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Don’t Worry, Be Happy! Fukushima Fallout Heads Our Way

Published on: July 07, 2012

Japanese citizens continue protesting the re-launch of damaged nuclear power plant at Fukushima while radioactive water continues to be dumped into the Pacific Ocean from that plant. Fukushima Reactor 1 was started up this week and plans to launch Reactor 4 are set for mid-July.  It’s a formula that potentially could kill 2 billion on the planet. California is right on the path!

For months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster occurred I read the radiation monitors hosted by’s  Michael Collins on his website, broadcasting radiation readings from his Santa Monica office. He has been one of the few journalists keeping this story front & center as it has unfolded. Last week several nuclear experts announced publicly that they are ready to desert the U.S. and move their families  to South America should Reactor 4 go. Urge your elected officials to act toward permanent containment and shutdown of these reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.

By: Michael Collins

Millions of Southern Californians and tourists seek the region’s famous beaches to cool off in the sea breeze and frolic in the surf. Those iconic breezes, however, may be delivering something hotter than the white sands along the Pacific: Buckyballs.

According to a recent UC Davis study, these uranium-filled nanospheres were created from the millions of tons of fresh and salt water used to try to cool down three molten cores of the stricken reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The tiny and tough buckyballs are shaped like soccer balls.  Water hitting the incredibly hot and radioactive, primarily uranium-oxide fuel turns it into peroxide. In this goo mix, buckyballs are formed, loaded with uranium and able to move quickly through water without disintegrating.

High radiation readings in Santa Monica and Los Angeles air during a 42-day period from late December to late January strongly suggest that radiation is increasing in the region including along the coast in Ventura County. The radiation, detected by this reporter and the US Environmental Protection Agency, separate from each other and using different procedures, does not appear to be natural in origin. The EPA’s radiation station is high atop an undisclosed building in Los Angeles, while this reporter’s detection location is near the West LA boundary.

Both stations registered more than 5.3 times the normal amount, though the methods of sampling and detection differed. The videotaped Santa Monica sampling and testing allowed for the detection of alpha and beta radiation, while the sensitive EPA instrument detected beta only, according to the government Web site.

A windy Alaskan storm front sweeping down the coast the morning of March 31 slammed Southern California with huge breakers, a choppy sea with 30-foot waves and winds gusting to 50 mph. A low-hanging marine layer infused with sea spray made aloft from the chop and carried on the winds that blew inland over the Los Angeles Basin for several miles, bringing with it the highest radiation this reporter has detected in hot rain since the meltdowns began.

Scientific studies from the United Kingdom and Europe show that sea water infused with radiation of the sort spewing out of Fukushima can travel inland from the coast up to 300 kilometers. These mobile poisons include cesium-137 and plutonium-239, the latter of which has a half-life of 24,400 years.

Despite the fact that University of California and this reporter’s tests show high radiation in the air, water, food and dairy products in California, the state and federal governments cut off special testing for Fukushima radionuclides more than half a year ago.

Non-existent coverage
Southern California is still getting hit by Fukushima radiation at alarmingly high levels that will inevitably increase as the main bulk of polluted Pacific Ocean water reaches North America in the next two years.  Luckily, the area is south of where the jet stream has brought hot rains from across the Pacific and Fukushima, more than 5,000 miles away, upwind and up-current of the West Coast. Those rains have brought extraordinary amounts of radiation to places like St. Louis, with multiple rain events detected and filmed, showing incredibly hot rains.

Unluckily, North America is directly downwind of Japan, where the government is having 560,000 tons of irradiated rubble incinerated with the ash dumped in Tokyo Bay. The burning began last October and is scheduled to continue through March 2014, enraging American activists for this unwitting double dose.

American media coverage of Fukushima’s continuing woes and of contamination spreading across Japan and threatening Tokyo’s 30 million residents, while not robust, has been adequate. Coverage of contamination in America and Southern California has been practically non-existent. Read full story

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