Above: Satellite measurements (displaying ocean temperatures and cesium-134 levels based on radioactivity per second) between July 28th and August 4th help show where radionuclides (or atomic species with radioactive elements) from Fukushima are transported. (Image: WHOI)
Radioactive waters carried across the north Pacific by the Kuroshio Current from along the Pacific Coast of the United States, were predicted to make U.S. landfall this year. While mainstream media showered the public, conjuring doom and gloom through imagery of glow-in-the-dark three-eyed fish, only a few scientists have actually been taking measurements of the radioactive isotopes (nuclides) which have been thumb-printed and traced from Fukushima–namely, cesium-134.
One such scientist is Dr. Ken Buesseler, a Senior Scientist of Marine and Geo Chemistry at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. In the absence of government funding, he has taken it upon himself, along with colleagues and volunteers from research scientists, commercial fishermen, and even the general public, to take samples and measurements of one isolated isotope which can be directly attributed to the Fukushima Dai-ichi Power Plant disaster of 2011. His findings? We’ve got nothing to worry about – no more than normal, that is.
If you thought your tuna was just becoming radioactive because of a nuclear meltdown that occurred 3 and a half years ago, the fish you, your parents or your grandparents have been consuming for the past 50 years has all been far more contaminated. Residual cesium-137, left over from The United States Military’s weapon testing during the 1960s, still shows in much higher traces.
The U.S. Military’s Baker Test, Bikini Atoll, 1946. Many more such tests would follow. Image: Wikipedia.