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Fukushima – 350 Times Maximum Annual Radiation Dose Permissible?

Is an Unsuspecting Public Being Sacrificed?


350 Times the Maximum Annual Radiation Dose Permissible 40 mSv Hour Mainichi Daily News 20120121p2

350 Times the Maximum Annual Radiation Dose Permissible 40 mSv Hour Mainichi Daily News 20120121

    … by  Bob Nichols


(San Francisco) A recent headline on the six crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactors read: “40 microSv/h detected from radioactive gravel site used for schools, homes — Measured one meter above source,” Jan 21, 2012.

I asked Physicist Dr. Paolo Scampa, PhD. of the AIPRI Blog fame, what this translates to for everyday people, their kids and families. The Fukushima nuclear tragedy is still going on after 335 days as of Wed, Feb 08, 2012 affecting the entire world.

US Imperial Unit Measurements

Dr. Scampa stated:

Public Warnings?

“An absorbed dose of 40 microSievert/hour at one Meter or about 39 inches above the ground, means a radioactive deposit creating an average of 12,330,000.00 Cesium 137 nuclear explosions per second (Becquerels) for every 39 inches square over much of the Northern Hemisphere.

Further, the radiation is spreading rapidly through the air. The Earth’s  surface is covered with many deadly radioactive isotopes from the six crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactors.”

 “This is 22 times more Radiation than the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) decreed for the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor Disaster Exclusion Zone when they said everyone had to leave.

In Chernobyl the radioactivity level was 555,000.00 radioactive molecular nuclear explosions per second per 39 square inches.”

By contrast, delusional Japanese “public officials” declared deadly radioactive areas a simple Picnic and Recreation Grounds, thus sacrificing in place an unsuspecting public.

Dr Scampa concluded:

“This amount for a 39 square inch reading is, in fact, situated between a minimum deposit of 2.96 Million radioactive molecular nuclear explosions per 39 square inches of very energetic gamma rays from radioactive elements such as Cobalt 60 or  Rubidium 90 on the low side; and, the  maximum is a deposit of 74 Million radioactive molecular nuclear explosions per 39 square inches for low energy gamma rays from radioactive elements such as Uranium 238.

A single particle of this fuel stuck in the human body is about 350 times the Maximum Annual Radiation Dose Permissible.”

Metric Unit Measurements

Dr Scampa:

Why No Media Coverage?

“An absorbed dose of 40,0 microSieverts/hour at 1 meter above ground means an average deposit of 1,233E7 Bq/m2 of Cs137 (0,661 MeV.) This is 22 times greater than the IAEA Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor Disaster Exclusion Zone value of 555,000 Bq/m2.

This amount for 1 meter above the ground is, in fact, situated between a maximum deposit of 7,400E7 Bq/m2 for low energy gamma rays from radioactive elements such as Uranium 238 (0,0495 MeV) and a minimum deposit of  2,960E6 Bq/m2 of very energetic gamma rays from radioactive elements such as Cobalt 60 (2,55 MeV) or Rubidium 90 (0,881 – 4,2 MeV).

A single particle of this fuel immobilised in the body corresponds to 350 times the Maximum Annual Radiation Dose Permissible.

By contrast, delusional Japanese “public officials” declared deadly radioactive areas just a simple Picnic and Recreation Ground; thus sacrificing in place an unsuspecting public.”


Chris Busby, 2011, The health outcome of the Fukushima catastrophe. Initial analysis from risk model of the European Committee on Radiation Risk ECRR. http://canteach.candu.org/library/20041901.pdf

James T. (Tom) Voss, 2001, Los Alamos Radiation Monitoring Notebook. http://canteach.candu.org/library/20041901.pdf

Copyright 2012 by Bob Nichols. Re-print only with Notes and Sources included.

