by Mark Sircus
02 July 2012
Think again, think seven times
again before you leap
and start construction of new nuclear power plants.
Fukushima radiation has traveled the globe.
Much of the fallout follows the
atmospheric jet stream and has blanketed Alaska, Canada, the U.S.
Pacific northwest, U.S. west coast and U.S. mid-west. However,
radioactive contamination from Fukushima has also been detected in
Europe and even in the southern hemisphere.
A fallout map (above image), based only on one of the
six reactors melting down, shows the widespread deposition of
nuclear particles across a huge geographic region.
Chronological Graphs on Concentration in
the Air [aCi/m3]
in California (past 20 years)
Uranium 234 in Alaska (past 20 years)
Uranium 238 in Hawaii (past 20 years)
Such sudden increase of radioactive materials, as indicated in the
above graphs, are a direct result of Fukushima.
These regions where increased amount of
plutonium and uranium
were detected are downwind of Japan. The
closest places are Guam, Hawaii, Alaska and California.
If you compare the numbers after March
11 between California (8700 km = 5400 miles from Japan) and Guam
(2500 km = 1550 miles from Japan), Guam has detected 78 times higher
plutonium 239, 6 times higher uranium 234, 16 times higher uranium
235 and 13 times higher uranium 238 than California.
Radiation fallout patterns have long taught us that the closer one
is to the source of contamination the higher the radiation exposure.
Heavy nuclear particles fall to the ground quite quickly thus
thinning quickly as the distances open up.
Being downwind of an atomic explosion or
nuclear meltdown is not healthy, for people in close proximity will
absorb that many more radioactive particles from the air, water and
It is only
TEPCO, the operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant,
record amounts of radiation had been detected in the
basement of reactor number 1, further hampering clean-up operations.
TEPCO took samples from the basement
after lowering a camera and surveying instruments through a drain
hole in the basement ceiling. Radiation levels above radioactive
water in the basement reached up to 10,300 millisievert an hour, a
dose that will kill humans within a short time after making them
sick within minutes.
The annual allowed dose for workers at
the stricken site is reached in only 20 seconds.
“Workers cannot enter the site and
we must use robots for the demolition,” said TEPCO.
The Fukushima operator said that
radiation levels were 10 times higher than those recorded at the
plant’s two other crippled reactors, number two and three. This was
due to the poor state of the nuclear fuel in the reactor compared to
that in the two others.
Radioactive material released from Fukushima was
across the northern hemisphere 12-15 days after the accident. An
official monitoring station in Iceland detected radioactive isotopes
indicating that the plume had reached Europe on March 20.
But now we hear from Chris Busby,
who says he is monitoring, that no radiation has reached England
where he is. Is this possible? (A client of mine had personal
communications with him. This information needs to be verified.)
For the first four weeks, the radioactive materials remained
confined to the northern hemisphere but by April 13 radioactive
isotopes were detected at stations located in Australia, Fiji,
Malaysia and Papua New Guinea indicating that it had reached the
Within two weeks the whole northern atmosphere was affected. The
radioactive plume next travelled to eastern Russia (March 14) and
then crossed the Pacific towards the North American continent to
Europe and to Central Asia. The dominant radionuclides were xenon
isotopes and especially Xe-133 together with I-131, Cs-134, and
Cs-137, and further short-lived radionuclides like Te-132 and I-132
were also detected.
plutonium has been detected
indicating early on the meltdown of spent-fuel assemblies.
According to the Nuclear Information Resource Center (NIRS),
this plutonium-uranium fuel mixture is far more dangerous than
typical enriched uranium - a single milligram (mg) of MOX is as
deadly as 2,000,000 mg of normal enriched uranium. On March 14, Unit
3 of the Fukushima reactor exploded, sending a huge smoke plume into
the air. This particular reactor, of course, contains the rods
fueled with MOX.
International nuclear experts are criticizing efforts by the
Japanese nuclear industry to
stockpile surplus plutonium for use in
reactors using MOX (mixed-oxide) fuel, a combination of plutonium
The MOX plan was a key component of the
Japanese nuclear cycle and was supposed to allow reuse of spent
fuel, resulting in a self-contained cycle.
However, reprocessing has turned out to
be more expensive than simply disposing of spent fuel by burying it,
and the process itself has encountered numerous technical
difficulties and public opposition.
Japan currently has 35 tons of plutonium stored worldwide, and hopes
to produce another half-ton within the next nine months, raising
global concerns that terrorists might obtain some of it and produce
This is all pure insanity setting the
stage for the fulfillment of Hal Lindsey’s book,
Great Planet Earth.
I read this book during my first year at
Northeastern University in 1974 and was deeply disturbed by it.
The feelings were not related to the
specifics but to a general feeling that from two thousand years ago
biblical authors were already previewing trends that were already
visible in the early 70s. The New York Times called it the “No. 1
non-fiction bestseller of the decade.”
The planet Earth may indeed be close to “late” simply because we
have failed to face the real problems that confront us in a
The book portrays much that has been
true for decades, stories about famine, pollution and the
destructive potential of our war machines, but the Japanese and the
Americans, who built most of the Japanese nuclear industry, went
over the top with
MOX fuel, which is banned in most countries around
the world that use nuclear power.
In 20 years it has become clear that not
tens, hundreds or
thousands, but millions of people in the Northern hemisphere
have suffered and will suffer from the Chernobyl catastrophe.
Dr. Alexey V. Yablokov
Russian Academy of Sciences
More than a third of Britain is still
contaminated by radioactivity from the Chernobyl disaster two
decades ago, and children are getting cancer as a result.
An investigation published in London on
April 22, 2006, shows that at least 34% of the country will remain
radioactive for centuries as the result of the accident. In Britain,
about 81,000 sq km (31,000 sq miles) - mainly in Northern Ireland,
Scotland, Wales and the west of England - were contaminated above
4,000 bequerels per square meter.
The report says the radioactive cesium -
and the doses of radiation it gives Britons - will only “decline
slowly over the next few hundred years.”
One type of contamination reinforces and strengthens the other so
medical treatments need to simultaneously address both chemical
toxicity and radiation poisoning. Exposure to radiation causes a
cascade of free radicals that wreak havoc on the body.
Radiation also decimates the body’s
supply of glutathione, thus allowing free radicals to run rampant
through our tissues and organs.
The Chernobyl incident was a major humanitarian disaster resulting
in a plethora of health problems that are still far from being fully
recognized. Most studies analyzing the medical consequences of this
catastrophe have so far focused on diseases such as thyroid cancer,
leukemia, immune and autoimmune pathology, even
though an increase in the incidence of type 1 diabetes mellitus, a
disorder involving the immune system, was observed within the
residential population of Hiroshima among survivors of the atom bomb
Studies have also shown that thymectomy
and a sub-lethal dose of gamma radiation induces type 1 diabetes in
Public health officials across the board tend to grossly
underestimate the dangers  and medical officials are
out there claiming, as usual, that toxic substances are actually
good for your children.
They say that about mercury and they say
that about radiation.
Dr. Herman Muller, who has received a Nobel Prize for his
work, has shown how the human race’s continuous exposure to
so-called “low-level” radiation is causing a gradual reduction in
its ability to survive, as successive generations are genetically
“The spreading and accumulation of
even tiny genetic mutations pass through family lines, provoking
allergies, asthma, juvenile diabetes, hypertension, arthritis,
high blood cholesterol conditions, and muscular and bone
If you think there is nothing to worry
about consider the fact that the cooling system for the spent fuel
the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant’s
No. 4 reactor
automatically shut down Saturday the 30th of June.
Temperatures began to rise but
fortunately, according to reports, they
reestablished cooling on
Sunday. I have written that humanity is
hanging by a thread in terms
of our vulnerability to building number four coming down.
Radiation at the plant continues to
increase so it is possible the day will arrive that no repairs can
be made and the fuel pool will overheat to the point where it will
all go up in flames.
 Kuzmenok O, Potapnev M, Potapova
S et al. (2003) Late effects of the Chernobyl radiation accident
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S (1997) Incidence of childhood disease in Belarus associated
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D, Poussier P (2002) Thymectomy and radiation-induced type 1
diabetes in nonlymphopenic BB rats. Diabetes 51:2975-2981
 It could be possible, for instance, that a mere .001 rise in
the rem could generate an increase globally in sickness. And the
proximity of the source of rem increase may be less relevant
than we think. Long-term exposure to >0.001 increased rem
overall may be actually be quite profound. Our knowledge of the
effects of radiation derives primarily from groups of people who
have received high doses, so in reality medical science knows
and understands very little about low-level risks.