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Northern Pinnipeds Unusual Mortality Event Fact Sheet, NOAA, Feb. 2014: Beginning mid-July 2011, elevated numbers of sick or dead seals with skin lesions started being discovered in the Arctic and Bering Strait regions of Alaska. - Diseased seals - primarily ringed seals - exhibited hair loss, delayed molting, and skin ulcers. Some of these seals also exhibited lethargy and labored breathing. - skin lesions in Pacific walruses in Alaska were reported, with some associated mortality. Spotted seals and bearded seals were also affected. There were reports of pinnipeds fin-footed marine mammals with similar symptoms in Canada, Russia, and Japan. - - Testing continues for a wide range of possible factors in this disease, including immune system-related diseases, fungi, man-made and bio-toxins, radiation exposure - Preliminary radionuclide testing conducted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks found radiation levels within the typical background range Prior reports from NOAA say otherwise. Scientists are investigating the possibility that radiation could have been one of many factors that contributed to the illness.

 

[1] NBC News, Feb. 17, 2014: ‘Bizarre’ Cluster of Severe Birth Defects Haunts Health Experts - A mysterious cluster of severe birth defects in rural Washington state and reports of new cases continue to climb. Federal and state officials won’t say how many women in a three-county area near Yakima, Wash., have had babies with anencephaly, a heart-breaking condition in which they’re born missing parts of the brain or skull. And they admit they haven’t interviewed any of the women in question, or told the mothers there’s a potentially widespread problem.  nearly two dozen cases in three years, a rate four times the national average -Susie Ball of the Central Washington Genetics Program at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, says she has reported eight or nine additional cases of anencephaly and spina bifida.  The agencies released a report last summer detailing an investigation of 27 women with pregnancies that resulted in neural tube defects in Yakima, Franklin and Benton counties between 2010 and 2013.  Health officials originally were alerted to the problem by a nurse, Sara Barron, 58 - A 30-year nursing veteran, she’d seen perhaps one or two devastating cases of anencephaly in her wide-ranging career then saw 2 in 6-month period of ~180 total births.  At a regional medical meeting, there were more anecdotal reports.  CDC and state officials refused to tell NBC News how many new cases they’d received in 2013

 

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(Above) The June 9, sample result was 132.4 Bq/kg of cesium 134 + 137 (3,579 pCi/kg).

Measurements of Fission Products from the Fukushima Daiichi Incident in San Francisco Bay Area Air Filters, Automobile Filters, Rainwater, and Food, Dec. 27, 2013: A variety of environmental media were analyzed for fallout radionuclides from the Fukushima nuclear event. Winter forage vegetation at the California dairy farm had combined cesium 134 + 137 equaling 0.299 pCi/gram or 299 pCi/kg.

Cesium-134 levels would be even higher than reported due to the 9 months of radioactive decay that took place before testing occurred (37.5% into its 2-year half-life).

No reason is stated for the 9-month gap between when the vegetation sample was harvested and when it was tested.

View more California milk testing results here

 

[1] KPBS, Feb. 13, 2014 (at 3:30 in) - There have been a number of reports of the so-called ‘Fukushima plume’ - is this the radioactivity that you’re hoping to track or monitor with this project? Matt Edwards, San Diego State University: It’s definitely linked to that, yeah. When we talk about a plume of water, we’re really talking about is a consolidated mass of water that’s moving in unison. That’s happening here. But also, when you’re dealing with currents, and water, and motion of the ocean, things just dissipate, they basically become more dilute - more dilute as they spread out. If you think about putting cream in your coffee and you just put a little bit of motion to your coffee, the cream doesn’t stay there in nice striated patterns, it really becomes kind of uniformly dissolved throughout - the same thing kind of happens in the ocean.

Predicting the spread of nuclear radiation from the damaged Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (pdf), State Oceanic Administration of China, published May 12, 2011 (emphasis added): … The ocean circulation model indicates that the nuclear material would be slowly transported northeast of Fukushima and reach 150°E in 50 days, and the nuclear debris in the ocean would be confined to a narrow band. … The nuclear debris would be transported northward by the ocean currents initially, approach 38.5°N, and turn eastward 20 days later. … The nuclear debris in the ocean would be confined to a narrow band.

What happens to this narrow band of confined nuclear material as it approaches West Coast?

Topics in Ocean Physics, 1982 (emphasis added): The drifter data see map show that the mesoscale produces very little dispersion in the eastern Pacific beyond a 300 km scale. This is in sharp contrast to drifter and hydrographic data from the western Pacific and Atlantic basins. The drifter data do not support the concept of large-scale turbulent motion and random dispersion of clusters of parcels  it seems that the drifters tend to find and follow the strongest currents.

Recall Prof. Edwards’ assertion - radioactive materials become more dilute as they spread out it doesn’t stay there in nice striated patterns, it really becomes kind of uniformly dissolved.

