Fukushima radioactive contamination is rapidly warming North Pacific seawater.

A recent post on Enenews brought attention to the extremely warm water in the North Pacific.

Sea surface temperatures in North Pacific relative to average

There is a massive pool of warm water in the Gulf of Alaska, NOAA scientist Nate Mantua said in an email. It is unprecedented in the historical record, he added… the past year is way out of the historical range — “so who knows what will happen?”…

Scientists across NOAA Fisheries are watching a persistent expanse of exceptionally warm water spanning the Gulf of Alaska that could send reverberations through the marine food web. The warm expanse appeared about a year ago and the longer it lingers, the greater potential it has to affect ocean life… “Right now it’s super warm all the way across the Pacific to Japan,” said Bill Peterson, an oceanographer with NOAA.

These are certainly record high temperature levels. Bob Tisdale, a manmade climate change skeptic, has an excellent summary of this situation here.

This report here, by Howard Freeland and Frank Whitney, was linked to in the Enenews post.

In March 2014 there was something very unusual occurring in the Northeast (NE) Pacific that might have substantial consequences for biota in the Gulf of Alaska and southward into the subtropics… we see SST departures of 4.5 standard deviations… The anomaly field covers a large region of the N.E. Pacific… The authors of this article have never seen [such] deviations… Something as extraordinary as a 4.5-sigma deviation requires corroboration…

An increase of 4.5-sigma in sea surface temperatures is about one-fifth the probability of being dealt a straight flush in five-card poker, and twice the probability of being dealt a royal flush. In other words, it is wildly improbable that it is a result of a natural process.

The answer is that Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has releasing extremely radioactively contaminated water, starting in March 2011. The worst part was at the beginning. By early April 2011, humungous levels of iodine-131 and cesium-137 had been released.

Radioactive iodine at 7.5 MILLION times legal limit in water around Fukushima — Cesium-137 at 1.1 MILLION times limit

… Tokyo Electric Power Company says it detected 300,000 bequerels of iodine-131 per 1 cubic centimeter, or 7.5 million times higher than the legal limit in samples taken around the water intake of the No. 2 reactor at 11:50 AM on Saturday.

It also found 200,000 bequerels or 5 million times higher than the limit in samples taken at 9AM on Monday.

Monday’s sample also shows 1.1 million times higher than the national limit of cesium-137 whose half-life is 30 years. … (link)

300,000 becquerels per cubic centimeter detected in ocean water is 300 BILLION becquerels per square meter. Fukushima has been leaking ever since, but the worst of it occurred at the beginning of the catastrophe.

Models that predict the movement of particles in ocean water projected that it would move to the east, and be near North America by now:

Radionuclides give off heat by a process of radioactive decay. This is the reason that spent fuel rods have to be submerged in water, to keep them cool, so they don’t melt down. According to Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates:

Radioactive byproducts produce heat.

During the normal operation of a nuclear reactor, there is an accumulation of many man-made radioactive materials such as iodine-131, cesium-137, strontium-90, plutonium-239, and many others.

These radioactive byproducts continue to produce a lot of heat, even after the reactor is shut down, because radioactivity cannot be stopped. This unstoppable heat is called “decay heat.”

This decay heat occurs whether the radionuclides are in a reactor, in a spent fuel pool, or leaked into the sea. So it stands to reason that ocean temperatures would be extraordinarily high.

As you can see, the warm ocean plume is still moving to the east. The warm water itself creates a crisis for sea life, the salinity has dropped, and the winds that bring nutrients from the northern areas are blocked. From Freeland and Whitney,

Wind anomalies (Fig. 2a) show the cause of the warm anomalies in the ocean’s surface layer to be an unusual flow from the south as the North Pacific high pressure cell expanded northward. This pattern disrupted the path of the westerly winds that cross the subarctic Pacific, winds that normally transport nutrients from the subarctic North Pacific into the subtropics during winter… Without nutrients from the subarctic, the productivity of subtropical waters must decline.

An ecological crisis in the Pacific is launched, simply from the warm water, even not regarding the deadly radiation itself. It affects life in areas far away from the contaminated waters through changes in the wind patterns.

“As temperature rises, the zooplankton start to grow faster than the phytoplankton,” O’Connor explains. “The zooplankton are more abundant and faster-growing, and are able to eat all the phytoplankton in warmer water. This creates a bottleneck in the food chain that could have large implications for the ocean’s food web. (link)

Phytoplankton contribute up to 50% of the planet’s oxygen supply.

