Winds chase evacuees in Japan; Hawaii threatened by Fukushima fallout

By Rady Ananda

In a deepening tragedy, after an earthquake and tsunami caused four explosions at nuclear reactor plants in Japan, most of those who evacuated the area headed south, since winds normally would have pushed the radioactive clouds to the north and east. Instead, winds pushed the r-clouds south, according to The Australian. The shift in winds now threatens Hawaii with fallout from the Fukushima nuclear facilities.

Officials finally admit radiation has reached lethal levels in the area surrounding the explosions.  Tokyo, 200 miles to the south, is also seeing higher levels of radiation. “[A]bnormal radiation and traces of radioactive elements were detected around Greater Tokyo, the world’s most populous metropolitan region with 36 million people.”

The paper also noted that “Hong Kong, The Philippines, Singapore and South Korea began testing Japanese food imports for radiation yesterday.”

Though initial mainstream news sources downplayed the danger, mocking the following map which has gone viral, it now seems wise for North Americans on the West Coast to consider relocating, at least temporarily.  Radioactive winds are expected to hit North America tonight.

Also see this more recent map at Daily Mail UK which seems to indicate the Pacific Northwest would be safe.

Below is the sequence of events based on current information:

Reactor No. 1. First explosion, March 11 at Fukushima Daiichi plant on east coast, 200 miles north of Tokyo. A hydrogen explosion caused by nuclear fuel rods overheating and then coming into contact with water collapsed the outside walls and roof of containment vessel. Hourly radiation leaking from Fukushima is equal to amount permitted in one year, official tells Kyodo. The nuclear agency says that they have detected cesium and iodine outside the unit, which certainly indicates fuel melting at the very least. Noriyuki Shikata, Dir. of Communitions for Prime Minister tweets: Blast was caused by accumulated hydrogen combined with oxygen in the space between container and outer structure. No damage to container. (BradBlog citing several sources)

Reactor No. 3. Second explosion, March 12 Containment vessel housing the fuel rods was not breached, per officials. Explosion damaged the reactor building, but not the nuclear containment vessel. The Fukushima facility began using MOX (mixed oxide) fuel last September, becoming the third plant in Japan to do so. MOX fuel has a lower melting point than the other fuels and contains plutonium, making it more volatile and toxic than the fuel used in other reactors. (Also see BradBlog and CLG, collected here.)

Reactor No. 2. Third explosion, March 13 The emergency cooling system at Unit 2 was damaged during the Unit 3 blast, resulting in the uranium fuel rods at 2 becoming dangerously, and completely, exposed for a number of hours. Containment vessel is damaged, radiation leak feared. Bottom of containment vessel blows.  There are several containers around the nuclear fuel for the reactor. The fuel itself is inside rods, which are, in turn, inside a steal and concrete container vessel, currently filled — or partially filled, in this case — with sea water, to try to cool the fuel rods. If the container vessel, “the last line of defense from keeping the radioactivity from being released,” has been damaged by the explosion, fuel and radioactivity could leak into the environment. (BradBlog and CLG, collected here.)

Reactor No. 4. Fourth explosion, March 14 Spent nuclear fuel in the reactor heated up, creating hydrogen and triggered a hydrogen explosion. Officials now admit that radiation levels are harmful to human health. (Washington’s Blog citing several sources.)

BBC reports “Japanese engineer Masashi Goto, who helped design the containment vessel for Fukushima’s reactor core, says the design was not enough to withstand earthquakes or tsunami …” MSNBC notes there are 23 virtually-identical reactors in the U.S. built by General Electric.

This global catastrophe highlights the lunacy of building nuclear power plants on an island that sees 1,500 earthquakes a year.

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26 responses to “Winds chase evacuees in Japan; Hawaii threatened by Fukushima fallout

  1. Joe at Sott.net says the second image, the Nuclear Fallout map is a hoax. But, even if the rad levels are incorrect, the wind patterns and timeline seem pretty on target.

  2. Also see this more recent map at Daily Mail UK which seems to indicate the Pacific Northwest would be safe.

  3. yeah, it’s up to us to spread the most accurate info we can find

  4. Rady,

    Contrary to most of your articles, this one exaggerates and is a little bit off. Hawaii is not expected to receive radiation from this most recent wind direction change in Japan that you report on.

    Check out http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display_alt.cgi?a=npac_250 You can move the above model one image at a time through every few hours, now through Mar. 23rd. Even though wind direction changed in Japan tonight, it doesn’t appear to make a difference for Hawaii through Mar. 23rd.

    Generally, the jet stream protects Hawaii by keeping the flow of air from Asia well north of Hawaii, bypassing and headed east toward Alaska, Canada and continental North America.

    • Hi, Brad ~ I appreciate your feedback.

      My info relies on the image provided by The Australian which shows the r-cloud heading directly toward Hawaii.

      The stormsurf image is in my cite of the Daily Mail UK article, and does provide more accurate and continually updated forecasts. However, you can’t hold me to a forecast made today based on info written two days ago.