Yet the studies above concluded: 1) Nuclear material from Fukushima is confined to a narrow band as it crosses the Pacific to North America; and 2) As it approaches West Coast, there’s very little dispersion in the eastern Pacific. See also:

US Gov't Memo: Nuclear fall-out in ocean does NOT gradually spread out -- 'Streams of higher radioactive materials'

Congressional Researchers: Potential for corridor of highly contaminated water traveling across Pacific from Fukushima

 

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[1] It’s often claimed that plutonium ‘will end up in the sediment’ - What do scientists who’ve studied this say?

UNDERSTANDING GEOCHEMICAL PROCESSES CONTROLLING COLLOID-FACILITATED TRANSPORT OF PLUTONIUM, Oct. 30, 2013: Recent experimental data from Powell and others suggest that these simplified models cannot adequately predict Pu transport

EFFECT OF NATURAL ORGANIC LIGANDS ON PLUTONIUM SORPTION… (pdf), Oct. 30, 2013: Clays - have previously been shown to strongly sorb take up and hold radionuclides, coupled with their ability to be transported as colloids, Pu, can lead to an increase in the environmental mobility of radionuclides.

INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE FORMATION OF NEPTUNIUM(IV)-SILICA COLLOIDS (pdf), pg. 384, 2013: Due to the low solubility at neutral pH, tetravalent actinides are assumed to reveal immobile migration behavior. Nevertheless, a high environmental mobility has been found, e.g. for Pu(IV) Plutonium(IV) oxide

SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION STUDIES OF SONOLYTIC COLLOIDAL SPECIES OF PLUTONIUM (pdf), pg. 105, 2013: hot particles are of a great concern, because of their potential hazards - Their release is mostly due to nuclear accidents, i.e. at Chernobyl or Fukushima and military tests - nano- micrometer-sized actinide particles containing colloids are of a particular interest, considering their potential to be transported in the hydrosphere and geosphere, and consequently being ultimately transferred in the biosphere. - In this work is highlighted for the first time the sonochemical synthesis of plutonium colloids from pure water dispersed plutonium oxide

 

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  • 1 Liver may crumble easily and discharge blood
  • 2 Heart is frequently enlarged and pale - granular, dry, and soft/decaying tissue
  • 3 Tissues may be congested, and blubber underneath lesions may be fluid-filled or have focal areas of inflammation
  • 4 Lymph nodes are often enlarged and swollen with an excessive accumulation of fluid. Lymph nodes may also look yellow and/or mottled. This shows the typical look of the lungs, which is very consistent between cases.

 

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Hawaii Mar 21, 2011 - highest airborne levels of anywhere in world, including Fukushima

 

[1] 75 Fukushima children with cancer confirmed or suspected in thyroid - genetic alterations analyzed - gene pool damaged, next generations to carry burden of catastrophe; disease surge expected

 

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(above) WIPP underground fire.

 

[1] Former Japan Prime Minister: Seals, polar bears dying after Fukushima radiation exposure

 

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(L) Global cumulative deposition of radiocesium (134Cs and 137Cs) after Fukushima NPP accident at end of 2011. (R) Annual effective dose from radiocesium exposure due to inhalation, surface deposition and fallout transport. (See text, below.)

 

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Global and local cancer risks after the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident as seen from Chernobyl: A modeling study for radiocesium (134Cs & 137Cs), Nov. 29, 2013: … The highest deposition was found in the pixel of Fukushima (in the range of MBqm²), where deposition exceeded the contamination limit affecting an area with more than 9 million inhabitants. In the West USA the deposition was found between 100 and 500 Bq m² decreasing to the East. For the South-west USA, Wetherbee et al. (2012) reported that the deposition of 137Cs was 30-240 Bq m² and 2-46 Bq m² for 134Cs, which is in the same order as in our calculations (Fig. 1). The same investigators reported a deposition of 137Cs in Alaska to be 16-27 Bq m² and around 55 Bq m² for 134Cs similar to those presented here (50-100 Bq m²). In the rest of the US they measured 137Cs between 1 and 45 Bq m² and 134Cs between 1 and 3 Bq m², which are close to ours (50- 200 Bq m²) - According to the French Institute of Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN, 2012) approximately 73 radionuclides were released after Fukushima. Therefore, one might argue on the low impact concluded in our study claiming that only radiocesium has been studied instead of 73 radionuclides emitted.

 

[1] Scientist Marco Kaltofen found areas with considerably higher radiocesium deposition than 500 Bq/m²

 

[1] University Researcher: Portland-area topsoil with up to 8,000 pCi/kg of cesium from Fukushima - 10,000% higher than highest levels found by UC Berkeley

 

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(Above) Fig. 1. Particles spacing on 20 March, 2011 at 12:00 UTC (top) and on 27 March, 2011 at 18:00 UTC (bottom); shades of red indicate particles in the bottom layer, up to 3 km; black to dark blue indicate the middle layer, up to 6 km height; and light blue indicates the upper layer; the trajectories were simulated using the Lagrangian dispersion model (time of the particles release was on 12 March 2011). (For interpretation of the references to colour in this figure legend, the reader is referred to the web version of this article.)

