Thursday, March 17, 2011

APOCALYPSE NOW: RED ALERT - Nuclear Radiation In America?!

"I'm very worried. This is a catastrophe." - Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State.

As the Japanese military helicopters continue to dump loads of seawater onto a stricken and crippled nuclear reactor, in an effort to avoid a full meltdown, fears are escalating about the spreading of radiation given the frightening unease about the operators chances of restoring the plant's cooling system. In Japan, there is now a mass exodus away from areas near the troubled Fukushima power plant with citizens stockpiling gasoline, fuel and food, as a sense of visible anxiety and apocalyptic hysteria envelopes a nation already suffering from the repercussions of a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami.

There are also fears that the Japanese administration is not revealing the full story, with many slowly entertaining the view that Fukushima is a losing battle, given the evidence of the radioactive material leaks and plant abandonment. Currently Reactor 1 is in a partial core meltdown, Reactor 2 is in a potential meltdown, Reactor 3 is under blazing fire with radiation leaks, Reactor 4 is on fire and water levels are dropping, and Reactor 5 and 6 has heat rising in a spent fuel pool. Miles away, smoke can be seen rising from the power plant and the effects from the radiation is already been felt. Foreign companies have started to pull their staff and personnel out of the capital, Tokyo and other surrounding areas to other cities in Japan or overseas.

As the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was preparing to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident next month, the prospects of a nuclear catastrophe and fallout is advancing around the globe, with reports coming in of pockets of radiation, already been experienced in sections of America.
Health and nuclear experts emphasize that radiation in the plume will be diluted as it travels and, at worst, would have extremely minor health consequences in the United States, even if hints of it are ultimately detectable. In a similar way, radiation from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 spread around the globe and reached the West Coast of the United States in 10 days, its levels measurable but minuscule. The projection, by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, an arm of the United Nations in Vienna, gives no information about actual radiation levels but only shows how a radioactive plume would probably move and disperse. The forecast, calculated Tuesday, is based on patterns of Pacific winds at that time and the predicted path is likely to change as weather patterns shift... The test ban treaty group routinely does radiation projections in an effort to understand which of its global stations to activate for monitoring the worldwide ban on nuclear arms testing. It has more than 60 stations that sniff the air for radiation spikes and uses weather forecasts and powerful computers to model the transport of radiation on the winds... the Japan forecast shows that the radioactive plume will probably miss the agency’s monitoring stations at Midway and in the Hawaiian Islands but is likely to be detected in the Aleutians and at a monitoring station in Sacramento. The forecast assumes that radioactivity in Japan is released continuously and forms a rising plume. It ends with the plume heading into Southern California and the American Southwest, including Nevada, Utah and Arizona. The plume would have continued eastward if the United Nations scientists had run the projection forward. Earlier this week, the leading edge of the tangible plume was detected by the Navy’s Seventh Fleet when it was operating about 100 miles northeast of the Japanese reactor complex. On Monday, the Navy said it had repositioned its ships and aircraft off Japan “as a precautionary measure.” The United Nations agency has also detected radiation from the stricken reactor complex at its detector station in Gunma, Japan, which lies about 130 miles to the southwest. - New York Times.
Radiation forecast by the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization.
This morning, the Radiation Monitoring Network upgraded their Counts Per Minute (CPM) level to 130, based on various models of Digital Geiger Counters that monitor radiation count across America in real time.

Radiation Monitoring Network Map of Radiation locations.
The numbers represent radiation counts per minute,... and under normal conditions, quantify the level of background radiation, i.e. environmental radiation from outer space as well as from the earth's crust and air. Depending on your location within the US, your elevation or altitude, and your model of Geiger counter, this background radiation level might average anywhere from 5 to 60 CPM, and while background radiation levels are random, it would be unusual for those levels to exceed 130 CPM. Thus, the "Alert Level" for the National Radiation Map is 130 CPM, so if you see any Monitoring Stations with CPM value above 130, further indicated by an Alert symbol over those stations, it probably means that some radioactive source above and beyond background radiation is responsible. Notice the Time and Date Stamp at the bottom center of the Map. That is your indication of how recently the Radiation Levels have been updated to the Map. - Radiation Network.
This information from the Radiation Network is also reflected on the Online Geiger Counter Nuclear Radiation Detectors.

