Not many know about the catastrophic meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the TEPCO nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan that happened back in 2011. Ever since then, TEPCO and the Japanese government try to cover up the enormous damage and belittle the amount of radiation released into the Pacific Ocean and environment. Although you might haven’t heard about this disaster, the radiation has never stopped pouring out of the damaged reactors.
The extreme heat doesn’t allow sealing of the reactors. So, up to this day, there are around 300 tons of contaminated water flowing into the Pacific Ocean. And, the number is continuously increasing.
Today, this radiation has reached the U.S. West Coast, marking a dangerous new era not just for the wildlife, but also for the residents of the Pacific coastal region. A crowd-funded team of WHOI researchers measured seaborne radiation cesium-134 in water samples from the shores of Tillamook Bay in Oregon. The waterborne radiation has been spreading from Fukushima across the ocean throughout the years.
The WHOI researchers say the dangerous and carcinogenic radioactive cesium 134 is probably a result of the disaster in Fukushima due to its short rate of decay, or short half-life.
According to corporate media outlets and some scientists, 0.3 becquerels/m3 of the isotope found in the samples is a small amount that poses no risk to people or environment.
No Safe Amount of Radiation
But, we all know there’s no safe amount of radiation. This is especially true for radioactive cesium which can enter the body like potassium.
What’s more, the Japanese government claims there’s nothing to worry about. In reality, however, the cancer rates have increased since the disaster.
But, the true danger is that of bioaccumulation – the gradual accumulation of chemicals in one organism. Over time, the organism absorbs the substance quicker than it eliminates it.
Therefore, people eating fish from the West Coast, drinking contaminated water, or those living in this area are at risk from accumulating cesium in their body. The cesium will keep on causing damage until the body finally eliminates it.
This is especially dangerous for children. What’s more, scientists collected the samples in January 2016, but they weren’t tested until recently.
This points out that the landfall could have occurred earlier than believed.
Throughout the months, the radiation in this area has likely increased, and with that, the levels of cesium as well.
Regardless what TEPCO, the Japanese government, or the corporate media say, ignoring a problem, especially of this size, won’t solve it. There’s an unprecedented crisis happening in the Pacific Ocean and other world’s oceans.
Its characteristics are mass die-offs of coral and fish, which could only mean there’s something wrong.
The WWF says that this combined with the over-fishing could cause a death of all marine life by 2050.
Unfortunately, people will probably continue to underestimate or ignore the problem.
At least until the consequences are acknowledged and treated with the right concern they deserve.