Just under 3 years ago the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was struck with an earthquake and tsunami that crippled its power supply and ushered in a complete meltdown. Now, residents in California are seeing some of the after affects. Immediately after the explosions at the power plant wrecked havoc, Americans all across the North American coastline were concerned about fallout from radiation. Within days plumes of radiation reached the shores of California, Oregon, and Washington, but nevertheless no dramatic reports were ever filed with health officials. In addition, many individuals and scientists are claiming that the Fukushima disaster poses no threat to the United States. What are both sides of this tragic disaster claiming, and which side has the facts to back it up?
The evidence for disastrous consequences for the Fukushima fallout:
· Wasting StarFish Syndrome
Starfish feed on mussels and clams in the ocean and keep the ecosystem in balance. However, over the course of the last year starfish have been dropping like flies off the western coastline. First noticed in British Columbia marine life, the disease soon sprang up in Monterey Bay California. Every single species has been affected by the disease and scientists still don’t know why, but they have not ruled out Fukushima radiation. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/12/fukushima-radiation-something-else-causing-mass-die-wildlife-pacific-ocean.html
· Alaskan Seals washed up in the summer of 2011 with mysterious sickness some of them already dead.
· More than 15 out of 15 bluefin tuna fish tested for radiation in California were contaminated with radioactive cesium from Japan. Because bluefin tuna swim back and forth from California to Japan this is a real health hazard for individuals who consume the fish.
· A 1955 government report concluded that the ocean may not be able to dilute radiation unlike what many scientists are claiming.
· Nuclear expert Arnie Gunderson made a statement about the quality of the Seattle air recently saying, “During April, the people in Seattle could have just as easily been in Tokyo for the amount of hot particles that were there.” http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/07/during-april-the-people-in-seattle-could-have-just-as-easily-been-in-tokyo-for-the-amount-of-hot-particles-that-were-there.html
· Simulations done by environmental researchers show that contaminated water will start hitting U.S. shores this year and they have no idea how high the levels of radiation will be. http://rt.com/usa/us-coast-levels-fukushima-412/
The evidence espousing no harmful effects on the Western coastline of the United States:
· Isotopes in Bluefin tuna are no more harmful than the radiation from a banana, even though they are several times the naturally found amount in the fish. http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/11/16/fukushima-radiation-in-pacific-tuna-is-equal-to-one-twentieth-of-a-banana/
· Scientists report that a viral video detecting significantly high radiation on a beach in San Francisco does not prove that the beaches are unsafe or have been hit with radiation from the nuclear disaster. http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/533527/20140109/california-fukushima-radiation-beach.htm#.Us71ZLQY940
· The overall effect of human consumption of fish with greater than normal levels of radioactive particles is not life-threatening. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/04/1267252/-Update-on-Fukushima-Radionuclides-in-the-North-Pacific-and-Off-the-West-Coast-of-North-America
So in summary, who is right and who is wrong? It seems as though scientists and the government are covering up a great deal of information regarding radiation readings in and around the west coast of the United States. However, only time will tell what impact the Fukushima fall out will have on the general population.