Japan’s Science Ministry: Radiation Now Exceeds 400 Times Normal 40 km From Fukushima

With much confusion over just which radioactive isotopes are considered dangerous following the Fukushima explosions, Reuters has compiled a handy overview of the key actors: iodine-131, caesium-134 and caesium-137.

For the time being only the far more inert and shorter half-life elements such as Xenon have been dispersed globally, while the more dangerous isotopes have been relatively localized, and their dispersion is limited to wind direction.

Furthermore, metrics such as halflife are relatively irrelevant for now since the release of radiation continues mostly unabated thereby producing a constant source of freshly radioactive substances.

This is all the more validated by the just released NHK data indicating a surge in radioactivity as far away as 40 kms from the plant:

Japan’s science ministry says radiation exceeding 400 times the normal level was detected in soil about 40 kilometers from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The ministry surveyed radioactive substances in soil about 5 centimeters below the surface at roadsides on Monday. The ministry found 43,000 becquerels of radioactive iodine-131 per kilogram of soil, and 4,700 becquerels of radioactive cesium-137 per kilogram about 40 kilometers west-northwest of the plant.

Gunma University Professor Keigo Endo says radiation released by the iodine is 430 times the level normally detected in soil in Japan and that released by the cesium is 47 times the norm.”

From Reuters:

Experts are most worried about three radioactive substances — iodine-131, caesium-134 and caesium-137 — all of which can cause various types of cancer years later.

Caesium-137 is of particular concern as it can stay in the environment and potentially cause havoc for hundreds of years. It takes 30 years for this contaminant to lose its power by half — what experts refer to as a “half life”.

At this rate, it would take at least 240 years for the contaminant to exhaust all its radioactivity.

“Caesium-137 can last for hundreds of years. If exposed, one can get spasms, involuntary muscular contractions and may lose the ability to walk. It also causes infertility. High doses will also damage a person’s DNA and cause cancer later,” said Lee Tin-lap, an associate professor at the Chinese University’s School of Biomedical Sciences in Hong Kong.

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Japan Nuclear Crisis: Radioactive Iodine Content In Sea Water At 126.7 Times Limit, Caesium At 24.8 Times Limit


Evacuees from the area are being screened for radiation levels

Higher-than-normal radiation was detected in a sample of seawater taken near Japan’s damaged nuclear plant. Officials sought to calm fears, saying there was no threat to human health.

A sample of water taken from the Pacific Ocean near Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant has raised fears over the danger posed by heightened radiation levels.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said the level of radioactive iodine found in the sample was 126.7 times higher than the government-set limit, while the level of caesium was 24.8 times higher. The sample was taken on Monday about 100 meters (320 feet) south of the Fuhkushima No. 1 plant.

However, TEPCO officials played down the risk to human health.

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Switzerland Moves Tokyo Embassy To Osaka

Switzerland has announced that its embassy in Tokyo has been transferred to Osaka, 600 km south of the Japanese capital.

A foreign ministry statement said the temporary move had been made because of the “uncertain situation” in Tokyo, and in particular around the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant.

The ministry said the embassy would continue to support those Swiss who wanted to leave the country, after the massive quake and resulting tsunami nine days ago.

It added that it was continuing to advise Swiss to leave Tokyo and the northeast of the country.

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WHO On Japan Food Radiation: ‘It’s A Lot More Serious Than Anybody Thought’

Radiation fears grow in disaster-struck Japan (Reuters):

“It’s a lot more serious than anybody thought in the early days when we thought that this kind of problem can be limited to 20 to 30 kilometers,” Peter Cordingley, spokesman for the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) regional office, told Reuters.

“It’s safe to suppose that some contaminated produce got out of the contamination zone.”

Japan Nuclear Crisis: Emergency Evacuation Of Workers Ordered After Reactor No. 3 Emits Black Smoke


Alarm: Black smoke rises from the Number 3 reactor at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant after staff were evacuated this morning

Radiation poisoning of food supply in Japan ‘is a lot more serious’ than first feared, health experts admit (Daily Mail)

Fukushima update: Emergency evacuation of workers ordered after Reactor No. 3 emits grayish smoke (Natural News)

(NaturalNews) Here’s the latest on the Fukushima nuclear power plant incident in Japan:

• Releases of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant are “now significant and continuing” said Andre-Claude Lacoste, said the head of France’s Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN). (http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest…)

• A “grayish smoke” cloud was observed coming from the roof of Reactor No. 3, causing an evacuation of all the workers there while Japanese authorities figure out if it’s safe to return the workers to the site. It was called an “alarming setback” and provides further evidence of a worsening problem with Reactor No. 3 (where the MOX plutonium fuel is stored). (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/wor…)
• Radioactive contamination has now likely reached to a 100km radius around the Fukushima power plant.