      My understanding is that most of the material will not make it into the jet stream short of some major blast. So the jet stream isn’t going to play into whether or not Hawaii gets radiated winds.

      Also, no doubt, much of the radiation would disperse across the 3,800 mile distance from Japan.

      okay, and I just found this news article from Honolulu:

      Winds can carry radiation. But according to scientists, the explosions and leaks in Japan have stayed in the lower levels of the atmosphere. Radiation has not reached the jet stream, a fast moving river of air that usually runs between 20,000 and 40,000 feet in the atmosphere. Over the next week, National Weather Service meteorologists in Honolulu forecast the jet stream will remain away from Hawaii.

      “The jet stream will run from Asia across the pacific, from west to east, about 35 to 45 north latitude,” said Ian Morrison, with the NWS Honolulu office.

      Because of this disaster in Japan, federal agencies are working to get Hawaii more radiation monitors, which may arrive in a matter of days.

  5. Rady,

    The point being that if it doesn’t make it into the jet stream, then the radiation is unlikely to make it to Hawaii or beyond.

    Here in Hawaii, we are not in immediate danger. The problem is that the source of the radiation is falling into further and further disorder. The longer the radiation is entering the environment, the more opportunity there will be for the right weather conditions, jet stream and wind direction, to finally carry the fall out to Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, and the rest of America. The wind direction yesterday or today isn’t going to make the difference. Whether the source of the radiation is stopped any time soon is what will make the difference.

    • Well, that’s definitely the prevailing wisdom. I’m sure you know, too, that Hawaii and California, Oregon and Washington are all monitoring radiation levels closely. If there were nothing to be concerned about, they wouldn’t bother.

      I just posted US Radiation Monitoring Map in Real Time, so folks can follow this, too.

      You probably also know that contaminants travel the world, even without the jet stream. Quoting from Washington’s Blog:

      While the great distances make the risk of radiation exposure … small, it is not zero.

      For example, pollution from Chinese coal factories routinely hits California. For example, Mongabay noted in 2008:

      Previous studies have documented that dust from Asia — especially from deserts and industrial regions of China — routinely crosses the Pacific Ocean on prevailing winds to sully the air over the western U.S.

      And see this and this.

      As as the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory wrote last December:

      About a third of the airborne lead particles recently collected at two sites in the San Francisco Bay Area came from Asia, a finding that underscores the far-flung impacts of air pollution and heralds a new way to learn more about its journey across vast distances.

      In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the California Air Resources Board tracked variations in the amount of lead transported across the Pacific over time.

      ***

      It’s well known that particles and other aerosols cover long distances through the Earth’s atmosphere. But the details of this transport, such as that of the lead particles’ 7,000-mile journey from the smokestacks of China to the west coast of North America, are largely unknown.

  6. Yeah, here’s another link on that:

    Radiation Plume Course Charted by U.N. Agency http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/17/science/17plume.html #Fukushima

    This is only for now. If this keeps going, Hawaii could eventually be in danger.

  7. BTW, Rady, like your reporting on Chemtrails and GMO’s. You’re hot on that shit!

  8. here’s a real terror piece: 27 Signs That The Nuclear Crisis In Japan Is Much Worse Than Either The Mainstream Media Or The Japanese Government Have Been Telling Us

    By Economic Collapse Blog

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/27-signs-that-the-nuclear-crisis-in-japan-is-much-worse-than-either-the-mainstream-media-or-the-japanese-government-have-been-telling-us

  9. “No amount of radiation is safe. Every dose is an overdose.”~Nobel laureate George Wald, in 1953

    LOVE THAT QUOTE!

  10. BTW, this is the worst nuclear catastrophe yet in human history. Most people do not realize just how bad this is going to get, even beyond Japan.

  11. what really galls me is this realization – well put by Dr Gordon Edwards:

    “A nuclear reactor is not really producing electricity so much as it is producing two things: long-lived nuclear waste which lasts for millions of years and plutonium which lasts for many thousands of years. The electricity is just a little drop in the bucket. It’s a little flash in the pan.

    You get electricity for maybe 20 or 30 years if you’re lucky, then you have plutonium forever.”

  12. Started eating brown seaweed soup today. Tastes pretty good. Put some tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro, & oregano in it too. ;-) #radiation #chemtrails

  13. Current best forecast on Radiation Plume Path – Dr. Jeff Masters’ Weather Underground http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/show.html

  14. Another good video of the plume:

  15. EPA RadNet posts Counts per Minute from various monitors around the nation
    https://cdxnode64.epa.gov/radnet-public/showMap.do

    and check out this animation
    http://www.zamg.ac.at/aktuell/index.php?seite=1&artikel=ZAMG_2011-03-17GMT09:15

  16. On March 22, the US Environmental Protection Agency said a sampling filter in Hawaii had detected an isotope consistent with the Japanese nuclear incident. The filter was being sent for further analysis.

  17. Radioactive Xenon (Xe-133) NOW widespread from #Fukushima See: http://bit.ly/fUirO9 and http://bit.ly/g26oUM #radiation #Hawaii

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