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The operator of the disaster-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has detected 5 million times higher than the legal limit of radioactive iodine in seawater around the plant.
Tokyo Electric Power Company says it detected 300,000 bequerels of iodine-131 per 1 cubic centimeter, or 7.5 million times higher than the legal limit in samples taken around the water intake of the No. 2 reactor at 11:50 AM on Saturday.
It also found 200,000 bequerels or 5 million times higher than the limit in samples taken at 9AM on Monday.
Monday’s sample also shows 1.1 million times higher than the national limit of cesium-137 whose half-life is 30 years. (!!!)
updated at 15:40 UTC, Apr. 05
Jeff Patterson, former Physicians for Social Responsibility president said, “There is no safe level of radionuclide exposure, whether from food, water or other sources. Period.” In 1953, Nobel laureate George Wald agreed saying “no amount of radiation is safe. Every dose is an overdose.”
Radiation exposure is increased by a factor of a trillion. Inhaling even the tiniest particle, that’s the danger.
– Threat posed by radioactive milk tough to measure (California Watch):
Not surprisingly, there was instant speculation about whether that milk posed a threat to human health. Government officials were quick to say the levels were low and posed no risk.
“Radiation is all around us in our daily lives, and these findings are a miniscule amount compared to what people experience every day,” wrote Patricia Hansen, a Food and Drug Administration scientist, in response to the milk findings.
A coalition of scientists and environmentalists insisted ingesting radiation is not the same as background exposures from airplane flights.
“The FDA spokesperson should have informed the public that radioiodine provides a unique form of exposure in that it concentrates rapidly in dairy products and in the human thyroid,” wrote Robert Alvarez, a former senior policy adviser to President Clinton’s U.S. Secretary of Energy.
“The dose received, based on official measurements, may be quite small, and pose an equally small risk,” Alvarez said in a statement. “However, making a conclusion on the basis of one measurement is fragmentary at best and unscientific at worst. As the accident in Fukushima continues to unfold, the public should be provided with all measurements made of radioactive fallout from the Fukushima reactors to allow for independent analyses.”
Indeed, just how radioactive particles – particularly iodine 131 and the more dangerous cesium 137 – move through the food chain remains unclear.
What about mothers who are breast-feeding? Presumably, if cows, sheep and goats can pass radiation along in their milk, so can humans.
It was this concern that enraged Michael Mariotte, the executive director of Nuclear Information and Resource Service, when the federal government released its statement downplaying the milk situation.
“No mother should ever have to wonder if the milk she feeds her child might be harmful,” he wrote in a statement. “Having worked on nuclear issues for 25 years, I know the difference between internal exposures and background radiation. But lots of people don’t. As the father of an 11-month old daughter, I’m personally furious at the government for this misleading information.”
Make sure you watch from 4:00 minutes into the video.
The levels are “mid” and “low” range at surface, 2500m, and 5000m … for gasses NOT detectable by radiation detectors.
Here are the links… you decide for yourself.
Surface levels and high level clouds of Cesium 137, Iodine 131, and Xenon 133, have reached the United States .. showing up in 13 different states rain water according to MSM reports..
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caribbean tsunami excercise just recently:
I should have posted this a few days ago, when I saw this first.
My apologies for that mistake.
At the moment I cannot possibly post even 10% of what is really important.
And yes, there is a movie about this:
This is a POTENTIAL radiation release produced by officials within the Department of Atmospheric and Climate Research (ATMOS) at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU).