Arnie Gunderson: Radiation Spreading from Fukushima

Hot Particles From Japan to Seattle Virtually Undetectable when Inhaled or Swallowed


A TEPCO recalculation shows a dramatic increase in the release of hot particles, though original estimates of xenon and krypton releases remain the same. This confirms the results of air filter monitoring by independent scientists.

The dire situation at the 40-year-old Fukushima plant is outlined in a startling 750-page report released recently by Japan’s nuclear emergency task force. Radiation levels are twice as high as initially thought, and three reactors at the power plant have undergone full meltdowns. In fact, the nuclear fuel in each of the three damaged reactors most likely melted through the inner containment vessels, not just the core.

Fairewind’s Arnie Gunderson says that people in Fukushima are breathing in 10 hot particles per day which only decreased to 5 per day in Seattle. These can lodge in lungs, digestive tract or bones and over time can cause cancers. They are too small to be detected on a large radiation detector.

Gundersen explains how hot particles may react in mammals while escaping traditional detection. Reports of a metallic taste in the mouth, such as those now being reported in Japan and on the west coast, are a telltale sign of radiation exposure.

Here’s a summary of the “Report of Japanese Government to the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety – The Accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations”:

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