Fukushima Radiation Increasing In North American Waters … Detected Along a Stretch of More Than 1,000 Miles

Painting by Jonathan Raddatz

Ken Buesseler – head scientist at Woods Hole in Massachusetts,  one of the world’s top ocean science institutions – has been measuring Fukushima radiation off of the coasts of Japan and North America.

Because governments ditched their radiation testing programs after the Fukushima nuclear accident, Buesseler has to crowdfund his monitoring efforts.

Woods Hole announced last week:

Scientists monitoring the spread of radiation in the ocean from the Fukushima nuclear accident report finding an increased number of sites off the US West Coast showing signs of contamination from Fukushima. This includes the highest detected level to date from a sample collected about 1,600 miles west of San Francisco. [Fukushima is a little more than 5,000 miles from San Francisco. So this bit of radiation has already made it some 68% of the way from Fukushima to the West Coast of California] The level of radioactive cesium isotopes in the sample, 11 Becquerel’s per cubic meter of seawater (about 264 gallons), is 50 percent higher than other samples collected along the West Coast so far, but is still more than 500 times lower than US government safety limits for drinking water, and well below limits of concern for direct exposure while swimming, boating, or other recreational activities. [However, the government raised allowable radiation levels after Fukushima … “moving the goalposts” on what is safe.  A well-developed body of science actually says that no amount of radiation exposure is safe.]


Through a citizen science sampling effort, Our Radioactive Ocean, that [Buesseler] launched in 2014, as well as research funded by the National Science Foundation, Buesseler and his colleagues are using sophisticated sensors to look for minute levels of ocean-borne radioactivity from Fukushima. In 2015, they have added more than 110 new samples in the Pacific to the more than 135 previously collected and posted on the Our Radioactive Ocean web site.


The recent findings reported by Buesseler agree with those reported by scientists who are part of the group Kelp Watch and by the team of Canadian scientists working under the InFORM umbrella. While Buesseler’s work focuses on ocean chemistry and does not involve sampling of biological organisms, the InFORM scientists have done sampling of fish and have not seen any Fukushima cesium in fish collected in British Columbia.

Reuters points out:

Radiation from Japan nuclear disaster spreads off U.S. shores… and contamination is increasing at previously identified sites… Tests of hundreds of samples of Pacific Ocean water confirmed that Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant continues to leak… The latest readings measured the highest radiation levels outside Japanese waters to date some 1,600 miles (2,574 km) west of San Francisco. The figures also confirm that the spread of radiation to North American waters is not isolated to a handful of locations, but can be detected along a stretch of more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) offshore.

Indeed, the West Coast of North American could be slammed by Fukushima radiation in the near future.

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  • jadan

    The mass death of Pacific Ocean life suggests that Fukushima radiation is the proximate cause. Elevated water pH of 7.8 and some warming does not account for the destruction of sardines & krill. Starvation of the sea mammals follows. The eco-immune system is damaged and evil bugs proliferate so that you can’t eat the crabs, star fish turn to goo. Thanks for keeping up with this issue GW. It is ignored and the government betrays the purpose for its existence when it does not monitor for radiation.

    • diogenes

      The American government betrays the right & proper purpose of its existence — see the Preamble of the Constitution — EVERY TIME IT MOVES. Time to dump these hireling puppet nazis.

    • whole2th

      3/11 is Japan’s 9/11 … and the proximate cause of the “false flags designed to blame mother nature” is explored here: http://www.jimstonefreelance.com/fukushima1.html

  • diogenes

    THANK YOU WASHINGTONSBLOG for reporting on this crucial subject — especially because NO ONE ELSE IS. Please continue to do so.

    Germany, whose government evidently consults the interests of German citizens, at least in some respects, has committed to a total shift to renewable energy. America, which is controlled by the likes of General Electric, which makes nuclear reactors, gags its press. Who is the nazi?

    • Compound F

      Diogenes has found an honest man. May your lamplight remain strong.

  • Here is what I had found in June of 2015.

