Fukushima: Pacific Ocean Will Not Dilute Dumped Radioactive Water
Remember, the reactors are ‘riddled with meltdown holes’, building 4 – with more radiation than all nuclear bombs ever dropped or tested – is missing entire walls, and building 3 is a pile of rubble.
The whole complex is leaking like a sieve, and the rivers of water pumped into the reactors every day are just pouring into the ocean (with only a slight delay).
Most people assume that the ocean will dilute the radiation from Fukushima enough that any radiation reaching the West Coast of the U.S. will be low.
For example, the Congressional Research Service wrote in April:
Scientists have stated that radiation in the ocean very quickly becomes diluted and would not be a problem beyond the coast of Japan.
U.S. fisheries are unlikely to be affected because radioactive material that enters the marine environment would be greatly diluted before reaching U.S. fishing grounds.
And a Woods Hole oceanographer said:
“The Kuroshio current is considered like the Gulf Stream of the Pacific, a very large current that can rapidly carry the radioactivity into the interior” of the ocean, Buesseler said.
“But it also dilutes along the way, causing a lot of mixing and decreasing radioactivity as it moves offshore.”
But – just as we noted 2 days after the earthquake hit that the jet stream might carry radiation to the U.S. by wind – we are now warning that ocean currents might carry more radiation to … some portions of the West Coast of North America than is assumed.” Read more.
‘Truly Frightening’: Higher and higher radioactivity levels expected to continue for years in bluefin tuna (Radio) – “It’s truly frightening. What happened was these fish were caught [and tested] five months after the accident…. but the research wasn’t published until June of this year… Scientists sat on this information for 8 or 9 months while they were waiting to get their report published… [The tuna] still had body burdens of both kinds of cesium — 134 and 137 — that were surprisingly high for a fish that had only been near Fukushima for a couple weeks. So my question is, ‘What’s been going on since then?’ cause we know that cesium has been continually released… It’s likely that the next catch of tuna that hasn’t made the scientific literature yet is going to be worse than the tuna that they caught. They caught 15 tuna and all 15 had high levels of cesium 134 and 137 in them… so one would expect that now as more and more tuna start to swim toward the United States we’ll see higher and higher levels of radioactivity in the tuna, and I don’t think that trend is going to stop for the next several years.” Listen to video below.