Nuclear Radiation Dectector Map for America.
Reuters is already reporting on the spread of the these particles.
Low concentrations of radioactive particles are heading eastwards from Japan's disaster-hit nuclear power plant and are expected to reach North America in days, a Swedish official said on Thursday. Lars-Erik De Geer, research director at the Swedish Defense Research Institute, a government agency, was citing data from a network of international monitoring stations established to detect signs of any nuclear weapons tests. Stressing that the levels were not dangerous for people, he predicted the particles would continue across the Atlantic and eventually also reach Europe. "It is not something you see normally," he said by phone from Stockholm. But, "it is not high from any danger point of view." He said he was convinced it would eventually be detected over the whole northern hemisphere. "It is only a question of very, very low activities so it is nothing for people to worry about," De Geer said. "In the past when they had nuclear weapons tests in China ... then there were similar clouds all the time without anybody caring about it at all," he said. Before he spoke, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission advised any Americans living near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to move at least 50 miles away but it played down the risks of contamination to the United States. "All the available information continues to indicate Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S. Territories and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity," it said in a statement on Wednesday.
Worry or not, the United States is currently boosting their radiation-sniffing system.
Federal agencies are beefing up their radiation-monitoring capabilities at home and abroad, even as they insist that significant amounts of fallout won’t waft from Japan onto U.S. territory. At home, the Environmental Protection Agency said it's adding seven monitors in Alaska, Hawaii and Guam to its RadNet radiation-tracking system, which operates about 100 air-sniffing stations nationwide. Putting in those extra stations "allows us to gather data from a position closer to Japan," EPA said in an online question-and-answer guide. Looking beyond America's borders, the U.S. Air Force is sending out a high-tech aircraft to sniff the air over Japan for radiation. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration are also sending experts to Japan to help counter the growing crisis at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant complex. The NRC and the NNSA have teams who track how hazardous materials spread through the atmosphere, based on computer modeling and other methods. It was the NRC's revised analysis that led to today's advisory telling Americans to evacuate the area within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the Fukushima reactors. White House spokesman Jay Carney acknowledged that the NRC's advice goes far beyond what the Japanese government is telling its own citizens — that is, for residents to evacuate the area within a 12-mile (20-kilometer) radius of the plant, and to take shelter if they're within 19 miles (30 kilometers)... The Pentagon watches radiation, too. The Department of Defense is keeping close tabs on radiation levels in the Fukushima area and beyond — not only because it has thousands of people working on the humanitarian relief effort, but also because of the potential risk to 50,000 military personnel in Japan and the impact on military installations in the Pacific. Air-monitoring equipment on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington detected low levels of radioactivity while the ship was in port at Yokosuka in Japan, a military spokesman said Tuesday. On another carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, 17 helicopter crew members had to be decontaminated with a soap-and-water scrubdown after returning from search-and-rescue duty. Potassium iodide pills, which can guard against the uptake of radioactive iodine, were issued to some of those crew members, the Defense Department said. - MSNBC.
A very important point to take note of, is the subtle but telling message from White House spokesman Jay Carney,  that Japan is covering up the true and serious extent of the meltdown and fallout.
"The advice the Japanese government is giving, based on information it has, is different from the advice that we would be giving if this incident were happening in the United States of America," Carney said. "It is not about the quality of information. It is about the standards set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission here in the United States and the kind of advice it would be giving should this incident happen in the United States." - MSNBC.
He that hath ear, let him hear. He that hath eyes, let him see.

More anon.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 6.5 Quake Strikes Sea Floor Of Vanuatu!

A strong earthquake struck off the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu today, the US Geological Survey said, but no widespread tsunami warning was issued.

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake has struck the sea floor northwest of the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila, according to a notice from the U.S. Geological Survey, adding to jitters over tremors in the region following the quake that has devastated parts of Japan. The notice said the earthquake, at 1.48pm local time, had an epicentre 35 kilometres down, with coordinates 17.5 degrees south and 167.6 degrees east. The location is 77 kilometres northwest of Port Vila, close enough to pose some threat of a tsunami, the USGS said. "No destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data. However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within 100km of the earthquake epicenter," the USGS said in a statement. People in nearby Fiji said they had felt no tremors and Australia hadn't issued any warnings of a tsunami as of 2.13pm local time. The Pacific islands of the Republic of Vanuatu, located about 1,750 kilometers east of northern Australia, are a popular tourist destination. Vanuatu is towards the southwestern end of the Pacific 'ring of fire' which has seen several severe earthquakes over the past year, including last week's 9.0 magnitude quake off the coast of Japan, two earthquakes in the New Zealand city of Christchurch with magnitudes 7.1 and 6.3, and the 8.8 magnitude 2010 Chile earthquake. Gideon George, manager of the Havannah Eco Lodge on the northwest coast of Vanuatu's main Efate island, facing the earthquake's epicentre, said there had been no damage. "I felt it but there has been no damage here, no threat," he said. To be sure, earthquakes are a common hazard for Vanuatu, which experienced at least three last year gauged above magnitude 7 in its nearby waters. The archipelago nation consists of about 82 islands, which are home to about 220,000 people. - Wall Street Journal.

THE PHILIPPINES DELUGE: Floods, Landslides, Deaths & Evacuations!

Have a look at what is arguably one of the most emblematic images of the recent upsurge in Earth changes and weather anomalies, coming out of the Philippines, where widespread and persistent flooding has resulted in the deaths of several citizens.