    June 22nd, 2015 TV: Emergency survey underway along West Coast, marine life being affected “in ways never seen before”

    CBS: “Unusual increase in dolphin, sea lion, and seabird deaths” — Thought to be largest toxic bloom “anywhere, ever” — Worry that impacts on fish to last several years (VIDEO)


    Jun 5, 2015 California’s Sea Lion Die-Off

    Thousands of sick sea lion pups are washing up ashore and dying along the California coast, with over 3,100 pups reportedly becoming stranded in 2015 so far — an amount greater than the reported strandings from 2004 to 2012 combined.


    • jadan

      This distresses me more than the plight of Syrian refugees because these innocent creatures can do nothing to save their own lives.

    • diogenes

      “the largest toxic bloom” sounds like a cover-story, which is exactly what is to be expected from the likes of CBS — Corporate Bull Shit.

  • JerseyCynic

    wonder how this one’s going to play out – the plant is up for it’s 20-year license renewal


    May, 2015
    “Gov. Andrew Cuomo held two press conferences with the Buchanan facility as a backdrop, reiterating his longtime stand that the plant should be closed and promising an investigation”



  • I don’t beg you for any pardon sorry, just PULL OUT YOUR FORCE from MY COUNTRY RIGHT NOW, STOP FYING OSPREY OVER OUR HEADS, STOP STEALING OUR TERRITORY, then I will start considering how to do with YOUR COMPLAINT.

    • Lord High Wulfenstraat

      Michiko, you are misguided.

      I know that you believe that you can convince the Chinese that there are good people in Japan. Yes, you believe you are one. However, your constant pandering to the Chinese on this site reveals only the c h i n k (no offense intended) in Japan’s armor, making Japan vulnerable to further Chinese aggression.

      Do you seriously believe that the Chinese will differentiate between the good Japanese and the bad Japanese when they invade your homeland, as they’ve already expressed by flying bombers over Okinawa and pre-targeting cruise missiles for your major cities and by laying plans for a massive airfield on the Senkakus to facilitate the take-over of Japan?

      No, the Chinese regard all Japanese as the enemy who humiliated them from the 19th through the 20th centuries. They secretly laugh at you for providing them information on weaknesses in Japan’s defenses, simply because of the helpless plea in your tone. In the future, should you succeed in disarming Japan from the American shield of troops on Okinawa, you must realize how humorous it will be for the PLA posters you know on this site to find you out…and make you a comfort woman for them.

      Michiko, I know you believe that you can stop the Chinese from hating the Japanese by going against your own government and against the United States. All you are doing is ensuring that China will invade Japan. And, crying at how misguided you were, you will spread your legs for them…

    • Lord High Wulfenstraat

      Michiko, I “talked” to you. You know the truth of what I said. Help us keep Japan safe for future generations of happy “Japanese” children.

      You know that the Chinese hate all Japanese. You know it in your heart. And you know the Chinese barbarians are massing their army and navy and air force just across the sea to wreak a horrible vengeance on Japanese women and children in the ruins of your glorious cities.

      Only the American shield protects you from r a p e and pillage. As occupiers (which we are, indubitably), we respect you and honor you, though a few criminals in our ranks have made you doubt who we are. Even Japan has a criminal element, you know. The US military has some too. We do not define Japan by the kakuza, and you should not define us by the criminal acts of some few Americans in Japan.

      Yes, the US and Japan are wed in holy matrimony. With our heads on the pillows of the Bretton Woods Accords, we keep our economies warm under the “blanket of mutual respect” and the flannel sheet that is the Rule of Law. Would the Chinese occupiers respect the Japanese as much? Or are they coming to Japan to wreak vengeance for their Century of Humiliation?

      Do you, Michiko, prefer these new occupiers because they live much closer? Would you still be their friend? Is their blood-lust for a Nanjing Massacre in Tokyo so easily appeased by soft words from Michiko?

  • Gerold

    It’s far worse than reported. The Pacific Ocean is dying.

  • diogenes