Millions of Southern
Californians and tourists seek the region’s famous
beaches to cool off in the sea breeze and frolic in the
surf. Those iconic breezes, however, may be delivering
something hotter than the white sands along the Pacific.
According to a recent U.C. Davis study, uranium-filled
nanospheres are created from the millions of tons of
fresh and salt water used to try to cool down the three
molten cores of the stricken reactors. The tiny and
tough buckyballs are shaped like British Association
Football soccer balls.
Water hitting the incredibly hot and radioactive,
primarily uranium-oxide fuel turns it into peroxide. In
this goo buckyballs are formed, loaded with uranium and
able to move quickly through water without
High radiation readings in Santa Monica and Los Angeles
air during a 42-day period from late December to late
January strongly suggest that radiation is increasing in
the region including along the coast in Ventura County.
The radiation, detected by this reporter and the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, separate from each
other and using different procedures, does not appear to
be natural in origin. The EPA’s radiation station is
high atop an undisclosed building in Los Angeles while
this reporter’s detection location is near the West L.A.
Both stations registered over 5.3 times normal, though
the methods of sampling and detection differed. The
videotaped Santa Monica sampling and testing allowed for
the detection of alpha and beta radiation while the
sensitive EPA instrument detected beta only, according
to the government website.
A windy Alaskan storm front sweeping down the coast the
morning of March 31 slammed Southern California with
huge breakers, a choppy sea with 30-foot waves and winds
gusting to 50 mph. A low-hanging marine layer infused
with sea spray made aloft from the chop and carried on
the winds blew inland over the Los Angeles Basin for
several miles bringing with it the highest radiation
this reporter has detected in hot rain since the
meltdowns began, over five times normal.
Scientific studies from the United Kingdom and Europe
show that sea water infused with radiation of the sort
spewing out of Fukushima can travel inland from the
coast up to 300 kilometers. These mobile poisons include
cesium-137 and plutonium-239, the latter with a
half-life of 24,400 years.
Even with government, University of California and this
reporter’s tests showing high radiation in the air,
water, food and dairy products in this state, the state
and federal governments cut off special testing for
Fukushima radionuclides more than half a year ago.
Southern California is still getting hit by Fukushima
radiation at alarmingly high levels that will inevitably
increase as the main bulk of polluted Pacific Ocean
water reaches North America over the next two years.
Luckily, the area is south of where the jet stream has
brought hot rains from across the Pacific and Fukushima,
more than 5,000 miles away, upwind and up-current of the
West Coast. Those rains have brought extraordinary
amounts of radiation to places like St. Louis, with
multiple rain events detected and filmed, showing
incredibly hot rains.
Unluckily, North America is directly downwind of Japan,
where the government is having 560,000 tons of
irradiated rubble incinerated with the ash dumped in
Tokyo Bay. The burning began last October and continues
through March 2014, enraging American activists for this
unwitting double dose.
American media coverage of Fukushima’s continuing woes
and of contamination spreading across Japan and
threatening Tokyo’s 30 million residents, while not
robust has been adequate. Coverage of contamination in
America and Southern California has been practically
That’s one of the reasons we started Radiation Station
Santa Monica four days after the meltdowns began on
March 11, 2011, transmitting live radiation readings for
the Los Angeles Basin 24/7 ever since.
With nuclear radiation monitoring equipment, this
investigation has performed more than 1,500 radiation
tests in different media throughout four states and in
and in jet airplane cabins where, even accounting for
higher radiation at higher altitudes, readings were more
than five times normal according to the manufacturer of
our Inspector Alert nuclear radiation monitor.
Writer Michael Collins measuring the unfriendly skies in
Those readings, along with the EPA’s, combined with the
UC Davis study of buckyballs and a European study of sea
spray radiation spread, strongly indicate that Southern
California is being exposed to significant amounts of
radiation. The closer to the coast, like much of
populated Ventura County, the more pronounced the
radiation in this scenario.
