An imperfect storm swept into Southern California on, perhaps appropriately enough, April Fools weekend creating the conditions that tested EnviroReporter.com‘s scientific hypothesis that radioactive “buckyballs” and other fission radionuclides from the triple Fukushima Japan meltdowns are already impacting the region. Sure enough, a rain composed primarily of sea mist formed over a choppy ocean with high winds tested higher than any other Los Angeles Basin rain since Radiation Station Santa Monica began fallout radiation tests March 15, 2011, four days after the unabated meltdowns began. The rain, not impacted by so-called “natural” radon progeny, came in at a whopping 506% above normal, more than high enough to qualify as a hazardous material situation for the California Highway Patrol. This is the hottest L.A. rain detected with our Inspector Alert nuclear radiation monitor in the over 1,500 radiation tests we’ve taken since last year’s Ides of March.
Now 43 days later, we tested the same HEPA filters in the same environment and setup. This time, as you can see in the video, the dust was a lot hotter. A spot test was ~377% of the previous background. Then we vacuumed out the filters with a HEPA filter Eureka vacuum cleaner and tested the aggregate. The March 6 test of the combined dust came in at a sizzling 668% of background or 6.68 times normal. Since the last testing period, the radiation detected has risen another 130% indicating a continued upward trend.
Proof positive of the need for HEPA filter machines to clean out air impacted by Fukushima multiple meltdowns fallout. The aggregate measurement of the dust and debris of both the Honeywell and Kenmore Plasmawave HEPA filter air cleaners was shocking – 5.38 times normal. As we discuss in the upcoming post “Beta Watch,” these measurements, and indeed most all the measurements at Radiation Station – Santa Monica, are not impacted by so-called “natural” radon progeny being pulled out of the air by these breath-saving machines which suggests that there is an entirely new method of radioactive fallout from Fukushima impacting coastal zones of the United States and Canada, if not eventually all 44 nations on the Pacific Rim.
After 42 days of air filtering at Radiation Station – Santa Monica, we did our periodic cleaning and testing of our Honeywell and Kenmore Plasmawave HEPA filter air cleaners. Taking into account that there was no hot rain and no radon progeny in that rain, this spot check was pretty high. According to a Nevada accident report obtained by EnviroReporter.com, a hazardous material incident’s tripwire is three times background for any subject media, or 300% of normal. This clearly exceeds that. The aggregate testing for the combined dust of the machines was even higher at 538% of normal.
Home for the holidays in Michigan meant radiation readings in jets up to eight times normal and a jet stream-driven storm that was imbued with Fukushima meltdowns fallout coming in at a sizzling 650% of background. Fukushima fallout in the American Heartland also served up other radiological surprises, some of which were unexpectedly positive.
Our second rain sampling on the second to last day of 2011 yielded the highest radiation readings EnviroReporter.com has ever taken in precipitation since the triple meltdowns and melt-throughs began at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex in Japan. This level of radiation in the rain was not natural or the result of radon progeny. This is the grim future of fallout over the Heartland of America.
EnviroReporter.com heads home for the holidays and encounters its first jet stream-driven storm in the American Heartland of Southwest Michigan where the first storm sample comes in a whopping 561% of the previous background radiation test.
Los Angeles rain comes in at a sizzling 415% of normal, far higher than what triggers a radiation hazmat incident for the California Highway Patrol.
Santa Monica rain radiation reads at approximately 264% normal higher. But is this sample, which decayed down to background within two days, reading hot because of so-called “radon progeny”? What is radon progeny and is it coming from Fukushima or locally. Being by the ocean on the west end of the Los Angeles Basin, and on the receiving end of predominant sea breezes, it seems likely that radon progeny plays less of a role in Radiation Station Central’s radiation readings than it would further inland.
The day the two-month old Occupy Los Angeles camp is evicted from City Hall, EnviroReporter.com tests three months worth of HEPA filter-cleaned air in an historic downtown Los Angeles building with central air. Much to our surprise, the HEPA filter dust tests 364% of normal, hotter than expected.
Disturbing readings from one of Radiation Station Central’s HEPA filters after just 30 days of use: 308% of normal background higher. Alpha and beta radiation captured by the filter can be attributed to the triple Fukushima Japan meltdowns, melt-throughs and melt-outs and the decision to begin burning 550,000 tons of radioactive debris in Tokyo from October to March, sending a double dose of radioactive fallout on the Jet Stream over the Pacific to land on America, Canada and beyond. Finding this high a level of radiation is considered dangerous by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Ingested alpha particles can be up to 1,000 times more dangerous than their beta and gamma counterparts.