 

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[1] Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments (special committee created by Executive Order of the President of the United States), 1994: The Department of Defense engaged in fallout data gathering. In the fall of 1954, the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project established a Fall-out Study Group… A December 16, 1954, memorandum from the chief of the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project stated… The actual data obtained are SECRET and the sample collection should be discreetly handled.… Another contemporary instance of selective disclosure of fallout-related research… is discussed in a February 1955 letter… Willard Libby, acting AEC chairman reporting on a proposed marine radiobiological survey in the PacificThe classification ‘Secret’ Defense Information has been assigned to the survey in order to avoid… unwarranted recrudescence i.e. recurrence of fears in Japan of radioactive contamination of fish… The fact of an oceanographic survey in the Pacific, however, is regarded as unclassified so long as purpose, content, and results are not revealed.

Also see: NYT: Gov’t scientist not allowed to publish findings on Fukushima cesium levels in Pacific - Japan researchers pressured to downplay disaster’s impact - Professors obstructed when data might cause public concern

 

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Michio Aoyama (Fukushima University) et al. (pdf), European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Apr 2015 (emphasis added): The oceanic distribution of Cs-137 and Cs-134 released from Fukushima Daiichi was investigated… During the period from end of March to early of April 2011, extremely high activities of Cs-137 and Cs-134 in seawater were concentrated along the coast… The high activities area spread to the region of 165_E with a latitudinal center of 40_N in the western North Pacific Ocean. Atmospheric deposition is also cause to high activities in the region between 180º and 130º W in the North Pacific Ocean. The total inventory of FNPP1-released Cs-134 in the North Pacific Ocean is estimated to be 15.2 +/- 1.8 PBq… Leak of stagnant water induced by heavy rainfall would also cause the increase of the total

 

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Meteorological Research Institute (further detailed in Aoyama et al.): 137Cs and 134Cs activities in the North Pacific Ocean after Fukushima Nuclear power plants accident - MRI (Meteorological Research Institute) measured the concentration of radiocesium (134Cs、137Cs) in the seawater sampled in April - May 2011.

<> May 13 (42.72ºN, 151.12ºW): 27.3 Bq/m3 of 134Cs + 137Cs (13.5 + 13.8)

<> May 14 (40.97ºN, 141.46ºW): 19.3 Bq/m3 of 134Cs + 137Cs (8.1 + 11.2)

 

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Note the rather obvious gap in the center of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s map showing test results for the Fukushima radioactive plume from 2011-15. According to the WHOI website, they are attempting to reveal the ongoing spread of radiation across the Pacific. Perhaps samples from a location that’s in the projected path of the radiation spreading across the Pacific would help.

 

[1] Reuters, Apr. 29, 2014: A sample of albacore tuna caught off the shores of Oregon and Washington state have small levels of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, researchers said on Tuesday.

USA Today, Apr. 28, 2014: Radiation in some albacore tuna caught off the Oregon coast tripled - the study is the first to look at different parts of the fish - exposure to the plume could further increase radiation levels in the albacore,  expected to reach the West Coast this month. Federal agencies aren’t testing for it, but Oregon Health Authority tests quarterly samples of seawater - no Oregon agency does radiation testing on seafood

Oregon St. University, Apr. 28, 2014: Researchers tested  loins, carcass and guts and found varying levels - this is one of the first studies to look at different parts of the fish. The loins, or muscle, is what people eat and the bioaccumulation was about the same there as in the carcass, said Jason Phillips, a research associate - study was supported by OSU & NOAA

Environmental Science and Technology, Apr. 24, 2014: 26 Pacific albacore caught off the Pacific Northwest U.S. coast between 2008 and 2012 were analyzed for 137Cs and Fukushima-attributed 134Cs. Both 2011 (2 of 2) and several 2012 (10 of 17) edible tissue samples exhibited increased activity concentrations of 137Cs (234-824 mBq/kg of wet weight) and 134Cs (18.2-356 mBq/kg of wet weight).

RT, Apr. 29, 2014: A year of eating albacore with these cesium traces is about the same dose of radiation as you get from spending 23 seconds in a stuffy basement from radon gas, the study’s lead author, Delvan Neville said to Oregon’s Statesman Journal. Still, Neville added that the discovery of any amount of radiation is significant. You can’t say there is absolutely zero risk because any radiation is assumed to carry at least some small risk, he said. - Since the results did reveal a spike in radiation, though, the researchers will be expanding their study beyond Oregon to test a larger number of tuna across the West Coast.

Daily Sundial, Apr. 14, 2014: At CSUN’s West Gallery in the art department, professor Edie Pistolesi, with the help of several other art professors, worked with about 160 students to create a radioactive seafood market - Three years later, it’s not getting better, Pistolesi said. We’re paying attention to this new kind of garbage that’s destroying the planet. You can’t see it, but it’s in the water and it’s in the fish. - We’re using beauty as a weapon to show everyone who sees this that there’s something wrong here, Pistolesi said.