Other reports exist of what likely-Fukushima fallout in
the Southland exist.
Researchers from Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford
University and the School of Marine and Atmospheric
Sciences, Stony Brook University, released a study May
28 that showed that all 15 samples of Pacific Bluefin
tuna caught off of San Diego in August 2011 showed
indisputable signs of radiation contamination emanating
This suggests that the popular and expensive animal
carved up usually for sushi is even more contaminated
now nearly a year after it was first harvested and
tested as at least 1,000 tons of highly radioactive
water used to cool the melted cores and spent fuel ponds
are being dumped daily into the ocean, according to
recent revelations of the nuclear plants owners, Tokyo
Electric Power Company.
The study also suggests that other highly migratory
species, like turtles, sharks and marine birds, may also
be contaminated with the radiation found in the tuna:
cesium-134 and cesium-137.
The U.S. Geological Service (USGS) reported Feb. 21 that
Los Angeles had more cesium-137 fallout than any other
place in the nation during the opening days of the
disaster from March 15 to April 5, 2011.
The amount of Cs-137 detected in precipitation at a
monitoring station 20 miles east of downtown was 13
times the limit for the toxin in drinking water
according to a report obtained by the VCReporter.
USGS released another astonishing study Feb. 22, from
measurements taken at its Bennington National
Atmospheric Deposition Program in Vermont, confirming a
grim cesium-137 scenario for Southern California.
“Deposition actually decreased as the air mass traveled
east to west,” Greg Wetherbee, a chemist with USGS, told
the Brattleboro Reformer newspaper before imparting an
“In the United States, cesium-134 and cesium-137 wet
dispersion values were higher than for Chernobyl
fallout, in part due to the U.S. being further
downwind,” Wetherbee told the paper. “With Chernobyl,
there was more opportunity for plume dispersion.”
This double whammy of cesium-137, with a half-life of 30
years isn’t even in a uranium-60 buckyball. But they are
in the unfathomable spread of goo throughout the Pacific
on the second strongest current in the world headed
right for us.
The three meltdowns have spewed trillions of becquerels
of highly radioactive iodine-131, cesium-137,
strontium-90 and plutonium-239 into the atmosphere and
Pacific since March 11, 2011. The initial explosions and
fires sent untold amounts of radiation high into the
A Feb. 28 report by the Meteorological Research
Institute, just released at a scientific symposium in
Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, says that 40,000
trillion becquerels, double the amount previously
thought, have escaped Unit 1 reactor alone.
This has resulted in fallout around the globe and
especially impacting the Pacific and parts of America
and Canada, two countries downwind of Japan on the jet
stream. British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, Midwest
and Ontario have been hit especially hard by rain, sleet
and snow, in some cases with dizzying amounts of high
A March 6 study Department of Biological Sciences study
conducted at California State University, Long Beach,
found that kelp along the coast of California was
heavily impacted by radioactive Iodine-131 a month after
the meltdowns began. The virulent and deadly isotope was
detected at 250 times levels the researchers said were
normal in the kelp before the disaster.
Radioactive fallout in St. Louis, Mo., rainfall, which
has been monitored at Potrblog.com since the crisis
began, has been repeatedly so hot that levels have been
reached that make it unsafe for children and pregnant
women. An Oct.17, 2011, St. Louis rainstorm was measured
on video at 2.76 millirems per hour or more than 270
The U.S. EPA considers anything 3 times background to be
significantly above background. The California Highway
Patrol deems any material more than three times
background as a potential hazardous materials situation.
The St. Louis rain was 90 times CHP’s hazmat trigger.
The main wave of water-borne radiation from the
meltdowns, including highly mobile uranium-60 buckyballs,
is surging across the Pacific along the Kuroshio
Current, second only to the Gulf Stream for power on the
Millions of tons of seawater and fresh water have been
used to cool the melted cores and spent fuel rods,
generating millions of tons of irradiated water. The
Kuroshio Current is transporting a significant amount of
this escaping radiation from Fukushima Daiichi across
the Pacific toward the West Coast.
