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US Gov’t: “Tsunami debris might be contaminated with radiation from Fukushima Dai-ichi”
Published: April 7th, 2012 at 8:47 pm ET
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Though NOAA has consistently claimed tsunami debris threatening North America will not be radioactive. A new paper by the Congressional Research Service says otherwise.
Effects of Radiation from Fukushima Dai-ichi on the U.S. Marine Environment
Congressional Research Service
Eugene H. Buck, Specialist in Natural Resources Policy
Harold F. Upton, Analyst in Natural Resources Policy
April 2, 2012
[...] Initial models suggested that in a year, debris could reach the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument; in two years, the remaining Hawaiian islands could see this debris; in three years, the debris plume likely would reach the U.S. west coast, dumping debris on California beaches and the beaches of British Columbia, Alaska, and Baja California.
Although much of the radioactive release from Fukushima Dai-ichi is believed to have occurred after the tsunami, there is the possibility that some of the tsunami debris might be contaminated with radiation from Fukushima Dai-ichi.
More recent observations indicate that some debris could be traveling faster than predicted. The debris field has been estimated to contain possibly millions of tons of debris and to be approximately 3,700 kilometers long and 1,800 kilometers wide. [...]
Tracking Japan’s Floating Tsunami Debris as it Drifts Towards California – UPDATE: It Arrived
26 12 2011
There is a worry over the vast amount of floating debris pulled out to sea by the big tsunami that hit Japan last March. Some are concerned a lot of it is radioactive, others fear ruin of pristine beaches on Hawaii and other locations and seamen find it is interfering with shipping lanes.
Here are some tools to keep up with the looming problem.
Resources for Tracking the Floating Debris Field
NEW > Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Joint Information Center
Google Maps, Canada Debris Tracking MAP – more
Tsunami Debris Tracking Project
and their other mapping project using the SCUD model of the surface ocean currents (easy to see)
Radiation modelling maps from ASR has tools for predicting Fukushima related events
Marine Debris.Info – public listserve for news
Animated MAP of the Projected Path
Map of Marine Debris Tracking Buoys (interactive, check North Pacific) Has Live Data and Satellite view -
Satellite Images – look for yourself
The NOAA Marine Debris Page on it
Marine Debris Tracker smartphone application
NOAA Video of the debris
Hawaii – Maui – INDIEGOGO sailing to track the debris
5 Gyres research ship
PHOTOS of the debris at sea
IN ALASKA – if you come across tsunami debris the Alaska Dispatch requests you report it using contact at the bottom of this page.
Originally posted by UberL33t
You mean a ship different from the one they sank on April 4th?
Coast Guard cannon fire sinks Japanese ghost ship
OVER THE GULF OF ALASKA -- A U.S. Coast Guard cutter poured cannon fire into a Japanese ghost ship that had been drifting since the last year's tsunami, sinking the vessel in the Gulf of Alaska and eliminating the hazard it posed to shipping and the coastline.
Originally posted by berkeleygal
Dangerous Catch, next season.
Watch as Cap'n Sid gets eaten by a monster mutant blue crab.
Tepco and NISA have claimed repeatedly that very little radioactive contamination was released from the plant until R2 and R4 blew.
SPEEDI data refute this and shows the opposite to be happening.
The only SPEEDI data for Fukushima they ever released are the regional radiation dispersion maps. This first one is from shortly after the EQ and tsunami hit and shows I-131 activity. It clearly shows a plume of I-131 already being emitted from the plant and blowing out to sea. The only explanation for this plume is exposed fuel.
10PM on the 11th after notifying governments that there may be a problem.
5PM on the 12th
SPEEDI takes readings from the ground and uses wind forecasts to simulate dispersion. Their data clearly show a nuclear power plant bleeding nuclides into the ocean atmosphere within minutes after the tsunamis struck.
Originally posted by ommadawn
reply to post by Xterrain
All that from a txt message? Impressive.
Anything at all to backup this particular claim?
Originally posted by MaMaa
I'm curious why the Japanese didn't clean up and do something with these ships? Why just let them float out there as if they have no responsibility to it?
Makes me glad that I'm landlocked and while I love seafood and fish I don't eat much of it. I make it a point not to eat seafood here in Colorado because the majority of it is frozen and icky. Fresh seafood in Colorado is a rare thing. LOL I'll stick to my rainbow trout from the near by river thanks. Although stocking up on iodine may not be such a terrible thing. LOL