Saturday, June 25, 2011

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Radioactive Strontium from Ocean Soil Off the Plant

Strontium-89 and strontium-90 have been detected in soil and ocean water, but for the first time they have been detected in ocean soil 3 kilometers off the coast where Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant is located. The samples from 2 locations were taken on June 2.

The Ministry of Education and Science have announced the detection of radioactive cesium from the ocean soil, but has been silent about strontium.

Strontium-89 (half-life 51 days) was detected at 140 becquerels/kg at one location (off Minami-Soma City), 42 becquerels/kg at the other (off Naraha-machi). Strontium-90 (half-life 29 year) was detected at 44 becquerels/kg at one location, 10 becquerels/kg at the other.

There is no safety standard set for radioactive strontium. The amount detected in regular sampling surveys from 1999 to 2008 at Fukushima II (not I) was ND (not detected) to 0.17 becquerel/kg.

The survey also detected a minute amount of plutonium-239+plutonium-240.

Clearly, no one cares any more in Japan. No major news outlet carried the news, not at least on line. The only paper that carried this news was the Japan Communist Party's newspaper, Akahata (red flag).

Here's TEPCO's press release on June 25, 2011:


Anonymous said...

You said: "Clearly, no one cares any more in Japan. No major news outlet carried the news, not at least on line. "

I have read rumors online that people are noticing the major outlets are posting articles briefly and pulling them off the web after an hour or two - in other words some people believe additional media control is now in place. It does seem to me that, in the US at least, there is even less coverage and this comes very soon after CNN featured a story on Fukushima. I wonder if additional media control really is in place now - why is it even quieter than it was before?

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

I don't know. Something's up. Everything nuclear disappears very quick.

Anonymous said...

The bad news is cases of leukemia in children are going to increase amongst those living in the strontium contaminated areas. The good news is leukemia is not invariably fatal as it was 50 years ago when American children living downwind from the Nevada atomic test site developed the disease.

Yuki Onna said...

If your calcium intake is low then your bones will naturally get stronger by radioactive strontium uptake instead. What's the problem? Think of the money saved on supplements.

Anonymous said...

It's not that the Japanese people don't care.

It's that TEPCO is paying off Japanese officials and the media (sound familiar, like AIPAC and Congress?)

TEPCO management are almost as low a level of lifeform as Wall Street bankers.

Anonymous said...

I have heard that people in Fukushima are already dying from radiation exposure.

This information came from medical sources, and not from the Japanese government.

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