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Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima, The Ugly Truth
The Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center shows that radiation levels at radiation monitoring stations all over the country are raised. Elevated levels are particularly higher along the west coast of the United States. Every single day, 300 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima enters the Pacific Ocean. The amount of radioactive material released from Fukushima is continuously increasing, and the deadly contamination is concentrating in our food chain.
Predictions indicate that it will take at least 40 years to clean up the Fukushima disaster. The contamination will outlive most of us, while other people will develop cancers and other health issues because of the radiation and will die prematurely or pass on genetic defects caused by the radiation.
Polar bears, seals and walruses along the Alaska coastline are suffering from fur loss and open sores. Wildlife experts are studying whether fur loss and open sores detected in nine polar bears near Barrow, Alaska. The bears were spotted by the US Geological Survey while doing routine work in the area and the Dept. is determining if the “alopecia” or loss of fur and other skin lesions are widespread and related to similar incidents among seals and walruses.
Sea Lion deaths have reached an epidemic status along the California coastline. Island rookeries off the Southern California coast have reported that 45 percent of the pups born in June have died. In a normal cycle less than 1/3 of the pups would have died. The mortality got so bad the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared the area an uncommon mortality event.
Many are blaming Fukushima for the historic lows in the population of sockeye salmon along the Pacific coast of Alaska and Canada. To make matters even worse something is causing other fish species all along the west coast of Canada to bleed from their gills, bellies and eyeballs. No signs prior to the nuclear accident.
A massive field of radioactive debris the size of California from Fukushima has crossed the Pacific Ocean and is starting to hit the west coast. It is being projected that the radioactivity of coastal waters off the U.S. west coast could double over the next five to six years Experts have found very high levels of cesium-137 in plankton living in the waters of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the west coast. To substantiate the impeding disaster to our food sources and our planet one test in California found that 15 out of 1 5 bluefin tuna were contaminated with radiation from Fukushima it is not speculative about the contamination in our waters it is here.
The Vancouver Sun reported in 2012, that cesium-137 was being found in a very high percent of the fish that Japan was selling to Canada, 73 percent of mackerel tested, 91 percent of the halibut, 92 percent of the sardines, 93 percent of the tuna and eel, 94 percent of the cod and anchovies, and 100 percent of the carp, seaweed, shark and monkfish.
Many experts believe that there will be high levels of cancer in people along the west coast just from eating fish. It is now believed that the radiation released from Fukushima is 18 times bigger than first thought. Radiation from the atmosphere reached the west coast in just a matter of a few days. 300 tons of contaminated water is pouring into the Pacific Ocean every day from Fukushima. It has been estimated that up to 100 times as much nuclear radiation has been released into the ocean from Fukushima than was released during the entire Chernobyl disaster. It is being projected that significant levels of cesium-137 will reach every corner of the Pacific Ocean by the year 2020.
The Iodine-131, Cesium-137 and Strontium-90 that are constantly coming from Fukushima are going to affect the health of those living in the northern hemisphere for a very, very long time. Iodine-131, for example, can be ingested into the thyroid, where it emits beta particles that damage tissue. A plague of damaged thyroids has already been reported among 40 percent of the children in the Fukushima area. That percentage can only go higher as contamination continues. In developing youngsters, it can stunt both physical and mental growth. Among adults it causes a very wide range of ancillary ailments, including cancer. Cesium-137 from Fukushima has been found in fish caught as far away as California. It spreads throughout the body, but tends to accumulate in the muscles. Strontium-90’s half-life is around 29 years. It mimics calcium and goes to our bones.
The California coast line is suffering, the once healthy coast consisted of rocks covered with barnacles and kelp the rocks are now almost spotless. There’s hardly any kelp, barnacles, sea urchins, etc. anymore and the tide pools are likewise eerily devoid of crabs, snails and other scurrying signs of a healthy sea. Very different compared to 10 – 15 years ago when sea life was abundant in the ocean and tide pools. Even the sea gull numbers have declined as well.
It is sad to learn that it will take a thousand years for our ocean and its sea life to recover from the disaster; in turn it will take humans the same amount of time along with the land dwellers which depend on sea life for its food.
The question we must ask ourselves--- do we want to continue to use nuclear power as a form of energy? With the prospects of terrible earthquakes just waiting to happen will we destroy ourselves by the way of nuclear power plants which cannot withstand medium to severe quakes. Will we take the chance of nuclear issues from terrorists, or even problems caused from a simple mistake caused by human error?
Will we continue on the path of destruction until we have compromised every living creature which inhabits this precious earth? Will we become mutants because of the radiation poisoning to our bodies, have generation after generation of living things with horrible health issues, should we subject other creatures to the same fate? Because right now we are doing just that.
Regardless of how the accident happens we need to consider the outcome before developing any kind of new technology and we need to develop the means to counter any adverse effects from previous accidents or future accidents.