Radioactive material has been detected in seawater around Japan's Fukushima plant, with concentration levels 240 times higher than safety limits. Scientists warn that the element, strontium, is highly dangerous to humans as it can accumulate in bones and possibly cause cancer.
RT on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RTnews
RT on Twitter: http://twitter.com/RT_com
The news don't seem to talk about the radiation here in the States.
6/9/2011 -- Radiation Test -- Tremonton, Utah -- 69.9 CPM
Conversion chart for CPM to mSv/h is here:
This measurement was made on June 8, 2011 at approx. 1230 pm MST. It indicates " HIGH moderate levels" of radiation. Alert level is considered anything over 100CPM by the radiation network ...
Radiation background measurement, taken over the course of 10 minutes was 69.9 CPM .
Total 10 minute count = 699 = 69.9 CPM
Location: Tremonton, Utah
Coordinates : 41 43 09 N , 112 13 44 W
Elevation : 4452 feet
Measurement taken: ten mintue long CPM measurement using the "inspector alert" nuclear radiation monitor (geiger counter)
from the inspector alert geiger counter manual:
Japan's radiation fallout 'a monster you can't see'Posted here.
Robert Bazell writes:
For more than two weeks following the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear accident that struck Japan in March, I reported on Fukushima every day from Tokyo. Now, nearly three months later, I’ve been able to actually go there – not to the nuclear plant, but as close as 12 miles away, to the Fukushima Prefecture that surrounds the crippled reactors and gives them their name.
My first impression upon arriving was of the beauty of the place: Rice paddies line the slopes, and traditional Japanese houses sit on the hillsides where rivers and waterfalls flow. These forests rival California’s Big Sur for their grand display of nature’s serenity.
The enormous human misery inflicted by the radiation leak forms my second strongest impression. Much of my reporting in March made an effort to calm the panic as foreign workers and some Japanese fled Tokyo, 150 miles away. I don't regret any of that, but as one gets closer to the reactor site, it's easy to see how much human damage a radiation leak can cause. As one engineer told me, “When nuclear reactors fail, they REALLY fail.”
More in France?
More from MSNBC