And this warm water is already profoundly affecting the climate of North America. The 500 mb geopotential height represents the temperature of the air at 18,000 feet. High values of this height (a ridge) correspond to warm temperatures, and low values (a trough) to cold.

Warm heights mean that the air is sinking, and little or no precipitation forms, and the surface air temperature is warm. Cold heights mean higher precipitation and cold surface temperatures. Air moves clockwise around the ridge, pushing north into the Arctic, where it pushes down cold air from these regions to the eastern US.

Last winter featured warm and dry conditions in the west, while the east had a cold and snowy winter. This is likely to happen again this coming winter.

And the ridge in the west has caused drought conditions in California:

The contaminated water will not move out for many years, but decay heat release will continue, so look for Pacific sea surface temperatures to keep increasing, and the drought to continue.

53 thoughts on “Fukushima radioactive contamination is rapidly warming North Pacific seawater.

  1. Spot on, Bobby. I’ve thought all along that the western drought is due to Fukushima. The West is plagued with dry conditions to begin with, so all Fukushima can do is make it worse and probably forever. The West may have seasons of a little more rainfall, as everything fluctuates, but over the long haul, it looks bad.

    • That little cool area in the middle of the ocean, which moved up from the south, might bring some drought relief this winter if it stays there, because it will increase the PDO level. But in the long term, it won’t help much.

    • As of July 30 2015, NOAA sea surface temperature amnomaly maps, show that 60 to 70 percent of the north Pacific is abnormaly warm. Those same maps show that a massive area, ”as much as 50 percent ” of the abnormaly warm area is as much as 5 degrees celcius above normal ! While it is true that some of this warming is to be expected due to the ongoing EL NINO, this cyclyic phenomenom generaly produces abnormaly warm water in a region confinend to a few hundred miles of the equater ,beginning along the west coast of South America and extending westward to the central pacific. El Nino does not cause the vast majority of the Pacific to warm as it has now warmed.
      Has the radioactive waste pouring into the Pacific from the Fukishima meltdowns caused this warming ? I, do not know, but what I do know is that this vast expance of abmormaly warm ocean water stands a very good chance of wrecking havoc on the earth’s climate in the very near future. Those of us familiar with the often extreme weather triggered by the realitively limited El Nino, should be more than a little concernend, when considering the fact that some 70 percent or so, of the North Pacific is primed to release levels of energy into the atmosphere which could dwarf the energy produced and released by even the strongest El Nino . If that massive area of warm water in the Pacific continues to warm and or expand, the odds of rapid climate change, coupled with violent storms the world has never seen the likes of, will increase to the point of being a certainty.
      We earthlings can only hope that what is happening in the Pacific is the result of a previously unseen natural cycle and things will return to normal, in due time. If this is not the case, and this warming is directly due to the radioactive waste from Fukishima that is predicted to continue flowing into the Pacific indefinately, then folks we may very well be looking at the end of life on earth as we know it.

      • Thanks, jamesofthecommons. What will happen is the abnormally warm water in the northeast Pacific will eventually cause the western part of North America to become a giant desert… including the usually wet parts of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. The El Nino will actually help California, but it won’t last more than 1-2 years.

        The one good thing is that the short half-life radioactive elements have already decayed away (but the heat produced remains), and the water will eventually become dominated by long half-life isotopes, so the heat will disperse and the water will cool off at some point. But by then, the poison will have killed all life in this part of the ocean.

        • Stock recently did some estimations on effects of decay heat alone.
          His conclusion was that decay heat alone should not produce the warming witnessed.

          It seems the heating preceded the eruption. Wouldn’t vulcanism have the ability through various phenomenon to augment and intensify other heating effects?

          If only somebody had some p[H+] data. Kelp Boy couldn’t be bothered, it seems.

          Here’s a massive extinct volcano recently discovered:

          Quote: “Since only low-resolution satellite data exists for most of the Earth’s seafloor, many seamounts of this size do not show up on satellite.”

          I wonder about the change in the absorbtive spectra of the upper layer of ocean.
          What elements absorb UV-B better?
          All that plastic in the gyre seems a potential factor too, yet if am correct that doesn’t cover the whole area warmed. Fukushima Daiichi (& Daiini et al) did though, if i have that correct.

          I cannot remember whom it was that originally linked to earthschool, yet i thank them just the same.

