The outflow of radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific has now, at long last, been declared an “emergency.” It has been admitted that the radioactive pollution of the sea has been going on since the beginning of the catastrophe in March 2011.
The concentration of beta emitters such as strontium and tritium has increased by a factor of 47 times in recent days. There was an earthquake in the area after the first measurement, which caused a spike in airborne emissions. It is likely that it caused a spike in liquid emissions too. It is unknown at this time whether this spike is temporary or the beginning of another meltdown at the plant.
The transformation of the Pacific Ocean into a nuclear dead zone has ramifications for organisms such as humans living on land in North America. First, obviously, the fish from there will be contaminated and not fit for consumption before they become extinct. Radionuclides such as cesium and plutonium are transferred from sea to rainfall, atmosphere and land by a process of sea salt aerosol production, while tritium (in the form of radioactive water) is transferred to the air by direct evaporation. The revelation of huge amounts of tritium being released by Fukushima Daiichi is highly significant here. Tritium cannot be filtered in a practical manner, and is ubiquitous in the environment as water is. Filtering technologies such as reverse osmosis and ion exchange are useless for removing tritium. Only people getting water from fossil water supplies or deep aquifers will escape having tritium in tap water. Americans will be breathing in tritiated water vapor for decades. Its half-life is 12 years, so it will be around for 120 years. But it is being released from Fukushima in exponentially increasing quantities, and who knows how long this will keep going on.
But as shown below, organisms such as cyanobacteria and fungi are already at work destroying Hawaii’s coral reefs. These organisms, as well as the deadly poisons cyanotoxins and mycotoxins, will also be transferred to the land mass of the North American continent. And one can only imagine the mutated radioactive organisms which will prey on the remains of sea life.
These two graphics are found in this meteorological paper. The first one represents the mean vertically integrated moisture flux over North America for the months December through February. In short, it shows the regions where moisture comes off the Pacific, versus the Atlantic or the Gulf of Mexico. It indicates, that in the winter months, moisture originates from the Pacific in most of the US, all of Canada, and a good part of Mexico. If you follow the arrows, you can see that the exceptions in the US are Florida, and the southeastern portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. This is on average, it doesn’t mean that Pacific moisture does not penetrate these areas too, but it is less than half of it.
The second graphic represents moisture flux for the months July through September. We see here that most of the US and Mexico get moisture from the Atlantic and the Gulf. So any emissions from the Pacific will be sharply reduced in these months. The west coast states, and states on the northern tier, east to northern New England, as well as all Canada, continue to get their moisture from the Pacific. So they never get a break, and the food crops grown in the regions never get one either.
The disease destroying coral reefs on the north side of Kauai and Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands continues to increase. Dr. Thierry Work, head of USGS Infectious Diseases, has stated that this is caused by cyanobacteria and fungi. These are the constituents of the Japanese “black substance” which is highly radioactive, and is appearing in more and more areas in Japan. Marine biologist Terry Lilley, who has been investigating this crisis, is feature in the following videos. It is likely that this disease is caused, or is being furthered by, radioactive contamination of the seawater in this area.