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Fukushima radiation hits San Francisco! (Dec 2013)
01-06-2014, 11:21 PM,
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Fukushima radiation hits San Francisco! (Dec 2013)
Fukushima radiation hits San Francisco! (Dec 2013)



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01-07-2014, 02:15 PM,
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RE: Fukushima radiation hits San Francisco! (Dec 2013)
Quote:Officials reject concerns over 500 percent radiation increase on California beach
Published time: January 06, 2014 17:22

Health officials in California are now telling residents not to worry after a video uploaded to the internet last month seemed to show high levels of radiation at a Pacific Coast beach.

The video, "Fukushima radiation hits San Francisco," has been viewed nearly half-a-million times since being uploaded to YouTube on Christmas Eve, and its contents have caused concern among residents who fear that nuclear waste from the March 2011 disaster in Japan may be arriving on their side of the Pacific Ocean.

Throughout the course of the seven-minute-long clip, a man tests out his Geiger counter radiation detector while walking through Pacifica State Beach outside of San Francisco. At times, the monitor on the machine seems to show radiation of 150 counts-per-minute, or the equivalent of around five times what is typically found in that type of environment.

After the video began to go viral last month, local, state and federal officials began to investigate claims that waste from the Fukushima nuclear plant has washed ashore in California. Only now, though, are authorities saying that they have no reason to believe that conditions along the West Coast are unsafe.

The Half Moon Bay Review reported on Friday that government officials conducted tests along California’s Pacific Coast after word of the video began to spread online, but found no indication that radiation levels had reached a hazardous point.

"It’s not something that we feel is an immediate public health concern," Dean Peterson, the county environmental health director, told the Review. "We’re not even close to the point of saying that any of this is from Fukushima."

According to the Review’s Mark Noack, counts-per-minute does indeed measure radiation, but "does not directly equate to the strength or its hazard level to humans." And while the paper has reported that testing conducted by Peterson’s department on their own Geiger counters has since revealedradiation level of about 100 micro-REM per hour, or about five times the normal amount, officials are confident that there is nothing to be concerned about.

"Although the radiation levels were clearly higher than is typical, Peterson emphasized that it was still not unsafe for humans," Noack wrote. "A person would need to be exposed to 100 microREMs of radiation for 50,000 hours before it surpassed safety guidelines by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, he explained."

Even so, officials are still uncertain as to why those levels - even if they are relatively safe - seem to be five-times higher than what is expected. Peterson told the Review he was "befuddled" over the ordeal, but suggested the culprit could be something not too sinister - such as red-painted eating utensils buried on the beach.

"I honestly think the end result of this is that it’s just higher levels of background radiation," he said.

Researchers at the Geiger Counter Bulletin website have since tried to make sense of the reading on their own, and agree that the levels being detected are several times over what should be expected. According to a post on their website from this weekend, however, an independent testing of soil taken from near Pacifica State Beach tested positive for some radioactive material - but nothing that would have come from Fukushima.

The results of testing conducted by California’s Department of Public Health are expected to be announced later this week.
http://rt.com/usa/fukushima-geiger-california-radiation-238/



The comments provide an interesting read, but nothing more really.

Events like Fukushima happen when you put your average, maladjusted psychopath in a position of power.
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01-09-2014, 12:23 AM,
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RE: Fukushima radiation hits San Francisco! (Dec 2013)
Fukushima Radiation Scare Hoaxes

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Fukushima Radiation Scare Hoaxes refers fictitious reports about dangerous radiation from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
Origin

As early as August 2013, an email message began circulating claiming that radioactive seepage had spread across the Pacific Ocean from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant, accompanied by an image illustrating the trajectory of the radiation (shown below). On August 28th, a page titled “Fukushima Emergency” was created on the hoax debunking site Snopes,[3] which revealed that the image was actually a map of projected tsunami wave heights and not radiation spread.


Spread

On September 3rd, 2013, the satirical news site National Report published an article reporting that Fukushima radiation had killed hundreds of whales, which contained an embedded image of beached whales (shown below). On September 5th, an entry titled “Fukushima Dead Whales Hoax” was submitted to the Hoax debunking website Hoax Slayer,[10] which revealed that the photo was of pilot whales beached on the coast of New Zealand in August of 2010, several months prior to the Fukushima meltdown.

On October 22nd, 2013, the government conspiracy news blog Activist Post[7] published an article attributing various environmental issues on the United States west coast to the Fukushima disaster. On October 29th, the science blog Southern Fried Science[9] published an article debunking many of the points made in the Activist Post piece. On October 28th, the skeptic news blog Skeptoid[2] published an article about Fukushima radiation rumors, referring to the reports as “scaremongering.” On November 28th, the ocean life blog Deep Sea News[5] published an article debunking several radiation rumors which exposed the radiation spread image to be a map of estimated maximum wave heights. On December 24th, 2013, YouTuber Kill0Your0TV uploaded a video featuring a man using a Geiger Counter at Pacifica State Beach near San Francisco, California, claiming that the Fukushima radiation had hit the United States’ coast (shown below). In the next two weeks, the video gained more than 560,000 views and 1,000 comments.


On January 6th, 2014, the conspiracy theory blog Infowars[4] highlighted the video in an article questioning if Fukushima radiation had hit the California coastline. On the following day, the news blog PolicyMic[8] published an article about viral Fukushima radiation stories spreading online, criticizing those who have attributing environmental issues to the Fukushima disaster without evidence.

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/fukushima-radiation-scare-hoaxes
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01-10-2014, 12:47 AM,
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RE: Fukushima radiation hits San Francisco! (Dec 2013)
Nice find there, Watchdog. Snopes has further details on the alleged spread of radioactive particles from the reactor disaster mismanagement scenario at http://www.snopes.com/photos/technology/fukushima.asp.
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