientists from the Universities of Stanford and Stony Brokk say the fish would have picked up the radioactive substance (-134 cesium and -137 cesuim) while swimming in Japanese waters. These scientists say that the contaminants sink slowly thus allowing for the fish to swim through them and pick up the pollutants.

Obviously the large volumes of contaminated water that escaped from the reactors into the sea have had something to do with the fifteen (15) samples of fish caught from as far away as the Californian Coast (U.S.A).

South Korea has 23 reactors which are meant to meet more than 30 percent of electricity needs. But the sector is currently undergoing a crisis of confidence following a series of shutdowns and a scandal involving parts provided with fake safety certificates Wednesday's incident brings to seven the total number of reactors currently offline. State prosecutors have launched an extensive probe into the safety certificate fraud, which forced the shutdown of two reactors in May and delayed the scheduled start of operations at two more. Last year, officials said eight suppliers were found to have faked warranties covering thousands of items used in a number of reactors. The scandal further undermined public confidence already shaken by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan and its ongoing repercussions.

RADIOACTIVE 29th March 2011 fallout from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan has been found in the UK. Two British laboratories picked up traces of radioactive iodine today & #151; nearly 6,000 MILES from the damaged plant, which has been

Customs officials in Chile say some 20 cars being imported from Japan were found with low levels of radioactivity.

Dutch authorities have found traces of radiation on 19 containers originating from Japan, two months after an earthquake and tsunami there caused leaks from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.

The thing that interests me is this: distance between Japan and California is 8 632.45 km, whereas the distance between Papua New Guinea and Japan is almost half that distance at 4 770.62 km! Does this impact the fresh fish that we are eating in Papua New Guinea in any way?

Consolo says, “If this pool collapses, as Senator Wyden is now saying too, we would face a mass extinction event from the release of radiation in those rods. This may be the most important thing you ever pay attention to for the sake of your family, friends, your neighbors, every one you know and meet, all of humanity.”

“Preliminary reports of soil contamination are starting to come in from the USGS, who has seemed reluctant to share this information. Los Angeles, California, Portland, Oregon and Boulder, Colorado so far have the highest radioactive particle contamination out of the entire U.S. Iodine, cesium, strontium, plutonium, uranium, and a host of other fission products have been coming directly from Japan to the west coast for thirteen months. Reports in the past week indicate the pollen in southern California is radioactive now too, and it is flying around, and if you live there and go outside, you are breathing it in. And so are your children,” continued Consolo. Christina Consolo’s essay “Fukushima is Falling Apart”:

What does this mean

The mixed oxide fuel (MOX) reactor[2], which burns with plutonium/uranium, is more deadly than those burning on uranium-enriched fuel, according to nuclear experts. The half-life of plutonium-239 in MOX is 24,000 years and just a few milligrams of P-239 escaping in a smoke plume will contaminate soil for tens of thousands of years. A single milligram (mg) of MOX is as deadly as 2,000,000 mg of normal enriched uranium meaning that one mg of MOX is basically two million times more powerful than one mg of uranium. If even a small amount of this potent substance escapes from the plant in a smoke plume, the particles will travel with the wind and contaminate soil for tens of thousands of years.

"These radioactive elements, you can't see them and you can't smell them. They're silent. When you get them inside your body, you don't suddenly drop dead from cancer. It takes five to 60 years to get your cancer. When you feel the cancer in your breast, it doesn't say that it was made by some strontium-90 that you ate in a piece of fish 20 years ago." Dr. Helen Caldicott

Ray Guilmette of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements said that plutonium “is thousands of times more radioactive than uranium,” if absorbed into the body.

Donald Olander, professor emeritus of nuclear engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, said that because plutonium decays quickly, it produces radiation that can kill cells in the body more quickly. But the plutonium itself would pose a severe threat only if it was involved in a violent reaction that turned it into dust particles that could be inhaled. No one knows the exact number but plenty of the fuel rods at risk are MOX, thus containing deadly plutonium. If that blows up then we might end up wishing we had had a nuclear war instead.

Children

Kids are 10-20 times more radio sensitive than adults, Women are more radio sensitive than men, girls are twice as radio sensitive as boys, fetuses are thousands of times more radio sensitive than adults: Children are especially vulnerable to developing cancers from radiation because unlike adults, their cells are dividing at a very fast rate. During the process of cell division, genes and chromosones are synthesised and split into new cells. It is during this process of synthesis that children’s cells are vulnerable to damage from ionising radiation. When children are exposed to radioactive iodine, their thyroid glands “soak it up like a sponge.” Nuclear power stations produce 200 man-made radioactive elements, all of which cause cancer and genetic diseases, radioactive iodine is just one example. Dr Helen Caldicott explains the implications of radiation exposure in children in this video talk, hosted by the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility. It is unknown how many children have been exposed to radioactive iodine, especially in the first days after the disaster began, when the atmospheric radiation levels were exceptionally high. A primary school child reporting for the webcast special: What Will Our Future Be?:

Cancer rates
• In the early 1900s, one in 20 people developed cancer
• In the 1940s, one in 16 people developed cancer
• In the 1970s, it was one in 10
• Today, it’s one in three! According to the CDC, about 1,660,290 (1.66 million) new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2013

What is the worst radiation can do to you? Radiation can kill you (if you are exposed to enough of it) by doing so much damage to your bodily systems that your body can no longer function. The regulatory system for radioactive materials is designed to prevent the possibility that anyone could receive an exposure even close to the levels that might inflict short-term damage.

