The story of Fukushima from the Japanese side of the Pacific is this: Overall, things are under control with the construction of an “ice wall” to prevent the continued releases of contaminated water into the ocean, and fishing has resumed in all regions except those within 10 kilometers of the reactors. However, these milestones obscure the fact that the Japanese will be wrestling with the cleanup for decades and will spend trillions of yen in the process. It also minimizes the threats posed by millions of gallons of highly contaminated water on the power plant grounds and the likelihood that storms and other natural events will continue to mobilize contaminants currently trapped in soils and ocean sediments near shore.
More than 80 percent of the radioactivity from the damaged reactors ended up in the Pacific — far more than reached the ocean from Chernobyl or Three Mile Island. Of this, a small fraction is currently on the seafloor — the rest was swept up by the Kuroshio current, a western Pacific version of the Gulf Stream, and carried out to sea where it mixed with (and was diluted by) the vast volume of the North Pacific. These materials, primarily two isotopes of cesium, only recently began to appear in the eastern Pacific: In 2015 we detected signs of radioactive contamination from Fukushima along the coast near British Columbia and California.
Fish and seafood are often considered healthy, and most people feel like seafood is good for you. However, today, is that really the case?
As of June 2015, the radiation in the Pacific Ocean reached the US West Coast; the seafood you’ve been eating from the Pacific ocean is loaded with Cesium-137 and Strontium-90. Both radioactive. Strontium-90 mimics calcium. Both radioactive strontium and cesium may end up getting deposited in human bones, where the radiation wreaks havoc on bone marrow, causing bone cancers and blood cancers like Leukemia.
The radiation in the fish is so terrible that wild-caught Alaskan Salmon, Pacific Herring, and Canadian whitefish are being found bloody, with cancerous tumors throughout their bodies.
Fukushima, and perhaps nuclear disasters we do not know about, are the cause for all the radiation flowing into the Pacific Ocean. Everyone seems to know about how the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant was hit by a tsunami which resulted in at least three reactors melting down and four reactors exploding.
This created a problem that the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) didn’t tell anyone about until a full YEAR after the disaster took place. Ground water, flowing from inland, was seeping beneath the blown-up reactors, coming into contact with the melted-down reactor cores, becoming highly radioactive, then flowing into the Pacific Ocean. 300 tons of this radioactive water has been seeping into the Pacific Ocean EVERY DAY since March 15, 2011. Nothing has stopped it, and the flow continues to this very day, (October 31, 2015).
Of course, now most marine life in the Pacific Ocean is contaminated, and many animals are dying. Fish caught and tested near the site have tested positive for radioactive particles. Also, bluefin tuna found near California have also tested positive.
If one looks at the ocean currents above, they can easily see how most sea life in the Pacific Ocean is affected by the leaked radiation. The radiation in the fish is so terrible that wild-caught Alaskan Salmon, Pacific Herring, and Canadian whitefish are being found bloody, with cancerous tumors throughout their bodies.
The government and nuclear power industry say there is nothing to worry about, but the deaths of sea life and the strange growths found on fish tell a different story.
According to the Local Environmental Observers (LEO) Network in Hydaburg, Alaska, strange growths in the flesh or meat of salmon have been found. “We were fishing for Cohos (silver salmon) at the mouth of the Hydaburg River with line and reel,” said Brian Holter, Jr., who said that eight fish were filled up inside with strange growths that were either white or pink in color. “On the outside the fish looked fine. The growths looked kind of like individual little salmon eggs, and about the same size. The people were seeing the same type of growths in their fish as well,” he continued.
It appears Pacific fish are no longer safe to eat.
It is also worth noting that commercially caught fish should always be questioned or avoided — radiation or not! Mercury fallout from coal burning should be considered as it accumulates in ocean fish and may lead to mercury poisoning. Several people sell commercially caught fish, and they say they would never eat it. Other fishermen in Alaska say the fish are so bad its “the rape of Alaska’s wild, natural resources.” If you eat fish, catch it yourself or buy from someone you know who catches away from contaminated waters.
Photo Credit: Craig Banner http://www.fishpathogens.net