          Two “blobs”? Is it two now? That site has historical functions too, iirc. The site slows my machine down to a crawl though. If only somebody could make a movie from 3/11/2011 onward.

          Yay!! Bobby is commenting again!! Am glad you are back, sir!

          Today is BC Day – a statutory holiday here.
          What does BC stand for? Bring Cash. lol

          Our Premier recently related the ongoing construction of a demonstration pneumaticly initiated Fusion reactor by General Fusion of Burnaby as a “flux capacitor”. (BackToTheFuture2 mostly set in 2015) I wonder if the Helium exhaust to which they refer may in fact be 3He. Lead seems like a novel medium, yet … i’m scared. “Fearless Leader” says there is “no immediate danger”. d’oh. I sense impending light arrival from “screwed” (see below, and above – this topic is good “brain candy” – we won’t see Premier here! :lol).

          • Stock didn’t add in the radiation from the Unit 4 spent fuel pool in his estimates of decay heat.

            You gotta wonder what else could have caused the heating of the ocean, if it wasn’t Fukushima. These temperatures are much higher than have ever been measured before. Global warming from CO2 is supposed to be diffused over the earth, regional warming in just one corner of the Pacific (which, by an amazing coincidence, precisely coincides with the predicted location of the Pacific radiation plume) was not predicted by the IPCC climate models.

            • A lot of this should be calculable. The energy generated by the Fukushima radioactive outfall generates is calculable, and the amount of energy needed to heat a given volume of water is also a known quantity. It shouldn’t be difficult to develop a graph of various amounts of seawater and the total energy warming effect of the outfall on those various amounts of seawater. Personally, I doubt the ability of any point-source energy discharge to appreciably affect ocean temperatures, as the ratio of energy to water volume would seem to not make this a reasonable assumption.

            • WPPSS! BC day was Monday.

              Quote: “You gotta wonder what else could have caused the heating of the ocean, if it wasn’t Fukushima.”
              Am certainly not discounting the idea. It is as you say coincident with arrival of Pacific Ocean-bourne plume. Perhaps the radionuclides and other contaminants have remained closer to the surface, despite the one element Cesium’s ability to exist anywhere within a water column. That could also affect his calculations. Also wondering, if working backwards, and knowing approximate surface area of “the blob(s)”, how shallow would radionuclides need be in order for decay heat alone to make such a difference?

              One thing that did cross my mind happened in rememberance of Hemoglobin & Plutonium’s (or Uranium’s?) ability to replace the Iron ion within it’s center (presumably during formation). It reminded me of the distinct similarity between hemoglobin and chlorophyl. The main difference being Magnesium within the center, instead of Iron.

              Would not the same potential exist for such nightmarish radionuclide to replace the inner-most ion within chlorophyll?
              Am wondering (aloud) what that might do to light adsorbtion spectra.

              Also, don’t metals adsorb a greater bandwidth of electromagnetic radiation? Am presuming adsorbtion would be greatest nearest surface waters. Then there are other wild-cards, such as radioactive tritiated water, and deuteriated water, p[H+], etc.

              Toxins and multiplicative-effect substances seem a deadly combination. Time, or duration of contamination, as you have previously noted, are also likely factors.

              Maybe it is true that decay-heat might not have caused the warming alone, yet other phenomenon relating to the radionuclides could account for what is being observed so far.

              Quote: “These temperatures are much higher than have ever been measured before.”
              It might be interesting to see what precedents do exist in the past, including aeons past. Also wondering what provable differences there are. That might offer insight as well.

              Take me to task to assist in answering, if you agree. Instant gratification be damned.

              • Fresh water from Fukushima floats on top of the salt water in the ocean. The contamination and the heat is in a very thin layer at the surface. This is where the heat is coming from.

                The process by which surface water mixes with deeper water is called upwelling. Cold water from deep down comes up and the warm water from the surface moves down.

                Upwelling is below normal since the warm blob arrived. Now what the reason for that is, I don’t know. There should be studies about this. Of course, there is no more physical research being done on this, than there is on radiation in the ocean itself.

                • Here are a couple of comparison pics between 1997 & 2015 relating to el nino that seem to show a lack of below normal ocean surface water in the Northern Pacific.

                  “Godzilla El Nino” seems aptly named, if it comes to fruition. I would not dare post that at Fukushima-Diary, as Iori-san hates that monster’s name (from a post long ago).
                  Least favorite drink in California, etc. may be the “mudslide”.

