Skip to comments.Health officials respond to beach radiation scare (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Posted on 01/04/2014 3:32:31 PM PST by ransomnote
An amateur video of a Geiger counter showing what appear to be high radiation levels at a Coastside beach has drawn the attention of local, state and federal public health officials. Since being posted last week, the short video has galvanized public concerns that radioactive material could be landing on the local coastline after traveling from Japan as a result of the 2011 meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors.
Government officials say they are looking into the video shot on Dec. 23 and performing their own sampling of the beaches, but they have found no indication so far that radiation levels were hazardous.
Its not something that we feel is an immediate public health concern, said Dean Peterson, county environmental health director. Were not even close to the point of saying that any of this is from Fukushima.
First posted last week on YouTube, the seven-minute video shows the meter of a Geiger counter as an off-camera man measures different spots on the beach south of Pillar Point Harbor. The gadgets alarm begins ringing as its radiation reading ratchets up to about 150 counts per minute, or roughly five times the typical amount found in the environment.
Counts per minute is a standard way for Geiger counters to measure radiation, but it does not directly equate to the strength or its hazard level to humans. Those factors depend on the type of radioactive particles and isotope.
Nonetheless, the video went viral online, gaining nearly 400,000 views in the last week.
In a blog entry, the unidentified poster of the video noted that he has been monitoring local beaches for two years before noticing a sudden rise in radiation levels in recent days. The Review was not immediately able to contact the man who made the video.
(Excerpt) Read more at hmbreview.com ...
Here's an excerpt. " Using a different unit, the county inspector measured the beach to have a radiation level of about 100 micro-REM per hour, or about five times the normal amount."
Note that the article states that the origin of the increased radiation is not yet known.
Here we go again -— GLOBAL RADIATION
I’ll start to worry when you can hear the sharks calling “here surfer, surfer, surfer”.
Must have found an old Coleman lantern mantle
Hey you could have been right, Lord knows I’ve witnessed some pretty bizarre behavior from so called parents.
It appears that the link has been “cleaned up” - there is more info on the post than the link. I wonder why?
There is, obviously, a certain level of radiation everywhere on earth. While I do see that the Pacific currents flow straight east from Japan, it is beyond comprehension to think that radioactive water from Japan, mixing into the vast ocean, could be a health hazard on the US west coast. While I am much closer to Japan, I see no concern here. Maybe someone on here can explain.
“He noted that many innocuous items could spike the radiation levels in an area, including red-painted disposable eating utensils.”
Suuuure, that’s what it is. All those millions of people with red painted disposable eating utensils - they should have known it would kill them.
Move on, nothing to see.
Yes, I think I can explain. The vast majority of people and the media are completely ignorant about the hazards of radioactive material, chemicals, and nuclear power in general.
Back around 1958, there was found the bomber LADY BE GOOD in the Lybian desert, where it crash landed after a raid in WWII.
The people who found it saw the bomber still had lots of items left over from the war in it. They also found one of the RAREST ITEMS in the world there.
The canteens aboard were filled with WWII water and was NOT RADIOACTIVE as all water was after the nuke tests.
The discoverers made coffee with the water.
We pay government people to sit around watching Youtube videos?
The discoverers made coffee with the water.
Thus adding potassium-40 as it passes through the body
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150 CPM isn’t worth getting yur knickers in a knot.
Here in Wa, west of the Cascades, BG rates are 25-65 CPM depending on if it’s Tuesday or if the moon is full.
But east, over by Spokane, it can be 80-100 CPM because of Hanford.
If it got up to 3 or 4 hundred CPM, I might think it wasn’t a great day to go swimming...
Uhmmm...wow. There WAS more information other than this excerpt.
Well the December 2012 thing didn’t pan out nor did the Comet Ison thing pan out so we moved on to something different.
I see they removed the text about officials also testing and finding 5x readings.........
Has anyone contacted Dean Koontz and checked on his mutant monkeys???
From the comments section:
jcdenver posted at 9:45 am on Sat, Jan 4, 2014.
“Article: “Although the radiation levels were clearly higher than is typical, Peterson emphasized that it was still not unsafe for humans. A person would need to be exposed to 100 microREMs of radiation for 50,000 hours before it surpassed safety guidelines by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, he explained.”
I’m no math wiz, but the OSHA guidelines seem to say 1 REM limit for radiation workers - isn’t 100 microREMS times 50,000 hours work out to 5 REMS?
Also, EPA says annual dose shouldn’t exceed 100 milliREMS. At 100 microREMS per hour, that would take 1000 hours or just over 42 and a half days...”
And following link to link to link to find the original report: http://www.enviroreporter.com/investigations/fukushima/radiation-station-pacifica-california/
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