California Coastline Becoming Like Dead Zone, Fukushima to Blame?
August 24, 2013 in Outdoors
California Coastline Becoming Like Dead Zone, Fukushima to Blame?
Kim M., California Correspondent
August 24, 2013
I hesitate to say this, because I know that *they* will most likely use my (and others) observations as an excuse to crack down on the enjoyment of our coastline even farther than they have already, but…
The California coastline is becoming like a dead zone.
If you haven’t been to a California beach lately, you probably don’t know that the rocks are unnaturally CLEAN – there’s hardly any kelp, barnacles, sea urchins, etc. anymore and the tide pools are similarly eerily devoid of crabs, snails and other scurrying signs of life… and especially as compared to 10 – 15 years ago when one was wise to wear tennis shoes on a trip to the beach in order to avoid cutting one’s feet on all the STUFF of life – broken shells, bones, glass, driftwood, etc.
There are also days when I am hard-pressed to find even a half dozen seagulls and/or terns on the county beach.
You can still find a few gulls trolling the picnic areas and some of the restaurants (with outdoor seating areas) for food, of course, but, when I think back to 10 – 15 years ago, the skies and ALL the beaches were literally filled with seagulls and the haunting sound of their cries both day and night…
NOW it’s unnaturally quiet. (And especially at night.)
In the meantime – as of this writing – it has been approximately 2 and 1/2 years since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima (in Japan).
Since the beginning, I have kept an eagle eye on the situation, because it just struck me as just the type of “crisis” that would immediately get downplayed in the U.S. press…
And sure enough.
The “story” quickly cycled out of the mainstream news, even though it remained almost a daily staple on energy-industry websites like EneNews.com.
(I check EneNews.com almost every day. EneNews is a news aggregator, which means they don’t write articles – rather they find any/all news articles on the subject of energy and publish salient snippets. As you can discover for yourself, it is all mainstream news – nothing alternative.)
Now that the scandal has finally broken that TEPCO has been lying all along about the severity of the Fukushima accident and the incompetence of their containment efforts, the EneNews feed has exploded out of control (see latest below).
Experts are guesstimating that it will take 2 to 3 years for the CURRENT radiation that Fukushima has been spewing into the ocean to reach the West Coast of the United States…
But when you consider that they are now admitting that Fukushima has been spewing radiation into the ocean ALL ALONG (3 times worse than Chernobyl and it still hasn’t been contained)…
If you have not stopped eating fish, shellfish and kelp from the Pacific Ocean, this would be a good time to do so.
I wouldn’t swim in it, either. (Sorry, surfer dudes/dudettes.)
Do come and visit, though.
I want you to see for yourself how “clean” the beaches are.
Stay away from harbors and urban areas, which will always attract more wildlife and debris…
And go to the rural areas. Bring your video camera and document what you see.
You might lack the frame of reference to know what “normal” is, but I can assure it’s not normal for coastal beaches to be severely lacking in birds, kelp and other signs of life.
LATEST FROM ENENEWS.COM
August 24th, 2013 Lawmaker: Japan should declare ‘State of Emergency’ right now and intervene at Fukushima — Kyoto Professor: Gov’t should issue S.O.S., it’s really an emergency… They are utterly lost, international help is needed
August 23rd, 2013 Gundersen: Ocean already contaminated from deluge of Fukushima toxic water — Will stop eating fish from west coast — Cesium at 1,000% normal levels in middle of Pacific
August 23rd, 2013 Nuclear Expert: Fukushima melted fuel is drifting in ocean and onto land, lacking any containment — It ends up on coastline and blows into communities — People get an exceptional dose — Health harm will go on for thousands, if not tens of thousands of years (AUDIO)
August 23rd, 2013 New Scientist: Dump all Fukushima nuclear waste in Pacific, no risk to U.S. — “They have to make people understand low levels of radiation don’t matter” — “None of this is going to do anything health wise”
August 23rd, 2013 AP: Experts fear giant underground reservoir of extremely contaminated water on verge of entering Pacific at Fukushima — In contact with melted nuclear fuel? A race against the clock — Nobody knows when this will end
August 23rd, 2013 TV: “Fish and water have shown signs of Fukushima contamination” in U.S. Northwest — Officials to start radiation testing due to news from Japan — NOAA: Nuclear plant leaks “a surprise to everybody, we weren’t aware of it” (VIDEO)
August 23rd, 2013 TV: Fukushima contamination will reach U.S. or Canada by 2016 — Radioactive material in ocean will have only ‘slightly decreased’ from current levels (VIDEO)
August 23rd, 2013 Report: U.S. West Coast to be hard-hit by Fukushima ocean contamination — North Pacific Gyre transporting radioactive material to America
August 23rd, 2013 Japan Professor: Fukushima crisis is leading to surge in thyroid cancers… First signs of health catastrophe — NHK: Trend seen in new cancer tests is ‘suspicious’ (VIDEO)
August 23rd, 2013 Official Chinese Press: Fukushima contamination is “serious international environmental issue” — Crisis concerns the core interests of people who share the planet
August 22nd, 2013 Canadian University Scientist: Test seafood for Fukushima contamination — Continuous inputs for 2 years and counting will lead to ample opportunity for re-concentrating up food chain — Simply not enough being done on this side of Pacific
August 22nd, 2013 Local Official in Canada: Test fish for Fukushima contamination — “It’s a very, very important issue and quite frightening” — Concern over radioactive pollution growing
August 22nd, 2013 Media now exposing Fukushima cover-up: “So many terrible things are not being reported” — Official radiation figures cannot be trusted — Regulator suspects Tepco giving false data — Problems much worse than officials claim
August 22nd, 2013 Senior Scientist: Chernobyl was nothing with potential of Fukushima right on ocean — No way to contain all this radioactive water — You can’t stop groundwater flow — Every bit of news we’re getting is radioactivity numbers are going up
August 22nd, 2013 Wall St. Journal: They don’t know where Fukushima’s melted fuel cores are, or in what state — Expert: “It’s important to think of worst-case scenario”… Even greater levels of contamination may be on the way — Plant “built on a river”
August 22nd, 2013 TV: Isn’t Fukushima Daiichi at least a 21 on International Nuclear Event Scale, equal to 3 Level 7′s? “Global catastrophe… Disaster of unimaginable proportions” (VIDEO)
August 22nd, 2013 UPI: “Fukushima plant is approaching a worst case scenario” — Top Japan Nuclear Official: “This is what we have been fearing”
August 22nd, 2013 CNN: Japan’s nuclear regulator called Fukushima “a house of horrors”… They are not prone to hyperbole, an unbelievable thing to say — “Very, very serious… incredibly frightening” (VIDEO)
August 22nd, 2013 Nuclear Expert on BBC: “Absolutely no guarantee” walls of Fukushima fuel pools aren’t cracked — Salt water “would basically explode the walls, you can’t see that; you can’t get close enough”
August 22nd, 2013 BBC: Fukushima “much worse than we’ve been led to believe, much worse” says nuclear expert — Contaminated water is leaking out all over site