Bronwyn Delacruz, a high school student living in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada was upset by the news, that Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) no longer tests imported foods for radiation. So she made up her mind to do the tests herself, to find out how bad the situation was.
She took the help of Geiger counter, a device that detects radiations like alpha partices, giga particles, and gamma rays. She was aware that varied seafoods carried alarming radiation levels, but she didn’t have the real statistics that proved her suspicion.
Her findings will be exposed to the public, at the Canadian National Fair next month.
A bit of algae that I found was far higher than the figure set by International Atomic Energy Agency for radioactive contamination—it’s 1,450 counts over a 10-minute period. A few of my samples turned up as 1,700 or 1,800.
She is a student of Composite High School and she analyzed more than 300 separate samples of seaweeds; around 15 brands were shipped from New Brunswick, British Columbia, California, Washington, China and Japan. She got the products from an Alberta grocery store.
I wanted to verify the contamination part—and I found that those samples did carry clear-cut [levels of] radioactive contamination. Algae was well past the danger-line, a few of them came up to 1,700, 1800 (counts).
The Fakushima accident is the worst kind of catastrophe that mankind has witnessed. In that incident approximately 450 tons of contaminated water holding radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium-89-90 leaked into the Pacific Ocean per day, and the spill continued for years after the event occurred.
Recently, fish having noxious levels of radioactive cesium were caught just off the coast of Fukushima. A myriad of fish here showed quite high radioactive levels that are unsafe for human consumption. A sample (black sea bream) taken from the vicinity of the power plant was put under test—it had 12,400 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium, around 124 times noxious than the starting point viewed as safe for human consumption.
Subsequent to Fukushima occurrence excessive quantities of water loaded with radionuclides, plus Cesium-137, were channeled into the Pacific Ocean. With a half-life of 30.1 years, Cs-137 has the capacity to cover large distances within the ocean. Our findings show that Fukushima derived Cs-137 will pierce the depths of the ocean and unroll into other oceanic basins in the coming two decades or so.
Scientists feel that by 2014 the radioactive ocean plume from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant catastrophe will kiss the shores of North America, regardless of that atmospheric radiation was tracked down on the US coast a few days following the incident. Models also pinpointed that radiation would be moving across the worlds oceans for years to come.
A radiation leak is deadly for the planet and can impact the well-being of all species, including humans. A big radioactivity letting out like the Fukushima, can bring about deadly consequences in the long-term, cancer being one of the prime ones.
A study published in the peer-reviewed Open Journal of Pediatrics has revealed that radioactive iodine from Fukushima has triggered a massive increase in hypothyroidism among infants in California. Despite Japan being 5000 miles across the Pacific Ocean, the study discovered that raised airborne beta levels on the West Coast are clearly connected with this standard tendency among newborn babies following the Fukushima nuclear fiasco.
We must change our mind-set and look for alternative ways of generating energy. We have no need of a nuclear reactor to boil water to generate steam that’ll propel a turbine to make electricity. Tons of other options are available, we need to explore those.