Xenon 133 Plume Map for April 4th-7th, 2011

If you are like most people concerned about the fallout in the U.S. from radiation then you are probably at a point where you are really tired of digging for news and information. Unfortunately the hardest part about this situation is the mere fact that TEPCO (Tokyo Energy and Power Co) has literally become silent while begging for international help for their crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.

It’s a bit disheartening to hear how long TEPCO actually waited before literally crying to their neighbors, while the entire northern hemisphere was being gassed with numerous isotopes that will surely have an impact on human health for many years to come. There does seem to be a little bit of good news as a number of plume maps with Cesium 137 and Iodine 131 seemed to have been tapering off in the atmosphere before making it to the west coast and beyond. Unfortunately, we are still seeing large plumes of Xenon 133. With the focus being on Iodine 131 and Cesium 137, very little was discussed about Xenon 133. The half life of Xenon 133 is 5.2 days with an estimated 37 days before the isotope has eclipse 7 half lives and is less than 1% remaining in the atmosphere.

We’ve been scouring medical sites looking for additional information on the health effects of Xenon 133 and have learned that this specific isotope is used in medicine. There are some health effects noted, but the difficult part is comprehending the amount of exposure each of us will receive. The plume maps show Xenon 133 hovering over many parts of the U.S. this past week, but the question remains how much of this Xenon will make it to the ground and how does weather factor into particle exposure. Below is video from Arnie Gunderson that specifically talks about effects from gamma rays, alpha and beta emitting particles:

Here is the updated interactive map for the possible Xenon 133 exposure. These are potential releases and nothing can be deemed accurate until properly measured. At this point Xenon 133 has been below detectable levels throughout most of the country, but we expect that to change if these plume maps have any accuracy.

Japan Atomic Industrial Forum – Fukushima Reactor Update

With very little known about the current state of the reactors at Fukushima we at Radiation Fears have found some documentation that will bring some things to light in regards to the condition of each reactor at Fukushima Dai-ichi. There is quite a bit of technical information in the PDF below. The information will allow you to see what portions of the reactors are damaged, non functional  and what portions are stable or safe. We encourage you to go through these documents to better understand the current state of the reactors.

CLICK THIS LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF:

April 2nd, 2011 Fukushima Reactor Condition Update

Below is an updated version later in the afternoon:

April 2nd, 2011 Fukushima Reactor Update

As we continue to gather pertinent information we will pass it along. Unfortunately this information is a bit technical so we will do our best to answer all questions and have all others answered by professionals through our chain of contacts.

Greenpeace and the Fukushima Death Trap

In the United States we are simply trying to find proof of radionuclide with air and water samples. Now imagine you are living your life without contact from the outside world and the amount of radiation around you could be devastating to your health within a days or even hours. Greenpeace has taken a hands on approach with little protection to their own bodies to show how high the current radiation numbers are outside the evacuation zone in Fukushima. This is a startling video and one that shows how the Japanese government is ignoring their own people. Let’s just hope that the United States doesn’t follow a similar pattern.

What to Believe and the U.S. Implications of Fukushima

By now you’ve probably heard such a vast amount of information in regards to Fukushima that your mind is on overload. If you are like me you are probably sick of paying attention to the media, hoping that you wake up and the dream is over. Unfortunately this isn’t a dream and the reality is becoming clearer by the day. The media talks about 1,000 times this and 3,000 times that, but what you need to know is the radiation leaking into the air and the ocean from Fukushima’s Daiichi reactors are beyond imaginable levels.

I’ve got two little kids, ages 1 and 3 and I live at the eye of the jet stream on the west coast of the United States. It’s extremely disheartening that the EPA and FDA, along other health agencies have failed to give us the information needed to equip ourselves in the event of increased radiation on U.S. soil. Unfortunately I know first hand that the FDA is much more concerned about protecting America’s interests rather than American’s interest. The health of every single American is much more important than the financial health and stability of this country. Maybe our government sees that differently, but I would prefer to know the situation rather than having to search high and low from the internet to discover the truth behind this massive nuclear meltdown.