 

[1] Albacore tuna caught off shores of Oregon and Washington State have small levels of radioactivity from Fukushima nuclear disaster

 

[1] Radiation in albacore tuna caught off Oregon coast triples

 

[1] Exposure to the plume could further increase radiation levels in the albacore, expected to reach the West Coast this month. Federal agencies aren’t testing for it, but Oregon Health Authority tests quarterly samples of seawater - no Oregon agency does radiation testing on seafood

 

[1] Oregon St. University, Apr. 28, 2014: Researchers tested loins, carcass and guts and found varying levels - this is one of the first studies to look at different parts of the fish. The loins, or muscle, is what people eat and the bioaccumulation was about the same there as in the carcass

 

[1] Pacific albacore caught off Pacific Northwest U.S. coast 2008 - to -2012 were analyzed for 137Cs and Fukushima-attributed 134Cs. Both 2011 (2 of 2) and several 2012 (10 of 17) edible tissue samples exhibited increased activity concentrations of 137Cs (234-824 mBq/kg of wet weight) and 134Cs (18.2-356 mBq/kg of wet weight).

 

[1] At CSUN West Gallery in the art department, Professor Edie Pistolesi, with the help of several other art professors, worked with 160 students to create a radioactive seafood market - Three years later, it’s not getting better, Pistolesi said. We’re paying attention to this new kind of garbage that’s destroying the planet. You can’t see it, but it’s in the water and in the fish

 

[1] Alaska: Fukushima plutonium fallout may be factor in unusual mortality of seals and walrus

 

[1] Radioactive cesium in ocean from Fukushima reaches 50,000x levels after Chernobyl

 

[1] Local Environmental Observers (LEO) Network, Updated Dec. 12, 2013 (emphasis added): Unusual growth observed in salmon tissue - Hydaburg, Alaska, August 12, 2013 (salmon) We have found strange growths in the flesh or meat of salmon. We were fishing for cohos (silver salmon) at the mouth of the Hydaburg River with line and reel. I caught about thirty fish. Most were fine but eight  were filled up inside with strange growths that were either white or pink in color. On the outside the fish looked fine. The growths looked kind of like individual little salmon eggs, and about the same size. Other people were seeing the same kind of growths in their fish as well. We have only seen this in the cohos and not with the other fish (pink salmon, dog salmon, steel head or trout). We are seeing many coho salmon with these growths, and we are concerned about the health of the fish and the safety of the food. Brian Holter Jr, LEO  says: this observation has been forwarded to the Fish Pathology Lab at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. According to lab staff, they may be able to determine the condition of the fish with a photograph. Lab staff are available for consultation.

Local Environmental Observers (LEO) Network, Nov 21, 2013: Skin illness on white fish raise concerns - Nuiqsut, Alaska, October 13, 2013 (fish) For the past week we been catching sick fish on Nigliq Channel and today upstream from Nigliq Channel to the Colville River. In all the years I’ve been fishing I never caught any fish like this. Caught 3 more sick fish with same markings and this time one had some kind of growth coming out from its mouth on October 14, 2013. Most people in our community eat this fish.  Ted Meyers at ADF&G Fish Pathology Lab said that these fish showed signs of earlier net injuries. At this time of year the fish are spawning and they are usually stressed and more vulnerable to illness. The marks seen in the photo and on the fish are largely net lesions from fish who escaped from the net and then developed a fungus in the skin lesions. The greenish color in the lesions can be from algae and dirt that can get caught in the wound. The insides of these fish were healthy and normal. The damaged flesh from fish should be removed and discarded but the healthy looking meat is fine

Alaska Dispatch, Jan. 21, 2014: Bleak king salmon run predicted for Alaska’s world-famous Kenai River this summer - A catastrophic return of late-run king salmon to the Kenai River is being forecast for this summer by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.  the report notes this run would be the lowest in the 29 years of record

See also: Scientists present links between unusual Alaska seal deaths and Fukushima fallout -- Skin lesions, hair loss, lethargy -- 'Pulsed release' when built-up radionuclides were set free as ice melted -- Wildlife health implications due to radiation exposure discussed (PHOTOS & MAP)

 

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Alaska: Salmon w/strange growths inside - skin illness on white fish - Gov’t predicts catastrophic king salmon run

 

[1] Fukushima radioactivity consequences in rest of world - carried all over … incorporated in sea life

 

[1] Seals and walruses - thyroid cysts, lesions of reproductive system, retained placenta

 

[1] Alaska seal flesh, crows won’t touch it - slime in one’s mouth, kidney almost black - another appeared to change color - hairless one seen recently

 

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[1] Alaska seal deaths and Fukushima fallout - Skin lesions, hair loss, lethargy