Sources and Notes

“Radiation of 40 microsieverts per hour detected at Namie quarry,” Feb 8, 2012,  The Mainichi Daily News, http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120121p2a00m0na014000c.html

“40 microSv/h detected from radioactive gravel site used for schools, homes — Measured ONE METER above source,” Dr. Paolo Scampa, SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2012, AIPRI Blog, http://aipri.blogspot.com/2012/01/recreations-japonaises.html

“40 microSv/h detected from radioactive gravel site used for schools, homes — Measured one meter above source,” January 21st, 2012, By ENENEWS ADMIN. http://tinyurl.com/76hoq6u

Radioactive Isotopes mentioned above.
Cesium 137 (0.661 MeV)
Cobalt 60 (2.55 MeV)
Rubidium 90 (0.881 – 4.2 MeV)
Uranium 238 (4.95 MeV.)

Editing:  Jim W. Dean


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16 Responses to "Fukushima – 350 Times Maximum Annual Radiation Dose Permissible?"

  1. nexus5  February 19, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Cesium fallout spiked to 349 Million Bq/km2 in one day at Fukushima City 60km from meltdowns — Near 40-fold increase from previous 24-hour period
    Published: February 18th, 2012 at 3:28 pm ET
    Title: Results of monitoring the environmental radioactivity level of fallout (preliminary) (No. 51 )
    Source: MEXT
    Date: Feb 17, 2012 (enenews & Fukushima Diary websites)


    Cs-134 @ 4.15 MBq/km2
    Cs-137 @ 4.83 MBq/km2
    Total Cs @ 8.98 MBq/km2

    Cs-134 @ 150 MBq/km2
    Cs-137 @ 199 MBq/km2
    Total Cs @ 349 MBq/km2
    8.98 to 349 is an increase of 38.86 times.

  2. nexus5  February 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    someone wake me up if I am only having a nightmare

    Wednesday, February 15, 2012
    Ministry of Agriculture Enlists “Miss Campus” from 9 Universities to Be “Eat and Support East Japan” Ambassadors

    The Japanese government is going to make these young women eat food from the nuclear-disaster affected Tohoku and Kanto to support the recovery.
    This is simply beyond my comprehension. Some on Twitter call it “student mobilization”, just like during the World War II; the government knowingly putting young people in danger so they can remain in their positions a while longer.
    “Miss Campus” to become “ambassadors” to support the disaster recovery, says Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
    To support the agriculture, forestry sand fisheries industries in the disaster-affected areas, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries appointed 9 “Miss Campus” (beauty queens) on 9 campuses including Aoyama Gakuin University and Gakushuin University as “Eat and Support student ambassadors” on February 15. The nine young women will participate in activities not only for the disaster recovery but also for improving the food self-sufficiency rate.

    In the swearing-in ceremony at the Ministry in Kasumigaseki, Tokyo, Minister Michihiko Kano said to the students, “I would like you to play an active part with keen interest in food. I am looking forward to your effort to appeal the charm of domestically grown agricultural, forest and fishery products to the younger generation, as they are the key to improving the food self-sufficiency.”

    Upon being sworn in, each member spoke of their plans. Miss Seikei University (age 20) said, “I will eat food items from east Japan heartily”. Miss Rikkyo Women’s College (age 22) said enthusiastically, “I will come up with one desert a week using fruits from Tohoku, and eat it.” (Photograph of “Miss Campus” members with Minister Kano, February 15 afternoon)

    “Charm” of domestic produce? You mean radionuclides are a charm?

    Agricultural products like rice and vegetables from Tohoku and Kanto are contaminated with radioactive materials in varying degrees. You don’t want to eat fish caught off the coast of Tohoku and Kanto if you don’t want to eat cesium and strontium (and God knows what else). Fruits from Tohoku are particularly bad, with kiwis, blueberries regularly exceeding the provisional safety limit (500 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium). Peaches, apples, persimmons have all been found with radioactive cesium. Mushrooms are routinely found with radioactive cesium easily exceeding the safety limit.

    I wonder what the Ministry offered these women in return. As Haruki Madarame famously said, “It’s about money”. If not money, it should still be something of value, enough to offset the potential health risk of promoting recovery by eating Tohoku and Kanto produce.