Initial signs and symptoms The initial signs and symptoms of treatable radiation sickness are usually nausea and vomiting. The amount of time between exposure and when these symptoms develop is an indicator of how much radiation a person has absorbed. After the first round of signs and symptoms, a person with radiation sickness may have a brief period with no apparent illness, followed by the onset of new, more serious symptoms. In general, the greater your radiation exposure, the more rapid and more severe your symptoms will be. More

Are there pills to take to protect someone from radiation? Potassium iodide (KI) protects people from thyroid cancer caused by radioactive iodine, a type of radioactive material that can be released in nuclear explosions. KI should only be taken in a radiation emergency that involves the release of radioactive iodine. Since the use or release of radioactive iodine from a “dirty bomb” is highly unlikely, KI pills would not be useful. source

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What do you think 400 tonnes of extra contaminated water
being released into the ocean everyday will do to our food?

.Plutonium is highly carcinogenic if breathed in or ingested.

How can I tell if something is radioactive?

You can't, without the help of a radiation detector. In addition, it is important to know what type of detector you have and the type of radiation — alpha, beta, gamma, x-ray, and/or neutron — that it can detect. Scanning an object with a typical gamma/x-ray radiation detector will not detect alpha particles, for example. For additional information, see Detecting Radiation.

Since March 2011, TEPCO has been using sea water in a desperate effort to cool the reactors, causing further damage from corrosion and drastically increasing radioactive releases because the waste water is being dumped into the Pacific Ocean. See this radioactive sea water impact map which models the releases of waste water from March 2011 to March 2012; and the still image from February 2012, below. Many tonnes of highly radioactive isotopes are contaminating marine life, from the northern to southern hemispheres. Dilution does not negate risk, because the most highly radioactive isotopes have a half life of thousands of years and can be fatal in tiny quantities. For example, one millionth of one gram of plutonium is carcinogenic when ingested or inhaled, and plutonium’s half life is 24 000 years. Cesium 137 has a half life of 30 years, which means it is radioactive for 600 years. Radiation also bio magnifies by a factor of 10 – 20 as it moves up the food chain. This means that radioactive contamination of algae from radioactive waste water or fallout becomes more potent in the process of being eaten by crustaceans, small fish, bigger fish and then humans. Radioactive waste dumping has been continuous since March, 2011, resulting in significant contamination of the Pacific Ocean. The waste water also creates radioactive steam and gas when pumped inside the reactors, which is escaping into the atmosphere. Source

"Radiation is unsafe at any dose: Dr. Helen Caldicott clarifies the issue of radiation and safety in this NY Times OP-ED piece: “…physicists talk convincingly about “permissible doses” of radiation. They consistently ignore internal emitters — radioactive elements from nuclear power plants or weapons tests that are ingested or inhaled into the body, giving very high doses to small volumes of cells. They focus instead on generally less harmful external radiation from sources outside the body, whether from isotopes emitted from nuclear power plants, medical X-rays, cosmic radiation or background radiation that is naturally present in our environment.

However, doctors know that there is no such thing as a safe dose of radiation, and that radiation is cumulative. The mutations caused in cells by this radiation are generally deleterious. We all carry several hundred genes for disease: cystic fibrosis, diabetes, phenylketonuria, muscular dystrophy. There are now more than 2,600 genetic diseases on record, any one of which may be caused by a radiation-induced mutation, and many of which we’re bound to see more of, because we are artificially increasing background levels of radiation.”

Radiation bio-concentrates as it moves up the food chain: When radioactive fallout descends from the atmosphere and settles in environment, it contaminates the land, air and water for hundreds or many thousands of years, depending on the life span of the radioactive element. Radioactivity also bio-magnifies as it moves up the food chain, and is internally emitted in humans and animals when ingested (in food and liquids) or inhaled into the lungs. Dr Helen Caldicott explains radiation in the food chain in this talk, hosted by the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility."

