Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Fukushima radiation affecting the west coast?

By: Jacob Bailes

   March 11, 2011, one of the biggest earthquakes ever recorded hit the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan causing a tsunami that led to a nuclear meltdown of the plant. This was the largest nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The radioactive materials released have caused health problems for locals and a worry about the chemicals affecting nearby waters and wildlife. Concern has also been raised as to whether this has a ability to reach the U.S.
   Recently, fish have been caught off the coast of the Fukushima prefecture to be tested for fatal levels of radiation if consumed by humans. It was found that some fish contain up to 124 times deadlier than what’s considered safe for humans consumption. Other fish were tested as well and found to be unsafe for humans to eat, but the rest of the fish were said to be within safety limits.
   Reports from scientists in California and Oregon show that when the local tuna were tested, their levels were so low that the radiation couldn’t be picked up until the samples were concentrated. There is radioactive material making its way across the Pacific Ocean, but models project that it will sink or be pushed west again before it ever hits the U.S.
   However, news radio host Alex Jones showed in a recent video at Surfer’s Beach in California that radiation levels have elevated. International Medcom CEO Dan Sythe tested the dirt from the same beach and found that the levels weren’t safe. The town’s local news has also found levels over 1,400 percent at the site, but still nothing has been done to warn the public. This caused county health officials in the area to alert the state government, but the state said that the radiation is naturally occurring and often seen on California’s coastline.
   Conflicting reports have people worked up, but nonetheless, Japan has seen an increase in cancers in children. Navy sailors on board the USS Ronald Reagan responding to the tsunami have also become sick since the incident. Their illnesses include thyroid and testicular cancer, leukemia, and brain tumors. This suggests that if it can happen to people living in Japan and the surrounding areas, it has the potential to affect Americans as well. Several models of ocean currents and streams show that radiation can hit the west coast but no testing by the government on the water or fish is being done.

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