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Seaweed, It's Official, Plus Southern Hemisphere April 2018 Background Level Report

27th April 2018 – Move Over Chernobyl, Fukushima is Now Officially the Worst Nuclear Power Disaster in History


Total atmospheric releases from Fukushima are estimated to be between 5.6 and 8.1 times that of Chernobyl, according to the 2013 World Nuclear Industry Status Report. Professor Komei Hosokawa, who wrote the report’s Fukushima section, told London’s Channel 4 News then, “Almost every day new things happen, and there is no sign that they will control the situation in the next few months or years.”
Contamination of soil, vegetation and water is so widespread in Japan that evacuating all the at-risk populations could collapse the economy, much as Chernobyl did to the former Soviet Union. For this reason, the Japanese government standard for decontaminating soil there is far less stringent than the standard used in Ukraine after Chernobyl.



14th February 2018 – Japan Ships First Seaweed, Farmed 6 Miles from Fukushima Meltdowns, for Human Consumption


Approximately 754 kilograms (1659 pounds) of the aqua farmed vegetation was shipped to local processors after being dried to remove pebbles and other objects. It is used primarily for ramen and soy sauce, and in the beginning will only be available locally. The test farming area is about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the Fukushima meltdown site.
“This can get problematic anytime, if it contaminates the ocean there is no local contamination, the ocean is global, so anything that goes into the ocean goes to everyone,” said Schneider. “It needs to be clear that this problem is not gone, this is not just a local problem. It’s a very major thing.”


Southern Hemisphere April 2018 Background Level Report


This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.


This month the GammaScout Geiger Counter used for data logging local background, developed a fault. I managed to get it working again, but in the process lost some day average logging data, hence the gap in the chart.

April month averages tend  to vary from year to year by a significant amount. As the Southern Hemisphere winter approaches, air flows here swing a lot  between Northern Tropic air to Southern Ocean air flows. If we get more tropical air in April the background goes up. If there are more Southern Ocean air flows, the month average goes down. Since Fukushima, this has become a dynamic of the local background monitoring. If you look at the charts on the yearly average background page, link below, you can clearly see an annual winter background dip showing up in the year and month background charts.

April 2018 day average background chart, (What the bar chart colour codes mean.)

[Image: Caloundra-local-average-background-radia...l-2018.jpg]

Caloundra April month average, year comparisons.

2018    24% above pre-Fukushima average
2017    11% above pre-Fukushima average
2016    33% above pre-Fukushima average
2015     6% above pre-Fukushima average
2014    22% above pre-Fukushima average
2013     9% above pre-Fukushima average
2012    12% above pre-Fukushima average

Cairns April Report - [Fairly level, without any spikes. (Cairns has two monitoring Geiger counters.)

[Image: Cairns-April-2018.jpg]

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