|March 16, 2012|
Ocean Radiation Plume Hits Hawaii From Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown
|The latest marine radiation plume simulation from ASR LTD shows that the radioactive contamination from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown has now reached norther Hawaii.
This should be no surprise, since it was originally disclosed shortly after the disaster that the plume would reach Hawaii within about 1 year and California in 2 to 3 years when the government decided not to test fish at that time.
Please note this simulation, as explained below, shows only the extent of where the particles in radioactive plume have traveled.
It does not attempt to estimate the dilution of the radiation since such estimates are currently impossible due to refusal by TEPCO and the government of Japan to release critical scientific data required to calculate the concentration of the plume.
Also note that the simulation only takes into account the million gallons of radioactive water TEPCO purposefully dumped into the ocean.
Since then TEPCO has reported on numerous occasions they lacked on-site storage space and may need to dump even more radioactive waste into the Pacific ocean.
The simulation also doesn't account for any of the "run-off" radiation from TEPCO spraying the reactors with water cannons to keep the nuclear fuel cool.
It can not account for any contamination in the ocean from pieces of the nuclear fuel rods that were scattered all over the area after a series of massive explosions at the plant.
It does not account for the run off of radioactive sewage which is piling up all over Japan which runs off into the ocean and has resulted in a layer of cesium sludge on the bottom Tokyo bay which is now over 10 inches thick.
US government officials will surely downplay this latest development given the previous statements such as there is no concern to human life from eating fish with radiation 24 times FDA radiation limits and the EPA switched from their own standard of radiation which allows for cancer fatalities in 1 out of a million to an FDA standard which allows for fatalities from cancer in 1 in 2,200.
Radioactive Seawater Impact Map (update: March 2012)
The Fukushima Diary posted the following screen shots of the ocean radiation plume simulation.