Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster Contaminates West-Coast Topsoil

Fukushima Disaster Threatens West Coast TopsoilThe Natural News reports that an engineer from Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Department of Civil & Environemntal Engineering says that radioactive cesium in US topsoil has reached levels up to 10,000 percent higher than before the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. It is no secret that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is still spewing into and contaminating the environment.

Marco Kaltofen, PE, has been investigating nuclear material release as part of his dissertation, entitled Radiation Exposure to the Population in Japan After the Earthquake. And samples of US topsoil he recently collected and analyzed revealed levels of radioactive cesium up to eight nanoCuries per kilogram (nCi/Kg), which is about 10,000 percent higher than levels previously assumed in a study by the University of California, Berkeley (UCB).

The UCB study included soil samples taken from various locations throughout California. The sample containing the highest level of radioactive cesium came from Sacramento, and registered at a mere 0.0739 nCi/Kg. But Kaltofen’s readings, which are believed to have come from somewhere near the Cascade mountain range in the Pacific Northwest, were more than 108 times this amount.

Topsoil SampingWhat this means is that individuals living in areas like the Pacific Northwest and California continue to be heavily exposed to high levels of Fukushima radiation that are blowing over from Japan. And if Kaltofen’s readings are accurate and indicative of exposure levels throughout the region, the food supply coming from that region is most likely also highly contaminated with deadly radiation.

Today, Japan was struck by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake near Fukushima. If for some reason seismic activities continue in that particular region of Japan, there is a greater risk of higher levels of contamination. Many believe that another earthquake near Fukushima could result in the evacuation of the entire west coast of the United States. Let’s pray that this doesn’t happen.

Topsoil Semi-Truck TrainA method that can be used to delude the levels of radioactive cesium in topsoil on the west coast is screening topsoil on the East coast and shipping it out west to use for farming and gardening. Given that this is a very serious topic and action should be taken immediately to decontaminate the topsoil on the west coast; those that live on the west coast that maintain a farm, vineyard, or home garden should consider buying screened topsoil from as far as Michigan or Ohio to avoid contamination.

To further avoid contaminating the freshly screened, east coast topsoil; it is recommended that three to four feet of earth be removed before laying fresh soil. Many believe it should be taken a step further and a protective liner be laid down after removing the contaminated soil.

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