Radioactive Particles from Japan Detected in California Kelp

Kelp ForestReports Victoria Kim in the LA Times:

Radioactive particles released in the nuclear reactor meltdown in Fukushima, Japan, following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami were detected in giant kelp along the California coast, according to a recently published study.

Radioactive iodine was found in samples collected from beds of kelp in locations along the coast from Laguna Beach to as far north as Santa Cruz about a month after the explosion, according to the study by two marine biologists at Cal State Long Beach.

The levels, while most likely not harmful to humans, were significantly higher than measurements prior to the explosion and comparable to those found in British Columbia, Canada, and northern Washington state following the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, according to the study published in March in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Giant kelp, or Macrocystis pyrifera, is a particularly good measure of radioactive material in the environment because it accumulates iodine, researchers said. They wrote that radioactive particles released into the atmosphere, in particular radioactive isotope iodine 131, made its way across the Pacific, then was likely deposited into the ocean during a period of significant rain shortly after the meltdown in Japan…

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19 Comments on "Radioactive Particles from Japan Detected in California Kelp"

  1. Hellozio | Apr 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm |

    what  does ‘most  likely  not  harmful  to humans  ‘  mean?  if   fish  eat  kelp  and  ppl  eat  fish  i  bet  there is harm  done  somewhere  along  the  line

  2. Hey, remember last year when officials kept making a point to say that any fears of radiation reaching the west coast were ridiculous and unfounded…

  3. Don’t worry. We’re all going to die someday anyway.

  4. uhhh...... | Apr 10, 2012 at 1:16 am |


  5. Lipstick-firecracker | Apr 10, 2012 at 1:25 am |

    killer waves have been documented since ancient times and they go and build a nuclear plant right at the coast line in an area with  high seismic activity 🙁  . So much for being adept at engineering, they should stick to wave power and playstations instead of nuclear power.  Maybe this is subconscious payback from the Japanese empire for the nuclear bombings of world war 2

    • They nuked themselves in payback for being nuked?


      • Lipstick-firecracker | Apr 10, 2012 at 2:42 am |

        No they placed a nuclear reactor in a danger zone which would contaminate the pacific if the radiation leaked. They are suicidal fighters “kamikaze” a minority dead for the glory of the empire. In esoteric thinking logic takes a broader stage. If they placed the freaken plant just 3 miles or so inland none of this would  have happened. Just taking the subconscious drive of the masses into account as a nation is a super organism. Engineering blunder plain and simple just taking the superconciousness of a nation into account to figure out what caused the selection of the specific location right at a coast line that is in constant danger of killer waves

         from wiki:

        The location of the plant was on a bluff which was originally 35-meters
        above sea level. During construction, however, TEPCO lowered the height
        of the bluff by 25-meters. One reason the bluff was lowered was so that
        the base of the reactors could be constructed on solid bedrock to
        mitigate the threat posed by earthquakes. Another reason was the lowered
        height would keep the running costs of the seawater pumps low. TEPCO
        did not factor in the tsunami risk when planning the site’s
        construction. Therefore, the lowered height would result in the plant
        being more vulnerable to tsunami.[21]

         They didnt take into account the risk of tsunamis? Umm Those things are pictures in like almost every classic japanese art piece i have ever seen. I’m pretty sure there was more going on in the minds of those engineers. Things are not always what they seem.

        A dreamer.

        • Lipstick-firecracker | Apr 10, 2012 at 2:54 am |

           as we can see lowering the site did not keep the costs of the water pumps low in the long run, it led to the destruction of the power plant. I’m not saying i am right but in my process of questioning I try to truly question everything and anything my humble mind can ponder. Its a nuclear plant, that extracts nuclear power, seems like the cost are low enough when you are right next to the ocean. Maybe it was just greed and sheer stupidity and hubris. Buy cheap buy twice. Japan is the country that spend the most money in bottled water and yet they cant buy a few extra water pumps for a critical facility? sounds fishy to me. The US hollows whole mountains to make their military bunkers secure moving freaken rock is costly, running a water pump does not take much power it does take maintenance to lubricate parts but thats with pretty much every mechanical system. I just think there is something more to the story.  Japan is a strange country watch this for proof they do not think in the same way that westerners do and you should not use preconceived ideas when thinking about their actions. Anything and everything is possible especially in japan. All the best

          • Lipstick-firecracker | Apr 10, 2012 at 3:08 am |

             If ww2 went the other way japan, would be ruling a great part of the world, japan would be what china is but bigger and stronger. But since that didnt go as planned, they are still a culture stuck in one of the most dangerous areas of the world. If thats not reason for their collective to give everyone the middle finger covertly I dont know what is. The heart land of the US is plagued tornadoes, and where do you think most of the troops come from? umm the heart land. Tornadoes are pretty much a bomb. If they had the popular opinion on their side Im pretty sure they would invade other areas and relocate like israel. But since they cant take the commodity of land, they go for the commodity of oil. Its a subconscious social drive. Read the social animal to understand sociology then move into the realm of metaphysics if you still have nagging questions. Howards Blooms Book: The Lucifer Effect also sites well thought theories that try to explain the unified drive of a culture or nation. ok im done until the next big boom.

          • Lipstick-firecracker | Apr 10, 2012 at 3:09 am |

            The Lucifer Principle by Howard Bloom

          • Lipstick-firecracker | Apr 10, 2012 at 3:38 am |

             Howard Bloom has been called “the Darwin, Einstein, Newton, and Freud of
            the 21st Century” by Britain’s Channel4 TV and “the next Stephen
            Hawking” by Gear Magazine.

            Bloom calls his field “mass
            behavior” and explains that his area of study includes everything from
            the mass behavior of quarks to the mass behavior of human beings.

          • lol @ racist/nationalist.

      • Lipstick-firecracker | Apr 10, 2012 at 3:25 am |

         They are highly advanced, and so are their methods of attack. Being what you can imagine, not unlike with our own military, but they have less blunt power so they need to being a little more subtle to avoid retaliation which would sure decimate them since they have been disarmed of conventional weapons.

      • Lipstick-firecracker | Apr 10, 2012 at 3:30 am |

         Before their flag was a sun with rays beaming in all directions signifying their desire to expand from their home land. Now its just a red dot in the middle of nothingness. They white to me signifies that they do not see the rest of the world as connected to them, they see the rest of the world as nothing, meaningless, uninteresting (their are enlightened people everywhere that are the exception to mob mentality). The motive is their and they have a super high suicide rate. Just connecting the dots.

  6. California: the state that cried “wolf”.

  7. Hello Spy, please f**k off. Your time is coming.

  8. Looks like a clever ploy by the nuclear power plants in CA to cover their ass from unreported failures and lack of inspections. 

    They are detecting radioactive material in Laguna beach?

     No surprise LB is right between The San Clemente Nuclear power plant(just a hop down the PCH) and San Luis Obispo Nuclear power plant. 

    Both are in earthquake prone areas.

  9. and worst of all, Godzilla has been sighted near Catalina. 

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