    From the Ministry’s webpage, it seems a photo magazine called B.L.T. is involved in the project. Maybe these young women get to pose for the magazine, and that will be the reward for them…

  3. Bob Nichols  February 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Hi lobotelobote,

    “Why can’t we get a estimate of total Sv exposure rather than a per hour basis?”

    That would be a good idea.

    The source is the Tokyo Electric Power Company or Tepco. It is their number and their decision of how to denominate it.


    • joshuathornburg  February 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      The reason why the say per hour is because radiation comes from the decay of unstable isotopes of different elments. For exampe, depending on the isotope, if it reads 4 micro sieverts today it could be two microsieverts tomorrow. By stating what the most current readings are they give the most conservative numbers.

  4. lobotelobote  February 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Also, is this french guy credible?

    Also, you say 350 times maximum annual dose, but don’t relate the microSv/h measurement to this. The french dude says IF a radioactive atom is lodged in the body, THEN you have exceeded the annual limit.

    • Bob Nichols  February 14, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Keep reading, Lobotelobote, you are getting closer.

      To correct your misunderstanding of what you just read, Dr. Scampa said if you have one of these nuclear fuel particles lodged in your body, you have 350 times the Maximum Annual Dose Permissible.

      Lobotelobote, a particle can contain billions of atoms. The single Uranium atom is where the energy is released. though. It is really, really small and deadly beyond imagining.


    • Bob Nichols  February 15, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Oh yea, Lobotelobote,

      I have to watch Tepco’s number manipulation very carefully. They lie and cheat every way they can. One of their favorite dirty tricks is to report a really big number that is normally in per liter denomination as a per cc, or Cubic Centimeter quantity. [The effect is to reduce the number a thousand times, as you know.]

      Yea, these guys are a real hoot. They’d sell their own family and feel no Shame at all. They are definitely not Samurai, not even close, just lying Psychos.


  5. dalethorn  February 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I see where Ken Rockwell, the world’s most famous photo guy, goes out in his back yard in Orange County Cal. with a geiger counter and measures the radiation, and declares it to be normal, and “Nuclear plants are clean and safe, period.” I guess he meant when they don’t blow up.

    • Bob Nichols  February 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Hello daiethorn,

      i suppose everybody is entitled to their own opinion, daiethorn; but, not to their own facts.

      All nuke plants leak radiation, all the time. And that is at least 10,000 Ci per year per big reactor. Those are normal in all reactors, it is they way they have to be built. Remember that every single one of those 10,000 Ci is made up of 37 Billion individual molecule nuclear explosions creating more that 1400 highly radioactive other metals.

      Yea, really special ones like Cobalt 60 with a kill you dead lethality of 7 million people per gram.

      Bob Nichols

    • joshuathornburg  February 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Well first off, you don’t “leak” radiation. You can leak contamination, and I would really like to know where you got that 10,000 Curie number from. I know that every nuclear reactor in the U.S. Navy COMBINED discharges less than 2 Curies, so I find your number outrageous and most likely made up. Then you talk about 40 micro sieverts at ~ one meter from the ground. If you stood in that spot for 24 hours a day for 365 days you would receive about 35 Rem. Granted that is a considerable amount, and I wouldn’t spend any more time there than neccessary that really is not that high of a dose over a years time and the risks of cancer are small when compared to things like tanning beds or smoking. I have read a few of your articles and you tend to base your theories off of other whack jobs such as your self instead of finding out some real facts.

  6. Bob Nichols  February 8, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Well, first – we don’t. Everyone on Earth has already been tagged by the ever escaping radiation.

    Many have already died. Millions more are on the chopping block. Maybe billions. Fukushima is an extinction level event.

    There is no escape. Do the best you can with what ya got.

    Bob Nichols

  7. Bob Nichols  February 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    How do we all survive and do well with 350 times the Maximum Radiation everywhere?

    • Bob Nichols  February 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Take your Meds, bahmi, you are wigging out again and dropping names.


  8. Bob Nichols  February 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Right, bahmi!

    Go check out the original in French!


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