[ RadSafe ] Der Spiegel - Fukushima nuclear catastrophe changed the world????

Roger Helbig rwhelbig at gmail.com
Wed Feb 18 01:35:09 CST 2015

Is Der Spiegel known for campaigning against nuclear power?   This
article certainly does not appear to be based on sound journalism or

Roger Helbig

Fukushima nuclear catastrophe changed the world

by Christina MacPherson

Magazine: 'Fukushima catastrophe changed the world'; Worst nuclear
accident in history, like two Chernobyls; 'Poisoned entire landscapes
for centuries' -- Study: Fukushima 'overwhelms' the peak radioactivity
from nuclear bomb testing in ice core samples; 'Affected the global

Spiegel Online International (Der Spiegel, German news magazine), Feb.
5, 2015 (emphasis added): [It's] the worst accident in the history of
civilian atomic power... The Fukushima catastrophe changed the world.
Nuclear reactors melted down on live television and twice as much
radioactive material was released as during the Chernobyl accident in
1986. The disaster... poisoned entire landscapes for centuries and
killed hundreds of thousands of farm animals... Fukushima is more than
just a place-name, it is an historical event...

Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, University of Venice,
and Nanjing University, Feb 6, 2015: The β radioactivity of snow-pit
samples collected in the spring of 2011 on four Tibetan Plateau
glaciers demonstrate a remarkable peak in each snow pit profile, with
peaks about ten to tens of times higher than background levels. The
timing of these peaks suggests that the high radioactivity resulted
from the Fukushima nuclear... The released radioactive nuclear
substances not only polluted Japan... but also spread to other areas of
the Northern Hemisphere via atmospheric circulation and ocean
currents, affecting the hemispheric and even global environment. As an
overdose of nuclear radiation may seriously threaten human health and
wildlife survival, this nuclear accident has caught the attention of
the world. The radioactive fallout [was] detected in the atmosphere,
soil, surface water, and pastures in the low-altitude regions of North
America... Much of the radioactive material was transported by the
westerlies, resulting in the fallout over North America... [T]o reach
the Tibetan Plateau, material transported by the westerlies has to
first circle much of the globe... In May 2011, snow-pit samples were
collected on the Gurenhekou Glacier... Dongkemadi Glacier... Muztag
Glacier and Yuzhufeng Glacier... In 2005 and 2007, we drilled ice cores...
Tanggula ice core [and] Yuzhufeng ice core... Clearly, the peak β
radioactivities in the snow pits... are much higher than that in the
corresponding local ice cores, and even overwhelm the peak β
radioactivities caused by past atmospheric thermonuclear tests in the
early 1960s... The peak β radioactivities... are 11.0 and 92.4 times
larger than their local average background levels... attributed to the
Fukushima radioactive fallout... The Fukushima nuclear accident... created
a radioactive horizon that can be used as independent age markers in
snow and ice cores in the Northern Hemisphere... providing a direct
record of the impacts of human activities on the Earth's environment...

See also: VIDEO: New data shows Fukushima radiation release exceeds Chernobyl

Christina MacPherson | February 18, 2015 at 6:50 am | Categories:
Fukushima 2015 | URL: http://wp.me/phgse-iTy


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