[1] (Note: The following two endnotes accompany this info.) Alaska Marine Science Symposium (pdf), Jan. 20-24, 2014 (emphasis added): 2011 Fukushima Fall Out: Aerial Deposition On To Sea Ice Scenario And Wildlife Health Implications To Ice-Associated Seals (Dr. Doug Dasher, John Kelley, Gay Sheffield, Raphaela Stimmelmayr) - On March 11, 2011 off Japan’s west coast, an earthquake-generated tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant resulting in a major nuclear accident that included a large release of airborne radionuclides into the environment. Within five days of the accident atmospheric air masses carrying Fukushima radiation were transiting into the northern Bering and Chukchi seas. During summer 2011 it became evident to coastal communities and wildlife management agencies that there was a novel disease outbreak occurring in several species of Arctic ice-associated seals. Gross symptoms associated with the disease included lethargy, no new hair growth, and skin lesions, with the majority of the outbreak reports occurring between the Nome and Barrow region. NOAA and USFWS declared an Alaska Northern Pinnipeds Usual Mortality Event (UME) in late winter of 2011. The ongoing Alaska 2011 Northern Pinnipeds UME investigation continues to explore a mix of potential etiologies (infectious, endocrine, toxins, nutritious etc.), including radioactivity. Currently, the underlying etiology remains undetermined. We present results on gamma analysis (cesium 134 and 137) of muscle tissue from control and diseased seals, and discuss wildlife health implications from different possible routes of exposure to Fukushima fallout to ice seals. Since the Fukushima fallout period occurred during the annual sea ice cover period from Nome to Barrow, a sea ice based fallout scenario in addition to a marine food web based one is of particular relevance for the Fukushima accident. Under a proposed sea ice fallout deposition scenario, radionuclides would have been settled onto sea ice. Sea ice and snow editor’s note - index: snow  would have acted as a temporary refuge for deposited radionuclides; thus radionuclides would have only become available for migration during the melting season and would not have entered the regional food web in any appreciable manner until breakup (pulsed release). The cumulative on-ice exposure for ice seals would have occurred through external, inhalation, and non-equilibrium dietary pathways during the ice-based seasonal spring haul-out period for molting/pupping/breeding activities. Additionally, ice seals would have been under dietary/metabolic constraints and experiencing hormonal changes associated with reproduction and molting.

Two of the four authors will be appearing on an Alaska radio program this Tuesday January 28 to discuss radiation from Fukushima:

Radiation from Fukushima, APRN (Alaska Public Radio Network), Jan. 24, 2014: They’re having trouble sealing up the leaking nuclear power plants in Japan and they’re also having trouble disclosing what is going on there. Is this a reason to distrust Alaska seafood?

 See also: Researchers: Skin ulcers on Alaska wildlife after Fukushima were never observed before -- Also reported in seals from Japan -- We couldn’t document fallout pattern when plumes hit and animals were on the ice (AUDIO)

 

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(Above) Left: Location of sickened seals; Right: Blue line is radioactive plume from Fukushima mid-March 2011

 

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(Above) Impact strength of Cs-137 in year 4 (Han G J, et al. 2013)

(Above) Model produced by governments of Korea and China

 

(Above) Top: 200 meters; Bottom: 50 meters, variable depth (Z. Lai et al.)

 

(Above) Model produced by governments of Korea and China

(Above) Subsurface concentration of Cs-137 (Bq/m3) at 150-250m (Rossi et al 2013)

 

[1] Navy Officers: My body is falling apart after Japan rescue mission, his right side just didn’t work - another can no longer use his legs and unable to urinate - if 300x normal radiation is OK, I don’t know what to tell you

 

[1] U.S. Military: Baby wipes, tape were main weapons for battling Fukushima contamination - Soldiers didn’t wear protective gear because we don’t want to alarm public

 

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Nuclear workers stripped naked, soaked in sweat - gasped for air - living dead - my teeth start breaking off, bit by bit. I don’t have any upper teeth now - my hair fell out - people bleed from gums, ears, nose - get violently sick - suffer from diarrhea immediately after exposure - damage to testes and eyes common - chronic anemia, tumors of the skin, thyroid, bone, larynx, pharynx and lung, low immunity to infection, accelerated aging, depression, anxiety, lethargy

 

[1] Navy Sailor after Fukushima: I’m in a wheelchair, now it’s spreading to my arms and hands

 

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[1] Navy crew members lose control of bowels after Fukushima radiation exposure, skin rashes develop

 

[1] Many young people in Fukushima in high school die suddenly - people told any disease they have not caused by radiation

 

[1] U.S. Navy sailors had radioactive snowball fights off Fukushima - Crew toast after weeks on Pacific - significant cancers, incessant bleeding from anus or vagina, blindness

 

[1] Rash of disease in Fukushima children, rate of cancer in thyroid up to dozens of times higher than usual

 

[1] Navy Times: Now 70 men & women report suffering from Fukushima radiation - Testicle removal, optic nerve removal, leukemia, polyps… were in their early 20s with good health

 

[1] Fukushima nuclear disaster victims to include up to 600,000 deaths, 100,000 still-births, 100,000 children with genetic deformations

 

[1] Plutonium and Uranium deposit and re-concentrate far away - Isotopes transfer to land via sea spray, aerosols, flooding - human exposure by inhalation, food, contact

 

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(Above) Surface water distribution of Fukushima 137Cs in 2012

Radionuclide Transport from Fukushima to Eastern North Pacific, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 2013 PICES Annual Meeting on Oct. 15, 2013:

Main inventory of Fukushima 137Cs had been transported towards central North Pacific By 2012. … The inventory of Fukushima radioactivity will almost entirely shift from the western to the eastern North Pacific during the next 5 years.