  2. *** Upwelling has been abnormally low for the past year. Most of the heat and contamination are in the upper 100 meters of the ocean. ***

    [Subsurface] water created between 2011 and 2014, that will travel and reemerge later off the coast of California… in 2021… We can see this color here of high concentration… Persistent upwelling… sources its water exactly at this [subsurface plume’s] depth… this upwelling will source this water from the contaminated water and release this water into the shelf area for a while, for the longer term… They will have longer exposure because of this sinking contaminated water that went across… and then comes up about 10 years later.
    58:30 in — I averaged the concentration over the shelf… It doesn’t mean you’d measure it right on the coast, on the beach. I took 150 kilometers along the coast. Southern California for instance it might have already reached the coastal area, essentially because of the upwelling, it might have already reached the outer shelf. I don’t know if they’re doing any kind of measurement.


  3. If they’re doing any kind of measuring, we’ll never know. Just as we won’t know if/when Ebola comes here. They’ll deny anyone is positive, claiming it’s something else. I read somewhere that they’ll call it Infectious Pneumonia, or some such thing(s). I was unaware, until I read The Great Influenza, that the government never told the nation when the 1918 Flu was a pandemic. Our government never faltered in claiming that there were merely sparodic outbreaks here and there, that there were few deaths, and that most deaths were due to other miscellaneous and assundry causes. Considering what Ebola is now doing to the economies of the affected African republics, you can bet your bottom dollar our government will deny Ebola is ever here, just as they are denying death and suffering from radiation. It is so easy to mislead we the people. After all, we can only know for sure what we see personally, and anything else can be twisted, ignored, and interpreted a hundred different ways.

      • Yes. Mixed in with radiation, who can say what is Ebola, Malaria, Chikungunya, Dengue Fever, flesh-eating bacteria, Valley Fever, Infectious Pneumonia, Venezuelan illness, and of course all those “mysterious illnesses” that are running rampant across the globe.

  4. Pretty troubling sights here in northern Cali too.

    I have noticed all of the trees here are dying also. I was gone for 15 months,….and it was pretty striking on July 5th, this past summer, coming back and seeing it all. But,….nothing compares to what I see today! Only the top 5% of the many Japanese Maples are still alive here. (Just one example). I saw a blue jay land on the still living red shoots today and seemingly eat some tiny insects. He kept flying off to a grove of rotting oaks, then back to the maples,…frustrated like. Then,…I saw him fly off to the groves again. Next thing, out fly a few small birds, followed by Mr. Blue jay,….and the parent(s) bird? Big Arial fight ensued. I quickly realized,….they are starving,….and becoming quite desperate!

    All from 10 or so minutes in time looking outside my window. Very sad.

    • Girl, there’s WAY less birds around, and insects. almost no bees this summer. a few…I am very sad, but looking fwd to Jesus comin to get us out of here. Don’t know how much suffering will ensue before then, but He will come. And for that, I live.

      • Oh Yes! If I (we) are aware of the death and destruction,…how much more does God have to overlook.

        There is a beauty in the death struggle. I shall try to remember that to soften what ‘we’ have to see!

        Thanks vgirl! 🙂

      • There was 1 cricket in the sun room this year, what happened, there used to be a plague of them. The birds this spring were more plentiful than since Fuku started. I even saw a Baltimore oriole in the yard. They suddenly vanished and I didn’t see a bird for two months. I can’t remember the last time I saw a butterfly.

  5. Yes,…..I just rescued a butterfly from our greenhouse,…..so rare to see the lovely creatures anymore! I am noticing people getting pretty quiet too!

  6. The largest salmon farming company in B.C. lost up to 280,000 fish last week to a type of “harmful algae” associated with warm waters known to kill salmon.

    Marine Harvest Canada communications manager Ian Roberts said on Tuesday the deaths represent up to 4% of the company’s annual production, adding there was 30 times more algae than needed to kill the fish present at a Port Hardy area farm earlier this month.

    This type of algae, the Heterosigma akashiwo, is known to thrive in summertime weather, but typically subsides between late fall and early spring.

    The company owns 30 active farms in B.C. — about half of all the salmon farms in the province, he said.

    “Over the course of a couple of days we lost these fish,” Roberts said.

    “Heterosigma at a certain time of its lifecycle is toxic to fish and it comes up against the gills and kills the fish through the gills.”