• WHO admits that the radiation leaks from Fukushima are far worse than what the public has so far been told (http://www.speroforum.com/a/50605/W…).

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Japan Nuclear Crisis: More Water Sprayed On Nuclear Reactors, Food Contamination Reported

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Tokyo – Japanese military and a fire department showered more water onto an overheating reactor early Monday at a troubled nuclear plant in north-east Japan, trying for a fifth day with hoses to avert a potential meltdown.

Thirteen Japanese military trucks spent about one and a half hours in the morning spraying a total of 90 tons of water at the spent fuel pool of reactor 4 at the Fukushima 1 nuclear power station, 240 kilometres north-east of Tokyo, public broadcaster NHK reported, citing the Defence Ministry.

The plant’s cooling system was damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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Japan’s Health Ministry Tells Villagers Not To Drink Radioactive Tap Water


Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Health Ministry says it has advised a village near a crippled nuclear plant not to drink tap water due to elevated levels of radioactive iodine.

Ministry spokesman Takayuki Matsuda said Sunday that radioactive iodine three times the normal level was detected in Iitate, a village of about 6,000 people 30 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. That’s still one twenty-sixth of the level of a chest X-ray and poses no danger to humans, he said.

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Japan Nuclear Crisis: Fukushima Workers Cut Off From Their Families To Prevent The Truth From Leaking Out

The nuclear power plant workers known as the ‘Fukushima Fifty’ have been isolated from their families to prevent news of difficult conditions leaking out, it was claimed.


Japanese special firefighters prepare to depart in special water cannon trucks to cool off the Fukushima 1 nuclear plant Photo: EPA

A family friend of one of the workers – the team battling to control the crisis at the power plant – said that email and phone access had been cut and one man had been unable to speak to his wife for days.

The move comes after one of the Fifty texted his wife in Japan saying that drinking water at the plant was running low, adding: “I feel like I’m coming down with something.”

Fukushima workers interviewed by The Sunday Telegraph at a special evacuation centre in the city of Koriyama said they had lost confidence in the management of the plant.

“We were told that safety was a top priority,” said one staff member, who asked to remain anonymous. “We went through simulations of what to do in an emergency, but we never thought it would be as bad as this. I don’t want to go back there.”

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Detects First West Coast Radiation

RICHLAND, Wash. – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland detected trace amounts of the radioisotope Xenon-133 from the nuclear incident at Fukushima.

This occurred Wednesday, March 16, and was the first detection in the continental United States. Subsequent measurements here at PNNL were a bit higher but again significantly below levels that would impact public health. On Friday, March 18, sensors here also showed the presence of iodine isotopes, but at even lower levels than the xenon isotopes.

PNNL has this ultra-sensitive monitoring capability that allows them to detect very low levels of nuclear releases.

The dose rate from this amount of radioactivity poses no threat to public health and is a tiny fraction of what a person receives from natural background sources, such as the sun, each day.

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Japan Nuclear Meltdown: Mayor Urges Evacuation After Discovering Government Ignored, Misled Him And His People About True Dangers Of Nuclear Fallout

(NaturalNews) Based on all available reports at this time, it appears that the Japanese government has been severely downplaying the very real radiation threat the Japanese people face in the wake of the 9.1 magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami that occurred last Friday, which has left tens of thousands of people dead and missing, and numerous towns and cities in ruin. But now, a report has surfaced claiming that the Japanese government has been lying to those living close to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor and pretending that the impending meltdown is not a significant threat.

Mayor Katsunobu Sakurai, Mayor of Minamisoma, population 71,000, says that immediately after the earthquake and tsunami, government officials ignored his calls asking for advice on how to handle the situation. Minamisoma, which sits a mere 12 miles downwind from the Fukushima plant, was devastated by the tsunami, and many of its residents are still missing, according to a recent report in the UK Daily Mail.

When Sakurai was finally able to get through to officials days after the disaster, they assured him there was nothing to worry about — this despite the fact that the radioactive plumes being released from the Fukushima plant are literally visible with the naked eye when peering northwest out of the Minamisoma. So being a trusting man, Sakurai believed them and consequently did not instruct his people to evacuate.

But when Sakurai finally discovered that authorities were deliberately withholding the true severity of the nuclear fallout situation from both him and the people of Minamisoma, he was outraged. His city is just outside the government’s recommended radius for evacuation, but is still close enough to be harmed by radiation. He told reporter David Jones from the Daily Mail the following, via an interpreter:

“Of course I am angry. I was ignored and then badly misled, and as a result the people were abandoned here to die. But I was the one who told them it was safe to stay, and now I have decided that I must be the last person to leave this city. I have been in my office since last Friday, and I won’t go until the last person has left safely.”

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