Los Angeles’ first impacted storm detected by Radiation Station Central in Santa Monica was a troubling sign of what was to come later in the evening: fallout from the triple meltdowns at Fukushima Japan and, even more unbelievably, radioactive contamination from the 550,000 tons of radioactive debris incinerated in Tokyo beginning in October 2011.
Los Angeles’ lucky streak has come to an end: the Fukushima Express has delivered a radioactive punch in rain thanks to the Jet Stream over the Pacific which is moving south as the weather cools. Hot rain over the cold land.
After just 53 days of air cleaning at Radiation Station in Santa Monica, California, two HEPA filters’ dust aggregate comes in at a worrisome 216.0% of background higher than normal. Even in drier climes like Southern California, which hasn’t been hit (yet) by jet stream-carried storms suffused with radioactive fallout from the triple Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns in Japan, there is measurable radiation in dust particulates breathed by millions in the Greater Los Angeles area.
While a HEPA filter from Grover Beach, California, registered no additional radiation, two HEPA filters from Radiation Station showed substantial increased radiation over background from dust accumulated in them in the 53 days since they were last checked and cleaned: ~227% and ~222% of normal higher than background.
EnviroReporter.com travels to Bryce Canyon National Park where it detects high radiation from a storm that didn’t originate from the Jet Stream which has been responsible for transporting radioactive fallout from the triple meltdowns at Fukushima, Japan. Rain clocks in at 258% of previous background with the most dangerous radiation, alpha, dominating the reading. Alpha radiation is 60 to 1,000 times more dangerous than beta or gamma radiation.
Ten years to the day after the terrible attacks of September 11, 2011 overlooking the Grand Canyon from the North Rim. It also happened to be the six month anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi multiple meltdowns in Japan. It was evident in the unexpectedly hot rain that was raining down on us coming in at ~207% and ~270% over normal, long after so called radon-daughters were washed out of the electric air.
On a mournful night of thunder and lightning outside of Zion on the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 yields radioactive rain 204% times normal. The sixth month anniversary of the triple meltdown and spent fuel tanks destruction finds fallout in a freak week of storms south of the Jet Stream which usually is the conduit for the radiation. This alarming spread of radiation throughout the Northern Hemisphere is even more frightening with apparent alpha radiation in the samples EnviroReporter.com collected. Alpha radiation is 60 to 1,000 times more dangerous than either beta or gamma radiation.
Japanese vegetable juice spot checks at a whopping 53% over background radiation in an ironic twist since the vegetable drink is made up of carrots, spinach, and all sorts of plants that are vulnerable to multiple meltdowns-created nuclear fallout. While it may not be surprising to find this level of radiation in this Japanese juice, it is surprising to find it for sale in Los Angeles.
Japanese-made sake bought in Southern California registers 22.3% above background, but unlike background radiation, you swallow sake. When detecting with the Inspector the sake in its unopened bottle, there was little ionization above background radiation making this significant reading all the more troublesome because it indicates the presence of alpha radiation which is up to a thousand times more dangerous than beta and gamma radiation.
Four Japanese beers are tested at Radiation Station and three have higher radiation than normal, including one beer that came in 26.6% higher in radiation than found in background. These beers were purchased at a Japanese store in Los Angeles.
A popular Japanese-made Swiss Roll Green Tea cake tests 21.6% higher in radiation than normal. Detection results of the cakes out of their packaging indicate possible heightened alpha radiation.
Two different Japanese rice beers are 30.2% above background as measured in filters the contents were poured through. Radiation Station graph artist Dale Ramicone buys two beers to tested by EnviroReporter.com and one beer’s twice-filtered liquid comes in at approximately 62% above the background level.
EnviroReporter.com detects 65.1% higher than normal radiation in Sencha green tea from Japan purchased at a Japanese-run store in Southern California by Radiation Station’s graph artist Dale Ramicone. Japanese green tea can be purchased all over Southern California and the rest of the United States.
Adlay tea from Japan tests over 39% higher in radiation compared to background at Radiation Station in Santa Monica California. Tea was bought at a local Japanese market in the Los Angeles area.