(Aoyama et al., 2013; G. Hong, pers. comm. personal communication)

 

[1] We’re at top of food chain - we get highest radiation dose

 

[1] Surge in cancer among young in Fukushima

 

[1] Radioactive snow falling on Navy ship caused by Fukushima radioactive steam - people were defecating on themselves in hallways from excruciating diarrhea

 

[1] Japan refused to let us in during 3/11 operation, said ship too radioactive

 

[1] U.S. sailors coming forward with symptoms after Fukushima; strange lumps all over, poisoned w/radiation; hemorrhaging, cancers, leukemia, tumors

 

[1] Sailors have cancer of thyroid, gallbladder, testicles - leukemia, unremitting headaches, rectal bleeding, tumors, tumors on the brain, gastrointestinal trouble, gynecological problems, impotence , going blind, bodies deteriorating

 

[1] Cancer increasing in Fukushima children

 

[1] USS Ronald Reagan crew with thyroid cancers, leukemia, brain tumors, bleeding, blindness after Fukushima disaster

 

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(Above) land map is removed from study images. For reference, row of dots in the upper right denote monitoring stations along Vancouver Island coast.

 

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(Above) Radionuclide concentrations in groundwater and river water - X axis represents days since the initial meltdown (10^3 = 1,000 days; 10^4 = 10,000 days; 10^5 = 100,000 days)

Figure 1a shows the concentration in the groundwater and in the river water 500 m away from the reactor between 100 days and 100,000 days. The groundwater was assumed to be discharged into the river water 500 m from the reactor - highest radionuclide concentration of approx. 10^10 Bq/m3 10 billion Bq/m3 is reached by Sr-90 after some 5,000 days.

According to Figure 1a, strontium-90 levels stay near zero for the first 1,000 days, after which levels spike to dramatically and appear to remain elevated for the next 50,000 or so days. Though Fukushima is more than 3X closer to the water than the reactor in this study, it is more than 3X slower (0.133 meters/day vs. 0.5 m/d). And of course, Fukushima is dealing with three melted reactor cores, not one. So when will it be 10^3 or 1,000 days after 3/11? December 5, 2013, which is this Thursday.

 

[1] KPFA, Nov. 29, 2013: At 2:30 in

Paul Johnson, owner of Monterey Fish Market: People are very concerned about it. I think that anytime that you have an issue like this coming out of the cold war and everything; people have brought a lot of concerns about nuclear waste along with that. Particularly here in Berkeley California people are all very smart, educated. People really want to know exactly what is going on. I didn’t expect quite as much concern from the retail customers.

 

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Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium:

02-02-15 - Whitefish that had a bulged out eyeball and some type of growth around the cheekbone. Would like to know the cause of these observed abnormalities

12-10-14 - Whitefish has a brownish moldy growth all over body. We would like to know more about what is going on with our fish and why this is happening

10-24-14 - Trout appeared to have sores rotting or decaying… have never seen these sores before… We are still seeing a lot of fish with these kinds of conditions

06-12-14 - A codfish that was caught with a deep cut or sore on it was pulled in… We are not really sure what happened to this poor cod, but we think it is unusual

05-26-14 - Whitefish that had a growth on its dorsal fin. Other fish were also caught with a similar condition… ADF&G: This whitefish has… probably a neoplasm (cancer)

02-17-14 - Fish… found with lesions on them… Other people also said they saw these bumps… elders who said they have seen fish with skin bumps like this once before… people are still worried because they are not sure what it is this time…. these bumps… were like puss. There are quite a few people who are worried.

 

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Editor’s note: (Above) Recent work documents the red hot spot areas do not fade away and dilute, but remain concentrated.

 

[1] Oregon Official: Reports coming in of seafood with radioactive contamination

The Oregonian, Nov. 19, 2013: - A pocket of doubt persists despite reassurances from scientists and federal health regulators that Pacific-caught seafood is safe to eat. Health officials say Fukushima radiation doesn’t pose a public health threat in the United States. That hasn’t stopped lingering concerns. Christina Mireles DeWitt, director of Oregon State’s Seafood Research and Education Center in Astoria, said she’s noticed an uptick in worries recently. She receives about a call a week from concerned residents who’ve relayed second-hand reports of contaminated fish. Their stories aren’t specific, though, and Mireles DeWitt (who still eats seafood) hasn’t pinpointed what’s causing the increased chatter. They’re kind of secretive, she said. They don’t want to give up their sources.

The Oregonian, Nov. 19, 2013: Fukushima radiation in Oregon fish; Andy Norris is concerned about the impact the Fukushima nuclear disaster is having on local fish - Oregon Filmmaker Andy Norris: We’re pooling resources, we’re buying a community Geiger counter. This is a huge nuclear accident. It’s not done. 400 tons of radioactive water is being dumped into the Pacific each day. We think it’s prudent to be doing some testing. It’s not going to go away soon. It’s still coming over. This is going to go on for years, if not decades. It’s a very sensible idea to buy this community Geiger counter.

