Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Fukushima Radioactive Aerosol Dispersal

NOAA’s HYSPLIT model shows clouds of highly radioactive Cesium wafting over the US after Fuku blew sky high. Only one month’s worth shown.

To see animation:

http://www.sos.noaa.gov/Datasets/dataset.php?id=332

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Melted blob

Not unlike my soul.

The EPA says 423 of the samples contained man-made radioactive contaminants exceeding background levels. Most of the contaminants were cesium-137 and strontium-90, both powerful carcinogenic substances.

Most samples exceeding background levels were found in the surface soil at locations known to be contaminated, including where the partial meltdown occurred on the morning of July 14, 1959. Details of that incident, which spewed colorless and odorless gases into the atmosphere, were not disclosed until 1979, when a group of UCLA students discovered documents and photographs that referred to a problem at the site involving a “melted blob.”

via Radioactive hot spots remain at former research facility's site – latimes.com.

I’ll tell you what though. If I ever owned a nuclear reactor, and it went all meltdown and everything, I would inform the people living in the surrounding areas. So they could make arrangements and whatnot.



not featured in real estate brochures

via (pdf) http://www.rockyflatsnuclearguardianship.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/leroy-moore-papers/dem-public-heath-at-rf-12-10.pdf

Leroy Moore papers: http://www.rockyflatsnuclearguardianship.org/leroy-moores-blog/papers-by-leroy-moore-phd-2/


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Figure 2. Carl Johnson studied cancer incidence for 1969-1971 among Anglos in three areas downwind of Rocky Flats defined by levels of plutonium contamination in millicuries per square kilometer (mCi/km2) as compared to the uncontaminated control area. See the text above for cancer incidence rate for each area. From Johnson, “Cancer Incidence in an Area Contaminated with Radionuclides Near a Nuclear Installation,” AMBIO, 10, 4, October 1981, page 177 and Table 3 (copyright Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, reprinted by permission of Allen Press Publishing Services).

Fires in 1957 and 1968 sent an unknown amount of highly radioactive material over the Denver area. Johnson found higher cancer rates the closer he got to Rocky Flats.



Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US

Five months after the Fukushima disaster, Fisher of Stony Brook University in New York and a team decided to test Pacific bluefin that were caught off the coast of San Diego. To their surprise, tissue samples from all 15 tuna captured contained levels of two radioactive substances—ceisum-134 and cesium-137—that were higher than in previous catches.

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The results “are unequivocal. Fukushima was the source,” said Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who had no role in the research.

Bluefin tuna absorbed radioactive cesium from swimming in contaminated waters and feeding on contaminated prey such as krill and squid, the scientists said. As the predators made the journey east, they shed some of the radiation through metabolism and as they grew larger. Even so, they weren’t able to completely flush out all the contamination from their system.

“That’s a big ocean. To swim across it and still retain these radionuclides is pretty amazing,” Fisher said.

via Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US – The Denver Post.

All well below “safe levels,” of course, according to govt. agencies. That’s fine, I won’t be eating any. More for you!



Reactor 4 demands our attention

Via EX-SKF: #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Reactor 4 to Get a Cover and a Crane | EXSKF.

Which dude said, Hey, let’s put the spent fuel pool on the roof of the reactor building. Are the US reactors like that as well (except with far more spent fuel)? Ack.

It would be good to remove the material from the spent fuel pool before it all collapses in a heap. Currently the crane is crumpled in the pool itself. So a new crane will be needed, and a structure to support it. Here are the plans for such released today:



USGS measures fallout from Fukushima in precipitation samples

Via EX-SKF — http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/02/usgs-paper-wet-deposition-of-fission.html

Via USGS — http://bqs.usgs.gov/fukushima/




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