To put this whole thing into perspective Chernobyl had one reactor problem that has caused hundreds of thousands, if not millions of health problems, deformities, childhood cancers, suffering and deaths across Russia, Europe and beyond. Unfortunately the human body is so complex, it’s hard for any of the issues to be proven, so many governments continue to shy away from the obvious. Just reading this blog is step in the right direction to understanding this crisis and it’s my goal to get as much relevant information as possible, while sifting through information I believe can be disregarded.

It’s now been three weeks since this crisis started and a few scientists and nuclear physicists have stepped up and vocalized where they believe this crisis is headed. I am keeping a close eye on one particular blog by Arnold Gundersen. Arnie or Arnold has 40 years of nuclear power engineering experience. Arnie has managed and coordinated projects on 70 nuclear facilities here in the United States. He is extremely knowledgeable and his background speaks for itself. Arnie has been putting out videos every day or two with an update. Here is an update today, March 31st:

If you have a chance to check around on Arnie’s site you’ll see some additional videos and information at http://www.fairewinds.com. His site is very informative. I have been following this site for a couple of weeks now and also finding some very helpful information on the UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering site, which has daily result logs of testing information. They are testing air samples as well as doing other miscellaneous samples around the Berkeley area and beyond: http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/UCBAirSampling. This site also have a question and answer forum which I have found very helpful. There seems to be a ton of education here and some very helpful insight: http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/forum/218.

Information is slowly but surely making it to the mainstream media, but I still tend to believe that many issues are blacked out for a reason. Obama has remained nearly speechless, minus a few excerpts of his praise for nuclear power. Here we have a potential, long-term catastrophic issue in America and our President doesn’t seem to be concerned. That’s concerning in itself. Another alarming problem is the EPA’s steps to increase the levels of radiation allowable by human consumption. These levels are enough to make a grown man cry.

I like to think of myself as a fairly intelligent person, which is why I feel so misinformed when scouring the internet for information. If there’s a massive problem on the horizon or at least one that’s thought to be, wouldn’t the United States make it a point to have all information transparent to the citizens of this country? Maybe not.

I will continue to monitor things for myself and will do my best to actually run tests myself or get in contact with others around the west coast that have viable information that may not make it to the mainstream media. Feel free to ask questions or comment. Although I am not an expert, I am very well versed in many aspects of types of isotopes that I believe are currently contaminating the United States, including Iodine 131 and Cesium 137.. If I can’t answer your questions I will look for ways to get your questions answered through various chats and forums that I am currently monitoring.

If your plan is to find ways to minimize the risks of radiation you will have to make some sacrifices and changes over the next few months that may last months or even years to come. Many of the things we eat and drink will be comprised in the coming months, so you will need to have an outside the box strategy when planning to avoid foods that will be at risk.

Links

I wanted to set up a list of website that I personally use to put my information together on Japan and Fukushima. I will update this page periodically.

Here are maps I use for plume predictions:

http://www.woweather.com/weather/news/fukushima?VAR=zamg

http://www.atmos.umd.edu/~tcanty/hysplit/

 

Nuclear Engineering Universities monitoring events:

http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/

(Below was a symposium at NC State on March 23rd) Very good information:

http://mediasite.online.ncsu.edu/online/Viewer/?peid=dadd7a37a399419783be8e8f9c24a51e1d

 

Other blogs and forums involved in reporting:

http://modernsurvivalblog.com/nuclear/west-coast-usa-danger-if-japan-nuclear-reactor-meltdown/

http://www.enviroreporter.com/

http://www.survivalistboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=14

 

EPA Reporting with CPM Counters nationwide – Which is conveniently down quite often, but has shown high CPM counts throughout the U.S.:

https://cdxnode64.epa.gov/radnet-public/showMap.do

 

Here is a documentary on Chernobyl (Warning graphic and extremely sad):

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/chernobyl-heart/