Watch The Oregonian’s video featuring Norris here

Reports of Fukushima contamination in albacore tuna off Oregon coast: More US tuna contaminated -- Study: Entire food web including humans may be affected as Fukushima radionuclides spread to West Coast

 

[1] Suicidal for gov’t to allow residents to live near hotspots by plant

 

[1] Japan not publishing data on stillbirths, spontaneous abortions, cancers, and more since 3/11

 

[1] More cancers in Fukushima children - can’t trust gov’t; private hospital finds cysts after ‘official’ tests were all clear

 

[1] Medications don’t work - rare diseases increase dramatically

 

[1] Children coming down with many health problems… this is reality - CNN: Many parents of Fukushima blame nuclear accident for higher cancer rate

 

[1] Excerpts from the Indigenous Elders and Medicine Peoples Council Statement on Fukushima, October 31, 2013:

Not heeding warnings from both Nature and the People of the Earth keeps us on the path of self-destruction. This self-destructive path has led to the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Gulf oil spill, tar sands devastation, pipeline failures, impacts of carbon dioxide emissions and the destruction of ground water through hydraulic fracking, just to name a few.

The Fukushima nuclear crisis alone is a threat to the future of humanity. Yet, our concern goes far beyond this single threat. Our concern is with the cumulative and compounding devastation that is being wrought by the actions of human beings around the world.

Spiritual Leaders and those that carry great responsibility for their people from both North and South America came together with the sacred fire for four days at the end of September 2013 to fulfill their sacred responsibilities. During this time it was revealed that the spirit of destruction gained its’ strength by our spiritually disconnected actions.

The People of the Earth understand that the Fukushima nuclear crisis continues to threaten the future of all life. We understand the full implications of this crisis even with the suppression of information and the filtering of truth by the corporate owned media and Nation States. We strongly urge the media, corporations and Nation States to acknowledge and convey the true facts that threaten us, so that the international community may work together to resolve this crisis, based on the foundation of Truth. We urge the international community, government of Japan and TEPCO to unify efforts to stabilize and re-mediate the nuclear threat posed at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. To ensure that the Japanese government and TEPCO are supported with qualified personnel and information, we urge the inclusion of today’s nuclear experts from around the world to collaborate, advise and provide technical assistance

We urge all Nations and human beings around the world to work with us, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, to restore the Original Instructions and uphold the Creator’s Natural Law as a foundation for all decision making, from this point forward. Our collective future as human beings is in our hands, we must address the Fukushima nuclear crisis and all actions that may violate the Creator’s Natural Law. We have reached the crossroads of life and the end of our existence. We will avert this potentially catastrophic nuclear disaster by coming together with good minds and prayer as a global community of all faiths.  View the statement in full here

 

[1] Vancouver Sun, Nov. 6, 2013: An extraordinary string of recent whale encounters around Vancouver Island is likely due to luck, not one factor, experts say. This has not been a typical year, said John Ford, head of the cetacean research program at Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo.  The biggie of the bunch is the endangered North Pacific right whale, spotted twice in B.C. waters for the first time in 60 years.  There have been other remarkable whale encounters: In May, a Campbell River man underwent facial surgery after his boat collided with a humpback whale in Kelsey Bay near the northern tip of Vancouver Island. This year humpbacks have been seen sporadically in unusual areas  In August, a Galiano Island resident captured three minutes of close-up footage as a pod of playful killer whales travelled through Active Pass  On Oct. 29, members of the endangered southern resident killer whales J-pod swam with a Washington state ferry as it carried tribal artifacts  First Nations leaders said their feeding break to accompany the artifacts was an auspicious welcome. On Halloween, passengers aboard the B.C. ferry between Galiano Island and Tsawwassen were treated to the sight of a superpod of about 1,000 Pacific white-sided dolphins moving through Howe Sound. Lance Barrett-Lennard, project adviser for Wild Whales said what’s stood out for him this year is the unseasonably quiet behavior of resident whales.

Nick Claxton, a member of the Tsawout First Nation and doctoral student and Indigenous academic adviser at the University of Victoria: Recent whale encounters could have a deeper meaning, according to an Indigenous worldview, We see them as our relatives, as ancestors. All of these occurrences remind us of our place here and our connection to the natural world. It’s for the better of all of us to listen.

Yet another event hours after the above article was published: More than 1,000 Pacific white-sided dolphins have been filmed swimming in B.C. Haro Strait, less than a week after a similar sighting off the province’s Gulf Islands. CBC viewer Joshua Landry caught the incredible sight on video he said the pod stretched more than a kilometre across and the animals swarmed around the boat for about 20 minutes. I’ve had a few people come up with theories that they the dolphins know more than we do, and they’re all getting out of here for some reason.

 

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LiveScience, Nov. 6, 2013: This is the second North Pacific right whale spotted in the area since June, an astonishing fact given that the last sighting before that was in 1951. North Pacific right whales, are incredibly endangered, with only 50 thought to live in the waters of the region. Another 200 or so are thought to migrate to the area around Japan for the summer, but are considered a distinct population

 

[1] NOAA -Because of the highly migratory behavior of adult turtles, and the likelihood of shifting habitat requirements of post-hatchlings and juveniles, the populations of East Pacific green turtles in the Pacific Ocean cross international boundaries. The west coasts of Central America, Mexico and the United States constitute a shared habitat for East Pacific green turtles. The East Pacific green is the second-most sighted turtle in the east Pacific during tuna fishing cruises. Along the Pacific coast of America, East Pacific green turtles have been reported as far north as British Columbia. Adult and juvenile green/East Pacific green turtles have also been reported along the Washington coastline - the East Pacific green turtle was the most commonly observed hard-shelled sea turtle on the U.S. Pacific coast.

