Japanese authorities have detected radiation levels 124 times higher than the accepted limit in a fish caught in waters near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the Asahi daily reported Saturday.
The government-affiliated Fisheries Research Agency said Friday that the black sea bream had 12,400 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, far above the maximum limit of 100 becquerels per kilogram allowed for foodstuffs.
The fish was caught on Nov. 17 at the mouth of the Niidagawa River in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, 37 kilometers (23 miles) from the Fukushima plant, which was battered by a powerful March 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
It was one of 37 black sea bream caught in and off Iwaki to study their radiation levels.
The agency said it would conduct further studies to determine when the fish was contaminated with such high levels of radioactive cesium.
Two other fish also had radiation levels that exceeded Japan’s food-safety standards, containing 426 becquerels per kilogram and 197 becquerels per kilo, respectively.
The readings of the other 34 black sea bream, a species that is no longer sold at fish markets in the affected region, showed levels of contamination below the accepted limit, the agency said.
Black sea bream fishing is currently restricted off the coasts of Fukushima, Miyagi and Ibaraki prefectures.
After the nuclear disaster, Japan lowered its ceiling for allowable cesium in foodstuffs from 500 becquerels per kilogram to 100 becquerels per kilo, or six times stricter than European Union standards.
In March of last year, a fish caught near the Fukushima plant had 740,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, the highest reading recorded since the nuclear disaster. EFE
Oregon natives confirmed to Infowars Friday that strange anomalies have sprung up along the Pacific coast in what amounts to further testimony supporting the fact the media is suppressing both the surge in extremely high radiation readings along the West Coast and the subsequent die off of sea life in the area.
Several residents in the Charleston fishing village described suspicious anomalies such as disintegrating bioluminescent jellyfish and Japanese “tsunami debris” washing ashore, with one lifetime resident even telling us he saw about a hundred dead starfish near the Bastendorff Beach County Park.
Marine biologists had originally encountered “melting” starfish off the Washington state coast of Puget Sound, a mysterious illness scientists termed “sea star wasting disease.”
Previously, Oregon was thought to be, for the most part, isolated from the illness. It had only been encountered “in a tide pool at Tokatee Klootchman State Natural Site, south of Yachats,” according to Rob Davis of The Oregonian.
Earlier this month, David Knight broke down the massive starfish die off:
However, a life long resident of Charleston, who did not want to appear on camera but told us he walked the beach there each day, said he had encountered the phenomenon just south of Bastendorff Beach County Park, suggesting the epidemic is far more widespread than previously speculated.
A representative at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, who also did not want to appear on camera, also said he was aware of the sea star issue.
The highest reading we encountered during our time in Charleston was about 74 CPM off the shore of a marina. One albacore tuna in Charleston tested at 38 CPM, and another at 36 CPM, relatively low levels compared to the readings at Surfer’s Beach — levels that reveal the relative severity of radiation hot spots around the West Coast.
News that the inexplicable die off has reached the Oregon coastline follows reports of bizarre activity in the Pacific Ocean.
Last week, scientists in Northern Mexico’s Laguna Ojo de Liebre discovered “what appears to be the first ever documented case of conjoined gray whale calves,” reported StoryLeak’s Mikael Thalen.
“While conjoined twins have been found in several other whale species, a search of the database at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County by local scientists produced no records of conjoined gray whales,” Thalen reported.
Additionally, a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found 98 percent of the ocean floor is littered with dead sea life, a metric that has increased 97 percent in the last two years alone. “In the 24 years of this study, the past two years have been the biggest amounts of this detritus by far,” Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute marine biologist Christine Huffard told National Geographic last November.
Scientists and governments are reluctant to blame the anomalies on radioactive particles leaked into the ocean from the 2011Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster, however, that this could possibly be the cause has not yet been completely ruled out.
The fact that the federal government recently procured 14 million doses of potassium iodide, a compound meant to protect the thyroid gland in the event of a nuclear disaster, in addition to the fact they would not address the purchase during a phone call, has only stoked concerns that radiation is impacting the West Coast and contributing to the mass die off.
Witnesses we’ve spoken to from as far away as Alaska have mentioned witnessing Japanese tsunami debris wash ashore with visible Japanese writing, however our measurements indicate the radioactivity is concentrated along the West Coast of California. For instance, readings taken at beaches in Bean Hollow State Park and Salinas River State Beach read 100 CPM or higher, compared to readings taken on the Charleston, Oregon, beach which only gave maximum readings of 54 CPM.
We will continue to investigate radioactivity along California’s West Coast. Stay tuned for more.
This article was posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm