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Can Ocean Currents Transport Radioactive Materials To The US?

We know that  in the days after the Fukushima nuclear plant began releasing radioactive materials into the atmosphere, all of the “weather readers” on the networks and local channels appeared to be reading from the same script. Soon after “experts” were paraded in front of the camera to dismiss the possibility. We all know now that they were dead wrong!

Examples of this:

March 15, Dr. Perry Kendall (public health officer – British Columbia) said, winds from Japan take five or six days to reach B.C. and by then any radioactive particles would have dispersed over the Pacific Ocean.

Japan has an evacuation area of about 12 miles from the nuclear plants. Washington state is 5,000 to 6,000 miles away from Japan,” Tim Church, a spokesman for the Washington State Department of Health, told the Wall Street Journal in a March 15th article.

March 18, a Baltimore Sun article stated, “There’s just one problem with all this panic: It’s completely irrational. Nuclear radiation can extend around 12 miles from the point of meltdown — not 12-friggin’-thousand miles.

Worst-case scenario, there is no threat to public health in California,” said the California Emergency Management Agency Secretary Mike Dayton.

Based on the type of reactor design and the nature of the accident, we see a very low likelihood — really, a very low probability — that there’s any possibility of harmful radiation levels in the United States or in Hawaii or any other U.S. territories,”  Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko stated .

And now that it is here they are all now saying that the levels aren’t harmful.

What I haven’t heard discussed much is whether or not the massive amounts of material flowing into the Pacific Ocean can make it to the US shores.

fig. 1 Major Pacific Ocean Currents

Fig. 1 is a map of the ocean currents in the Pacific. Much like the jet stream, gulf currents follow fairly predictable seasonal paths.

As you can see, just as with the jet stream there is ample opportunity for ANY material to be transported thousand of miles.

Recently in Bloomberg Business Week, Ken Buesseler, senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts said, “The ocean can absorb significant increases in cesium and iodine, the two most common radioactive isotopes coming from the plant, before it becomes unsafe for humans or marine animals.”

For cesium and iodine, they are soluble,” Buesseler said “This time of year off the coast of Japan, they would mix with water down 100 feet to 300 feet, and be diluted by a factor of about 100. The currents there would move it to the south, just north of Tokyo, and then out to sea.


More to come on this issue in a latter post.


April 1, 2011 - Posted by | Fukushima, Nuclear Power, Radiation, Science, TEPCO | , , ,


  1. When does the clean up start

    Comment by Ydnar datsnah | November 2, 2011 | Reply

  2. Thank you for your site and intelligent coverage of everything concerning this horrific nuclear disaster! I really appreciate your coverage of our oceans which are responsible for our lives since they are a part of our weather systems and unfortunately, are the food source for millions around the world who rely on them due to lack of alternatives and will no doubt experience more direct effects of this permanent soiling of the seas.

    The massive release of nuclear materials from Japan is enough to have caused me to eliminate seafood from my diet which really is a bummer because I love all kinds including cheap snacks like Japanese rice snacks with seaweed, anchovies on pizza, fish sticks and tuna sandwiches :0( Sadly, all seafood will have the potential of carrying any of these deadly materials so anyone with a thought to self preservation might want to consider only fresh water fish as the alternative.

    You might be interested in the following story related to me along with the link with information concerning nuclear waste in the San Francisco Bay off the Faralon Islands that serves as an example of a periodically publicized reality of the existence of nuclear materials in our oceans and seafood.

    A retired Navy captain and a friend were out sailing in the Farallons located in the San Francisco Bay. Knowing full-well of the reality of the nuclear waste dump there they caught some fish and tested it with a geiger counter the retired captain had. Needless to say the readings were off the charts in terms of safety for human consumption and some of their catches had odd deformities. There are sponges that grow around the drums containing the nuclear waste that normally grow to a few feet, they are now growing in excess of 20 feet!

    “If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you may be surprised to learn that “more than 47,800 drums and other containers of low-level radioactive waste were dumped onto the ocean floor west of San Francisco between 1946 and 1970.” (Source: The U.S. Geological Survey, a bureau of the Department of the Interior.)

    Just 25 to 30 miles offshore from the Golden Gate bridge — in a marine wildlife sanctuary, no less — the ocean floor is littered with rusting 55-gallon barrels of radioactive waste. The U.S. Navy shipped this toxic cargo from the Radiological Defense Laboratory at the Hunters Point shipyard in San Francisco and dropped it in the sea near the Farallon Islands — creating the first and largest offshore nuclear waste dump in the United States. Navy gunners were instructed to shoot holes in the barrels that didn’t sink right away.”

    Comment by HotCaviar | April 12, 2011 | Reply

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