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Fukushima Radiation Levels- (nearly) 1 year later

March 6, 2012

A couple of updates in regards to the Fukushima nuclear metldowns and radiation levels that have spread around the world.  It has been nearly 1 Year since this accident.  The first article is rather technical but has an interesting worldwide map.

First Article:

All of Western US and most of East Coast, Midwest, Canada covered with airborne particles at various altitudes on March 20, Fukushima plume model shows — Based solely on Reactor No. 1 explosion (PHOTO)

Full Article at http://enenews.com/study-all-western-east-coast-covered-airborne-particles-march-20-model-shows-canada-based-solely-reactor-1-explosion-photo

By ENENews.

In addition to 131I and 137Cs, traces of other radionuclides were detected in the aerosol filters as well.

Their concentrations in the most active sample collected on 3-4 April 2011 14:00e06:50 UTC were:

  • 132I e 0.12 +/- 0.01 mBq/m3
  • 132Te e 0.13 +/- 0.01 mBq/m3
  • 129Te e 0.40 +/- 0.04 mBq/m3
  • 129mTe e0.75 +/- 0.25 mBq/m3
  • 136Cs e 0.080 +/- 0.0080mBq/m3

[…]

Large collected air volumes allowed us to determine for the first time in Europe the activity ratio and concentration of Fukushima derived 238Pu and 239,240Pu isotopes. Approximately twice higher Pu activity concentration as expected, and 238Pu/239,240Pu ratio not typical either for global fallout or the Chernobyl accident was found in the integrated aerosol sample.

Full Article at http://enenews.com/study-all-western-east-coast-covered-airborne-particles-march-20-model-shows-canada-based-solely-reactor-1-explosion-photo

Second Article (actually a video):

Fukushima – Did we almost lose Tokyo?

Full Article/video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQdRcYr5aaE

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear joins Thom Hartmann. In a little over a week – we’ll hit the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that triggered a nuclear crisis at Fukushima in Japan. And this week – we’re learning that that nuclear crisis is even worse than was originally thought. On Wednesday – Japanese Scientists announced that twice as much radioactive cesium than estimated blew out of the plant after the earthquake and tsunami. That’s about 40,000 trillion bequerels. And it took just 18 days for those radioactive particles to encircle the planet – turning up in places as far away as Vermont. French scientists are now calling on Japan to remain vigilant in its inspections of fruit, milk, and game to prevent further radiation contamination.

Full Article/video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQdRcYr5aaE

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