Here Comes the Toxic Fukushima Debris!

HedorahWill Godzilla save the U.S. West Coast from Hedorah? Via ScienceDaily:

The first anniversary is approaching of the March, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that devastated Fukushima, Japan, and later this year debris from that event should begin to wash up on U.S. shores — and one question many have asked is whether that will pose a radiation risk.

The simple answer is, no. Nuclear radiation health experts from Oregon State University who have researched this issue following the meltdown of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant say the minor amounts of deposition on the debris field scattered in the ocean will have long since dissipated, decayed or been washed away by months of pounding in ocean waves.

However, that’s not to say that all of the debris that reaches Pacific Coast shores in the United States and Canada will be harmless. “The tsunami impacted several industrial areas and no doubt swept out to sea many things like bottled chemicals or other compounds that could be toxic,” said Kathryn Higley, professor and head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at OSU …

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11 Comments on "Here Comes the Toxic Fukushima Debris!"

  1. When Japanese kids say their Pledge of Allegiance, do they say “One nation, under Godzilla”?

    (Joke stolen from letter section of NATIONAL LAMPOON magazine; oh, how I miss it so!)

    • Anarchy Pony | Feb 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm |

      Is that a joke from like 1973?

      • Can’t remember…probably later. I started with the Lampoon around 1974 and continued as a subscriber until their demise (can’t remember the year.)

        But that “Letter To The Editor” has stayed with me all these years.

  2. Mr Willow | Feb 24, 2012 at 9:02 pm |

    And remember, this is the alternative energy source that is constantly being touted as ‘clean’. 

    • Touted as ‘clean’ by BIG ENERGY CARTELS and our own government.. no one else.  Suggested reading: ‘Nuclear Power is NOT the Answer’ – Dr. Helen Caldicott

  3. We need Toby Keith to scare that radiation away just like he did them terrorists!

  4. ZeusZilla | Feb 24, 2012 at 9:38 pm |

    Japan + Nuclear Radiation = Monsters of Mass Destruction. We are all Doomed. Invasion eminent. 

  5. I have to call bullshit on this feel-good happy spin.  While radioactive debris in the ocean may have dissipated, the author makes illogical leaps to downplay the entire Fukushima catastrophe. You can get a better idea of what has happened here:

    Radiation is not “harmless” when ingested.  Radiation can cause cellular disruption and lead to cancer.  This can take decades to occur, but it is a medical fact.  It happens.  The radiation that poured out of Fukushima into the sea is absorbed into the food chain and collects in the fish making the fish unhealthy to eat.  Food grown in much of Japan is similarly contaminated and unhealthy to eat.  

  6. oshana catranides | Feb 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm |

    TOTAL Bull Honkey on that, OSU! – NO way have all the radioactive isotopes been depleted, that takes THOUSANDS of YEARS! The debris WILL BE RADIOACTIVE. Remember, the same system that controls the Education system also controls the Prison System, So FREE YOUR MIND, Remember what you have been taught (radioactivity last thousands of years) and THINK for Yourself! 

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