  7. Bobby, When I try to bring up Enenews this evening, it brings up a white blank screen that says, “This account has been suspended.” Do you know anything about that? Maybe it’s just another false alarm. Gulp.

  8. All β nuclide density to contain Strontium-90 became 100,000 times much since this February in groundwater…

    It’s contaminated groundwater collected in the seaside of Reactor 2. According to Tepco, all β nuclide density was 10,000 Bq/m3 order from 11/2013 to 2/2014, however it got into the rapid increasing trend after 2/2014, and it’s become 1,000,000,000 Bq/m3 order in 9/2014.


  9. Quote of Cisco: “How much contamination is pouring into the Pacific Ocean? Here are the REAL NUMBERS. On 2/21/14, I posted the following calculations/estimates by Gordon Edwards, PhD, President & Co-founder, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, a highly credible nuclear expert* (link to his bio* follows). I would tend to endorse and apply his estimates over anyone else in the field. Yes, it’s frustrating that the 300-400 tons/day fabrication/disinformation is even being used by folks like Dr. Caldicott and other credible experts. In her/their defense, she/they know better; but, she/they also know than “300-400” tons will decimate the planet anyway, so why argue that point.

    Edwards most striking and illuminating statement in the video is his estimated size of the contaminated plume at 50 cubic miles per year, or currently 150 cubic miles by 3/11/14.. Image the size of that; and where it is now!

    “ONE MINUTE – of water flowing over a ONE melted core is 124.5 TONS of water.
    ONE HOUR – of water flowing over a SINGLE melted core is 7,470 TONS of water.
    24 HOURS – of water flowing over a SINGLE melted core is 179,280 “TONS of water”

    Note: This 179,280 tons/day (43,200,000 GPD) does not include the flow of groundwater/river under Daiichi, nor run off from rain and operations, nor tank discharges and leaks.

    150 cubic miles* of highly radioactive water (multiple billions of Becquerels) per cubic meter in 3 years. 50 cubic miles per year is what’s pouring into the Pacific…”

    “3 years from now, the radioactive plume will be 300 cubic miles. If you think that can be wished away by “dilution”, then you are as brain dead as Kenny boy and the rest of the psychopath shill scientists.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8gd1OU4X9g at 41.45 minutes into the video

    *Calculations/estimates by Gordon Edwards, PhD, President & Co-founder, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility (CCNR) http://www.ccnr.org

    Gordon Edwards bio at: http://akiomatsumura.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/bio-notes_11_08.pdf “”

  10. Unprecedented sea lion strandings in California linked to warmer Pacific

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The strandings of a record number of sea lion pups along the California coast this year are linked to a puzzling weather pattern that has warmed their Pacific Ocean habitat and likely impacted fish populations they rely on for food, federal scientists said on Wednesday.

    Some 940 stranded sea lions, mostly pups, have been treated by marine mammal centers in California so far this year, according to Justin Viezbicke, West Coast Stranding Coordinator for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    That is well above the 240 strandings typically seen through April, and scientists suspect the emaciated pups are prematurely leaving Southern California sea lion rookeries to seek food on their own after their mothers failed to return swiftly from hunting trips to nurse.

    “These little pups, so desperate and so thin, are leaving the rookeries long before they’re capable of hunting effectively,” said Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, which has treated 220 stranded animals. “It’s alarming because we haven’t seen this number of stranded pups this early in 40 years.”

    The strandings are unusual because the pups, born last June, aren’t supposed to be completely weaned until May.

    Satellite data show sea lion mothers are foraging in traditional hunting grounds, but likely spending longer periods away, said Sharon Melin, a biologist with NOAA’s National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle.

    Fish populations are likely being disrupted by a layer of ocean water, some 100 meters (330 feet) deep, that is 2 to 5 degrees warmer than usual this time of year along the Pacific Coast from Baja to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, said NOAA climatologist Nate Mantua.

    The change was caused by a weather pattern involving weak northern and strong southern winds that are creating warmer-than-normal conditions.


  11. Consider also that HAARP’s long-term heating of the upper atmosphere to create the “ridiculously resilient ridge” off the west coast has blocked the formation of storms that release large amounts of energy on the mainland. This energy takes the form of water, warming up, rising as vapor, condensing & precipitating; if numerous storm systems were blocked off, that storm forming energy had to go somewhere; it stays in the Pacific system and the water warms up. The warm region corresponds to the radiation plume but also to the region directly affected by the high pressure ridge. It seems to me both could contribute to the high temps.

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