 

[1] Cancer cases in Fukushima emerge faster than expected - Japan Surgeon: I’m angry, it’s strange officials won’t release basic data

 

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[1] Shocking Treatment of U.S. Nuclear Whistleblowers: Sent to office in basement with rat poison after warning of Fukushima-like explosion - Another given office in storage room with drums of radioactive waste and asbestos soon after having chemotherapy

 

[1] Lawmaker warns emperor of reality facing Japan: Children are suffering from health problems - Official reveals incidence of cancer in children has been increasing and is heckled

 

[1] Japan: Pregnant women get free new houses if they move back to Fukushima - Physician/Mayor: Children being severely harmed, must be evacuated

 

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[1] Diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2012, now stomach and intestinal cancers found - each developed independently, not from one spreading

 

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(Click this link to see add’l photos of the horses here)

The Guardian, Oct. 27, 2013: For decades, the 62-year-old horse breeder Tokue Hosokawa barely registered that his farm was just 40 kilometers north-west of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Like several other farmers in Fukushima, Hosokawa ignored a government order to exterminate all of his horses and cows. Just after the accident one of the horses gave birth. When I saw that foal get to its feet and start feeding from its mother, I knew there was no way I could leave. …in January this year, he noticed that several among the 30 that remained, mainly foals, had become unsteady on their feet. Within weeks, 16 had died in mysterious circumstances. Autopsies on four of the horses found no evidence of disease and tests revealed caesium levels at 200 becquerels per kilo - four times higher than the government-set safety limit for agricultural produce, but not high enough to immediately threaten their health. I’m worried that we’ll find more dead horses this winter.

Photographer Kazuma Obara, Sept. 16, 2013: This May, he tried to reveal the cause of their sudden death, and he decided to euthanize a horse whose symptom was similar to the other dead horses. And femoral muscle was detected cesium 200 becquerel/kg by the researcher veterinarian Dr.Hiroyuki Ichikawa. They are studying this data to find the effect for their sudden death. Japan becomes such a pathetic country. After the accidents, my family fell apart. My daughter tried to commit suicide… I am relieved that she survived. When I saw the foals, I entertained a flicker of hope. But even these foals died… There is no future. Nobody want to live without future. Here is Japan. Do you think it is really okay with this situation in Japan? He said.

KEYSTONE, July 25, 2013: Since the beginning of 2013, 16 horses including foals died in succession within 6 months. Experts performed autopsies on dead carcasses, but they couldn’t find a main cause of the horses’ sudden deaths. The health center of Fukushima inspected the horses and took blood tests, and the results showed that the causes were neither infectious diseases nor parasitic worms. But the symptoms were all very similar. Once the horses became unable to walk, they died within several weeks. I live here thanks to my horses, so I can’t leave here without them. I’m very sad when they die. My daughter tried to kill herself feeling depressed about their deaths. There is no future in this life, he says. The word Restoration of Fukushima has spread around Japan, but reality is somewhat different.

 

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[1] Associated Press, Oct. 22, 2013: Japan mayor offers Fukushima kids home in his town. A generation ago, Dr. Akira Sugenoya performed lifesaving cancer surgery on more than 100 children after the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe. Today, as mayor of a central Japanese city, he’s trying to avoid a repeat of his own history. If my fears turn out to be unfounded, nothing would be better news, Sugenoya said. The Japanese government has detected 44 confirmed and suspected cases of thyroid cancer among 217,000 youngsters, 18 and under, checked in Fukushima prefecture. Thyroid cancer among children is generally rare, estimated at only one in a million. Yuri Hasegawa, a 45-year-old Fukushima mother, is so worried. In her backyard and other areas, The Geiger counter starts going beep, beep, beep, beep, she said. The beeps are coming so fast. If we could see it, we wouldn’t be living here. Sugenoya said, A terrible thing has happened, but people don’t realize it at all.

Also see: Belarusian Telegraph Agency, Oct. 21, 2013: A delegation from Japan got interested in Belarus’ practices in providing year-round rehabilitation and recuperation services for children and the youth at the education and rehabilitation center Zubryonok, Education Minister of Belarus Sergei Maskevich said. There are no year-round rehabilitation facilities for children in Japan yet. Over the last years Belarus has welcomed several groups of children. Japanese children from the Fukushima-affected areas took part in a special rehabilitation program.

 

[1] Fukushima: Extraordinary amount of kids have thyroid cancer - officials say not caused by Fukushima since Chernobyl cancers took 4-5 years to appear - yet data shows it started soon after '86 meltdown... number of cases still rising 25 years later

 

[1] Chernobyl - 7,800x more childhood thyroid cancer than average in town 70 km away

 

[1] Tokyo should no longer be inhabited - Everyone here is a victim of Fukushima - people suffering - bleed under skin, urinary hemorrhaging - children’s blood tests start changing last year