Here is the full report, courtesy of Allvoices:
Seven people were killed after a landslide struck Barangay 97, Cabalawan, Tacloban City, Leyte. ABS-CBN Tacloban's Sharon Evite and radio reporter Hector Go of Tacloban City reported that a family of 7 died after their house was buried in a landslide. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council identified the fatalities as Marlon and Jenetta Orda and their 5 children. It said the Ordas' home, which is near a hilly portion of Tacloban, was completely buried in mud. The landslide followed severe rains, which also flooded large parts of Tacloban City. The city has a population of around 200,000. Many affected residents evacuated their homes. The city government has sent heavy equipment to the affected areas, but the floods are making rescue operations difficult. Go said Tacloban City needs rubber boats to reach the affected families. He said even 6x6 trucks can't enter flooded areas. Go also reported 5 deaths due to flooding in Barangay Nula-Tula in Tacloban City. ABS-CBN News received reports of severe flooding in Tacloban City due to incessant rains last night. Classes have been suspended in Tacloban City. As of posting time, however, floods have reportedly receded in the city. In Palo, Leyte, only rooftops can be seen in Barangay Victory due to severe floods. Large parts of Palo are underwater by 5- to 6-feet, but the town lacks rescue teams. Many residents are using bancas to move around. Office of Civil Defense chief Benito Ramos said they received a report that 3 people were killed by floods in Leyte, but they have yet to get the names of the victims. Ramos said large parts of Southern Leyte are also affected by floods from heavy rains. He said the Armed Forces, the Philippine National Police, and the Department of Public Works and Highways have joined forces with the local government to address the disaster.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 5.3 Earthquake Rattles Chile!

Here's more evidence of seismic tremors and possible monumental planetary tectonic upheavals:

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake rattled central Chile on Wednesday, shaking buildings in the capital Santiago, but there were no reports of any damage or injuries, the government said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck 45 miles north-northeast of the central Chilean port city of Valparaiso, at a depth of 15.3 miles. Reuters witnesses said buildings swayed in Santiago, 75 miles miles to the east. "There are no reports of any damage or injuries," a spokeswoman for state emergency office Onemi told Reuters. Quake-prone Chile's economy is still recovering from a massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake a year ago, which hammered towns, infrastructure and industries in south-central Chile and killed more than 500 people. - Huffington Post.
The quake was followed, several hours later, by a magnitude 5.1 in the offshore regions of Valparaiso, with a depth of 14.5 miles, that was felt as far away as Los Andes, Illapel, Coquimbo and Region Metropolitana.

A close look at the seismic telemetry data from the Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory on the Live Internet Seismic Server, gives some indication of the tremors and upheavals. Considering the story that I posted yesterday of the huge cracks forming in South America, is this another sign of dramatic movement under the Earth's crust - faults developing into cracks, as the tectonic plates bumps and drift away in different directions? Is another mega-quake underway?

GEOENGINEERING: Powerful Neurotoxin Caused Mass Fish Die-Off?!

In a recent report, scientists believe that a powerful neurotoxin is the reason why millions of sardines met their death last week in King Harbor Marina in Redondo Beach, California. The fish, including anchovies, sardines and mackerel; were found floating lifeless in Basins 1 and 2 of the north side of the Marina. Redondo Beach officials said initial assessments suggest oxygen depletion in the King Harbor basins caused the massive fish die-off.
David Caron, a University of Southern California professor of biological sciences, said his team took samples and found traces of a toxin that caused the fish to become disoriented and swim chaotically into the marina. "We looked at the stomachs of the sardines because we have had recurring toxic algal blooms ... in our coastal waters in recent years," Caron said. "We were interested to see if we could find or if we could detect a particular type of neurotoxin ... called domoic acid and these fish were positive for domoic acid." At the time, local authorities and scientists said the fish were washed into the harbor by strong winds and waves, then died from oxygen deprivation -- there were too many fish and not enough oxygen for all of them. Caron agrees that lack of oxygen was the ultimate cause of death. "On the day of the event we observed a very precipitous drop in the dissolved oxygen concentration in the harbor," according to Caron, who said the domoic acid may have made matters worse. Caron said the domoic acid poisoning may have exacerbated the stress the fish were under due to the low oxygen, or the poisoning could have contributed to the huge congregation of fish near King Harbor. Either way, Caron suggested that more testing on the fish may be necessary. "We have not detected the toxins in the harbor at all. It is in the fish," he said. A week after the massive kill, public works crews and volunteers are still trying to clean up the stinky mess and keep the toxins from getting to the water from the rotting sardines. - CNN.
Now, neurotoxins are really "nerve poison," that acts directly upon the neurons or nerve cells, through the interference with membrane proteins and ion channels. Domoic acid is a form of neurotoxin that results in the poisoning of fish and is also associated with certain harmful algal blooms. According to data from scientific research at Marine Mammal Centres, the increased frequency and geographic extent of toxic algal blooms along populated coastlines is generally attributed to the deliberate manipulation of the climate of the planet through geoengineering projects and ocean iron fertilization processes of humans.

A recent study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that the geoengineering and manipulation of the ocean with iron, results in blooms of tiny organisms called phytoplankton, organisms known to harbor high levels of domoic acid. In birds and mammals, domoic acid acts as a neurotoxin, causing short-term memory loss, brain damage and, in severe cases, death. It is also associated with the phenomenon of amnesic shellfish poisoning, seizures, tremors, brain damage and degeneration of cells due to the uncontrollable influx of calcium.