YOUR FOOD

Radiation from Japan rained on Berkeley during recent storms at levels that exceeded drinking water standards by 181 times and has been detected in multiple milk samples,

Business as usual – no independent radiation testing for Japanese imports arriving in Australia, the U.S and E.U: Arnie Gundersen stated in an interview that Hillary Clinton signed an agreement with her Japanese counterpart, to import radioactive food and manufactured products from Japan without testing. Official policy in Europe confirms the E.U has followed suit, and Australia will not be testing Japanese imports either. The broad policies of the U.S, EU & Australia is exactly the same: to continue normal trading without independent testing, and accept the Japanese govt’s radiation screening results, which have been shown to be very unreliable Source

Radioactive goods are being circulated globally without the public’s knowledge: Our governments’ decision to continue trade as usual with Japan without thorough radiation testing means they are intentionally allowing radioactive products to be circulated globally without the public’s knowledge. Japan’s exports range from fresh and processed food to manufactured goods, like electrical appliances, cars and car parts. It is significant to note that the Nissan factory is located in Fukushima prefecture, and that Gundersen’s tests of Japanese car filters from Fukushima, and Tokyo – which is over 200 km from the Daichi plant – put them both in the category of nuclear waste. Source

All the food species in Japan have been contaminated with radiation: We live in an era of globalised food supplies and all the biggest companies, like Kellogs, Nestle, Kraft, Pepsico and Coca-Cola, source Japanese ingredients for their products, but they are not disclosing radioactive ingredients, due to ‘propriety.’ A relatively few large multinational companies own most brands of processed food and drink products commonly available in supermarkets worldwide. Source

Australia only does random spot checks for radiation – there is no thorough screening system for radioactive goods: Australia’s policy regarding radiation in imported food is to conduct random spot checks which the computer selects, and when radioactivity is found, contaminated items are mixed in with non radioactive products. Remember that dilution as a solution to pollution is fallacious when it comes to radiation.

All the food species in Japan have been contaminated with radiation: We live in an era of globalised food supplies and all the biggest companies, like Kellogs, Nestle, Kraft, Pepsico and Coca-Cola, source Japanese ingredients for their products, but they are not disclosing radioactive ingredients, due to ‘propriety.’ A relatively few large multinational companies own most brands of processed food and drink products commonly available in supermarkets worldwide. To see exaclty who owns what, check out this pictorial diagram.

China’s radiation testing stop contaminated shipments at the border: In contrast to western countries, China is testing Japanese imports thoroughly, and taking action to stop radioactive shipments crossing their borders. In May 2012, Ningbo Customs prevented 1127 tons of radioactive scrap metal from entering China. “The scraps were imported by a Ningbo-based company and shipped from Chiba Port. Testing result showed that their Cesium-137 content was more than three times above China’s national safety limit.” Source

WASHINGTON May 28, 2012 (Reuters) - Low levels of nuclear radiation from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima power plant have turned up in bluefin tuna off the California coast, suggesting that these fish carried radioactive compounds across the Pacific Ocean faster than wind or water can.Small amounts of cesium-137 and cesium-134 were detected in 15 tuna caught near San Diego in August 2011, about four months after these chemicals were released into the water off Japan's east coast, scientists reported on Monday.

"The jet stream, and a highly dynamic portion of our atmosphere called the troposphere, have been swirling around massive amounts of radioactive particles and settling them out, mostly in rain, over the entire northern hemisphere, especially the west coast of North America, from Alaska down to Baja and even further. Iodine, cesium, strontium, plutonium, uranium, and a host of other fission products have been coming directly from Japan to the west coast for thirteen months."

 

The University's Department of Nuclear Engineering (UCB) reported on 25 May that it had detected the highest level of radioactive cesium 137 in nearly a month in raw milk samples taken from a dairy in Sonoma County where the cows are grass fed, and also reported elevated levels of cesium 134 and cesium 137 in pasteurized, homogenized milk samples with a “best by” date of May 26 from a Bay Area organic dairy where the farmers are encouraged to feed their cows local grass. Radiation concentrates in milk because cows eat grass, and grass and broad-leafed vegetables such as spinach and kale are among the first crops to accumulate radiation from nuclear fallout.

Reports in the past week indicate the pollen in southern California is radioactive now too, and it is flying around, and if you live there and go outside, you are breathing it in. And so are your children. Along with fission products blowing over from Japan. And radiation in your drinking water. And in your rain. And in the fish you are eating. And your vegetables. And the milk supply. And its happening every second, of every day. For 13 months. Are you starting to see a problem here?

How can I tell if something is radioactive?

You can't, without the help of a radiation detector. In addition, it is important to know what type of detector you have and the type of radiation — alpha, beta, gamma, x-ray, and/or neutron — that it can detect. Scanning an object with a typical gamma/x-ray radiation detector will not detect alpha particles, for example. For additional information, see Detecting Radiation.

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How can I tell if something is radioactive?

You can't, without the help of a radiation detector. In addition, it is important to know what type of detector you have and the type of radiation — alpha, beta, gamma, x-ray,

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Personal Radiation Alarm Dosimeter

High sensitivity, .
Radiation measured: beta gamma x rays.
Measuring range, dose rate: 0.000usv/h-5msv/h
Accumulated dose: 6-digital LCD display 000.000-999.999msv
Energy response: <±30% (50KeV
1.3MeV).
Relative basic error: <±10%(135Cs Source 662 KeV ? Radiation 1msv/h).
Alarm response time:=3 seconds.
Alarm function
Dose rate threshold alarm:
Battery voltage indication.

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