The 70-mile-wide current joins the North Pacific
Current, moving eastward until it splits and flows
southward along the California Current, which flows
along the coast to Ventura County and beyond.The
American government has done nothing to monitor the
Pacific Ocean for over half a year, even though a
Texas-sized sea of Japanese earthquake debris is already
washing up on outlying Alaskan islands and is suspected
to have already hit the West Coast, including
“In terms of the radiation, EPA is in charge of the
radiation network for airborne radiation; it’s called
RadNet,” EPA Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld
told the VCReporter on Feb. 9 during a news conference
about new ship sewage regulations. “And we have a very
significant and comprehensive array of RadNet monitors
along the, actually along the coast, but on land. We
don’t have jurisdiction for looking at marine radiation.
Perhaps NOAA would be able to answer that question but
we don’t have data or monitor it,” he said.
NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, suspended testing the Pacific for
Fukushima radiation last summer after concluding that
there wasn’t any radiation to be detected.
“As far as questions about radiation, we are working
with radiation experts within the Environmental
Protection Agency and the Department of Energy,” NOAA
media liaison Keeley Belva wrote in a Feb. 10 e-mail.
“Here are some contacts information for those agencies
at the headquarters level.”
In other words, no federal agency, department or
administration is doing anything to sample and analyze
water from the Pacific. Fish aren’t being tested for
“NOAA is not currently doing further research on
seafood,” Belva said adding “NOAA is doing a study
related to radiation that is focused on radiation plume
The lack of testing disappoints Dan Hirsch, U.C. Santa
Cruz nuclear policy lecturer and president of Committee
to Bridge the Gap which exposed the Rocketdyne partial
meltdowns above the western San Fernando Valley in 1979
and continues to lead the fight to clean up Rocketdyne
“EPA did some special monitoring for a few weeks after
the accident began, then shut down the special
monitoring” Hirsch told the VCReporter. “What monitoring
was done was very troubled. Half of the stationary air
monitors were broken at the time of the accident.
Deployable monitors were ordered not deployed.”
Even when the government testing did work, increasingly
high levels of radiation seem to have been ignored.
The VCReporter has learned that the California
Department of Public Health halted monitoring of
Fukushima fallout when its Radiologic Health Branch
issued its last report on Oct. 10, 2011.
That report shows an alarming rise in cesium-137 in
CalPoly San Luis Obispo dairy farm milk beginning June
14, 2011, when it tested 2.95 picocuries per liter (pCi/l)
and steadily rising in four subsequent tests until it
was 5.91 pCi/l. The hot milk was at twice the allowable
amount of this radionuclide in drinking water, according
to the EPA’s 3.0 pCi/l limit.
Then the testing stopped, for no other reason than the
government concluded that nothing from Fukushima had
sufficiently contaminated anything to be of concern.
Even detections of radioactive sulphur-35 in San Diego
and plutonium-239 in Riverside did nothing to pique the
interest of regulators.
“The lesson to be learned is that both the U.S. and
Japan suffer from very lax regulation, a too-cozy
relationship between nuclear regulators and the industry
they are to regulate,” Hirsch said. “This can lead to
dangerous outcomesThis was not unanticipated. Yet the
need for immediate information was undeniable.
Live-streaming radiation readings from Santa Monica
began four days after the meltdowns. Since then, this
reporter has conducted more than 1,500 tests in four
states and miles above the Earth, where jet radiation
registered more than five times normal, even accounting
Special tests revealed elevated radiation in Bryce
Canyon and Grand Canyon rain. Southwest Michigan rain
samples were hot.
Santa Monica and Los Angeles rain and mist were also
high. Readings taken in Agoura, Oxnard and Ventura
mostly mirrored these measurements. The Radiation
Station Ventura California provides near-daily radiation
readings that include local food measurements.
