Fukushima Radiation Plume
Our daily prayers go to the people in Japan as they cope with this devastating situation. Especially to those heroes at the plant, putting their lives on the line for all of us to prevent the radiation from spreading.
Let's use this situation as a reminder of the dangers that nuclear plants represent to all of us and to our planet. This is the third mayor accident. Please take a moment to sign a petition to prevent new nuclear plants from developing: click here
Japan's official present state of evacuation:
Since the Fukushima accident we're constantly searching for reliable radiation plumes maps and relevant information that can accurately represent the present state of radiation pollution worldwide. We try to keep it as accurate and real as we possible can.
We placed the maps below so you can have an idea of the level of radiation exposure you might be getting from Fukushima. Depending on your location around the globe supplement your nutrition as needed. See below for nutritional recommendations.
The Norwegian Institute for Air Research is NO LONGER posting the plume maps below with the surface concentration of the different radioactive materials (Iodine 131, Caesium 137 & Xenon 133) from the nuclear disaster in Japan as it dispersed across the Pacific Ocean.
Although the Iodine 131 & the Caelsium 137 plume has been dispersing throughout the pacific, traces of I-131 have been found already in Milk in Washington State on 3/25/11. I-131 has an eight days half life so it decays pretty quickly although the longer this situation last the more the accumulative effects.
Please note that these maps are of surface concentration of the radioactive gases, which is what is relevant to our health, and not the dramatic total column atmospheric concentration showed on other websites.
This last map shows the current dispersion of Iodine 131:
The following map shows the caesium 137 which disperses itself mostly in water so the biggest risk areas are around the Fukushima plant. Cs-137 has a half life of 30.17 years. After entering the body, caesium gets more or less uniformly distributed through the body, with higher concentration in muscle tissues and lower in bones. The biological half-life of caesium is rather short at about 70 days. Experiments with dogs showed that a single dose of 3800 μCi/kg (approx. 44 μg/kg of caesium-137) is lethal within three weeks.
On 25 March, IAEA indicated that in the long term, caesium-137 (with a half-life of 30 years) would be the most relevant isotope as far as doses was concerned and indicated the possibility "to follow this nuclide over long distances for several years." The organization also said it could take months or years for the isotope to reach "other shores of the Pacific".
The following map shows the concentration of Xenon-133 on surface. Although Xenon has been released globally, it is considered a far more inert and harmless form of radioactivity (half life of 5 days) in comparison to the far more dangerous iodine-131 and caesium-137.
The Rhenish Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Cologne, Germany stopped publishing the following caesium 137 map that represented the potential dispersion of the radioactive cloud over the northern hemisphere. From their site: "This simulation is a so called "worst case scenario" with continuous release rate. The value of 0.001 Bq/m3 correspond to approximate one millionth of the concentration at the source. At distances more than appr. 2000 km away from the source, the concentrations are not harmful to health. The simulation starts fictitious at 15.03. 00 UTC and will continue to run in order to demonstrate the intercontinental transport. When exact release rates are published we will restart the simulation with reliable values."
The observational data of the CTBTO now show a clear decrease of the worldwide radioactive concentrations outside of Japan. Therefore we now do not continue with the predictions for the northern hemisphere. We thank you for your lively interest in our work, for many questions and comments.
Radiation Exposure Charts:
To keep things in perspective here is a couple of radiation charts from different sources to give you an idea of the radiation exposure that we get in our daily lives in comparison to the direct exposure close to the Fukushima plant: (click on the images to zoom in).
To give you an idea of what is a safe radiation dose, we don't recommend pregnant women (in their first three months of pregnancy) to air travel. A regular trip from LA to NY will expose you to 40 micro sieverts (about half the radiation of a chest X-ray or 8 dental X-rays). No wonder why medical and aviation are the groups receiving the greatest occupational radiation dose in the USA (see chart). Babies exposed to one x-ray during their first trimester were 12 times more likely to have leukemia than those that were not exposed according to Gabriel Cousin's article.
How is Radiation Spread?
Here are a few ideas from food to nutritional supplements to add to your diet as radiation becomes an increasing concern:
For more information on how to counter the health risks of radiation read Gabriel Cousins' M.D. "A Comprehensive Holistic Approach to the Plague of Radiation and What To Do."
Relevant News Updates:
5/12/11 - Nuclear meltdown at Fukushima plant
4/26/11 - Fukushima matches Chernobyl, Japan says
4/11/11 - Japanese Declare Crisis at Level of Chernobyl: Even though the amount of released radiation is about a tenth of Chernobyl, since the Fukushima Daiichi plant is still releasing radioactive materials, the total level of radiation released could eventually exceed that of Chernobyl, a spokesman said.
4/8/11 - From UC Berkeley Results Log: Our food chain tests have been updated to include strawberries, topsoil, and a second grass measurement. Overall, activity in the grass seems to be falling, but the grass may be concentrating cesium by a factor of approximately 5 relative to the soil. The topsoil currently has more I-131 than any of the plant or food samples. We are continuing to sample to better understand the isotope pathways from the soil into plants.
4/7/11 - Fresh 7.4 quake triggers tsunami warning in Japan: Although workers evacuated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant there were no immediate reports of damage.
3/23/11 - US Halts Imports From Japan Nuclear Zone
3/22/11 - Crews return power to Fukushima reactors
3/18/11 - Trace of Radiation detected in California: Although a trace of Xenon-133 radiation gas has been detected in California on 3/17/11, the level measured in Sacramento was roughly one-millionth of the dose a person normally receives from rocks, bricks, the sun and other natural sources, according to the EPA. So no need to worry as of yet.
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