Are Fukushima’s accident showing effects in the world?

by 036 Yurika on June 25, 2015 - 4:18am

Are Fukushima’s accident showing effects in the world?


On[河上晃輝1]  the 11th of March 2014, an earthquake with a magnitude level of 9 hit Fukushima, Japan, and triggered a 15-meter high tsunami, which disabled the cooling and power supply of three reactors and eventually the nuclear accident. 16000 people died and many people got sick from radiation. The radiation however is not only affecting Japan:  Sea-water was and is still pumped into the reactors to keep them stable. According to the website livescience, 5000 to 15000 becquerels of radioactive material have reached the ocean and in 2013, due to a leak in a storage tank, 300 tons of contaminated water leaked out. Additionally, radioactive material was cast into the air. In the following, I would like to discuss the effects the accident had probably on the world and whether there information about the probable effects are provided.


Many websites stated that the level of radiation of Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 in the Pacific Ocean in America and Canada were still lower than the one set for drinking water by the law, however it would be raising and reaching its peak in 2016. Next to Cesium, there is still another radioactive material, Tritium, leaking into the ocean every day, as it binds with water and thus couldn’t be filtered until now. Recent events of mass-stranding of crabs in San Diego, slugs and purple blobs in San Francisco or seals in California might suggest that the radiation from Fukushima might have something to do with it. Most of the articles state that El Nino, a periodic warming of the sea surface, was probably the reason for seals and other sea creatures not to find any food. Still, there is another study covered by the National Geographic’s magazine in 2014 that shows that “sea-snot”, or masses of dead sea creatures sinking to the bottom of the ocean, has increased dramatically since 2011. Usually, they cover about 1 percent of the sea floor, however, for the past 2 years 98 percent of it was covered. Even so, National Geographics didn’t mention Fukushima as a possible cause.

Secondly, Dr. Sircus (from the International Medical Veritas Association) wrote in his article in 2014 about the beta radiation showing a sharp upward trend in the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Middle West, South and along the Eastern Seaboard. Beta particles are extremely small and are together with the gamma particles the most dangerous ones, as they can penetrate the skin and damage the cells. Inhaling or ingesting through food or drinks causes even worse symptoms then the exterior exposure.

It has a delayed effect, it can appear months or years afterwards and ranges from damaging tissues to the risk of cancer. Dr. Sircus argues that everyone can reduce the risk of getting cancer by taking a small dose of selenium by 50%, however, governments are not distributing them or giving any useful tips such as baking soda being the best protection against radiation. Record radiation levels were detected throughout the country, even in Alaska, in which a strange occurrence was reported by USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) about seals in Alaska dying with skin sores and hair loss and polar bears being healthy but also show a loss of fur. There might be a possibility that the loss of fur might be connected to the high beta radiation.


Finally, there are many concerns about how much the accident of the Fukushima power plant has affected the world. Many articles like the National Geographic’s do not mention the possibility of a connection between the contamination of the air and water by radiation and the strange change in the environment. I understand that a suggestion of Fukushima being the origin of all these appearances might lead to an unnecessary panic reaction, but I think if even the slightest chance exist that it has to do with it, then the government should at least order everyone to protect themselves by taking in these selenium amounts or other minerals until they have found an answer.


In conclusion, the Fukushima accident has influenced the lives of many living beings and in my opinion not only in Japan. We cannot change what has happened, but we can do the best thing we can to better the situation and to prevent it from happening again. The first step to achieve that is an honest explanation of what the effects might be by the governments around the world, but especially by the Japanese one.







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About the author

My name is Yurika. I am half Japanese and half Swiss. 5 years ago I moved with my mother to Japan. I am living now in Shioya, near Kobe (1hour from Osaka, situated at the ocean.)
I am a first year student at Kansai University of International Studies.