Japanese sake, beer, vegetable juice, seaweed, pastries
and tea all registered significant ionization above
background. Powdered milk, turkey hot dogs, and jet
travel breathing masks were all part of the specific
media tested, many of which were recorded in these
videotaped radiation detections.
HEPA filters may also be effective in capturing
buckyballs, which are geodesic dome-shaped structures
that are spherical with multiple flat sides. Strong
evidence suggests that these hardy radioactive
Uranium-60 nanoparticles have crossed the Pacific
quickly, with their concentrations rising.
That evidence includes our and the EPA’s high beta
readings in Los Angeles. Our radiation station is a
little more than a mile from the Pacific shoreline.
Downtown Los Angeles is more than 13 miles away from the
The Jan. 27, 2012, U.C. Davis report “Uranyl peroxide
enhanced nuclear fuel corrosion in seawater,” is the
first account to analyze what is happening to the
gargantuan amount of seawater, as well as fresh water,
that has been hosing down the melted reactor cores and
flushing into the Pacific.
Alexandra Navrotsky, Ph.D., director of nanomaterials
research at U.C. Davis (center) with colleagues.
The study spells out a horrific scenario in which
compromised irradiated fuel turned huge amounts of ocean
water into a series of uranium-related peroxide
compounds containing as many as 60 “uranyl ions” in
hardy nanoscale cage clusters that can “potentially
transport uranium over long distances” and persist for
“at least 294 days without detectable change.”
How hot these nano-cage clusters of cancer-causing
radiation are depends on what kind and ratio of uranium
isotopes make up the 60 in each one.
“A given isotope has the same radioactivity (half-life)
regardless of what chemical state it is in,” Alexandra
Navrotsky, Ph.D., director of nanomaterials research at
U.C. Davis, told the VCReporter. “So the radioactivity
for a constant number of U atoms depends on the
proportion of different isotopes in the sample.”
There is a strong possibility that these uranium
peroxide buckyballs are already sloshing around in the
waters off Southern California as this reporter and the
EPA’s radiation readings appear to indicate. But if it
was the source of our high detections what was the
mechanism that was transporting radiation inland.
Sea spray, perhaps. Radioactive sea spray has been shown
to blow hundreds of kilometers inland in tests conducted
in the United Kingdom by British and European
researchers. As any one who has ever smelled the salty
ocean air miles from the ocean might expect, salt in sea
spray can travel a significant distance. The same holds
true for radioactive particles floating in the sea, even
if in addition to U60 buckyballs.
In the 2008 report “Sea to land transfer of
radionuclides in Cumbria and North Wales,” the greatest
average concentration of cesium-137 and plutonium-239 in
soil at a depth of 0 to 15 centimeters was found 10
kilometers from the coast. The highest average amounts
found at 15 to 30 centimeters deep were 5 kilometers
away from the sea illustrating the unpredictability of
A 62-page UK study released in December 2011 found that
sea spray and marine aerosols created from bubbles
forming and popping when the sea is choppy or waves
break have increased concentrations of radioactive
Actinides are chemically alike radioactive metallic
elements and include uranium and plutonium. One actinide
infused the spray with an 812 times greater
concentration of americium-241 than normal amounts of
Am-241 in ambient seawater.
The report cited information that sea-spray-blown cesium
137 was found 200 kilometers from the discharge source
in the New Hebrides islands in northern Scotland.
Another UK study found that the Irish Sea has a micro
layer on top of it, perhaps only thousandths of a
millimeter in thickness, that can become imbued with
fine particulate material and its absorbed radiation.
These concentrations of plutonium and americium are four
to five times their concentrations in ambient seawater.
Plutonium concentrates by 26,000 times in floating algal
blooms at sea, says the report.
These radionuclides and buckyballs make up the goo
inexorably crossing the Pacific, which may just have
begun to impact our shores. Yet not a nickel of state or
federal money is spent monitoring it. We are on our own
in this Fukushima nightmare.
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