[ RadSafe ] Nuclear-News Claims Increasing levels of radioactive cesium in Vancouver area

Roger Helbig rwhelbig at gmail.com
Thu Apr 3 07:36:25 CDT 2014

Increasing levels of radioactive cesium in Vancouver area

by Christina MacPherson

Radio: "Surprisingly, high concentrations [of Fukushima cesium] found
in Vancouver area" since ocean currents slow down -- Levels are
increasing -- "Might be hotspots where radiation concentrates" --
"Chances are high for marine life to absorb it... concern about mussels...
clams, oysters" (AUDIO)

RED 93.1FM (Vancouver, BC), "The Filipino Edition", Mar. 30, 2014:

At 4:15 in

Joseph Lopez, reporter: In the Vancouver area, as of June last year
[...] there are increasing levels of cesium-134, the same isotope
released from Fukushima. [...]
Irene Querubin, host: I hope we're not slowly dying by that.

At 7:00 in

Lopez: There's a strong current called the Kuroshio current [...] these
are highways in the ocean [...] it's one of the strongest water currents
[...] and this current passes through Fukushima but it is so strong it
helps keep the radiation levels in the Fukushima area lower, it blows
it away. [...] These radioactive isotopes, in a slower speed -- because
they're slowing down in these areas like Vancouver [...] where the water
is not as fast as in the ocean, there's a chance for the radioactive
isotopes to settle down and be in the water and possibly be absorbed
by bottom feeders. [...] The radioactive isotopes [are] not observed
much in Japan, in the Fukushima area, surprisingly [...] but the current
pulls it away and acts as a boundary because it's so fast. Once the
speed slows down in our area, the chances are high for the marine life
to absorb it.

At 11:00 in

Lopez: They're not doing any testing right now, that's why the public
should be concerned [...] We don't know why they're not doing it. They
should be doing it. [...] It is true that the Pacific Ocean will
dilute the radiation, but what they found is there might be hotspots
where this radiation might be concentrated. And surprisingly the high
concentrations have been found in the Vancouver area because in these
waters there's less movement, less speed. [...] I'm surprised that Dr.
Smith of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans would categorically
state that there's a zero chance of starfish die-off [being related to
radioactive contamination]. It's like saying the Titanic will never
sink. [...] I would be concerned about mussels as well [...] and clams
and oysters, because they are filters. [...] Remember no level of
radiation is ever safe.Full broadcast available here

Christina MacPherson | April 3, 2014 at 5:58 am | Categories: Canada,
oceans, radiation | URL: http://wp.me/phgse-gWh

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